The Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law integrates the disciplines of business, law and the humanities as they apply to family controlled and other private enterprises. By developing synergies between disciplines, the Centre provides future lawyers and their clients with a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing privately held businesses. Our areas of strength include Law & Technology, Business Organizations, Business Transactions & Obligations, Financing & Insolvency, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

Private enterprises are the heart of the Canadian economy and the lifeblood of the Province of Manitoba. These businesses are found in almost every industry. Within Manitoba, private enterprises contribute 75% of the GDP, employ 74% of the workforce, and create 90% of new jobs. The majority are small and medium-sized businesses, but a number of large firms are also privately held. 

The Centre’s academic program allows students to address issues faced by private enterprises and their owners in a holistic manner. Experiential learning opportunities provide students with the necessary skills to advise business clients, while serving the legal needs of Manitoba’s business community. The Centre’s research initiatives promote deeper understanding of the multi-faceted and complex issues facing private businesses and serve as a resource for business lawyers.