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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$2,000 Available in Scholarships

The Ch’nook Scholars program gives Aboriginal post-secondary business students the tools and connections they need to succeed in their studies and careers, as well as a range of other benefits.

Ch’nook Scholars is open to status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students studying full time in a business program at a post-secondary institution in British Columbia or at the University of Calgary.

To learn more and to apply, visit the Ch’nook Scholar website.

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UFV Business Faculty Member, Dr. Jelena Brcic, featured in UFV Today

UFV School of Business, Assistant Professor, Dr. Jelena Brcic, has recently been featured in the UFV Today Blog. The article discusses how Jelena’s career developed out of an interest in group interactions and psychology, as well as her current research project. Jelena has recently received a three-year $200,000 grant from the Canadian Space Agency for her research project which will take place in Nunavut.

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Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2017

On behalf of the Director of the School of Business

I would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the graduating class of 2017. As Director of the School of Business, I have had the pleasure of seeing, first hand, your growth as individuals, and as intellectuals. I have been witness to some of your incredible achievements, from helping in the community through class projects, to being outstanding, award winning scholars.

Image result for ufv convocationAs you walk across the stage, take a moment to celebrate this enormous feat. The hours of studying, the late nights writing papers, and all of the sacrifices you have made throughout this program in order to be successful have paid off. I am sure this accomplishment is just the first of many to come for you, and as you leave UFV, I would like to wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

I look forward to seeing what is to come of the UFV School of Business alumni of 2017.

Kindest regards,

Frank Ulbrich, PhD

Director, School of Business

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Sustainability Symposium fosters dialogue among stakeholders

 Thursday May 18, 2018, marked the UFV School of Business’ first Sustainable Development Symposium. This event brought together UFV faculty and students, members of the community, and a variety of perspectives on sustainability.

2017 Sustainable Development Essay Competition winner, Sarah Speight, began the evening by presenting her proposal for an Apiculture and employment program.

Stó:lō Community Futures Community Resource Manager, Louis De Jaeger, spoke about the Stó:lō strategic vision, the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit, mentorship, and the ways in which the Stó:lō business community is working together to support Indigenous businesses. Louis discussed the Stó:lō Business Association’s focus on helping Indigenous entrepreneurs develop their business skills and the ways in which a better understanding of cultural differences and history can help forge partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses.

Jeanette Martin, the Building Materials Coordinator for the Upper Fraser Valley Habitat for Humanity Restore, spoke about the opportunities offered to families by Habitat and the ways in which the Restore plays a vital role in generating housing opportunities for families all over the world. This is an exciting time for Habitat for Humanity, as in honor of Canada’s 150th anniversary, they will be building 150 homes across Canada.

Speaking on behalf of the University of the Fraser Valley, School of Business, David Dobson, detailed his integration of sustainability themed projects into his research methods course. This presentation highlighted some of the most notable research projects done by students in this class, as well as discussed the challenges of guiding students through research of this nature.

This well attended event proved to be an excellent opportunity for UFV and Fraser Valley Stakeholders to make connections and exchange ideas on how the local community can work towards sustainability.

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2017 Sustainable Development Essay Competition Winner – Sarah Speight

The School of Business is very pleased to announce that this year’s Sustainable Development Essay Competition winner is Sarah Speight for her essay entitled, “Apiculture and Essential Skills Development Program Proposal”.

In her paper, Sarah outlines, “a framework for an apiculture and essential skills training program at [the] University of the Fraser Valley to provide foundational employment skills and educational opportunities to community members who have been unemployed over a long period and face multiple barriers to employment” (Speight, 2017).

Her paper goes on to outline the ways in which this interdisciplinary program could be developed to meet several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals including life on land, partnerships for the goals, good health, quality education, reduced inequalities, decent work, and responsible consumption and production.

Sarah presented her paper at this year’s Sustainable Development Symposium and received the top prize of $500 for the UFV Bookstore.

Well done Sarah!

 

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