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Huge potential for B.C. companies that are willing to invest the time and adapt to culture differences.

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The 2014 SFU Nancy McKinstry Awards for Leadership in Diversity is issuing a call for nominations for the Corporate Diversity Award. The award recognizes a company that excels in the area of diversity, with nominations open to all companies with operations in British Columbia. The winner of the Corporate Diversity Award will be announced at the awards breakfast on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. Nominations and finalists will be confidentially held and resubmitted with future nominations more »

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A rare collection of historical business share certificates has been donated to the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University by former member of the Canadian Senate Jack Austin.

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By Tako Young. On a typical weekday lunchtime, one can expect waves of MBA students at the Beedie School of Business to flood out of the lecture room to take a well-deserved lunch break. Recently, however, scores of eager students have stayed put in the classroom to continue their learning experience – this time to glean knowledge from their own classmates.

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Over the last 100 years, mankind has benefited from unprecedented exponential leaps in technology – and with the increasing use of incentive prizes to drive these radical breakthroughs, we can look forward to an era of abundance in the years to come. This was the message delivered by Peter Diamandis, founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, and co-founder of Singularity University, in a special lecture for Beedie School of Business students and faculty at the Segal more »

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Taking steps towards economic development in indigenous communities would appear to be solely beneficial to all concerned. Yet often when the subject is raised, many of those concerned have reservations. Why would something with implicit positive connotations raise such doubts?

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The following article was published in the April 2014 issue of SFU’s AQ Magazine. By Diane Luckow. Vancouver-based Taseko Mines has long proposed a $1.5 billion open-pit gold and copper mine in B.C.’s Cariboo. But the company continues to encounter significant opposition from the region’s First Nations, and the project’s future continues to hang in the balance.

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The following article was published by the Georgia Straight on April 4, 2014 and features an interview with Beedie School of Business BBA student Chantelle Buffie. By Stephen Hui. If you’re a tenant, how do you contact your landlord? Simon Fraser University business student Chantelle Buffie is hoping that you’ll soon be using FIXO. A 24-year-old Surrey resident, Buffie is one of the undergraduates selected for the 2014 cohort of The Next 36 entrepreneurship program more »

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Beedie School of Business alumnus Milun Tesovic, co-founder of MetroLyrics.com, the most comprehensive database of music lyrics in the world, has been named one of BC Business’ 30 Under 30.

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Family that runs B.C.’s largest industrial property developer are also front-rank philanthropists.

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Beedie study finds dark side to rewarding ourselves with luxury goods. The following article was published by Canada.com on March 31, 2014.

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A new student venture that will provide a dedicated communications channel for residential property managers and tenants has won the Newcomers category at the National Business & Technology Conference entrepreneurship competition.

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The following article was published in the Vancouver Sun on March 25, 2014, and features comment from Beedie School of Business Professor Mark Wexler.

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A team of Beedie School of Business MBA students has earned a top three finish at the prestigious HEC Montréal Sustainability Challenge 2014 case competition.

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A team of undergraduate and graduate Beedie School of Business students captured the silver medal in the recent Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) Risk Management Challenge.

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Simon Fraser University Professor Rosalie Tung has been voted as President-Elect of the Academy of International Business (AIB) Executive Board. She will serve a three-year term, to commence from August 2014, initially as President-Elect before progressing to President in 2015, and finally Past President from 2016.

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Beedie School of Business teachers have a reputation for innovative class assignments with an emphasis on experiential learning. One such group project in the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership has resulted in an outcome that will be familiar to those with an interest in music – a Juno Awards nomination.

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A trio of Enactus SFU teams has advanced to the national finals after taking home the gold in their respective categories at the Enactus Western Regional Competition.

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The prize for successfully starting a business can be exceptional, and tremendously rewarding – yet 75% of startups fail within the first year, as a result of failing to think their finance requirements through. So what is the secret to raising the capital required for businesses to make it past the hazardous early stages?

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Think of a typical MBA class. Does your mind’s eye see a class of smart, intense men? Well, you’d be wrong – if you were at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. This year, the full-time MBA program – that classroom you were thinking of – is comprised, more than half, of females. (Who are equally smart and equally intense.)

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Barbara Dunfield, Chief Financial Officer of Sennen Potash Corporation and a graduate of the Executive MBA at the Beedie School of Business, has been named among the winners of Business in Vancouver’s Influential Women in Business Awards 2014. The BIV Influential Women in Business Awards recognize influential leaders in their industry and the business community at large who have committed time and resources to mentor other women in business and contribute their expertise on corporate more »

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The following article was published by TopMBA.com on February 27, 2014, and features comment from Ulrike Radermacher, Associate Director of the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership at the Beedie School of Business. The welfare and rights of the indigenous people of Canada – or First Nations, as they are collectively referred to – are of pressing concern at a time when many companies wish to develop Canada’s wealth of natural resources. Recent oil more »

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Sudheer Gupta, an associate professor at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, will share details of a study on how entrepreneurs in developing countries are finding innovative ways to solve some of society’s “most wicked problems,” as part of SFU President’s Faculty Lecture series. The lecture will be held at SFU’s Surrey campus on February 27 at 7 p.m. Gupta collaborated with Infosys Ltd., a global IT services company based in India, to carry more »

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The Beedie School of Business’ interdisciplinary social innovation lab and venture incubator, RADIUS, in conjunction with Ashoka Canada, will host the second annual SFU Changemaker Showcase, a celebration of the brightest ideas and social innovators at Simon Fraser University. The SFU Changemaker Showcase will provide an opportunity to celebrate some of the brightest ideas and innovators at SFU who are working to foment positive change in the community and beyond. It will feature three TED-style more »

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Since launching its on-demand media streaming service in the US in 2007, Netflix has revolutionized the global entertainment industry. Recently named by Fast Company as one of the top five most innovative companies in the world, its annual revenues last year exceeded $4 billion. So how has it achieved its phenomenal success? Kelly Bennett, BBA alumnus, and Chief Marketing Officer at Netflix, detailed the company’s remarkable success story – and his own – in a more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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The following article was published in the Vancouver Sun on January 30, 2014. Joint Venture between UBC, SFU, and École Polytechnique de Montréal wins $25 million in federal funding. By Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun Academics in a new $25-million resource-sector research institute can see how training artisanal miners in Ecuador to use more sustainable practices can lead to better government policies and a more prosperous mining sector. A pilot project to train small-scale miners in more »

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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 more »

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A new Canadian institute that will assist developing countries with resource driven economies benefit from their resources in environmentally and socially responsible ways has been officially launched. The Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID) is a coalition between the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and École Polytechnique de Montréal (EPM). Institute Interim Executive Director, Bern Klein is joined at the launch by UBC’s Vice President Research & International more »

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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, more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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The following extract is from an article published in the Globe and Mail on October 22, 2013, and features commentary from David Dunne, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Beedie School of Business, and chair of RADIUS. New initiatives are popping up on campuses across the country. This fall, the University of British Columbia in Burnaby, B.C., offered a new course, informally known as Entrepreneurship 101 and developed in collaboration with its Sauder School of Business, for more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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 more »

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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, more »

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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 more »

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The following article was published by Axiom News on July 15, 2013. Twenty-one-year-old Xinyan Chen took her first social entrepreneurship class at RADIUS (RADical Ideas Useful to Society) last spring. Now, she and four co-founders are launching EnableLife, an online community for people with disabilities and their support network to share tips and tricks to enable easier living. It’s this quick turnaround, from a useful idea to establishing a social venture, that a new Vancouver program more »

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In 2012, the spring semester of undergraduate business case competitions saw Beedie School of Business teams achieve relatively strong results, including a podium finish for the APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge team. Despite the admirable performances, however, the consensus was that the school’s students were capable of achieving even more. Fast forward one year, and the 2013 spring semester saw Beedie School of Business teams achieve podium finishes at every single undergraduate case competition entered: more »

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Beedie School of Business lecturers Shafik Bhalloo and Anthony Chan have been named as recipients of the 2013 TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest teaching honour at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. The TD Canada Trust Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented each year to the two teachers at Beedie who exemplify qualities such as engagement, organization, discipline, enthusiasm and support in their teaching. Since 1990, Beedie School of Business students, faculty and alumni more »

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A team of adventure-seeking MBA students from SFU’s Beedie School of Business geared up in July to ascend one of the most iconic mountain peaks in the Vancouver area to raise funds for youth and family nature programs in British Columbia. They are the first MBA group in the province to have led this kind of charity-focused climb. The challenging day hike and scramble took students to the West Lion – a famous peak on more »

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The following article was published by Toronto Star on June 29, 2013. Peter Tingling, a business professor at Simon Fraser University who has analyzed years of NHL drafts, says the notion that some teams are particularly good at making draft decisions is a myth. NEWARK, N.J.—This is the day NHL general managers will boast that they can’t believe a certain player was still around. This is the day that will give rise to those backstories down more »

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