Bachelor of Business Administration students of Acsenda School of Management are off to a good start this year. They got an opportunity to network with some of Vancouver’s most successful entrepreneurs in an event sponsored by Small Business BC on 14 January. They also gained insights into the inner workings of the business world as startup entrepreneurs shared about their challenges and what it took for them to succeed in British Columbia.
BBA students acquired an understanding of the entrepreneurial hurdles that exist when starting a business, especially in Vancouver. Simon Druart and Thomas DuBoyce of Horizon Eco Builders and Julie Veres of Port Moody Refillery were among the entrepreneurs and industry professionals who shared their experiences.
“This co-curricular activity was tremendously important for students. It was an opportunity for many of them to get a glimpse behind the curtain, and experience what the business environment is really like in Canada, particularly in Vancouver. Many of the students were surprised by the proactive nature of these business leaders, and it served as an inspirational learning opportunity for all of them.”
— Dr Chehra Aboukinane, Dean of Acsenda’s BBA program
A proud moment for students
In another event last 23 January, BBA students Beatrice Alido, Alexander Famadulan, Karanbir Brar, Tracy-Ann Jackson, Bogdan Shpyra and Ana Zimmerman got top marks during the presentation exercise after joining the quality and process improvement training at Acsenda.
They also obtained their certification in Scrum, a preferred framework of agile project management which is composed of a set of values and principles that describe a team’s day-to-day interactions and activities. The training is geared towards achieving higher productivity, better team dynamics and a happier team.
The students attended the Scrum training with the BBA team composed of Dr Aboukinane, Marketing Coordinator and PMP Louis Blais and IBM Faculty and PMP Fuat Ramazonov. In acknowledging the students’ accomplishment, Dr Aboukinane thanked them for “showcasing your great skills and making the Acsenda family proud during this important event!”
Other activities on campus
This month’s activities included Academic Skills Workshop on 22 January, the Lunar New Year Celebration on 24 January and a Workshop on Writing a Canadian Resume on 28 January.
Upcoming activities in February include more workshops like Dress to Impress, Tax Filing and Immigration; celebrations like Hope Pride Day and Valentine’s Day; and the much beloved Pizza with the President.