Bissett School of Business wishes to congratulate Assistant professor, Dr. Abdulrahman Chikhouni, on his most recent publication.
Abdurahman has published a paper in the Journal of International Management titled “Psychic distance and ownership in acquisitions: Direction Matters” (Co-authors Gwyneth Edwards, HEC Montreal; Mehdi Farashahi, Concordia University).
The 13th annual BASS golf tournament was held Friday September 30, 2016 at River Spirit Golf Club. Thank you to the 36 professional accountants and 36 accounting students who made the tournament a success.
The annual tournament is designed so accounting students can spend a day networking with accounting professionals and learn more about working as a professional accountant. BASS executive and members have designed the tournament to provide fun and friendly competition for players of all levels.
The tournament itself was sponsored by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Alberta, the professional organization representing more than 28,000 CPAs across the province. Representing CPA Alberta and speaking at the tournament breakfast was Farah Albert CPA, CA, CPA (IL, USA). Sarah serves as Director Business Development at CPA Alberta. Sarah spoke to recent and future CPA developments relating to articling pathways into the profession. Her updates on the CPA qualifying experience requirements were well received by both students and professional accountants. The audience was very attentive since half of Alberta articling students follow the pre-approved program route, with the other half following the experience verification route.
Gordon Turtle, Senior Vice-President, Communications at CPA Alberta spoke to tournament participants and guests at dinner. Gordon provided a brief overview of the current priorities of CPA Alberta within the context of the evolution of the CPA designation in Alberta. Reminding attendees that the accounting profession in Alberta was unified on July 1, 2015 Gordon stressed that any CPA candidate qualifying as a CPA after that date must brand themselves with the CPA designation following their name. Following unification, brand value from the each of the CA, CMA and CGA designations is transferred to the CPA by members appending their relative legacy designation in the style of “CPA, CA”, “CPA, CGA”, or “CPA, CMA” after their name. Gordon also stressed the importance of professional ethics as practiced by CPA Alberta members. In order for CPA Alberta to continue as a self-regulated profession serving the public, maintaining high ethical standards within the profession is critical.
Many thanks to the following professional accounting organizations who supported our students in this tournament by providing professional accountant golfers and acting as hole sponsors:
- CPA Alberta*
- Critical Mass**
- Crescent Point Energy**
- PCL Construction
- Collins Barrow
- ARC Resources**
- Phillips 66
- Western Energy Services**
- Gregory Harriman & Associates LLP
- JMH & Co.
- CPA Alberta
- Mount Royal University
*Event sponsor, **Hole sponsor
In its budget consultation process (#budget2017), the Federal Government presented students the opportunity to discuss and share ideas with the Federal Minister of Finance, Bill Moreau. A number of our own Bissett business students tool the opportunity to particiapate in the Google town hall consultation.
The video is available on online at the following link: http://budget-lebudget.ca/
Dr. Jim Fischer presented his paper The effects of replacing income tax with consumption tax on the state and the individual: a Canadian example at the 12th International Academic Conference of the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES) in Barcelona, Spain on June 28, 2016. The paper was published in conference proceedings.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada –Targeted Rapid Response Research on Syrian Refugees
“Optimizing the Provision of Information to Facilitate the Settlement and Integration of Refugees in Canada: Case Studies of Syrian Refugees in London, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta”
Investigators: Esses, Hamilton, Pyati, & El Hazzouri
Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate Mount Royal University Associate Professor, David Finch and Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Director, Ray DePaul, on the successful publication of their new book: Designing You: Life Beyond Your Grades.
In Designing You, David and Ray challenge you become your own product manager. To do this, they take you through a multi-step process to define your Whole Product – the Whole YOU. In doing this, Finch and DePaul, Whole YOU goes far beyond just questions about career goals but also explores larger life goals and how they relate to each other. In the first month over 500 students and faculty downloaded the eBook. The print edition will be released on November 15th and will be available online and from the university bookstore.
To support the launch of the book, Finch and DePaul penned an article in the Huffington Post entitled “Don’t Let Yourself (or your kid) Become the Next BlackBerry“. In this article they use a smartphone analogy to help students understand the importance of being adaptable and relevant as markets change. This article received some notoriety and an angry response from BlackBerry COO himself, Marty Beard who argued that students should aspire to be like BlackBerry. Finch and DePaul responded by identifying the (some) elements of the BlackBerry that can offer guidance to students today. As an interesting (and ironic) end to this story, shortly after this response, BlackBerry announced they will be discontinuing design and production of handsets.
Finch and DePaul don’t view Designing YOU as a book, rather it as a mindset supported by a range of tools that enables students to connect their postsecondary experience to larger life goals. For example, this semester Finch and DePaul are piloting a Designing YOU course and are working with MRU Continuing Education and other MRU departments to develop an online course to support our students design their lives.
For more information on Designing YOU you can go to the website www.designingyou.org
For a $10 discount for MRU faculty off the eBook/ Print bundle you can use promo code “whole you”.
Dr. Bhatti’s current endeavors include supervising a Doctoral student at the Atahbasca University in the use of Data Envelopment Analysis for performance measurement of
manufacturers in Canada. The topic of the research work is
“Performance Measurement of Heavy Equipment Dealerships Using Data
Envelopment Analysis (DEA)” .
Further to that, one of Dr. Bhatti’s research works has been accepted for presentation at the “IVth International Conference on Production & Industrial Engineering
(CPIE-2016)” to held from December 19-21, 2016 in India. The title of
our research paper is ” Identification of Human Related Success
Factors for TPM Implementation in Indian SMEs – Graph Theoretic