Edwards Deans Circle Report 2018-2019

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Dean’s Remarks Welcome to the 2018-19 Dean’s Circle Annual Report!

not enjoy these remarkable experiences. With your assistance, Edwards students are positioned for ongoing achievements.

Colleagues, supporters, friends… thank you! Your generosity is extraordinary and remarkable. Thank you for enabling student success, answering the call to action, and helping to advance the mission of the Edwards School of Business.

The past has provided a series of successes, but where are we heading in the future? Our Edwards strategic plan is sharpening our focus on enhancing the student experience and pursuing program excellence. These two core components of our business school are clearly connected to Dean’s Circle support. Your generosity will offer the very best learning facilities and technology platforms for students. Moreover, you will enhance teaching and learning spaces through renovated classrooms and collaborative meeting rooms.

Your contributions of time, talent and philanthropy to the Dean’s Circle provide a compelling platform for our school to recruit the best and brightest of student talent. Your gifts reward academic success. Your donations spur educational outcomes. We began this endeavor over five years ago. Our progress has surpassed my expectations, and this is entirely due to your exceptional efforts. Over 100 of you now fill the ranks of the Edwards Dean’s Circle. Some of you joined at the program’s inception. Others participated at the invitation of a colleague. Regardless of when you came on board, your support continues to provide outstanding opportunities for our students and academic programs. Did you know that Dean’s Circle funds annually provide 75 student awards and prizes? Think of the impact! Students are receiving more scholarships and important support for experiential opportunities such as the JDC West business case competitions or international study tour classes… all directly linked to your generosity! Absent this support, students would


I am honoured to be considered your friend and fellow Dean’s Circle member! Enjoy our fifth annual report.

Keith A. Willoughby, Ph.D. Dean and Dean’s Circle Member

Donors $50,000


Merlis Belsher Wayne Brownlee David Dubé Murray Edwards James Estey Tim Gitzel John Gordon Jane & Ron Graham Gord & Maureen Haddock Bob Hamm Aaron Loraas Grit & Scott McCreath Larry Moeller Gordon Rawlinson Tracy Robinson Karen Stewart & Daniel Themig Greg Yuel

Lee Ahenakew Daphne Arnason & Leo Bourassa Cam Bird W. John Brennan Drew Byers Tim Conlin Robert Connoly Joy Crawford Glenn Dagenais Dwayne Dahl Gordon den Brok Matthew Ditlove Clay Dowling Don Engle Ronald Fior Steve Flynn Sandra Foster Don Fox Craig & Judi Francis Barry & Gisele Frank Rod Gerla Kristen Hamm Stewart Hanlon Zane Hansen Betty-Ann Heggie Christopher Hengen-Braun Gordon & Shirley Hunter Art & Deb Korpach Michael Lamborn Wally Mah Louis Marcil Russel Marcoux Martin Margolis George Marlatte Tom McClocklin Bryan McCrea

$25,000 Mansel Binkley Shelley Brown Neil Evans Jerry Grandey Mike Greenberg Brent & Debra Hesje Grant & Shannon Isaac Grant Kook Barry Munro Lynne Pearson Elaine & Sherwood Sharfe John Storey Daphne Taras Gord Thompson Joe Vidal Brett Wilson Lorne Wright

Margaret McKenzie Matt McMillan & Krystle Sawatsky Neil McMillan Randy Meidl Larry Mumford Jack Neumann Annette Pilipiak Tom Pinder Allen Ponak Cathy & Jerry Richardson Donald Robb Michael Rushby James Salamon Jill Salamon Irene Seiferling Claudia Senkiw Myles Shedden Greg Smith James Sproule Gord Stewart Lee Swanson Colin Taylor Shelley Thiel Ryan Townend Gregory Trotter Wayne Ulrich June Verhelst Daymond Volk Cathy Warner Basil & Cheryl Waslen Cliff Wiegers Colton Wiegers Keith Willoughby

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Student Impact “The ability to apply course knowledge to help provide recommendations and ideas for a real non-profit in Edmonton was amazing. Case competitions not only allow students the opportunity to expand learnings and improve presentation skills, but also allow us to expand our professional network and meet other Canadian business students.” Meghan Johnson Received funding to attend the Alberta Not-for-Profit Case Competition

“The experience I got from this conference is one that will help me excel in my role as an Edwards’ business student. It has helped me grow and become more confident in my abilities in networking and public speaking.” Jordan Glasman Received funding to attend the Rocky Mountain Business Seminar


“Being able to attend the John Molson Sports Marketing Conference allowed me to learn from high level sports executives across all five major North American sports leagues. Many topics were covered, and it’s my dream to work in the sports and entertainment industry one day. Thank you for the funding. It’s truly appreciated.” Francis Sicat Received funding to attend the John Molson Sports Marketing Conference in Montreal

“The funding I received to attend TRMC helped me network with students and business professionals from all around North America. These opportunities are ones I do not take for granted during my undergraduate experience and am thankful to the donors for providing funding for students to attend these events.” Brandon Hansen Received funding to attend the Ted Rogers Management Conference

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Financials Actual




Student Awards, Prizes & Bursaries

$ 74,000

$ 74,000

Student Experiential Learning & Professional Development

$ 44,432

$ 47,284

Edwards Network

$ 13,872

$ 14,440

Competition Support

$ 10,422

$ 18,653

$ -

$ -

$ 2,592

$ -

$ 145,318

$ 154,377


New Initiatives Rapid Response Fund

Approved Spending for 2019-2020 Student Awards, Prizes & Bursaries

$ 140,000

Student Professional Development

$ 25,000

Edwards Network

$ 15,000

Competition Support

$ 11,500

New Initiatives

$ 20,000

Rapid Response Fund

$ 40,000

Total 2019-2020 expenditures will be

$ 251,500

Thank you to Shelley and Scott We would like to recognize Shelley Brown and Scott McCreath for continuing to serve on the Dean’s Circle Approval Committee.


Shelley Brown

R. Scott McCreath

Retired Partner, Deloitte LLP

Senior Investment Advisor, BMO Nesbitt Burns Edwards Executive in Residence

Breakdown of the Dean’s Circle Funding The Dean’s Circle funds many important awards and programs that enhance the student experience on many different levels. You made the following experiences possible: Edwards MBA Management Consulting Prize ●

Shelby Sieben-Chuback, $500

arold Shiffman and Nicole H Onufreychuk, $300 ($150 each)

Ankur Pramod $200

Graduate experiential learning ●

onference attendance for C M.Sc. students

Edwards Network software omm 101 Entrance Awards C for prospective students ●

Brianna Bakken, Dante Carter, Eljay Dungca, Caitlyn Honan, Brayden Janes, Treyton Pernitsky, Kailee Popowich, Grady Rogers, Jaedyn Rudichuk, Abbey Sittler

Comm 101 Business Plan Awards ●

Eric Armstrong, Mitchell Harris, Troy Joyce, Treyton Pernitsky, Jaedyn Rudichuk, Brianna Bakken, Jamison Ryan, Brayden Schultz, Paris Volk

Dean’s Circle High School Business Competition Prize for prospective students Justin Berscheid, Rayyann Haque, Ashley Mangino, Jaxon Robertson, Emma Stinson, Desirae Therres, Matthew Mandziuk

Dean’s Circle Undergraduate Scholarship Janine Achen, May Ada, Ryssa Mae Alarcon, Jeanlyn Anyayahan, Madison Arndt, Keenan Attrux, Cody Bereza, Ceanna Bruce, Matthew Buglass, Brenden Cowlishaw, Justine Dalgarno, Kaitlyn Dilsner, Jordan Glasman, Johann Jacob, Rebecca Keindel, Mirjam Kielstra, Emily Lesy, Devany Mastad, Darian Neil, Clea Parsaligan, Rayne Seafoot, Kaylin Skinner, Cassie Smith, Jessica Sopatyk, Samara St. Louis, Jill Tebay, Christina Tomas, Harrison Wallace, Emily Weedmark, Jenna Zimmer

Dean’s Circle Enhance & Innovate Award for current students Jeremy Czajkowski, Meagan Ernst, Steffany Mejia Velasquez, Mikaila Ortynsky, Francis Sicat, Mikaela Spooner, Kendra Vanstone, Yu Wang, Trevor Zentner, Chuanyan Zhu

Edwards Experiential Learning Initiative (ELLI) Celebration (120 attendees including faculty, staff and community members)

Graduate experiential learning Conference attendance for M.Sc. students

Dean’s Circle Case Competition Prize Brogran Beechinor, Hunter Brooks, Ryker Barnett, Allie Degenstein, Jordyn Nachtegaele, William Quon, Daniel Richard, Brett Lang, Mitch Letts, Logan Lucyshyn, Cole Reiniger

JDC West Faculty Advisor Edwards students earned the following placements at the 2019 competition: Accounting: 1st

Entrepreneurship: 1st

Human Resources: 2nd

Undergraduate experiential learning Sports Marketing Workshop (23 students attended)

Operations Management: 3rd

Nathalie Johnstone won Faculty Advisor of the Year

Project Funding (6 applications received a total of $5,875)

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“I have always admired how the Edwards School of Business encourages experiential learning and provides many opportunities for students to apply their business knowledge. When I was in grade 12, I participated in the High School Business Case Competition and received the Edwards Dean’s Circle High School Business Competition Prize, a renewable scholarship of up to 3 years, worth $1,000. Over the past two and a half years in university, I have received approximately $6,000 in scholarships from the Dean’s Circle. These awards have given me the chance to get involved at university and not have to worry about working a job to help pay for tuition, rent, and food. It is donors like you who have provided these awards that have changed lives like mine. This past year I was on the JDC West Business Technology Team, which placed first in our category among 11 other Western Canadian Business Schools. Through my experience in JDC West, I learned self-confidence, discipline, commitment, work ethic, and I’ve experienced personal growth. To all of you, I want to extend a thank you for your generosity and for caring for students who want to do much more than just get a bachelor’s degree in commerce in their four years. I feel very fortunate to learn and grow with the support of the Edwards School of Business. I can’t wait for the day that I will be in your chair giving back to the university that helped shape me into the business professional I am growing into.” Jordan Glasman – 3rd year, Accounting Major

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