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iPic Competition held on March 26

On March 26, the HKCBA (Hong Kong Canadian Business Association) held their Ipic Competition. The purpose of the HKCBA Calgary Investment Pitch Competition (i-Pic) is to provide students enrolled in post-secondary institutions within Calgary a unique opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial, business, analytical and presentation skills to a group of seasoned judges.
Students are encouraged to present a business concept that will promote the advantages of using Hong Kong as a strategic platform to do business with or to act as a gateway to Mainland China or other places in Asia.

The format for this event is modeled after the popular television series, “Dragon’s Den.”  During the presentations, seasoned judges will ask student groups questions to assess their potential for creating value as a business venture.

This year, our Bissett students were the grand winners. Rudi Schiebel BBA-INBU won first prize $4000 and audience favorite (A dinner with the HKCBA Calgary Chapter Executives). Additionally Brad Willamson BBA-MKT (INBU and ENTR minors) won the chance to attend the VA Angels Bootcamp and $1200.

Rudi  and Brad also attended the HK Forum in December as part of the Calgary delegation together with Halia Valladares, further inspiring the students to do business with HK and China and to learn more about International Business in general.

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!