November 2017 Newsletter


Final Doctoral dissertation defense 

Good luck to all five DBA students who will be defending their dissertations in the coming weeks. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to attend these open oral examinations. If you are interested in attending virtually, please contact the Faculty of Graduate Studies at

Stefanie Ruel – November 27
Phil Cook – December 11
Nathalie Lachance – December 13
Bharat Aggarwal – December 19
Sami Houry –  December 20

Stay tuned to the DBA news page to read abstracts from each of the candidates prior to defending their dissertations!

New book by Rosalie Hilde, DBA ’13

Congratulations to Dr. Rosalie Hilde on her new book, Making Critical Sense of Immigrant Experience: A Case Study of Hong Kong Chinese in Canada. From the book: This book showcases a critical sensemaking (CSM) study of how professional immigrants from Hong Kong to Canada make sense of their workplace experiences, and what this can tell us about why a substantial number leave in their first year in Canada.

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2018 Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trading Challenge

Do you have what it takes to compete in the high stakes world of commodity trading? Let’s find out! The Faculty of Business is seeking both graduate and undergraduate students to compete in the 2018 Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Trading Challenge. The best part? Besides showing your super trading smarts and your school pride…top finishing teams have the opportunity to go to Chicago!

So what are you waiting for! Read more about how you can get involved in the CME Trading Challenge.

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Peter Luukko receives honorary Certified Hockey Professional designation from the Business of Hockey Institute 

Earlier this month the Business of Hockey Institute (BHI) awarded Peter Luukko with the second-ever honorary Certified Hockey Professional (CHP) designation. BHI co-founders, Brian Burke and Ritch Winter were on hand to present the designation to an emotional Luukko, “I love this sport. To be honoured by a program that is specifically dedicated to the greatest sport in the world is a real honour, thank you.” 

You can read the full article on Peter Luukko here and watch Peter accept his honorary CHP here.

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Symposium: Building Alberta through project innovation

At the start of November, the Faculty of Business in partnership with the Project Management Institute Northern Alberta Chapter, hosted a symposium on Building Alberta Through Project Innovation as part of our Future of Learning series. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend this event, you can view a recording of it on our Facebook page.


Grants available to female graduate students

The Soroptimist Foundation of Canada (SFC) annually offers four $7,500 grants to female graduate students in Canada to assist them with university studies that will qualify them for careers that will improve the quality of women’s lives.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet all eight requirements:

  • A female
  • A Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • An accepted registrant in a full-time graduate studies program (Masters or PhD) in an accredited Canadian university, at the time of the application deadline (Deadline: January 31, 2018)
  • Pursuing a course of studies which will lead to a career mainly of service to women
  • Spending a minimum of two years in such a career in Canada
  • Intending to use the award for academic studies in the academic year following receipt of award
  • Contributing to your community through volunteer service
  • Needing financial assistance

Want to learn more about our programs? Want to connect with your fellow students and alumni? Join us at one of our upcoming events!

Online Information Sessions
Business Undergraduate Information Session – December 4 at 5 pm (MST)
Leadership and Management Development (LMD) Information Session – December 5 at 10 am (MST)
Manufacturing Management (MMC) Information Session – December 5 at 5 pm (MST)
MBA for executives Information Session – December 6 at 10 am (MST)
Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) – December 6 at 5 pm (MST)

In-person events
Seasonal Cheer – Toronto – November 30 at 5 pm (EST)
Seasonal Cheer – Kelowna – December 5 at 5 pm (PST)
Seasonal Cheer – Calgary – December 6 at 5 pm (MST)
Seasonal Cheer – Edmonton – December 7 at 5 pm (MST)

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

Weiming Lui_Best Paper Award 2017

Congratulations Dr. Weiming Liu!

Dr. Weiming Liu, Assistant Professor, Accounting (pictured on left), recently won the Best Paper Award at the 13th Asia Pacific Management Accounting Annual Conference in Shanghai, China. Dr. Liu’s award was based on his PhD dissertation paper, “The Effect of Group Identity on Reducing Sabotage Induced by Relative Performance Information“.


Athabasca University maintains Accreditation with Middle States Commission on Higher Education  

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) has reaffirmed the institution’s accreditation. Athabasca University has voluntarily participated in the Middle States’ accreditation process since 2005; reflecting the university’s commitment to ongoing self-assessment and continuous improvement, including the improvement of student learning.

Athabasca University’s MBA program is now an approved education provider for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans, Servicepersons, Reservists, and Eligible Dependents of Veterans Affairs USA now have the opportunity to apply to Veterans Affair’s education and training benefits towards completion of Athabasca University’s online MBA. For more information and to see if you qualify, please visit  the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, VA education and training benefits.

Class Notes

Class Notes

Al Escudero, MBA ’08 | Gordon Harris, MBA ’01 | Tannis Henderson, BMgmt ’08 | Sid Fontoura, CET, P.Eng., MBA ’16 | Chanele Langevin, BMgmt ’15 | Dion Farentino, MBA ’12 | Rainer Semler, current MBA student | Ken MacKay, MBA ’01  

Congratulations to everyone in the AU community who has accomplished something great this month. To read the most recent class notes and find out what your peers have been up to, click here.

What’s new with you? New job, presenting at a conference, published a paper, wrote a book, had a baby? We would love to hear from you – send us your updates so we can share them with the AU community!

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