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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, 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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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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Marketing Teaching and Research Presentations in March

The UFV School of Business is currently in the process of hiring new faculty in marketing.

The UFV community is invited to attend the public parts of the selection process as follows:

  • Monday, March 6, Room C1429
    • Teaching demonstration starts at 9:30 AM
    • Research presentation starts at 10:30 AM 
  • Monday, March 13, Room C1429
    • Teaching demonstration starts at 9:30 AM
    • Research presentation starts at 10:30 AM

Welcome!

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UFV’s First Sustainability Morning Event

Last Thursday morning a group of dedicated and passionate individuals were found in the Abbotsford Library Atrium, engaging passerby’s in discussions about sustainability. With free coffee and Timbits, students, staff, and faculty came together to voice their opinions on how UFV and the Fraser Valley community can become more sustainable.

Some suggestions put forward were:

  • Increasing the availability and consistency of garbage, recycling, and composting; and actually composting items
  • A UFV Farm to supply food for cafeterias, which could lead to an opportunity for student employment
  • Campus Carpool initiative
  • Green roofs and solar panels on our campuses
  • A course where students are responsible for greener changes and the upkeep
  • A light rail line to the Fraser Valley
  • Encouraging the reduced use of Ziplock bags and use of more recyclable bags or boxes or reusable containers to pack your meals in

The School of Business along with Sustainable UFV encouraged discussions amongst students around the topic of the United Nations 17 global development goals, and answered questions on how their current course research projects could be shaped into an essay entry for the Sustainable Development Essay Competition running till May 01, 2017 (for more details see https://www.ufv.ca/UNgoals).

“It was encouraging to hear from students about what research that they are currently doing and how they wanted to apply it to helping our communities reach the UN’s Global Goals. I think that as staff and faculty members, it is our job to encourage our students to delve into topics around social responsibility and sustainability. I am really looking forward to hearing about all the amazing ideas that will be brought forward within the essay submissions,” said Karmin Gray from the School of Business.

If you missed the event but still wanted to ask us questions around the competition, or suggest ideas for how we can all meet the Global Goals, we would love to hear from you, just email us at prme@ufv.ca

 

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