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Living in Vancouver

Multicultural Metropolis, Rich in Biodiversity, with a Thriving Economy

Leaders who find merit in innovation, economic development and sustainability often strive to live in Vancouver because this city nourishes their values. Vancouver is where you are positively challenged and meaningfully engaged in the community, and where you can nurture your adventurous spirit while evolving personally and professionally.

Vancouver is the meeting place for entrepreneurs, executives, advocates, and business leaders. Companies like Deloitte, Electronic Arts, Lululemon, RBC, and SAP Canada are just a few of the many world-renowned organizations that are top employers in Vancouver. The SFU Beedie School of Business is proud to produce graduates who have been employed by these prestigious companies. The SFU Segal Graduate School has established networks and relationships with industry leaders in the Greater Vancouver area to provide our students with the best opportunity to be gainfully employed at globally recognized and distinguished organizations.

The downtown Vancouver SFU community is privileged to study and work on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations communities.

The Downtown Vancouver Advantage

Live, study and engage in the bustling downtown Vancouver metropolis, a city ranked 3rd Most Livable in the world*. Here you are steps away from your classes, thriving businesses and ample opportunities to network with industry experts, executives, potential mentors and thought leaders. Immerse yourself in a culture that promotes an active and healthy lifestyle with beaches, parks and hiking trails within walking distance or transit-friendly locations.


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Charles Chang Innovation Centre

The Segal Graduate School offers exclusive access to the Charles Chang Innovation Centre which was uniquely designed for our graduate students. This residence provides the opportunity for our graduate students to be fully immersed in the Vancouver lifestyle as it is conveniently located within walking distance from the campus as well as transportation options, restaurants, grocery stores and shopping centres. The Charles Chang Innovation Centre also creates an environment for our students to broaden their professional network and build community.

You can learn more about the Charles Chang Innovation Centre here.

Life in Vancouver

A city with a temperate climate that is surrounded by mountains, lakes, beaches, oceans and rich in wildlife is a place that offers you the best chance for work-life balance. Whether you want to explore one of the 9 beaches in Vancouver or the oceans and lakes just outside of the city, Vancouver offers you endless breath-taking views and opportunities to participate in aquatic sports and other outdoor activities. If you would prefer to go hiking or camping, you need not look beyond SFU Burnaby Mountain; if you're looking for more of a challenge you can take on the Grouse Grind or Mount Seymour. With Vancouver being one of the warmest cities in Canada, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and cultivate a healthy and active lifestyle.

I always saw myself working beyond clinical pharmacy. I felt that I could also shine on the business side of healthcare. I knew that with my strong clinical training an MBA would help open more doors and give me the mobility I was looking for in my career.

Morenike Akinyemi, FT MBA

Senior Project Manager, Transformation Delivery

Provincial Health Services Authority

The immediate impact of the GDBA has been a change in the way I approach my day professionally. I am equipped to make better decisions. My confidence level has been elevated significantly, and I am enjoying a new sense of optimism in my career.

Percival Chang, GDBA

Manager & Investment Funds Advisor

PH&N Investment Services

The Part-Time MBA was excellent. It gave me exactly what I expected to receive, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay a program. It met all my expectations and provided a solid grounding in business skills and strategies.

Oliver Zihlmann, PT MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

My key lessons from the program were learning how to effectively frame and structure a problem or situation, manage a tight schedule, know what to prioritize and how to prioritize it, and identify core problems quickly and addressing them.

Bobbie Dhillon, EMBA

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Planning

G&F Financial Group

The comprehensive simulations provided the greatest learning for me. They helped change my mindset and connect the different areas of learning into a comprehensive view of how an organization runs.

Matthew Grunert, MOT MBA

Sr. Director, Digital Operations & IT

Motorola Solutions

The MSc Finance program gave me the technical foundation that I couldn’t function without. I work with clients in very senior roles, and it’s important to demonstrate your technical knowledge to gain their trust.

Christine Jakshoej, MScFin

Head of Professional Services America


The i2I program is perfect for people like me who are deeply involved in science, and who want to look for opportunities in the business world. A program like this opens your mind and teaches you that there is another world of possibilities outside of the lab.

Elena Groppa, i2I

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia Biomedical Research Centre

The learners I work with are 95% Indigenous, and I find that they become more interested and retain information more, when we speak and learn from an Indigenous lens. The Indigenous content integrated into the program has been very beneficial to me in terms of how I can incorporate Indigenous information into the curriculum I currently teach.

Wanda Rockthunder, EMBA IBL

Business Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Cree, a citizen of the Muskowekwan First Nation, Saskatchewan

FT MBA: Morenike

GDBA: Percival

PT MBA: Oliver

EMBA: Bobbie

MOT MBA: Matthew Grunnert

MSc Fin: Christine

i2I: Elena


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