Uncharted Waters Webinar - Series Two



As we continue to navigate these extraordinary times, Gustavson will continue its pursuit in supporting our alumni, donors and business communities around the globe. We are pleased to announce our partnership with the DVBA to provide another webinar that we hope you will find useful in your business, personal efforts and help navigate these uncharted waters together.

Previous Webinars:

Recoveries, Finales & Rescues - Monday, October 5, 2020 | 4:00pm PT (60min.)

Presenters: Dr. Brock Smith, Gustavson Entrepreneurship Professor and Jeff Bray, Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association

Businesses have been grappling with the impact of COVID-19 for most of 2020. From complete closures, or gradual re-openings, to slower summers, how will they fare this fall? Will downtown Victoria businesses be able to weather the storm or will we see a markedly different landscape in our core area when we emerge from the pandemic?

Join Executive Director of the Downtown Victoria Business Association, Jeff Bray, as he shares his insights about economic resilience, what strategies are working well and where we could focus our efforts to improve business supports and keep our downtown thriving.

Gustavson Entrepreneurship Professor, Brock Smith will join Jeff in sharing ideas and strategies for making sure there are many more business recoveries than finales during this unprecedented time.

There will be time for audience Q&A.

Team Spirit! The Secrets of High Performing Teams - Thursday, October 22, 2020 | 1:00-2:00pm (60 min.)

PresenterDr. Rick Cotton, Associate Professor, Gustavson School of Business

Drawing from examples of championship sports teams, Dr. Rick Cotton will provide insights on what makes a high performance team and how you can foster this cohesion and success amongst your workplace teams. He’ll also touch on how to keep those connections strong while teams work remotely from each other, and how teams can be involved in developing their formula for high performance achievements.

This webinar was by invitation only to WestShore Chamber of Commerce members

Business in the Post COVID-19 Era - Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | 12:15pm PT (45 mins.)

Presenters: Dr. David C Thomas, Professor, Gustavson School of Business, and Scott Phillips Founder and CEO, StarFish Medical

In March of this year, it became clear that the virus known as COVID-19 was a worldwide pandemic. Cities were locked down, socializing with others was discouraged, and international borders were closed. Governments struggled to find the right strategies to control the spread of the virus while also protecting the economic welfare of their citizens. The impact on many businesses has been devastating, while others have prospered.

However, all organizations will need to make adjustments with regard to their people, their processes and their structures in order to survive and thrive in the new business reality. StarFish is Canada’s leading Medical Device Design service provider with a full complement of design, development, and manufacturing services in Victoria and Toronto.  They have successfully partnered with innovative companies (both large and small) to create breakthrough products for a number of medical specialty areas.

In this webinar, Scott Phillips, Founder and CEO of Victoria based StarFish Medical talks with Professor David Thomas about how his award winning firm has adapted to today’s new business environment and his view for the future. As part of this webinar, a live Q&A with the audience will be available.

What’s Next after the U.S. Election? The Outlook for Geopolitics and Markets - Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 2:00pm PT (60min.)

Presenters: Dr. Michael King, Associate Professor & Lansdown Chair in Finance, Gustavson School of Business, and Rudy Narvas, Director, Macro Investment Research - BCI

Join us for a fireside chat with Rudy Narvas, Director, Macro Investment Research at BCI moderated by Prof. Michael R. King, Lansdowne Chair in Finance, Gustavson School of Business

In this discussion, Rudy will look at how the global economy is evolving and the state of the business cycle in leading economies. He will connect both economics and geopolitics to the investment cycle, highlighting what sectors and asset classes tend to do well in this uncertain environment.