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Bissett Professor Tashfeen Hussain has two papers accepted for presentation at Houston conference

Bissett Assistant  Professor, Tahsfeen Hussain, has had two papers accepted for presentation in the South Western Finance Association Conference to be held in Houston in March. The papers to be presented are: “Do Credit Default Swaps Impact Lenders’ Monitoring on Loans?” and “Board Interlock and Fraud Restatement Spillover”. The SWFA Conference is a highly reputed finance conference.

 

Bissett Professor Rachael Pettigrew to present at conferences in Ottawa and Malta

Bissett School of Business  Assistant Professor Rachael Pettigrew is presenting research on how employers are adapting to the new parental leave policy extension on a panel discussing Work and Family Issues at the Vanier Institute of the Family,  Families in Canada Conference. The Conference takes place in Ottawa on March 27-28, 2019.

Rachael will also present a paper titled  “Transition to Parenthood: Time Off Work and Informal Leave Strategies for Employed Canadian Fathers” at 8th International Community, Work and Family (CWF) Conference, Community, Work and Family in Diverse Contexts and Changing Times in Malta 23rd-25th May 2019

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 Professor Jacqueline Musabende introduces new form of experiential learning in International Marketing course

Professor Jacqueline Musabende is excited to announce her most recent teaching and learning innovation for her International Business class (INBU 3302): “High Impact Teaching Strategies, Real world case enhanced by Innovative Technology.”

Jacqueline notes that Bissett School of Business is now part of a select group of Canadian Universities that have collaborated  with CUSO International, a not-for-profit development organization funded in part by the Canadian Government through Global Affairs Canada. CUSO International is currently working with the Chamber of Commerce, in Quibdó Colombia and as a result of this partnership, Bissett International Marketing students are working with 13 SMEs, advising and developing an International Marketing Plan with the end goal of developing strategy to help transform these domestic entities into global trade players.

Colombian companies that are participating are diverse in scope and industry, ranging from service providers (tourism, food and beverage industry- craft beer, chocolate), manufacturing (canneries, household good, fashion, crafts),  and farming (fruits, coffee, cocoa).

“The lesson plan methodology assimilates textbook material, technology (Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3-D Printing design solutions), social media (Going Viral, 360 Camera), international teleconferencing and strategic market analytics as part of a real world problem solving project.”

“Each set of decisions students make as part of a comprehensive set of deliverables and outcomes are vetted and assessed by CUSO and Colombian partners. The feedback students receive from the international stakeholders and participants take place in real time and provide the foundation for adjustments in market research and future steps in the project. The meta-cognitive strategies through self-reflection, complete their learning process.” – Dr. Jacqueline Musabende

Jacqueline also points out that this teaching innovation serves a broader purpose in that it ties together these goals of Mount Royal University:

innovation in teaching through experiential methods implemented in the classroom, removing the high cost and risk of field schools in the context of a more inclusive education opportunity for all students.

–  internationalization, as students take another step towards becoming global citizens and ambassadors of Canadian goodwill.

Dr. Musabende would like to extend her thanks and gratitude to the staff at the Riddell Library for their support in this project.

For more information on the E-Volunteers CUSO Program, click here

 

 

James Stauch, Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity announces the Student Guide to Mapping a System is complete!

“The Student Guide to Mapping a System, which we are proud to say is an MRU-Oxford U co-production, along with Daniela Papi-Thornton’s organization, Systems-Led Leadership.  Hats off to Anna as well for her work in helping author and compile.  This will be shared with 3000+ students worldwide registered in the Map the System Challenge, and with participating educators at 16 Canadian universities and 19 universities outside of Canada (including Harvard, Yale and Northwestern).” – James Stauch

This twelve step guide will help walk individuals and teams through the process of mapping a system (looking at challenges in a wider context that includes “interacting factors such as economic forces, political movements and global trends”). The guide is intended to provide advice and additional tools for each step of the process, from picking a social or environmental challenge, to presenting the analysis and recommendations whether visually, orally or in written works.
James indicates these publications will remain a public resource (and free to download as a PDF), with the intention to update annually.  Please look out for Webinars and workshops in the near future.
Congratulations to Daniela, Anna and James on completing this important publication for students!

Bissett Accounting Students Society Fall Financial Accounting Case Competition

The Bissett Accounting Students Society held their Fall financial accounting case competition this past October. Nine teams, comprised of two students each competed for prize money sponsored by the CPA Education Foundation.

Congratulations to the following winners:

1st: Derek Beavan and Sultan Sahota

2nd: Dillion Hyde and Carl Florence

3rd: Mehza Sikandar and Kisanet Berhane

Special thanks to judges Adrian Surban CPA (Atco), Jennifer Cheung CPA (CP Rail, and Shiraz Kurji CPA (Bissett Associate Professor in Accounting).

Also thank you to the CPA Education Foundation for their continued support .

2018 -2019 Bissett CFA Scholarship Recipients

As part of the CFA Institute University Affiliation Program membership, the Bissett School of Business is able to award CFA Level Exam Scholarships through the Financial Analysis Concentration.

The finance department has been allocated 15 scholarships for the December 2018 and June 2019 exams. Each scholarship is worth an approximate $900 USD and is administered by the CFA Institute.

The Scholarship selections were made by a committee consisting of Bissett Associate Professors in Finance Allan Dwyer, Carlton Osakwe and Cathy Roy-Heaton. In addition to the requirement of the student recipients being in their final year of studies (BBA GM Major with a Financial Analysis Concentration), the committee also factored in career ambitions and their contribution to the finance program during their time at MRU.

December 2018 Examination: Michael Croft, Shahla (Shay) Hussain, Dylan Nemeth, Fabjan Pepaj.

June 2019 Examinations: Michael Boulter, Quinn Bromley, James (David) Carlson, Maxim Chiguy, Serge Combot, Syed(Jay) Hussain, Ahsan Khan, Riley McCallum, Victor Power-Romero, John (Cam) Price, Austin Vrabel.

Congratulations to all of our student recipients and thank you to the committee for their time and attention given to their thoughtful selections!

MRU FSO and RMA host inaugural RMA Alberta Commercial Lending Case Competition at MRU

On September 27 and 29, the Risk Management Association of Alberta ( “RMA”) and the MRU Financial Students’ Organization (“FSO”) co-hosted the inaugural RMA Alberta Commercial Lending Case Competition on the MRU campus. This competition was modeled after RMA competitions which have been held in the United States.
The event was only open to MRU students.  Thirty two BBA students ( primarily financial analysis and financial services ) signed up and were assigned to 8 teams, each team having an industry mentor (a local commercial lender or banking executive ) who provided each team individualized assistance with their analysis.  the event also included a 75 minute “Commercial Lending 101” seminar, lead by a leading local banker from RBC.
The main portion of the competition had the student teams analyze a provided scenario with both qualitative and quantitative methods to produce a recommendation in an executive summary and commercial lending term sheet.  The mentors provided one hour of limited assistance to their team during the four hours.    Each team then presented their executive summary and term sheet to a panel of judges, over a 10 minute presentation and an 8 minute question and answer period.   The judging panels consisted of local credit risk and banking executives.
The top three teams were:
FIRST: $1400 prize : Team B: Austin Vrabel, Riley McCallum, Connor Nodrick ( 2nd year), Gurdit Khatra
SECOND: $1000 prize: Team E: Sam Lonnberg, Matthew Lonnberg ( 2nd year), Shameel Damji (3rd year), Joseph Neil
THIRD: $600 prize: Team F: Cam Devlin, Ahsan Khan, James Carlson, Enma Calderon ( 2nd year)
The RMA raised funds from several local financial institutions to cover the $3000 prize pool, exceeding expectations!
“Our students were outstanding ambassadors of our program.  Our RMA partners, the judges and the mentors spoke with me throughout the two days of the event and said glowing things about our students: the quality of the analysis, their eagerness to learn and their professionalism were all noted.  In total, 17 corporate-commercial bankers and credit risk professionals came to our campus and worked with our students in some capacity over the two days of the event”  — Catherine Roy-Heaton.
Catherine would like to thank all the industry partners, volunteers and students who made the event the success it was. Special Thanks to Catherine for her continued mentor-ship of the Finance students and the MRU FSO.

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.