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Bissett Assistant Professor, Tashfeen Hussain completes oral defense for his PhD

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Tashfeen Hussain who recently completed his oral defense of his thesis! Tashfeen’s thesis has been approved without revision through the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. The title of the thesis: “Implications of firms’ interactions with debt markets”.

Tashfeen has also been selected to write a chapter on an upcoming book on Corporate fraud. The chapter is titled: “The spillover impact of corporate fraud”.

 

 

MRU hosts 2019 Sports Business Roundtable

After the failed Olympic bid, Mount Royal University professors, Dr. David Finch and Dr. David Legg , recognizing that the “business of sports is not just a business unto itself but rather a critical driver of  the future vision of our city”, determined that an in-depth discussion and a critical analysis of the regional sports environment was warranted. This was the impetus behind the inaugural and hugely successful,  Sports Business Round-table held at Mount Royal University on March 20, 2019.

The event was comprised of over 40 regional sport business leaders from a variety of private and public organizations representing a diverse cross-section of sports. The purpose of the round-table was to measure interest  in establishing a collective approach to furthering the vision and purpose of sport in the region and using this as the “catalyst” to position the City of Calgary and the Bow Valley Corridor into “Canada’s most livable region”.

Vigorous discussion ensued, a massive amount of comments were collected and a plan of action was formed! The information collected along with the post event feedback  has helped Dr. David Finch and Dr. David Legg determine the necessity of a strategic plan that will encompass collaboration, community engagement and  targeted evidence based research initiatives.

Going forward, an independent working group, [Sport Business Working Group] will continue to “examine the role of sport business ecosystem as a catalyst for delivering the larger community priorities in our region.” The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will continue to host, facilitate and administer the group. A community board will be recruited by Dr. Finch and Dr. Legg. This community board will provide guidance, offer support to ensure alignment across the “ecosystem” and aid in building formal and informal partnerships to drive public engagement.

For further information, contact Dr. David Finch at dfinch@mtroyal.ca or Dr. David Legg at dlegg@mtoyal.ca

Bissett Case club team wins prestigious CPA Business Challenge Competition!

Congratulations to our Bissett case club team for their incredible win in the CPA Business Challenge Case Competition this past March. Competing teams were from universities across the province including the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, MacEwan University, SAIT, NAIT and Athabasca University.

The winning team, comprised of Bissett students Mia Bains, Lyra Mae Cosare, Lucas Mardones and Katherine Martens,  won the first place cash prize of $10,000 which is wholly sponsored by the Chartered Professional Accountants Education Foundation (CPAEF).

The judges’s comments referenced the winning teams “ability to organize and articulate their analysis in a poised, confident and competent manner.”

The second Bissett team of Shane Cuckow, Dea Devolli, Mishal Ira Ordonez and Jan Santiago also showed well with a strong presentation, narrowly missing qualifying for the final presentation round.

The success of our students is not only indicative of their talent and hard work but also of the accounting program and mentor-ship of our dedicated professors, that continues to produce students of high caliber.

A special thanks to the faculty for their continued support and guidance to the teams through the Accounting Case Club. They include Nicole Edge, Assistant Professor, Accounting and Finance; Rafik Kurji, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance, and Simon Magennis, Associate Professor, Accounting and Finance.

Thanks to all and congratulations!

Bissett Finance Professor Osama El-Temtamy has paper accepted to conference in Greece

Bissett School of Business would like to congratulate Osama El-Temtamy on having his paper accepted for presentation at the the 7th Spring Conference of the Multinational Finance Society in Chania, Crete, Greece in April 2019. Osama’s paper is entitled: Oil Price Plunge: Are Conventional and Islamic banks equally vulnerable?

Abstract:

“Oil Price Plunge: Are Conventional and Islamic Banks Equally Vulnerable?”
Ghulame Rubbaniy – Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Osama El-Temtamy – Mount Royal University, Canada
A. W. Khan – University of Evansville, USA
Abida Perveen – Comsats University Islamabad, Pakistan

In response to the recent debate on the vulnerability of the banking industry to oil price plunge, this article investigates the effect of oil price plunge on credit and insolvency risks of banking industry at aggregate level, across banks’ specializations and at country level. Our findings show that falling oil prices significantly increase the credit risk for the banking industry in the GCC region and particularly for banks operating in Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates; however, falling oil prices do not affect credit risk of Islamic banks. Our analysis shows that black gold’s price plunge does not increase the insolvency risk of GCC banking industry nor across bank specializations and across Gulf countries using both accounting-based and market-based proxies of insolvency risk. We argue that bailout packages by the wealth funds to the GCC banks is a probable reason for counter intuitive protection against solvency risk due to negative oil price shocks.

Bissett Professor Mohammed El Hazzourri has paper published in Journal of Advertising

Associate Professor Mohammed El Hazzouri and colleagues( Kelly J. Main, Lisa Sinclair) published a paper in the Journal of Advertising titled: “Out of the Closet: When Moral Identity and Protestant Work Ethic Improve Attitudes toward Advertising Featuring Same-Sex Couples,”. The research press release was published in The Conversation Canada and The National Post: https://theconversation.com/out-of-the-closet-easing-the-backlash-against-same-sex-couples-in-advertising-110740

Bissett Associate Professor Frank Cotae receives grant to compile a publication for Nova Chemicals Corp.

Bissett Associate Professor, Dr. Frank Cotae and Mr. David Bobich (SAIT) received a grant of $17,500 from  Canada Green Corps and the United Nations Association in Canada | Brigade verte du Canada et Association Canadienne pour les Nations Unites. The result was a professional publication for Nova Chemicals Corp, a $3.2 billion multinational company.
 Babich, D., Radev, A., Cotae, F., Kawaguchi, T. (2018). Area Calculations for a 220 MWt Solar Steam Generator. Research report for Nova Chemicals, Corp.
The content of this report supports the MDG Goals – Ensure Environmental Sustainability and Global Partnerships for Development, and SDG Goals – Affordable and Clean Energy and Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure for Cold Climate Countries.

Bissett INBU Professors, Cotae and Musabende research garners international accolades

Bissett professors, Dr. Jacqueline Musabende and Dr. Frank Cotae have won the Academy of International Business (AIB Annual Meeting 2018) CUIBE Award for Best Paper on International Business Education. The paper title is: “A Student and Instructor Review of Simulations as Experiential Learning Tools for IB Courses.” The award is the highest honour the Academy bestows upon research in undergraduate business education and it is the first time is was granted to researchers from an institution that offers only undergraduate programs.

Dr. Jacqueline Musabende has completed two field policy papers for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for Public Financial Management Reforms in Namibia and Botswana.

Dr. Jacqueline Musabende and Dr. Frank F. Cotae have been invited by Columbia University and Government of France’s LABEXRefi to present their paper titled “Payment Systems role in Financial Inclusion, Government Policy and Effect in Developing Nations: Evidence from Kenya and Rwanda.” The conference is an event organized by Columbia Centre Alliance – including Columbia University (USA), École Polytechnique (France), Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University (France), SciencesPo (France), LABEXReFi (France), ESCP Europe, l’ENA (France), Le CNAM (France). It is considered the highest ranked international think tank in international relations and international financial regulation. The article supported the Government Reforms, Gender Equality, Poverty Reduction and Empowering Women through Financial Inclusion, All UN SDG goals. Please follow the link for more information: https://alliance.columbia.edu/events/end-cash-challenge-public-authority

Bissett Contract Instructor Kris Hans combines his passion for tech and entrepreneurship into mentoring

Bissett contract instructor, Kris Hans is an active speaker and participant in a variety of initiatives at the institutions where he teaches (UofC and MRU).  Kris participated in the Mount Royal Cyber Safety Summit again this year. Kris’s topic was  titled, “Unwanted guests. The dangers of home assistants and other internet connected devices expanding on the Internet of Things topic he debuted at  last year’s inaugural Cyber Safety Summit. (Last year’s talk was titled, Should I buy that internet connected toaster.” )

Kris is also an advisor to Startup Canada and been a Guest contributor to some of their #StartupChat sessions.  The following are sessions Kris participated in since Startup Canada invited him to get involved: