October 2017 Newsletter

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Athabasca University the first university to offer FPSC-approved core curriculum online!

Athabasca University is the first education provider to offer FPSC-Approved Core Curriculum courses through an online degree program. The eight courses that make up the Core Curriculum educational program, which qualify students for FPSC Level 1® Certification in Financial Planning and are the first step to obtaining CFP® certification, are part of AU’s online Bachelor of Commerce Degree program.

Join us for an upcoming Bachelor of Commerce/Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Information Session on November 9 at 5 pm (MST). Take the first step and obtain the FPSC Level 1® Certification in Financial Planning!

Learn more about the partnership here.

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Athabasca University alumnus hoping to shed light on ALS 

In January of this year, Wayne Thomas, a 2014 MBA alumnus of Athabasca University, was given an unexpected diagnosis that would impact the rest of his life.

Wayne, 45, is among roughly 3,000 people in Canada and 40,000 worldwide living with ALS. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is a rare disease that attacks and kills the nerve cells controlling the body’s voluntary muscles needed for chewing, walking, breathing, and talking. The nerves eventually lose the ability to activate specific muscles, causing weakness and paralysis.

Wayne is hoping that sharing his story will help shine a light on ALS. Please read Wayne’s story here.

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Connected magazine is here!

Connected magazine has arrived! Within its pages you will find some really great articles featuring you – our students and alumni. Check out Blaine & Derek, two grads who reflect on how being Canadian shaped their careers in the U.S., the feature on Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, who led a tremendously successful 2017 North American Indigenous Games as the CEO, or the snapshot of Where in the World some our students have studied or are studying from.

Have a story idea or want to be featured in our next issue?  We would love to hear from you! 

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National Student Paper Competition for MBA & DBA students  

The fifth annual National Student Paper competition is now open and we want YOU to participate! This is a great opportunity for students to contribute new, innovative ideas and to be heard by leaders in senior levels of public service.

Papers must be 1,500 words, can be co-authored, and can be new or adapted from previous original coursework. Papers must be submitted to the competition coordinator, Dr. Alex Kondra, MBA Program Director and Associate Professor, Organizational Theory, by November 13, 2017.

Further details can be found on our website.

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Symposium: Building Alberta through project innovation

Join Athabasca University & the Project Management Institute Northern Alberta Chapter for an afternoon discussion and round-table on the project management perspective in developing capital projects to build Alberta’s future.

This symposium will explore the “front end” analyses and decisions that public and private sector owners make to structure and develop successful capital projects with an emphasis on the critical links between project development, approval, and implementation.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
WHERE: The Club at the Citadel Theatre, 9828 101A Avenue Northwest, Edmonton, AB
TIME: 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (doors open at 1:00 for a light reception & networking)
COST: $30 ($25.58 base ticket price + $4.42 handling fee/GST)

Space is limited, get your tickets today!

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BHI hires Manav Deol as Managing Director 

Deol, from Edmonton, Alberta, joins BHI from a leading Alberta law firm where he practiced as a labour and employment lawyer. Deol brings with him an MBA from the University of Alberta and experience in professional hockey having worked closely with NHL player agent, Ritch Winter, on a variety of initiatives. Read more here.

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Date change for student & alumni mixer in Halifax!

Please note the date change to November 8. Join Jennifer McGill, MBA ’15 and Rebecca Moore, MBA ’09 for a casual social mixer. Come out and meet some of your fellow alumni and current students to network and have some fun! Feel free to bring a guest.

There will be a cash bar available and $10.00 per person will be collected at the door towards group appetizers.

If you happen to live in the Halifax-Dartmouth area or are travelling through, we hope that you can join us! RSVP here!


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
BComm/CPA Information Session – November 1 at 5 pm (MST)
Business Undergraduate Information Session – November 2 at 5 pm (MST)
Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) – November 3 at 5 pm (MST)
Leadership and Management Development (LMD) Information Session – November 7 at 10 am (MST)
Manufacturing Management (MMC) Information Session – November 7 at 5 pm (MST)
BComm/Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Information Session – November 9 at 5 pm (MST)
MBA for executives Information Session – November 15 at 10 am (MST)
MBA in Hockey Management Information Session – November 16 at 10 am (MST)

In-person events
Symposium: Building Alberta through project innovation – November 8 at 1 pm (MST) in Edmonton, AB
Student & alumni mixer – November 8 at 6 pm (ADT) in Dartmouth, NS

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 shannonl@athabascau.ca, we would love to have you join us!

For additional events and information please visit our events page

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Faculty Notes

Drs. Anshuman Khare and Deborah Hurst, Faculty of Business, Athabasca University, have a new co-edited book very recently published by Springer US entitled: On the Line: Business Education in the Digital Age. The co-editors believe that this new book provides important information for business educators, administrators, and business practitioners who have an interest in developing and delivering high quality business education using online platforms and tools. Read more about On the Line: Business Education in the Digital Age here.

Dr. Terry Beckman, Associate Professor, Marketing; Associate Dean, Research & Accreditation, has co-authored an article (with Suzan Burton, Alena Soboleva, Kate Daellenbach, Debra Z. Basil, Sameer Deshpande), Helping those who help us: co-branded and co-created Twitter promotion in CSR partnerships, that was recently published in the Journal of Brand Management. Read an abstract of the article here.

Class Notes

Class Notes

Richard Antosik, MBA ’09 | Tim Wydra, MBA ’17, BComm ’09, CPA, CGA, ACCA (UK) | Christopher Ross, MBA ’11 | Michael Opara, DBA ’14 | Lisa Mackie, MBA ’16 | Michael DeMille MBA ’15, PMP, CET, Six Sigma Black Belt, Pragmatic Marketing Certified | Kim Brooks, MBA ’02 | Steve Cecchetto MBA ’10 | Michael Adamcryck, MBA ’12

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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