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Tech e@SFU start-up wins third place in global sustainability competition

Jun 18, 2019

The SFU student founders of technology start-up Novion have won third place in the global Enzen Hackathon after competing against more than 650 companies. The three-phase hackathon sought solutions for tackling worldwide energy, water and environmental challenges. Novion grew out of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU program (Tech e@SFU), where John Nguyen, who is graduating from SFU’s Beedie School of Busines, Devpreet Bhullar, who graduates this month from mechatronic systems engineering, and mechatronic alumnus Refayet Siam teamed […]


Trail-blazing innovation in clean tech sparks start-up

Jun 10, 2019

Growing up in Metro Vancouver, Ben Britton dreamed of one day starting his own business. But he never imagined he would realize his dream by making a breakthrough in renewable energy while working on his SFU PhD project. This month Britton, the co-founder and chief strategy officer of start-up Ionomr Innovations Inc., graduates with a PhD in chemistry and a wealth of experience in business commercialization garnered during his SFU journey. Ionomr, a clean-tech, advanced […]


SFU Beedie-founded sustainability initiative wins two major awards

Sep 27, 2018

The Embedding Project, a global sustainability initiative founded and led by SFU Beedie Associate Professor Stephanie Bertels, has won recognition with two major global awards. The Embedding Project is housed within SFU Beedie’s Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability, of which Dr. Bertels is also Director. In August, the project was presented with the inaugural ‘International Impactful Collaboration Award’ by the Academy of Management at its Annual General Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, USA. The Academy […]


Self-sufficiency the goal of SFU Beedie MBA grad’s work as CEO of Kanaka Bar Indian Band

May 3, 2018

As more communities seek ways to become more sustainable, they might look for inspiration at a small B.C. First Nations band moving towards self-sufficiency, thanks in part to an SFU Beedie School of Business MBA graduate. Zain Nayani is the CEO of economic and business development for the Kanaka Bar Indian Band located near Lytton, northeast of Vancouver. The band has about 200 members, with 60 or so living onsite year-round. “We are trying to prepare the […]


SFU alumni launch station-less bikeshare service in B.C.

Mar 22, 2018

A team of three SFU alumni have launched U-bicycle North America, the first dock-less bikeshare program in Western Canada. The all-female leadership team comprises CEO Grace Min (BA, Sociology and Education), Chief Strategic Officer Angel Fu (BBA, Finance and Marketing), and Business, and Chief Marketing Officer Mandy Chan (BA, Communication). After graduating, Min started a successful career as an entrepreneur, founding three businesses in the international trade, property, and travel sectors. Combining her entrepreneurial talents […]


Sustainability network aims to advance globally with $2.45 million SSHRC Partnership Grant

Sep 26, 2017

The Embedding Project, a global sustainability initiative founded by Stephanie Bertels, an SFU Beedie School of Business professor, has received a $2.45-million, seven-year Partnership Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The project will use the funding to further its work in developing a new global forum for knowledge-sharing and dialogue on sustainability. The goal: to become a globally recognized knowledge resource for organizations seeking to advance their sustainability performance. The Embedding Project […]


Beedie team takes home win in SFU Net Impact Sustainability Challenge

Mar 31, 2017

A team of Full-Time MBA students recorded a memorable win for the Beedie School of Business at the fourth annual SFU Net Impact Sustainability Challenge, overcoming strong competition in the final round from American University’s Kogod School of Business (finishing second), Oregon’s Lundquist School of Business (third) and Western’s Ivey (fourth).


Beedie hosts panel event on role of investors in addressing inequality

Mar 3, 2017

The widening gap between rich and poor is a global phenomenon affecting both developed and developing economies, and has been identified by the World Economic Forum as the single most important risk facing the world over the next decade in its annual Global Risks Report. But how can we reverse this trend, and to what extent can – or should – investors be responsible for instigating that change? This question was at the heart of a lively panel […]


Beedie named in top 50 business schools for Environmental Sustainability Programs

Feb 22, 2017

Beedie School of Business has secured a place in the Top 50 Environmental Sustainability Programs ranking in the 2016 Guide to Business Schools for Social & Environmental Impact report, published by Net Impact, a non-profit empowering transformational change in the workplace. Beedie is the only Canadian school named in the list, which features leading business schools from around the world.


The Embedding Project brings leading sustainability professionals to Vancouver

Jan 30, 2017

Earlier this month, leading sustainability professionals from across North America met in Vancouver to share their successes, challenges and insights at the Embedding Project’s North American Peer-to-Peer Network event. Over the two-day session, members engaged in facilitated peer-coaching sessions, reflected on their past year as Change Agents and piloted new research and new resources. Highlights included research insights on workplace sustainability-oriented initiatives by Beedie PhD student, Simon Pek, and new research coming out of the […]