Gustavson news

2015 Co-op Student of the Year

Congratulations to Karley Skaret, fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student, on being selected as this year’s Gustavson School of Business Co-op Student of the Year!

San Francisco Giants Owner, Jeff Mallett, receives honorary professorship from the Gustavson School of Business

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Jeff Mallett, principal owner of the San Francisco Giants, will present to more than 300 undergraduate students at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. This is Mallett’s fourth visit to the University of Victoria. During each visit he works with undergraduate students, providing them with insights gained from his successful career in innovative entrepreneurship. 

2015 BCom KPMG Simulation

March 17, 2015 - Congratulations to this year’s winning KPMG Simulation team - Mac Cameron, Ian Gotobed, Taylor Irving and Mengqi Yao (Cohort 3: Team 32) At the end of the first year of core subjects, all Bachelor of Commerce students participate in the KPMG Business Simulation. The simulation gives students an exciting and engaging opportunity to apply their learning to a simulated company in a competitive environment.  The student teams must make decisions about marketing, operations, human resources, and finance and see their decisions reflected in their companies’ financial results – and against their competitors.  As students move from one decision period (year) to the next, they learn how changes in their decisions impact all areas of business operations and their standing in the marketplace.  It is a fun and interactive way for student to learn about strategy, decision making and risk taking in a competitive market. We gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support provided by the KPMG Foundation.  KPMG has been sponsoring the simulation since 2009.

Gustavson attends prominent business research conference in Vancouver

August 6, 2015 - Gustavson researchers will join 10,000 top business researchers at the annual Academy of Management (AOM) conference in beautiful Vancouver, BC from August 7-11, 2015.

UVic and TELUS Introduce Customized MBA

July 29, 2015 - The University of Victoria and TELUS today announced a Master of Business Administration degree customized for the telecommunications company. The two-year degree, with specializations in leadership and strategy, will be offered starting in October 2015 at the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School within UVic’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. This is the first customized graduate program to be developed by the Gustavson School of Business. The collaboration brings together a leading business school that prides itself on seeing things differently with a national telecommunications company ready to equip its employees with even more tools for success, cultivating future leaders with a distinctive mindset.

Global Leaders Festival gives employers sneak peek at soon-to-be business grads

July 17, 2015 - The Global Leaders Festival is an annual event for Bachelor of Commerce students at the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. This event is the capstone course activity for COM 405: Career Preparation Across Borders. The course offers unique instruction design and customized student learning to prepare them for joining the workforce. Student can pursue specialized training, form connections with industry professionals and participate in volunteer activities in their areas of interest. Students are then required to develop an online portfolio which highlights their expertise and skills to future employers. At the Global Leaders Festival, employers can walk the trade show floor – organized by industry sector – to meet with students looking for work in a particular field. Students will be showcasing their portfolios and available to answer questions.  Most students in the Global Leaders Festival are completing their final semester of studies this summer.

New national survey and analysis reveals most trusted brands in Canada

June 23, 2015 - The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria has launched its first national, in-depth analysis of which corporate and product brands are most trusted by Canadians. The annual Gustavson Brand Trust Index was established to raise awareness of the role trust plays in the minds of consumers when making purchasing decisions. The initiative highlights the Gustavson School of Business’s goal of educating and championing responsible leadership, part of the vital impact that drives UVic’s sense of purpose as a leading teaching and research hub. Among the most trusted brands in Canada are Tim Hortons, President’s Choice, Shoppers Drug Mart, Google and Canadian Tire.

The Gustavson School of Business celebrates 25 Alumni to Watch

June 12, 2015 - The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria unveiled their list of 25 Alumni to Watch on World Gustavson Day, a global celebration that took place simultaneously in at least 25 cities on four continents on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The 25 Alumni to Watch were shortlisted from more than 100 nominations by a panel of judges from Gustavson. From the names submitted, alumni were selected based on four criteria: having a global mindset and international perspective; being creative and innovative risk-takers; being committed to sustainability and social responsibility; and being an inspiration that motivates others as a role model and a leader in their professional and community endeavours.

UVic is at the top of the Princeton Review’s Green Rating of Colleges and Universities

May 26, 2015 - We’re on the Green College Honor Roll again! The University of Victoria is the only Canadian school to have earned the highest possible score on The Princeton Review’s assessment of 861 green universities in North America this year. UVic joined 23 other schools such as Cornell, Stanford, Harvard, and Portland State with a perfect 99.

2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur – UVic honours David Foster

May 21, 2015 - Businessman, music producer and philanthropist David Foster will be honoured in his hometown of Victoria, BC, on May 28 as the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year, an award given to visionary leaders who have achieved tremendous success through their business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit. Foster is considered one of the music industry’s most accomplished producers, and has won 16 Grammy Awards (with 50 nominations), including three for Producer of the Year, an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe, and three Oscar nominations for Best Original Song. He has created hit songs and award-winning gold and platinum albums for a diverse array of artists, with combined record sales in the millions. Celebrating its 25th birthday in 2015, the Gustavson School of Business chose Foster as the 2015 recipient because of his entrepreneurial approach to both his music career and his charitable work. “It is particularly exciting to be honouring a home town hero in 2015, as our business school celebrates a milestone birthday,” says Peter Gustavson, chair of the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year committee. “Many people know of David due to his amazing success as a music and record producer, and our goal is to shine a light on his incredible talents as an entrepreneur, businessman and mentor to so many in the global music industry.”

Liana Victorino was awarded the 2015 POMS College of Service Operations Most Influential Paper Award

May 15, 2015 - Gustavson's Liana Victorino and her colleagues Rohit Verma of Cornell University and Don G. Wardell of the University of Utah were honoured at the recent Production and Operations Management Society’s annual meeting for a paper published in the society’s Production and Operations Management journal (an FT 45 publication). “Script Usage in Standardized and Customized Service Encounters: Implications for Perceived Service Quality”, published in 2013, was selected as the journal’s Most Influential Service Operations paper over a two-year period.  It was based on some of the work Liana completed in her dissertation research. The picture shows (l-r) Professor Liana Victorino of the Gustavson School of Business, Professor Joy Field of Boston College, President of the POMS Service Operations College (2013-15), Professor Don Wardell and Professor Rohit Verma.  The plaques were presented by the President in a brief ceremony during the conference on 9 May 2015.

The Gustavson School of Business presents Dr. Rebecca Grant with the 2015 IAB Community Engagement Award

May 4, 2015 - We are very pleased to present Dr. Rebecca Grant with the 2015 IAB Community Engagement Award. The award was established this year by our International Advisory Board and is being funded by 5 members of the IAB. The purpose of the award is to encourage and recognize faculty members who actively engage with the local business community in ways that are critical for the long-term success of the Gustavson School of Business. The Community Engagement Award is given each year to a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional community engagement. Engagement activities include building strong relationships between the Gustavson School and the business community.

Gustavson thanks you

April 12, 2015 - National Volunteer Week (April 12-18, 2015) is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank the many individuals who volunteer at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School. We are incredibly grateful for the impact their time and energy has on our students, our faculty and the education we provide.  

CSSI Communique - April 9, 2015

April 9, 2015: CSSI Communique - Brock Smith in Swaziland, oddly sustainable fashion, dropping oil 

BC Business - Top 30 under 30

April 5, 2015 - BCom alumna, Ashley Roulston, named to BC Business Top 30 under 30.

Corporate Knights - Top 30 under 30

March 27, 2015 - BCom alumnus, Andrew Hall, named to Corporate Knights Top 30 under 30.

Walls between faculties crumble

March 26, 2015 - Dr. Saul Klein chats with The Globe and Mail about cross-campus collaboration.

For energy-bar maker, startup advice was invaluable

March 26, 2015 - UVic's Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs helps MBA grad's start-up company to hit the ground running. - Globe and Mail

MBA Guide 2015: A look inside UVic's mentor program

March 26, 2015 - BC Business takes a look inside our Executive Mentor program

RBC Royal Bank Case Competition Finalists 2015

March 20, 2015 - Each year, the Gustavson BCom program hosts the RBC Royal Bank Case Competition. In this unique activity, every third year student assumes the role of advisor to businesses facing tough decisions in all aspects of business. After three hours in a locked room with only their teammates, a case and a calculator, the students emerge to present recommendations to a panel of business and academic judges. It’s been three months of presentations and panels, and on Monday, March 30, five teams will go head to head in the final round of the Competition. And family, friends, faculty and judges will be there cheering them on. 

Global marketing leader, advertising influencer, and author of Lovemarks: the Future Beyond Brands, Kevin Roberts is the first to receive honourary professorship in leadership and innovation by Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, Kevin Roberts, Executive Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world's leading creative organizations, will present to more than 40 MBA students at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. This is Roberts’ fourth visit to the University of Victoria. During each multi-day visit he works with faculty, and presents to students and local business leaders, who are mentors to Gustavson students.   While Roberts runs one of the most influential advertising businesses in the world, his true passion is leadership and innovation. A global influencer, Roberts makes it a priority to mentor business leaders of tomorrow.  Recognizing his ongoing dedication to Gustavson, University of Victoria’s Chancellor, Shelagh Rogers will be presenting Roberts with a honourary professorship in Leadership and Innovation, following his presentation on Wednesday. This is the first honourary professorship ever granted by the university. Gustavson students and Alumni will have the opportunity on June 11, 2015, World Gustavson Day, to hear Roberts as he presents a worldwide address from New York.

Expansion of cross-cultural program for UVic global business grads

March 17, 2015 - Thirty-one University of Victoria students from nine different countries are in the final stages this week of exploring the fundamentals of international business before embarking on a cross-cultural adventure overseas. This current group of UVic students is two months into the Masters of Global Business (MGB) program at UVic’s Sardul S. Gill Graduate School and will head next to The Netherlands and then to Lima, Peru. The UVic graduate business program fully immerses students in three completely different cultures during the course of their studies at UVic. The program was first announced four years ago and has already expanded into new regions. The MGB students each choose one of three tiered global paths: Path 1 takes students from UVic to Taiwan and Austria; the second option, to France and then on to South Korea; this is third option; and in January 2016, a fourth path will be added with partners in Japan and Turkey.

Gustavson will honour Victoria-born musician and businessman, David Foster at DEYA 2015

Feb. 20, 2015 - The 2015 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year recipient for the Gustavson School of Business is Victoria-born musician and businessman David Foster.

A curriculum of care at Our Place

Feb 12, 2015 — Gustavson was among the two UVic collaborations serving vulnerable populations provide learning opportunities for students Many people across Greater Victoria volunteer to improve the lives of our community’s most vulnerable people. UVic collaborations in nursing and business go a step farther, shaping learning experiences in the spirit of service. The longstanding Foot Hygiene Program delivered by fourth-year UVic nursing students at Our Place began by recognizing that the most vulnerable people often face the greatest barriers to wellness. That’s why the program is so valuable, explains Dr. Judy Burgess of the UVic Faculty of Human and Social Development. “Everyone benefits from this program and in many different ways.”

UVic MGB program gives away a GoPro camera at JDC West 2015

January 31, 2015 - Congratulations to Joel Givens, a business student at UNBC, on winning our JDC West 2015 prize draw – a GoPro Hero4 Silver.