Hometown: Surrey, BC
Concentration: Finance and MIS
It’s hard to imagine that two teenagers would have the expertise and business acumen to run their own import business, but that’s exactly the kind of drive and passion that Hangue Kim brings to every challenge. At the age of 17, Kim and his friend started a company that imported kitchen equipment while they were still in high school. “It was a great learning opportunity. We learned so much about how businesses were formed, processes and regulations around importation and making connections in the industry,” says Kim. He has since moved on to tackle other ventures but this early entrepreneurial venture earned him a spot on Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 list.
In addition to balancing his school workload and co-curricular activities within the Beedie School of Business, Kim has been heavily involved with the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS). Elected as the student representative for the Business faculty in 2015, Kim eventually moved on to serve as Vice President of Finance, and most recently, as President of SFSS. These roles have given Kim the opportunity to work on a number of important initiatives, including obtaining approval to build a $65 million student union building and stadium, and improving the SFSS Food Bank Program for students in financial need.
Within the business faculty, Hangue was part of the Enactus volunteers who founded the Soap for Hope – a social enterprise which works with a Downtown Eastside non-profit to upcycle hotel bar soaps. As the Director of External Relations for this project, Kim helped secure Soap for Hope’s first client – a local restaurant – to buy the upcycled liquid soap.
Even as Kim continues to seek out new learning opportunities and challenges, he always tries to motivate and encourage other students along the way. Whether as a BASS mentor, a case competition coach, FROSH Leader, or SFSS President, Kim actively works to improve the university experience of other students. “I had amazing mentors through the BASS Mentorship Program and FROSH when I was in my first year. My hope is to pay it forward and impact first years by a fraction of how much my mentors impacted me,” he says.
It is precisely that desire to give students the best opportunities to grow that led Kim and three other business students to establish the Beedie Urban Development Program (BUDP). Partnering with the Urban Development Institute and Beedie Career Management Centre, BUDP selects 15-20 business students per cycle to learn about, and build business contacts in, the urban development industry. BUDP participants are taken on office tours as well as through workshops covering topics such as land acquisition and project financing.
As for Kim himself, he is interested in exploring how his MIS and Finance background can be integrated into urban development in the future.
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