Victoria, BC
Victoria, BC

The Gustavson School of Business researchers organize conferences throughout the year.


Aug 29-30th, 2019, Victoria, BC

Hosted by Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

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This year’s IWFSAS meeting is hosted by the Gustavson School of Business, in collaboration with Cass Business School, and the Centre for Banking Research (CBR) at the City University of London, the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta and the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria

Financial Stability Implications of Fintech & Financial Innovation

September 10-11, 2018, CASS Business School, London, UK

In this third annual meeting of the International Workshop on Financial System Architecture & Stability (IWFSAS), the feature topic is financial innovation, including financial technology (“Fintech”). The conference organizers welcome theoretical and empirical contributions on Fintech and financial innovation and their impact on the structure and stability of the financial system, in addition to the topics of general interest to IWFSAS.

Conference co-chair Basma Majerbi, Gustavson associate professor

Victoria Forum 2017 Canada@150: Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: November 17-19, 2017

On Canada's 150th anniversary, the University of Victoria and Global Affairs Canada have joined forces to organize the inaugural Victoria Forum under the theme of Canada@150: Promoting Diversity & Inclusion.

Global and national policy makers, business leaders, academics, youth and civil society representatives took stock of Canada's successes and challenges in these areas, and to chart a way forward.

This conference is a collaboration between the University of Victoria and Global Affairs Canada.


EU Crises: February 23-25, 2017

Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of junior and senior academic experts from the fields of Political Science, History, Economics, Business, and Law as well as policy practitioners, this unique 3 day set of sessions, held at the University of Victoria and the Laurel Point Inn in downtown Victoria, examined the effects of political and financial crises in the Euopean Union (EU), as well as the specific institutions built by the EU in response to the economic crisis. 

This conference is made possible by a generous grant of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the support of various departments, faculties and centres at the University of Victoria (Centre for Global Studies, the European Union Centre of Excellence (co-funded by the European Commission), the Department of Economics and Department of Political Science, the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, and the Faculty of Social Science).

For more information,

Contact: Basma Majerbi

Workshop on International Financial System Architecture and Stability (IWFSAS): August 26-27, 2016

The IWFSAS aims at providing a forum for academic researchers and policy makers to discuss issues related to the structure and design of financial systems and their impact on growth and financial stability. The 2016 inaugural meeting, which took place on August 26 & 27 at the University of Victoria, was dedicated to discussing the increasingly important role of cooperative banks and how their multi-stakeholders-oriented managerial approach in providing financial services can affect risk-taking behaviour at the individual bank level as well as at the broader financial system level. Indeed, recent evidence from the global financial crisis of 2008-09 shows that cooperative banks weathered the crisis better than commercial banks.  

The conference features research findings delivered and discussed by renowned academics from Canada, United States and Europe. Session themes included Business Models & Market Structures in Banking, Regulation & Risk Taking in Cooperative Banking, Managing Cooperative Financial Institutions and Avoiding and Resolving Banking Crises. The keynote lecture was delivered by Dr. Thorsten Beck, Professor of Banking and Finance at the Cass Business School (City University London), and was entitled “Finance, Growth, Inclusion and Stability”. In addition to the academic paper presentations, the conference also included a public panel session on “The Future of the cooperative banking sector” with the participation of: Rym Ayadi (Professor at HEC Montreal and Director of the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance), Frank Chong (Acting Superintendent of Financial Institutions and Acting CEO of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation, at the Financial Institutions Commission (FICOM), Tracy Redies (former CEO of Coast Capital Savings), James A. Wilcox (Professor at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley), and Don Wright (CEO of Central 1 Credit Union).

This conference was hosted by the Gustavson School of Business, UVic Department of Economics, in collaboration with the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the International Research Centre on Co-operative Finance at HEC Montreal.

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Academics and Athletics Co-Creation of Excellence Conference: April 15, 2016

The Gustavson School of Business hosted the first annual Academics and Athletics Co-Creation of Excellence Conference (Dynamics in Sport) at CARSA on April 15, 2016. Gustavson presenters included Richard Wolfe, Stacey Fitzsimmons, Mike Szymanski, and Rick Cotton. Complementing Gustavson management experts include Faculty representatives from UVic ELPS, Athletics and Recreation, Law, Economics. Industry representatives came from Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Mariners, Rugby Canada, Victoria Royals, & Rowing Canada.

Human Resource Climates: Assessing their Impacts on Organizations and Employees – Research Colloquium: October 28-30, 2015

The Gustavson School of Business hosted the Human Resource Climates: Assessing their Impacts on Organizations & Employees Research Colloquium on October 28-30, 2015. The overall purpose of the proposed research project is to further a framework in which HR climate is related to both the existence of productive HR systems and structures and to the desired people-related outcomes. This international collaboration brought in researchers from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Iran, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

CIMaR 2014: June 26-29, 2014

The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria hosted 2014 CIMaR conference in Victoria, BC, Canada on June 26-29, 2014. The conference theme was “The World Looks Different from Here: Theoretical and Empirical Issues in Rapidly Changing Global Markets.”

As the 23rd conference, we continued the tradition of combining excellent research with collegial hospitality by hosting this conference at the University of Victoria and in the beautiful Inner Harbour area of downtown Victoria, and visiting Butchart Gardens as well as other venues that highlighted the value of looking at the world from a different perspective.

Canada-EU CETA Conference and Panel: May 5-6, 2014

The Gustavson School of Business co-hosted a conference and public panel on the Implications of Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, on May 5-6, 2014.

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union will grant Canada access to the biggest economy of the world. On Oct. 18, 2013, the agreement was signed in principle, but details are not yet in the public domain. However, it is already clear CETA will impact the relationship between Canada and the EU very substantially. As its name already suggests, CETA goes well beyond trade and addresses foreign direct investment, labour mobility, and public procurement, among other important areas.

Journal of International Business Studies Special Issue Conference on Internationalization in the Information Age: June 20-22, 2014

The Peter B. Gustavson hosted the Journal of International Business Studies Special Issue Conference on Internationalization in the Information Age, on June 20 - 22, 2014.

The purpose of this Special Issue conference is to suggest how established IB approaches can be positively adapted, revised or extended to allow for the restructuring of MNEs and the new organizational forms of internationalization which have arisen to better explore and exploit the trajectories of the Information and Communication technological paradigm.