Student Life

Barbecue, Baseball, and Fun!

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GBSA’s Annual Summer Social surely ended in burps and laughter! This was an opportunity for the MBA’s to ditch their business formals and network among other cohorts in their summer casuals over drinks and a sumptuous barbecue spread. There was opportunity to network with people from other corporate organisations too, that had booked areas in the stadium for their groups. Here are some glimpses of the evening.









GBSA Executive Team Attends 12th Annual BC Laureates Gala

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Our Executive team– comprised of Sarah (President), Reena (VP Communications) and Simrat (VP Finance)– were invited to attend the 12th annual BC Laureates Gala Dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on May 24, 2017. The Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame is an initiative created by JA British Columbia to honour BC business leaders whose efforts have shaped our province and country.

The black tie gala featured a cocktail hour, a delicious three-course dinner and the induction ceremonies for the following inductees:

Ross J. Beaty (Alterra Power Corp.)

David G. MacLean (The MacLean Group of Companies)

John McLernon (Colliers International)

Richard Nelson (Nelson Bros. Fisheries Ltd.)

Check out some pictures of our Executive team in their finest threads: 



SIAS presentation at Beedie

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On February 17th, the 2016 MSc Finance cohort held its first SIAS presentation at Beedie’s Segal building in the heart of Vancouver downtown.
The fund results release always follow the same scope: A few members of the SIAS fund get in front of a experienced professionals panel to present and defend the fund’s performance and investment choices observed by an audience formed by finance professionals and students.
For this presentation, the panel was formed by Anna Liu, member of SFU’s Treasury, Milton Tosto, Portfolio Manager at HSBC Global Asset Management and Michael Murphy, partner with Scepter for over 20 years and private investor. The fund’s performance and attribution were displayed by Amelia (Lei) Zhang, US Equity analyst, Earendil Gutierrez, Global Equity analyst, Julia Ferreira, Canadian Equity Portfolio Manager, and Tim Dinger, SIAS’ Chief Investment Officer.
It was an exciting event and the panel did not hold back, confronting the presenters with difficult technical question from beginning to end. After the event, there was a small reception with food and beverages to welcome networking opportunities.
Check out some pictures from the event below:

8th Annual Investment Outlook

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On February 20, 2017, PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers’ International Association) co-hosted in partnership with AIMA (Alternative Investment Management Association), CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association) and CFA Vancouver (Chartered Financial Analyst Association), the 8th Annual Alternative Investment Outlook Forum at SFU’s Segal Building. The event was sold out, with 150 people attending and 35 people on the waiting list.

Twelve MSc Finance students had the unique opportunity to be part of this event, attend inspiring panel discussions about hedge funds and real estate and make valuable connections with leading industry professionals at the reception afterwards. It was a great turnout and an unforgettable event for the MSc Finance cohort.

Check out some pictures from the event below:

CFA Ethics Challenge

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On Friday, January 27th, the CFA Ethics Challenge held its first local edition in Vancouver.

The teams competed assessing a hypothetical case using the CFA Code of Ethics & Standards of Professional Conduct as guidance. The event took place at the Terminal City Club and had a panel of esteemed professionals to evaluate team’s performances and select the regional champion who will move forward and participate on the national edition in Toronto.
SFU MSc Finance sent its team to represent the school formed by students Brandon Burrel, Julia Ferreira, Meng Li and Yanis Madjuga.

It’s time for the main event…the MBA Games!

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On January 2, 40 SFU MBA students said an early goodbye to their holiday break to catch a ferry to Nanaimo, BC and participate in the annual MBA Games. The MBA Games, which gained participation from the top 19 business schools from across Canada, encompassed three jam packed days of case competitions, spirit activities and competitive sporting events. Case competitions were challenging and were categorized by HR, marketing, finance and strategy. Sporting events were high in energy as students faced off in basketball, volleyball, soccer and dodgeball. What a way to burn off some calories from those heavy turkey dinners! Lastly, the SFU team choreographed a creative, uplifting dance for the spirit competition, which motivated everyone to bring out their best moves.
SFU did a wonderful job and ended up placing 4th in indoor soccer, 3rd in the spirit event and 4th in the team video challenge– all of which were huge successes given the level of talent in the competition. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment that SFU achieved was their fundraising of over $2,500 for the Moose Hide Campaign– a foundation which helps prevent violence against indigenous and non-indigenious women and children. They placed great effort in hosting various events and raffles throughout the semester which allowed them to reach their impressive goal and contribute to a great cause.
Overall, the MBA Games was a chaotic three days full of mentally and physically demanding events, but nonetheless, an experience to remember for all those who participated. Go SFU!
Here is the impressive video that Mervyn Mabini, Camilo Mendez Parra and Ivan Derwin put great efforts into for the team video challenge:

Beedie MBA Students participate in BC MBA Games

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A select group of Beedie business students attended the BC MBA Games at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo from October 16-18, 2016. The BC MBA Games is an annual event that brings together teams of MBA students from Vancouver Island University, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Thompson River University and University of Victoria to compete in academic, team sport and spirit competitions.

This year, our representative SFU team achieved great success and placed first in the canoe race challenge and were the runners up in the entrepreneurship case competition. They had a jam-packed weekend and describe the experience as unforgettable.

Check out the video below for an overview of this year’s BC MBA Games:

This year’s SFU team included the following students:

  • Sarah Lord Ferguson
  • Janelle Furber
  • Betty Xie
  • Robert Hamill
  • Matt Brown
  • Evan Hounsell
  • Shannon Bridson

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