Financial expert Bob Gauvreau ’01 (Lady Eaton College), accounting firm founder, best-selling author, business coach, and motivational speaker, is returning to Trent University as the 2023/24 CEO in Residence to inspire and mentor the next generation of business leaders.
Gauvreau is founder and CEO of Gauvreau Accounting Tax Law Advisory, one of Canada’s fastest growing businesses (as recognized by The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, and Financial Times) that works with more than 1,000 businesses across North America. Gauvreau is also author of The Wealthy Entrepreneur, creator of the mastermind coaching program The Million Dollar Year, and frequently cited in major business journals related to money, finances, and entrepreneurship.
“The Trent School of Business is thrilled to welcome Bob back to his alma mater so that he can share his expertise and passion for entrepreneurship with current students who will learn from his wealth of experience and be inspired by his phenomenal success,” said Dr. Byron Lew, director of the School of Business at Trent University. “As Bob is a highly engaging and sought-after public speaker, we know students will gain valuable insight into challenging the status quo, investing in their personal leadership brand, and overcoming failure, so that they too can become great leaders in our community, country, and across the world.”
Gauvreau’s residency will run from November 14 - 16, 2023 on Trent’s Symons Campus in Peterborough and at Trent University Durham GTA in early 2024. On Thursday, November 16, Gauvreau will lead a public panel discussion entitled ‘You’re the CEO of You: Building your Personal Leadership Brand through Resiliency and Challenging the Status Quo’. The panel will include faculty from the Trent School of Business including professor Dean Howley ‘06; assistant professor Dr. Ken Chen, and assistant professor Dr. Laura Ierfino-Blachford. Gauvreau will also be leading discussions in several Business classes such as Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Strategic Management, providing valuable one-on-one mentorship to students, while also gathering with senior Accounting students for a wine and cheese networking social.
“I am so excited to return to Trent and share my passion for business and entrepreneurship with current students,” Gauvreau said. “My transformative Trent experience was foundational to my business success by providing academic leadership opportunities and the ability to form meaningful relationships with faculty. It is incredibly meaningful to now enhance that Trent experience for other students and help them achieve their dreams.”
As a proud alum, Gauvreau has stayed connected with the University over the years. He has provided valuable co-op placements to students, supported Trent’s annual Career Fair, hired many Trent alumni as permanent employees, and championed several University initiatives. In recognition of all his accomplishments, the Trent University Alumni Association awarded Gauvreau the Young Alumni Leadership Award in 2017.
In the community, Gauvreau has been recognized with multiple awards and recognitions including awards for Entrepreneurship, Professional Services, and being a Top 4 under 40 business leader with the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Gauvreau has been inducted into the Junior Achievement Peterborough Business Hall of Fame. Most notably, Gauvreau was granted a fellowship with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the highest professional recognition for any Canadian CPA.
About the CEO in Residence
The Trent School of Business CEO in Residence program, coordinated in partnership with Life After Trent, Careerspace, Peter Gzowski College, and the Campaign for Momentous Change, gives students at both the Peterborough and Durham campuses unparalleled access and opportunities to learn from business leaders across the country and around the globe. Since launching in 2020, Trent’s CEOs in Residence have been Dr. Katie Taylor, chair of the board of the Royal Bank of Canada, and past president and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and Anita Erskine ’99, CEO of Anita Erskine Media and an award-winning communications professional who was twice named one of the top 100 most influential women in Africa.
About the Trent School of Business
The Trent School of Business is one of the largest and fastest growing Schools of Study at Trent University with uncompromising academic excellence, pivotal experiential learning, and unprecedented choice. The engaged student body gains first-hand career experience through the B.B.A. co-op streams (available in every B.B.A. specialization) and learns from professors who take great pride in their student-centric approach to business education. In the Trent University School of Business, students don't just navigate the business world - they question, challenge, and lead it.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that is personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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