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UNB Faculty of Management

Insights into the waning US Innovation System

Faculty of Management

Posted: January 20, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty , Alumni



The transfer and commercialization of knowledge drives economic activity, so it is some cause for concern that innovation and technology scholars have noted a slowdown of the once robust US innovation system. This will have an impact on national productivity and economic growth. Dr. Ibrahim Shaikh, a business professor with UNB’s faculty of management, has published a study that provides insight on what is happening. Co-authored with Dr.Krithika Randhawa at the University of Technology...

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Towards sustainability: managing biomass supply chains effectively 

Faculty of Management

Posted: January 20, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni , Faculty



The goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 is easy to suggest, but it is incredibly difficult to put into action. To promote sustainable practices, many researchers and practitioners look to the environment-friendly use of biomass, plant material that is used as fuel to create heat and electricity. Finance professor, Dr. Azam Shamsi and quantitative methods professor Alireza Tajbakhsh with UNB’s faculty of management collaborated with their interdisciplinary master's student, Mona...

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Understanding New Brunswick’s History of Innovation

Faculty of Management

Posted: October 25, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni , Faculty



Dr. David Foord, a professor with UNB’s faculty of management, has co-authored with UNB colleagues Dr. Gregory Kealey and Dr. John McLaughlin a chapter on New Brunswick’s science, technology and innovation policy in the recently published book Ideas, Institutions, and Interests: The Drivers of Canadian Provincial Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy. The chapter presents a history of New Brunswick science, technology and innovation policies from 1960 to the present and...

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Investigating the impact of cash flows vs. discount rates on stock prices

Faculty of Management

Posted: October 24, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni , Faculty



Stock prices are the sum of discounted future expected dividends.  In a conventional view of financial economics, fundamental cash flows, such as dividends, play an important role in driving stock price movements. Surprisingly, in the U.S. stock market almost all variability of aggregate stock prices comes from changes in expected returns, and almost none of it comes from changes in expected dividends. This prevailing empirical evidence in the U.S. market, that aggregate stock price...

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Predicting workplace tradeoffs: impact of job crafting competencies

Faculty of Management

Posted: October 24, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty , Alumni



Jobcrafting is the process of workers making changes to their positions to improve the job for themselves. It can involve adding or reducing tasks, or otherwise changing aspects of the job. In a recent article published in Human Resource Management (included in the Financial Times Top 50 journals), Dr. Patrick Bruning introduces the concept of jobcrafting competencies to predict tradeoffs between competing workplace outcomes like performance and well-being or engagement and...

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Dr. Daniel Coleman awarded Professor Emeritus Rank

Faculty of Management

Posted: May 31, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni , Faculty



At its 193rd Encaenia ceremony in May 2022, the University of New Brunswick honoured its longest serving business Dean, Dr. Daniel Coleman, by awarding him the rank of Professor Emeritus.  The rank of Professor Emeritus is awarded to professors who have served the university with distinction throughout their careers. The title is awarded upon after retirement from their academic duties.  Coleman received a BA in Psychology and PhD in Management from the University at Buffalo-State...

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Faculty of Management student receives Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies

Faculty of Management

Posted: May 24, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Student Highlights , Students , Alumni



Logan Geraghty finished his final year of UNB’s BBA program with honours in accounting and finance and a $35,000 scholarship. He was one of nine students in Atlantic Canada to receive the prestigious Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies this year. The Frank H. Sobey Awards for Excellence in Business Studies presents awards of $35,000 each. All full-time business students attending Atlantic universities are eligible for consideration. Deans of the business schools at...

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From first co-op student to growing business development in New Brunswick

Faculty of Management

Posted: March 23, 2022 12:22:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni



Erica Ward (BBA'06) was the first of two co-op students in the Faculty of Management's co-op program. She's now Culture Manager at Opportunities New Brunswick, and her story below was originally written and published by Co-Operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada.  Erica smiled as she told me the story about how she became one of the first two co-op students at the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton campus. She had returned to Fredericton after completing...

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Best practices for managing Open Innovation – around the world and here at UNB

Faculty of Management

Posted: February 24, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni , Faculty



When we think successful innovative companies, one of the first that comes to mind is Tesla. What we don’t think of so readily are the number of small-tech companies that lack the resources Tesla has, but have been able to operate successfully because of Tesla selectively sharing its alternative energy innovations to the public. “Open innovation”, a term created in 2014 by Berkeley Haas professor Henry Chesbrough, is the practice of companies like Tesla sharing their...

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Recent MBA grad wins Canada-wide financial futures challenge

Faculty of Management

Posted: December 31, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni Highlights , Student Investment Fund , Alumni



Deji (Philip) Adetunji (MBA’21) graduated last Spring with an MBA from UNB Fredericton and Student Investment Fund experience in his portfolio. It landed him a management job even before graduation and recognition from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada for one of the top research papers on financial literacy for Canadians. Deji grew up and completed his undergraduate degree in Nigeria. After his studies he worked with the insurance company AXA and then with consulting firm PwC,...

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UNB business prof sheds light on US Government-Business Relations in Carbon Black Industry

Faculty of Management

Posted: December 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty , Alumni



Carbon black, a fine powder composed of elemental carbon, is used to manufacture a variety of common household products like tires, vinyl records, the soles of shoes and inks. As a reinforcing filler for tires, it increases resistance to wear and abrasion. Dr. David Foord recently published a study about the innovative carbon black industry that developed in the mid-twentieth century United States. The article contributes to the ongoing debates about whether the relationship between the...

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BBA Alum Joins Forces with Current Business Students to Increase Recruitment and Retention of Newcomers

Faculty of Management

Posted: October 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni Highlights , Alumni



Young alum Nicole Andrade (BBA’20) has only just begun her career, but she’s already doing exciting and meaningful work as part of FLIP, the Fredericton Local Immigration Partnership. Not only is she using the skills she learned in the sales accelerator program in the Faculty of Management, she’s also drawing on her own experience of being a newcomer to New Brunswick. Nicole moved to Fredericton in 2016 from Quito, Ecuador to study business, after encouragement from her...

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UNB business students work with Peterbilt Atlantic to meet new industry challengesost Title

Matthew MacLong

Posted: July 30, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni , Programs , Students



After decades of dominating the traditional truck market, Peterbilt Atlantic, Atlantic Canada’s largest heavy-duty truck dealer, is adapting to a changing industry.To help them face this challenge, Peterbilt recently consulted with faculty of management students completing the Strategic Management course. The students conducted an industry analysis to consider opportunities that might help the company increase market penetration of Peterbilt electric trucks in Eastern Canada. These...

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Changes in Stock Prices: solving a piece of the puzzle

Faculty of Management

Posted: July 16, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty Highlights , Alumni , Faculty



Do you ever wonder if there is a relationship between stock prices and cash flows? Stock prices are the sum of discounted future expected dividends.  In a conventional view of financial economics, fundamental cash flows, such as dividends, play an important role in driving stock price movements. Surprisingly, as recent empirical evidence shows, almost all variability of U.S. aggregate stock prices (specifically dividend yields or price-dividend ratios) comes from changes in expected...

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Experiential learning kept this international student working in New Brunswick

Faculty of Management

Posted: April 22, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni Highlights , Alumni



Kiran Mampilly (MBA’19) came to UNB to study in the MBA program as part of a dual degree program with Jindal Global Business School in India. His final year of study was in the Faculty of Management on the Fredericton campus and he graduated in 2019 with multiple job prospects in hand. He says this was due to the experiential nature of the program and the business network he was able to grow in New Brunswick throughout his studies. Kiran chose to work with Sedin Technologies in...

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Prescience and Optimism – a winning combination in these times

Faculty of Management

Posted: April 16, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Student Investment Fund , Students , Alumni



Students enrolled in UNB’s Student Investment Fund are wearing big smiles on their faces. On their last day of classes, they learned that one of their teams placed first in the global Chicago Quantitative Alliance (CQA) Challenge, beating out teams from high-ranking universities like Carnegie Mellon, University of Michigan Ann Arbor and Chinese University of Hong Kong. A second SIF team placed fourth!The CQA is a professional investment organization comprised of leading quantitative...

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2021 APEX: A global community of students and entrepreneurs

Faculty of Management

Posted: February 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Faculty Highlights , IBEC , Alumni



“International and transformative.” These two words are being used to sum up the 2021 APEX business plan competition hosted January 25-29, by the faculty of management's International Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (IBEC). This year APEX smashed all previous records by attracting 163 students in 70 teams, representing 45 universities from nine Canadian provinces and 15 other countries. While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the competition to go virtual, there turned out to be a...

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Innovating the Restaurant of the Future

Faculty of Management

Posted: November 19, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni



Everyone knows restaurants are a tough business in the best of times. These are not the best of times. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the restaurant industry globally, and New Brunswick is no exception. When the lockdown happened in March of 2020, the owners of Pomodori Pizzeria in Saint John worked quickly and innovatively to be able to not only stay afloat but turn out even more of their delicious Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas. Being innovative is nothing new for co-founders...

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Introducing the Centre for Financial Studies interim Program Officer

Faculty of Management

Posted: October 26, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Student Investment Fund , Alumni



The Centre for Financial Studies has a new interim Program Officer! Harsh Jain, a brand new alumnus of UNB's Master in Quantitative Investment Management program, has been filling this role since September. During his program at UNB, Jain opted to complete the Student Investment Fund for his course electives and competed in the Ben Graham Centre’s Stock Selection Competition, as well as the global Chicago Quantitative Alliance (CQA) Challenge. (Of note, his team placed 8th among 35...

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SIF 2020: teaching and learning in the through the pandemic

Faculty of Management

Posted: October 26, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni , Student Investment Fund



Since COVID-19 hit last March, UNB’s Student Investment Fund (SIF) class has become a virtual undertaking. The University closed the campus and suspended all classes on March 13, but thanks to technology, UNB’s Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning and IT Services, faculties were able to swiftly move course materials onto the D2L platform and resume classes through MS Teams. All classes have been delivered via alternative methods using this technology and will continue to run...

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A Rising Star’s Journey from Trinidad to Fredericton to Toronto

Faculty of Management

Posted: October 20, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni



When Cilise (Legendre) Connell (BBA’12) made the move from her home in Trinidad and Tobago to Fredericton in 2009, her goal was to finish her business degree at UNB – (which she began through the UNB-ROYTEC partnership program) then return home to the small Caribbean Islands to find work. Eleven years later, she’s still in Canada. “I had such an amazing experience in Fredericton and at UNB that I didn’t want to go home,” she recounts. “I went back...

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Young Alumna Brewing a New Marketing Strategy at Picaroons

Faculty of Management

Posted: September 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni



Experience counts when you’re developing growth and marketing strategies for companies. Kate McPherson (BBA’19) has it – even though she’s only 23. Kate graduated with a business degree from UNB’s Faculty of Management in 2019 with a ton of experience under her belt. First, she opted to take advantage of the exchange program and studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for a year, doing a lot of focused market research directly with Asian-based...

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Students earn huge returns in UNB’s Venture Assessment course

Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted: August 28, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Students , Programs , Alumni



There is a reason students describe UNB’s Venture Assessment course as “the epitome of experiential learning.” Students in this full-term course experience the world of venture capital first hand by learning how to analyse real start-ups for real cash investments; they test their knowledge on the national level by competing against other students across Canada in the Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC), hosted by Saint Mary’s University (UNB’s students...

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Class of 2020: welcome to UNB’s alumni family!

Devashis Mitra

Posted: May 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Faculty Highlights , Alumni , Students



Congratulations to the class of 2020 and welcome to UNB’s alumni family! While we were not able to watch you cross the stage in your cap and gowns, your friends and professors in the Faculty of Management are celebrating with you in spirit. Your graduation happened during a time when much of our lives have been disrupted because of COVID-19, but please know that my colleagues and I at UNB have faith that, together with the knowledge and skills you have gained at UNB, your resilience,...

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Executive-in-Residence Program Brings Real-Life Challenges to the Classroom

Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted: February 5, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Students , Alumni , Programs



Business professors in UNB’s faculty of management often assign case studies in their courses to challenge students to think of how they would use their knowledge and skills to solve business problems. This year, students taking the Strategic Management and Student Investment Fund classes were assigned two Harvard Business Case Studies, OTE: Managing in Times of Crisis (Parts A and B), about the challenges faced by Michael Tsamaz when he became Chair and CEO of the Hellenic...

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A Life in Service to Vulnerable Children

Kelly Anderson

Posted: January 7, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni



James Gitau (BBA’87,MA'89) has never been one to shy away from a challenge. In 1982, Kenya was embroiled in an attempted coup, which led to the indefinite closure of the sole University of Nairobi. James’ high school advised students who could afford it to seek further studies abroad. He was given a list of potential universities in Canada, the U.K and the U.S:  James and his family chose to apply to Canadian Universities. Based on his ‘A” levels examination...

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Two Alumni Receive Certificates of Achievement

Business Faculty

Posted: November 29, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni Highlights , Alumni



The Faculty of Management held its annual Awards Dinner on November 21, 2019 to recognize students and alumni who have done extraordinary work. In addition to celebrating over 150 students who earned scholarships, awards and Dean's List recognition, two alumni were given Certificates of Achievement for their contribution and achievements.  Anne-Marie Gammon (BBA'83) is the inaugural President & Chief Executive Officer of CPA Atlantic School of Business. Bringing over 25 years of senior...

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Finding clients and keeping them: advice from an expert

Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted: October 8, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni Highlights , Programs , Alumni



When they graduate with business degrees, students bring specialized knowledge and technical skills to the workplace. For those starting careers in the finance and investment industry, one of the biggest challenges they will face is finding new clients and keeping them. This week, finance students got advice from an expert on how to identify who their clients were and how to communicate effectively with them. Paul Owens (BBA '72), Deputy Superintendent of Pensions for the Government of...

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UNB Student Youngest Intern on the Private Equity Funds Team

Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted: September 6, 2019 10:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni



Just a few years ago, Ruthfi Azzahra moved to Fredericton from Jakarta, Indonesia, with the goal of going to university and finding a career in investments. After this summer, she is pretty close to reaching that goal. For the past four months, she has been immersed in the industry through a Co-op placement with PSP Investments. Based in Montreal, Quebec, PSP Investments is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with over $160 billion of net assets under management. Azzahra...

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Management is the new name; more experience is the game

Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted: June 20, 2019 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Faculty , Alumni



What are you doing with your business degree? We’re always asking that question of our alumni. Here are just some of the answers: our alumni are managing accounts, investment portfolios and technologies; leading start-ups, projects and teams; and running training facilities, schools and other non-profits. In a recent vision and strategic planning exercise members of the Faculty of Business Administration spent time reflecting on these answers and thinking about how UNB’s programs...

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UNB Alumnus Building a Bridge to Asia for N.B. Company

Kelly Anderson

Posted: May 20, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni



Jay Yang (BBA’16, MBA’18) is a prime example of why recruiting international students is a good growth strategy for New Brunswick. After working in a plywood export company in China, Jay decided to study in Shanghai, where he ran into a teacher from Montreal who had spent time in Oromocto. He encouraged Jay to apply to UNB for a business degree program, and Jay ended up traveling around the world to little-known New Brunswick. While studying for his BBA on the Fredericton campus,...

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Charles Fraser establishes new student venture fund at UNB

Alumni News

Posted: February 27, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni Highlights , Programs , Alumni



The faculty of business administration at UNB Fredericton has a new investment fund program thanks to Charles 'Chuck' Fraser (BBA’68).The retired wealth manager returned to UNB to celebrate his 50th reunion at Homecoming 2018. After visiting with dean of business administration, Dev Mitra, and meeting fourth-year BBA student Herbert Bempah, he was intrigued with the faculty’s strengths in entrepreneurship and finance and wondered how he could give back to the university that...

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Split Second Training Services - Saving Lives in a Split Second

Ideas with Impact

Posted: February 26, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni , Programs , Students


Ensuring that police officers have the right skills and competencies to deal with public threats and attacks is a critical aspect of training and officers need up-to-date training in this area now more than ever. But with the high price of advanced training and increased financial pressure on police departments across North America, the training that officers require is not always accessible or affordable. Split Second Training Systems, a new training software program developed by a graduate...

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Desert Storm comes to UNB

Ideas with Impact

Posted: December 11, 2014 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Alumni


In August, 1990 Dr. Ng Pock Too was named CEO of Sembawang Engineering Group, a large Singapore Government owned offshore engineering company. He remembers his first day on the job well: it was the same day that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and seized their oil fields in the Persian Gulf which would disrupt the world supply lines for oil. Sembawang had 23 Singapore engineers working on an oil production platform in the Persian Gulf located in Iranian waters, on a contract to provide upgrade...

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