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Associate Professor Melanie Peacock hosts workshop at HR Undefined Conference

Bissett School of business would like to congratulate Associate Professor, Melanie Peacock on her involvement with the conference HR Undefined 2018, recently held in Calgary. The HR Undefined Conference is CPHR Albera’s largest annual event.

Melanie hosted a pre-conference workshop, titled: The Human Resource Professional’s Practical Guide to Change Management.

Melanie will be attending the SHRM18 conference this coming June in Chicago. Melanie will be hosting a conference session: Learning from HR in Canada;  touted as an opportunity to “learn about the innovative practices and emerging HR trends in Canada so you can incorporate leading-edge ideas into your organization.” Melanie has also been appointed as an official conference blogger.

Congratulations Melanie and good luck in Chicago!


Bissett Accounting Finance Department hosts Bringing Voices Together: Diversity and Inclusion in Accounting and Finance

Sponsored by the CPA Education Foundation, the Bissett Accounting & Finance Department, spearheaded by Assistant Professor Nicole Edge, hosted “Bringing Voices Together: Diversity & Inclusion in Accounting & Finance” on March 16, 2018. A group of ~ 50 registrants including experienced professionals, alumnae and students came together over lunch to share stories about experiences working as women in a male-dominated profession.

Robin Taub,  author, speaker, writer, “solopreneur” and former Chair of CPA Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council, provided current Canadian context on gender diversity and the business case for why Canada needs to take action to address gender diversity. She and Ruth McHugh, current COO of the Alberta Office of the Auditor General, then shared their stories of what it was like for them to enter this discipline and carve out their own space as CPAs. The conversation then moved to small round-table discussion where students had an opportunity to engage with professionals and discuss a range of questions and ideas about gender diversity and inclusion in the profession.

Nicole reports that based on positive feedback – particularly from students who felt this was one of their first opportunities to hear directly from the “on-the-ground” practitioners about these issues, options for follow-up events are being explored.

Special thanks to Nicole for spearheading this event and ensuing this timely issue is at the forefront of the faculty.

Bissett Professor Victoria Calvert retires after thirty years!

Bissett would like to acknowledge the retirement of Professor Victoria Calvert from Mount Royal University. In Victoria’s thirty years at MRU, she has taught entrepreneurship and international courses, served as initial Chair for the Entrepreneurship Applied Degree and has taught Community Service Learning (CSL) based courses since 1994, contributing over 77,000 hours to community partners. Most recently Victoria has been the CSL facilitator for MRU.

Throughout her career, Victoria has been active in research focusing on entrepreneurship for approximately 20 years.  Since 2008, Victoria has focused her research  to CSL, specifically partnership relationships, Global Service Learning and strategies to optimize impact for both student learning and community organizations. Engaged nationally and internationally, through CACSL and IARSLCE, Victoria has served as Academic Chair and Conference Chair for the national CSL conferences.

Victoria’s recognition and awards include:

Conference Chair for the National Conference for Community Service Learning (CACSL) 2016
Co-Conference Chair Canadian Council for Small Medium Enterprises (CCSBE) 2010
Distinguished Faculty Award for MRU 2012
Excellence in Teaching Award from Students Association MRU
Best in Track Academic Papers ABEAI Conferences 2008, 2009, 2011
Most Innovative Entrepreneurship Program Award from CCSBE

On behalf of all of Bissett, we thank Victoria for her years of service providing quality education to the students in our faculty, for her professionalism and dedication in furthering the development of the  the entrepreneurship program as well as contributing to the formation and continued success of the Bissett School of Business.  Please join us in congratulating  Victoria and wishing her well in her future endeavors.

Enjoy your retirement Victoria – Well deserved!

Associate Professor Abdulrahman Chikhouni to present paper at conference in Toronto

Bissett congratulates professor Abdulrahman Chikhouni on having his paper, Macro and Micro factors affecting Business Schools Networks, selected for presentation at the Administrative Science Association of Canada(ASAC) 2018 conference in Toronto, this coming May.

Paper Abstract:

This paper investigates the influence of macro and micro factors on the inter-organizational networking behavior of business schools. We are trying to explain the size and the density of the network of business schools by four factors at organizational and country levels. At the organizational level, we are studying the influence of ranking and size of the business school. At the country level, we measure the impact of culture and the R&D expenditure. The network measures are the density and size of the ego network of a business school. We studied the networks of business schools from 26 countries over a five-year (2008-2012) and found that among the four factors, a ranking is the only predictor of its networking measures.

Best of luck in Toronto, Abdul!

Institute for Community Prosperity hosting information session for Canada’s first MBA in Social Enterprise from Memorial University

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Trico Changemakers Studio EB 3000

If social enterprise is a passion and you wish to make a difference in the world, you will want to attend this information session about Canada’ s first MBA in social enterprise at memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN).

“MUN’s MBA in social enterprise and entrepreneurship is purposefully designed to prepare students to become a new kind of leader for a new way of doing business – one that’s based on the three pillars of sustainability: people, planet, and profits. We aim to develop graduates who will be agents of social change — whether that be in the non-profit, public or for-profit sectors — capable of addressing complex social problems in creative and effective ways.”

Learn more about the presentation and register here.

The Institute is also hosting a Breakfast & Keynote with JUMP Math founder  and Ashoka Fellow, John Mighton. Discover how a social enterprise like JUMP math is transforming academic and life opportunities for children in Canada and around the world.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Ideas Visualization Lounge, RLLC

Learn more about the presentation and how to register here.

Bissett student Djordje Calic to present his honours thesis research at Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference

Bissett School of Business is pleased to announce BBA student and recent graduate Djordje Calic will be presenting his honours thesis research, “How do we make decisions under uncertainty? Examining how a tutorial influences gender differences in risk propensity”,  at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) conference in Toronto, this coming May.

Djordje is also the BBA honours Thesis Award winner and runner up for the Dean’s Award for this same honours research project.

Congratulations Djordje and good luck in Toronto!

The annual Bissett Stock Market Challenge sees a record number of student participants

The ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge, otherwise known as the Bissett Stock Market competition, wrapped up at the end of March after seven months. Starting in September 2017, this year saw a record number of 33 teams compete.

The winning team of Austin Glenn, Lucy Javorcikova, and Harrison Lane had an outstanding return of 92%. The second place team of Jarett Bishop, Rob Flach, and Graham Perry managed an impressive 54% return, and the third place team of David Carlson, Amy Gillies, and Ahsan Khan were close behind with a return of 44%. All three teams are the recipients of cash prizes. The winning team is immortalized by having their names inscribed on the Stock market competition trophy. This year’s competition was the 13th edition of the popular competition.

Congratulations to the students and special thanks to Jim Fischer, Associate Professor and faculty adviser for the competition!

Bissett Professors Connie Van der Byl, Kendra Hart and Ryan Parks recognized for their research

Dr. Connie Van der Byl has co-authored a published book chapter:  Van der Byl, C.A. & Grogaard, B. (2018). Chapter 4:  Risk management and adaptation in oil and gas commodity resource markets.  In G. George &  S. Schillebeeckx (Eds) Managing Natural Resources:  Organizational Strategy, Behavior and Dynamics. Cheltenham, United Kingdom:  Edward Elgar Publishing.
Connie’s co-authored paper, Managing the coopetition tension in alliance formation” has been accepted for presentation at 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management which will be held on August 10-14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Kendra Hart and Dr. Connie Van der Byl have had their case, “Jupiter Resources:  Strategic positioning and re-branding” accepted to the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada conference May 26 to 29, Ryerson University, Toronto.
Dr. Ryan Parks and Dr. Connie Van der Byl have recently had their case published with Ivey Case Publishing, titled: Lost Creek Angling Co.: Fishing for profits and navigating mission drift.

Bissett HR Student Society hosts successful case competition

Bissett Associate Professor, Dr. Melanie Peacock, is pleased to announce that through the diligence and organization of the Bissett Human Resources Students Society, the inaugural HRSS Case competition was a huge success! Comprised of two member teams, over 40 students took part, each team applying their analytical skills to a case written by Angela Champ.
The group was fortunate to have the input of volunteer industry judges:   Mr. Darin Markwart from Intact Insurance and a  Bissett Alumni; Mr. Tom McNerney from Nexen and Ms. Jackie Ross from STARS.
Winning Team: Stephanie Gallant and Paula Higgins

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Bissett Professor Rachael Pettigrew a panelist at Deloitte Inclusion Event

On Tuesday,  April 17th, Bissett Assistant Professor, Rachael Pettigrew was a panelist for Deloitte’s event;  Beyond Optics: Building an Inclusive Organization.  The event was to focus on how organizations can realize the full potential of their workforce by driving inclusion growth.

The panel discussion  was moderated by Farah Huq, Director of Deloitte’s Future of Canada Centre  and lead participants  through the importance of inclusion in Canadian organizations, the effects of culture and policy, and the benefits and investments associated with it.

In addition to Rachel, featured panelists included Dave Mowat, CEO of ATB Financial; Jake Stika, co-founder of Next Gen Men;  and Liz Elliott, Executive Director of Families that Work.

“Rachael’s primary research focus is organizational policies and culture-surrounding employees’ management of work and life responsibilities, with specific focus on gender in the workplace and employee supportive policies and practices. The second research stream focuses on diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”