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Join the School of Business Seminar on Enactus

Friday September 15, 2017 | UFV ABB 121 | 11:30 – 1:00 PM

The School of Business welcomes Kevin deWolde, Arron Brown, and Charlie Spencer as the speakers for the first School of Business Seminar for 2017/2018.

Arron Brown is the Manager of Program Development at Enactus Canada and and Enactus alumni; and Charlie Spencer is a 5th year UFV Accounting student, passionate about developing community and relationships. Our UFV Faculty member, Kevin deWolde will also be there to speak about his experience learning about the Enactus program.

Encatus is a community of entrepreneurial leaders who see business as a way to address social issues. As an experiential learning platform, Enactus helps students unleash their entrepreneurial spirit and develop the talent and perspective essential to leadership in our ever-changing world. Through student-run projects, Enactus empowers students to effect real change in their community. At it’s core are students passionate about using business to effect social issues.

If this sounds like you, the School of Business is looking for students to form the first Enactus project at UFV.

The seminar will consist of a light lunch followed by the presentations.

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2017 Sustainable Development Symposium – Presenters

2017 UFV Sustainable Development Symposium Presenters

The School of Business proudly announces the following presenters for the Sustainable Development Symposium on Thursday, May 18th, 4-7 pm. The symposium will take place at the UFV Abbotsford Campus, Building B, Room 140.

Stó:lō Community Futures Community Resource Manager – Louis De Jaeger

Business entrepreneur, social activist, community advocate and community leader. Louis De Jaeger is passionate about helping Indigenous entrepreneurs and is currently President of the Sto:lo Business Association. Louis speaks about creating an economic eco-system that drives community partnerships, supports entrepreneurial growth, and examines business based on one’s ‘worldview’- profit vs prosperity in a changing business world.
With a hospitality career that spans 35 years from Winnipeg to Vancouver and London, UK. The Restaurant Owner turned politician (2015 Federal Liberal Candidate for Chilliwack-Hope) now works as a Community Resource Manager for Sto:lo Community Futures based in Chilliwack while finishing his Master’s in Business and Aboriginal Leadership at Simon Fraser University. “Busy is ‘entrepreneurship’, we are probably the worst boss we’ve ever had”
Accolades include: 2016 Al McCacken award for Business Volunteer of the Year for BC (Community Futures), 2015 Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Business of the Year, 2012 Outstanding Achievement for Aboriginal Business in BC, 3-time winner Dining Excellence Award ~ Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, 6-time winner Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (wine list awards).
Louis’ ancestral families are Sinclair and Norquay, with family ties to the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trade. He is Michif, Scottish-Cree from St. Andrews, Red River Settlement. His ggg-Uncle was John Norquay, first Metis Premier of Manitoba.

Upper Fraser Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore Building Materials Coordinator – Jeanette Y. Martin

Jeanette has been in the building industry (hardwood flooring, laminate, carpet and vinyl plank and natural stone countertops) for a combined 15 years as Senior Project Manager, Direct of Sales and Marketing, Director on the board of the BC Covering Association (current), Account Manager and  District / Sales Managers for Staples, Starbucks, eatons/Sears, Reitams/Dalmys. She has chosen the career of Professional Sales as she loves the customer experience and wishes clients to be educated before the purchase. Her role with  Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Fraser Valley is to secure donations of building materials, household items, and overstock goods for their ReStores in Abbotsford, BC, and Chilliwack, BC.

UFV Faculty Member – David Dobson

David is an applied researcher with a strong background in advanced analytics and marketing research. He brings over 20 years of industry and academia experience. He has held various research positions in both the public and private sector and has taught at various post-secondary institutions, including Simon Fraser University.

David is a SAS certified predictive modeler. His research interests focus on empirical analysis of social media marketing and green marketing on corporate profitability. He is a member of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association and American Statistical Association. David regularly collaborates on applied research projects with local businesses/organizations and supervises business student research projects. His students have won multiple research excellence awards at UFV.

UFV Student Researcher – Sarah Speight

Sarah is a fourth-year honors geography student at University of the Fraser Valley. She completed the first two years of her degree at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC and transferred to UFV in the fall of 2016. Sarah has held various research assistant positions and hopes to continue on to an MA in Geography after her graduation in 2018.

Sarah’s research focuses on the intersections between food security, health and the physical environment. She is passionate about community-based research methodologies and making research more accessible to the general public. Sarah has had the opportunity to contribute to several research projects while at UFV and has presented research at WDCAG, CAG, UFV Professional Development Day, and Undergraduate Research Day where she was awarded the “Associate V.P. Research, Engagement, and Graduate Studies Award”.

Please RSVP to by May 15th  if you wish to attend.

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Attend a free webinar on Canada’s anti-spam legislation

Marketers using email or similar electronic messaging campaigns need to know about Canada’s anti-spam legislation. The Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) offers a free webinar on this topic.

The seminar is free to all members of CMA. The UFV School of Business is a member of CMA and all students can create a free account using their UFV student email address. Just go to the CMA website at On the navigation bar click “Sign up” locate in the top right-hand corner.

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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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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: Devan Driediger, Curtis Plug, Charles Spencer, Miranda Spencer, and Jasnoor 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 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,

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”:

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Networking Opportunities at the Business After Business Mixer

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the UFV School of Business hosted the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, Business After Business Mixer. 

This event allowed members of the Abbotsford business community as well as students and staff from the UFV School of Business to meet and mingle over appetizers and sample wine donated by Maan Farms.

The Students of UFV’s Business 322 – Advanced Selling class were on hand to practice their networking skills and to discuss the challenges and opportunities of “Marketing to Millennials” with business guests. Mark Breedveld said, “It was a great opportunity for our upper level sales-track students to practice their networking skills with members of the business community.  They were able to engage the attendees in dialogue, and, in many cases, to generate leads for their class sales project.”

The School of Business offered community members to provide feedback on the development of the new Bachelors Program in Management.

Students and guests alike were invited to consider the integration of sustainability into modern business practices and discuss strategies for achieving sustainability with Blair McFarlane, UFV’s Energy Manager who attended the event on behalf of Sustainable UFV.

Following speeches by Mark Breedveld, Dr. Frank Ulbrich, and UFV President Dr. Mark Evered, the event wrapped up with a draw for several fantastic door prizes donated by Lordco, Maan Farms, Nintendo, Not Just a Basket, Starbucks, VRC Fitness, and UFV.

The UFV School of Business is proud to support events like this, where current and future business leaders can come together to discuss issues and opportunities for the Fraser Valley.

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