Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre

Experience sets you apart

The Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre within the School of Business aims to prepare students for success in the boardroom and beyond by providing opportunities for practical, hands-on learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Recent News

Grad turning entrepreneurship course into business

My Nipissing
Nipissing graduate Jaret Smith has taken his course work to the next level, launching a sportswear brand from the kernel of an idea first formulated in an Introduction to Entrepreneurship course he enrolled in at NU.

NU Business students victorious at Case Competition

School of Business
Business students from Nipissing University recently travelled to Sault Ste. Marie to compete in the 12th annual Business Case Competition, and one team came away with a trophy for the Best Use of Technology.

Marketing students generating buzz for local businesses

School of Business
Students in a fourth-year business course are creating a buzz for some local businesses, utilizing their social media literacy and combining it with key concepts discussed in class to create engaging online marketing campaigns.

Through the Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre, you can access many ways to earn more than a degree:


Our flagship iLEAD Business Experience Certificate Program, allows you to Learn through Experience, Action and Discovery while earning credits toward your BBA or BComm degree. The program is designed to help you gain valuable and relevant work experience through activities such as directed studies, writing an honours thesis, participating in workplace internships or studying overseas. The iLEAD program allows your learning to transcend the classroom so you can hone your personal and professional skills and realize success in all facets of your life.

For more information on how to get involved, visit: or email

Applied Projects

Many of our business courses incorporate applied projects within them, providing you with opportunities to work with clients on real world business challenges that add depth to your resume.

Read more about some of the exciting applied projects students have undertaken:


Nipissing’s small size allows undergraduates to assist with faculty research; an opportunity often reserved for graduate students at larger institutions. This experience is invaluable for students looking to pursue graduate studies. If you’re interested in getting more involved in research, speak with a trusted faculty member for more information.

As a business student, you also have the opportunity to participate in Nipissing University’s Annual Undergraduate Research Conference to showcase your research and engage in scholarly debate with peers, faculty and the public.


Interested in being your own boss? We can help. The School of Business offers courses specifically for those looking to start their own business including ADMN 2156 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and ADMN 3306 - Small Business Administration. The Sparrow Centre can also help you connect with a variety of community partners who can support you through your startup journey by providing access to mentorship, grants and funding, networking opportunities and workshops.

Executive in Residence Program

  • The Executive in Residence Program provides students with the opportunity to learn from a seasoned business professional.  The Executive in Residence serves as an important link between the classroom and boardroom by delivering guest lectures, mentoring students, and providing feedback on program development.
  • George Flumerfelt, President and CEO of The Redpath Group is the School of Business' inaugural Executive in Residence.  

Here are some of our partners:

For more information on the Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre and its programming, contact:

Dr. Prasad Ravi
Director, School of Business
705-474-3450 ext. 4270

As faculty, there are many ways you can get involved in experiential education:

  • Mentor a student as an iLEAD supervisor
  • Incorporate applied projects or simulations into your course

For ideas on how you can get involved with experiential education, contact Prasad Ravi at

Faculty testimonials (those who have been faculty advisors or who have lead applied projects, etc.)

Our students add value to your organization by bringing fresh knowledge, energy and enthusiasm. Whether you are looking for an individual student to join your team as an intern, or for a team of students to tackle a business challenge you are experiencing, we can help! Our students have worked with organizations from a variety of sectors including non-profits, health care, mining, finance, retail, sports, the arts and everything in between.

Our students are creative problem solvers and critical thinkers. They study all functional areas of a business, but have the option to specialize in areas such as accounting, finance, economics, organizational studies (human resources), marketing or technology management.

Any student that has the opportunity to participate in the iLEAD program in the School of Business should definitely do so. I would highly recommend this program without hesitation. Not only did I learn about the accounting field that I want to enter into as a professional after graduation, but I also got to experience, prepare and participate in the workforce. I had the opportunity to expand my learning in a number of fields and apply my knowledge and skills in the areas of accounting, human resources, organizational behaviour, and marketing during my field placements. I got paid to do an internship while earning credits toward school, how cool is that?

I am currently in the last course that I need to complete my iLEAD Business Experience Certificate and we are going camping at Camp Petawachuan! I am so excited to see what consulting tips I will learn in this class.

I will take the things that I did throughout obtaining my iLEAD certificate with me throughout my entire career; it was a great experience and definitely helped me grow as a young adult who is soon entering the workforce.

Emma Hough - BBA
  • "Laurentian Ski Hill is a valued asset for the City of North Bay and Area but faces many challenges to offer programming in the fast changing world we live.  The School of Business students provided great insight helping us navigate our current waters and assisted us to chart a course moving forward.  We found the students very enthusiastic, professional and informative.  It was a pleasure working with the Nipissing team. Not only did LSH provide Nipissing with a live case study to develop their learning, students provided LSH with a wealth of information and recommendations to improve our business and learn as well.  Working with the School of Business was a great partnership and mutual investment that I would recommend to any business." - Stephen Hamilton, Director, Laurentian Ski Hill
  • "We were pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Nipissing University students in their development of a marketing strategy for fundraising for the Rotary Splash Pad Project.  They presented a turnkey communication marketing strategy that Rotary will be following as they move this project forward into the community.  We thank you on behalf of Rotary"
  • "If you are looking for a low investment, high return marketing consultation, look no further!  These fourth year marketing students helped White Water Gallery see our organization, target markets and audiences in a new light.  They helped expand our understanding of marketing beyond mere advertising, to our space itself and the wider relationship and partnership building required to increase community members' understanding of the value of our services.  Working with a tight marketing budget, and based on solid independent research, this team developed recommendations that we will be putting into action in the coming year.  An added bouns is that our own staff and directors gained deeper understanding of core marring concepts that we will be able to apply moving forward."

For more information on working with our School of Business students, contact:

Dr. Prasad Ravi
Director, School of Business
705-474-3450 ext. 4270


For more information on the Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre and its programming, contact:

Dr. Prasad Ravi
Director, School of Business
705-474-3450 ext. 4270

Sparrow Family

The Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre is made possible through the generous support of the Sparrow Family.

"We chose to support the Sparrow Family Experiential Learning Centre because our Dad (Herb Sparrow) was a self made entrepreneur, and our Mom (Tena Sparrow) was an excellent bookkeeper with a great mind for numbers. Together they supported a lot of business start-ups in Northern Ontario, including one of the first hydroponic farms. When Dad brought home the first “hydroponic” tomato, he said it was the most expensive but best tomato he had ever tasted!"