Showcasing Sustainability – Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase

The UFV School of Business and Sustainable UFV partnered together Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 at the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Business Showcase, to meet with members of the business community and discuss issues surrounding sustainable business development.

Showcase attendees were invited to discuss and record their ideas for how their businesses could work to become more sustainable.

Some of the ideas put forward were:

  • Geo exchange heating/cooling systems
  • Going paperless
  • Recycling, composting, and re-purposing
  • Roof top solar thermal (hot water)
  • Light harvesting
  • Banning plastic water bottles in the office
  • Virtual meetings
  • Recycling building materials (lumber, gypsum, etc.)

School of Business and Sustainable UFV faculty and staff connected with business leaders about the issues facing companies in becoming more sustainable and how School of Business students might be best prepared to take on these challenges in their future careers.

Attendees were also invited to attend the 2017 Sustainable Development Symposium on May 18th, 2017.

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School of Business faculty workshop on PRME opportunities

Friday, April 7, 2017 marked the first UFV School of Business PRME Faculty Workshop. This event was organized by the School of Business to discuss opportunities to integrate the PRME Initiative into curricular and extracurricular activities. The UFV School of Business became a signatory of PRME in 2015 and has recently produced its first PRME report.

The discussion centralized around an article published in the Journal of Management Education, written by  Marc Lavine and Christopher Roussin entitled, From Idea to Action: Promoting Responsible Management Education Though a Semester-Long Academic Integrity Learning Project.”

The article describes various stages of an academic integrity project where student teams examine their Universities’ academic integrity policy and make recommendations for improvements.

UFV School of Business faculty discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the project, and how similar strategies and themes could be implemented in business courses at UFV. Focusing on action and problem-based learning in teams, the article details the way in which using a personalized example can help students to engage fully in a topic, and it was felt that focusing on policies that directly affect students may help make concepts taught more relevant.

The importance of the individual’s role as well as the role of the organization in demonstrating and ensuring ethical behaviour was also discussed. Asking students to understand multiple stakeholder perspectives and identify how micro-level ethical behaviour feeds macro-level behaviour and vice versa was considered one important take-away lesson from reading the article.

More in formation on PRME can be found here.

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BBA student Nicole Noort receives FVCPAA scholarship

The Fraser Valley Chartered Professional Accountants have selected their fifth round of local scholars.

Three outstanding area University Seniors who displayed academic achievement, extra-curricular participation and community service will each be awarded a $1,000.00 scholarship to support their respective accounting educations.

Congratulations to BBA student Nicole Noort for being the successful applicant from the UFV School of Business!

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Enter the Drucker Challenge 2017!

The Peter Drucker Challenge is an essay contest for students and young professionals between 18 and 35 years of age is now in its 8th year.

The theme for 2017 of Growth and Inclusive Prosperity which seems to touch a nerve across generations.

  • Can digital technology (in particular automation and AI) spawn prosperity as opposed to eliminate jobs?
  • What is your perspective on how technology can enable people to co-create solutions that are good for their communities, the economy and the world?
  • What is the role of management to free up human potential?

They are also happy to kick off the online article series that is a central element of the run-up to the Forum on Harvard Business Review and the German Harvard Business Manager.

More information on the 2017 Essay Competition can be found here.

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Students make an impression at School of Business Research Day

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 marked the 5th Annual School of Business Student research day. Six teams of students presented their research to a panel of judges and fielded questions on academic rigor and research design.

Top prize was awarded to Chelsey Ens and Jonathan Ens who presented their research on the Effects of Valence Framing on Eco-Friendly Seafood Purchase Decisions.

Following the presentations the School of Business Director, Dr. Frank Ulbrich, spoke about the opportunities for students at UFV and the ways in which students who are interested in pursuing their research topic further can do so during their undergraduate program. Students interested in pursuing individual research projects are encouraged to discuss their topics and the possibility of doing a directed studies course with their instructors.

The other presentations were made by:

  1. Reference Point: Does it Matter? By: Devon Driediger, Curtis Plug, Charles Spencer, Miranda Spencer, and Sasnoor Sidu
  2. Green Trends Among Fortune 500 Companies By: Graeme Crich, Kyle Rubenuik, and Aidan Gibbons
  3. Gender at University: Analysis of Gender Equality in Public Universities Across Canada By: Ryan Gienger, Bronwen Kenyon, and Kyle Sethi
  4. Analyzing Transactional Data for Better Customer Relations Management By: Brahmjot Singh Bains, Jeremy Henshaw, Jeffrey Sandhu, and Dawnya Harder
  5. The Performance of Opinion Price Models, a Comparison By: Dayton Marks

The School of Business would like to thank Faculty members, Raymond Leung and David Dobson, for organizing the day and also Chris Kluftinger from Dana Hospitality for providing the refreshments.

 

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UFV School of Business Alumni make CPA national honour roll

Congratulations Curtis Braun, Matt Stam and Drew Temple. This year only thirteen writers of the 2016 CFE from BC made the CPA national honour roll and three of our UFV School of Business alumni are on that list. On behalf of the UFV School of Business faculty, staff and students a big congratulations to all of you; we are very proud of your achievement.

For more information on the CPE Exam and our UFV alumni check out our Facebook post here. 

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UFV Celebrates Student Research

The UFV School of Business is proud to have been represented by several groups of accomplished students at UFV’s annual Student Research Day which took place this past Wednesday. The poster presentations were held in the Student Union Building, Great Hall and the event also featured micro lectures in the south atrium.

Business students presented research posters on a variety of topics ranging from school catchment areas, Eco marketing, Fortune 500 companies, and improving the engagement of Mission’s Chamber of Commerce members. Presenters discussed their research, findings, and made suggestions for further studies.

This annual event brings together students from across the University, providing a forum for interdisciplinary discussions and learning.

A special thank you to all of our student presenters for doing such an excellent job representing the School of Business, as well as Associate Professor David Dobson for supporting our business students presenting at this year’s Student Research Day.

Students and Faculty, interested in learning more about what research is being undertaken by our students, are invited to the 5th Annual School of Business Student Research Day Event on Tuesday, April 4th at 11 am. This event will also be held in the  Student Union Building, Great Hall and will feature presentations from six student teams.

The presentations will be:

  1. Reference Point: Does it Matter? By: Devan Driediger, Curtis Plug, Charles Spencer, Miranda Spencer, and Jasnoor Sidhu
  2. Green Trends Among Fortune 500 Companies By: Graeme Crich, Kyle Rubenuik, and Aidan Gibbons
  3. Gender at University: Analysis of Gender Equality in Public Universities Across Canada By: Ryan Gienger, Bronwen Kenyon, and Kyle Sethi
  4. Effects of Valence Framing on Eco-Friendly Seafood Purchase Decisions By: Chelsey Ens and Jonathan Ens
  5. Analyzing Transactional Data for Better Customer Relations Management By: Brahmjot Singh Bains, Jeremy Henshaw, Jeffrey Sandhu, and Dawnya Harder
  6. The Performance of Opinion Price Models, a Comparison By: Dayton Marks

 

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Attend the PVCC and Gala Dinner for only $20

The Pacific Venture Capital Conference & Competition (PVCC) offers UFV School of Business students  the opportunity to attend its conference this year at a partner-discounted rate. That means you will be able to access high profile keynote speakers, workshops, founders’ panel, networking session, AND gala dinner for only $20

Keynote Speakers include

  • Nicole Verkindt, Founder of OMEX and “Dragon” from Next Gen Den
  • Hamed Shahbazi, CEO, TIO Networks
  • Nejeed Kassam, CEO and Founder, Keela.co

Workshops will be hosted by

  • Microsoft
  • Yellow Point Private Equity/Pangaea Ventures
  • Agentis Capital/McMillan
  • Dentons
  • Spring Activator

Participating Networking Firms Include
CIBC, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, RBC, BMO, TD, EY, KPMG, Deloitte, CAI Private Equity, McMillan, EA Canada, Agentis Capital, BDC Capital, Penderfund Capital, Yellow Point Private Equity, Varshney Capital, and many more!

Purchase a ticket while supplies last before we sell out and use the code “PVCCOFF”: http://ubcfc.rezgo.com/details/117888/pvcc-2017-conference

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