January 2018 Alumni Newsletter SFU Beedie
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March 2018 Edition

SFU Beedie News
Professor Elected
BMO donates $500,000 to SFU Beedie to support Indigenous business education
BMO Financial Group has made a commitment of $500,000 to support Indigenous business education at Simon Fraser University's Beedie School of Business. SFU Beedie will use the gift to fund new research and education materials at the school, as well as creating a new permanent award of $10,000 for a student taking the Executive MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership each year.
Distiguished Teaching Awards
SFU Beedie hosts Nobel Peace Prize winner
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus addressed an audience of more than 300 people at the Segal Graduate School campus of the Beedie School of Business on February 5, 2018. Professor Yunus, who founded microfinance organization Grameen Bank, is the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, among many other international honours and awards, for his pioneering work in developing microfinance to help people lift themselves from poverty
Professor Elected
Success at ICBC and JDC West Competitions

Congratulations to the SFU Beedie students who competed at JDC West and ICBC in January!

The JDC West team, brought home several trophies after a weekend of competing at the Haskayne School of Business in Calgary, AB against 11 other schools.

SFU's MIS and Marketing teams, competing against five other schools, both took home first place trophies in their categories at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) in Kingston, ON. The ICBC teams were given five hours to prepare and present their solutions to a panel of industry judges.

Distiguished Teaching Awards
SFU Beedie Students Hosting JDC West 2019

JDC West, Western Canada's largest multi-faceted business competition, will be hosted at SFU Burnaby in January 2019 for the first time! The Organizing Committee, consisting of over 20 current Beedie students and alumni, will host over 600 students from twelve business schools in Western Canada and over 200 community partners and faculty members. The competition components include ten business case disciplines, two athletic events, a parliamentary-style debate tournament, a social component, and a participation component (which includes charity and volunteer hours).

For many delegates, competing at JDC West is the highlight of their undergraduate experience. The theme of the 2019 competition, Shaping Tomorrow, encourages students to create and present solutions that are innovative and adapt to the ever-changing business landscape.

Events & Educational Opportunities
Job Search Strategies
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Searching for a job can be a daunting task, but with the right tools, you can skillfully navigate your chosen career path. This workshop will cover proven strategies to help you secure more interviews and navigate the hidden job market.

Time: 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Location: Room 4600, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Registration: Click Here


Professional Business Resumes
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Resumes. Everybody's got one. What makes some stand-out from the rest? This hands-on workshop is designed to help you focus your resume on your accomplishments that will position you for where you want to go next

Time: 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Location: Room 4600, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Registration: Click Here


Hong Kong SFU Alumni + Friends Reception
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

SFU alumni from all faculties are invited to attend an SFU Alumni Reception in Hong Kong. Come enjoy light appetizers and listen to an exciting speech on "Digital Innovation" delivered by speaker Dr. Andrew Gemino, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the Beedie School of Business.

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location: The Excelsior Hong Kong
Gloucester Room I, 3/F
281, Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Event Inquiries: Please contact Alumni Relations at alumni4@sfu.ca
Registration: Click Here


Networking Your Way to Success
Thursday, March 22, 2018

Networking is a key component to a successful career and personal life. Many people struggle to make connections at professional events through online tools or in day-to-day life. Gain an understanding of the importance of a professional network to career health. Learn how to build your network, how to recognize and make the most of your existing network and how to grow your network successfully.

Time: 5:45pm - 7:45pm
Location: Room 4600, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Registration: Click Here


Collective Financial Statecraft: China, India, and the BRICS
Friday, March 23, 2018

Notwithstanding their disparate political systems, geographic regions, and capabilities, each of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) has since 2006 found increasing reasons to align its international monetary and financial policies with the others. When the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 hit, they were jointly positioned to demand from the status quo Western powers greater voice in global financial governance as a quid pro quo for their contributions to the coordinated and successful G20 economic stimulus. Associate Professor of International Studies at SFU, Leslie Armijo considers the complex China-India relationship in the context of their ongoing and surprisingly successful BRICS collaboration.

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Room 4400, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Registration: Click Here


Dating and Cover Letters…Make the Connection
Thursday, March 29, 2018

The cover letter is often the first impression that an employer has of you. Is it a good one? Is it targeted? Does it highlight the best of you? Or, is it all about what you want to tell the recruiter?

Time: 5:45am - 7:45pm
Location: Room 2300, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Registration: Click Here

Involvement Opportunities
BASS Impact Award Call for Nominations
We are excited to announce that nominations for the BASS Alumni Impact Award are now open! The BASS Alumni Impact Award recognizes a Beedie undergraduate alumnus for excellence, leadership, and innovation in achievement and contribution to the social, educational and economic well-being of current Beedie students or fellow Beedie alumni. Nominations are welcome from SFU Alumni, students, faculty, staff and members of the general community. Deadline for submissions is March 19, 2018 at 9AM. Alumni Impact Award Nomination Form. The recipient will be honoured at the 2018 BASS Celebration Gala on April 26, 2018. https://beediebass.com/bcg

Invitation to SFU Beedie Externship Program

Remember how scary the first day of your first professional job was? Now imagine you're having that first day in a new country. SFU Beedie is seeking hosts to provide a 4 day (April 17-20) job shadowing experience at your workplace to our MBA and MSc Finance students, who do not yet have any Canadian work experience.

As an Externship Host, your benefits to participating include, but are not limited to:

  • DEVELOP YOUR MENTORSHIP SKILLS while gaining a fresh perspective on your organization
  • BUILD YOUR BRAND amongst graduate students soon to enter the workforce
  • SUPPORT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING and help students transition to a career in Canada

Students will be matched based upon the industry they hope to work in post-graduation and will be fully oriented to the program before they visit on confidentiality and professional expectations. The MBA students will be available for full-time work starting in September and the MSc Finance students will be available in January 2019.

Get a jump start on your recruiting and developing your brand by hosting a potential candidate who will be able to share their positive experience with their classmates! For more information and to register as an Externship Host, please visit our program page or contact Beth Ren at jier@sfu.ca by March 18.


Help Students Build Confidence Networking & Interviewing

Participate in the "Meet the Pros" networking event and one-on-one mock interviews, where you will provide 3rd year business students meaningful feedback on how they can improve the delivery of their personal brand in different settings. Choose from the following two sessions, both of which will take place on March 27th:

Session 1:
10:30am - 12:30pm - Meet the Pros Networking Event
12:30pm - 2:30pm - One-on-one Mock Interviews
OR Session 2: 2:30pm - 4:30pm - Meet the Pros Networking Event
4:30 - 6:30pm - One-on-one Mock Interviews

Register here or contact Haena Cho, Employer Engagement Manager, at haena_cho@sfu.ca for more information.


Seeking Industry Guest Panelists for BUS 303 - Business Decision-Making

Share your real-world experiences in a panel discussion and provide students with a richer and realistic understanding of decision-making in the workplace. Here, you will share a dilemma you have faced in the workplace, what you did as a result and what you learned from it. At the end, there will be a Q&A and discussion. The panels will take place on the following dates:

March 29: 11:50am to 1:10pm - Burnaby Campus
April 3: 11:50am to 1:10pm - Surrey Campus

If you are interested, please contact Haena Cho, Employer Engagement Manager, at haena_cho@sfu.ca indicating which date you would like to sign up for

Hot Jobs
Title Job ID Company Apply by
Membership Sales Executive 16894 Burnaby Board of Trade March 9
Junior IT Project Specialist 16831 Fluor Canada Ltd. March 12
Personal and Executive Assistant 16967 Thomas O'Neill & Associates Inc. March 21
Bilingual Recruitment Coordinator 16950 Glentel Inc. March 25
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Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to our alumni on their recent professional achievements:

James Burron, (BBA 1994)
Co-Founder & President at Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies & Assets
Shyla Chandra, (BBA 2011)
Senior Advisor, Benefits and Wellness at BCLC
Lindsay McIvor (MBA 2012)
Sustainability Reporting Consultant at New Gold Inc.
Chandi Prashar (MBA 2012)
Business Analyst at Elastic Path Software
Craig Ryomoto (MBA 2010)
Chief Revenue Officer, Bench Accounting

If you have any news, such as promotions, awards, or honours, you would like to share with Beedie's alumni community, please let us know! You can send a note with your name, program, and graduation year to Beedie_alumni@sfu.ca.

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