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The Desmarais Building

Desmarais Building

The Desmarais Building, the new home of the Telfer School of Management, is a state-of-the-art learning facility located in the heart of downtown Ottawa. Students take advantage of technologies built right into the lecture halls, labs, and conference rooms –all specially designed to enhance their learning experience. Our cutting edge facilities help prepare students to meet the challenges of the business world, and place researchers at the frontier of management research.

Bounded by Laurier Avenue, Waller and Nicholas streets, it is located in the North-West section of the main University of Ottawa campus.

Explore the ways that our new facilities revolutionize life at the Telfer School of Management. It starts here.


4 graduate classrooms, located on the 4th floor offer graduate students the sophisticated learning environment to equip them with the skills that they will need to achieve success in the business world. The graduate classrooms were modeled after Harvard Business School classrooms, and are equipped with multiple screens and projectors. These facilities offer a truly global perspective with videoconference capabilities integrated right in.

4 computer labs on the 2nd floor give students high speed access to the internet, and to the electronic resources that help to enrich their education.These computers are equipped with the specialized software that students use in their coursework.

The building also features an adaptable facility on the 4th floor (DMS 4101), which features a view of the Rideau Canal and is a suitable venue for a wide variety of events.The room was designed to host guest speakers, receptions, conferences, and business meals, supported by its full catering kitchen and adaptable multimedia capabilities.

Student Life

The opportunities that students take advantage of beyond the academic curriculum provide enrichment to the learning experience and build the relationships that support their future endeavors. The Desmarais building was designed to provide an ideal venue for the activities and services that create a fully integrated learning experience.

The Management Library is a "Showcase of Knowledge", designed to expand students' opportunities for experiential learning and academic research. This devoted space gives students and professors access to specialized books, periodicals, and databases, and is staffed by a team trained to help navigate the way through these ample resources.

Bright and open student lounges with ample comfortable seating and work space are located next to the Telfer School's club and association offices.

The Student Services Centre and the Career Centre also have been equipped in a brand new space where they assist students through their academic and career paths.


Ground Floor

  1. Lecture theatres
  2. Information Desk
  3. Student Services Centre
    1. Undergraduate Student Services
    2. Career Centre
    3. International Exchange Program
    4. Scholarships & Awards
  4. Starbucks
  5. Bank Machine

Second Floor

  1. Computer Labs
  2. Management Library
  3. Undergraduate Student Lounge
  4. Club and Association Offices
  5. Student Lockers

Fourth Floor

  1. Office of Graduate Programs
  2. Office of the Dean
  3. Multipurpose Room
  4. Graduate Classrooms

Fifth Floor

  1. Administrative Services
  2. Professor Offices

Sixth Floor

  1. Research Support Centre
  2. Professor Offices

Seventh Floor

  1. Marketing and Development Office
  2. Professor Offices

Gilles Patry and Paul Desmarais

Paul Desmarais passed away October 8, 2013 at age 86. Key voices at the University reflect upon the impact of his lifelong generosity.

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Paul Desmarais

Construction of this new facility was made possible in part by a generous $15-million contribution from Mr. Paul Desmarais Sr., a graduate of the Telfer School of Management (B.Com '50). This flagship building will serve as an important new educational centre for students, faculty and staff. The new Desmarais Building reflects the University's overall commitment to creating better quality learning environments for students.

Mr. Desmarais, his father Jean-Noel, his wife Jacqueline, and many other members of the Desmarais family are proud alumni of the University of Ottawa. He also served as honorary chair of the university's VISION campaign in the 1990s and honorary chair of the $226-million Campaign for Canada's university. The University of Ottawa is proud to reflect Canadian values shared by the Desmarais family: integrity, education and the promotion of the French language in Canada and understanding between all its citizens.

Our family's commitment reflects our happy association with the University of Ottawa for more than four generations. We are most proud to be able to contribute to investing in the future of this outstanding institution, said Mr. Paul Desmarais Sr.

The University of Ottawa is honoured to have the Desmarais name associated with one of its most impressive buildings on campus, said Gilles Patry, President of the University of Ottawa. One of Canada's most prominent business leaders, Mr. Desmarais will continue to inspire the next generation of students.

The Desmarais Building is the cornerstone of a $300 million capital investment by the University over the past six years. These important enhancements to infrastructure complement Vision 2010, the University's strategic academic plan. With this opening, the University now embarks on a $150 million Five-Year Facilities Renewal and Expansion Plan which will build upon the University's ranking as one of Canada's top five research universities.