ComSoc celebrates 50 years

Society reflects on five decades of achievements

ComSoc booth in Goodes Hall Atrium.

The Commerce Society is celebrating its 50 year anniversary this week with activities and giveaways in Goodes Hall and Facebook posts highlighting its historic moments by the decade since 1967.

According to the historical posts on the Commerce Society’s (ComSoc) Facebook page, the society was informally created in 1967, but was only granted independent status by the AMS in 1976. The Society has celebrated many achievements over its 50 years, including the creation of the Commerce 1974 Exchange Bursary, which is a grant provided to commerce students wishing to study abroad.

ComSoc President Emlyn Folkes expressed his thoughts on the Society’s evolution over the years in an email to The Journal on Thursday. 

“Over the past 50 years, ComSoc has evolved from a small organization into a structure society overseeing 50 different conferences, committees, competitions, and businesses,” Folkes wrote.

According to Folkes, ComSoc has undergone especially important changes in recent years, including increased efforts in diversity and inclusion. This has been done through initiatives like equitable hiring policy changes. 

“ComSoc’s mission is to enhance the commerce student experience by representing student interests and empowering students to pursue passions,” Folkes wrote.

According to Folkes, ComSoc aims to celebrate its diverse student body and “ensure all of [its] members experience an enjoyable and developmental four years in the commerce program through involvement in [their] many student engagement opportunities.”

Folkes attested to ComSoc’s ability to help students in their career development by connecting them with alumni and other professionals from a variety of industries for mentorship. However, these opportunities aren’t exclusive to commerce students. Folkes said ComSoc opens its doors to all students to attend their events.

“Additionally, many of our organizations contribute to various causes in the community, as well as on a global scale. For example, Oil Thigh Designs, a Commerce Society homed business, donates annually to Jack.Org, a mental health organization on campus,” Folkes wrote.

For Folkes, ComSoc is always evolving, and the next 50 years of the Society will inevitably bring many more challenges and accomplishments.

“We acknowledge our areas with opportunity for growth and dispensed efforts in these areas,” Folkes wrote.

“[ComSoc] is constantly striving for improvement of not only itself and its members, but the entirety of the Queen’s community.”

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