ฟรีเครดิตทดลองเล่น 250 บาท_บาคาร่า_แจกเครดิตฟรี199 https://www.google.com//97d Vancouver MBA Student Perspectives Wed, 01 Aug 2018 16:23:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 All Aboard the Mentor-SHIP https://www.google.com//97d/all-aboard-the-mentor-ship/ Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:21:07 +0000 /97d/?p=6525 My top 5 pieces of advice for cruising through?Beedie’s Mentors in Business program

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1. Chart your course

Planning, having a vision, goal setting & coming prepared

Mentor: Tap into your ※why§ and dig deep into your hopes and dreams (and fears) to get clarity on why you are choosing to spend this dedicated time and energy with the Mentors in Business Program. Having that vision on the horizon and being prepared will help you chart your course and attract your desired outcome.

Mentee: Time will pass by fast so taking the time to determine what you want from this mentorship will help you structure your meetings and make the most of this opportunity. During the orientation, the CMC will help you set goals, but it is up to you to bring those to your mentor and create a detailed plan for the next 6 months.


2. You are Co-captains!

You are in this together, two-way learning & figure out how you can help each other









Mentor: A mentor is on this journey with you and is there to help you tap into your power and knowledge and offer some ideas to consider. We are excited to learn and grow from you. Together we can!

Mentee: Your mentor is taking the time out of their busy days to help you. This is your opportunity to see if you can help in any way. Some mentors have projects you can assist with; others would appreciate a sounding board for ideas. Ask your mentor if there is anything you can help with because you two are now a team.


3. Don*t be afraid to leave the harbour

Don*t be scared of the journey, try new things & embrace the challenges








Mentor: This is a safe space to explore your career hopes and dreams and to challenge your fears. Take advantage of the opportunity to take an approach you wouldn*t normally take. You don*t have to commit to it forever but by trying new things you get clarity and facts on what does and doesn*t work for you and why instead of just hypothesizing and not taking risks.

Mentee: Be open & follow your mentor out of your comfort zone. I was extremely overwhelmed when I began this journey and shared with Kate what my goals were but how I didn*t know how to get there. Kate had a ton of very useful value exercises and company research challenges that were difficult to complete. However, each exercise helped me better understand myself and what I want.


4. Learn the bowels of the ship

Self-awareness is an important part of this journey, engage in self-discovery and introspection

Mentor: Being self-aware and sharing your learnings and self-limiting thoughts is part of being a great leader and your mentor is there to support you. Many people remark that after sharing what they feared, it was not that scary anymore.?

Mentee: Every time we met, we discussed what new findings I had uncovered and how to use that in my career strategy. It was important for me to take the time between meetings to read, research and think about what I wanted my career to look like and then bring my fears, confusion and anxiety to the table at our next meeting.


5. Don*t be ships that pass in the night

Celebrate the successes and make an effort to be there for one another after this program.








Mentor: It is so great to be a part of this community and I continue to learn and enjoy celebrating with people I have met through the MIB program years after we completed the formal program. No person is an island. Let*s continue to grow together.

Mentee: This doesn*t have to be a 6-month relationship. Celebrate all you have accomplished together and make a conscious effort to keep meeting and supporting one another.


This blog was co-written by Rima*s mentor Kate Dickerson. You can contact Kate via LinkedIn.

Rima can describe herself in three words: passionate, strategic and goal-oriented. She has always sought to learn about people, their stories, their problems and provide the help they need to find solutions.?
Her journey thus far has been challenging and invigorating. She grew up in India and had the opportunity to move 8000 miles away at 18 and pursue a chemical engineering degree in Akron, Ohio. She is currently pursuing her MBA at SFU and is the President of the Graduate Women*s Council.
She is passionate about community development, cultural diversity, current affairs, international travel, and continuous learning.

Rima is always interested in connecting with other students and sharing experiences. Feel free to contact Rima through LinkedIn or via email at?rvasudev@sfu.ca.

When was the last time you did something for the first time? https://www.google.com//97d/when-was-the-last-time-you-did-something-for-the-first-time/ Fri, 22 Jun 2018 21:27:16 +0000 /97d/?p=6518


A group of us from the SFU EMBA 2015-2017 cohort got together last year to do Grandfondo, the ride from Vancouver to Whistler, just a few months after graduation. Coming off from the high of that accomplishment, we immediately decided to plan our next challenge together. We felt like having the same drive and a common goal will keep us together throughout the year.

So yet another Whatsapp?group was created for ※Tough Mudder 2018§. We are still not sure whose crazy idea?this was but we decided to sign up for the full course 10 Miler as opposed to the half and do the first mudd as we are a bunch of keeners!

We started with a big group but some had to drop out due to injuries and health issues. At the end, four of us ended up completing the event. It was a total blast as we went through 20+ obstacles, some super fun, some hard and some quite daring. We ran through mud, climbed up walls, went through tunnels, jumped in iced water and got electrocuted. You name it!



The story was the same story as any challenge!? You need some physical strength and training of course, but mostly it is a mental game. It is the story of determination and willpower telling you that once you put your mind to something you can beat any obstacle.

There are still a few of us?SFU EMBA alumni participating in this year*s Granfondo event coming up in September 2018. Once again, I am proud to be part of this inspiring group.

We hope to continue the legacy by having more events together in the years to come.



Hedieh Safiyari finished her executive MBA from SFU Beedie School of Business in 2017. She recently started a boutique management consulting firm called Prompt Health Inc. with a few classmates from the program helping start-ups in the healthcare space.

Finding Your Purpose https://www.google.com//97d/finding-your-purpose/ Tue, 22 May 2018 16:14:06 +0000 /97d/?p=6507

It was a sunny afternoon when I attended a workshop hosted by SFU Net Impact, featuring Dr. Andrew J. Hoffman〞a leader in using organizational, network and strategic analyses to assess the implications of environmental issues for business. Hoffman was promoting his new book: ※Finding Purpose§. While he talked about sustainability in business,?this caused me to think about what an individual can do to protect?the environment and to?create a better world.

There have been many reflections like this since I started the MBA program at SFU. After several years of working, when every day turned routine from 9am to 6pm sitting in a cubical, there was always a voice inside me eager to find a meaningful purpose. Therefore, pursuing an MBA is like a Gap Year for me〞a year that I can?realize a truer version of myself.

One of the key pillars of SFU Beedie’s vision is to educate business leaders to conduct themselves not only professionally but also in socially responsible ways. I experienced this vision throughout the entirety of SFU*s program. The first class we took in September was Business Ethics. During this course, we were tasked to list 27 things?we wanted to do before?we?died. I thought I had so many things I wanted to do, but I stopped after the 20th item on the list. I noticed that all the items I listed were about me〞me wanting to travel around the world, me wanting to go bungee jumping, me wanting to experience skydiving〞but there was nothing meaningful in my goals. I then re-thought the exercise. What I discovered was that I wanted to?help others. Two things came to mind that I could tangibly implement: volunteer more in my community and reduce my usage of paper cups. Now, I can proudly say that I’ve committed?to these goals.

Another one of my?favourite classes was Leadership. Even with so many leadership theories out there, it is still hard to define leadership in one sentence. In addition to academic teaching in class, one of our assignments was to interview local leaders in a real business environment. From this interview, I learned that as a leader it doesn*t matter whether you have hard skills or soft skills, what is important is to be yourself, to be real, and to be authentic. Many of our classmates had the same feeling by interviewing different leaders, which gave us a deeper understanding of leadership.

The more classes I took, the more reflections I had about the true meaning of life. Like Professor Hoffman said, ※you never know how an MBA graduate can be influential to society.§ Maybe I will continue to work in a corporate environment, maybe I will start a small business in the future, but no matter what I do, I know there are small steps that can be done to improve our community. Being responsible to yourself is to be responsible to society, and this is what I learned from my MBA program.


Tingqiao Zhang is a full-time MBA candidate at Simon Fraser University*s Beedie School of Business. Originally from Beijing, she has eight years financial planning experience in several?multinational corporations including IBM, GE, Nestl谷 and Penguin Random House. With her dedicated involvement to the SFU community,?Tingqiao?is currently?a Beedie Student Ambassador and a Managerial Accounting Teaching Assistant. She is looking forward to new opportunities in financial planning and analysis, operation management and project management upon completion of the MBA Program. Find out more about?Tingqiao through LinkedIn or contact her via e-mail at tza66@sfu.ca.

PRMIA Journey in New York https://www.google.com//97d/prmia-journey-in-new-york/ Fri, 18 May 2018 16:32:19 +0000 /97d/?p=6496

The PRMIA Risk Management Challenge (PRMC) is organized by the renowned Professional Risk Managers* International Association each year. It provides students from different parts of the world the opportunity to solve real-world enterprise risk management problems as well as build their network?of risk professionals. It was an?honour for us, Team Risk Solver, to represent SFU for the final global challenge in New York this year. We are delighted to share our exciting moments and what we have learned there!

For one thing, it was good to see an amazing display of both teamwork and spirit during the competition. Although team members were supposed to be responsible for their own parts in the case, everyone had a good idea of what other teammates were talking about and supported each other when challenged by the judges. Our team also showed a united front. We spent plenty of time together each week leading up to the competition as we studied the case. Whenever one of us encountered a problem, the rest of the group would pool our resources to find a solution together. This sense of teamwork?transitioned well in our final presentation to the judges.

During the competition, we were?surprised to see many creative presentation styles in the final round. For instance, a team used a panel discussion style to present their case〞one of them as the host and the others as interviewees. This was refreshing to see as an audience member because the?group?was?able to tell a coherent story for the case, which was easier to understand and impressed the audiences.

In addition, we gained a lot of useful insight from the judges as well as observing the winning team*s financial models. As experienced professionals in the risk management industry, the judges were very generous sharing their understanding of risk and career development in financial institutions. While watching the fascinating models in the champion team*s presentation, we had a better idea of using different methods and ratios to monitor the changes and predict possible outcomes.

We would like to thank Professor Jijun Niu, Derek Yee and Jan Simon, who helped us prepare and improve our case study. Also, Mr. Andrei Balezin from SFU Beedie Career Management Centre who helped us network with two outstanding Beedie Alumni in New York: Brian Haines, VP of Bank of America, and Sisi Zhang, VP of JP Morgan. They shared with us their wonderful student experience in the MSc Finance program and stories after graduation. Finally, we are grateful to all the classmates in Cohort 2017, including but not limited to Diego Costa, Vinayak Gunda, and all those who took part in the PRMIA competition, who encouraged us and made us a better team!


Rui (Rachel) Zhang is an SFU Beedie MSc Finance candidate and?part of the Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS) where she currently holds the role of Fixed Income Portfolio Manager.

Beyond Bitcoin: Blockchain and the Future of Work 每 A Panel Discussion https://www.google.com//97d/beyond-bitcoin-blockchain-and-the-future-of-work-a-panel-discussion/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:00:37 +0000 /97d/?p=6451

Early in the fall of 2017, Associate Dean Andrew Gemino came to our very first Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) meeting to pass along some ideas for the year. One of those ideas was partnering with SFU Public Square to put on an event that covered the topical subject of Bitcoin and the blockchain technology behind it. As the newly elected President of the GBSA, I made a note to start thinking about it for the spring semester, after the Holiday party had occurred of course!

SFU Public Square is an initiative designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections by creating inspiring dialogue within the wide-reaching community of Vancouver. The theme for 2018 was Brave New Work and more specifically, how do we thrive at work when technology is changing every day? The subject of blockchain technology fit in perfectly with this theme, as it has the potential to be a major disruptor to everyday work. The event was planned to be a panel discussion with industry experts to further explain the technology beyond Bitcoin.

Lots of great networking happening!

As the GBSA was the main planner of the event, we sent out a survey to all Graduate Business students to get a sense of the areas they were interested in. Unsurprisingly, many students were interested in the disruption of the financial sector, along with the effect on supply chain and potential legal implications. This set the tone for the panel speakers that we reached out to. An important goal for me was to ensure that the panel had equal representation of males and females. Our panel in the end was 4 industry experts (with a 50-50 gender split!) that had expertise in finance, supply chain, law and technology.

That*s me introducing the President of SFU 每 Andrew Petter!

A packed house for an interesting and informative event!

The event was fantastic, with SFU School of Communications Professor Dr. Peter Chow-White kicking it off with an introduction to blockchain and how it may eventually impact the future of work. The event then turned to the panel that was moderated by Dr. Chow-White. Once the panel discussion was complete, the audience was able to ask the panel questions to further their understanding of blockchain. Finally, the event ended with a networking session, where many students and members of the public were able to interact with the speakers.

The blockchain event was timely for the full-time MBA students, as we were studying Managing Information Systems (MIS) at the time. Those of us who attended the event were able to bring in new knowledge into the classroom and open up further discussions as to how blockchain can shift MIS and the future of work.

Lauren is a full-time MBA candidate at SFU*s Beedie School of Business. She is originally from Aurora, Ontario and completed her Undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Queen*s University in Kingston, Ontario. She spent four years living and working as a Production Engineer in the oil fields of Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Lauren is currently the President of the Graduate Business Student Association and a Beedie Student Ambassador. She is looking forward to new opportunities in operations and analytics upon completion of the MBA Program. Find out more about Lauren through her?LinkedIn or contact her via email at lireland@sfu.ca.

The Graduate Women*s Council and Making the Most of Your MBA Experience https://www.google.com//97d/the-graduate-womens-council-and-making-the-most-of-your-mba-experience/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:30:49 +0000 /97d/?p=6439 A few months before my MBA journey at SFU began, I heard about the Graduate Women*s Council (GWC) and felt a jolt of energy course through me as I read about their vision to empower women in the business world. Over the next few days, I thought long and hard about if I should get involved with the Women*s Council or if I should focus solely on academics and the job search. I realized that this would be an opportunity for me to make a difference and decided to run for a leadership role. Needless to say, getting involved with the Graduate Women*s Council was one of the best decisions I have made.

As President of the Women*s Council, I work with a stellar team of strong, creative, brilliant women. Together, we share our ideas and create opportunities for the graduate women and men at the Beedie School of Business. Together, we learn and work hard to continuously improve GWC. My interaction with these fiercely inspiring women is reason enough to be a part of this organization.

The other unique aspect of being involved is the relationship with SFU staff members. Through this position, I can learn from the experts about event planning, student engagement and the logistics of running an organization.

This organization has also provided me the opportunity to meet with executive women in Vancouver and share GWC*s vision. I love being able to build a network of supportive women and GWC makes that process effortless.

It also helps me get involved with the external groups such as the Vancouver Board of Trade and Phase Nyne. Through my involvement with the Women*s Council, I was able to attend keynote speeches, networking events, regattas, galas and the WeforShe conference. The events introduced me to role models who in turn broadened my view of potential career paths. I am so grateful to have met CEO*s, best-selling authors and visionaries through this journey.

When I think back to my apprehensive self, I realize how differently I thought about the MBA program. Yes, the program has classes, course work and projects, however, the MBA is about so much more. The MBA is about the people you meet, the experiences you learn from and the community you build. That is why I can say, with utmost certainty, that being involved is one of the best ways to thrive in the program. Be it the Graduate Women*s Council, Net Impact, Graduate Business Student Association, Ambassadors, Toastmasters, Case club or any other form of involvement; the participation will elevate your experience at SFU. So, when you have the chance, learn more about how you can get involved, take on leadership positions and make the most of your MBA experience.

Rima can describe herself in three words: passionate, strategic and goal-oriented. She has always sought to learn about people, their stories, their problems and provide the help they need to find solutions. Her journey thus far has been challenging and invigorating. She grew up in India and had the opportunity to move 8000 miles away at 18 and pursue a chemical engineering degree in Akron, Ohio. She is currently pursuing her MBA at SFU and is the President of the Graduate Women*s Council. She is passionate about community development, cultural diversity, current affairs, international travel, and continuous learning.

Rima is always interested in connecting with other students and sharing experiences. Feel free to contact Rima through LinkedIn or via email at?rvasudev@sfu.ca

From Networking to Relationships: Graduate Women*s Council Run the World Series https://www.google.com//97d/from-networking-to-relationships-graduate-womens-council-run-the-world-series/ Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:30:15 +0000 /97d/?p=6398 ※Networking, again§ 每 ever catch yourself thinking this? The first few networking events were exciting, eye-opening and humbling. But as you attend more events, networking increasingly feels like a routine or chore. You start the same conversations with ※how is your day going?§ or ※what brings you here?§ Everyone wants to talk to the most important people in the room and make as many best impressions as they can. Yet the problem is, networking is confined to the finite space and time of the event. Networking has adapted to efficiency, and conversations often shift to quantity rather than quality. The event feels like a routine because we catch ourselves being inauthentic, rushed and with an underlying purpose of collecting ※connections§ on LinkedIn.

While networking can be challenging, having a supportive event structure can help ease constraints. Just like all relationships, effective networking can only thrive in an environment of intimacy and authenticity. Committed to nurturing relationships and meaningful networking opportunities, the Graduate Women*s Council has adapted a successful 3-part networking model for its signature &Run the World* Series:

The Icebreaker

Every networking event starts with a tailored theme. This not only entices participation, but also acts as an icebreaker. Recently, the Graduate Women*s Council invited executives from Saje Natural Wellness to present a keynote speech focused on personal development, retail environment and business in BC. This event was open to all Beedie Graduate students and included a question/answer period, introductory networking and even an empowering photo booth (see photos). The objective of this initial presentation was to stimulate audience engagement and to prompt networking conversation starters. At the end of this session, there was a room full of bright light bulbs in everyone*s minds 每 and this was only the beginning.

The Intimacy

The ※ah-ha§ moments triggered by the presentation calls for in-depth sharing and discussion 每 the next step was to create an intimate environment where participants feel comfortable asking questions, showing vulnerability and creating authentic conversations. Immediately following the ※icebreaker§, the Graduate Women*s Council hosted a sit-down, 3-course dinner for a few like-minded individuals to closely connect with the executives. This comfortable settings helps to eliminate the intimidation and hastiness of traditional networking. Participants also had a chance to deliberate information processed at the icebreaker and ask private questions to the small group and executives. Conversations naturally started to identify personal and professional common interests.

The Relationship

The best conversations are those that cause an emotional connection and leave room for more. The last stage of successful networking extends the relationships beyond the event. The Women*s Council ended the event by sending out participant contact information (with permission, of course) to the executives. Networking relationships often transform into friendship, mentorship or even employment. Ultimately this is an opportunity for reciprocal relationships to emerge, shifting the flawed ※what can I get out of this§ mindset into an authentic ※what can I offer?§

While there is no one size fits all networking model, the Run the World Series offers a creative strategy that successfully facilitates an intimate environment for organic relationships to develop and mature. Keeping in mind the same takeaways, your personal adaptive models can achieve a similar effect – if there is no opportunity for a sit-down dinner, one can just as easily create these opportunities through coffee chats or informational interviews. As young professionals, we often limit ourselves to thinking that we have nothing significant to offer to senior executives, yet it takes time to create connections and comfort to openly share insight and knowledge. The purpose of networking is to look through different windows of experience that may inspire you to build your path.

The next time you dread going to a networking event, consider it may not be you, it may be the structure of networking and the way we have conceded into its constraints. The good news is, you can take control of this.

Established in 2011, GWC is comprised of passionate Beedie School of Business students who believe that knowledge-sharing and networking with executive women can lead to enhanced careers and greater diversity in BC leadership. The 2017-2018 Run the World Series is comprised of 4 networking events, each representing different industries (such as finance, entrepreneurship, retail and technology), and featuring inspiring female leaders to provide guidance, education and real world expertise.

?Jessica is a full-time MBA candidate at Simon Fraser University*s Beedie School of Business. Born and raised in Vancouver, she has four years of professional experience in higher international education program management, advising, and recruitment. With a passion for people, diversity and engagement, Jessica is currently the VP of Events in the SFU Graduate Women*s Council, Beedie Student Ambassador and SFU Teaching Assistant. She is looking forward to new opportunities in customer experience, community engagement and process improvement upon completion of the MBA Program. Find out more about Jessica through LinkedIn or contact her via e-mail at jca258@sfu.ca.


National Investment Banking Competition (NIBC): A Few Things We learned from NIBC https://www.google.com//97d/6379-2/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:52:25 +0000 /97d/?p=6379

The National investment Banking Competition & Conference is the largest event for students who are looking for jobs in investment banking. It not only gives students an opportunity to practice real case scenarios, but also gives students a chance to learn from industry professionals. It was a great pleasure to participate in the final round of the competition with the support of Beedie School of Business. We learned a few things from the event, which I want to share with you.

First, team work is very important. During the final round, we had just six hours to analysis a real M&A case and prepare a presentation. In order to complete the case, we needed to analyze company values, corporate culture, industry trends and so on. There are a lot of tasks that need to be competed in a very short period of time. Therefore, everyone has to understand their role in the team and to finish their specific task. It made us realize the importance of team work and communication skills in investment banking.

Second, NIBC gave us a chance to learn financial modelling. During the first round, NIBC provided a financial model to estimate the share price of a streaming company. It was a great opportunity to practice our academic knowledge in a real case. It also gave us an opportunity to become familiar with a valuation template similar to those used by investment banks on a day to day basis.

Third, NIBC provided a good networking opportunities for students. We got the chance to meet students from top business schools around the world. During the networking, many industry professionals came to share their stories or their views on financial markets. We were able to learn lots, beyond what we could learn from text books.

We*re grateful that the Beedie School of Business is willing to support students to participate in such events. We highly recommend students to take the opportunity to test their skills and to compete against students come from all around the world and to make some new friends while doing so.

Junqiang Wang is a master of finance student at the Beedie School of Business, SFU. He? has three years of work experience at the Bank of Montreal. He helped his customers with financial planning and lending. He was also an analyst at SIAS Canadian portfolio for the last 12 months. He has gained extensive experience in research and analysis skills through working experience and education. He is CFA level III candidate and CSC certificate holder

The East Meets West Leadership Case Competition 2018: Making Connections & Learning to Collaborate https://www.google.com//97d/the-east-meets-west-leadership-case-competition-2018-making-connections-learning-to-collaborate/ Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:00:14 +0000 /97d/?p=6362

For those of you who have visited Calgary during the winter, you*ll know that it*s no easy task. But despite the winter storm warnings and freezing temperatures, our SFU Beedie MBA team enthusiastically travelled to the Haskayne School of Business to compete in the 2018 East Meets West Leadership Case Competition. Our group, consisting of Nadine Khoury, Navi Atwal, Aina Aliieva, and myself, was excited!

This annual competition is hosted jointly by the University of Calgary*s Haskayne School of Business, and the Western University*s Ivey School of Business. It*s unique in the fact that you actually spend half of your trip paired up with two members of other MBA teams, in what is known as a mixed doubles tournament. Myself and Navi were paired up with two students from Ryerson University, and our experience was extremely positive.

Being stuck in a room for five hours with two strangers was, admittedly, a daunting task. But the four of us worked smoothly and collaboratively, in true spirit of what the competition stands for. By the end of five hours, we had put together a great presentation, and although we did not place in the top two, it was a valuable networking experience, and a great way to get to know students from another school.

On the second day, the team was back together, and we were determined to excel to positively represent SFU. We had a team breakfast, and then headed to our assigned hotel suite, where we would again, spend the next five hours reading, analyzing, and solving the case.

Our assigned case was a leadership change transformation case about TVO, a television learning network in Ontario. We were thrilled to find out that the CEO in the case, Lisa de Wilde, was actually present at the competition. After reading the case, Lisa came to visit us in our suite, and answered all our questions. Admittedly, we were all a little star-struck!

Solving a case is a truly unique experience; it*s overwhelming, exciting, stressful, and exhilarating all in one go. Good communication and an understanding of each others* strengths is key, as is a common strategy to approaching the case. We quickly decided on a focused, tangible, and feasible strategy, and from there, everything came together. The biggest challenge about case competitions? Time management. While we created a great concept, we had only a couple minutes to put together the presentation. Fortunately, our heavy level of collaboration during our prep time meant that each of us was well-versed in the entire topic. We quickly split up the slides, took a couple minutes of silence to practice, and were then escorted into the judging room.

To our delight, we found out an hour later that we had made it into finals! This meant that we presented once again, this time in front of all the participating teams and a different set of judges. With no preparation time and running only on adrenaline, we went up there and gave our best effort. I can genuinely say I*m proud of our team. We presented succinctly, and combatted the Question and Answer period as a team.

While we didn*t take first place, we congratulate the first-place team from the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University), for their great presentation. Coming second was still a moment of pride and happiness for us, and one we definitely celebrated! We were also grateful for the extensive amount of feedback we received from the judges, which will inevitably help us to succeed at future competitions.

We*re grateful to the SFU Beedie School of Business for sending us to this competition, in addition to the organizers of the event, who were friendly and knowledgeable hosts. Overall, this competition is one the highlights of my MBA experience so far, and it will be a memory my team and I will cherish forever!

Serena Mawani:

Born and raised in Vancouver, Serena is currently in the full time MBA program at SFU. She previously completed a Bachelor of Commerce, and has worked at HSBC Bank Canada for the past three years in Customer Value Management. With a passion for problem solving and streamlining, her interests lie in strategic thinking roles. She is currently the VP of Communications with the SFU Graduate Women*s Council, a Citizen Representative on the City of Burnaby Public Safety Committee, and an avid volunteer within the Ismaili community.

Serena is always interested in connecting with others about how to improve our businesses and communities, or to share her experiences with prospective students. Feel free to contact Serena through?LinkedIn?or by email at?samawani@sfu.ca.

The McGill International Portfolio Challenge https://www.google.com//97d/the-mcgill-international-portfolio-challenge/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:30:05 +0000 /97d/?p=6331

Upon the submission of the case online, SFU*s Vinayak (Vinny) Gunda, Rongjin (Veronica) Zhang, Earendil Guitierrez & Vivien Yang were invited to compete at the final round of McGill International portfolio challenge (MIPC) at McGill University, Montreal, QC. MIPC is the first international competition targeting innovative portfolio design and Asset management.? Just 25 teams from all over the world were invited to McGill University to compete in the finals.

The case competition was quite unique as it put us in the shoes of an advisor for a Buy side Asset management firm, more specifically a Defined Benefit Pension Plan of a manufacturing Company. The competition was very much in line with the set of challenges faced by many of today*s Asset management firms. The Competition was quite intense as we have to come up with an innovative solution to solve the issues faced by the Defined Benefit Pension Plan in a short period of time. All the long working nights were worthwhile as we got closer to the solution to the problem given to us. Since the competition was ※the first of its kind§, we have no reference or previous example as guidance. We were literally on our own. However, we did luckily get support from SFU faculty. Professor Derek Yee was on our side providing us with many helpful suggestions and feedback from time to time, to help us move forward in the right direction with confidence. This unique case, designed by well-renowned prof. Sebastien Betermier, was quite challenging; as it required us to utilize all of our financial modelling, pension fund accounting, programming and risk management skills to develop an optimal portfolio for an Asset Management firm to tackle the challenges that they were facing in a time and cost efficient manner.

On the evening of November 3rd, we were invited to Place D*Armes Hotel for cocktails and an opening address by Gary Grad, MD and CIO of CIBC Asset Management. It was a fun evening to meet other finalists from top schools around the world and to network with others.

The next morning, we presented our case in front of 5 panelists who were top industry professionals at well-established asset management firms. Then our schedule was followed by interviews, which were set up for potential talents that had excelled in the first round. Our team was chosen! Each of us got a 20-minutes interview with professionals from different asset management firms. The day ended with us attending the cocktail, dinner and awards ceremony at the Ritz Carlton. During the awards ceremony, we were lucky enough to get exposure to several pension fund management firms including the largest one in Canada, CPPIB. We also got many insightful ideas about the industry from numerous professionals in the field of Portfolio Management. Although we didn*t place in the top 5 of the competition, the experience was extremely invaluable. We have not only strengthened our technique skills in asset allocation but also gained the experience in using innovative way to tackle down the complex issues. Moreover, the experience of working within a team to aim at the same objective has tremendously benefited us in the process of building up our career path.

Watch the competition’s recap video here.

Vinayak (Vinny) Gunda,?Mcom, CFA L3 candidate

MSc Finance Candidate|US Equity Analyst

Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS)

Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University




Rongjin (Veronica) Zhang,?BBA

MSc Finance Candidate|Fixed Income Portfolio Manager

Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS)

Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University

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What does Simon say?! S F U! https://www.google.com//97d/what-does-simon-say-s-f-u/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:56:49 +0000 /97d/?p=6289 What does Simon say?!? S F U!

Shouted our team before taking the stage for our Team Dance at the 2018 MBA Games Opening Ceremony.? Following our incredibly energetic performance that included umbrellas, signs and select team members (not me) doing some acrobatics, the next time our team would be together on the main stage would be 48 hours later as our Team Beedie celebrated our much sought-after Spirit Trophy win!

The MBA Games this year were held January 5-8 in Ottawa and were hosted by the University of Ottawa.? In attendance were over 600 MBA students representing 18 different schools participating in athletic, academic and general spirit competitions that are meant to determine the most skilled.? This year*s theme of More Together implied that as future leaders, our ideas will be bigger and better when we strive to work in diverse and inclusive environments.

With multiple events taking place each day there are a lot of great teams to be a part of, but I was happy to be selected for our Curling Team to take part in one of the craziest bonspiels I have ever competed in.? One aspect of the bonspiel was the creative costume competition and our team had a blast working collaboratively to put together our &extremely fashionable* moose themed pants and Ottawa inspired Official Parliament Toques &Look*.

Unfortunately for anyone participating in a case competition, the required &costumes* consisted of more typical business attire and were competing on objective content.? Fortunately for our Spirit Case Team their content was as amazing as our curling team*s pants and they were one of four teams awarded $10,000 by the Moose Hide Campaign to implement a Safe Space, Safe Place initiative on SFU campuses.? As an active partner in this year*s Games experience, the Moose Hide Campaign, which is a grassroots, Indigenous-led initiative of men standing up against violence towards women and children made a tremendous impression on those who were part of this year*s MBA Games gathering.

Another great aspect of the MBA Games for me was the opportunity to not only build connections with MBA Candidates from schools across the country, but also to strengthen bonds and build relationships with members of our team from other Beedie MBA cohorts.? Our curling team was a great example of this.? Our team within a team consisted of members from three different cohorts.? We had such a great time competing that we are going to curl in another bonspiel together in the coming weeks (we will wear our SFU gear there too!).

To say I was proud of our entire Beedie Team before our Spirit Award win would be accurate, but following our Spirit Award it made an already great weekend even more amazing and the pride overflowed throughout our entire team.? What made the win special to me was that our team was comprised of members from five different cohorts that came together over the preceding months to build a culture of INCLUSION, EFFORT and FUN that propelled us to some highs and through some lows (I will have nightmares about of Laval*s Dodgeball skills forever) with smiles on our faces as we soaked in the experiences and definitively represented the More Together theme.


Danny Bartanus is a full-time MBA candidate at Simon Fraser University*s Beedie School of Business.? He is originally from North Delta and has lived and worked in South America, Asia and the interior of British Columbia.? He completed a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on Marketing Management at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and has experience in account and field-sales management.? He is currently serving as his cohort*s Class Representative on the Graduate Business Student Association council and is a Beedie Student Ambassador.? Danny is looking forward to new opportunities in Business Development and Sales Leadership.? You can learn more about him on LinkedIn?or contact him directly at dbartanu@sfu.ca.

Team – Together Everyone Achieves More https://www.google.com//97d/team-together-everyone-achieves-more/ Fri, 26 Jan 2018 17:00:55 +0000 /97d/?p=6266 One of the key aspects of the SFU MBA experience is the program*s cohort-based learning structure in which a group of students are assigned to specific teams for an entire semester and together they work on projects and assignments across multiple courses. This model was especially beneficial to me as I was returning to school after a long gap from academia. The supportive environment allowed me to easily adapt to the high paced schedule with less stress than would have been the case otherwise. ?In my past professional experiences, I had the opportunity to lead and work with a diverse group of people both male and female of different ages, who came from different cultures and with varied perspectives, but there was one thing common among us 每 our engineering background. It was easier to converse and collaborate using the subject matter expertise of our functional areas or technology domain. But it was a completely different experience for me with my MBA group in the first semester. We were a group of 6 students with diverse backgrounds including our education and professions and each of us brought so much energy and learning to our group meetings that it made the whole experience conducive to learning, challenging and fun.

It is said that ※Teamwork makes the Dream Work§, therefore it is important for every team member to develop trust, respect and care for each other to achieve positive synergy and effective communication within the team. To accomplish this working relationship and strengthen our team dynamics, we were asked to develop a team charter at the beginning of our leadership course. This activity gave us the time to bond and share our personal and professional stories, identify our strengths and weakness, set the ground rules and define commitments and craft a sincere team purpose that we would all adhere to going forward. And it surely helped us focus on our objectives, deal with disagreements, measure our progress and excel in all our group assignments for the rest of the semester. The most fun experience out of all our group projects was towards the end of the term for the ※Managing People and Organizations§ course when we had to make a movie using the course concepts as part of our final presentation. It was indeed a creative adventure and an enjoyable opportunity that has provided us with a cherished artifact and has bonded us all into a lifelong friendship.

Our team mantra was to learn and grow together and I can confidently say that by supporting and encouraging each other, we have learnt from our failures, survived our weaknesses and enhanced our personal development by soliciting feedback from each other.



Spoorthy Takkallapalli is a full-time MBA candidate at Simon Fraser University*s Beedie School of Business. She is originally from India and has experience working and completing her education in the United States. She completed a Bachelor’s of Technology from JNT University and a Master of Science from Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and has experience in software engineering and program management. She is currently serving as a Beedie student ambassador and is looking forward to new opportunities in Strategy and product management upon completion of the MBA program.?You can find more about her on?LinkedIn?or contact her directly at?stakkall@sfu.ca

My First Week in Vancouver https://www.google.com//97d/my-first-week-in-vancouver/ Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:00:04 +0000 /97d/?p=6206 ※Vancouver? But that*s halfway across the world from here!§

That was one of the remarks that some of my friends and family in Poland would make upon hearing that I wanted to complete my MBA not only in a different country but also in a different continent. However, that was the point. Always in search of challenging circumstances, I chose to study quite far from my European comfort zone. Moving to Vancouver on my own proved a huge change in my life: I had to switch to an intense student routine after a few busy years in the workforce, embrace a new culture and adjust to a much different Canadian studying system.

I arrived in Vancouver towards the end of a particularly hot and dry August. The first few days were much about beating the jet lag, finding my way around the city and getting some basics in place, such as a Canadian phone number, a bank account and different house items for my new place at the Charles Chang downtown residence. Those seem like baby steps now, but back in late August, completing each would be a small feat in its own right.

The last vacation weekend flew by real fast and as soon as Labour Day long weekend was over, I found myself in business attire among the 2017 SFU MBA cohort waiting for the Orientation events to begin. Despite the ongoing heat, the first hours spent with my new classmates were really inspiring. I got to talk to almost everyone and saw for myself the full diversity of the cohort, one of the most pronounced traits of the SFU MBA. Ever since, I have been continually amazed by how much I have been able to learn from my classmates during the few months in the program.

During our first day together, we could learn about ourselves as learners and team members through a set of interactive activities facilitated by Professor Carolyn Egri. While I had previously done numerous exercises of similar type in various trainings and professional courses, I really appreciated the focus Professor Egri put on us uncovering our individual learning styles and understanding those of our classmates. She also engaged us in a set of team building tasks, which were not only meant to be fun, but also aimed at teaching us about how to form an effective team. Altogether, that day*s activities definitely helped to set us up for better performance, both individually and through group work.

The Orientation was a unique set of events not only because it gave my cohort the first real opportunity to meet and start forming ties, but also it provided us with our first interactions with the fall semester professors. This came in the form of the Fall Case Day: based on a case we prepared in advance, each instructor challenged us to approach it through the lenses of their respective course. I found it a really effective way to get the foretaste of the classes in store for us and also see our professors right in their element for the first time.

In this way, my first week in Vancouver became one of my most memorable experiences. It was intense, fast-paced and full of stimulating encounters, just like every moment in the program. And now, when someone says ※Vancouver? That*s halfway across the world!§, I answer: ※It is. And I have made it.§


Originally from Krakow, Poland, and with a professional background in banking and change management, Ewelina is now pursuing her MBA at the Beedie School of Business. With 6.5 years of experience in different international roles in HSBC, she came to SFU looking to consolidate her business skills and knowledge as well as experience living and studying in a foreign country. Keen on learning new cultures and languages, she is avidly embracing every new interaction with her cohort and Canadian friends. On finishing her courses in August 2018, Ewelina hopes to move her career in change management to a more challenging global level.

Feel free to reach out to Ewelina through?LinkedIn?or contact her via e-mail at ewelinak@sfu.ca.

Net Impact 2017: Path to Purpose https://www.google.com//97d/net-impact-2017-path-to-purpose/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:55:16 +0000 /97d/?p=6191 Purpose, meaning, impact〞finding holistic fulfillment through your career has become an increasingly popular area of discussion for both corporations and university students. Net Impact*s 2017 conference (NI17) brought together industry leaders and university scholars from across North America to present their innovative business models, social and environmental impact initiatives, and new ideas about how to pursue purposeful careers that leave a meaningful impact. SFU Beedie School of Business* Net Impact chapter sent myself (the chapter President) and Jeroen Rijken (Vice President of Case Competition) to this year*s conference where we met with dozens of other chapter leaders, took a civil rights history tour of Atlanta, and heard from esteemed economics and environment author Paul Hawken of Project Rundown.

Brainstorming with Net Impact Student Chapter Leaders

The conference began by gathering student chapter leaders from all over the world to share stories of successful events and programs as well as ideas on how to successfully lead a Net Impact chapter. Net Impact has hundreds of student chapters at universities around the world, predominantly in graduate schools. It was exciting to learn about how Net Impact chapters engage students and make sustainability practice relevant and practical through educational programs. Our Net Impact chapter appreciated the opportunity to learn from other chapters, which are often organized on campus very differently, face different challenges and engage with different issues and industries than we may have access to here in Vancouver. That evening, we continued the conversation and networking at the World of Coca-Cola, meeting student leaders from Colorado State University, MIT Sloan, Penn State, DePaul University, and many others all while sampling Coke products from all over the world!

A Civil Rights History Tour of Atlanta

One of the special excursions offered by the conference was a civil rights history tour of Atlanta. The tour began at the?National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a museum dedicated to the achievements of both former and current civil rights leaders in the United States and worldwide. The first floor of the museum?contained a rotating collection of pieces from the Martin Luther King Jr. collection, currently themed to tell the stories of the women who supported Dr. King*s civil rights mission. My favourite pieces to see were the letters between Dr. King and Mahalia Jackson, the first queen of gospel soul music and an activist in the civil rights movement. After the museum, we made our way to Ebenezer Baptist church, the church that Dr. King was raised in, and to Dr. King*s birth home in &Sweet Auburn*. This neighbourhood receiving its name after its reputation as America*s wealthiest African-American neighbourhood at the time. We had a fantastic tour guide, Marty from the National Park Service, who?shared?some fascinating history on Dr. King, especially on his upbringing. Marty told us, ※what I really think people don*t realize about Martin Luther King Jr. is that he did not live in a vacuum. Too often people think Dr. King was who he was all on his own, but when you see where he was raised and the parents who raised him, you remember that context is key.§

Marty proceeded to teach us about Dr. King*s parents〞their love and care for the poor, how they?led by example, and their careers. Here are two quick but very important facts about Dr. King*s family〞first, in MLK*s direct family, all the men?were ministers and all the women were teachers, but more unusual for the time was that both of Dr. King*s parents had university degrees. Second, MLK*s father strongly encouraged African-Americans to own their own businesses and property. He led by example and invested in lots of real estate in the Atlanta area. Today when locals buy property they are often surprised to find Martin Luther King Sr.*s name on the deeds. It was powerfully clear how MLK*s environment and the people around him made such an impact on the way he saw the world. It reminded me that we can never underestimate the value that people have on our development and that people are the key to making lasting change in the world.

Project Drawdown

Paul Hawken is an esteemed writer on entrepreneurship, economics and environmental studies. He appeared at NI17 to deliver the most passionate and rousing keynote?speech of the conference. He is the editor of Project Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. As he put it, ※it*s the most substantive and comprehensive solution to climate change because, well, no one else has come up with any plans.§ The project’s in-depth research sought to quantify the top 100 solutions to?reverse?climate change, ranking them according to the gigatons of CO2 removed from the atmosphere. In his presentation he highlighted more commonly discussed topics such as wind-farming, but I was most surprised to learn of the massive impact lifestyle and cultural changes could have on our eco-footprint.

Reducing food waste and switching to a plant-rich diet ranked 3rd and 4th?respectively in the top 100. It was shocking to see the impact that these changes would have compared to more commonly discussed solutions such as --solar farms (8th) and nuclear energy (20th).

Lastly, Hawken awed the crowd when he revealed the number six solution, educating women. Educated girls have fewer, healthier children, realize higher wages contributing to economic growth, have lower incidences of HIV/AIDS and malaria, are better nourished, and are more empowered in society. Hawken*s Project Drawdown opened my mind to a wider understanding of the problem of climate change. Climate change is not simply an environmental problem, but a human problem. It will take changes in energy production, environmental resource systems,?personal lifestyles,?and sociological practices to change the course of our climate.


Rob Fernandes is passionate about people, technology, and how to harness both to improve our global community. Rob is currently the President of Net Impact at SFU and an MBA candidate at the SFU Beedie School of Business. Rob*s background in music and audio technology as well as volunteering with marginalized youth internationally has given him a passion for travel, culture, international justice, non-profit, technology and art. Contact Rob on LinkedIn or via email at rob_fernandes@sfu.ca.

EMBA First Year Reflections https://www.google.com//97d/emba-first-year-reflections/ Tue, 03 Oct 2017 20:42:43 +0000 /97d/?p=6176 With the first year of my Executive MBA (EMBA) experience now complete, I believe it*s only natural to take stock and reflect upon the lessons learned from the first 12 months. Here are two:

1. There are a lot of talented people out there. Including you.

It had been years since I walked into a university lecture hall as a student. Considering an EMBA application in my mid-thirties came with doubts: can I realistically add 20-30 hours of coursework to an already busy schedule juggling work and family? Can my brain transition (back) to a learning environment after so many years away from a classroom?

One year in, I can honestly say &yes* to both questions. Presently I work as a C-Suite Executive leading the Human Resources and Occupational Health & Safety division for an international retailer. As with any leadership position, the hours can be long and the demands intense. However since starting my EMBA, I*ve found that with the right blend of planning, discipline and communication, the commitments are manageable. Parkinson*s Law states that ※work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion§. As I reflect on my time management skills this year, I could not agree more. With the added coursework, I soon realized that my &busy* day was often filled with intermittent periods of inefficiency. For instance, I learned that many hour-long meetings really only take 15 minutes. In being more mindful about how I spend my time, I was more than able to allocate sufficient time to complete my studies.

2. The application of knowledge is as important as the quest for it.

Recently my team at work was fortunate enough to win a national award for the ※Most Innovative Use of HR Technology§. Our &winning* entry focused on a simple principle〞to reduce (or eliminate) repetitive transactional tasks in favour of automation. After sourcing, selecting, piloting and launching five disparate HR technologies, we finally met our goal.

The EMBA program provided an interesting backdrop for this project. The course content continually challenged us to view existing problems differently. In fact, between coursework and regular discussions with other cohort participants, there was more good advice than I could possibly action. Through this experience I learned to treat my academic experience in a la carte terms. It*s impossible to retain everything, so learn what you*re most likely going to apply. The rest will still be there when you*re ready.

As the second year of my Executive MBA program begins, our focus becomes global. The EMBA program at SFU offers learners the option of an ※Americas§ specialization. Partnering with leading universities in Canada, Brazil, Mexico and the USA, the เกมยิงปลาออนไลน์24 ชั่วโมง offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect and learn with talented professionals from around the world. Our first residency in Vancouver was a tremendous success. Now, our calendars are circled for mid-October when we visit our next host country, Brazil, and the beautiful city of Sao Paulo. I hope to provide a behind-the-scenes look at our international adventures in future articles.


Matthew Burns has a background in Human Resources, Technology and Public Relations in the retail and transportation industries. He is presently an Executive MBA student at SFU. He works as an HR Executive here in Vancouver where he*s leading a multi-year transformational change project with an emphasis on technology, talent and employee engagement. You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or on Twitter at @CdnHRConsultant.