The Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship (CBaSE) recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, and the addition of a new team member, Student Enterprise Program Manager and two-time University of Guelph alumna Amy Faria. Since graduating with her M.Sc. in Marketing and Consumer Studies, Faria has spent time teaching, traveling and volunteering internationally.
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Given the School of Hospitality, Food and Tourism Management’s (HFTM) long-standing reputation for educating globe-trotting industry leaders, it makes sense that its new director, Professor Statia Elliot, would have countless air miles under her belt in addition to a blend of industry and academic experience.
Dr. Chuck Evans’ career as an organizational psychologist took a new turn recently when he was appointed Assistant Dean and Executive Director of Executive Programs, the University of Guelph’s centre for MBA and MA Leadership education. Throughout his 20-year career working with several management psychologist and consultant firms including his own - Evans Group - Evans has maintained his academic roots while gaining insight into what the market is looking for in Executive MBA and MA grad experiences.
Have a great business idea but need help getting started? The Co-operators Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship (CBaSE) recently launched the Hub Incubator Program, a great resource for budding entrepreneurs to grow their business ideas. In this article from at Guelph, CBaSE Director Melanie Lang and Assistant Manager - and entrepreneur in his own right - Ahren Brunow discuss the Hub and the outstanding opportunities it offers. The program is open to both University of Guelph students and alumni.
For Marketing and Consumer Studies sessional instructor Nicole McCallum, the upcoming Jeux du Commerce Central (JDC Central or JDCC) competition will unite multiple parts of her life as an educator, entrepreneur and prior JDCC competitor. From January 24 to 26, the University of Guelph will welcome top business students from across Central and Atlantic Canada who will compete against each other in academic, debate, sport and social competitions, representing the different segments of university life.
Who or what is really responsible for Canada’s skills gap?
This past September, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) announced 16 Knowledge Synthesis Grants to research this question and others concerning Canadian labour market issues. Economics Professor Miana Plesca was selected to be part of this group of researchers. In partnership with PhD candidate Fraser Summerfield, she is researching the gaps between labour demand and supply and how these apply to the Canadian economy.
Prior to entering undergraduate studies, Economics Professor Bram Cadsby admits that studying economics and becoming a professor were not necessarily on his “to do” list. But after one year of English and Philosophy studies and a brief foray into international relations, he found himself enjoying an economics class and ultimately starting his career in that field. Entering into economics not only broadened Cadsby’s career options, but also allowed him to apply his lifelong interest in human behaviour. “I’ve always been fascinated by human behaviour,” he says.
Department of Marketing and Consumer Studies Associate Professor Lefa Teng was part of the Premier’s recent mission to China, which secured approximately $800 million in new partnerships and business contacts. This mission’s purpose to strengthen economic ties with China and create jobs here at home was primarily focused on the agri-food sector – including icewine, one of Teng’s areas of research. His research includes marketing and education in China surrounding icewine and ways to avoid distributors who sell counterfeit ice wine (accounts for 90% of ice wine in China).
Evie Adomait, Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor for the Department of Economics and Finance, has devoted her career to making Economics manageable and entertaining for students. After being a member of the University for nearly 30 years, Evie has established herself personally and professionally and will be awarded for her accomplishments with the University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA) Distinguished Professorial Teaching Award for CME in October.
Wine, says hospitality and tourism management professor Bruce McAdams, is incredibly complex. “There are so many types and styles. It can be very confusing.” But there is a method to sort out the madness of wine, and it will soon be available at U of G.