Brent Mainprize wins international award for innovation

Brent Mainprize wins international award for innovation

A pioneering teaching professor from UVic’s Gustavson School of Business, Dr. Brent Mainprize, has won the international 2014 Desire2Learn Innovation in Teaching and Learning award for his fresh ideas in curriculum development and delivery.

This award is given by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn Incorporated. It recognizes Mainprize’s dedication, and his particularly innovative approach to teaching and learning.

His innovative approach for teaching entrepreneurship has been operationalized into a web-based software called the Venture Intelligence Quotient (VIQ) that is used in academia, innovation hatcheries and community economic development initiatives in Canada, Italy, Australia, Denmark and China.

Dr. Saul Klein, Dean of the Gustavson School says: “Setting him apart are his innovative approaches, pioneering tools, and exceptional teaching ability, all of which have proved most successful with both degree students and executive education participants.”

Young Business China’s (YBC) Executive Frank Tan says:“ We value greatly the expertise and innovation provided by Dr. Brent Mainprize – cultural examples that our highly successful business executives (students) could relate to and all presentations translated into the appropriate Chinese language!”  YBC is the largest Entrepreneurship support organization in the People’s Republic of China regularly brings high-level Chinese executives to UVic to learn innovative mentorship methods.  “I firmly support his talent for creating teaching and learning methods that are intuitive, cross-cultural and enhance learning globally,” Tan says.

“It [VIQ System] has changed the way we help entrepreneurs and has increased the opportunity to develop partnerships, internal systems and feedback measures that would not have been possible without it,” says Noreen Hoskins, Manager of Entrepreneur Skills Development at one of Alberta’s largest business incubators.

Aboriginal business leader Frank Parnell, CEO of Tribal Resource Investment Corporation (TRICORP) has worked with Brent for over 14 years. “I have worked side-by-side with Brent and consider him a true educator.  Dr. Mainprize is a champion of educational innovations, having the vision to create new ways of learning, of delivering fresh curriculums with culturally inspired teaching methods, and of generating the tools to support them. Dr. Mainprize was responsible for our newest innovative partnership with Service Canada, UVic, the BG Group, and Spectra Energy to provide the Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (NW-ACE) program to local and aspiring entrepreneurs in the community.  We consider ourselves fortunate to have the relationship we have with Brent, and having him as a part of our team to build capacity with our First Nations Communities.”

The Desire2Learn award was created to support exactly the type of forward-thinking activities that Dr. Mainprize uses helping students to learn. Here is a Link to the award’s news release.

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