October 2017 Alumni Newsletter SFU Beedie
October 2017 Edition

Featured News
Keith Beedie
Remembering Keith Beedie
With great sadness, we announce the passing of Keith Beedie, founder of Beedie Development Group and namesake of the Beedie School of Business. Dean Ali Dastmalchian remarks on the impact Keith has made across the province.
SFU Beedie News
Gervase Bushe
Gervase Bushe makes Top 10 list
Britain's HR Magazine names Bushe among the Most Influential Thinkers in the field of human resources for the second year in a row.
Embedding Project
$2.5M grant supports Embedding Project's global partnerships
The SFU-led initiative will use new SSHRC funding to become a resource centre for global organizations seeking to improve their sustainability performance.
Did you know Beedie's Dean, Ali Dastmalchian, is on Twitter?
Connect with him at @SFUBeedieDean to find out what he's up to and for the latest news on everything SFU Beedie.
Student Pitch
Influencers in central banking and fixed income visit SFU
Beedie welcomed the Bank of Canada and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco at the Advances in Fixed Income and Macro-Finance Research conference.
Beedie Video Spotlights

The EMBA ABL Experience

MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones on learning to build bonds with Indigenous communities through the EMBA ABL.

Events & Educational Opportunities
Asian Development Bank Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada's 2017 Forecast
Tuesday, October 10

Presented by the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Pacific Business Studies and the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada will look at this year's Asian Development Outlook update theme: Sustaining Development Through Public-Private Partnerships, and explore how Asia can use public-private partnerships (PPPs) to bolster infrastructure investment.

For more information, click here.

BBA Alumni Social
Wednesday, October 18

Are you a BBA Alumni? Join us to celebrate at the upcoming BBA Alumni Social. This fun and casual event allows you reconnect with classmates and expand your business alumni network. Appetizers and your first drink are on us!

Steamworks Brew Pub,
Uber Lounge,
375 Water Street,
6:00-8:30 pm
Register by Oct. 15:
Recent Alumni (graduated in June or October 2017) - Free registration
Alumni (graduated before 2017) - $10 to register
Karen Lee

Mark your calendar! More Fall 2017 alumni reunions!

Our fall socials give you a chance to reunite with classmates, catch up with professors and hear the latest news from Beedie. Mark your calendar to save the date!

Tues., Oct. 24:
MOT MBA Alumni Reunion
Wed., Nov. 1:
EMBA Alumni Reunion
Tues., Nov. 7:
MBA Alumni Reunion
Tues., Nov. 28:
MSc Finance Alumni Reunion
6:00-8:30 pm
Steamworks Brew Pub,
375 Water Street,
Karen Lee
Opening Soon!

Edmonton: Alumni Social
Thursday, October 19

Join SFU, UVIC, UNBC, and UBC alumni for a social at State & Main in Edmonton! Expand your network and make new friends. Bring a guest! The registration fee includes appetizers and a beverage.

6:00-8:00 pm
State & Main,
10065 Jasper Avenue NW,
Edmonton, AB
Alumni/guests $10.00 - Appetizers and one beverage (Includes Eventbrite fee)
Co-op students:
$5.00 - Appetizers and one beverage (Includes Eventbrite fee)
Register by
Oct. 16:
Click Here

Training Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Pitch Experienced Investors
Monday, October 23

Accredited investors finance more than 75,000 U.S. startups annually. Professor Scott Shane explains how training aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their new business ideas to these investors affects their odds of continued funding discussions. Presented by the CPA Innovation Centre.

For information visit the CPA Innovation Centre

Reconciliation: A New Relationship for Investors
Tuesday, October 24

As part of national Responsible Investment Week, the Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability at SFU Beedie School of Business and the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder School will co-host a panel discussion on the role of Canadian investors in supporting public companies as they build new relationships with Indigenous communities in Canada.

For information, click here: beediecommunity.sfu.ca/events/reconciliation.htm

Hong Kong: Alumni Reception and Big Data Presentation
Monday, October 30

SFU alumni and friends are invited to attend a reception hosted by SFU President Andrew Petter. Guests will be treated to a special presentation from the faculty of applied sciences dean, Dr. Eugene Fiume, who presents on "When data meets the eye".

7:00-9:30 pm
Hong Kong Bankers Club,
43rd-44th Floor, Gloucester Tower,
The Landmark, Hong Kong
Register by
Oct. 24:
Click Here

Singapore: Alumni Reception and Big Data Presentation
Thursday, November 2

SFU alumni and friends are invited to attend a reception hosted by SFU President Andrew Petter. Guests will be treated to a special presentation from the faculty of applied sciences dean, Dr. Eugene Fiume, who presents on "When data meets the eye".

7:00-9:30 pm
Fairmont Singapore
80 Bras Basah Road
Register by
Oct. 26:
Click here

Beijing: Alumni and Friends Reception
Tuesday, November 7

SFU alumni and friends are invited to attend a reception hosted by SFU President Andrew Petter in Beijing. It is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with friends - new and old - and expand your professional network while learning about SFU's latest developments and accomplishments.

7:00-9:30 pm
Fairmont Beijing,
8 Yong An Dong Li, Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
Chaoyang District
Register by
Oct. 31:
Click here

Shanghai: Alumni and Friends Reception
Thursday, November 9

SFU alumni and friends are invited to attend a reception hosted by SFU President Andrew Petter in Shanghai. It is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with friends - new and old - and expand your professional network while learning about SFU's latest developments and accomplishments.

7:00-9:30 pm
Fairmont Peace Hotel,
20 Nanjing Road East
Register by
Nov. 2:
Click here

Toronto: Alumni Reception and Globalization of Business Presentation
Tuesday, November 14

Mark your calendars! Beedie School of Business will host an SFU holiday reception for Toronto-based alumni and friends. Beedie School Dean Ali Dastmalchian will make a special presentation on the globalization of business. Stay tuned for registration details.

Email Karen Lee

Start-up Learning Series: Sustaining your (Human) Resources
Wednesday, November 15

Hear an open panel discussion with top-notch tech companies to learn best strategies for securing People & Culture expertise, tips on building exemplary foundations and workplaces, and lessons for your own organizational planning. Hosted by SFU Venture Labs.

12:00-1:00 pm (Lunch served at noon)
1200-555 West Hastings,
Click here
Involvement Opportunities
Become a Mentor

Mentorship plays a key role in the success of Beedie students. Whether a student is starting their career, or looking to take it to the next level, working with a mentor can make a world of difference. As a mentor, you will also benefit, seeing your profession with fresh eyes and strengthening your leadership and communication skills. Requirements include meeting your matched student (from BBA to graduate level) for one hour/month and attending four optional events for a time commitment of 10-15 hours over six months, starting January 2018.

If you'd like to get involved, apply soon so we can find the best match for you and your potential mentee. Submit an application online.

Seeking volunteers for CareerTalk database

Share your experience and career journey with a current student or fellow alumni through CareerTalk. Beedie is relaunching this informational interview matching platform in the fall to connect those willing to share their expertise with those seeking to learn from it.

Through this platform, students and alumni will be able to search the profiles of volunteers by industry, functional area and other areas of expertise. Once they find someone, they will submit a request to the Career Management Centre for an introduction and then set up an interview. If you're willing to share your expertise, sign up to volunteer! Stay posted here for launch details next month!

To register, please complete a profile at this link

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.

5:30-7:30 pm (registration and catering begin at 4:30pm)
Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, Rooms 1200 - 1500
Register by
Sept. 27:
Email mbacareers@sfu.ca

Industry Judges for JDC West Mock Competitions
October 21,
November 26 and
January 6, 2018

Join fellow alumni to support our 2018 JDC West Team as Industry Judges for their Mock Competitions. Donate two hours of your time to support the next generation of student competitors and sign up as a judge - current needs are in the fields of Accounting, Tax and Finance.

Contact Paula Broderick at seosl@sfu.ca for more information.

Conduct an Informational Interview with an MBA Student
Ongoing in October-November

Are you in a senior-level or leadership role? We are looking for industry professionals with expertise to participate in informational interviews for our BUS 704 MBA-level leadership class.

The faculty instructor for the course is asking our MBA students to design interviews that solicit experiences and lessons that you have learned since assuming your leadership role.

The hour-long, one-on-one interviews will take place in October and November. Contact Haena Cho (haena_cho@sfu.ca) for more information or if you are interested in volunteering.

Industry Guest Facilitators for Salary Negotiations
Friday, November 3

Participate as an Industry Guest Facilitator at this one-on-one salary negotiation session for our BBA students. This activity is part of our BUS 485 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution course for the fall term. We invite HR Managers and Directors to simulate how a student could effectively negotiate salaries with employers.

3:30-5:30 pm
SFU Burnaby Campus

Contact Christine Sjolander at christine_sjolander@sfu.ca for more information.

Seeking Industry Guest Panelists for Society and Ethics conversation
Tuesday, November 21:
11:50am—1:15 pm
(Surrey campus)
Wednesday, November 22:
2:50—4:15 pm
(Burnaby campus)

Share your experiences in a panel discussion to provide students with a richer and realistic understanding of the BUS 303 Society and Ethics course concepts. 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.

Contact Christine Sjolander at christine_sjolander@sfu.ca for more information.

Hot Jobs
Mentors in Business
Tap into the global job market with HigherEd and Beedie
Interested in launching your career internationally? The Beedie Career Management Centre has partnered with HigherEd global talent network to bring you a one-stop job search engine where Beedie alumni can access jobs and internships worldwide. In addition, you have access to a FREE online self-assessment consisting of four tests which help you compare your transferable skills and potential against the criteria that employers most value.

To kick-start your global career search, follow three simple steps:
  1. Sign up with your SFU ID – it only takes a minute!
  2. Set up your profile – you can do this now or at a later time.
  3. Start browsing!
With new jobs added weekly from companies like Amazon, Microsoft and L'Oreal, you are sure to find the right one for you. Visit the HigherEd Global Talent Portal on Beedie Community under "Jobs/Interviews" to get started!
Alumni Achievements

Congratulations to our alumni on their recent professional achievements:

Margaret Ross (MBA 2015)
Communications and Marketing Lead at Alberta Health Services
Mia Ulduze (MOT MBA 2008)
Director at Rising Gardens
Michael (Luyao) Yu (MSc Fin 2017)
Associate Derivatives Analyst at FINCAD
Michelle Laurel(MOT MBA 2017)
Consultant at Deloitte Canada
Mohammed Alsharif(MOT MBA 2011)
Regional Director, GCC & Middle East at Weatherhaven
Pam Hernandez(BBA 2010)
Head of Product at the Boiler Room in London.
Peter Woo (BBA 2008)
Senior Product Manager at Amazon in Seattle, Washington
Renee Chau (BBA 2013)
Intermediate Project Manager at TELUS
Rob Graham (MBA 2012)
Director Risk Management at BC Emergency Health Services
Zoha Tariq (BBA 2015)
Senior Accountant at Deloitte Canada
Zorana Svedic (MOT MBA 2015)
Fulltime Lecturer at UBC Sauder School of Business

Ryan Cross (MBA 2015) Founder of Distill Analytics was a featured speaker at the Sea to Sky Summit, a gathering of startups on Sept. 22, organized by Michelle Martin (MOT 2015), President of the Sea to Sky Startup Society.

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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