Bissett School of Business is pleased to announce that students, Lauren Andrews, Amy Dyment and Amanda Anderson were named the winners of the Calgary KPMG Ace the Case competition. This two-day workshop is geared towards those students wanting to pursue a CPA designation and gives the competitors an opportunity to hone their analytical and presentation skills.
Lauren, Amy and Amanda will move on to represent the KPMG Calgary Office in the national competition on March 4th. The winners of the National competition will go on to represent Canada at the International level in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in April.
On behalf of the Bissett School of Business we congratulate Lauren, Amy and Amanda on their achievement and wish them all the best as they move on to the national level of competition.
Special thanks to KPMG Calgary, an industry partner, that continues to provide our students here at Bissett School of Business, opportunity to showcase their “skills and competencies”.
Motivating, guiding, inciting and inspiring individual students to be innovative and realize their “entrepreneurial ambitions” has been the direction of the Bissett School of Business through the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Recent Launch Pad Winner and MRU student, Paul Shumlich (Deepwater Farms) and fellow MRU students, Derek Rucki and Stefan Radeta (TLink Golf), JMH New Venture Pitch winners can attest to how MRU provided them the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
A recent article in The Calgary Herald (Sutherland-Smith 2016, February 19, http://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/students-taking-care-of-business) outlines the program offerings by post-secondary institutions in the Calgary area and the varied stories of successful student entrepreneurs. As interest in these programs continues to grow, so does the means and ways of supporting the entrepreneur student:
“Mount Royal has a very experiential innovation and entrepreneurship program of nine different courses that force the student to experience entrepreneurship rather than simply study it,” says Ray DePaul, director of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at MRU.
“For those passionate students who want to go beyond the classroom we have LaunchPad which gives students an opportunity to launch their venture. While students often get engaged in order to get access to funding — last year we gave over $70,000 in grants — they quickly realize that the true value is in the mentorship and being part of a community of like-minded, driven entrepreneurs.” – Ray DePaul, Director of Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Leah Hamilton, Assistant Professor, Bissett School of Business, was invited to present her latest research findings by Talent Pool, regarding the benefits of mentoring in the work force. By profiling the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program that pairs senior Mount Royal University undergraduates with industry mentors, Leah, the lead researcher, found that mentoring was a mutually beneficial exercise to both the mentor and mentee.
Pairing students with industry mentors not only helps employ-ability but also career advancement once employed. In an economic downturn where many people are experiencing transition, mentorhship may prove to be very beneficial.
For the mentors, insight gained helped with both recruitment and retention of new grads.
Bissett School of Business congratulates Leah on her research.
To see the feature on Leah’s research on CTV Calgary, follow the link: