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Bissett Associate Professors, Peacock and Finch have paper published in Education + Training

 Congratulations to Bissett Associate Professors,  Melanie Peacock and David Finch on their most recent publication:
Finch, D. J., Peacock, M.J., Foster, W., & Levallet, N. (2016). A dynamic capabilities view of employability: Exploring the drivers of competitive advantage for university graduates, Education and Training, 58(1), 61-81. Emerald Insight.
On behalf of the Bissett School of Business, we extend congratulations to David and Melanie for their success.
For more information regarding this  research paper, please follow the link:
Dr. Melanie Peacock continues to share her expertise in the HR field, most recently as the keynote speaker at the HRIA Calgary Chapter evening event on January 19th where she addressed the topic of “Sustaining & Growing the HR Profession” as well as hr continued media contributions:
2016, January 28, on CKYE 93.1 RED FM South Asian Broadcasting Corp. Surrey, British Columbia, by Thind, H. Changing faces of workplaces.
2016, January 26, on Alberta@Noon:  CBC, by McElligott D. Taking a step down on the career ladder.
2016, January 13, on Alberta@Noon:  CBC, by McElligott D. Working from home and flexibility for the workforce.

Bissett School of Business and the HR Partnership Council presented the 12th Annual HR Breakfast

The 12th annual HR breakfast was held at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Thursday, November 19th.  With over 180 people in attendance including industry participants, students and MRU representatives, the event provided an opportunity for networking and lively discussions via the analysis of 3 case scenarios.  Through the planning and efforts of the HR Partnership Council this phenomenal event continues to provide funding for HR student initiatives and the HR Partnership Council Legacy Scholarship.
Congratulations to the committee on their hard work and continued success. For more information on the breakfast, our industry partnerships and HR Partnership Council Legacy Scholarship, please follow the link:

To have or have not? The Company Holiday Party Dilemma with Melanie Peacock, CBC News Calgary

With the economic downturn impacting jobs and employee morale across industries, the big extravagant holiday party appears to be a “thing of the past”. Associate Professor, Melanie Peacock discusses with CBC News Calgary, how ignoring the holiday season can have further detrimental consequences on employee morale and that there are other options to show employee appreciation during the holiday season:

To read more on Melanie Peacock’s professional advice, please follow the link:

Melanie Peacock continues her work as a media commentator, contributing to the following:

Interview with Bruce Kenyon (November 26, 2015), on NewsTalk 770: Corus Entertainment – The politics of office holiday celebrations.

Interview with Donna McElligot and fielding of listeners’ calls (November 20, 2015) on CBC’s Alberta@Noon – Holiday parties in tough economic times.

Podcast with Jim Kerr (November 2, 2015), Alberta Venture – Celebrating excellence and building a distinguished HR career.

HR Partnership Council’s subcommittee engage fellow students through the use of You Tube

The student volunteers who sit on the HR Partnership Council’s breakfast planning sub-committee decided to find a different, creative and fun way to reach their fellow students and as such created two short videos.  To see our students in action, follow the link below:

12th Annual Human Resources Breakfast
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
7 – 9:30 a.m.
Calgary Petroleum Club

  • Individual ticket: $50
  • Students: $40 (non MRU)
  • Purchase a table of eight and you will sponsor two Mount Royal students to join your table (your 6 guests + two Mount Royal students): $350

Mount Royal University’s Summit Magazine profiles HR assistant professor, Uthpala Senarathne Tennakoon, PhD.

An unconventional, yet inspiring path, has led Dr.Uthpala Senarathne Tennakoon, to the Bissett School of Business and to her position of assistant professor in Human Resources.

“I have an advantage of making a connection with non HR students because I can show them I’m an engineer, I’m an accountant, I was a project manager. Part of my objective is to teach them that HR is part of their everyday life, whether they are an employer or an employee. The knowledge becomes more and more valuable as they climb up the corporate ladder. It’s important in every single situation. It’s certainly been a big advantage for me.”

Dr. Tennakon
From the jungles of Sri Lanka and the study of elephants to Dr. Tennakoon’s current research projects here at MRU, she has had a varied and accomplished life thus far. Please read about Dr. Tennakoon’s journey by following the link below:


Updates from HR Faculty

The annual HR student networking event was held on March 3rd.  This was another successful initiative with 37 students and 20 industry representatives participating.  A wonderful opportunity for students to connect with practitioners, learn more about HR management, and practice networking skills.  Plans are already underway for next year’s event scheduled for March 15, 2016.  Many thanks to the Human Resources Institute of Alberta for their ongoing sponsorship of this event.
The Bissett School of Business was proud to host the second annual HRC West – an annual human resources case competition designed to showcase students’ skills through an academic competition among post-secondary institutions across Western Canada.   Bissett’s HR student team (Ravi Chung, Miranda Mountain, and Jenna Price) placed second and made our school very proud.  


BBA Student to Present Paper at ASAC Conference

Miranda Mountain, fourth year BBA student majoring in Human Resources with minors in international business and business society,  gave her presentation, “Addressing uncertainties in hydraulic fracturing: a review of hydraulic fracturing management literature” at the February 25 Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) Seminar.  Miranda has been a research assistant to Dr. Connie Van der Byl since June, 2014 on the Canadian Water Network funded study, “Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Knowledge Integration: Landscape Impacts”.  This research project is led by Dr. Michael Quinn, Director of IES, and includes academics from across Canada.

Miranda was also accepted to give this presentation at MRU’s Student Research Day 2015 on April 1st and has been accepted to present her work at the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC) conference in Halifax in June, 2015.  Her acceptance to ASAC was based on a full paper submission.  Congratulations Miranda!