Semester In Social Enterprise – Opportunity For UFV Students

The Semester in Social Enterprise is an 11-week summer immersion program in partnership with SFU Beedie and RADIUS SFU, that is open to students of all backgrounds. Students study Spanish, learn how social ventures get built in the real world by working with a local entrepreneur, and gain international experience living, interning and studying in Quito, Ecuador. Students who complete the program receive transferable credits.

Further details of The Semester in Social Enterprise can be found here:

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Should We Abandon Classical Economics? UFV Lecture on Marconomics

Friday, March 10, 2017, 12:30–2 pm, ABC 1427

The School of Business is pleased to host the second 2017 Research Seminar presented by Dr. Ken R. Blawatt, UFV School of Business.

Economics is now under some pressure to improve, if not change its premise. In the last few decades noteworthy economists, leading academics and business leaders worldwide, have expressed serious reservations about classical economics as a discipline and practice. Lester Thurow, former dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management has long been critical of the discipline. Robert Nelson likens it to a religion while Philip J. Kotler, widely viewed as the Father of Modern Marketing believes it should be replaced.

Fortunately, a new trend is emerging that offers a positive direction for the discipline; one that applies economics from a human perspective. This more realistic approach, Behavioural Economics, incorporates human motivations and values. It argues that personal issues or cognitive biases guide economic activity, rather than assumptive factors about demand, equilibrium and trade functions.

Dr. Blawatt’s research addresses the foregoing and moves the discussion even deeper into human behavior. In his new book, Marconomics, he argues that a new paradigm guides economic affairs. Based on empirical evidence it determines that an economy is guided by expectations and perceptions, not price and volume, and is arranged in three tiers; an entrepreneurial economy, a managed economy and a mass marketing or declining economy.

The presentation will be followed by a Q+A session. Please RSVP to by Friday, March 3, 2017.

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2017 UFV Sustainability Morning

Do you have great ideas about sustainability practices but haven’t taken the time to voice them? Well stop bottling up your ingenuity and come down to Abbotsford Campus G Building Atrium Thursday February 23, for a free coffee and chat with a group of passionate staff about UFV’s sustainability initiatives and how you can get involved!

 UFV’s very own Energy Manager Blair McFarlane will be there to discuss our current practices and is interested in hearing your ideas. Also joining him will be Patrick Harris, the Chair for Sustainable UFV.

 We ask you to join us in our endeavor to make UFV and the Fraser Valley Community models for sustainable practices.

 If you have any questions about the event contact, Karmin Gray at

 We look forward to seeing you all there and hearing your great ideas!


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2017 Finance Networking Breakfast

On February 3, 2017 the UFV School of Business hosted its third annual Finance Networking Breakfast at the Phoenix Lounge in Abbotsford.

Students participating in the event were given the opportunity to meet with representatives from six prominent Canadian financial institutions, CIBC, Envision, Scotiabank, Sun Life Financial, RBC, and TD.

“We were glad to see that students were eager to take advantage of this opportunity,” said event coordinator, Kelly Gardner, “We can’t stress how important it is to learn how to network effectively and begin to build up those contacts before you graduate. Events like this will really help our students when they are beginning their careers.”

And careers they talked about. Students found out about career opportunities, compensation structures, typical entry-level positions, how to best transition from university to the workplace, and many more topics. At the end of the morning, students had received many valuable hints, and some got an interview offer on the spot.

The finance career networking breakfast was initiated to help BBA Finance students get in contact with industry professionals.

Students who participated were able to ask representatives from each institution career-related questions, and were given the opportunity to hand in their resumes at the end of each round-table discussion. There was an informal question and answer period following the event, where students could continue to make connections with potential future employers.

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Attend the Study Abroad Info Session on Feb 21

Do you want to escape the rain in BC?  Do you have the urge to explore different cultures and meet new friends?   Do you ever wish that when you look outside your classroom window you could see the Alps, the Eiffel Tower or the bright Australian sun?  If so, come on out on February 21 to a new info session on exciting opportunities for business students to studying overseas!  Come hear the exploits from returning study abroad students or students that are visiting UFV.  You can go for an entire semester or just for a few weeks.

The Study Abroad coordinator from UFV International will answer all your practical questions on how to get you overseas next semester, including available scholarship money!  Come and mingle with veteran, visiting and future study abroad students and enjoy a slice of Italian pie!  If you are interested in going next term or another term down the road, you won’t want to miss this session.

When:  February 21
Time: 12:00-1:00pm – free pizza!
Where: C2431

For further info contact

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Risk Management Association Offers Free Student Membership

Interested in a career in commercial banking?

The Risk Management Association (RMA) offers a free student membership, which provides students with access to RMA’s knowledge base on commercial banking and risk management.

The Academic Program offers also scholarships to undergraduate university students.

For more detailed information on the RMA Academic Program please go to:

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Job Opportunities at Leavitt

We are having a special guest in BUS 322 (Advanced Selling) on Thursday, February 23, at 4:30 PM and graduating students are welcome to attend.

The guest is Mr. Mike Leavitt, the General Manager for sales/service of Leavitt Machinery. Mike is looking to hire five graduating students for entry-level B2B sales positions. Leavitt is headquartered in Langley and employs several hundred people in locations through the Pacific Northwest. They specialize in materials handling equipment. Don’t worry if you have zero knowledge about such products: the company has a six month training program that you would complete during your first year.

If you would like to fill one of the ten extra seats available for Mike’s presentation, notify ASAP, stating your intended graduation date. Spaces will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Help Your Community Be More Sustainable and Win $500!

Our world is far from perfect, but what can be done change that? Life on land and under the sea is threatened, people die of hunger and curable diseases every day, and somehow in our advanced society gender equality is still an issue. There is an old English proverb that states, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention” but why wait till the need for change becomes so imperative that we are forced to find ways to solve these issues? Why don’t we all start now to collectively change our world for the better, so that by 2030 we can meet the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (

For these goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part.

And this is where you come in!

Tell us how UFV or Fraser Valley Community can address one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by submitting a conceptual or empirical essay that proposes an initiative we can start. Submissions should develop an original proposal or analyze an existing initiative that has facilitated sustainable social, environmental, and economic development. Provide a research based argument for how this initiative can be developed in your target community.

Submission deadline is May 01, 2017.

Don’t stop here and think that this is too hard or too complicated. Every one of you is in a class right now where these topics are being discussed and projects are being assigned. Take the research and paper you are already writing for a class, and mold it into the support for the great idea that is forming in your brain right now!

We are some of the most privileged people on the face of the planet, and it is time for us to give back and help all of those around us in need!

Stand beside the School of Business and Sustainable UFV to help create change in our community.

For more information about the contest and how to submit click here:

Also follow our journey on Facebook and Twitter through the 17 Global Goals weekly to hear about what others are already do to be forces for change at:

#SGDs and #ufvDEVgoals

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