Come meet Beedie's new dean at the upcoming alumni reunion!
February 2016 Edition
SFU Burnaby

Alumni celebration featuring Ryan Beedie is coming up!
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The next couple of months will be busy ones at Beedie. On February 15, we will be hosting SFU Professor of International Management, David C. Thomas, at an event to launch his new book, The Multicultural Mind - Unleashing the Hidden Force for Innovation in Your Organization. In March, we will be celebrating one of Beedie's own in winning an Outstanding Alumni award. We will also be hosting an Alumni Celebration with Ryan Beedie, President of Beedie Development Group. Ryan will be interviewed by Riaz Meghji, Co-Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver.

To find out more about upcoming events, and to register, follow the link below.

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SFU Beedie News
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Beedie hosts historic presentation on China’s 13th Five-Year Plan
A commitment to innovation and green technologies, and a shift away from the inefficient economic model that relies on cheap labour for manufacturing will play fundamental roles in the future of China’s economy.
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Graduate student team selected for exclusive Hult Prize competition
A team of Beedie School of Business graduate students has qualified from a field of over 25,000 applicants for the prestigious Hult Prize, the largest student competition in the world.
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HQ Vancouver: Growing a global hub of premium and performance apparel in B.C.
Unbeknownst to many of its residents, British Columbia is home to a cluster of head offices in the premium and performance apparel sector – and the province should strive to leverage the unique advantages it has to offer to entice organizations to set up head offices here, and nurture those less-developed ones that already call B.C. home.
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Beedie Student Places 2nd in Co-op Photo Contest
Ocean Zou, our very own Beedie Co-op student, placed 2nd in the SFU 50th Anniversary Co-op Photo Contest in the "phone" category! He captured this edgy shot of his manager over looking Shanghai from his office at PwC. Ocean was working as a designer on a digital consulting team during this international work term. Congratulations, Ocean!
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In Case You Missed It
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On January 13, Beedie had to honour of hosting, Bailey Klinger, at the Segal Graduate School of Business. During the event, Bailey discussed the Entrepreneurial Finance Lab technology; technology that applies psychometric tools and principles to enable banks & MFIs in emerging markets to lend profitably to business owners and consumers lacking credit history and collateral. If you missed the presentation, you can watch it here.

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Events & Educational Opportunities
Centre for Global Workforce Strategy - When do Multicultural Employees Broker Across Cultures? A Mixed-Method Approach
Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Centre for Global Workforce Strategy invites you to a research presentation by Stacey R Fitzsimmons, University of Victoria. Her research objective is to improve the way people work with others across cultures. She does this by examining how bicultural and multicultural employees contribute to global teams and organizations. Stacey won the 2013 International Human Resources Scholarly Research award from the Academy of Management, for most significant annual contribution to international human resources management.

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David Thomas Book Launch
Monday, February 15, 2016

Beedie School of Business would like to invite you to attend an event celebrating the launch of a new book by SFU Professor of International Management, David C. Thomas - The Multicultural Mind Unleashing the Hidden Force for Innovation in Your Organization

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President's Faculty Lecture: Dr. Elicia Maine
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Canada has an excellent record in invention, but struggles with innovation. In particular, scientific inventions of a radical, generic nature, with high potential economic and social value, can languish in the lab because of prolonged uncertainty and high commercialization costs. Drawing on her research in the advanced materials, nanotech, biotech, and clean tech sectors, Professor Maine will offer commercialization strategies for scientist-entrepreneurs.

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Building Sustainable Capital Markets: The Role of Investors
Thursday, February 25, 2016

UN Principles for Responsible Investment, SFU Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, and SHARE invite you to a special pubic event on “Building sustainable capital markets: The role of investors”. Featuring a panel of ESG (environmental, social, and governance) experts including Will Martindale from the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), Vonda Brunsting from the Capital Stewardship Program (SEIU), Jennifer Colson from bcIMC (British Columbia Investment Management Corporation) and SHARE’s Shannon Rohan. Experts will present and discuss their perspectives on capital allocation and investments in global, regional and national economies. SFU finance students will also speak about ESG factor integration into the management of SFU graduate student portfolios.

Click here to register for the complimentary event.

Outstanding Alumni Awards
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, March 3, 2016 to hear inspirational stories from the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients who have made exceptional contributions to their local and global communities: a mental health and clean water advocate, a pioneer in GIScience, a champion for diversity, a science rock star, and an extraordinary philanthropist.

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Alumni Celebration with Ryan Beedie
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Please join us at the Alumni Celebration where Ryan Beedie will be interviewed by Riaz Meghji, co-host of Breakfast Television Vancouver.

Location: Segal Graduate School, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Time: 6:00pm

Click here to learn more about the event.

Involvement Opportunities
Join the Beedie Speakers on Campus Program

If you enjoy sharing your expertise and experiences with students in order to enhance the learning experience, we invite you to join our Speakers on Campus Program. We regularly seek guest speakers for a variety of activities including panels, student club events, and in-class special topic experts. To get started, please fill out the registration form or reach out to


We've launched a new online system to connect current students to experienced alumni and working professionals for informational interviews, mock interviews and resume critiques. We regularly seek alumni and working professionals to be advisors to ensure that there are individuals from all functional areas and industries available to connect with students. To register to be an advisor, click here. If you have questions about the program, feel free to connect with Christine Sjolander.

Busy Year Ahead? Hire a Co-op Student

Do you have a co-op work experience opportunity that would be perfect for a Beedie undergraduate student? We welcome you to post your job at, or contact us for more information at

Upcoming Info Sessions
Executive MBA Info Session
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

This session will give you a chance to learn about how the Executive MBA (EMBA) program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of mid-senior level career professionals who wish to think strategically and thrive in their careers.

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Master of Science in Finance Information Session
Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Ever wondered if a career in finance is right for you? Build a solid foundation in risk and investment management with Beedie's Masters of Science in Finance, a 16 month full-time program that prepare candidates for the challenges of the rapidly changing world of finance.

At this session, one of our renowned faculty members will teach a mini-case and the Admissions team will be on hand to give an overview of the program and its requirements.

Click here to register for this complimentary event.

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Can't make it to one of the info sessions above? Don't worry, we've got you covered. On Saturday, March 19, Beedie will be hosting MBA 101 at the Segal Graduate School of Business. At this half-day event, you will get a chance to learn about all the different graduate programs Beedie has to offer. The day will be filled with panels from alumni, and employers, and also a sample lecture from Associate Dean, Ian McCarthy. At the end of the day, you will get the opportunity to network with alumni, faculty, and other potential students.

Click here to register for this complimentary event.

WXNWisdom Mentoring Programs
*This is open to SFU female students and Alumni only*

The Beedie School of Business is the Official Education Partner of the 2016 Women's Executive Network (WXN) Wisdom Top 100 Mentoring Program and we have two amazing opportunities for you.

WXNWisdom Top 100 Mentoring Program

Beedie is providing fifteen scholarships to the WXNWisdom Top 100 Mentoring Program, valued at $1,895 each plus applicable taxes. We encourage you to take your career to the next level with the Top 100 Mentoring Program. WXN matches high-performing women with mentors from their outstanding community of Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners. Throughout a 9-month period, program protégées benefit from three classroom sessions on topics such as leadership and career strategy; four one-hour meetings with their mentors to discuss their objectives and milestones; and, peer networking opportunities through social events throughout the program. The classroom sessions, delivered by the Beedie School of Business, take place in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Ottawa. Scholarship includes a complimentary WXN membership.

Interested applicants should apply using the WXNWisdom Top 100 - Application Form.

Please submit your application by Friday, February 12, 2016 to
Successful applicants will be notified by email in March.

WXNWisdom Peer Mentoring Program

Beedie is providing ten scholarships to the WXNWisdom Peer Mentoring Program, valued at $945 each plus applicable taxes. By joining a WXNWisdom Peer Mentoring group, participants have the opportunity to exchange ideas, share successes and challenges, make strategic contacts and receive feedback on personal and professional strategies from other like-minded female leaders. To ensure proactive conversation throughout the duration of the program, each session will focus on a professional topic. These topics were hand-picked using WXN member feedback and supported by their team of trained executive coaches across the country. Members will share their leadership challenges and/or obstacles with their peers to gain real-time advice that can be applied that very day. WXN offers separate mentoring groups for: Mid-Level Executives, Senior Executives, and Entrepreneurs and Professional Service Providers. The Mid-Level Executive groups will consist of women who have been working for at least 10 years and have the title of Director, Manager or Associate. Participants in the Senior Executives groups will have over 15 years of experience and hold an executive or C-Suite position. Participants in the Entrepreneurs and Professional Service Providers groups have been operating and managing their own businesses for seven years or have been working for a professional service firm for at least seven years. This program is available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Scholarship includes a complimentary WXN membership.

Interested applicants should apply using the WXNWisdom Peer Mentoring - Application Form.

Please submit your application by Friday, February 12, 2016 to
Successful applicants will be notified by email in March.

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.

Project Manager ,BC Public Service Agency (Job ID 11648)
February 14, 2016
Business Analyst ,WorkSafeBC (Job ID 11625)
February 21, 2016
Business Development Associate, Fidelity Investments Canada Limited (Job ID 11614)
February 29, 2016

Want to receive jobs like these as they’re posted? Log into Beedie Community as a Beedie alum. Click on “Jobs/Interviews” on left side menu. Create your search and save it for overnight updates of new postings in the system.

Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to our alumni on their recent professional achievements:

Herwin Gill (BBA, 2008)
Director of Digital Investments at American Express
Jeremy Dason (MSc. Finance, 2010)
Manager, Real Estate Finance Division, at CIBC
Bill Klug (EMBA, 2007)
Cloud Shadower at Cloudreach
Jaslin Sidhu (BBA, 2014)
Project Support Analyst at Fujitsu Canada
Kevin Shaw (BBA, 2010)
Vice President at Renaissance Mergers & Acquisitions Advisory
Zabeen Hirji (EMBA, 1994)
Outstanding Alumni Award
Mohammed Khan (EMBA - Americas, 2015)
Division Chief of Radiation Oncology at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Service Line

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! We would love to feature you in the next newsletter. You can send the info along with your name, program, and graduation year to

QS World Rankings
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Have you hired a fellow SFU graduate?
Simon Fraser University (SFU) participates in the QS World University Rankings. One of the 6 indicators that QS uses for ranking purposes is the reputation of the institution among employers. The data for this indicator is collected using an Employer Questionnaire that QS administers online to employers. SFU values your privacy and we did not want to give your contact details to QS, so we are asking you to voluntarily sign up to participate in the employer survey.

We invite you to share your views and contribute to the QS World University Rankings. The results of the questionnaire will be used to determine the Employer Reputation Index indicator used for ranking purposes. The index accounts for 10% of the global weighting for the World University Rankings and is one of the key features of the rankings that will be published next autumn. Thank you in advance. Here's the link to participate.

Critical SFU Email Problems

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