Gill PhD business students

The small size of the program allows the faculty to work with each student to co-create a highly personalized program that emphasizes mentorship and peer-to-peer learning.
The small size of the program allows the faculty to work with each student to co-create a highly personalized program that emphasizes mentorship and peer-to-peer learning.

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Students, faculty and staff are all dedicated to pull out your strengths so you can gain the most from your program. The PhD Program Office at the Gill Graduate School holds a wealth of information and is a good starting point for prospective and current PhD students seeking assistance.

Carlo Brighi

Education: Bachelor in Business, Economics and Social Sciences – International Business & Finance (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Vienna, Austria, 2013) including an exchange semester at the Sonoco International Business, Department at the Darla Moore School of Business (University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA, 2011), Master of Science in International Business Administration (University of Vienna - Faculty of Business, Economics and Statistics, Vienna, Austria, 2016)

Background: Carlo has recently spent the last four years as part of the research team at the Institute for International Business at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria. He grew up in Italy and moved to Vienna, Austria in order to pursue his passion for business studies. Prior to and during his studies, he has gained practical experience in both marketing research and finance by working across different industries for large multinational as well as small-medium sized enterprises. On the academic side, he has been involved on multiple research projects, mainly focusing on sustainability, CSR, cross-cultural management and responsible global leadership, and strategic management.

Research Interests:  Carlo’s research interests span from responsible business practices and cross-cultural management, to sustainable investment, with a particular focus on emerging economies. 

Juan Francisco Chavez Ramirez

Education: Bachelor in Anthropology (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2006), Master of Arts in Development Studies (Erasmus Rotterdam University, 2011)

Background: Prior to coming to the Gustavson School of Business, Juan Francisco was most recently employed as Coordinator of Social Affairs in the Prior Consultation Office within Perú’s national government’s Ministry of Culture. Juan Francisco is trained as an anthropologist specializing in local development and extractive industries in rural areas with peasant communities and
Indigenous peoples. Other previous work experiences include being Head of Projects in a consultancy firm specialized in studies related to extractive industries and rural communities.

Research Interests: Juan Francisco’s research interests are focused on the relationship between extractive industries and rural communities, particularly in issues regarding corporate culture and organization, collective innovation, social standards, embeddedness, conflict resolution, governance, local development in mining contexts and Indigenous rights.

Komal Kalra

Education: Bachelor’s of Commerce (Honors) (Hans Raj College, University of Delhi, India - 2010), Masters in International Management, specialization: International Business (IE Business School, Madrid, Spain - 2012), Certificate programs in Strategy & International Business (London School of Economics & Political Science, London – 2009).

Background: Prior to starting the PhD Program, Komal was a Research Associate at the Institute of Rural Management Anand, India at the Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Enterprises and was involved in helping set up entrepreneurship incubation hubs in different industrial sectors. Previously, Komal was also employed as an Audit Assistant with Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu, specializing in real estate clients.

Research areas: Knowledge transition from developed to developing economies and its impact on the cultures.

Anirban Kar

Education: Bachelor of Commerce (St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta, India, 1990), Master of Sciences, Management (University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada, 2012)

Background: Anirban acquired a CA designation in India post which he worked in steel manufacturing and telecom service businesses in the areas of operational audit, accounts, finance and management. Recently he was also a part-time instructor in the areas of control systems and revenue management at various institutes in India. During his Master’s program, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Lethbridge.

Research areas: Organizational behavior and social issues in management in the contexts of great places to work and cooperatives.

Shazia Karmali

Education: BSc Integrated Science – Life Science (UBC 2005), MSc Public Health – Health Services Management (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2007)

Background:Prior to entering the PhD program in 2010, Shazia spent 6 years as a manager at the BC Provincial Health Services Authority involved in strategic planning and program development for population and public health. Shazia spent some time in India with the Aga Khan Health Services and in Afghanistan for the Ministry of Public Health. While a PhD student, Shazia received the Best Paper Award, Healthcare Management Division for her paper “The Effect of Professional Identity on Comprehensiveness in Strategic Decision Making: Physician Executives in the Canadian Healthcare Context”. Shazia has also been invited and presented at WAM, ASAC and EGOS, and most recently has organized a symposium at AOM 2014 within the OMT division.

Research Interests: Exploring the strategic dynamics of authenticity and legitimacy from an institutional perspective. 

Patricia Misutka

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Patricia Misutka

Education: Masters of Business Administration (University of Alberta, 2009)

Background: Prior to transferring her PhD program to UVic from the University of Alberta, Patricia worked for several years in senior political positions, including as Principal Secretary to Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and as Chief of Staff to Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel (2004-2013).  Overall Patricia has more than 15 years of experience working in senior strategic roles across a variety of government, corporate and non-profit environments.   

Research Interests: Focusing on how transnational institutions link with local environments on sustainability issues.

Saeed Rahman

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration (Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, 2002), Master of Business Administration (North South University, Bangladesh, 2006), Master of Science (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom, 2008), Master of Business Administration (University of Windsor, Canada, 2013)

Background: Saeed possess more than 10 years’ professional experience of working in various multi-national and multi-cultural environments. He also holds a breadth of experience in teaching and research – he served as core faculty of the School of Business at the North South University in Bangladesh where he taught undergraduate students courses on Business Ethics & CSR, Marketing and Introduction to Business, and has worked as a research assistant during his time in his Masters programs at the University of Windsor and at Queen Mary University of London in the UK. Immediately prior to his PhD, Saeed was working as an Experiential Learning Researcher at the University of Windsor.

Research areas: Business and society, corporate social and environmental responsibility, corporate governance, business ethics and application of its principles from the developing country perspective, sustainability, organizations and the natural environment.

Erik Schindler

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (UVic, 1996), MBA (UVic, 2009)

Background: Erik has most recently been employed with UVic as the Vancouver Employment Development Office for the Gustavson School of Business/Business Co-op and Career Services. Erik has also spent time overseas in Japan as a Teacher and Director of Operations at an English language institute.

Research areas: Sustainability, innovation and international business in the developing world.

Michael Silla

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration (University of New Brunswick, Canada, 2005) Master of Science, Business Administration (Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, The Netherlands, 2011)

Background: Most recently, Michael worked as a Research Assistant for the Erasmus Research Institute of Management, in the Partnership Resource Center. Michael has a Charted Certified Accountant designation from the UK, and spent 5 years in auditing and finance in Ethiopia for the private industry.

Research area: Cross-cultural partnerships to solve equitable economic development using S.I.T. theory and partnering with government/NGO’s to tackle sustainability issues.

Michal Szymanski

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Accounting (Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland, 2009), Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2010) Masters of Arts in Management (Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland, 2011) Master of Arts in American Studies, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2012), Master of Arts in International Relations, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, 2012), Exchange term at University of British Columbia 2012.

Background: Michal most recently was employed at Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu as a Junior Associate on the Grants and Incentives Team working on logistics, high tech and banking projects. Michal was a finalist in many competitions including the National EU-Knowledge Olympiad. He has publications in the Journal of Finance and Management Sciences and has also served as a wildland firefighter in Oregon, USA.

Research area: Strategic management in various companies experiencing difficulties due to economic downturn.

What's the best part of taking a PhD at Gustavson as a student?

  • faculty and staff are friendly, easy-going and are willing to give you their time and their excellent support 
  • faculty is open to suggestions and guide you to make the program work for you
  • international visiting students provide a wonderful opportunity to expand your knowledge and provide new points of view to challenge your way of thinking
  • small class sizes offer a great opportunity to engage with the material and are taught by very passionate people that care about and have expertise in the topic areas
  • program is well rounded

What advice do students have for incoming PhD students?

  • Pace yourself. It's normal to feel overwhelmed but don't let that consume you, enjoy the ride!
  • Your fellow students are a huge part of your support system so be sure to take a breather, relax, and get to know them.
  • If you're in the program you have what it takes. You're smart enough so when things get tough, don't doubt yourself. The only thing you have to do is not give up!
  • Close mentorship with professors
  • Creative and challenging research opportunities available from Year 1
  • Shared offices on the fourth floor of the Business and Economics building, with dedicated classroom space for PhD Business classes
  • Access to all office equipment and software essentials for maximum productivity
  • UVic has a website for new professors who are relocating to Victoria, this is also a good source of information for PhD students, especially in the Getting Settled and Live in Victoria sections.
  • The best source of information regarding costs and types of housing in Victoria (both on and off campus) is the UVic Housing website. Most students at the doctoral level find private apartments for rent.
  • Prospective students who are planning to move to Victoria with their families are encouraged to apply for Family Housing at the same time as applying for admissions to the program: