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Sweater Week returns November 20-24 with some great prizes!

Calling All Students!

Sweater Week is happening November 20-24, with temperatures being lowered by 2°C in all buildings. This is to bring awareness to the small steps that we can take individually to combat climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. SustainableUFV is reminding everybody to grab an extra layer for the week to ensure they’re comfortable while working and studying.

Additionally, during this week, SustainableUFV is holding a selfie contest with daily $20 Campus Card prizes, and two $50 grand prizes for Best Selfie and Most Dedicated Sweater Weeker. Make sure to get you and your friends involved in the coziest event of the year!

Contest details can be found at

To add some pizazz to your selfies, check out the sustainable selfie stations located at:

  • CEP-A
  • Abbotsford campus:
    • The SUB
    • G by the Library
    • B in the Cafeteria
    • A, B, and D building hallways

The SustainableUFV Selfie Squad will be popping up around campus throughout the week. Be sure to stop by when you see them!

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The Employer Engagement Program is back with a tour of Costco – Nov 20, 2017

Attention BBA students!

The Employer Engagement Program is back at it again with some great tours!

Our first of the semester being a tour of Costco!

Have you ever wanted to work for a large company? Do you want to learn more about operations management? Then this tour is for you!

Join us from 10-11 am on Monday, November 20, at Costco in Abbotsford for more information on how you can one day be a part of a great company!

This is one tour you don’t want to miss out on! 

 Sounds like the event for you? To sign up email

 What are you waiting for? 

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UFV Business Alumni – Get together, get connected, get ahead

The mark of any good business school is undoubtedly the success if its graduates, and here at UFV we are proud to watch as our alumni continue to make great strides in their lives and careers following their graduation from our BBA program. On October 25th, 2017, the UFV School of Business hosted it’s first ever alumni networking event in order to provide an opportunity for our graduates to reconnect with fellow graduates, faculty, and staff.In partnership with the UFV Alumni Association, the School of Business invited alumni to the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford to network, view the gallery’s latest collection, and sample some UFV Alumni wine. Faculty and staff were very pleased to catch up with former students and hear their success stories.

This event was also an opportunity get feedback on how the business school can better serve and connect with our alumni. As a result of many fruitful discussions throughout the evening, the School of Business is eager to see how we can further support our alumni through assisting in job placement, professional development, and ongoing personal and career growth.

In continuing to strive towards a stronger relationship with our graduates and better determine how the School of Business can  encourage and support our graduates, we will continue to reach out to all of our graduates and invite you to connect with us and let us know how you are doing and most importantly, how we can continue to help you stride towards your goals.

If you are a School of Business Alumni and were unable to make the event at the Reach, there will be more opportunities to connect with your fellow alumni and former professors both online and in person. The School of Business would like to invite you to join a special exclusive LinkedIn group which will feature upcoming events, industry relevant information, and allow you to let us know how we can help you in your career.




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International Week for Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts

This October, the University of the Fraser Valley School of Business, in collaboration with the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Institute of Management and Regional Economics, hosted an exciting one-week program on leadership in the context of globalization for students from both institutions.

This program included several site visits, immersing participants into various topics. Activities included a visit to Garaventa Lift—a Swiss company operating globally in Canada; a harbour boat tour of the port of Vancouver, the largest port on the west coast of North America; a day experiencing Canadian First Nations’ business traditions and culture; a tour of the famous “Gastown District,” known internationally as the epicentre of the urban revolution, and North America’s third largest Chinatown. The week was topped-off with a dinner sponsored by the Director of the School of Business.

The seminars for the week featured presentations, discussions, and activities around several themes including:

The Canadian business landscape in the context of globalization. This theme examined Vancouver as the Asia-Pacific gateway and looked at conducting business in Asia, India, and Latin America from a Canadian perspective. A visit to the port of Vancouver was also organized, including a harbour boat tour.

Managing firms in the global context. This theme involves global leadership and managing cross-cultural workplaces. Students learnt about leadership strategies for a global manager.

Negotiating across cultures. This theme challenged the art of negotiating across cultures and featured a discussion and group activity which practiced cultural sensitivity and awareness.

First Nations cultural diversity and economic development. This theme featured presentations from the Stó:lō Nation on economic diversity and doing business globally while acting locally. Participants experienced First Nations’ culture and customs while learning about the relationship between the environment and business. In addition, a colonial perspective was offered at the Fort Langley National Historic Site, where students were given a private tour. Students were invited to a traditional salmon dinner with members of the Kwantlen First Nation.

Leadership in the context of globalization. This theme featured project presentations and a panel discussion, summarizing leadership in the global context.

The final day participants gathered all of the information they learned throughout the week and presented their conclusions. The week was capped-off with the closing ceremony and awards.


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The Art of Networking – UFV Business Alumni Event Oct 25th

UFV School of Business alumni are invited to a special networking event, hosted by the UFV School of Business and the UFV Alumni Association, at the Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford.

  • Meet and mingle with other UFV School of Business Alumni
  • Check out the Reach Gallery’s latest collection
  • Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and hors-d’oeuvres

Wednesday, Oct 25 from 5–7 pm

Please RSVP before Friday, Oct 20 at noon.

 RSVP now

Questions? Please contact

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Take the Challenge for Affordable Rental housing


In April, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation announced that the federal government’s Affordable Rental Innovation Fund was to launch a Student Challenge for Affordable Rental Housing in September 2017.

September 19th marked the official launch of the Student Challenge for Affordable Rental Housing. This challenge is an exciting opportunity for any student registered in an accredited post-secondary educational institution in Canada who has a new and fresh approach to affordable rental housing.

Participants can work individually or create a team, the goal is to rethink and revolutionize the affordable rental housing sector throughout the country. Cash prizes of $10 000 will be awarded to winning submissions. In addition, winners may be eligible for funding to help transform their innovative concept into a tangible project. All applications must be submitted to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) by 11:59 p.m. EST on April 30, 2018 in order to be eligible.

For more information on the Student Challenge for Affordable Rental housing please go to or contact the Innovation Fund team at


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