August 2017 Alumni Newsletter SFU Beedie
August 2017 Edition

Featured News
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Alumni and friends baseball outing at the Nat
Mix together sunshine and baseball and you get a perfect outing for Beedie alumni, family and friends! Thanks to all who joined Beedie staff and faculty on June 25.
SFU Beedie News
Matias Marquez
Founder of Buyatab Online named to Canada's Top 40/40
Alumnus Matias Marquez wins another award for his entrepreneurial success with digital gift card company Buyatab.
CEO of Weatherhaven signs university research MOU
Alumnus Ray Castelli makes $500,000 commitment from Weatherhaven to SFU.
Joseph Caron
Former ambassador Joseph Caron joins advisory board
Caron joins the Advisory Council of Beedie's Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies.
Eduardo Schwartz
Eduardo Schwartz named inaugural Ryan Beedie Chair in Finance
Eduardo Schwartz, recognized for teaching and research excellence, is appointed to the newly created position.
Beedie Video Spotlights

Beedie MBA Externship Program

Students learn about Canadian workplace culture through a one-week externship.

Events & Educational Opportunities
SFU Continuing Studies supports alumni professional development

Want to hone your career skills or explore a new area? Did you know SFU alumni can waive the $75 application fee for professional development programs offered through SFU Continuing Studies. Learn more at the SFU alumni website under Privileges/Benefits.

CPA Innovation Centre-Digital Nomads: The Age of the Fully Distributed Workplace is Upon Us
Monday, August 14

As the popularity of the remote office rises, are we seeing the birth of a new work reality-the digital nomads? Speaker Mark Frein is a former Adjunct Professor at SFU and has been an executive at two industry-leading, venture-backed SaaS start-ups: Return Path and InVision App. InVision is a 100% distributed workforce with almost 400 employees worldwide.

9:00 - 10:00 am
Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, Room 4800
Complimentary, RSVP required
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Sharpening Your Coaching Skills with Shauna and Al Jones
Tuesday, August 15

Learn to hone your mentoring and coaching skills through interactive, engaging activities such as role plays, case studies and self-implementation action plans. Discover when and how to effectively coach people to reach both their "do" and "be" goals. Learn how to apply these skills in your day-to-day work.

9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
$150 plus GST (does not include lunch)
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Ottawa: BC Alumni + Friends Canada 150 Celebration & Social
Thursday, August 24

Join SFU, UBC and UVic alumni (and friends!) to celebrate Canada's 150th. Start your evening with a futuristic view of Ottawa's Lyon Light Rail Transit station at Kontinuum, and end the evening with a social. Enjoy one or both events!

5:30 - 9:30 pm
Location for Kontinuum (5:30 pm):
300 Sparks Street, Ottawa, ON (Place de Ville Theatre)
Location for the social (6:30 pm):
FarmTeam Cookhouse and Cellar, 208 Sparks Street.
Event details and registration:
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SFU 2017 Outstanding Alumni Awards
Wednesday, Sept. 13

Join us to hear inspirational stories from four award recipients, including Frode Strand-Nielsen, founder of one of the fastest-growing private equity firms in Europe, FSN Capital.

5:30 start
Four Seasons Hotel, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Event details:
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Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership Program 5th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, Sept. 29

Save the date as we celebrate five successful years of the EMBA ABL program. We look forward to welcoming important members of this vibrant community including alumni, community partners, faculty, staff and current students. Registration will open in the summer, so stay tuned!

6 - 8:30 pm
Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
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Involvement Opportunities
2nd Annual ApparelCamp Vancouver: Call for Speakers
Saturday, Sept. 30

ApparelCamp, a user-drive "unconference", is an important space for dialogue in one of Vancouver’s fastest-growing industries. Topics of interest include: developing local industry, innovation, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, sustainability, design, sourcing and supply chain. This event is voluntarily organized by MBA student Vanessa Fors and others. This is a great chance to share your industry knowledge!

Location: SFU Segal Building, 500 Granville St., Vancouver

To submit a topic proposal, visit ApparelCamp’s website.

Meet the Pros
Tuesday, October 10

Calling all Beedie graduate alumni! Did you graduate before 2016? Share your career insights with new students in an evening of conversation about your industry, functional area(s) and company. This is an opportunity to build your brand, share your experiences and stay connected! Spots are limited so register ASAP. Light catering provided.

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm (registration and catering begin at 4:30pm)

Location: Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, Rooms 1200 - 1500

Register by Sept. 27: Email

Volunteer as coaches/judges for case competition training

Join fellow alumni to support our students' success in case competition training. Our network of alumni volunteered over 3000 hours to help mentor and support the next generation of students. Sign up as a judge or coach - current needs are coaches in the fields of accounting and finance for SFU JDC West. Contact Paula Broderick ( for more information.

Co-op postings for students
Start dates in Sept., Jan., May

The best co-op employers are usually our very own SFU Beedie School of Business alumni! Business co-op students are available to start in September, January and/or May for a 4, 8, or 12-month work term. Students concentrate their studies in MIS (IT), HR, accounting, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, operations and international business.

Post a job online or send your job posting to us. Check out the Beedie co-op site for more information, or feel free to talk to a coordinator.

MBA Internship Program
Start date Sept. 2017

The full-time, 12-month MBA prepares students to see the big picture of business. Starting in September 2017, MBA students are available for 4-month (or longer), full-time internships.

If you have a research, process improvement, or other high-level project in the following categories, contact Doug Leong (, Associate Director, MBA Careers, to find out about this year's MBA class and internship opportunities:

  • Market research and competitive intelligence
  • Corporate finance and financial analysis
  • Operations management and supply chain analysis
  • Business development and sales forecasting
  • Project management and analysis
  • Marketing and brand management
  • Information technology management
  • Sustainability
  • Product management

Hot Jobs

Looking for your next opportunity? Here are just a few of the jobs currently posted on Beedie Community for SFU Beedie alumni. Login as an alumni using your SFU user id and password.

Title Job ID Company Apply by
Member Services Analyst 15501 Vision Critical August 6
Manager, Policy and Research 15495 BC Public Service Agency August 7
Communications Manager 15459 Make a Future: Careers in BC Education August 14
Business Intelligence Report Developer 15540 WorkSafeBC August 17
Senior Manager, IT Business Management 15541 WorkSafeBC August 24
Purchasing Coordinator 15492 Superior Propane August 31
Financial Consultant/Associate 15433 Investors Group Sept. 30
Want to receive jobs like these as they're posted? Log into Beedie Community as a Beedie alumni. Click on "Jobs/Interviews" on left side menu. Create your search and save it for overnight updates of new postings in the system.
Upcoming Info Sessions
Part Time MBA Information Session
Wednesday, Aug. 23

The SFU Beedie School of Business Part-time MBA is designed for working professionals. Over 24 months, you'll progress through the program with a small, diverse cohort of fellow professionals who all bring different perspectives to the table. Join the information session to learn how this program can support the next step in your career.

6 - 7:30pm
SFU Surrey Central, 250 - 13450 - 102nd Avenue, Room 5240, Surrey, BC
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Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to our alumni on their recent professional achievements:

Craig Mewis (MOT MBA 2016)
Senior Business Analyst at TELUS
Jane Xia (MBA 2012)
Pharmacy Management at Women's College Hospital in Toronto
Jessica Tsai (BBA 2017)
Associate Sales Development Representative at Salesforce in Toronto
Maycko Macapugas (BBA 2017)
Program Development Coordinator at Coast Capital Saving Venture Connection, Beedie School of Business
Prashanth Padmesh (MSc Fin 2015)
Manager, Finance at BMO Financial Group in Toronto
Rahul Banerjee (MBA 2016)
Junior Project Manager at ZE Power Engineering
Tiffany Jung (BBA 2005)
General Counsel at Buyatab Online

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