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.

Harry Hickman Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and Educational Leadership

Brent Mainprize

Entrepreneurial expert Dr. Brent Mainprize strives to help his students feel the transformational power of education, instead of simply gaining knowledge. Over almost 20 years teaching at UVic, he has continually improved his curriculum to challenge students to be better entrepreneurs, through innovative exercises like the venture challenge (start with $5 and build a business in a month) and creating and pitching a business plan. He is the founder and program director of Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (NW-ACE), a program that takes business education to Aboriginal communities. His passion for entrepreneurial education reaches even farther with VIQ™, or Venture Intelligence Quotient, a software-based venture development tool used around the world that helps students determine the possibilities and potential weaknesses of start-up propositions.


Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

Mark Bridge

“I think he should coach other profs on how to teach, because he's got it down!” says one student of Professor Mark Bridge’s business law class at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. Bridge, a graduate of UVic’s Faculty of Law, uses an engaging classroom style and focuses on helping students apply law to business situations they might expect to meet in life. As a first-time instructor at UVic in 1993, his course was such a success that students sent an unsolicited letter to the Dean of Law recommending he stay on so that future students could benefit from his teaching. He has also been a major contributor to programs like NW-ACE, UVic’s Business Law Clinic, and various scholarship and training initiatives.

Contact: Krista Boehnert