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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!