Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario

In May of 2012 students from the College of Business at West Texas A&M University will have an opportunity to participate in a study abroad program in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.  The group will study the Canadian political system, the Canadian business system and the French cultural influence on the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

The students who participate in this study abroad program will begin their Canadian travels in Ottawa, Ontario.  Highlights of this part of the trip will include a tour of the College of Business at the University of Ottawa and participation in a lecture/discussion about the Parliament of Canada, a visit to the historic ByWard Market and a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint.  At the Mint they will also learn about strategies used to keep the Mint continuously adapting to changes that will insure it operates at a profit since the Mint receives funding from the government only for the actual face value of the coins they mint.  All other costs must be paid for from profits generated through their operations.  Their use of agile leadership, a key component of their management philosophy, will be addressed.  Students will also tour the portion of the Rideau Canal that is located in Ottawa.  The Canal is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The eight locks located in Ottawa raise the water level 79 feet and still maintain the original hand operated machinery.

After traveling Via Rail to their next stop in Montreal, Quebec the group will tour Old Montreal to learn about the growth and cultural development of this historic city and its impact on the economic and financial growth of the Province of Quebec and other areas of Canada.  They will tour the College of Business at HEC Montreal where they will be guests at a lecture/discussion on international trade.

Botanical Gardens in Montreal, Quebec

The group will tour the Bombardier Museum to learn about the evolution of the snowmobile industry.  A plant tour provided more information about BRP Canada which includes brands such as Sea-Doo, Evinrude, Can-Am ATV, Rotax and Ski-Doo and Lynx and their marketing and change management programs.  While in Montreal the group will also tour ABB Varennes, a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering their environmental impact.

Again traveling by Via Rail the group will arrive in Quebec City, Quebec. Quebec City is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The group will tour the College of Business at Laval University where they will be guests at a lecture/discussion about NAFTA and will be provided a visit through the underground tunnels that connect Laval University with the surrounding area.  Before leaving for the return trip home the group will tour the historic old town area and participate in whale watching. In the old town area they will have an opportunity to visit the hotel where Prince William and Kate stayed on their recent tour of Canada and North America.

Dr. LaVelle Mills (lmills@mail.wtamu.edu) and Ms. Lynsee Womble (lwomble@mail.wtamu.edu) are the WT representatives who will be serving as leaders for this 2012 trip.