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MRU President, David Docherty and Bissett Chair, Halia Valladares, contribute to book “Strategies for University Management”

Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate Dr. David Docherty  and Dr. Halia Valladares for their contribution to the NEW book  “Strategies for University Management” (Volume 1 and 2). Their chapter can be found in Vol. II, Chapter 9.

The Editor describes the book as follows:

“The books capture the viewpoints of thought leaders in the contemporary education landscape. With insights from academic administrators and experts from around the world, the books’ aim is to be the official “how to guide” for success in the management of educational institutions.  Volume I in the series focuses on the planning and leading management functions of universities. Volume II expands the discussion on organizing and controlling.

Topics covered in the two volumes include: raising academic quality, accreditation, strategic planning, online instruction, international education, diversity, entrepreneurship, and financial management among others.”



Simon Magennis, Assistant Professor, Bissett School of Business, winner of CAEF Teaching Award

The Bissett School of Business  would like to congratulate our own Simon Magennis, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance, for being nominated for this year’s CAEF Teaching Award (Chartered Accountant Education Foundation).

This reward selection process was spearheaded by Bissett Accounting Student’s Association (BASS). As in prior year’s, the selection process was based on the following criteria:

◘ Innovative improvements in course content, paper or web-based course materials,    cases or project work, or other significant course development.

◘Consistently superior performance and command of the subject matter.

◘ Attention to students’ intellectual development, interest and enthusiasm for learning.

◘ Presentation of course content and examinations at an appropriate level of rigor.

◘ Excellent course planning, organization, communication or administration.

In their selection of Simon Magennis as this year’s nominee, the selection committee found that Simon:

“clearly went above and beyond, building rapport and trust with students enough for them to share their struggles and allow Simon to help them in and outside of the classroom. Many respondents cited Simon’s ability to keep the classroom alive, to utilize real-world examples, and his availability outside of classroom or even regular office hours. However, what truly set Simon apart were a few responses that cited his ability to build rapport and trust with students to help them discover learning disabilities and truly impact their learning development. He was able to aid in these students in identifying a disability, getting tested for it, and accessing resources in order to truly excel. He didn’t stop there, but continued to challenge these students in a kind and caring way; so much that one claimed to have raised their grades from a C+ average to being on the Dean’s Honor Role. Another was subsequently encouraged by Simon to participate in a BASS Case Competition and actually won first place. Other students said that Simon would genuinely take interest in their learning and treat them like people, sharing invaluable tips for general learning and tips specific to accounting.”

Simon will be presented with the CAEF Teaching Award  at this year’s CPA Alberta Conference for Academics to be held at the Holiday Inn, Red Deer, AB. on May 6, 2016.

Congratulations Simon!

Bissett School of Business Associate Professor, David Finch and undergraduate student, Mackenzie Strong, published in AMLE

The Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate, Associate Professor, David Finch and student, Mackenzie Strong on being published in the Academy of Management Learning + Education Journal:

Institutional Biography and Knowledge Dissemination: An Analysis of Canadian Business School Faculty (February 12, 2016 David Finch, Norm O’Reilly, David Deephouse, William Fister, Loren Falkenberg, Mackenzie Strong)


 “A biographical analysis of 740 faculty members from 13 elite and non-elite Canadian business schools suggests that different knowledge dissemination activities are anchored in a faculty member’s scholar’s socialization and are influenced by both individual and contextual factors. Results suggest that the divide between academics and practitioners in business schools can be bridged with individual faculty members who possess both academic and professional qualifications.”

This project is an outocme of the Business School Research Network (BRSN) initiative. The BSRN was established in 2014 through start-up funding from MRU’s Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship with the goal of conducting research to enhance business school performance through evidence-based management. The BSRN now has ten active projects underway including over 20 researchers from 15 different business schools.
David notes: “Though this is the fifth publication of the BSRN, what Ray and I are most proud of is that one of our own MRU students, Mackenzie Strong, is a co-author. This project emerged from Mackenzie’s directed reading project two years ago. Mackenzie did ALL the heavy lifting on the data collection during her project and had the patience to work through the process. It was a joy to have her on our team and for to publish in an Academy journal as an undergraduate student (I suspect this may be the first time an undergraduate student has ever published in AMLE). I hope this level of achievement inspires all of our students to engage in collaborative research with our faculty”.

Bissett School of Business, Associate Professor, Dr. Melanie Peacock, co-authors Human Resources textbook

The Bissett SchooI of Business is pleased to announce the release of Dr. Melanie Peacock’s text book: Essentials of Managing Human Resources, Sixth Edition.
Published by Nelson Education, this sixth edition provides an encompassing overview of human resources including practices, processes and systems as well as providing a glimpse into emerging trends.
The authors have a wealth of experience as teachers and active HR practitioners and include their real-life experience and stories to make the content relatable and relevant to students. This new edition will appeal to business students and help them understand the value of strategic human resources policies and practices, as both individuals and managers within an organization. – Nelson
For more information on this text, please follow the link:

On behalf of the Bissett School of Business, we congratulate Dr. Peacock on her accomplishment.

Enactus Western Regional Exposition will be held in Calgary March 4, 2016

The  Enactus Western Regional Exposition is to be held in Calgary on March 4, 2016:

The Enactus Canada team is anticipating 16 Enactus teams (almost 500 students) from post-secondary institutions across western Canada will be meeting to share stories of their community engagement and impact on community.While there are several events during the 2 day exposition, faculty and administrators from Mount Royal are welcome to watch any of the presentations beginning at 9 am on Friday, March 4th, 2016  at the Westin Hotel.

Title: Enactus Western Regional Exposition

  • Date: Friday, March 4
  • Venue: Westin Hotel
  • Presentations From 9 am to 4 pm

We have approximately 120 students from across Mount Royal active in this international student organization.

It is anticipated our Enactus Mount Royal team will present four presentations between 9 am and 4 pm. Times will be confirmed by March 3, 2016. Please contact Wendelin Fraser for more details.

Further information on our Enactus Mount Royal community outreach initiatives include;

  • GreenCupYYC – EcoLiving Green Challenge  – You will have seen the “Green Cups” at our recent Bissett Networking Day.
  • Project Stoke – Entrepreneurship Challenge – Students are continuing to move forward to bring safe and efficient stoves in Kenya through social enterprise, job creation and partnerships.
  • Project ReCreate – Youth Empowerment Challenge – an ongoing partnership with children in Grades 4 to 6 in Calgary Schools
  • EmpowerU – Financial Education Challenge – a program with 11 non-profit partners thanks to work with the United Way of Canada.

Please Register – No Charge for Faculty/Administrators

If you would like to come to watch the event, your are most welcome, but event organizers suggest you Register.  There is no cost to attend to support our Mount Royal University students.  Registration Link

Annual Enactus International Figures:

  • 36 countries
  • 1,600 universities
  • 66,000 students
  • 7.5 million volunteer hours
National Enactus Exposition – Upcoming – May 2, 3 & 4, 2016
For your reference, the National Enactus Exposition will be held in Toronto on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2, 3 and 4th.Faculty and Administrators are welcome to attend this event or should they have other business in Ontario at that time.
Bissett School of Business thanks Wendelin Fraser for her continued efforts with our Mount Royal Enactus Groups and we congratulate all of our students on their initiatives!

Bissett Associate Professors, Peacock and Finch have paper published in Education + Training

 Congratulations to Bissett Associate Professors,  Melanie Peacock and David Finch on their most recent publication:
Finch, D. J., Peacock, M.J., Foster, W., & Levallet, N. (2016). A dynamic capabilities view of employability: Exploring the drivers of competitive advantage for university graduates, Education and Training, 58(1), 61-81. Emerald Insight.
On behalf of the Bissett School of Business, we extend congratulations to David and Melanie for their success.
For more information regarding this  research paper, please follow the link:
Dr. Melanie Peacock continues to share her expertise in the HR field, most recently as the keynote speaker at the HRIA Calgary Chapter evening event on January 19th where she addressed the topic of “Sustaining & Growing the HR Profession” as well as hr continued media contributions:
2016, January 28, on CKYE 93.1 RED FM South Asian Broadcasting Corp. Surrey, British Columbia, by Thind, H. Changing faces of workplaces.
2016, January 26, on Alberta@Noon:  CBC, by McElligott D. Taking a step down on the career ladder.
2016, January 13, on Alberta@Noon:  CBC, by McElligott D. Working from home and flexibility for the workforce.

Instructor, Anna Korwin-Kowalewska presenting research paper at the Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interaction Conference

The theme of the conference is Wilderness, Wildlife and Human Interaction with the intention to “explore new perspectives aimed at generating innovative methods of moving from current economic and environmental conflicts to one of sustainability”.

Anna’s research paper will discuss the area of Conservation Social Science,  specifically “the cross-cultural affective aspects of human attitudes toward large carnivores”. Anna will present at 2:30 pm on March 5, 2016.

The conference is March 5 & 6, 2016, in Cochrane, AB. In addition to the Conference presentations, the conference will be comprised of a film festival, Hall of Innovation (exhibits) and an art exhibit. The event ends with a Gala Dinner with special guest Robert Batemen.

To find out more information or to register, please follow the link:

Halia Valladares, Chair of INBU and SCM, Bissett School of Business appointed Regional Editor-South America, for the International Journal of Business and Emerging Markets (IJBEM)

Earlier this year, Bissett’s own Halia Valadares’s interest and proficiency in emerging markets and her work on peer reviews for the Academy of Emerging Markets Conference caught the attention of the Editor in Chief  of the IJBEM.  Halia was invited to put her name forward for Regional Editor- South America which she has accepted. 
Congratulations to Halia on accepting her new role as Editor. To see the journal’s web-page, please see the link below:

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Bissett Associate Professor, Uthpala Tennakoon, serves as judge for the JDC West Business Competition

The 2016 edition of the JDC West competition took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Bissett School of Business was pleased to have our own Uthpala Tennakoon, judge this very successful  event.

“JDC West is the largest undergraduate business competition in Western Canada with over 600 students from 12 universities competing. This three day event showcases academics, athletics, debate and social competitions.”

To read more about the competition, please follow the link:

The inaugural Bissett Networking Day, a huge success!

The first ever Bissett Networking Day: Conference and Career Expo held on January 28, 2016, was extremely well received by students, faculty and industry.  The networking opportunities, the informative breakout sessions and the inspiring keynote speaker and alumni panel contributed to the success of the event. Suzanne West, the keynote speaker,  was energetic and inspiring to all who had the opportunity to hear her address.

Spanning the first floor of the Roderick Mah Centre, the conference seen almost 1000 registrants; 800 students and 200 Industry and faculty members. The Career fair was over-subscribed with 21 companies participating and several more on a waiting list.

On behalf of the Bissett School of Business, we would like to thank the many staff, students and faculty who volunteered their time to help organize and contribute to the success of our first ever Bissett Networking Day. Without them and our Industry sponsors, the event would not have been the success it was.

Special Thanks to CPA, our platinum sponsor, and to Brookfield Residential, HRIA, KinderMorgan, MRU Alumni, SCMA, Fluor and Quick Print Express.

Plans are already underway for BND 2017. To sponsor of participate in BND 2017, please contact Paul Varella at 403.440.5099 or email