December 2018 Newsletter

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Wishing you the happiest of holidays & a wonderful new year!

Dear Faculty of Business alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends,

The end of the year brings with it an opportunity to reflect upon the various events and moments we have shared together. As we close 2018, I’m not only astounded by what we have been able to accomplish but also the relationships we have built and the positive momentum we continue to share. What I love about AUFB is that we move forward together, we focus on our students, alumni, one another, and all things that matter deeply. I think everyone would agree that this is a momentous time for AU and for AUFB – a time for opportunity and demonstrate our far-reaching impacts. You, our students and alumni, are a huge part of growing and shaping a bright future with your business knowledge and perspicuity. As we move into 2019, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our MBA program – a huge milestone for AU.  I hope to see you all as we roll out our celebration activities.

Year-after-year I continue to be amazed at our AUFB family, made up of all of you. Your hard work, dedication, and generosity of spirit is evidenced by the connections we continue to make and grow – thank you!

In closing I wish you and your loved ones all the very best of the season!

Happy holidays,


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Holiday Closure

Please note that Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business, IT HelpDesk, and the Student Support Centre will close at 4:30 pm on December 24 and will reopen at 8:30 am on January 2. The Student Support Centre will be responding to all student queries that are received during the holiday break, and those will be given top priority on Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019. Full phone service will resume on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Additional information can be found here.


Picture yourself learning international business here!
Break out of the boardroom and set your sights on Singapore. You can’t get much closer to the action when you’re in the global business and cultural hub of Asia. This is where business happens.

Study in a unique culture and learn about Doing Business in Asia-Pacific with our exciting in-residence elective happening next year. This MBA course is 6 credits and the in-residence portion will take place October 20-27, 2019. Save the date! Registration opens early 2019.

For more information, you can email Terry Beckman at

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It’s been a big year at the Faculty of Business so we thought we would take a look back at what has happened, in case you missed it!

We congratulated two MBA coaches with the Dean’s Award for Coaching Excellence.

Our esteemed DBA director Dr. Kay Devine retired and we welcomed Dr. Kai Lamertz as our newest director of the program.

We whisked away to Washington, DC in August for an international in-residence elective.

MBA’04 grad Annette Cyr was awarded the 2018 Volunteer Service Alumni Award and MBA’10 grad Reece Tomlinson was awarded the 2018 Rising Star Alumni Award.

A signing of a partnership between Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Alberta (AFOA) and Athabasca University’s Faculty of Business is aimed at creating opportunities for Indigenous learners.

We recently welcomed Dr. Joe Cox as Athabasca University’s Canada Research Chair in Digital Disruption and Organizational Transformation (Tier 2).

Students in the Bachelor of Management in Human Resources Management now have the opportunity to achieve their CPHR designation.

The Business of Hockey Institute announced a new academic partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks.

In May 2019, Dr. Simon Sigué, Professor of Marketing, Faculty of Business at Athabasca University, will transition from vice-president to president for the International Academy of African Business and Development (IAABD).

Whew! What a year it has been. Looking forward to seeing what 2019 brings AUFB!

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Seasonal Cheer

At last week’s Seasonal Cheer event in Toronto, students got the opportunity to chat with Dean Deborah Hurst. It was a great time for students to come together during the holiday season.

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Undergraduate & Graduate Information Sessions

Want to learn more about our programs? Want to connect with your fellow students and alumni? Join us at one of our upcoming events! We are back to our regular calendar in January.

We are always looking for student and alumni volunteers to speak about our programs at our information sessions & various events. If you would like to be involved, please email Shannon LaRose at, we would love to have you join us!

For additional events and information please visit our events page