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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.

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.


Leah Hamilton, discusses research findings on benefits of Mentoring: CTV News Calgary

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:


Associate Dean, Paul Varella provides comments to CBC News regarding Calgary’s descending real estate market.

The Calgary Real Estate Market continues to decline and Associate Dean,  Paul Varella, advises that longevity is the key when it comes to real estate investment.

The Mortgage Broker News picked up an expanded upon the CBC article. To read news report, please follow the links:

The Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta speaks to Bissett Leadership Development Class

Lois Mitchell
Front left to right: , Craig Strange, student and Aide-de-camp, Leah Hamilton, Associate Professor; Lieutenant Governor, Lois Mitchell; Valerie Kinnear, Dean Bissett School of Business. Back Rows: MRU Students from MGMT4431

On October 29th, 2015, the Management  4431 class had the rare opportunity to welcome Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta as a special guest speaker.

Leah Hamiliton, Associate Professor reports: “The class was thrilled to have the opportunity to learn from Lois Mitchell’s wealth of leadership experiences, including as an entrepreneur and business founder, and as a leader in Calgary’s non-profit sector.”

Bissett School of Business thanks the Lieutenant Governor for her time and imparting her experience and wisdom to our leadership class.