Launched on February 6, 2009, the Jay and Barbara Hennick Centre for Business and Law at York University is the first Canadian centre to promote and develop joint business and law scholarship and education. Made possible by a transformational gift from Jay and Barbara Hennick, the Hennick Centre is a hotbed for initiatives and programs that deliver the competencies professionals need to analyse business and legal problems in a holistic way. It is a joint initiative of Osgoode Hall Law School, the largest common-law law school in Canada, and world-leading business school Schulich School of Business.
The Centre’s flagship is the joint JD/MBA program, founded in 1972 and the longest running such program in the country with over 300 alumni in positions of influence around the world.
The Hennick Centre also draws together the teaching and research strengths of the Davies Fund for Business Law and other endowed chairs including the Jarislowsky Dimma Mooney Chair for Corporate Governance. The Centre has launched a business certificate program for practicing lawyers with Osgoode Professional Development and the Schulich Executive Education Centre. The Centre also hosts an Annual Lecture Series and Awards endowed medals of honour for Academic Achievement to JD/MBA students and Career Achievement to international leaders in business and law.
In February 2010, the Hennick Centre released its first five-year strategic plan, Defining the Intersection of Business, Law and Public Policy.