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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.

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.

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.

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: