Mark Selman, Program Director

Dr. Mark Selman is the director of the Executive MBA cohort for Aboriginal Business and Leadership. He is also responsible for directing other customized versions of the EMBA, including a long-running program with Teck Resources. Mark began his professional life as an entrepreneur involved in both construction and manufacturing. In his mid thirties, he returned to university to complete his undergraduate degree and doctorate, both at UBC.

He was hired at SFU to provide leadership to credit programs at the then new downtown campus. This led to the development of an innovative degree completion program, in partnership with CPRail and BC Hydro. Mark also began to work with Cominco, Alcan and other companies on graduate business programs, offered in sites close to resource operations around the province. As a result of the growth of customized graduate programs, Mark joined the Faculty of Business Administration full-time in 2000, where he founded the Learning Strategies Group. Because Mark was working with Alcan, he was asked by Milton Wong, then Chancellor of SFU, to assist the Haisla First Nation to develop a community learning plan that would complement their economic development initiatives. This led to a multi-year relationship involving planning, implementation and leadership development as well as to several other major projects with First Nations including courses on the use of real estate development as an economic development strategy, planning and coordination of education and economic development strategies with Turning Point, and a leadership role with Ahp-cii-uk ("going the right way" in Nuu-chah-nulth), a leadership initiative with three Nuu-chah-nulth communities.

Michelle Corfield Michelle Corfield, Executive in Residence

Dr. Michelle Corfield is an independent consultant specializing in process design, facilitation, research, and personal, community, and organizational development. Until recently, she held the position of Vice-President for the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Over the years she has served as a board member for various organizations and societies. Currently she is a board member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. She is one of the founding partners and designers of the BC Multi-Sectoral Leadership Initiative (

Michelle holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership Management, Masters of Conflict Analysis and Management, and B.A. in First Nations Studies. She is also a successful independent businessperson, operating a Seafood Harvesting company for the past thirteen years, adding to her 17 years of entrepreneurial experience.

Michelle has proven herself to be an innovative facilitator, mediator, and process designer. She has spent many years working towards developing ways to move First Nations people and communities forward using a balanced, holistic approach.

Michelle is from the Ucluelet First Nation, and she has 2 children.

Ulrike Radermacher

Dr. Ulrike Radermacher joined the team as an Associate Director in spring 2012. She is a believer in lifelong learning; she recently completed her EMBA from SFU Beedie. Many moons ago, she earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and prior to that an MA in Anthropology, Political Science, and Philosophy from the University of Munich. She has worked on First Nation issues such as land and treaty, economic development, migration, and Aboriginal foster care. She also conducted research on contemporary German migration to Australia and Canada, migration decision making processes, and ethnic networking structures in Europe. Over the past twenty years she has been involved in a wide range of projects in the not for profit area, such as the Reciprocal Research Network (RRN) at the UBC Museum of Anthropology.  Ulrike taught courses at UBC in Anthropology, First Nations Studies and Museum Studies. Throughout, she has been running many federal and provincial elections in her Vancouver home riding. Her three children are off to university and she now very much welcomes the opportunity to learn from and work with the students in the EMBA-ABL.

Advisory Board

   John Borrows

Professor John Borrows is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at the University of Victoria Law School. He also is a Visiting Professor at the SFU Segal Graduate School at the Beedie School of Business and teaches in the EMBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership. Prior to joining the University of Victoria, he was Professor and Robina Chair in Law and Society at the University of Minnesota Law School and Professor; as well as holding positions teaching Indigenous Law at the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and Osgoode Hall Law School.

He holds four degrees from the University of Toronto (BA, MA, J.D. LL.M) as well as becoming one of the first Aboriginal scholars to earn a PhD in Law (Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.) Furthermore, he is a distinguished Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has most recently been bestowed a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, at Dalhousie University.

Professor Borrows has served as a Visiting Professor in various Law Schools around the globe, amongst them the Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University College of Law in Phoenix, Arizona, the University of New South Wales, Australia, and Waikato University in New Zealand.

He teaches in the area of Constitutional Law, Indigenous Law, Environmental Law and Governance. His various publications include, Recovering Canada; The Resurgence of Indigenous Law and Drawing Out Law: A Spirit's Guide. Professor Borrows has been awarded the Aboriginal Achievement Award in Law and Justice and is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, as well as a Fellow of the Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences of Canada (RSC). In 2012 he was a recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Counsel (I.P.C.) from the Indigenous Bar Association, for honor and integrity in service to Indigenous communities. John is Anishinabe/Ojibway and a member of the Chippewa of the Nawash First Nation in Ontario, Canada.

Glen Ohs

Glen has over 40 years’ business experience in domestic and international environments and is currently the Senior Manager, Energy Governance of a large multi-national utility company. 

Keenly aware that aboriginal peoples have not benefitted from the same degree of economic development opportunities to the same degree as non-aboriginal peoples Glen has been actively involved in Economic Development in aboriginal communities for over 25 years.  Over the years Glen has served on several boards related to aboriginal education and economic development and currently serves on the board of three Métis joint venture companies as well as being an active member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Aboriginal Opportunities Advisory Committee.

Passionate about building capacity in aboriginal youth, Glen has taken a proactive approach with educators and school administrators to raise awareness of aboriginal specific issues and to strengthen relationships, enhancing opportunities for aboriginal studens in the public school system.

Glen presently resides in Langley, BC with his wife Elaine. Together they share 6 children and 15 (soon to be 16) grandchildren.

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At a Glance

  • 12 credits per semester
  • 33 months
  • Downtown Vancouver
  • Cost: $54,000*
  • *Subject to Board of Governors approval.

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