Gustavson news

Sarah Easter Crosses Stage to Become First Business School PhD Grad

Gustavson is proud to usher its first PhD graduate from the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School across the stage this week. Sarah Easter is the first to graduate from the school with her PhD.

Gustavson Professors net top teaching awards at UVic

The UVic Alumni Association honoured two of Gustavson’s finest with their university-wide excellence in teaching awards. The Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership and the Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching recognize UVic teaching of the highest calibre. The School of Business captured both awards this year as the association shone a spotlight on the teaching prowess of Dr. Brent Mainprize and Mark Bridge. Both are well known amongst their students for the depth of knowledge, engaging classroom activities and innovative teaching style. Each award includes a $2000 cash prize and photo portraits of the award winners are displayed in the main stairwell of the McPherson Library on campus.

UVic and Coast Capital Savings Partner to Relaunch Centre for Entrepreneurs

University of Victoria entrepreneurs will get additional vital support and mentorship through the relaunch of its Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE), made possible through $450,000 in funding from Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.

MBAs Rock the Case Competition Circuit

Day and evening students take three firsts, one second and place among top six of world-wide competition

Professor Mia Maki recognized by Gustavson’s International Advisory Board

Entrepreneurship professor Mia Maki is our 2016 recipient of the International Advisory Board Community Engagement Award. The award is given each year to a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional community engagement by building strong relationships between Gustavson and the business community.

Dr. Monika Winn Receives a 2016 President’s Distinguished Service Award

And the award goes to … Dr. Monika Winn for her leadership on sustainability and social responsibility. She is the recipient of this year’s President’s Distinguished Service Award for Excellence in Leadership. “This is a great tribute to the wonderful work that Monika has done both within the school and throughout the university,” says Dr. Saul Klein, dean of the Gustavson School of Business.

Linda Hasenfratz honoured as 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur

Linda Hasenfratz, chief executive officer of Linamar Corporation, a diversified global manufacturing company, is the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 2016 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year. The award is given to leaders who have achieved success through their business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit.

Team Sweet Spot Makes Final Six in Annual Design Challenge

March 8, 2016: Standing tall amongst world class competition, the UVic MBA design thinkers beat some of the best to reach the final round in the 2016 Rotman Design Challenge. The Sardul S. Gill Graduate School team — Nels Carlson, Ben Carson, Juan de la Hoz, Bhupinder Dulku and Hazen Fowler (Team Sweet Spot) — beat teams from some of the top business and design schools around the world.

Double Honours for International Management Scholar Dr. Mary Yoko Brannen

March 3, 2016: Award winning and internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Mary Yoko Brannen, has been honoured for her contributions in the field of international business and elected as a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. She is also receiving an honorary doctorate from the Copenhagen Business School for her work in the field of cross-cultural management and international business.

Gustavson School of Business Re-accredited with AACSB

The UVic Gustavson School of Business has earned continuing accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for another five years.

Gustavson MBA Students Earn Glory at a Prestigious Case Competition

Our MBAs have what it takes to be great business leaders: Sardul S. Gill Graduate School MBA students Sunjit Mark, Marcus Greenshields, Tammy Pham and Ivan Petrovic have placed second in the East Meets West Leadership Case Competition this past weekend.

MBA team wins Corporate Knights’ Business for a Better World case competition... again!

Sardul S. Gill Graduate School MBAs Laurent Sevigny, Mukesh Dhatwalia, Bhupinder Dulku and Dorothy Pan have successfully defended the School’s championship title at the Corporate Knights’ Business for a Better World case study competition.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award recipients and participants are invited to an Exclusive Information night at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

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.