16’/17′ GBSA Committee

Sarah Lord Ferguson 

President

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Sarah is excited to pursue her MBA after recently completing her Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA) from SFU . She has an interesting background with a Bachelor’s of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology and a Master’s of Physical Therapy from UBC. Over the last year, Sarah has worked as a Physiotherapist in North Vancouver and is currently taking her Acupuncture certification course.

In addition to working with the GBSA, Sarah is the MBA Class Rep for the Graduate Business Women’s Council and a member of the Segal Case Club. During her spare time, Sarah mentors kinesiology students and graduates from physiotherapy school. She also enjoys playing volleyball, skiing at Whistler, and hiking around her neighbourhood on the North Shore.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sarahlordfergusonpt 

 

Simrat Kanwar

Vice-President Finance

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Simrat Kanwar is a full-time MBA student at the Beedie School of Business and contributes as the VP Finance of the Graduate Business Student’s Association.

Simrat completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from University of Delhi, India in 2012 and thereafter, has gained valuable experience by performing at versatile roles in telecommunications, retail and healthcare industries across two countries, Canada and India. He has developed significant knowledge in strategic planning, financial management and business development areas with a firm commitment to provide exceptional services to organizations and clients.

He is focused and determined to expand his management knowledge, skills, and expertise through MBA and looks for new challenging and rewarding opportunities. As a GBSA executive, he is passionate and motivated to be the voice of students at Beedie and promote initiatives & academic opportunities, furtherly adding to the ever shining reputation of the school.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/simrat-kanwar

 

Reena Bains 

Vice-President Communications

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Reena is currently a full-time MBA student at the Beedie School of Business. She has a diverse educational background and possesses a B.Sc with a major in Biology as well as a B.Ed in Science education. Reena began her career as a secondary school teacher and then made a transition into the Hospitality industry, where she works as the Vice-President of hotel operations for a local development company. She hopes to use her education at Beedie to help her develop her career and gain further management experience.

In her role as VP Communications, she is responsible for taking minutes for all GBSA meetings, sending out regular communications to cohorts via newsletters as well as maintaining the GBSA website. In this role, she hopes to further develop her communication skills and use her executive position to create a memorable year for the 2016/2017 cohorts through fun events and valuable learning opportunities, as well as build lasting connections with peers and faculty.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/reena-bains

 

Olivia Song

Vice-President Engagement

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Olivia Song is an MSc in Finance student at the Beedie School of Business. She is the Vice President Engagement of the Graduate Business Student’s Association and an analyst on the Canadian Equity team in the Student Investment Advisory Service Fund. She studied Business Administration and Chinese Literature as an undergraduate and worked in the banking industry in South Korea after graduation. She is highly interested in networking, consulting, and new types of financial businesses focusing on Microfinance and Fintech. She is a passionate pianist, drawer and creative trip planner.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/Olivia-h-song

 

Byron Seef

Full-time MBA Class Representative

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Byron Seef is a full-time MBA student at the Beedie School of Business. Byron started at SFU in the Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, studying part-time while working as a Sports Management Consultant in Vancouver, BC. In addition to being the MBA Class Representative on the GBSA, Byron is a member of the Segal Case Club, Mentors in Business program and a member of the 2017 MBA Games team. Outside of his professional interests, Byron is passionate about a variety of backcountry sports, photography and world travel.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/byronseef

 

Ingrid Lindner

MOT MBA Class Representative (First Year)

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Ingrid is a current part-time Management of Technology MBA student at the SFU Beedie School of Business. With her background as a Software Developer currently working within the IT Services Department at Simon Fraser University, she has the opportunity to solve problems and create solutions on a daily basis.

Ingrid has obtained her B.Sc. in Computing Science from the University of Victoria in 2007 and has continued to involve technology in all aspects of her life. She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to represent her cohort within the SFU community.

 

Andreas Skjold Fick

MOT MBA Class Representative (Second Year)

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After 10 years as an ERP consultant I decided to pack my bags and move to Canada, I arrived 6 years ago with 2 suitcases and a deep desire to snowboard, hike, golf and work as a consultant in North America. The move has been everything I hoped for moving form a “meer” consultant to a director for technical services managing a staff of over 20 people. My next 18 months are going to be taken up by the MOT MBA program, my family and my job, and my biggest challenge will be to find time for it all.

LinkedIn : www.linkedin.com/in/andreasskjoldfick

 

Leonie Wilcke

MSc Finance Class Representative (First Year)

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Leonie Wilcke is a hardworking and proactive individual with a strong interest for applied mathematics and finance. During her Bachelor and Masters degree in Mathematics, Leonie developed a keen sense for problem solving and sharpened her quantitative skills. While studying she also worked part time for one of the major public insurance companies in Germany which she later joined full time as a Risk Controller for over 2 years. As a MSc Finance Class Representative Leonie is looking forward to connecting with her cohort and promoting their ideas and doubts to the GBSA.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/leoniewilcke 

 

Merhdad Ghods

Part-time MBA Class Representative (Second Year)

 

Possessing a diverse background in real estate development, project management and engineering and extensive experience within the property development and construction sector in the Lower Mainland, Mehrdad is currently the Director of Construction at PortLiving, overseeing the consulting and construction management teams throughout the development planning, design, construction and delivery stages of several mixed use, residential and commercial projects. 

Having received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in Construction and Project Management from UBC, Mehrdad is a Registered Professional Engineer and is currently an MBA candidate at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.Matthew Burns

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ghodspm  

 

Troy Sinclair

Part-time MBA Class Representative (First Year)

Troy Sinclair is a part time MBA candidate at the Beedie School of Business.  Troy is currently the Director of Finance for Pacific Academy, one of British Columbia’s top tier independent schools.  His position is in charge of all financial stewardship, risk management, budgeting and reporting for the school as well as overseeing all finance and accounting staff.  Troy completed his CPA Designation 6 years ago and is an active student mentor for CPA BC.

Over the last 10 years, Troy has gained senior level career experience in applied Finance and Management. Troy has a BBA Degree from Capilano University and now sits on the Accounting and Finance Advisory Committee at Capilano University.  Troy finds great satisfaction working with numbers, but loves to connect with people at work and within groups, especially when the outcome is developing people and results.  He believes in paying forward from his own experiences, investing in people and enhancing quality of life.  When he is not busy at work, he loves spending time with his family, working out and creating masterpieces in the kitchen.

LinkedIn:  https://ca.linkedin.com/in/troysinclair

 

Matthew Burns

Executive MBA Class Representative

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Matthew Burns is an Executive MBA student at the Beedie School of Business. Professionally, Matthew has over  15 years’ experience leading diverse teams in Human Resources, Operations and Occupational Health & Safety for a number of large international retailers. This includes extensive experience leading business and cultural transformation initiatives.  

 

Susan Chappell

Executive MBA Class Representative

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In 2011, Susan was elected to District of Squamish Council, where in her second term, continues to advocate for small business, health care and active transportation. As a keynote speaker, she has addressed science communication, preventative health care and land use reform. Susan is a graduate of the Community Economic Development program, and is happy to be returning to Simon Fraser University for the EMBA program with the Beedie School of Business. Susan has been working for 8 years as a researcher with the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of New England through a grant with the United States National Institute of Health. She has published on, and continues to examine mechanisms of postoperative adhesion formation through neuroscience. In her spare time, she enjoys riding mountains, and plays violin in the Sea to Sky Orchestra.

She is an educator, researcher; people advocate and David’s baby mama of two beautiful girls, 14 and 9.