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The following article was published by BC Business on February 3, 2014, and features comment from Kate Dilworth, Adjunct Professor and Director of Learning Design at the Beedie School of Business. Executive Education used to be reserved for senior management. Today it’s geared toward helping entire organizations stay agile. Executive education is not about learning facts and theory; it’s about the spaces around the learning. That means developing innovation-enabling processes, relationship building, cross-sector exchanges and cultivating […]

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The following is an excerpt from the full article published in The Globe and Mail on February 13, 2014. BY JENNIFER LEWINGTON, GLOBE AND MAIL At some Canadian business schools, students learn to manage other people’s money long before landing their first job. They do so through a student-run investment fund, fast becoming a staple of business schools in either for-credit courses or extracurricular activities. Increasingly, these funds use real money (from donors), giving students […]

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New research from the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University indicates that the addition of simple communications technology is revolutionizing the way blue-collar workers perform their roles – often in unexpected ways. The research looks at how blue-collar workers use technology to share knowledge and collaborate on the go. It reveals that a relatively small introduction of technology, such as mobile phones, can result in a significant impact on the way work is […]

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For many startup businesses, overcoming a lack of resources often proves to be an insurmountable hurdle, resulting in failure. Entrepreneurs would do well to examine innovative methods of commercializing their ideas and taking the time to understand the role strategy plays in order to accelerate their ventures – thereby creating and capturing value in a competitive environment. Dr. Scott Stern, David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology and Chair of the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and […]

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A quartet of Beedie School of Business alumni were among the winners at the recent Business in Vancouver (BIV) Top Forty Under 40 awards. The prestigious list recognizes 40 of the top business stars under the age of 40 in Vancouver each year. This year’s winners were honoured at a gala awards evening on January 30, held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver The four Beedie alumni listed include Terry Beech, co-founder and chairman […]

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A real-time carpooling app and a client of the Beedie School of Business’ social innovation lab and venture incubator RADIUS, has signed an agreement to make Simon Fraser University its first customer. go2gether is a social enterprise that utilizes a web application to provide an automated carpool matching service. As part of the inaugural cohort of RADIUS Ventures, go2gether has already been providing SFU students, staff and faculty with ride-sharing services on a trial basis […]

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The Beedie School of Business has achieved a top three finish in the Academic School of the Year category at the prestigious JDC West case competition, held from January 17 to 19 at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan. The team achieved the third highest overall score in the competition’s ten academic categories competing against eleven leading Canadian business schools. JDC West is the largest student-run business case competition in Western Canada. This year’s competition featured over 600 […]

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BBA students at the Beedie School of Business demonstrated their entrepreneurship and innovation skills in front of a guest panel of some of BC’s top business minds at the annual I-3 competition. The I-3 competition, formerly known as the Ken Spencer Competition, is held in conjunction with the Business 477: New Venture Planning class. Each year, students are asked to design a new product or service and a viable business plan to commercialize their venture, […]

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The Beedie School of Business BusOne program has been announced as winner of the SFU 2013 Champions for a Healthy Campus Community award. The award comes as recognition of the BusOne program’s commitment to enhancing student wellbeing. The SFU Champions for a Healthy Campus Community award is awarded annually to initiatives that make a substantial contribution to providing a healthy and supportive environment on SFU’s three campuses. The award was presented to Jaclyn De Jong, […]

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A Beedie School of Business undergraduate drove debate at a recent gathering of Vancouver’s top CIOs, as they discussed the controversial topic of reselling software licenses under copyright law. The event, “Advocating the Legalization of
 Reselling Used Software Licenses in Canada”, was hosted by the Program Committee of the CIO Association of Canada’s Vancouver chapter, and held at the Sutton Place Hotel on November 19. BBA student Ellaine Chan was asked to present her group research […]

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RADIUS, the Beedie School of Business’ social innovation lab and venture incubator, has launched its first cohort of RADIUS Ventures. Focused specifically on “Radical Ventures” with a strong mandate to create social and environmental wellbeing, RADIUS applies business innovation and entrepreneurship to address challenging social and environmental problems, and is partially funded by Vancity Credit Union. The Radical Ventures in the first cohort focus on the local food distribution and sustainable transportation sectors, and include […]

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Lance Uggla, Beedie School of Business alumnus and CEO and co-founder of global financial-services information company Markit, has been announced as winner of the Professional Achievement award in SFU’s 2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards. Each year, SFU and the Alumni Association honour the most accomplished graduates with the Outstanding Alumni Awards. Since being introduced in 1983, the awards have become one of the university’s most celebrated traditions, with nominations for the awards made by alumni, faculty, […]

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A Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business student who has received national recognition for her leadership and entrepreneurship joins the 2014 class of The Next 36. Chantelle Buffie is one of 40 successful candidates gleaned from a field of about 1,000 applicants nationally for a spot in the prestigious program, aimed at stimulating new ideas among brilliant young minds. She is the third SFU student to secure a place in the competitive program. The […]

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Beedie School of Business Executive MBA alumna Dr. Amiee Chan has been named on the Women’s Executive Network’s annual Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 list. The award marks the second consecutive year that Chan has been recognized on this prestigious list. Chan, who is President & CEO of satellite communications company Norsat, is selected in the Scotiabank Corporate Executive category, which recognizes women who are not only key leaders, but whose innovative and strategic […]

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Two teams of students from the Beedie School of Business took their place on the podium at the sixth Annual SFU Entrepreneur of the Year Competition. This year’s competition took place at the SFU Surrey Campus on November 16, and brought together SFU’s finest entrepreneurs in a Dragon’s Den style competition to compete for funding and resources to take their venture to the next level. Second place at the competition went to Salvedge Bags, a […]

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Beedie School of Business undergraduates took home the gold medal at the recent International Institute for Business Development (IIBD) Case Competition, one of Asia’s most prestigious business case competitions. The team, consisting of BBA students Madhav Goyal, Scott Hirsch, Edwin Hendrawan, and Qaid Jivan, and coached by Beedie School of Business alumnus Isaiah Baldissera, was one of five teams selected to compete in the finals after emerging from an initial field of 29 entrants from […]

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270 first year students from the Beedie School of Business’ BusOne program utilized their entrepreneurial skills and put business theories into practice to raise funds for local charity United Way at the fourth annual BusOne Market. The BusOne Market was held on November 13, and raised a total of $5,686.50. For the first time this year, the market took place at the Burnaby Campus’ Convocation Mall, after previously been held at the Surrey Campus mezzanine. […]

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The following article was published in the Vancouver Sun on November 16, 201, and features comment from Beedie School of Business Assistant Professor Stephanie Bertels. The City of Vancouver is struggling with an increase of abandoned waste from a populace that either doesn’t know how — or isn’t willing — to get rid of their household items properly. The problem has become much worse in recent years after recycling fees were slapped on certain harder-to-dispose-of […]

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A team of Beedie School of Business undergraduate students have captured first place at the 11th annual Eller Collegiate Ethics Case Competition – the first time in the competition’s history that a team from outside of the US has won the competition. The team, consisting of Qaid Jivan and Adrian Guemili, and coached by Beedie School of Business senior lecturer Kevin Stewart, earned top spot and a prize of $1000 each after defeating 31 teams […]

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The following article was published in the Globe and Mail on November 5, 2013. It has taken a few detours, but Sheryl Fisher’s 20-year-long dream to earn a master-level business degree is coming true. A member of Squamish First Nation in British Columbia, the 44-year-old has worked since leaving high school and earned several college certificates, but none offered a path to a university degree. That route opened last year when she was accepted into […]

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The fall 2013 series of “The Chief Executives” concluded with Charles Jeannes, President & CEO of Goldcorp, discussing the significant impact the extractive sector has on the Canadian economy, which has resulted in gold becoming Canada’s number one export – totaling some $14.5 billion a year. Jeannes was speaking with Bill Good as part of an ongoing partnership between the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and prominent Vancouver radio station CKNW News […]

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Eric Gedajlovic, a professor at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, has been appointed as the Beedie Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship for a five-year term. The newly created professorship focuses on scholarship that is relevant to business strategy and entrepreneurship at both global and local levels – and outreach activities that disseminate academic research. Gedajlovic’s research is widely cited by scholars working in the fields of strategy, organizational theory, entrepreneurship, international […]

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MBA programs at the Beedie School of Business have been recognized in a new ranking of the top ten MBA programs across Canada. The Canadian Business MBA rankings focus on programs that provide students with value for money. They identify programs providing good classroom experiences that do not remove participants from the workforce for an extended period, while also producing an increase in salary in comparison to tuition. The Beedie School of Business was recognized […]

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The Beedie School of Business has announced the appointment of three new members to its Dean’s External Advisory Board: Robin Dhir, Elio Luongo, and Stuart Payne. The Dean’s External Advisory Board advises the Dean and faculty on strategy, and assists the school in the accomplishment of its mission and objectives. Its members provide expertise, guidance and direction in support of the school’s commitment to relevant education and research, focused on the changing needs of business […]

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In the wake of the global financial crisis, the need for strong leadership to steer organizations through troubled waters was never greater. Realizing this, Launi Skinner, CEO of one of Canada’s largest credit unions, First West Credit Union, made a conscious decision to develop her own leadership strategy – what she refers to as her “brand of leadership”. Skinner discussed this strategy and more with Bill Good on “The Chief Executives”, as part of an […]

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The fall 2013 series of CKNW’s “The Chief Executives’ continued as Ashley Cooper, President and CEO of Paladin Security, revealed how he has successfully blended the latest technology with cutting-edge training to place his organization at the forefront of the security industry. Cooper was speaking with respected CKNW host Bill Good in front of a live audience at the Segal Graduate School, as part of an ongoing partnership between the Beedie School of Business at […]

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Beedie School of Business students, faculty and staff banded together to pay homage to Ryan Beedie and family, as they showed their appreciation for the $22 million donation the family made to the school in February 2011. The Ryan Beedie appreciation night allowed the students and faculty the chance to network with Ryan, and demonstrate some of the opportunities made possible by the Beedie family’s generous gift. The evening featured speeches from Daniel Shapiro, Dean […]

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In the midst of the global financial crisis, many investors shied away from problematic sectors. However Chad Wasilenkoff, CEO and founder of Fortress Paper, and a 2010 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, has a talent for seeing the potential in businesses that send other investors running – and has used it as the foundation for a remarkable career. Wasilenkoff discussed this and more with CKNW host Bill Good as part of the Chief […]

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The following story was published by SFU News on October 10, 2013.  When Alain Ndayishimiye collects his Bachelor of Business Administration this week, he can afford a moment to reflect upon the journey that led him to SFU. Growing up in Africa, Ndayishimiye lived in a number of refugee camps in Rwanda, Tanzania and Malawi, although he identifies as Burundian, the country his parents are from. He came to Canada through the World University Services […]

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Companies and the CEO’s who helm them often follow similar paths, and that could well be said of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and its CEO-leader, David Labistour. From a simple start – providing mountain climbing equipment via a $5 co-op membership with $65 in operating capital – MEC now has 3.9 million shareholders, 1,500 employees in 210 offices, and annual sales exceeding $260 million. Today, MEC’s products and logo are known around the world. How […]

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Why would a leading insurance organization look to McDonalds, Starbucks and Ikea for potential employees? Tina Osen, President and CEO of global insurance brokerage HUB International revealed the answer, along with other fascinating management insights, in the first interview of the fall 2013 series of CKNW 980’s “The Chief Executives”. The event is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University and prominent Vancouver radio station CKNW […]

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The following article was published by The Vancouver Sun on October 1, 2013 By Mark Selman, Program Director, EMBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership, Beedie School of Business. The biggest challenge and opportunity facing British Columbia is reconciliation, or the development of respectful relationships and equality between Aboriginal Peoples and the rest of British Columbians. This is not only a social and an ethical challenge and opportunity, it is also an economic challenge and opportunity […]

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Study by Kim Trottier shows making choices under pressure is critical in business as well as sport. Growing up in the northern Ontario community of Kapuskasing, Beedie School of Business assistant professor Kim Trottier was naturally drawn to the sport of hockey at an early age. She was at one point the only girl on an all-boys hockey team – drawing attention to herself as the fastest skater in her age group. She eventually gave […]

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The following article was published in the Financial Post on September 25, 2013. Colleen Collins likes to illustrate the difference between men and women moving up the executive ranks with an anecdote. “If a woman sees a job with 12 requirements, and she can meet 10 of them, she won’t think she’s qualified to apply. But a man with only two of [the 12] skills believes he is,” says the former associate dean for Simon […]

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Vancity was today announced as the winner of the Simon Fraser University Nancy McKinstry award for leadership in diversity. The SFU Beedie School of Business Corporate Diversity award recognizes an organization that exemplifies the values of diversity in the workplace. Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union, was recognized for its commitment to diversity, in particular their extensive community efforts, and their well-rounded approach to addressing the needs of the different identity groups. The award was presented to […]

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RADIUS, the Beedie School of Business’ interdisciplinary social innovation lab and venture incubator, has teamed with Vancity to co-host British Columbia’s first-ever Social Entrepreneur Failure Wake, a celebration of the failures and mistakes made by entrepreneurs trying to accomplish great things. The Social Entrepreneur Failure Wake has been organized in order to build an entrepreneurial community that celebrates audacious attempts, with mistakes and failures shared openly in order for others to learn from the experience. […]

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The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University will this fall team once again with prominent Vancouver radio station CKNW News Talk 980 to bring management and entrepreneurship insights from some of Canada’s leading business minds to the SFU community. “The Chief Executives” program will bring a selection of the country’s top executives – ranging from outdoor equipment retailer Mountain Equipment Co-op to international gold extraction giant Goldcorp – to SFU’s downtown Vancouver campus […]

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Study focuses on disruptions of London and Beijing Games sponsorships. Sporting enthusiasts around the globe are counting down the days until two of the biggest competitions on the sporting calendar: The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. But as fans look forward to both massively popular and financially lucrative events, a study from the Beedie School of Business shows that the persistent effectiveness of ambush marketers leaves […]

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The following article was published by BC Business on September 3, 2013. The Surrey campus opens its doors to the city’s first graduate business program. After years of asking for more local business programs, Surrey will see its first MBA program launch in January. The part-time degree was created for SFU’s Surrey campus after years of consulting with local business organizations and businesses themselves, according to Colleen Collins, associate dean of the Segal Graduate School […]

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The following article was published by canada.com on August 28, 2013. The mensch connection: VIPs feel more status when sharing perks with their friends. If a velvet rope lifts in your honour, but none of your friends are there to see it, does your ego still get a boost? Canadian researchers investigated “the entourage effect” to determine whether a VIP’s experience of status changes in the presence of accompanying guests. Although reward-sharing should weaken the […]

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Professional sport is undeniably big business. Player contracts and sponsorship deals amount to tens of millions of dollars, with ticket sales, television rights and merchandising totaling billions. One could surmise, therefore, that sport commands a lot of attention in the way of academic research. However, Beedie School of Business associate professor Peter Tingling’s motivation for researching sport is a little less obvious. Rather than the business of professional sports, Tingling’s true research interests lie in […]

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The following is an excerpt from the full article published in The Globe and Mail on August 30, 2013. A professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business has been honoured for his work on aboriginal issues. Prof. Mark Selman developed Beedie’s executive MBA in aboriginal business and leadership in consultation with First Nation, Metis and Inuit leaders, with the program`s first class of 25 students scheduled to graduate in spring, 2015. The program, […]

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With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil less than a year away, reports of social unrest and mass protests among Brazilian citizens may suggest that soccer no longer holds the power to unite the nation to the extent that it once did. However new research from Beedie School of Business professors Jeremy Hall and Stelvia Matos suggests that the social inclusion benefits Brazilian soccer makes possible might provide a light at the end of the […]

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The following is an excerpt from the full article published in The Globe and Mail on August 2, 2013. Building on an established relationship with those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) – and others who are their advocates – HSBC Bank Canada has established new scholarships at four Canadian business schools worth $80,000 and potential employment over the next four years. The announcement comes on the eve of the Vancouver […]

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The following article was published by The Georgia Straight on August 21, 2013. When Eldon Yellowhorn attended Simon Fraser University in the early 1990s, he was one of two First Nations graduate students, and he says he was among fewer than a dozen indigenous people enrolled at the institution. Now the chair of the department of First Nations studies at SFU, Yellowhorn notes that a lot has changed since then. The university now has more […]

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Anthony Chan’s long-term affiliation with the Beedie School of Business has given him a unique insight into the needs of the students – one that not only benefits those he teaches, but as the winner of the TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award for 2013, has undoubtedly benefited him too. Chan, a lecturer in Beedie’s Management Information Systems (MIS) area, actually studied for his undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser, where he majored in MIS. After […]

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Beedie School of Business lecturer Shafik Bhalloo’s engaging teaching style has won him many admirers in the short time he has taught at the Beedie School – so many, in fact, that it has resulted in him winning the 2013 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award. Bhalloo joined the Beedie School of Business in 2008 as a sessional lecturer, where he teaches classes in commercial law, employment law, and business ethics. Outside of teaching, Bhalloo […]

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The Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University is proud to host the SFU Nancy McKinstry Awards for Leadership in Diversity at the Segal Graduate School on September 25, 2013. The annual awards, now in their fifth year, recognize those who have shown exemplary leadership in advancing the cause of diversity in business. The breakfast event will see a corporate award presented to the organization that exemplifies the values of diversity in the workplace. […]

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Ian McCarthy, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Technology & Operations Management at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, has been named to a prestigious list of the Top 50 Professors on Twitter, ranking him as one of the most influential academics using social media in the fields of leadership, innovation and strategy. The LDRLB list recognizes those professors who consistently build upon their body of knowledge and further the goal of evidence-based leadership through the use […]

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The following article was published by Business in Vancouver on July 31, 2013. Mark Schnarr is a SFU BBA alumnus. It’s been years since Alpha Technologies CEO Mark Schnarr laced ’em up for the Kelowna Buckaroos, but the lessons he learned and connections he made on the ice continue to influence his corporate career today Hockey’s been good to Mark Schnarr. The game has taught the Alpha Technologies president and CEO about fairness, hard work and the importance […]

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