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Beedie School of Business brings a global reputation for successful international partnerships and collaborations—from student exchange programs and field schools, to hosting international government delegations, to customizing executive programs for global organizations, industries, and communities. Over the years, we have delivered workshops and management development in countries as culturally diverse as the US, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Our faculty are recognized for their international perspectives in both teaching and research, for their wide-reaching global networks, and for their experience instructing and engaging international executives. In addition, our operational staff are seasoned professionals who excel in complex international and cross-cultural contexts. Leveraging this experience and our institutional connections worldwide, we are equipped to deliver a broad spectrum of international programs, with multi-country delivery capacity in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

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Are you looking for a new retreat destination, a fresh perspective for a senior leaders forum, or maybe a learning journey for your international MBA or EMBA cohorts? Would you like your high-potentials to learn entrepreneurial leadership while immersed in a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem? Or for your mining team to re-strategize within a global hub of sustainable mining research?

As a leading business school on the Pacific Rim with the natural environment in our backyard—as the home of Greenpeace, 700 mining companies, and creative industries—our learning environment ignites transformative conversations on game-changing topics, including

  • global business
  • managing across cultures
  • responsible mining
  • embedding sustainability
  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • and more


SFU has been collaborating with partners in China for over thirty years. Canada’s first consul and cultural attaché to China was a Canadian professor in Chinese history who later became the President of Simon Fraser University and established its first comprehensive partnership with a Chinese university. In 1982, SFU established its first international exchange agreement with Jinan University in Guanghzou, and since 1992 it has provided the Council International Secretariat for the influential China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.

The following programs provide brief examples of Executive Education China collaborations:

Beijing Media Group
An Advanced Media Management program offered to senior managers. Topics included media management, ethics in media, new technology and innovation in media, intellectual property protection, Canadian media regulation, government and culture, and international financial reporting. Company site visits included film studios and the 2010 Olympic Broadcasting Centre.

CGA China (Certified General Accountants)
A program developed and delivered to Chinese accounting professors from 17 partner universities. The program content focused on Canadian pedagogy for teaching accounting as well as the CGA accounting curriculum, including World Accounting Standards, taxation and auditing.

Heilongjiang Province
An Advanced Economics and Management Program for senior managers and government officials from Heilongjiang province. This program was designed to equip the leaders of the Heilongjiang provincial government with the necessary tools to lead the province into the future—focusing on a wide range of topics, including financial management, organizational forms, organizational theory, information technology, accounting, strategy, and operations.