Gustavson news

UVic MBA students win first place in case competition at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

Jan. 23, 2015 - Davos, Switzerland – After months of preparation and three intensive rounds of competition, a group of Gill Graduate School MBA students at the University of Victoria, competed in, and placed first, at the Corporate Knights’ Business for a Better World case study competition during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Gill MBA students Jesal Shah, Andrew Spence, Susan Laidlaw, and Karin Feldkamp advanced to the second and third rounds of the case competition. From the second round, in-person presentation, three of the five teams advanced to the final round, where they competed for $10,000 in top prizes. It was in this final round that the Gill MBA students were awarded the top prize and first place.

UVic MBA students compete in 'Business for a Better World' contest

January 20, 2015 - UVic MBA students Jesal Shah, Andrew Spence, Susan Laidlaw, and Karin Feldkamp have advanced to round two of the Corporate Knights’ Business for a Better World case study competition. Three of the five teams will advance to the final round. Both round two and the final round will be held on Jan. 23, 2015 in Davos, Switzerland. Teams will be competing for $10,000 in top prizes.   The competition is now down to five groups after starting with 25 groups from universities from around the world. It requires each group to apply 12 of the most widely disclosed and tracked sustainability indicators to the case. Teams are challenged to identify priority social, environmental, and governance metrics for the study (in this case, Novartis, a Canadian healthcare company) and improve its performance relative to industry peers on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World, an annual benchmark ranking that has been produced by Corporate Knights since 2005.   Website for the case competition:

Seeing things differently @ 25 – Birthday celebrations for 2015

December 22, 2014 - The Gustavson School of Business will be celebrating its 25th birthday in 2015. 25 is a big number and a very exciting one for us. Our birthday gives us the opportunity to focus on the future and look at what is ahead for our innovative school of business.

Warm holiday wishes

December 22, 2014 - From all of us here at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School, have a safe and happy holiday season!

Corporate Knights’ “Business for a Better World” case competition

December 12, 2014 - Congratulations to our MBA team (Jesal Shah, Andrew Spence, Susan Laidlaw and Karin Feldcamp) who have advanced to the third and final round of the Corporate Knights’ “Business for a Better World” case competition! This is an international MBA competition with a prize pool in 2015 of $10,000. 25 teams participated in round 1, five teams were invited to participate in round 2 and now three (including the Gustavson team) move on to the final round, which takes place in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2015. The three final teams will get a chance to present their case analysis in front of a live panel of high-profile judges at the prestigious World Economic Forum. 

2014 Distinguished Professors Lecture - Dr. A.R. Elangovan

December 09, 2014 - The title University of Victoria Distinguished Professor is the highest academic honour that the university can bestow on a member of faculty. This lecture series offers the community the opportunity to hear and meet these outstanding faculty members. Dr. A.R. “Elango” Elangovan, professor and director of international programs with the Gustavson School of Business, is among 10 Canadian scholars honoured with a 2012 3M National Teaching Fellowship, and the ninth UVic scholar to receive this honour since its inception. The award recognizes exceptional achievements and contributions by teacher-scholars across Canada. For more on these accomplishments, visit The Ring.

Master of Global Business Program Expands to Include a New Continent

December 3, 2014 - It is growing again!  In January, 2015, the Master of Global Business (MGB) program will offer a new Path, which includes university partners in the Netherlands and Peru. In 2010, the MGB program launched Path 1 with partner universities, National Sun Yat-Sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.  In 2012, Path 2 was launched with partner universities, the NEOMA Business School in Rouen, France and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. Both of the above Paths of the MGB program have September entry points at UVic.  Path 3 will be the first of two planned January entry points of the program.  Our Path 3 partners are the Maastricht School of Business and Economics in the Netherlands and the CENTRUM Graduate Business School in Lima, Peru.


November 24, 2014 - The following University of Victoria expert is available to discuss the marketing and retail aspects of Black Friday, the pre-Christmas sales frenzy that originated in the United States and has taken hold in Canada. Stephen Tax (Gustavson School of Business) is a professor who teaches marketing management, services management and international marketing to undergraduate, graduate and executive students. His research interests focus on interdisciplinary issues in services management, notably service recovery, service design, customer performance and service networks. He can be reached at or by calling 250-721-6417.

Gustavson's Co-op Student of the Year

November 24, 2014 - Congratulations to Gaëlle Madevon, fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student, on being selected as this year’s Gustavson School of Business Co-op Student of the Year!  Only three students were nominated based on high academic achievement and excellent performance on a work term in 2014. Gaëlle worked at Ledcor Industries Inc. as a Corporate Communications Specialist, for her fall 2014 Co-op work term. In this position, Gaëlle executed external and internal communications and marketing projects supporting Ledcor’s 20 regional offices, 12 business units and subsidiary companies. Completing many notable projects during her work term, Gaëlle managed complex logistics, for several major media events ensuring no detail was missed, and improved the company’s social media program by proactively managing their account and implementing successful strategies to increase online engagement.

Grant helps UVic create Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone

November 8, 2014 - The University of Victoria, Camosun College and Royal Roads University were awarded $201,000 today to fuel an enterprise approach to social innovation on Vancouver Island. Several post-secondary institutions and other organizations are the beneficiaries of this generous award from the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation RECODE Project: The Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE), the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI), and the National Consortium of Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED), all initiatives of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, along with the Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement (ISICUE) represent the University of Victoria. Institutional partners Camosun College (Enterprise Point) and Royal Roads University (Eric C. Douglass Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies), and community partners from Social Enterprise Catalyst; Victoria Native Friendship Centre, and Community Social Planning Council will now come together to create the Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone (VISIZ).

Northwest Empowering Aboriginal Generation of Leaders & Entrepreneurs (NW-EAGLE™)

September 25, 2014 - Northwest Empowering Aboriginal Generation of Leaders & Entrepreneurs (NW-EAGLE) commenced September 13 in Prince Rupert with three more dates upcoming (TBC) in Skidegate, Terrace and Moricetown. The concept is to deliver face-to-face training over a sequence of days to Aboriginal youth (age 18-39) to explore opportunities in employment and entrepreneurship.

CIBC Commits $250,000 Donation to the Gustavson School of Business for Scholarships and Bursaries

October 30, 2014 - At the opening of the CIBC Broadmead Banking Centre on Thursday, October 30th CIBC announced it will be making a $250,000 donation to the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in support of scholarships and bursaries for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce program. CIBC has been a strong supporter of the University of Victoria over the years.  Since 2005, more than 64 UVic students have been placed in co-op work positions with CIBC, and CIBC Wood Gundy, in locations across the country. Among those placed are students from UVic’s MBA, Master of Global Business and Bachelor of Commerce programs. 

Gustavson advisory body expands mandate, welcomes three new members

October 20, 2014 - VICTORIA: The International Advisory Board (IAB) of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has expanded to include a broader focus.  A separate local advisory group, Gustavson Associates, has been folded into the IAB “to ensure broad industry representation locally, nationally and internationally,” says IAB chair Matthew Hall, a former CEO of food giant Nestle, currently with London-based consulting firm GoodBrand, and Executive-in-Residence at Gustavson.

The Whistler Chamber of Commerce and the Gustavson School of Business Team up to Deliver World Class Customer Service Training

October 8, 2014 - The Whistler Chamber of Commerce and the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria have overhauled Whistler’s 27-year-old, community-wide service training program to educate thousands of Whistler workers each year in customer service. With a vision to become known as the best resort mountain destination in the world for service the newly named “Whistler Experience” program enhancement will teach teams how to deliver powerful experiences that customers won’t stop talking about. Training kicked off with a preview session to get a head start on training Tuesday, October 7 and gets into full swing in November and December. 

New national consortium promotes Indigenous economic development

October 6, 2014 - A new national consortium to support and strengthen Indigenous economic development across Canada was announced today at the University of Victoria. The National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED) was established by the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the Faculty of Law to harness community-based education and research to drive innovative economic change.

UVic Among World's Best in Annual Ranking

October 2, 2014 - The University of Victoria is among the top universities in the world as assessed by the highly regarded Times Higher Education’s (THE) annual World University Rankings. UVic placed 173rd in the rankings and is one of eight Canadian universities in the top 200.

Gustavson ranks 6th in Canada's Best MBA Programs 2014

October 2, 2014 - The Canadian Business has released its annual Canada’s Best MBA Programs 2014: The Top 10 MBA Schools rankings. The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business's UVic MBA Program is ranked #6 overall in Canada. 

National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development

Please join us to celebrate the new National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development. This is a collaborative initiative between the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business to support shared knowledge and best practices to foster strong Indigenous economic development across the country. Media Announcement First Peoples House, UVic October 6, 2014 10:45 – 11:30 AM Light refreshments to follow RSVP confirmations only by September 29, 2014 - 250.721.8077 – Hosted By: UVic Faculty of Law and the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Aboriginal entrepreneurs celebrate graduation in Prince Rupert

Aboriginal entrepreneurs from around the Northwest have been equipped with the knowledge and skills it takes to start their own businesses, thanks to the Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneur (NW-ACE) Program. The NW-ACE Program is put on through a partnership between the University of Victoria's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, the Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TriCorp), Northwest Community College (NWCC), the First Nations Technology Council, the BG Group and Spectra Energy, stemming from the vision of TriCorp's chief executive officer Frank Parnell in response to the economic opportunities forming in Northwest B.C.

Brent Mainprize wins national award for innovation

A pioneering teaching professor from UVic’s Gustavson School of Business, Dr. Brent Mainprize, has won the national 2014 Desire2Learn Innovation in Teaching and Learning award for his fresh ideas in curriculum development and delivery. This award is given by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn Incorporated. It recognizes Mainprize’s dedication, and his particularly innovative approach to teaching and learning. His innovative approach for teaching entrepreneurship has been operationalized into a web-based software called the Venture Intelligence Quotient (VIQ) that is used in academia, innovation hatcheries and community economic development initiatives in Canada, Italy, Australia, Denmark and China. Dr. Saul Klein, Dean of the Gustavson School says: “Setting him apart are his innovative approaches, pioneering tools, and exceptional teaching ability, all of which have proved most successful with both degree students and executive education participants.”

The NW-ACE program wins again!

The collaboration of UVic’s Gustavson School of Business, TRICORP, Service Canada, BG Group and Spectra Energy in delivering an Aboriginal entrepreneurship program – Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (NW-ACE) - has won the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) 2014 Partnership and Collaboration Visionary Award. ICAB was founded to facilitate dialogue and relationship-building between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses and communities throughout British Columbia. The Aboriginal Business Recognition Awards were established to celebrate and recognize the successes of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal corporations and individuals who have worked together to create economic opportunities for each other. Brenda Ireland, ICAB’s CEO, says that this “innovative community-based program is indeed worthy of acknowledgment.”

David Black receives UVic Honorary degree

President of Black Press, David Black, was awarded an honorary degree from UVic at the June convocation ceremonies. Black launched his publishing empire in 1975 when he bought his father’s weekly newspaper in Williams Lake, B.C. His company is now the largest privately-owned newspaper company in Canada. Named Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year by the Business School in 2007, Black is an avid supporter of the school, establishing the Black Press Scholarships program that provides funding for undergraduate commerce students. Congratulations, David, on this well deserved honour!

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship gets boost in northwest BC

Imagine living in the northern reaches of British Columbia, wanting to start a business and being able to access award-winning university entrepreneurship training in your area. A shared initiative between the Aboriginal-owned Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) and the University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business means Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Northwest BC can do just that. Full article in Aboriginal Marketplace – March/April 2014.

2014 Outgoing Photo Contest - Winners

The Photo Contest is sponsored by the International Programs office to promote the international experience that our students gain through participating in an academic exchange.  The international experience is a central facet of our educational philosophy and it transforms our students into truly global citizens.  Our students serve as worthy ambassadors for the University of Victoria and Canada as they grow to meet the linguistic, cultural and academic challenges inherent in these experiences.  We are proud of our students and delighted to highlight their international educational experience by celebrating their photos.

2014 Startup Canada Award Winners

The University of Victoria won the “Most Entrepreneurial Post-Secondary Institution of the Year” Award, for the college or university that demonstrates the largest commitment and impact in advancing entrepreneurship. In our nomination we highlighted the activities of the Gustavson School of Business as well as Research Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization, the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs, CanAssist and VITP, among others And our own Dr. Brent Mainprize received the title of “Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year”, recognizing a Canadian educator who has: Demonstrated excellence in educating, empowering and equipping entrepreneurship students with the attitudes, skills, experiential learning opportunities and networks needed to pursue successful entrepreneurial ventures; Made a significant impact in both fostering student-led entrepreneurship initiatives and motivating senior campus leadership to adopt entrepreneurial policies and priorities; and / or, Engaged actively in the local startup community through bringing students into the community and bringing the community onto the campus. As I am sure you will agree, these are significant accomplishments in both categories, and help to achieve our strategic plan priorities for community engagement and impact. We will also go forward in both categories at the end of May to the National Adjudication Committee. For a full list of the BC Startup Canada Award Winners: