Blaize Horner Reich, RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation, and former Dean of the Beedie School of Business
October 2016 Edition
SFU Burnaby

Charles Chang Innovation Centre
Grand Opening
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Simon Fraser University has opened the Charles Chang Innovation Centre, a new graduate student residence and innovation facility in downtown Vancouver.

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SFU Beedie News
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Three Beedie alumni featured on BIV’s Top 40 Under 40
A trio of Beedie School of Business alumni have been named on Business in Vancouver’s (BIV) prestigious 2016 Top 40 Under 40 list.
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Gervase Bushe named one of HR’s Most Influential Thinkers
Beedie School of Business professor Gervase Bushe has been named to a prestigious list of the 30 Most Influential Thinkers in the field of Human Resources.
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The Economist: Tests of character
The following article, published by the Economist on October 1, features an interview with Beedie School of Business alumnus Bailey Klinger, and profiles his Entrepreneurial Finance Lab technology.
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Sarah Lubik Q&A: Why entrepreneurship skills can be relied upon
In the second part of a two-part interview, SFU Director of Entrepreneurship Sarah Lubik talks about the path her new role has led her on, why entrepreneurship skills are so important today, and why SFU’s approach to teaching entrepreneurship is both empowering and unique.
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Events & Educational Opportunities
Nothing is as Practical as a Good Theory: A management consulting perspective
Thursday, October 13, 2016 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Registration available from 5:00)

Join the Canadian Association of Management Consultants of British Columbia (CMC-BC) and Dr. Blaize Horner Reich for an evening exploring how consultants can combine theory and practice to help clients innovate.

The event is complimentary, however registration is required. Please reserve your spot by registering here.

SFU Alumni Event in London
Thursday, October 13, 2016

You're invited to a casual “meet and greet” with fellow grads in London! Come have some fun and meet grads in your area. Sam Thiara, Board Director of the Alumni Association, will be bringing greetings and updates from SFU. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Location: Oyster Shed – 1 Angel Lane, London, UK, EC4R 3AB
Time: 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: £5.00 (+Eventbrite fee)
Includes: One complimentary beverage and light appetizers

Please reserve your spot by registering here before October 12th.

Jack Austin Centre: Exploring China’s State-led Investment in Latin America: Evidence from the Extractive Sector
Monday, October 17, 2016

Location: Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Room 2800 (2nd floor)
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am

The event is complimentary, however registration is required. Please reserve your spot by registering here.

Vancouver: It’s Your Move to Make – San Francisco Edition
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Are you a Canadian living in the U.S.? Learn about amazing opportunities in Vancouver’s technology sector through an evening with Vancouver’s most prominent tech employers. Enjoy some tasty appetizers and learn how the tech sector has changed since you flew south, before settling in to view the U.S. Presidential Candidates’ final debate.

Location: Natoma Cabana, 90 Natoma Street, San Francisco, California, United States
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

This event is FREE to attend for all tech professionals (must be 21+) open to exciting opportunities, please register here.

Alumni Event In Massachusetts
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Join fellow alumni from Canadian universities and learn about the exciting innovation taking place in Canada! Dr. Alan Shepard, President of Concordia University, will be bringing keynote remarks. Family and friends are welcome to attend.

Location: Venture Cafe
Time: 5:30 - 7:30PM

The event is complimentary, however registration is required. Please reserve your spot by registering here before October 11th.

Toronto Alumni Soirée
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Do you live in the Greater Toronto Area? We hope that you can join us for the upcoming Alumni Soirée on October 26th. It’s an opportunity to connect with fellow Beedie alumni, former classmates and meet new friends and meet our new Dean, Professor Ali Dastmalchian.

Location: Scotiabank Plaza, 40 King Street West, 2nd Floor Conference Centre, Toronto
Time: 5:30 - 8:30PM

The event is complimentary, however registration is required. Please reserve your spot by registering here before October 12th.

BBA Breakfast Reception
Friday, November 4, 2016

Are you a Beedie Alumni who graduated in the last two years and is looking for new employment opportunities? If so, don’t miss your chance to attend our BBA Breakfast Reception and meet your future employer. The BBA Breakfast Reception will include representatives from 30+ companies and 100+ BBA candidates from the Beedie School of Business at SFU. This event will allow you to meet with employers who are interested in hiring BBA students interested in co-op, full-time permanent, part-time or contract positions.

Location: Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Time: 7:15am - 9:30am
Price: $10.00 (before October 28); $15 (at the door)
*Breakfast is included.

Please reserve your spot by registering here.

EMBA Alumni Celebration
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Please join us on November 22 for an evening of celebration and chance to connect with fellow alumni, faculty and community partners from the past 49 years of the program.

Location: Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Please reserve your spot by registering here.

Online Workshop: Building a Professional Resume

Your resume speaks volumes about you before an employer gets to meet you. Learn from the feedback of hundreds of employers on what they look for in a resume! Discover how to convey your qualified experience and skills more effectively to get the job. You can go through the workshop step-by-step as you create your resume or skip ahead to focus on a specific component. Go at your own pace and transform your resume so that it speaks to employers.

Click here to access the complimentary workshop.

Involvement Opportunities
Join the Beedie Speakers on Campus Program

If you enjoy speaking to students, sharing your expertise and experiences in order to enhance the learning experience, then you are welcomed to join the Speakers on Campus Program. Guest speakers are regularly needed for a variety of activities, including panels, student club events, and in-class special topic experts. If you are looking to volunteer your time and share your expertise, please register here or contact Paulette Sangalang.


If you are interested in mentoring or conducting mock interviews but cannot meet the in-person demands, consider registering as an advisor on CareerTalk to connect with students online. Experienced alumni and working professionals from all functional areas and industries are regularly needed to serve as virtual advisors for informational interviews, mock interviews and resume critiques. To register to become an advisor, click here. If you have questions about the program, feel free to connect with Christine Sjolander.

Need Extra Help? Hire a Co-op Student

There are many students who are eager to learn how to help your organization grow. If you have a co-op work experience opportunity suitable for a Beedie undergraduate student, consider posting your job at, or contact us for more information at

Be Part of our Giving Community at SFU

Want to help improve education and make it more accessible? Pave the way for future SFU alumni and make a gift in support of students, research or community programs. Click here to learn how you can make a difference today.

Upcoming Info Sessions
Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) Online Information Session
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Participate in this interactive online session to learn about how the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) program combines theory and application to provide working professionals with business fundamentals. Experience a mini class from one of own renown faculty and have our recruitment staff walk you through the admissions process. The GDBA program is offered online, allowing you the flexibility to study anytime, anywhere. Opportunities for questions will be available after the presentation.

Click here to register for the session.

MBA in Management of Technology (MOT) Information Session
Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Experience a mini-case taught by one of our renowned faculty members. Hear alumni and students share their experiences of the program. Learn from the Career Management Centre about how an MBA can advance your career, and of course, the Admissions team will be on hand to give an overview of the program and its requirements.

Click here to register for the session.

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.

Sales - Professional and Influencer Strategy Leader, Personal Health Care, Procter & Gamble Inc. (Job ID 13196)
September 5, 2016
Manager, Data Research, BC Public Service Agency (Job ID 13175)
September 7, 2016
Procurement Specialist, BC Public Service Agency (Job ID 13224)
September 9, 2016
Consultant, Management Consulting - Strategy & Operations, KPMG (Job ID 13135)
September 14, 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.

Got Career Questions?

Asking questions is the best way to prepare yourself in the career of your choice. Got some career, job search, or education questions you need answered? Bring them to our drop-in career advising! No appointment will be necessary, as it will operate on a first come first serve basis for up to 30 minutes per person. Two of our knowledgeable advisors will always be present and it will rotate every week.

Every Wednesday from August to December
12:00pm to 3:00pm
Room 1800, Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to our alumni on their recent professional achievements:

Peter Ogilvie (MOT 2011)
Lighting Specialist for Commercial Lighting Products
Rob Anad (MBA 2005)
Senior Strategy Manager, Partner Solutions at TELUS
Bryan Hadidjaja (MBA 2016)
Marketing Analyst at Nimbyx
Ayesha Sharma (MBA 2016)
Senior Associate, M&A Advisory at Deloitte
Tamara Hombrebueno (BBA 2014)
Global Vice President, Customer Experience at AIESEC
Robin Leung (BBA 2011)
Senior Learning Systems Specialist at Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Christopher Snow (BBA 2010)
Associate at Cascadia Strategy Consulting Partners
Jean Huang (MFRM 2008)
Senior Commercial Account Manager at BMO Financial Group
Fatima Al Qurini (MBA 2013)
Business Instructor at Niagara College KSA
Stephen Ho (BBA 2003)
Managing Partner at Spira Equity Partners
Alistair Ellis (EMBA 2014)
Principal Product Manager at Sage
Min S. FitzGerald (BBA 2008)
Selected as one of the 5 companies from Singularity U’s Global Solutions Program and one of 13 companies participating in Singularity U’s LaunchPad Program. She is the founder of Mayakara.
Sabrina Reid (BBA 2006)
Team Strategist for Thrive Digital
Alan Saw (MOT 2014)
Senior Manager, IT at Walker Group
Carlos Leal (BBA 2012)
Manager, Advisory Services at EY
Kathy Parslow (EMBA 2003)
Vice-President, Claims and Driver Licensing Operations at ICBC
Johnny Tsai (MOT 2012)
Team Lead at the Provincial Health Services Authority

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