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Bissett Assistant Professor Abdulrahman Chikhouni to present paper at Academy of International Business Conference in Dubai

Bissett would like to congratulate Assistant Professor, Abdulrahman Chikhouni on being selected to present his paper in Dubai, this coming July. The paper titled, Teach a Man to Fish and You Feed Him for a Lifetime” The Influence of FDIs on Entrepreneurship in Developing Nations; Academy of International Business (AIB), Dubai, UAE, July 2-5 2017. (Co-author Raghyd Al hajj, Concordia University)

Bissett student headed to the Canadian Business Model Competition

Bissett School of Business  extends congratulations and best of luck to Emily Bartlett as she embarks cross country to  Halifax to compete in the Canadian Business Model Competition. For the third year in a row, a Bissett student has been accepted into the highly competitive Canadian Business Model Competition at Dalhousie University in Halifax, March 10-11, 2017.
Emily will be representing Mount Royal University as she shares her journey as a co-founder of Green Cup.
Ray DePaul, Director for the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship says “this competition is unique in Canada as the students are not evaluated on their final venture idea, but rather on the journey they took to arrive at a validated business model. Emily and her co-founder Austin Lang are a great example of the effectiveness of the Lean Startup model as they continuously tested their assumptions by engaging first hand with their potential customers. The result was a very successful business that might otherwise have failed due to a series of invalid assumptions. Emily heads to Halifax on March 10th to tell her story to the judges.”
 Good Luck Emily!

Bissett Assistant Professor Rajbir Bhatti, has paper accepted for presentation at International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis

Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate Rajbir Bhatti on having his paper,  titled Performance Measurement of Heavy Equipment Dealerships using Data Envelopment Analysis(DEA),”  accepted for presentation at the 15th International Conference on Data Envelopment Analysis” to be held at University of Economics, Prague in the Czech Republic, from June 26 to 29, 2017.
Rajbir’s  doctoral candidate at the Athabasca University ,Chandra Raman, will present the paper on their behalf.

MRU Enactus students find success at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition

The Bissett School of Business is pleased to share the success of the MRU Enactus team at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition – Western Canada which brings together student, academic and industry leaders to celebrate the achievements of Canada’s future leaders and entrepreneurs. This is the 16th year our interdisciplinary Enactus Mount Royal team has participated!

Enactus Canada teams from 17 universities across western Canada shared their stories of community outreach on Friday, March 3 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary at this Western Regional Exposition

Enactus Mount Royal participated in three (3) Challenges and earned three (3) awards:

First Place: Scotiabank EcoLiving Green Challenge -Enactus Mount Royal Project Unravelled.

Runner Up: TD Entrepreneurship Challenge – Enactus Mount Royal Project Green Cup. The idea of Emily Bartlett and Austin (Ozzy) Lang, Green Cup is a social-minded enterprise that provides compostable coffee cups to businesses and events, funded by advertising for local businesses printed on the cups. Recent partners include MacEwan University and Absolute Dental Care, along with Waste Management with which Green Cup has collaborated to create designated waste containers for coffee cup disposal and recycling

Second Runner Up: Capital One Financial Education Challenge – Enactus Mount Royal Project EmpowerU. EmpowerU assists women in leaving the sex trade and achieving independence.  EmpowerU helps educate these women with financial literacy, life skills, returning to school, and obtaining employment.

In addition, Emily Bartlett, President of Enactus Mount Royal and Co-Founder of Green Cup was awarded the western Canada HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow Award. 

Our MRU students will be continuing to work on their projects over the next two months and sharing additional successes at the Enactus Canada National Exposition to be held May 9, 10 and 11, 2017 in Vancouver.Bissett Associate Professor and Enactus Mentor, Wendelin Fraser describes the exposition as an opportunity for students to  showcase how their community outreach projects, social innovation projects  and business ventures are making a real impact in Canada and beyond. 

“The competitive process, along with additional programming, provides an opportunity for collaboration and best-practice sharing, fosters innovation, encourages results and rewards excellence in entrepreneurial, community leadership.”


Bissett School of Business thanks Wendelin for her continued dedication in mentoring our MRU Enactus team. In turn Wendelin would like to thank Ray DePaul and Jennifer Richardson who were able to come out and support the Enactus Mount Royal students as they presented their initiatives at the Exposition.

Congratulations to all o f the winners and participants. Good Luck in Vancouver!


Bissett students compete in Supply Chain Case Competition

Bissett School of Business extends congratulations to our students who competed and won a Supply Chain case competition.  On Saturday,  February 25th four students from Bissett , Justin Ross, Jordan Verhappen, Elena Zgheirand , Jonathan Audet under the guidance of their  coach Assistant Professor Denise Chenger, competed in the annual national SCMA (Supply Chain Management Association) case competition. The competition was held at the U of C for Western Canada.
MRU won the Western Canada component comprised of  six teams. Later in the day, the teams were placed into the final round, where our MRU team placed  second out of 27 teams. Congratulations to our team of four very talented students!
In addition, Denise would like to thank Brian Fleming for his support over the last few months plus acknowledge his role as a judge for the event (sans MRU).

Assistant Professor, Leah Hamilton, has paper published in Social Issues and Policy Review

Congratulations to Leah Hamilton for her most recent publication. A paper Leah co-authored centres on improving public attitudes toward refugees and  has been published in Social Issues and Policy Review.

Esses, V. M., Hamilton, L. K., & Gaucher, D. (2017). The Global Refugee Crisis: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications for Improving Public Attitudes and Facilitating Refugee Resettlement. Social Issues and Policy Review, 11(1), 78-123.

Social Issues and Policy Review is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues along with Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy and the Journal of Social Issues. The journal was established in 2007.


2016 United Way corporate challenge a huge success!

Congratulations to all of the faculty, staff and students that made this year’s United Way Corporate Challenges a big success!
The “Pull the Plane”  fundraiser was a group effort with plane pullers, Denise Chenger, Victoria Calvert, Christian Cook, FSO and Aviation students who pulled the plane 50 feet in 22 seconds! This fundraiser brought in $1350.00.
Bissett Faculty: Denise Chenger and Christian Cook

The “Shave the Beard” event was held Oct 25th, raising $1400 for the United Way and $1000 for  the Terry Fox campaign. Over seventy students, faculty and administrators attended. The Financial Students Organization raised the majority of the funds through several activities including a raffle. The Book Store, Dana Foods, and Continuing Education kindly donated items for the raffle.

Many thanks to Victoria Calvert who organized the event, and to Jim Fischer for volunteering to shave his beard, Katharine McGowan who baked over 150 cookies and to Chair, Jim Silovs for dedicating $200 from his area to cover the cost of pizza to feed the crowd.

Thanks also goes to Dean,  Elizabeth Evans,  for donating $500 from her office to finance  the United Way banana fundraising activities organized by Kendra Hart and her four marketing classes on October 27th. Through banana sales and the use of social media, they raised an amazing $4000.00!

Jim Shaving his beard.
The “After” Picture
Katharine McGowan and her freshly baked cookies

Bissett Chair, Patricia Derbyshire profiled in Maclean’s Magazine

Patti Derbyshire, Chair of Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Non-profit Studies was recently profiled in an article in Maclean’s Magazine by Rosemary Counter. The article titled, New breed of entrepreneurial profs teaches students to learn by doing, is a look into the growth of entrepreneur curricula across campuses and those who teach it.

“We must be able to speak truth to the subject matter with some kind of experience,” says Derbyshire, now the CEO of  Torch Motorcycles, a community of women riders who call themselves “moto-enthusiasts.” Their goal: To collect the data needed to design and manufacture the perfect bike for women. Watching the entrepreneurial spirit in action might be the best way for students to learn it—or even catch it. “We’re called serial entrepreneurs for a reason,” says Derbyshire. “We can’t help it.”