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.
Dr. A. R. “Elango” Elangovan is being honoured as a Distinguished Professor at this Fall’s Convocation. This distinction is the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on a faculty member; only 12 have been honoured this way since the creation of the designation in 2002. Elango’s teaching philosophy is simple: “The focus is on the students, not us,” he says. Elango being given this honour was announced earlier this year, and the presentation will be made at Convocation. Bravo Elango!
Connor Bildfell squeezed every drop of learning and doing and growing and fun from his BCom degree. “What I cherish most about the Gustavson School of Business,” says Bildfell, “is the inspiring and supportive environment. I was able to challenge myself and consider new ideas that I could not have previously imagined.” The 22-year-old, who was born in Charlottetown but grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, did a lot more than just show up for class. He served on the executive of the Commerce Students’ Society (CSS), co-chaired the annual Business Banquet, went on exchange to Beijing, learned to speak a new language (Mandarin) well enough to take part in a public speaking competition (he won), entered a TD Insurance essay-writing contest (and won), took part in the PitchIt! elevator speech competition (and won), and entered the PlanIt! business plan competition (and won).
Two Gustavson BCom alumni are changing how Victoria residents can help less fortunate people in our city with a Mealshare program. The idea behind Mealshare? Buy one meal and give another away. Local restaurants have partnered with the two Gustavson alums, as has Our Place Society and the Children's Hunger Fund.
CSSI’s latest Year in Review is a collection of stories about many of the sustainability-related activities at Gustavson. Find out which undergrads won face-time with six of Canada’s top CEOs and which grad students presented to Nespresso executives in Lausanne. Discover how light our operational footprint is and what we’re doing to make it even fainter. Enjoy the tales of students, faculty and staff who create action out of the United Nations Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education. All of that and more are in CSSI: Everybody’s Business.
VICTORIA: A new creative brand, an imaginative video, a new logo, a refreshed website, and a street campaign urging people to “see things differently” was revealed today by the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. http://www.uvic.ca/gustavson/ “Gustavson is a different business school with a unique set of values and a unique approach to business education – we attract a very specific type of student,” says Associate Dean Mark Colgate, who led the team that revamped the Gustavson “brand”.
Business education has been evolving since the late 19th century when the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania was established as North America’s first business school. In February 2013, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) estimates there were 15,673 educational institutions offering a business degree of any level worldwide. At this time, there are 105 business schools in Canada and 1,617 in the US. “Making an impression in this crowded landscape is more important than ever,” says Dr. Mark Colgate, Associate Dean and Chair of the Brand Committee. “Starting in September 2012, we began to review and refresh our brand. Through a representative process that included faculty, staff, students and alumni, we collaboratively identified our competition, defined the target audience, and clarified our brand proposition.”
Entrepreneurs at the University of Victoria, whether they have an idea for a business, non-profit venture or social innovation, now have the resources and support of the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) to help realize their vision. ICE already has more than a dozen business start-ups in the pipeline. UVic is expanding the centre, which was initiated by the Gustavson School of Business last year, into a program available across all disciplines to deepen its support of new ideas and strategies to deal with society’s complex challenges. “As a community of learners, innovators and entrepreneurs, there is no shortage of excellent ideas at the University of Victoria,” says Vice-President Academic and Provost Reeta Tremblay. “The Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs will provide students, staff and faculty from all faculties the support to develop their ideas while also building relationships with the region’s business leaders and entrepreneurs.”
Gustavson has won another award at the Academy of Management meeting in Orlando, Florida. The symposium titled “The Upside of Cultural Distance: A Positive Organizational Scholarship Perspective” won the 2013 Emerald Best International Symposium Award! Mary Yoko Brannen (who spoke on “The Upside of Foreignness”) was one of five presenters at the event, which she says was very well-attended.
On April 16, 2013, the Rio de Janeiro International Airport welcomed 20 Master of Business Administration (MBA) students from the University of Victoria, Canada. Accompanying the students were two UVic professors and the group's guide Raquel Cerkes.
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.
The University of Victoria is among the top 20 universities in the world under the age of 50 and first in Canada in the Times Higher Education’s 100-under-50 rankings released today. Each university’s standing was determined by 13 objective performance indicators including research, citations (research influence), teaching, international outlook and industry income. UVic placed first in Canada for the second consecutive year, fifth in North America and 20th worldwide.
Our Gustavson MBA students are now in the Top 3 in the World for the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ MBA Challenge 2013. Team members Jesal Shah, Rebeca Saenz, Taryn Roy and Andrew Spence were advised by Professor Matt Murphy.
Let's see what the ISIBM Alumni have to say about the Program.
Welcome & Introductions, Judith Sayers, Visiting National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair Author Introduction: Audrey Dallimore, Professor, Royal Roads University Book Reading and Presentation by Chris Henderson Closing Remarks, Chief Gordon Planes, T’Sooke Nation Book Signing & Mingling See attached Pacific Book Launch Program.
Natural gas fever is striking the North Coast. And young aboriginal men and women want a piece of the action. Daybreak's Betsy Trumpener introduces a piece produced by George Baker.
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.
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