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A Brock Dykeman, vice-president, academic, University Canada West: “things change, but core skills remain the

s the world around us changes and the global economy evolves, so, too, must business schools keep pace. “Students are less accepting of traditional ways,” says Andrew Gemino, professor and associate dean of graduate programs at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. “They don’t want you to stand in front of a screen with a PowerPoint,… that kind of talking-head show.”


Instead, Beedie instructors get students involved in projects within the community, where they learn how to execute and manage a business campaign outside the classroom. For example, one instructor divided his class into teams of six students and had them come up with community projects (walkathons, staircase climbs) to raise $25,000 for cancer research. In the four years this has been going on, students have raised more than $150,000. “Those students learn more about project management than we ever did before,” says Gemino, adding that students can use this as an example of work experience

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in job interviews. Whereas most instructors don’t want students on their cellphones in class, Beedie’s professors will ask students a question and have them text their responses, read by others in the class, so they can discuss points important to them. World events can also change what students want, or want to avoid. Brock Dykeman, vice-president, academic, at University Canada West (UCW), says there was an influx of students from Nigeria for the past five or 10 years, but since the downturn in the oil industry, leading to currency controls in Nigeria, there’s been a

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noticeable drop in students arriving from that country. Likewise, when Saudi Arabia’s King Salman succeeded King Abdullah in January 2015, he put a limit on overseas scholarships, and the number of Saudi students coming to Canada fell. “Politics has a big impact,” says Dykeman. He cites a recent surge in students from Iran, which may be, in Dykeman’s words, “the [Donald] Trump effect.” What’s interesting about the UCW body, Dykeman says, is that most of the online students are Canadian, while most of those attending classes in Vancouver are from other countries. The blending of cultures in Vancouver and other Canadian cities is also a major factor, as international students migrate here. A December 2015 report by Roslyn Kunin and Associates, commissioned by the BC Council for International Education, showed that as an export industry, international education services ranked fifth in B.C., behind the major commodity exports of lumber, coal, copper and chemical wood pulp. In 2013-14, international student spending contributed $2.6 billion to the B.C. economy. At Acsenda School of Management in Vancouver, 94 per cent of business students come from 30 foreign countries, and most students want to stay and work in Canada. So it’s no surprise that the school puts a focus on bridging cultures. “In order to work in a multicultural world, students must have intercultural learning,” says Neil Mort, Acsenda’s registrar and vice-president of enrolment and student services. “They will work in a global society, so they have to know how to communicate with people from different cultures around the world.” Beedie’s Gemino says that with fewer than 50 per cent of Vancouver public school students raised in households where English is not the first language, it is important

for schools to stress cultural collaboration. “Our students have already experienced different cultures and know people with different language skills,” says Gemino, “so we’re saying that can be one of their greatest competitive assets: the ability to communicate across what looks to be communicative barriers and learn how to collaborate with people from diverse origins.” With the demise of companies like Sears Canada, which did not adapt to e-commerce quickly enough, and the shrinking of once-solid companies that previously employed business grads, it’s important for students to learn entrepreneurship. “The promise of a job for someone coming out of university, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, has gone away,” says Gemino, “so people have to generate their own opportunity. We try to convince students to study entrepreneurship. Your ability to recognize opportunity and go after it is a life skill that is much more important than it used to be.” University Canada West hopes to establish an MBA marketing program that would cover specialties like digital marketing and luxury goods. Cellphone texting in classrooms, e-commerce taking over sales of goods – is there reason to learn business basics? While Acsenda does adapt to the changing technological environment, it stresses the importance of what Mort calls “face-to-face” learning. “Even in the higher-technology world, it’s those interpersonal skills that are increasingly important,” says Mort. He states that though the market changes, the fundamentals of learning to function in business – financial literacy, interpersonal communication, business strategies – will always be important. “Things change, but core skills remain the same,” says Dykeman. É

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The new head of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia wants to see CPAs in positions of leadership



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he rise of artificial intelligence will affect most professions, but the new president and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) believes the strategic leadership role of CPAs will continue to be needed into the future. “With robots, it means the services we provide will be different,” says Lori Mathison, who took over the reins of the professional organization on August 1, 2017, following a six-month search to replace Richard Rees. CPAs will continue to provide clients with high levels of service and guidance based on their professional judgment, Mathison says. “More routine transactions, I think, will become automated, but it doesn’t mean that the market for CPAs will reduce,” she says. “It just means that the advice and value-add that CPAs provide will just be higher level.” In demographic terms, CPAs will continue to be in high demand as the world’s economy expands. Current forecasts estimate B.C. will need about 1,100 new CPAs annually to fill demand from retirements and economic growth. “This means that our profession has to recruit not only locally but internationally as well to ensure we can meet this demand,” says Mathison, 46. Passionate about the region and helping those driving the province’s economy, Mathison strives to ensure B.C. has trained business leaders with the financial

and accounting skills needed to make smart business decisions. “I want to promote our members into positions of leadership – in business, in their own businesses, for not-for-profits, for the government and for our communities,” she says. “And I want to influence the policy discourse to make sure that our country, our province and our region are making smart economic decisions to benefit the whole.” Previously, Mathison was managing partner of the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP, where she was a partner in Dentons’ tax law group. Her background includes providing specialized tax advice on domestic and cross-border transactions, tax planning, negotiating and documenting complex corporate transactions. While she wasn’t looking to leave Dentons, when the CPABC opportunity arose, she noticed a perfect match between the position and her background, which was “custom-made” for the role. Born in Regina and raised in Winnipeg, Mathison completed her bachelor of commerce at the University of Manitoba and later earned two law degrees at McGill

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A unified profession

Lori Mathison, the new president and CEO of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia, says the profession must recruit locally and internationally to meet forecast demand for CPAs | KENT KALLBERG/CPABC

University. She moved to Metro Vancouver in 1997 and currently lives in Vancouver’s West Point Grey neighbourhood with her husband, Ken Burns, a partner at law firm Lawson Lundell LLP, and their nine-year-old twin daughter and son. Having benefited from many mentors, Mathison gives back as a formal and informal mentor for others. She believes mentors should act as “champions or sponsors” for mentees. “Mentors should provide the reality check – the honest truth about what needs to be improved or changed and why.” POST-MERGER MIGHT Q In 2015, Canada’s accounting

organizations finalized a merger, combining chartered accountants, certified management accountants and certified general accountants into the CPA designation. Since the merger, CPABC has about 35,000 members and 5,000 students, making it one of the largest professional organizations in the province. “A unified profession means we have one voice speaking for the profession,” says Mathison. “With over 210,000 members in Canada and around the world, our profession carries a strong influential voice.” Ideal candidates for CPA positions are those with integrity, trustworthiness and communication skills, according to Mathison. They should also be detail-oriented individuals with strong IT, leadership and interpersonal skills. Successful CPAs may have any background and should also be able to understand the bigger picture by showing an interest in business and political awareness. “We are a large profession, and we need people from

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diverse backgrounds to meet the needs of the public.” While having an undergraduate degree in business or accounting is best, a university degree in any field is required before enrolling in the CPA Professional Education Program, which requires specific prerequisite courses for admittance. A preparatory program called CPA PREP is offered for those lacking prerequisite courses. “A degree other than in accounting can be extremely useful as it provides you with skills and perspectives from a different discipline, which can really set you apart and distinguish you from the pack.” NEW TRENDS Q As the world continues to become more connected and globalized, the accounting profession has followed suit through the development of a number of trends, Mathison says. When it comes to globalization, CPAs must consider international standards and recognition agreements with other global accounting bodies. Technological trends transforming the profession include blockchain technology, cloud accounting and automation, while cybersecurity remains a critical focus, according to Mathison. Actively involved in serving her community, Mathison is senior vice-chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and sits on the board of the Law Society of British Columbia’s Law Firm Regulation Task Force and on the Dean’s Advisory Committee at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Business Law. She also served on the Vancouver Public Library Foundation’s board for eight years and was a governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation. É

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Government, educator and employer efforts to boost skilled trades are starting to bear fruit, though ‘there’s work to do’ still



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ritish Columbia’s shortage of tradespeople is nothing new. A Google search of “B.C. trades shortage” shoots out news headlines dating back years that raise the alarm over looming skilled trades shortages in the province. By 2025, B.C. expects 934,000 job openings, according to the British Columbia 2025 Labour Market Outlook. The provincial government report estimates that about 42 per cent of those jobs will require trades apprenticeship training or a diploma. Within seven years, trades, transport and equipment operator jobs will account for 122,700 of those openings. Roughly 73,000 of those jobs will be in construction, the report says. To cope with this rising tide of trades openings, educators and the government say they are trying to provide more flexible trades programs, engage more with employers and show youngsters that there are high wages to be earned plying a trade such as carpentry, electrical or plumbing. That message landed with Kamloops electrician Amber Cachelin. She started her education in the sciences, but after two years, she couldn’t see a job coming at the end of her studies. “So many people had a bachelor’s degree and then never worked in that field, and I didn’t want to be one of those people,” she says. Eventually, “it just clicked.” “An electrician,” she says. “I was on a wait-list for a year before I got into the program.” She started with the six-month electrical foundation program at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) in Kamloops. After completing her four-year apprenticeship, she

now runs her own electrical company. “It was probably the best decision, because I love it,” she says. “We have seen a much greater focus and uptake in trades training in the last decade, or even more,” says Baldev Pooni, dean of trades and technology at TRU. “People are realizing that the employment prospects as the result of a trades career is vast compared to normal university education,” he says. “[Trades] students basically go to school from six to eight months and they have a foundation program. At the end of that they go and start an apprenticeship with an employer … working in the range of about $20 as a starting wage.” He says many of the in-demand tradespeople in the industrial sector are earning up to $40 an hour by the time they finish their apprenticeship. TRU has about 1,800 trades students, 1,300 of whom are working apprentices, meaning they are employed and spending about 85 per cent of their time at work and the remainder of their time in class. At the end of their apprenticeship they can test to become certified journeymen. In recent years, more high schools have been reinvesting in their trades shop programs, Pooni says. “In the 1980s, a lot of the shops that existed in the high schools were taken out because people just felt that the degree and the university education was the only way to go,” he says. “Then you started to get investment back into these shops and labs in high schools. That started to generate interest among students.”

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After a six-month electrical foundation program at Thompson Rivers University, followed by a four-year apprenticeship, Amber Cachelin of Kamloops now runs her own electrical company | SUBMITTED

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University carpentry alum Aaron Sask on the job site. KPU’s trades programming is guided and funded by the Industry Training Authority | MATT LAW/KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY

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Meanwhile, employers in B.C. are taking more of an interest in their apprentices’ education, Pooni says. “Many employers are actually paying the cost of books and tuition for their apprentice.” He adds that companies don’t want to get caught without workers during building booms like the one B.C. is experiencing now. Employers are also wary of losing workers again to the high-paying entry-level jobs in the Alberta oilsands. “That was a very difficult time for B.C. industry, to see these people go off,” he says. At Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) in the Lower Mainland, the curriculum is adjusting to provide a more fluid trades education, says David Florkowski, KPU’s interim dean of trades and technology. Florkowski says the school’s trades programming is guided and funded by the province’s Industry Training Authority (ITA), which leads and co-ordinates B.C.’s trades training system. The ITA is amid a three-year plan (2017-19) to refocus trades training, harnessing it to market demand. Among its strategies are to engage more with industry, improve apprenticeship completion rates, encourage innovation and increase youth programs. “There is more money there, and it gives us the opportunity to partner more with industries … in how we form our curriculum, in how we’re training our future workers,” Florkowski says. For instance, KPU has started offering trades samplers, meaning students can take introductory courses across

several trades to create more well-rounded tradespeople, he says. “We’re working with the ITA to do more of these trade samplers where a student might spend two weeks at each trade just to get a better sense of what they actually do in that field, and to see if we can get some interest going in the right direction.” The new BC NDP government is trying to be nimbler with trades education, says Melanie Mark, minister of advanced education, skills and training. “I went across the province and visited all of the public post-secondary institutions,” she says, noting she visited 25 schools in 21 days. “People didn’t talk to me about LNG [liquefied natural gas],” Mark stresses, saying she heard instead about the “basket of opportunities” people are signing up for. She says her government recently committed $4.6 million to add 500 trade seats this year, including 112 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and another 32 at KPU. “We need to let young people know that those jobs are available,” she says. The ITA falls under the ministry’s responsibility, and Mark admits “there’s work to do.” She says only 10 per cent of trades jobs here are held by women, and only six per cent by Indigenous people. “The data shows that we can do more for women in the trades. The data shows that we can do more [for] Indigenous people in the trades, and the data shows that we can do more for young people in the trades,” she says. “We want people trained up for a real economy.” É

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International study components open doors for graduate business students



lobalization is increasingly impacting Canada’s economy, and with more than 35 per cent of Canadian jobs connected to international trade, post-secondary institutions have responded by offering more business programs allowing students to study abroad. North Vancouver-based Capilano University (Cap U) runs a one-year program through an agreement with the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. Students who complete required courses at both universities earn two credentials, an international management graduate diploma from Cap U and a master of science in international business from the University of Hertfordshire. Sarah Ashley Hannah graduated from the program, earning both credentials in 2015 and 2016. Hannah, who previously completed a bachelor of business administration degree at Cap U, considered several schools before making her selection. “The M.Sc. not only shows a potential employer that you are capable of research and higher learning, but it is also an amazing conversation starter and something that definitely sets you apart from other applicants,” says the Vancouver resident. She also found the program’s social benefits to be limitless, from making new friends within her cohort to networking with alumni. “The other students in my cohort have become like family, as we lived, studied and travelled Europe together,” explains the managerial consultant. When her six-month visa was up, she didn’t want to leave the U.K. “The University of Hertfordshire is only 20 minutes from London by train, and from there you can

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get absolutely anywhere,” she recalls, adding that her studies abroad allowed her to travel throughout Europe. Hannah, 35, says the program helped her prepare for the competitive world of global business in many ways. “Not only does it challenge you to leave your comfort zone, but it also demonstrates to future employers that you are culturally adaptable and that, for the right opportunity, you may be willing to relocate.” Hannah encourages others who are considering international business programs to experiment with new ways

Yale School of Management building; Yale University has partnered with the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business to offer a new dual degree program | TONY RINALDO/ UBC SAUDER SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

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University of Hertfordshire de Havilland campus; a joint graduate program allows international management graduate diploma students at North Vancouver-based Capilano University to earn a master of science in international business from the University of Hertfordshire | CAPILANO UNIVERSITY

to become global citizens. “Like anything in life, your experience abroad is honestly what you make of it,” she says. “The education you will obtain is so much more than what you study for classes. The most valuable information is what you learn about yourself.” Students in the joint graduate program complete their first semester of courses at Cap U and, after meeting minimum entry requirements, progress on to the University of Hertfordshire. The program, launched in 2013, has so far graduated 81 students, providing them with skills and knowledge needed to pursue a global career in business. Students also benefit by expanding their network of contacts around the globe. Tammy Towill, vice-chair of graduate programs in Cap U’s faculty of business, says the program offers students an opportunity to learn about international business at the graduate level in small class sizes of about a dozen students. “Obtaining a master’s degree simply opens more doors,” says Towill. “It creates greater opportunities both in finding work and in progressing within an organization.” According to a survey by Stockholm University’s

Institute for International Economic Studies, research shows that students who participate in foreign programs are almost twice as likely to be employed and earn higher incomes. “The program not only pushes students to reach their academic potential but also allows students to grow and develop, both personally and professionally, in a culturally diverse environment,” says Towill. At the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Sauder School of Business, a new dual degree program awards graduates with a master of business administration from UBC and a master of advanced management from Yale University in Connecticut. Launched in 2016, the program graduated three students in 2017. Applying to each program separately, students are first admitted into UBC’s MBA program where they earn the first 37 credits prior to beginning at Yale, where they complete the final semester. Students may earn both degrees in less than two years. UBC Sauder also recently launched a similar arrangement that gives master of management students an opportunity to earn a master of management studies in global business and society at Yale. “Gaining international experience benefits our students by exposing them to different ways of thinking and new approaches to solving issues in business and society,” says Alina Yukhymets, manager of global learning at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School. “Being exposed to a different culture, university and a new group of students broadens students’ perspectives and prepares them for work in today’s highly globalized environment.” Graduates gain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace when it comes to future employment prospects, according to Yukhymets. “This program is designed for students who are looking to become future leaders in business and society by connecting them with students around the world, and exposing them to innovative ways to tackle global issues,” she says. É

A selection of B.C. business schools offering international components: British Columbia Institute of Technology School of Business international education, Capilano University international management graduate diploma and master of science in international business from the University of Hertfordshire, busgrad Royal Roads University master of global management, royalroads. ca/prospective-students/ master-global-management Simon Fraser University Beedie School of

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Business international programs, beedie.sfu. ca/international/programs Trinity Western University Great Wall MBA, University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business master of business administration and Yale University master of advanced management (dual degree program), MBA/MBA_Full_Time/Program_Overview/ Dual_Degree_Options University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business Robert H. Lee Graduate

School international master of business administration in partnership with the Antai College of Economics and Management at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, sauder.ubc. ca/Programs/MBA/International_MBA University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business master of global business, php Vancouver Island University bachelor of business administration, international business major, business/bba-international-business-major

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(administered by Canadian head office, Administering organization: International Live Events Association (

DMCP (Destination Management Certified Professional) Requirements: To qualify as a candidate for the written exam,

applicant must have minimum three years’ destination management experience or bachelor’s degree in hospitality-related major from accredited university; current employment in hospitality; responsibility and accountability for successful completion of destination management programs and minimum 90 points on the application. Costs: US$200 application fee (US$300 non-members), US$400 test registration fee (US$500 non-members), US$200 recertification application fee (after five years with 50 continuing experience/ education points). Administering organization: Association of Destination Management Executives (

EXECUTIVE COACHING ACC (Associate Certified Coach), PCC (Professional Certified Coach), MCC (Master Certified Coach) Description: The International Coach Federation (ICF) establishes and administers minimum standards for credentialing professional coaches and coach-training agencies. A coach credentialed by the ICF has coach-specific training, has achieved a designated number of hours of experience and has been coached by a mentor coach. Requirements: Vary by designation; for details, see Costs: Vary. Administering organization: International Coach Federation (

FAMILY ENTERPRISE ADVISING FEA (Family Enterprise Advisor) Description: The Family Enterprise Advisor designation demonstrates an advisor’s commitment to excellence in family enterprise advising. Granted to experienced lawyers, wealth managers, accountants, facilitators and family therapists, the designation represents a substantial opportunity in a marketplace where more than 80 per cent of businesses are family-owned. Appointed by the Family Enterprise Xchange (FEX), this designation is unique in the world. Requirements: Completion of the Family Enterprise Advisor program at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, possession of a professional designation or equivalent, passing of the written and oral components of the designation exam offered by FEX. The multidisciplinary approach teaches advisors to integrate their own disciplines with others to provide collaborative and complementary advice to business family clients, all of whom must navigate the unique challenges of family dynamics, governance, communication and succession planning. Offered only once each year, the program is the education requirement for a designation with FEX. Costs: Completion of program $15,170, includes first year’s membership to FEX, designation; certification fees $750, FEX annual membership fee $795 plus tax thereafter. Administering organization: Family Enterprise Xchange (

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FINANCE AND INSURANCE CAIB (Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker), CPIB (Canadian Professional Insurance Broker), CCIB (Canadian Certified Insurance Broker) Description of CAIB: The Insurance Brokers Association of BC

offers the CAIB program through provincial member associations. Designed for property and casualty insurance brokers, CAIB provides insurance knowledge to develop competence and enhance career opportunities. Four course modules constitute the program and cover personal and commercial lines of insurance plus brokerage management skills. Each course culminates in a national exam. Courses prepare students to meet B.C. licensing requirements. Requirements for CAIB: Completion of four course volumes and exams. Employment by insurance brokerage that is a member of a provincial brokers’ association that is, in turn, a member of Insurance Brokers Association of Canada (IBAC). Description of CPIB: The new senior designation program developed by IBAC and its provincial member associations is specifically designed for property and casualty insurance brokers. The program has three distinct streams: personal lines, commercial lines and broker management. To earn the CPIB designation students must complete the three mandatory courses and any three of the elective courses in the stream of their choice. Description of CCIB: CCIB is a senior designation designed for commercial insurance brokers who have already completed their CAIB. The CCIB program is a self-study program involving three exams, which are all practical and experience-based. Costs: See website for details. Administering organization: Insurance Brokers Association of BC (

CCP (Certified Credit Professional) Description: The CCP designation is recognized as a symbol of excellence in credit management. The program is delivered online. The credit basics program (also offered online) can be used as a stepping-stone to this certification. Requirements: Completion of required courses in financial accounting fundamentals, credit management, micro/ macroeconomics, corporate finance fundamentals, business communications, managing credit with information technology, Canadian credit law and advanced credit management. Transfer credits applicable. Ongoing requirements: Continued membership and participation in a continuing professional development program. Costs: $150 annual student membership fee, $745 to $845 per course. Fees include textbooks, lesson materials, educational software and sessional exam fees. Administering organization: Credit Institute of Canada (

CFP (Certified Financial Planner) Requirements: Completion of core curriculum program approved

by the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC), agreement to abide by FPSC code of ethics and maintain registration in registered candidate program, passing of financial planning examination Level 1, at least one year of full-time (or equivalent) financial planning work experience, completion of an FPSC-approved capstone course, passing of financial planning examination Level 2 and at least two additional years’ full-time (or equivalent) financial planning work experience. Total financial planning work experience must be at least three years. Candidates who qualify under approved prior credential policy (those who hold CA, CGA, CMA, CFA, CLU or FCIA designations, have PhDs in finance, economics or business or are members of provincial law society) must still complete both exams and successfully complete the capstone course. For all candidates, there is a maximum of four attempts on financial planning examinations. Candidates must meet other administrative requirements and abide by maintenance requirements. Ongoing requirements: Annual renewal of licence by 30 hours’ continuing education, continued agreement to abide by FPSC code of ethics and adhere to the Marks Use Guide for Canadian CFP Professionals. Costs: Vary with educational institutions and programs; $450 to $700 for exams (there are early, regular and late-registration fees); $345 annual licensee fee (subject to change). Continuing education fees vary. Administering organization: Financial Planning Standards Council (

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CIP (Chartered Insurance Professional), FCIP (Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional) Description of CIP: Comprehensive designation program

for property and casualty insurance that integrates practical and theoretical knowledge and features concentrations for underwriters, brokers/agents and adjusters. Requirements for CIP: Ten courses taken in class, online or by distance learning, five being mandatory, three applied-professional and two elective (chosen from more than 30 available courses). Costs for CIP: See cip/fees. Description of FCIP: Designed to promote leadership skills, the FCIP program provides a comprehensive business education with a specific property and casualty insurance focus. Requirements for FCIP: Prior completion of CIP course and work experience requirements; current Insurance Institute membership, current CIP membership (for CIP graduates) and an undergraduate degree from a Canadian university or equivalent. (An alternate route is available for those with a college diploma.) Completion of FCIP program consists of six courses (delivered online): Strategy in the P&C Insurance Sector, Leading in the Insurance World, Financial Management for Insurance Leaders, Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in the Insurance Sector, Emerging Issues: Implications for the P&C Insurance Leader, and Integrative Learning for the P&C Insurance Sector (a work-based capstone project). Five years’ relevant work experience by completion of the program. Costs for FCIP: See fcip/fees. Administering organizations: Insurance Institute of BC, Insurance Institute of Canada (

ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis), CCBA (Certification of Competency in Business Analysis), CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional), CBATL (Certified Business Analysis Thought Leader) Description: The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) has launched a new global multi-level certification program. This competency-based program recognizes BA professionals’ knowledge and skills. For more information, visit certification-recognition. Costs: US$60 to US$125 exam application fee, US$110 exam fee for IIBA members or US$450 for non-members. Administering organization: International Institute of Business Analysis (

GRAPHIC DESIGN CGD (Certified Graphic Designer) Description: Awarded to practising designers who have completed at least seven years of combined graphic design education and professional practice and whose work and professional integrity are of acceptable standards. Requirements: Applicants submit membership form and resumé, sign licensing agreement and undergo confidential case study/ portfolio review. Practising web and new media designers are eligible to apply for CGD status. Also included in this category are professional design educators and design administrators. Three- or four-year course of studies in graphic design is recommended but not required. Costs: $330 annual dues B.C. mainland, $300 annual dues Vancouver Island. Administering organization: Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (

HOME INSPECTION Licensed Home Inspector Description: Home inspectors must be licensed in British Columbia. Licensing and regulation are conducted by Consumer Protection BC. Requirements: Candidates must hold an appropriate designation from the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, Canadian National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, National Home Inspector Certification Council or Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors BC. As of September 1, 2016, membership in a home inspection association is no longer required. Disclosure of any criminal history, insurance coverage, peer recommendation letter and 50 hours of practical training also required. For a complete list of licensing requirements, visit Costs: Vary by association designation; $525 for new licence and renewal. Administering organization: Consumer Protection BC (

HUMAN RESOURCES CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources) Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and successful completion of

National Knowledge Exam (NKE), plus a completed experience assessment validated by current employer. This assessment must prove: a minimum of three years working in an HR role within the last 10 years (at least one year must be within Canada), and experience gained using technical HR knowledge and a level of autonomy in the application of HR knowledge. It is not necessary to be a manager or supervisor. Experience covers at least two of the seven required professional capabilities. Membership in Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) required. Recertification required every three years by reassessment or with 100 points for professional development activities and experience from various categories. Costs: Annual member dues $555; $60 CPHR application fee; $400 NKE registration fee. Administering organization: Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (

PHR (Professional in Human Resources), SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources) Requirements for PHR: One year’s demonstrated professional HR experience with master’s degree or higher; two years’ demonstrated professional HR experience with bachelor’s degree; or four years’ demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a bachelor’s degree. Three-hour, 175-question multiple-choice exam. Requirements for SPHR: Four years’ demonstrated professional HR experience with master’s degree or higher; five years’ demonstrated professional HR experience with bachelor’s; or seven years’ demonstrated professional HR experience with less than a bachelor’s. Three-hour, 175-question multiple-choice exam. Requirements for GPHR: Two years’ demonstrated global professional HR experience with a master’s degree or higher; three years’ demonstrated professional HR experience (with two of the three being global HR experience) with bachelor’s; or four years’ demonstrated professional HR experience (with two of the four being global HR experience) with less than a bachelor’s. Threehour, 165-question multiple-choice exam. Certification exams occur twice a year (see website for dates and deadlines). Recertification required after three years by accumulation of 60 credit hours of HR-related continuing education activities prior to end of the three years or by retaking of exam. Costs: US$395 PHR exam, US$495 SPHR exam, US$495 GPHR exam. US$100 application fee. Society for Human Resource Management national members receive US$50 discount when applying for exam. Administering organization: Human Resource Certification Institute (

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CITP (Certified International Trade Professional) Requirements: Minimum of one year’s professional international trade experience. Completion of Forum for International Trade Training (FITTskills) program or equivalent thereof. There are eight FITTskills courses, each requiring approximately 45 hours’ classroom instruction. Completion of all eight earns candidate the Forum for International Trade Training diploma in international trade. FITTskills courses available at partner learning institutions from seasoned international trade professionals or online. Exemptions from course requirements available through prior learning assessment and recognition process, which provides credit for previous work experience and/or education. Adherence to standards of ethical conduct. Designees must maintain membership in good standing. Members must engage in ongoing professional development. Costs: Vary. Administering organization: Forum for International Trade Training (

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LAW B.C. practising lawyer Description: Membership in the Law Society of British Columbia required for eligibility to practise law. Eligible lawyers from other jurisdictions may practise in B.C. temporarily. Requirements: To become a lawyer for the first time, a person must complete a law degree from a Canadian common-law university or obtain a Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation if the law degree is not a Canadian common-law degree. Candidates must then complete the 12-month Law Society Admission Program, which includes nine months of articles and the Law Society’s 10-week Professional Legal Training Course. Lawyers from other jurisdictions can apply to transfer to B.C.; examinations may be required. Costs: $2,750 for Law Society Admission Program; $1,125 transfer application fee; $2,139.72 annual practice fee plus $1,800 insurance fee. Administering organization: Law Society of British Columbia (

MANAGEMENT CIM (Certified in Management), C.Mgr. (Chartered Manager) Requirements for CIM: Two years’ proven and recognized Canadian management/administration experience. Completion of certificate in management and administration or graduation from accredited program. The certificate in management and administration program involves completion (minimum grade of 60 per cent) of eight-subject study: six mandatory and two optional courses. Requirements for C.Mgr.: There are three paths. (1) Graduate degree – master’s degree or doctorate in management, commerce or business administration from an Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) institution or CIM-approved non-AUCC institution (see website for lists); two years’ experience in a senior managerial, academic or research position. (2) Undergraduate degree – bachelor’s degree in management, commerce or business administration from an AUCC institution or CIM-approved non-AUCC institution (see website for lists); submission of a 25,000-word graduate-level research paper on a managerial or business administration topic reflecting the applicant’s research or industry interests or submission of a substantial portfolio of work demonstrating application of managerial principles; four years’ managerial, academic or research experience. (3) Non-degree – eight-course CIM certificate in management and administration studies or equivalent; 12 additional pre-approved non-introductory courses reflecting a continuation of the concepts covered by the CIM certificate in management and administration studies (or equivalent); submission of a 25,000-word graduate-level research paper on a managerial or business administration topic reflecting the applicant’s research or industry interests or submission of a substantial portfolio of work demonstrating application of managerial principles; six years’ senior managerial, academic or research experience; comprehensive examination (at discretion of C.Mgr. committee). Additional requirements for all paths: completed C.Mgr. application accompanied by letter of recommendation from a manager or colleague familiar with applicant’s managerial, academic and/or research experience; two professional/academic reference letters; detailed CV outlining all academic and managerial experience; official transcripts (direct from institution[s] to CIM national office); 500-word statement of interest; and adherence to CIM code of ethics for professional members. Costs: Vary. Administering organization: Canadian Institute of Management (

CMC (Certified Management Consultant) Requirements: Minimum undergraduate degree or a CA, CGA,

CMA, CPA or P.Eng. designation. Membership in the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. Completion and signature of declaration serving as bond to abide by the association’s Uniform Code of Professional Conduct. For entry stream, at least three years’ experience in management consulting. Candidates must each find two current CMCs in Canada to sponsor them and attest to their experience in management consulting. Completion of required courses of study, written descriptions of three consulting assignments and a structured interview, and references from three clients. Note: Qualifications are also available in experienced stream,

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executive stream and approved MBA and continuing education stream (see website for details). Costs: $542 annual membership fee, $850 oral assessment

(interview), $625 upon becoming a CMC. Additional fees assessed for courses of study and examinations. Administering organization: Canadian Association of Management Consultants ( through affiliate institutes.

PAYROLL PCP (Payroll Compliance Practitioner) Description: The PCP certification is the foundation for a career

in payroll. It provides candidates with the legislative content required to keep an organization compliant throughout the annual payroll cycle, effectively communicate payroll information to all stakeholders and understand the accounting function as it relates to payroll. Requirements: Four courses including Payroll Compliance Legislation, Payroll Fundamentals 1, Introduction to Accounting, and Payroll Fundamentals 2. Ongoing requirements: 14 hours of continuing professional education credits earned annually. Costs: $230 annual membership; online courses available through Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) and classroom courses vary with institution. Administering organization: Canadian Payroll Association (

Requirements: For candidate with high school diploma or global

equivalent, 1,500 hours’ project management experience or 23 hours’ project management education. Three-hour, 150-question multiple-choice exam. Ongoing requirements: PDUs not required for CAPM certification holders; instead, there is a re-exam before the end of the five-year certification cycle. Costs: US$225 for PMI members, US$300 for non-members, US$129 membership fee (see website for local chapter information and membership fees). Administering organization: Project Management Institute (

PMI-SP (PMI Scheduling Professional) Description: Recognizes demonstrated knowledge and advanced expertise in specialized area of developing and maintaining project schedules. Requirements: For candidate with high school diploma or global equivalent, 5,000 hours’ project scheduling experience and 40 hours’ project scheduling education. For candidate with bachelor’s degree or global equivalent, 3,500 hours’ project scheduling experience and 30 hours’ project scheduling education. For all candidates: 170-question multiple-choice exam. Ongoing requirements: 60 PDUs to be earned in three-year cycle. Costs: US$520 for PMI members, US$670 for non-members, US$129 membership fee (see website for local chapter information and membership fees). Administering organization: Project Management Institute (

CPM (Certified Payroll Manager) Description: The CPM certification builds on the PCP knowledge and at least two years of payroll compliance experience to develop payroll management skills. It provides the core management subjects and competencies required to manage a payroll department, such as decision-making, managing people, project management, organizational policy and strategy development. PCP certification is a prerequisite for this program. Requirements: Each student must submit an application form and receive approval from the CPA prior to enrolling in the Introduction to Payroll Management course. Students must have at least two years of experience being responsible for an organization’s payroll, which includes being accountable to management for the accuracy of employees’ pay and all government statutory remittances, or equivalent experience, obtained in the past five years. The CPM program involves five courses: Introduction to Payroll Management, Organizational Behaviour Management, Managerial Accounting, Compensation and Benefits Management, and Applied Payroll Management. Ongoing requirements: Membership in CPA, adherence to CPA’s code of professional conduct, 21 hours’ continuing professional education credits earned. Costs: $230 annual membership; online courses available through CPA and classroom courses vary with institution. Administering organization: Canadian Payroll Association (

PROJECT MANAGEMENT PMP (Project Management Professional) Description: Recognizes demonstrated knowledge and skill in leading and directing project teams and delivering results within schedule, budget and resources. Requirements: For candidate with high school diploma or global equivalent, five years’ project management experience and 35 hours’ project management education. For candidate with bachelor’s degree or global equivalent, three years’ project management experience and 35 hours’ project management education. For all candidates: four-hour, 200-question multiple-choice exam. Ongoing requirements: 60 professional development units (PDUs) within three-year cycle. Costs: US$405 for Project Management Institute (PMI) members, US$555 for non-members, US$129 membership fee (see website for local chapter information and membership fees). Administering organization: Project Management Institute (

CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management) Description: Recognizes understanding of fundamental knowledge, processes and terminology, as defined in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge.

PMI-RMP (PMI Risk Management Professional) Description: Recognizes demonstrated knowledge and expertise in specialized area of assessing and identifying project risks while mitigating threats and capitalizing on opportunities. Requirements: For candidate with high school diploma or global equivalent, 4,500 hours’ project risk management experience and 40 hours’ project risk management education. For candidate with bachelor’s degree or global equivalent, 3,000 hours’ project risk management experience and 30 hours’ project risk management education. For all candidates: 170-question multiple-choice exam. Ongoing requirements: 60 PDUs to be earned in three-year cycle. Costs: US$520 for PMI members, US$670 for non-members, US$129 membership fee (see website for local chapter information and membership fees). Administering organization: Project Management Institute (

PgMP (Program Management Professional) Description: Recognizes demonstrated experience, skill and performance in oversight of multiple, related projects aligned with an organizational strategy. Requirements: For candidate with high school diploma or global equivalent, four years’ project management experience, seven years’ program management experience. For candidate with bachelor’s degree or global equivalent, four years’ project management experience, four years’ program management experience. For all candidates: passing of panel review on application, multiple-choice exam, multi-rater assessment. Ongoing requirements: 60 PDUs to be earned in three-year cycle. Costs: US$800 for PMI members, US$1,000 for non-members, US$129 membership fee (see website for local chapter information and membership fees). Administering organization: Project Management Institute (

PMI-ACP (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner) Description: Recognizes professionalism in agile practices of project management. Requirements: For general project experience, 2,000 hours’ general project management experience earned within the last five years; for agile project experience, 1,500 hours’ agile project management experience earned within the last three years, in addition to the 2,000 general project experience hours; 21 hours’ education accrued in agile project management topics; 120-question exam. Holders of PMP and/or PgMP credentials are already verified to have exceeded the experience requirements. Ongoing requirements: 30 PDUs/three continuing education units every three years in agile project management. Costs: US$435 for PMI members, US$495 for non-members, US$129 membership fee (see website for local chapter information

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and membership fees). Administering organization: Project Management Institute


PfMP (Portfolio Management Professional) Description: For portfolio managers looking to demonstrate a proven ability to manage and align a portfolio of projects and programs to realize organizational strategy and objectives; increase their visibility and value with their organization; and separate themselves in the eyes of employers. Requirements: Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent) with at least seven years (10,500 hours) of portfolio management experience within the past 15 consecutive years; or four-year degree (bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent) with at least four years (6,000 hours) of portfolio management experience within the past 15 consecutive years. All applicants must possess a minimum of eight years (96 months) of professional business experience. Costs: US$800 for PMI members, US$1,000 for non-members. Administering organization: Project Management Institute (

PMI-PBA (PMI Professional in Business Analysis) Description: Highlights and validates expertise in business

analysis. Requirements: Secondary degree (high school diploma or global

equivalent), up to five years (7,500 hours) of business analysis experience earned in the past eight years, 2,000 hours of experience working on project teams and 35 contact hours earned in business analysis practice. Ongoing requirements: At least 60 PDUs to be earned in three-year cycle. Costs: US$405 for PMI members, US$555 for non-members. Administering organization: Project Management Institute (

REAL ESTATE AACI (Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute), CRA (Canadian Residential Appraiser) Description: The Appraisal Institute of Canada (AIC) grants two designations. AACI designates fully accredited membership and may be used by the holder in connection with appraisal of a wide range of properties. CRA designates a member qualified in appraisal and valuation of individual undeveloped residential dwelling sites and dwellings containing not more than four self-contained family housing units. The designations identify highly qualified persons who have completed AIC’s rigorous education, experience and examination requirements. Requirements: Designation comprises a university-level program administered by the University of British Columbia as the partner of AIC BC; experience under mentorship of a member of the institute; a written exam; an oral exam; AIC’s mandatory professional practice seminar; and the introductory We Value Canada online workshop. See the “Path to AIC Designation” section of Administering organization: Appraisal Institute of Canada – BC (

RI (Real Estate Institute) Description: An RI designation recognizes the achievement of rigorous standards of education and experience that guarantee a high standard of real estate knowledge. Requirements: University of British Columbia – bachelor of commerce with a major in urban land economics, urban land economics diploma, bachelor of business in real estate, postgraduate certificate in real property valuation. British Columbia Institute of Technology – marketing management (professional real estate option) diploma. University of Guelph – real estate and housing major in the bachelor of commerce program. Ryerson University – School of Business Management, real estate management major. For a full list of criteria, visit professional_membership. Administering organization: Real Estate Institute of BC (

SALES AND MARKETING CSP (Certified Sales Professional) Requirements: College diploma plus 35 hours of recognized

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Professional Sales Association (CPSA) professional sales competencies; minimum of four years of verified experience independently managing client accounts and meeting or exceeding targets. Ongoing requirements: A membership in good standing with CPSA. Costs: $300 to $2,000 for sales courses at community colleges, $1,595 for professional sales training offered by CPSA, $598 CSP application and exam fee, $1,795 if registering for training and designation at the same time. Administering organization: CPSA Sales Institute (

CRSA (Certified Retail Sales Associate), CFLM (Certified Retail First Level Manager) Description of CRSA: Helps sales associates become expert in all

aspects of retail sales. Participants build solid career foundations and gain industry-specific credential that major retailers recognize countrywide. Requirements for CRSA: Retail sales associate course, multiplechoice exam, in-store evaluation conducted by the corporate research group, 600 hours as retail sales associate. Description of CFLM: Allows first-level managers to build business skills of professionalism, communication, leadership, human resources, operations, marketing, sales, customer service, administration and planning. Requirements for CFLM: First-level manager course, multiplechoice exam, telephone interview by the corporate research group, 1,500 hours or one year of on-job experience in retail. Costs: $300 for CRSA, $400 for CFLM. Administering organization: Retail Council of Canada (

SCPS (SMEI Certified Professional Salesperson), CSE (Certified Sales Executive), CME (Certified Marketing Executive), SCPM (SMEI Certified Professional Marketer) Description: SMEI Inc., with support of its local chapter, SMEI Vancouver, offers these four designations. Requirements: Appropriate education and experience. Preparation for certification exams available through self-study and other options, including professional courses offered through the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. Costs: Visit or call 604-266-0090 for details. Administering organization: Sales and Marketing Executives International Inc. – SMEI Vancouver (

SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT APICS CSCP (APICS Certified Supply Chain Professional) Description: Provides professionals with the knowledge necessary

for understanding and managing integration and co-ordination of end-to-end supply chain activities. System is self-directed but can combine with instructor-led courses for students preferring classrooms. Requirements: A conferred bachelor’s degree or equivalent; or APICS CPIM, APICS CFPIM, APICS CIRM, APICS SCOR-P, APICS CTL, CPM, CPSM or CSM designation; or at least three years of related business experience. Four-hour exam consisting of 175 multiplechoice questions. Ongoing requirements: Must earn a total of 75 professional development points within five years of receiving designation. Costs: Exam fee of US$695 for members or US$915 for nonmembers, US$200 annual membership. Corporate membership dues vary with size of organization. Administering organization: APICS (

APICS CPIM (APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management) Description: Looks in depth at production and inventory activities within internal operations of companies. Focuses primarily on manufacturing. Provides in-depth view of materials management, master scheduling, production planning, forecasting and quality improvement. Requirements: Passing of five exams on basics of supply chain management, master planning of resources, detailed scheduling and planning, execution and control of operations, and strategic management of resources. APICS certification review courses and study aids help prepare candidates for exams and are available through British Columbia Institute of Technology part-time studies or online.

Ongoing requirements: Must earn a total of 75 professional

development points within five years of receiving designation. Costs: Course costs vary with delivery method. Administering organization: APICS (

APICS CLTD (APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution) Description: Covers a comprehensive body of knowledge that sets the global standard for best practices in logistics, transportation and distribution. Requirements: Three years of related business experience or bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent or CPIM, CSCP, CTL, CFPIM, CIRM, SCOR-P, CPM, CSM or CPSM designations. An eight-module program with an exam that reflects critical areas in logistics, transportation and distribution for the roles and responsibilities of logistics managers. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions (130 operational and 20 pretest). Costs: Course costs vary with delivery method. Exams (administered by APICS) are US$475 for members, US$525 for non-members. Administering organization: APICS (

CCLP (CITT-Certified Logistics Professional) Requirements: Candidates who already have a university or college

degree or diploma in a business discipline can simply apply for advanced standing toward the CCLP designation. Candidates must have at least five years of experience working in a supply chain or logistics function and successfully complete CITT’s five-course suite of expert-level, specialized logistics courses, including three core courses plus two electives (online options available). Administering organization: Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (

SCMP (Supply Chain Management Professional) Description: The SCMP designation is the mark of strategic leadership in supply chain management (SCM). An SCMP’s adherence to a code of ethics ensures the highest level of integrity. With procurement, operations, logistics and all areas of SCM playing increasingly important roles in organizations, employers benefit from the SCMP’s unique and distinctive competence. Offered through Supply Chain Management Association – the largest association in Canada for SCM professionals – and taught by distinguished academics and senior practitioners, the SCMP designation program is designed to be taken over 36 months concurrent with full-time employment. In-class and online formats available. Requirements: Business degree or diploma from a public Canadian university, college or technical institution. Other candidates must complete specific business management courses at postsecondary institutions. Successful completion of eight modules covering foundations of SCM and six interactive workshops addressing high-level business skills, including SCM; leadership and professionalism; procurement and supply management; negotiation skills; logistics and transportation; communications and relational skills; operations and process management; knowledge management; competitive bidding; contract preparation and contract management; global sourcing; risk management; SCM in the public sector; SCM for services, capital goods and major projects; ethical behaviour and social responsibility. Weeklong session in residence integrates knowledge from the modules and workshops. Program includes a final written examination and a minimum of three years’ progressive SCM experience concurrent with the program. Ongoing requirements: Minimum of 30 maintenance credits on a three-year block period. Costs: $17,000 to $18,000 approximately over three years. Administering organization: Supply Chain Management Association of BC (

P.Log. (Professional Logistician), LS (Logistics Specialist) Description of P.Log.: This internationally recognized certification for professionals in logistics certifies competence as global supply chain leaders. Depending on where you are in your career and what the company needs to succeed, there are two different options to earn the P.Log. designation: a leadership program or a process management program. Description of LS: For logisticians working in tactical and supervisory careers who are looking for certification to create the foundation for a successful career in logistics. The Logistics Foundation program consists of core modules in the Essential Series, Frontline Logistics and Integrated Logistics Networks.

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The program will be completely online with the use of a learning management system. Estimated time to complete the program is one to three months. Costs: For LS, $1,870 for non-members, $1,683 for associate members, $1,496 for corporate members of Logistics Institute. Administering organization: Logistics Institute (

TECHNOLOGY AScT (Applied Science Technologist), CTech (Certified Technician) Description: The Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) registers technologists, technicians and technical specialists in applied science and engineering technologies. AScT and CTech are two of numerous credentials available to technology professionals registered with ASTTBC. Requirements for AScT: Diploma of technology in an applied science and engineering technology program that meets academic requirements for registration in one of 16 applied science technology disciplines in which ASTTBC currently certifies practitioners. Completion of two years’ experience in field of practice in which certification is sought. Experience must be reasonably current, progressive, accumulated and relevant to an approved discipline and supported by references. Requirements for CTech: Certificate of technology in an applied science and engineering technology program that meets academic requirements for registration in one of 16 applied science technology disciplines in which ASTTBC currently certifies practitioners. Applicant may also demonstrate equivalent outcome competencies to national technology standards. Completion of two years’ experience in field of practice in which certification is sought. Experience must be reasonably current, progressive, accumulated and relevant to an approved discipline and supported by references. Costs: $250 application fee, $345 annual dues for certified members. Administering organization: Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (

ISP (Information Systems Professional), ITCP (Information Technology Certified Professional) Description of ISP: Demonstrates knowledge and technical background in IT. Visit Description of ITCP: Directed specifically for senior IT practitioners and academics who want to demonstrate that, in addition to possessing IT knowledge, they understand how to use and apply organizational experience effectively to achieve goals and expectations. The ITCP standard has been accredited by the International Professional Practice Partnership (IP3), and ITCP holders are internationally recognized under the IP3 umbrella. Visit Requirements: Documented evidence of ability to meet or exceed established criteria for academic qualifications and relevant experience. Experience must be in role requiring use of significant level of IT knowledge where high level of independent judgment and responsibility is exercised. Costs: For application and certified member fees, see certification. Administering organization: CIPS – Canada’s Association of Information Technology Professionals (

TOURISM CTC (Certified Travel Counsellor), CTM (Certified Travel Manager) Description of CTC: A professional credential based on ability to

perform the knowledge and performance tasks required for meeting expectations for employment within the travel industry. Requirements for CTC: Enrolment, passing of knowledge exam, minimum 1,000 hours’ recent and relevant work experience and completion of performance checklist and performance evaluation. Annual membership with the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). Description of CTM: Certification demonstrates competence in meeting job standards set by the travel industry.

Requirements for CTM: Enrolment, passing of knowledge exam, completion of performance evaluation (case-study activities) and five years’ related industry experience (minimum three years’ applicable travel trade experience and two years’ proven supervisory or managerial experience). Annual membership with ACTA. Certification steps must be completed within six months of enrolment. Costs: Visit for details. Administering organization: Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (

WORKPLACE LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE; TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT CTP (Certified Training Practitioner), CTDP (Certified Training and Development Professional) Description: CTP and CTDP are national standards for excellence in workplace learning and performance, stressing the roles of learning and training in today’s organizations. Prerequisites: For CTDP, four years’ full-time work experience in field; for CTP, two years’ part-time experience in instruction/ facilitation. For CTP, work assessment category is instruction/ facilitation only. Requirements for CTP: Knowledge exam on theories and principles of adult learning and facilitation and instruction. Submission of facilitation video or participation in live skill demonstration. Two references validating skill in facilitation. Requirements for CTDP: Knowledge exam on theory and principles of assessing performance needs, designing training, facilitating training, supporting transfer of learning, and evaluating training. Submission of work project or participation in live skill demonstration in one of three competencies. Two professional references. Costs: Visit Administering organization: Canadian Society for Training and Development (

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Employment agency & recruiters directory EXECUTIVE/ MANAGEMENT SEARCH

Corporate Recruiters Ltd 1055 Hastings St W Suite 1400, Vancouver, BC V6E 2E9 p: 604-639-9560 e: w: Industries served: Technology executive and senior contributor roles, including hardware/software, data science, medtech, biotech, fintech, ecommerce, cleantech, telecom, IT, and technical manufacturing Elevate Search Group Ltd 777 Hornby St 6th floor, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7 p: 604-678-5627 f: 604-669-6047 e: w: Industries served: Business-to-business, food service/beverage, medical, packaging, industrial, supply chain management, consumer products, pharmaceutical, hospitality/tourism, non-profit, manufacturing, green tech, telecommunications, information technology, financial services, retail, software, digital media

Futurestep 1021 Hastings St W Suite 3000, Vancouver, BC V6E 0C3 p: 604-609-5144 e: w: Industries served: Industrial, technology, consumer, financial, life sciences, education/ non-profit, health care, real estate GO Recruitment 601 Broadway W Suite 400, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2 p: 604-871-4166 f: 604-871-4168 e: w: Industries served: Software, clean tech, education, manufacturing

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GO Recruitment 601 Broadway W Suite 400, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4C2 p: 604-871-4166 f: 604-871-4168 e: w: Industries served: Software, clean tech, education, manufacturing IT/IQ Executive Search 1111 Georgia St W Suite 680, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M3 p: 604-294-1200 f: 604-294-1242 e: w: Industries served: Exclusively specialize in conducting IT leadership searches for organizations spanning virtually every market sector and vertical

Lock Search Group 1040 Georgia St W Suite 810, Vancouver, BC V6E 4H1 p: 604-669-8806 f: 604-669-5385 e: w: Industries served: Business-to-business, consumer packaged goods, industrial, life sciences, insurance, IT, sales, finance, hospitality, marketing, management, HR, retail, operations, supply chain and logistics

MacDonald Search Group 475 Georgia St W Suite 720, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M9 p: 604-687-6464 e: w: Industries served: Sales, marketing, operations, finance, HR and management positions; consumer products, life sciences, industrial, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, transportation, telecom, business-to-business, retail/ multi-unit, office administration

Taylor | Ryan Executive Search Partners 1122 Mainland St Suite 585, Vancouver, BC V6B 5L1 p: 778-775-1047 e: w: Industries served: Real estate, financial services, accounting, finance and construction

Permanent & Temporary Staff Recruitment Firms

Aerotek ULC 4321 Still Creek Dr Suite 150, Burnaby, BC V5C 6S7 p: 604-293-8000 f: 604-293-8090 e: w: Industries served: Engineering, construction, manufacturing, customer service, accounting Annex Consulting Group Inc 555 Burrard St Suite 950, Vancouver, BC V7X 1M9 p: 604-638-8883 e: w: Industries served: All industries. David Aplin Group - Vancouver 1050 Pender St W Suite 1710, Vancouver, BC V6E 3S7 p: 604-648-2799 e: w: Industries served: Engineering and technical, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, supply chain management, office personnel, IT, human resources, legal, executive/management search Express Employment Professionals 2973 Glen Dr Suite 103, Coquitlam, BC V3B 2P7 p: 604-944-8530 f: 604-944-0897 e: w: Industries served: Temporary, contract and permanent placements in the areas of administration, accounting/finance, sales/marketing and labour/industrial

Impact Recruitment Inc 688 Hastings St W Suite 800, Vancouver, BC V6B 1P1 p: 604-689-8687 e: w: Industries served: Financial, legal, public sector, construction, forestry and paper, mining, oil and gas, property management, technology, retail

Impactemps 688 Hastings St W Suite 800, Vancouver, BC V6B 1P1 p: 604-559-6665 e: w: Industries served: Financial, legal, public sector, construction, forestry and paper, mining, oil and gas, property management, technology, retail

IT/IQ Tech Recruiters 1111 Georgia St W Suite 680, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M3 p: 604-294-1200 f: 604-294-1242 e: w: Industries served: Information technology: software development, infrastructure, PMO, health care, ERP/CRM+BI

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McNeill Nakamoto Recruitment Group 860 Homer St Suite 407, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W5 p: 604-662-8967 f: 604-662-8927 e: w:

Premium Staffing Solutions 1661 2nd Ave W Suite 101, Vancouver, BC V6J 1N3 p: 604-602-9193 e: w: Industries served: Information technology, engineering, professional services, accounting, food production, manufacturing

Randstad 701 Georgia St W Suite 200, Vancouver, BC V7Y 1C6 p: 604-408-2772 f: 604-408-2792 e: w: Industries served: Business support positions, administration, customer service and call centre, industrial, accounting, finance, technology and engineering recruitment across all industries

Recruiting in Motion 595 Howe St Suite 308, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T5 p: 604-639-1222 f: 604-639-1222 e: w: Industries served: Accounting and finance, administration and corporate office, sales/ marketing/communications, human resources, legal, IT, engineering, insurance, logistics/warehousing/distribution, operations/manufacturing/production, general labour/trades, special events/ promotions, executive/senior management.

HMW Recruiters Inc Vancouver, BC p: 604-629-6771 e: w: Industries served: Accounting and finance, construction, consumer products, information technology, manufacturing, mining, packaging, professional services, pulp and paper, real estate development, management and investment, software, supply chain and logistics, telecommunications Lock Search Group 1040 Georgia St W Suite 810, Vancouver, BC V6E 4H1 p: 604-669-8806 f: 604-669-5385 e: w: Industries served: Business-to-business, consumer packaged goods, industrial, life sciences, insurance, IT, sales, finance, hospitality, marketing, management, HR, retail, operations, supply chain and logistics

Wood West & Associates Inc 8047 199 St Suite 107, Langley, BC V2Y 0E2 p: 604-682-3141 e: w: Industries served: Recruiting leaders in resource development, civil infrastructure, construction and building engineering and architecture



Swim Recruiting Inc (legal name is Swim International Recruiting Inc) 601 Cordova St W Suite 330, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1 p: 604-689-7946 f: 604-689-7950 e: w: Industries served: Accounting and finance, information technology, engineering, professional services, HR, marketing and sales


Goldbeck Recruiting Inc 475 Georgia St W Suite 510, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M9 p: 604-684-1428 x102 f: 604-684-1429 e: w: Industries served: Sales, marketing, operations, engineering, construction management, medical and pharmaceuticals, accounting, IT

MacDonald Search Group 475 Georgia St W Suite 720, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M9 p: 604-687-6464 e: w: Industries served: Sales, marketing, operations, finance, HR and management positions, consumer products, life sciences, industrial, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, transportation, telecom, business-to-business, retail/ multi-unit, office administration

Taylor | Ryan Executive Search Partners 1122 Mainland St Suite 585, Vancouver, BC V6B 5L1 p: 778-775-1047 e: w: Industries served: Real estate, financial services, accounting, finance and construction

BBW International Inc 999 Canada Pl Suite 404, Vancouver, BC V6C 1E2 p: 604-984-0352 f: 604-608-3510 e: w: Industries served: Event staffing, experiential marketing, box office management, registration, cashiers and booth hostesses

Nasco Staffing Solutions 128 Pender St W Suite 205, Vancouver, BC V6B 2R8 p: 604-683-2512 e: w: Industries served: Canada’s largest event staffing solution, offering qualified conference, event, promotional and hospitality staff

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Online & distance learning

Earning credentials from home ASQ Vancouver Section

Credit Institute of Canada Areas of study: Green and Black Belt Six Sigma training, Description: Continual professional development and work-life

customized for any organization with the goal to equip students with the knowledge to make immediate improvements in their organization. In addition, it prepares those who wish to take the ASQ certification exams. The certifications are internationally recognized. Prerequisites: Some knowledge of Six Sigma and statistics is helpful but not required. Courses can be suited to content and organization requirements. Costs: Customized pricing based on number of students; please contact education chair at to discuss your needs

balance through flexible learning options. All programs and courses are designed for independent study and online delivery. Web-based technology provides wide range of support, including multimedia lectures, online course tutors and study groups. Costs: $275 for four-week short module, $399 for 12-week module, CPP course fees vary between $745 and $845 per course

Athabasca University 1 University Dr, Athabasca, AB T9S 3A3 Contact: Contact through website Phone: 800-788-9041 Areas of study: Accounting, administration, arts and sciences,

communications, economics, English, finance, human resources management, computer science, information systems, legal studies, management science, marketing, languages, taxation. Full programs available in arts (master, post-baccalaureate), business (DBA, MBA), counselling (master, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate), distance education (doctor, master, postbaccalaureate), health/nursing (master, post-master), science and technology. See website for undergraduate programs. Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

British Columbia Institute of Technology Part-time studies 3700 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby, BC V5G 3H2 Contact: Student information and enrolment services or email Phone: 604-434-1610 Areas of study: Financial management, business communications, business law, business administration, management studies, human resources management, business systems, computing, media communications, geographic information systems, health management, specialty nursing, occupational health and safety, venture development Prerequisites: Vary Costs: $400 to $500 for three-credit course in academic studies, computing and business; costs vary for trades, technology and health sciences

Canadian Virtual University Areas of study: A national network of Canada’s leading

universities specializing in online and distance education. Offers accredited distance and online degrees, diplomas and certificates recognized by employers and universities worldwide. Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

College of the Rockies 2700 College Way, Cranbrook, BC V1C 5L7 Contact: Apply online at or email ask@ Phone: 877-489-2687, ext. 3243 Areas of study: Accounting, marketing, general management,

Aboriginal financial management, bachelor of business administration in sustainable business practices Prerequisites: Grade 12 graduation with C or better in Math 11 and English 12 Costs: Vary

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Dalhousie University Online learning Halifax, NS B3H 3J5 Contact: Phone: 902-494-1622 Areas of study: Social work (bachelor and master), business

administration, public administration, information management, science, health services (diploma). Distance courses listed in the Dalhousie timetable are generally restricted to students enrolled in those specific programs. Contact the course department for further information about program-specific online courses. Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

eConcordia 1250 Guy St Suite 700, Montreal, QC H3H 2T4 Contact: Customer service, Phone: 888-361-4949 or 514-848-8770 Areas of study: Arts and science, business, fine arts, international

trade, management Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary (credit-course costs are same as Concordia tuition fees)

Emily Carr University of Art + Design 520 1st Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2 Contact: Co-ordinator of student recruitment, student services, Phone: 604-844-3897 Areas of study: Design, media arts, visual arts (resident master of applied arts or the low-residency master of applied arts programs) Prerequisites: Four-year bachelor in design, media arts or visual arts from an accredited college or university with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 (B) or higher Costs: See website for details

Human Resources Professionals Association Contact: Description: Live and on-demand webinars, online courses

available Costs: Vary (membership discount)

design, horticulture, community and health studies, science, mathematics and applied sciences, trades and technology, continuing studies, academic and career advancement Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

Langara College 100 49th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2Z6 Contact: Monica Molag, nutrition and food service management;

Janet Ready, recreation management; Serenia Tam, library and information technology; Brian Koehler, computer studies and information systems; Rob Clark, project management (continuing studies online and in class) Phone: 604-323-5511 Areas of study: Nutrition and food service management (twoweek residency), project management, recreation management (bachelor’s degree may require a residency), photography, computer studies and information systems, library and information technology Costs: Vary

McGill School of Continuing Studies 688 Sherbrooke St W Suite 1100, Montreal, QC H3A 3R1 Contact: Distance education co-ordinator, Phone: 514-398-6200 Areas of study: Business management and entrepreneurship

for Indigenous people, aviation management, health care and social services management, property management, languages, psychology Prerequisites: Vary

Memorial University of Newfoundland Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning G.A. Hickman Building (Education) Room ED-1032, St. John’s, NL A1B 3X8 Phone: 709-864-8700 or 866-435-1396 Areas of study: Arts (bachelor, various), business administration

(bachelor, certificate, diploma), education (master, various), maritime studies (bachelor), nursing (post-RN bachelor, master), technology (bachelor), various academic credit courses Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

Okanagan College Distance education 1000 KLO Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4X8 Contact: Phone: 888-638-0058 Areas of study: Over 80 academic courses in the areas of arts and

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sciences, business and office administration, health and social development; certificate programs in bookkeeping, health and safety, project management Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

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715 McBride Blvd, New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4 Phone: 888-865-7764 Areas of study: Certificates, diplomas and degrees in intelligence

Rhodes Hall, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS V4P 2R6 Contact: Shawna Singleton, associate registrar,

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analysis, emergency management, public safety, workplace bullying and online human resources and liberal studies courses Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

Kwantlen Polytechnic University 12666 72 Ave, Surrey, BC V3W 2M8 Phone: 604-599-2100 Areas of study: Business, arts, social sciences, humanities, Phone: 902-585-1434 Areas of study: Accounting, education, economics, management, marketing, various arts and science Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary, for details see tuition_fees.html

Queen’s Smith School of Business National executive MBA program Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business, Goodes Hall, Queen’s

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University, 143 Union St, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Contact: Phone: 888-393-2622 or 613-533-6811 Areas of study: Executive MBA (national), a 16-month program

delivered nationally through on-campus sessions and interactive video-conference sessions. These are broadcast to boardroom learning centres in seven Canadian cities (including Vancouver) and to virtual learning teams in other communities connected via their own computers. This team-based program also offers team, personal, career and lifestyle coaching services. Prerequisites: Criteria considered are management experience, letters of reference, previous academic experience, responses to essay questions and personal interview Costs: $101,000 (all-inclusive)

Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University 68 University Ave, F100, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Contact: Bev King, Phone: 613-533-2470 Areas of study: Undergraduate degree-credit courses in social

sciences, humanities, sciences, commerce; certificate in global development studies for professionals, media and pop culture, digital media, effective writing, and global political economy of development. More than 125 fully online courses available. Prerequisites: Application required; no documentation required to take distance degree-credit courses as an interest student. Course prerequisites vary. Costs: $666.91 for one-term, three-unit course, $1,333.82 for twoterm, six-unit course

Royal Roads University 2005 Sooke Rd, Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2 Contact: Phone: 877-778-6227 Areas of study: Business and management (MBA, B.Comm.,

MGM), communication (BA, MA, graduate certificate), conflict and disaster management (BA, BA justice studies, MA, graduate certificate, graduate diploma), environment and sustainability (B.Sc., M.Sc., MA), leadership (MA, graduate certificate), tourism and hospitality (BA, MA, graduate certificate), education studies (MA, graduate certificate), doctor of social sciences, continuing education/executive programs (various) Prerequisites: Vary (flexible) Costs: See

Ryerson University G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education 350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 Contact: Phone: 416-979-5035 Areas of study: Business management and economics,

communication and media, community health and well-being, computer and information technology, design, gateway for international professionals, languages, law and government, programs for 50-plus, science and engineering. Approximately 400 courses delivered online and 15 fully online career-related certificate programs (see website for details). Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

Simon Fraser University

Prerequisites: Admission to SFU Costs: Vary

Simon Fraser University Graduate diploma in business administration Segal Graduate Programs, Beedie School of Business, 500 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6 Contact: Phone: 778-782-3552 Areas of study: Accounting, economics, quantitative business

methods, management systems, marketing, finance, human resources/organizational behaviour Prerequisites: Non-business undergraduate degree with minimum CGPA of 2.5 (3.0 preferred) Costs: $16,000 (GDBA)

Thompson Rivers University Open learning BC Centre for Open Learning, 805 TRU Way, Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8 Contact: Student services, Phone: 800-663-9711 Areas of study: Arts, business and management studies,

education, general studies, health and human services, science, technology, tourism and consortium distance programs with Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

University Canada West 626 Pender St W Suite 100, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V9 Phone: 604-915-9607 or 800-360-7213 Areas of study: Arts media and communications (BA), business

administration (MBA), commerce, general studies (BA) Prerequisites: High school diploma (college-transfer credits accepted, prior learning considered, scholarships available) Costs: $25,440 to $34,560

University of British Columbia Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology 1961 East Mall Suite 214, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4 Phone: 604-822-9836 (enrolment services) or 604-827-4494 Areas of study: 130 courses in 30 subjects including civil

engineering, English, fine arts, law, earth sciences, library sciences, life sciences and social sciences Prerequisites: Vary (candidate must be enrolled as UBC student) Costs: Vary

University of Calgary Continuing Education Main campus: Education Tower 202, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Contact: Phone: 403-220-2866 Areas of study: Adult learning, business management, computer

applications and technology, digital media design, health, safety and environment, human resources management, security management, teaching second languages, writing (business/ technical, marketing/public relations) Prerequisites: None Costs: Vary

Centre for Online and Distance Education 1300 West Mall Complex, 8888 University Dr, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 Phone: 778-782-3524 Areas of study: Archeology, biological sciences, communication,

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computing science, criminology, education, English, First Nations studies, fine and performing arts, gender and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studies, geography, German, gerontology, Greek, history, humanities, Japanese, kinesiology, mathematics, political science, psychology, publishing, sociology and anthropology, Spanish, statistics, sustainable community development

business administration Prerequisites: Vary, contact each program Costs: Vary, contact admissions

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371 Queen St Suite 101, Fredericton, NB E3B 1B1 Contact: Phone: 877-454-6232 Areas of study: Degree, certificate and diploma programs in

University of Guelph Centre for Open Learning and Educational Support 160 Johnston Hall, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1 Contact: Learner services, Phone: 519-767-5000 Areas of study: Arts, business, environment, equine, food

science, horticulture, hospitality, human resource management, information management, MA (leadership), MBA Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

University of Manitoba Extended Education 185 Extended Education Complex, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Contact: Phone: 204-474-8800 Areas of study: Arts, social work (bachelor), education (post-

baccalaureate diploma) and 140 other courses

University of Northern British Columbia Continuing Studies 3333 University Way, Prince George, BC V2N 4Z9 Contact: or Phone: 250-960-5980 or 866-843-8061 Areas of study: Occupational health and safety (online

certificate), environmental monitoring certificate, bear awareness and safety, custom training Prerequisites: None Costs: See website for details

University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies 158 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2V8 Contact: Phone: 416-978-2400 Areas of study: Accounting and finance; advertising; career

development; e-business and web marketing; human resources; innovation management; international professionals; leadership; marketing; merchandising; project management; publicity and public relations; quality and productivity management; risk management; sales; strategic leadership; website development, strategy and execution; various business courses in analysis, communication and writing; intelligence, law and insurance; management and strategy Prerequisites: None Costs: Vary

University of Victoria Division of Continuing Studies PO Box 1700 Stn CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2 Contact: Phone: 250-472-4747 Areas of study: Business administration; computing and

technology; heritage, culture and museums; education, teaching and training; health and safety; public relations; sustainability and environment Prerequisites: Contact field of study Costs: Contact field of study

University of Waterloo Centre for Extended Learning 200 University Ave W, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Contact: Phone: 519-888-4002 Areas of study: Accounting, business analysis, communication,

human resources, leadership and management, productivity, project management, sales and marketing, writing Prerequisites: Vary Costs: Vary

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MBA–University of British Columbia

A LAUNCH PAD FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT UBC Sauder’s top-ranking, innovative programs equip students for professional success


he University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business empowers students to transform their careers with an MBA ranked in the top 45 of “Global Elite” schools by the QS World University Rankings, and a master of management ranked No. 2 in North America. Full-time MBA The 16-month full-time MBA at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School equips students to embrace their inner challenger and strategize like a CEO. Widely recognized as one of Canada’s top MBA programs, it serves as a launching pad for game-changing careers locally and abroad. Small class sizes and career mentorship from Day 1 allow students to focus on their future goals and to receive dedicated support to get there. The UBC MBA offers four career tracks: finance, product and service management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and a custom track tailored to help students meet their specific career goals. In the classroom, the innovative curriculum goes beyond theory with integrated hands-on experiences and opportunities to learn from senior business leaders. The program also has a distinctly global perspective; each year, students take part in a global immersion experience that takes them to destinations like Chile, Japan, Kenya and Germany to consult on business problems with international organizations. To learn more about the full-time UBC MBA, go to Professional MBA An innovative new program, UBC’s part-time professional MBA propels careers without taking students away from work. The 24-month program is designed around a full-time work schedule: classes take place every two to three weekends, all exams are online, winter and summer breaks are included, and three separate eight-day professional residencies help students deepen their network. Through collaborative coursework and personalized career coaching, the professional MBA builds business acumen, helping students discover their leadership style, deepen their understanding of the inner workings of an organization and cultivate their strategic thinking skills. To learn more about the UBC professional MBA, go to Professional_MBA.

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and after graduation with the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre. The centre is instrumental in connecting students with the business community and equipping them with a long-term career strategy. From networking events and interview training to mock salary negotiations and mentorship programs that pair students with experienced professionals, the career centre offers students countless opportunities to advance their careers.

Master of management Consistently ranked as one of the top master of management programs in North America by the Financial Times for the past four years, the UBC master of management delivers a broad foundation in business and management in just nine months. Designed for recent university graduates from non-business disciplines, it is ideal for those with less than two years’ work experience. Through a community business project, the program enables students to apply newly acquired management skills to solve business challenges for local organizations. With 90 per cent of graduates achieving full-time employment within three months of graduation, the program offers an accelerated path to career success. To learn more about the UBC master of management, go to Career and professional development At UBC Sauder, students get one-on-one support for their professional goals before, during

Costs and application deadlines Full-time MBA: runs August 2018 to December 2019. Cost for Canadian citizens and permanent residents: $47,500.38. Next round of application deadlines in 2018: January 10, February 28 and May 2. Professional MBA: runs January 2018 to December 2019. Cost for Canadian citizens and permanent residents: $46,569. Applications for January 2018 entry will be accepted starting summer 2017. Master of management: runs August 2018 to May 2019. Cost for Canadian citizens and permanent residents: $29,029. Next round of application deadlines: December 6, 2017, and January 31, April 4 and May 31, 2018. Scholarship opportunities UBC Sauder offers a number of financial aid, support and assistance options for exceptional students. All students are evaluated upon admission. Candidates are encouraged to thoroughly research all options available to them on the UBC Sauder website. SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

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MBA–Simon Fraser University

MULTIPLE MBA PROGRAMS FOR TODAY’S PROFESSIONALS SFU’s offerings include executive, management of technology MBAs


he Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University offers multiple MBA program options, each using a cohort model tailored to meet the requirements of today’s professionals. In addition to the full-time MBA, delivered in an accelerated 12-month curriculum that maximizes students’ valuable time, Beedie offers a range of part-time programs designed for working professionals to supplement their existing skills. Cohort learning is an integral part of all SFU Beedie MBA programs. With a typical class size of 45 students, the learning experience is as personalized and interactive as it gets. Students “learn by doing” and have the freedom and space to explore their interests, discover their strengths and take risks in a collegial, supportive environment. Students collaborate within this diverse group on projects and inevitably learn from one another as they form a business network that will last a lifetime. Beyond the classroom, engagement opportunities such as case competitions, career journey workshops and industry networking events enable students to connect with the wider community of MBA candidates across all SFU Beedie programs and at other business schools. Full-time MBA in downtown Vancouver The Beedie full-time MBA combines theory and application over three semesters, empowering students to apply what they learn as they progress through the program. With courses based on the principles of experiential learning, the comprehensive, engaging curriculum incorporates real-world business challenges and explores relevant topics such as sustainability, entrepreneurship and international business. After a four-month internship at the end of the program, students graduate with a business management tool kit that applies across industries, providing more career options and greater mobility. Executive MBA The Beedie executive MBA – the first in Canada – is uniquely designed to meet the needs of mid-career professionals to develop the confidence and core capabilities to drive a business strategically at the senior management level with the most current and innovative management practices. This program provides a

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dynamic exchange of ideas with faculty who are thought leaders in their fields and classmates who are experienced in different industries and functional areas. Delivered part time in downtown Vancouver, the program brings leading-edge theory and knowledge together with practical application that students can use at work immediately. Part-time MBA in Surrey The Beedie part-time MBA meets the needs of a growing number of managers, entrepreneurs and business leaders seeking to enhance their business skill set without skipping a beat in their professional careers. Featuring the same curriculum as the full-time MBA, the primarily evening program is taught by leading Beedie faculty at SFU’s award-winning Surrey campus. Management of technology MBA The Beedie management of technology MBA (MOT MBA) – the first of its kind in Canada, and still the only one in Western Canada – is designed to prepare technology industry professionals to transition from scientific or technical roles and handle the business problems faced by their companies. Developed in partnership with industry leaders, the MOT MBA is delivered part time in downtown Vancouver. Cases and projects bring leading-edge business theories to life, while small class sizes encourage discussion and direct feedback from instructors and classmates.

Alumni network for life The Beedie School of Business recognizes that alumni are a valuable resource to enhance student learning. Over 20,000 Beedie alumni are working around the globe, and business leaders (both local and international) are regularly featured as guest lecturers in every Beedie MBA program. Alumni also share their wisdom and career journey experience through the online CareerTalk platform as well as in Beedie’s first-in-class Mentors in Business program, which connects current students with accomplished industry professionals through a six-month mentoring partnership structured around career goals and objectives. SOURCE: BEEDIE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

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MBA–Vancouver Island University

BUSINESS DEGREES WITH AN INTERNATIONAL FOCUS VIU integrated program offers two degrees from two countries


s globalization quickens, international trade deals are negotiated, torn up and renegotiated, and mass movement of humans around the world increases, upper-level business degrees must have a strong international focus to be relevant. Vancouver Island University offers an integrated program that enables students to graduate with two degrees from two different countries – an MBA from Canada and a master of science in international management from the United Kingdom offered through the University of Hertfordshire. The program includes an internship during which students get started in the industry of their choice anywhere in Canada. Close student-professor relationships, combined with small class sizes, create a unique experience that allows students to individually tailor their education in the direction they wish their career to go. In addition to the international business focus, students can choose from finance and marketing streams. Beyond the classroom and internship, there are many opportunities to get involved in activities that challenge student knowledge, grow workplace skills, increase professional networks and enrich participants’ lives, such as joining VIU’s award-winning National MBA Games team, high-profile fundraising activities, extracurricular projects with local businesses and more.

disciplines and readies them to take on the main program. The core program runs over two regular university terms, plus one seven-week term, for a total of 10 months of classroom training. An additional seven-week term is available for students who choose to do a specialization in finance or marketing. This time in the classroom provides students with a strong foundation in key business disciplines with an international and strategic focus. Students obtain skills necessary for success as managers. The program concludes with an integrated internship and applied business project supported by three full-time co-ordinators dedicated to assisting students in obtaining a quality placement.

Global citizenship With students from 40 countries attending annually, the program is informed by diverse cultural experiences that ensure a truly global education. To successfully complete coursework, students must work with people from around the world, which builds understanding and international business competencies. The dual-country degree offering makes the program itself intrinsically international. Internship Students graduating from VIU’s MBA program have experience in their area of choice, which helps launch careers in new directions. Students work with internship co-ordinators who help them find the perfect placement for their work experience. The internships are primarily completed in Canada, and may be at a large or small business, at a non-profit or on a special project. This portion of the program is 16 weeks, which ensures students have time to immerse themselves in their work. Recent internships have

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taken place at Nike Canada, Inuktun Services (robotics), Shift Brand Integration Group and the Canada-Africa Research Alliance. The MBA program The program consists of four parts. For students without a business degree, an eight- or 10week foundation program introduces business

Costs/application deadlines Tuition for Canadian students (subject to change): MBA foundation program (non-business graduates), $2,731; MBA plus M.Sc. in international management dual degree with project, $20,834 (includes internship placement and optional courses); dual degree with project and specialization, $23,149; single degree with project or specialization, $19,890; single degree with project and specialization, $22,088. Deadline for September start: March 31. Deadline for January start: June 30. Entry is competitive, and preference is given to applicants with work experience and strong undergraduate grades. SOURCE: VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY

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MBA–University of Northern British Columbia

EQUIPPING PROFESSIONALS WITH THE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS UNBC offers its MBA program in Prince George and Vancouver


he popularity of MBA programs has led to an array of options available to students. The University of Northern British Columbia focuses on equipping working professionals with the perspectives and tools they need to succeed in management or to build their own business. Students can continue to work while they study, since classes are primarily held on Fridays and weekends once a month. Students can attend either in Prince George at UNBC’s campus or in Vancouver at Langara College. The program takes 21 months to complete. Why earn an MBA from UNBC? Graduates consistently stress that the greatest benefits of an MBA are new perspectives and tools – and being in a classroom with an expert in a subject, as well as with other students from a range of backgrounds, is the best environment in which to obtain these benefits. UNBC’s program is structured to maximize the opportunity to develop these key outcomes. UNBC’s classroom-based delivery offers structured learning environments for adult learners with professional and decision-making backgrounds. Team-based work hones participants’ skills in areas crucial for senior management roles, while individual assignments ensure a range of technical skills is in place. Students encounter highly relevant content delivered by high-quality instructors from different institutions and backgrounds. A vital component of a high-quality MBA is the exposure to a range of reference points. UNBC deliberately structures cohorts to include a range of backgrounds, including technology, manufacturing, resource extraction, health care and education. This maximizes the opportunity to become familiar with approaches and operating realities across an array of sectors, ensuring the richest learning environment for students. Build a complete skill set and a solid network The MBA develops a broad base of skills that are required for senior management as well as for effectively building a company. Students cover the major disciplinary areas, including strategy, economics, accounting, finance, organizational behaviour, marketing, management of technology and operations management. Participants learn to interpret the organizational environment and adapt advanced management practices to new demands.

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For those wishing to gain a particular edge in identifying and evaluating opportunities or challenges, the UNBC MBA offers the option to undertake a capstone project under faculty supervision. This option applies relevant theory to study a substantial organizational issue, which will allow students to stand out in areas that are relevant to them and their careers. Alternatively, students may forgo doing a project and instead complete their MBA entirely through coursework. The 2018-19 tuition (Canadian students) for the MBA program will be approximately $38,000, not including student fees, textbooks, accommodation or transportation during the program. Note that UNBC takes exceptional applications without an undergrad. For more information, visit commerce/mba. Our MBA alumni testimonials say: The UNBC MBA program “trains you to be bold” with the three components that will impact your career: the formal education, which includes all the business aspects to further your career; the viewpoint from the unique and varied levels of knowledge of the other students; and the vast network you gain from the alumni once you graduate.

The education in the classroom comes from the structure of the program, the instructors and the conversations with the other professionals (students) in the room. You learn the language of business that allows you to apply your knowledge from any industry you are from and integrate it with an in-depth business perspective. Your classmates expand your perspective by giving a diverse range of opinions; a variety of industry experience that gives you the ability to understand the application of the program; friendship and a closeness that sometimes doesn’t even exist on the job that expands your network; and the chance to develop your personal leadership style to allow you to be a leader, understand a leader and grow as a leader. Once the program is complete, your network grows internationally and locally by more than 260 alumni from over 10 years of other graduated MBAs from UNBC. The alumni have spent their postgraduate years applying their new-found knowledge. This vast pool of knowledge is available to each and every graduate with a common language to support one another. SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA

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MBA–Trinity Western University

A PERSONALIZED LEARNING EXPERIENCE TWU students gain the skills to become organizational leaders and agents of positive change in the world


he MBA program of the Trinity Western University School of Business is designed around small classes to ensure dynamic interaction between faculty and students. Students seeking to differentiate themselves can choose from three select specializations. Understanding that working professionals have busy schedules, TWU’s School of Business works personally with all students to design a program that meets their professional development needs and accommodates their busy schedules. Students in the program gain the skills to become not just organizational leaders, but also agents of positive change in the world. Professors believe that profit is critically important for the success of organizations, but only when made and managed with integrity. They challenge students to question not only how they do business, but why. Core program TWU’s MBA is delivered in either a 12-to-13month full-time format or a convenient 21-month blended format. Those who wish to focus on the global market can pursue the international business specialization, which involves 12 to 13 months of full-time study, including a twoweek study trip overseas. The 21-month option accommodates busy working professionals with online courses throughout the year and face-toface classroom experiences in four short summer residencies. The MBA program offers three specializations: international business, management of the growing enterprise, and non-profit and charitable organization management. All TWU MBA courses are designed so that what is taught in each learning activity can be applied the very next day in a student’s professional life. Students work with professors to integrate their personal and professional goals into the assignments. Specializations The international business specialization offered at both Richmond and Langley locations is delivered in a 12-to-13-month full-time format. This specialization is designed to convey the managerial skills and cultural intelligence that business leaders need for navigating the international market with a global perspective. The fact that students enrol from around the world helps create the stimulating learning environment in which

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they learn about business across borders. Students take courses in comparative international management, global economic competitiveness, international business law and cross-cultural leadership. A two-and-a-half-week trip, in which the student meets with company executives in an influential region of the world, provides a truly global education. The international business specialization is also delivered over about 18 months in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, China. The 21-month option offers two specializations designed for those seeking to influence their environments through innovative thinking and social responsibility. The growing enterprise specialization helps students become creative and confident social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a positive difference. The program equips them with the managerial and analytical training they need for bringing their ideas to market. Students work through case studies concerning

venture capital, create business models and learn how to navigate legal challenges while breaking ground as emerging business leaders. The non-profit and charitable organization management specialization prepares students to think in innovative ways as they lead mission-driven organizations to greater impact. They learn about formation and structure of non-profits and charities; management and leadership of non-profits; legal issues for charities; financial management of non-profits; and grants, fundraising and non-profit marketing. Corporate social responsibility and consideration for environmental sustainability is an active part of business planning. Costs/application deadlines The cost of the 21-month MBA with specializations in managing the growing enterprise or non-profit and charitable organization management was $34,425 for students starting in 2017. Students can start the program at the beginning of each term, allowing applications to be received yearround. The most common entry point is in August of each year. Scholarships are available. The cost of the 12-to-13-month full-time MBA program with an international business specialization was $36,225 (plus travel costs for international study trip) for students starting in 2017. The international business specialization has a rolling entry throughout the year, allowing students to begin in any month. SOURCE: TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY

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MBA–University of Victoria

THE WORLD LOOKS DIFFERENT FROM HERE UVic MBA program offers an intensive and personal education, locally grounded with an international reach


he Sardul S. Gill Graduate School at the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business offers both daytime and weekend MBA program streams. The program aims to provide students with an immersive education steeped in the school’s four pillars: international, integrative, innovative and sustainable/socially responsible. In addition to the MBA, there is a unique master of global business (MGB) program. MBA: daytime or weekend program streams The daytime MBA is a full-time program taking 17 to 21 months. Students complete the first academic year as a cohort. In the second academic year, students choose between one of two specializations (service management or entrepreneurship) or opt for an international exchange. In the summer term between first and second years, students with less than three years’ work experience are required to participate in a co-op work term. Students with more than three years’ experience also have the option to participate in co-op. The weekend MBA is designed for working professionals and is completed in 24 months. Students attend courses on campus, one weekend per month, and work online between weekends. The program is bookended by two five-day sessions at the start and finish of the program. Students complete the entire program as a cohort. Cohorts in both program streams are small by design. In the daytime program, cohorts are up to 45 students; in the weekend program, cohorts are up to 25 students. Both daytime and weekend programs begin with an intensive course called Essentials of Business and Leadership, which lays the groundwork for the program as a whole. There is a focus on cohort building, team building, global business, sustainability, innovation and integration. An outdoor experience and a live case integrate the learning experience. The program features major team-based consulting projects, called applied projects, which provide students the opportunity to work with local, regional or international client organizations. The projects integrate learning from multiple courses taken that term. One of the applied projects has an international focus and culminates in an international trip where students meet with stakeholders, tour facilities and gather market data to complete their project. Recent countries

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meaningful connections relevant to their professional aspirations and to explore new areas for career development. The UVic MBA is affordable: total cost (including tuition, program fees and travel costs for the international applied project) is approximately $33,000. For more information, visit gustavson/gill/mba.

visited include Thailand, Colombia, Malaysia, China, India and Brazil. All students are also required to complete a capstone project, either a team-based consulting project or an individual research project. Throughout the MBA, students participate actively in a professional development course. The backbone of the course is the personal business plan. Students prepare their plan at the start of the MBA program and update it each term, developing their long-range life/career vision and setting academic, personal and career goals for the coming term that align with their vision. Students have access to an executive mentor program through the professional development course. The mentor program provides students with the opportunity to develop strong and

MGB: study, work and live in three different countries The Gill Graduate School also offers an unusual one-year master’s degree. A prospective master of global business student can apply to the one-year, full-time program right after completion of an undergraduate business degree. Students in each graduating cohort attain an MGB after one year, three countries (in one of three streams) and a global internship. (The program can be extended to 16 months to accommodate longer internships.) Path 1 starts students in Victoria and then takes them for terms in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Linz, Austria. Path 2 is Victoria; Montpellier, France; and Seoul, South Korea. Path 3 is Victoria; Maastricht, the Netherlands; and Lima, Peru. The degree finishes with a global internship, providing each student with valuable cross-cultural study and work experience. For more information, visit SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA

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MBA–Royal Roads University

CHALLENGE, COMMITMENT AND CAMARADERIE Royal Roads’ blended MBA delivers a strong network of experience and support


he first person Kevin Gatley saw when he walked into class at Royal Roads University was his future business partner. Gatley, who entered the MBA in executive management with a background in science, IT, hospitality and coaching, dreamed of owning his own consultancy. Sitting next to classmate Justin Beadle turned out to be a fortunate meeting. By the end of the three-week residency, the two men discovered they had mutual goals, complementary skills and strong work ethics. Eighteen months later, the duo launched Gatley Beadle Management Consultants. “We came out of this program having a real sense of camaraderie,” Gatley says. “We stand shoulder to shoulder.” For Beadle, who accepted a position as Alert Bay’s chief administrative officer soon after starting the program, the decision was obvious. “Being on a team together, the hours we did, trying to achieve the grades that we did, it proved to me this is someone I could work with once I finished the MBA,” Beadle says. Royal Roads Prof. Frances Jorgensen is familiar with such stories. As an instructor in the 18-month blended MBA program, she says the combination of online learning and on-campus residencies that focus on team-based learning, and solving real clients’ problems, facilitates these bonds. “Lifelong close relationships and good networking opportunities come from our residencies,” she says. “We nurture those relationships.” Jorgensen says there’s something about the students Royal Roads attracts that makes magic. With seven to 10 years of work experience required to enter the MBA , flexible admission options and a commitment to meeting individuals’ needs, Royal Roads’ MBA attracts a diverse and motivated group of working professionals from across industries, she says. Specializations include leadership, management consulting and international business, with an opportunity to focus on Asia-Pacific or European regions. The program stood out to Rieghardt van Enter, a chartered professional accountant. He wanted an MBA that would allow him to continue working while getting an edge in his career. “I needed something to bolster my resumé and I thought, ‘Why don’t I do an MBA?’” Van Enter, who is now the B.C. regional director for the Progressive Contractors Association of

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Canada, first researched 40 programs before running into a Royal Roads alumnus who raved about the MBA program. “I looked at the campus; it was gorgeous. The administrative staff was phenomenal to deal with,” he says. “I decided that June to enrol, and I started the residency in August. That’s how quickly it happened.” He experienced the same phenomenon as Beadle and Gatley with his own classmates – and benefited significantly from his ready-made network. “I had a diverse cohort; it really enriched the whole experience,” he says. “I know I can call any of them now and get solid advice.” Royal Roads’ instructors further set the MBA

program apart. Jorgensen says the focus on having a balance of scholar-practitioners with years of industry experience and traditional academics gives students a unique perspective. Instructors value students’ work experience, and leverage that in the classroom. “We’re on equal footing. There’s a real shared learning environment,” she says. “We learn a lot from our students, and they contribute a lot to our way of teaching.” And as van Enter attests, the instructors set high expectations right off the bat. “You have to put in the time and commitment to do an MBA. It’s tough, but if you’re diligent it’s doable,” he says. “The experience was tremendous.” For Gatley and Beadle, the journey has been rewarding. The two have been pouring time into their business consultancy and building their client list. Beadle’s day-to-day work has taught him a Royal Roads MBA is highly regarded. “It’s taken very seriously by industry,” Beadle says. Gatley, meanwhile, is confident he made the right career move. “I wouldn’t have been as brave to be an entrepreneur if I hadn’t enrolled,” he says. “Royal Roads helped me meet the right business partner.” Visit for more information. SOURCE: ROYAL ROADS UNIVERSITY

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MBA–Thompson Rivers University

A NEW PATH IN BUSINESS TRU offers flexible, customizable programs with a global perspective


hompson Rivers University offers flexible courses and the opportunity to specialize through research. Students can learn on campus or online, part time or full time. Flexible and accessible Students can choose to complete the program on campus or online, or they can combine online courses with on-campus learning to suit their individual work and life commitments. Part-time study options are also available, making it possible for busy working professionals to advance their leadership skills without putting their careers on hold. With no minimum professional work experience requirements, the TRU MBA is also a great choice for recent graduates and those just beginning their professions who want to fasttrack their careers. Choice The TRU MBA is designed to meet the needs of students, who can customize their learning experience with maximum flexibility and choice. The core courses of the MBA provide students with competency in all the major functional management areas of an organization, preparing graduates to manage effectively in today’s complex and rapidly changing business environment. The program offers a choice of completion options: the graduate project and thesis completion options allow students to focus on an area of specialization in depth, while the course-based completion option provides a generalist program in advanced management topics. Global perspective It is critical for leaders to understand and embrace the international business environment. Global perspectives are incorporated throughout the curriculum, and the diversity of the students and faculty further enhance the development of intercultural understanding. Graduates leave the program with a high degree of understanding of the cultures and business practices found around the world and a true empathy for all participants in our rapidly globalizing economy. Bridge to business This series is a new initiative in the TRU School of Business and Economics. Designed to enhance the experience and knowledge gained in the classroom, experiential learning opportunities and complementary resources develop graduate students’ leadership, professional and foundational

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skills while improving collaborative relationships within the Kamloops business community. New: master’s degrees in environmental economics and management TRU now offers students the opportunity to become leaders in environmental and fiscal responsibility and grow their career opportunities in sustainability and change management. These programs are interdisciplinary, combining business education with the study of economic sustainability, producing managers with a unique perspective. The master in environmental economics and management is a course-based degree, while the master of science in environmental economics and management consists of both coursework and research. Students with a business education background may be eligible for direct entry into the second year of the program, completing a master’s degree in 12 months. Career prospects include environmental management and policy development in the private and public sectors. Learn and live on campus Situated in the centre of Kamloops, TRU is near all the amenities available in this city of more than 85,000 people, including a vibrant arts and culture scene, shopping and some of the best four-season recreational activities in Canada. For more information and to apply, visit SOURCE: THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY

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MBA–University Canada West


Embrace your future: Start with an MBA at UCW


f you’re an ambitious, business-minded professional looking to further your education, take a closer look at University Canada West’s (UCW) Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. UCW’s MBA degree program has been attracting increasing numbers of students from around the world for more than a decade. Attracted by the program’s practical blend of theory and application, students develop employable competencies in critical thinking, persuasive communication, system analysis, leadership and business ethics in small classes taught by personable professors whose academic and professional qualifications are enhanced by practical field experience in the subjects they teach. The MBA Foundation Program is available for students not meeting the professional or academic qualifications to directly enter the MBA program. Vancouver campus Located in the historic London Building in the business centre of Vancouver, UCW is easily accessible by transit and surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, entertainment, shopping centres and gym facilities, making it highly attractive to international and domestic students alike. Thinking about studying an MBA online? University Canada West’s online programs offer flexibility to balance studies with work and family commitments, so students can pursue an education from anywhere in the world. They benefit from a wide range of online resources, including videos, online discussions, extensive library resources and one-on-one time with professors. The online MBA program develops competencies in leadership, critical thinking, project planning and a host of other business disciplines. Courses are taught by professors who possess real-world experience in addition to academic and professional qualifications. Highly interactive classes provide students with the opportunity to learn from each other as well as their professors. Awards and scholarships Financial help is available. Students can apply for an MBA Foundation Study Grant that provides financial support of up to $6,500. UCW’s Academic Excellence Scholarships are available to students with qualifying academic grades, who can demonstrate leadership potential in a business environment through academic accomplishments and an established track record of excellence in their field of choice. Scholarships for MBA students are valued up to $10,000. Student testimonial “An online MBA was a goal I could pursue. Many career advancement opportunities were attainable from my experience, but the educational requirement was not quite there,” says Tammy Lynn McMullen, UCW’s 2017 Medal for Academic Excellence recipient in the MBA program. “The online experience was perfect for me to maximize my efforts and work around an already busy personal schedule.”


University Canada West’s online programs offer flexibility to balance studies with work and family commitments, so students can pursue an education from anywhere in the world.


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DBA–Athabasca University


Athabasca U grads blaze trails with doctorate in business administration By Peter Kenter ©2017 Postmedia Network Inc.


ow do you top an MBA? While some graduates go on to earn a PhD in business, Athabasca University (AU) chose to offer something a little different – the country’s first online doctorate in business administration (DBA). The decision to offer the program in 2009 was generated by demand from MBA students who earned their degree through the university, says Kay Devine, program director of AU’s DBA program. “Both a PhD and a DBA require the student to engage in rigorous research,” she says. “The major difference is that the DBA concentrates on applied research rather than theoretical research.” It’s an important distinction. Students enrolled at the country’s first university specializing in online distance education are often extremely busy professionals who are already well established and want to engage in research that directly addresses their intellectual curiosity while providing real-world benefits for their organizations. To date 85 students have enrolled in the DBA program, which offers six courses that build on an applicant’s MBA earned at any accredited institution. Students have completed the program in as few as three years or as many as seven. “The students are a very eclectic bunch,” says Devine. “They’re all intellectually curious and incredibly interesting people.” Among the courses she teaches is Current Research, in which students learn how to create an interesting research question, review literature, and identify research and knowledge gaps. It’s just one of the courses that helps to prepare students to write their dissertations. Student dissertations completed to date include research into whether smaller businesses should enter the international arena; how aboriginal and other workers at a construction company could better recognize common values; and how public-private partnerships in Alberta transportation projects could achieve optimum results. Balancing School and Life DBA graduate Andrea Smilski is interim dean of Health and Human Services, at Vancouver Island University (VIU). She earned her MBA at the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. and completed coursework at UBC’s Philosophy of Nursing program. “I completed all but my dissertation at UBC,” she says. “Between 60hour work weeks, two sons, a husband running his own business and other family commitments, I realized I couldn’t make the commitment to go back and finish.” At AU, she realized that she could make the time to complete the online DBA program on her own schedule. She enrolled in 2013 and received credit for four courses completed elsewhere. Her research examined the relationship between an individual employee’s judgment of institutional legitimacy and its effect on sickness absence and presenteeism (coming to work while unwell). “I designed a scale to measure an individual’s opinion of institutional

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Hamid Shirazi earned his MBA at Athabasca University in 2006, and is now pursuing his DBA. legitimacy as part of the research,” says Smilski. She received her DBA in 2016. The research completed for her dissertation resulted in practical organizational changes at VIU. “Looking back at the program, I really enjoyed it,” she says. “I worked with world-renowned professors that I would never have had access to.” Hamid Shirazi is a senior business development specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth. He earned his MBA at Athabasca in 2006, but wanted more. “I see myself on the applied side of business, finding solutions to ongoing challenges,” he says. “There was also no doubt I would take the DBA at Athabasca. I love the flexibility of the platform, which allows me to work according to my own schedule.” Shirazi has narrowed down the research he will pursue for his dissertation. He wants to understand the thinking and behaviour common to high-growth Canadian companies. “Only a small fraction of Canadian companies employ more than 500 people,” he says. “If we can transfer their knowledge and behaviour to other businesses, we can grow thousands of small and medium-sized businesses into large ones and fuel accelerated growth and job creation.” He notes that Athabasca’s online platform allows for easy collaboration with other students and generous access to professors. “The university’s subject matter experts care deeply about growth,” he says. “With a group of like-minded professionals, we can push the boundaries of business knowledge.” THIS CONTENT WAS PRODUCED BY CONTENT WORKS, POSTMEDIA’S CUSTOM CONTENT STUDIO.

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