UVic’s final Plan-it! business plan competition ended with an exciting day of presentations, Friday February 28, 2014. Students from mechanical engineering, business, social science and computer science presented ventures including Vacation Rentals Management, a new vacation rental property management business by Selina Meghji-Kuoni; Medical Solutions an online wait time software app by Austin Singhera and Pavitar Sidhu; Aota, a 2 in 1 professional leather laptop/backpack bag from Jesse Teron; and CNO, a platform to reduce marketing and fundraising expenses for non-profit organizations by Andrew Lee. Judges Hilary Smith, Martyn Ward, Jenifer Chilcott, Jill Doucette, Richard Tuck, Susannah Feeney and Peter Elkins listened carefully to the presentations, asked the competitors tough questions about their venture ideas, and after much discussion settled on the following prize winners: 1st prize - $5,000 Darrin Mah and Michael Wilson, Nightshade: a hard coat for nails that detects rohypnol and GHB by changing colors in the presence of the substances. 2nd prize – $2,000 Calvin Parker and Billiam Liu, Helium: what happens when your contact information changes? There must be a better way… 3rd prize - $1,000 Zachary Mazo, Fresh Gear: a product that is inserted into a hockey bag that dries hockey gear in a quick and odourless fashion.
Recent Gustavson research shows that outgoing female executives get fewer severance dollars than men, especially when women negotiate their “handshakes” themselves. Dr. Ken Thornicroft, professor of business law and employment relations at Gustavson, came to this conclusion after analyzing 11 years of provincial and territorial appeal-court decisions on severance payouts, as well as a student negotiation exercise. The outcomes of the court cases clearly showed that gender was a significant factor in the size of senior executives’ severance payouts.
With the recent information in the news about declining job growth and the conflicting problem of job vacancies going unfilled due to the lack of skilled workers to fill them, the Taking Action for Canada: Jobs and Skills for the 21st Century Report released in January, by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), offers promising news for Gustavson graduates. This report, the result of a survey of some of Canada’s largest employers, highlights a number of hiring predictions by these employers including an anticipated need to fill between 700,000 and 800,000 positions in Canada over the next 5 years. The opportunities highlighted will cut across all sectors with financial services, insurance, telecommunications, energy, mining, construction, transport and retail being specifically noted. Great news for current coop students and alumni working in financial services roles, the Calgary energy marketplace and supply chain related positions.
On February 5, 2014, as part of UVic’s Alumni Week festivities, we will be honouring MBA alumna Marilyn Copes. Marilyn graduated from the Gustavson School of Business with her Master of Business Administration in 1999. She is an Executive Director at Island Health where has dedicated her career to the planning and delivery of health care services, and to leadership through mentorship.
How do you teach tomorrow’s business leaders how to think beyond the bottom line? In 2009, the Gustavson School of Business signed on to the United Nations’ six Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), an initiative to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally. At this year’s IdeaFest, Jonas Haertle from the PRME Secretariat in New York and Heather Ranson from Gustavson School of Business will discuss how students at UVic are proving that they can make the world a better place, with innovative ideas like upcycling chopsticks into furniture in China, and building a business case for waste-to-energy in Vancouver.
8 MILLION people eat out at restaurants every day in Canada! What if there was a way to turn these peoples dining out into helping out? Andrew Hall and Derek Juno (two Gustavson graduates) have created a new social enterprise called @Mealshare, that does just that. All you have to do is eat a meal... Please check out their video and share it with your friends and family to help support their movement!
The University of Victoria has achieved a gold rating in the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), administered by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). UVic is the fifth Canadian university to achieve a gold rating under the STARS system, and the first using the updated version 2.0 reporting system. Only 56 or approximately 18 per cent of the 300 institutions in Canada and the US who have participated in STARS have received a gold rating.
Leat Ahrony has won first prize in the 2014 Diversity Writing Contest for her personal narrative entitled, “Please Don’t Categorize My Multiculturalism”. Her work was recognized on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum reception. Leat received a cash prize and an invitation to participate in a writers workshop with the conference keynote speaker, Denise Chong, an internationally recognized author and recipient of the Order of Canada. Her work will be published on the VPAC and Libraries websites and in a Libraries publication.
The University of Victoria has received a grant worth $445 000 from the European Union (EU). The funding will allow UVic to be home to the only European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) in B.C., and only the third of its kind in Canada. Several disciplines can look forward to offerings of lectures and workshops over the next three years all with an EU focus. Read more
The MGB (Master of Global Business) program will soon be expanding! The program currently offers students two choices for its September entry point each year: Students choosing Path 1 study first at UVic, then go on to our partner universities: National Sun Yat-sen University in Taiwan, then Johannes Kepler University in Austria.
We’ve won another award! The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business was recently honoured by the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM) as having an Outstanding Post-Secondary Program! Heather Ranson represented us at the EECOM awards ceremony here on campus on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Early Entrepreneurs is a social enterprise started by two recent Gustavson grads that provides elementary schools with a program to teach students about entrepreneurship and global awareness. “After successfully testing the model of taking a small amount of seed money into classrooms and teaching students how to grow it into enough money to build schools in developing countries, we knew we had the core of a new business,” says Early Entrepreneurs co-founder Kim Cope. Working with business partner Rebecca Koch, Cope explains “we’re refining that with the help of [the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs] ICE .”
Our JDC West team arrived home Monday, after a weekend they will never forget. At the event in Regina, teams from 12 business schools compete in case presentations, debates, sporting events and social activities. Our team from Gustavson won the Sportsmanship Award, 3rd place in the Accounting Competition, and …. 1st place in Marketing!
The MBA program offered by the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School at UVic’s Gustavson School of Business has been ranked as one of the top 50 in North America by QS, a leading international provider of business higher education information, communication and events organization. “We are very pleased about this acknowledgement from QS,” said Saul Klein, Dean of the Gustavson School of Business. “It’s a well-deserved nod to all the hard work we’ve done over the years to keep our MBA program both rigorous and relevant.” As part of determining their rankings, QS asks employers from around the globe to select the schools from which they consider hiring MBA graduates.
Congratulations to newly launched Riipen, a dynamic platform that changes the way students, organizations and businesses interact with each other. Co-founded by three Gustavson Alumni - Dave Savory, Dana Stephenson and Dylan Chernick as well as one of our PhD candidates, Richard Tuck - Riipen 'projects' are an innovative and low-risk way for emerging students and organizations to get to know each other.
Dr. Uzay Damali, Assistant Professor in Service Operations Management at the Gustavson School of Business speaks about how he sees things differently. "I am currently teaching operations management courses at our graduate and undergraduate programs." says Uzay. "In my courses, I found the value of teaching sustainability as a quality improvement and innovation philosophy because sustainability generates creative ideas in searching solutions to common business problems. In addition, I frequently share my cultural experiences from living in Turkey and the US, and request from my international students to share their experiences as well. These discussions significantly enrich class content. Being new to Gustavson, I was drawn to our school by our collegial culture, world-class faculty and of course our beautiful location! Through my research in healthcare service design, I hope to improve how healthcare systems do the right thing for the patients, before doing the things fast. I frequent present my research at both the Decision Sciences Conference (DSI) and as well as the Production and Operations Management Conference (POMS)." To learn more about Dr. Uzay Damali, please visit his faculty bio.
Congratulations to Connor Bildfell, recent Bachelor of Commerce graduate, on being selected as this year’s Gustavson School of Business Co-op Student of the Year! Only three students were invited to apply based on high academic achievement and excellent performance on a work term in 2013. Connor worked at KPMG LLP from January – April 2013 as a Staff Accountant. In this position, Connor was involved with a number of tasks, including vouching documents, running completeness tests, and performing financial analysis. While working in this position, he contributed positively to the workplace culture, and boosted office morale. His dedication to the team was highly regarded by his co-workers, and his exceptional work ethic and team-building ability resulted in his receiving an “excellent” rating from his supervisor.
International business executive Blair Hagkull has joined the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business as an Executive-in-Residence. Also a member of Gustavson’s newly-established International Advisory Board, Blair will be working with students and faculty. “We are extremely pleased to have someone of Blair’s calibre and experience join the business school. He has worked internationally running his own entrepreneurial service business; it’s a perfect fit with what we teach in the business school,” says Dean Saul Klein. “I know that we will all gain tremendously from his contributions.” Blair is currently a Corporate Adviser with Jones Lang LaSalle, and has previously served as Managing Director of Jones Lang LaSalle’s business in Canada as well as the Middle East and North Africa. Jones Lang LaSalle is the world’s second-largest publicly listed real estate services organization operating in more than 70 countries.
Dr. Mark Colgate, Associate Dean at UVic’s Gustavson School of Business, is the winner of this year’s Harry Hickman Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes both Teaching Excellence and Educational Leadership. Mark is renowned for his dedication to his students, his innovative teaching style, and his promotion of Gustavson beyond the university. This is only the second time the Hickman Award winner has come from the Gustavson School of Business. A.R.Elangovan was our first winner in 1999.
A unique, community-based UVic partnership program is helping prospective Aboriginal entrepreneurs to make the most of economic development opportunites opening up to them in Northern BC.
This summer, professor Jamie Cassels took up his tenure as president of the University of Victoria. Cassels previously served as our vise-president academic and provost from 2001 to 2010 after joining the UVic Faculty of Law in 1981. The university community is very excited to have Cassels-an accomplished scholar, teacher and administrator-at the helm. Business Class sat down with Cassels this summer and asked him about his new position, his vision for the Gustavson School and what he's looking forward to in his new post.
We would like to congratulate our three winning teams who took place in the Integrative Management Exercise (IME) on November 14 and 15, 2013. This year’s IME was a case consulting exercise with a sustainability consulting focus and had external judges from the business community, as well as faculty members from Gustavson.
The Vancouver Island National Philanthropy Day awards took place at the Fairmont Empress on Thursday, Nov. 14 and the Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Gustavson School of Business professor and author, Dr. Rebecca Grant. Rebecca has been involved with the United Way since 2002, has chaired the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the University Club board, has sat on the Telus community board, volunteers with Ballet Victoria … all the while inspiring her students and engaging her colleagues with her friendly smile. Bravo Rebecca!
Dr. Rebecca Grant is the recipient of the 2013 Peter B. Gustavson School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Grant has been with the Gustavson School since 1993, demonstrating her dedication to her students’ education in the rapidly changing field of information technology. She continually develops her skills in the classroom and has been instrumental in introducing new technologies, such as I-Clickers, blogs and podcasts, and updating her course content on such things as Google analytics, computer security and social media tools.
Dr. Matt Murphy is quoted about teaching entrepreneurship, and BCom grads Rebecca Koch and Kim Cope (who created social enterprise startup Early Entrepreneurs with help from ICE) speak of creating a “community contribution company” in this piece that appeared in the Globe and Mail’s November Business Education supplement.
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