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Niagara College Convocation: Speakers inspire new grads to “dream big”

Two inspiring speakers, one top scholar, and 1,700 new graduates were in the spotlight on June 21 as Niagara College marked day two of its Spring Convocation Ceremonies.

Graduates from the School of Business Management Studies, and School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies had an opportunity to hear from a Niagara success story John Ferguson, president and CEO of Purolator Canada, at the afternoon ceremony. Ferguson, who was born and raised in Fort Erie, told graduates it has been exactly 30 years since his own graduation.

“Thirty years ago, I was sitting exactly where you are now, with no idea that I would lead a company the size of Purolator,” he said. “If I can do this, it’s entirely possible that you will too.”

Ferguson shared guiding principles that he has learned throughout his career with the new grads.

“Class of 2017, you are starting your careers at such an exciting time. You have the education, the knowledge and the ability to do almost anything, anywhere in the world, in any industry,” he said. “Think big, be bold, create your networks, build relationships, stay true to your values, and don’t ever stop trying. Do this and amazing things will happen.”

At the morning ceremony, former deputy minister, Ontario Public Service, Deborah Newman, who is currently a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University, addressed new graduates from the School of Academic and Liberal Studies, and the School of Justice and Fitness Studies. She encouraged grads to “dream big,” sharing her own career journey, from the front lines of correctional services as a probation and parole officer, all the way up the ranks to the high office of deputy minister.

“Anything is possible if you have bold dreams, opportunity, passion and determination,” she said.

Her advice to the new graduates: treat others with kindness and compassion; be an agent for change by embracing diversity and inclusion; and don’t shut out those who hold a different point of view that your own.

“Your education gives you more than knowledge. It gives you the power to improve your life and the lives of others,” she said.

Both guest speakers received an Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.

The College’s top student Paige MacPherson, who achieved a 97.86% grade-point average, received the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal during the morning ceremony. MacPherson, who graduated from the Police Foundations – Advanced Standing program said she was honoured to receive the award.

“I am so glad that I took the chance, overcame my fears of leaving good things behind and came out here to NC to further my goal of becoming a police officer. I found a place that was welcoming and a program that I was so interested in,” she said. “For me, that interest made all the difference in the world for being successful in my studies. My motivation helped me to engage fully in every aspect of my experience here at NC.”

View media release about Governor General’s Academic Award winner here:

http://www.niagaracollege.ca/blog/2017/06/20/head-class-top-grad-achieves-97-86-average-dreams-meaningful-service/

Niagara College celebrated a record number of graduates – more than 4,600 – at its 2017 spring convocation ceremonies held from June 20 to 23 at the Welland Campus.

2017 Tyler Santing Award Winner

The Sales and Marketing Program was proud to present Fernando de Gama Olievera with the 2017 Tyler Santing Spirit Award on June 9, 2017. Tyler was an exceptional student whose endearing personality and spirit had a huge impact on his classmates in the Sales and Marketing Program.  He proudly represented Niagara College at the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition, winning 2nd place in the Advertising Campaign Case Event  and also was involved in our ENACTUS Club. Tyler will always be remembered for his high energy, enthusiasm, smile and his ability to make others smile. The Tyler Santing Spirit award was established by a donation from a student in his class, and supported by the Santing family. The award is meant to recognize a student in Sales & Marketing that has contributed positively to the program culture and environment, just as Tyler did. 

Fernando de Gama Olievera, the recipient of this year’s award, brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to every day.  As an International Student coming to Niagara, he embraced the School of Business learning experience from the very start and quickly became an active participant in the classroom environment as well as the School of Business as a whole.  He volunteered as a Student Assistant, in the International Department, represented Niagara as a participant in the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition Team,  and even donned our school mascot costume at the competition.  While at school, Fernando worked several part-time jobs in sales and marketing, at the same time as maintaining excellent grades and above all else, always coming to campus with a smile on his face.  His positive approach and way at looking at life is infectious and added a lot to the program culture for students in the Sales & Marketing program. We are also happy to report  that not only is Fernando a graduate of the Sales and Marketing Program, he is now also a colleague, as he was just hired by Niagara College as the International Student Recruitment Regional Manager for the Americas.  

Fernando received his award from Rick Santing, Tyler’s father and was also joined by the two previous Tyler Santing Award recipients, Fred Donkor (2015 Winner)  and Marc Calaguiro (2016 Winner).  ​

Business prof co-authors new textbook

The School of Business and Management is excited to announce that professor Terri Champion’s latest publication, MGMT Principles of Management 3rd Canadian Edition is hot off the press.

Champion co-authored the Canadian edition of this introductory management textbook with professor Ike Hall from British Columbia Institute of Technology. The text is designed to provide students with little to no management experience to think like managers. It covers key topics like ethics and social responsibility, innovation and global management.

The text is paired with Nelson Publishers MindTap, an interactive learning system that provides students with online resources to enhance their interpersonal, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, preparing them for roles as future leaders.

As part of the development of this new edition, Champion wanted to ensure that students using this text were able to hear first-hand how some of the management topics discussed in the book were being applied in the real world of business, and from business leaders they could identify with. “I felt it was important for students to not only have insight from current managers in business, but also to be able to gain inspiration from individuals who not so long ago, were at the same point of their academic careers,” she explained.

Recent graduates from college business programs across Canada were interviewed and profiled in the opening vignettes of each chapter, providing their own thoughts on the topic at hand. Niagara College School of Business alumni Chris Sinclair (vice-president of Brand Blvd) and Mike Cameron (general manager of Newcap Radio) were both featured in the textbook.

“It was a great opportunity for our alumni to not only share their insight into the world of management but also to discuss the key takeaways they gained from their business education at Niagara College and help readers to imagine the possibilities for their own career paths,” said Champion.

Champion has worked at the College’s School of Business for almost 23 years. She has co-authored the first and second edition of the MGMT Management Principles texts, as well as Small Business Management (Nelson Publishers) fifth and sixth editions.

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If you have further questions, please contact prof. Terri Champion, Coordinator of Sales and Marketing Program, (905) 641-2252, ext. 4140    tchamption@niagaracollege.ca

Entrepreneurship Challenge Competition

This year the School of Business was invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge presented by the School of Business, Hospitality and Environment.

8 student teams representing 6 different programs including: Bachelor of Business Hospitality, Event Management, Golf Management, Hospitality & Tourism, Sales and Marketing and Sports Management competed in this business pitch competition.  Each team had 15 minutes to deliver a convincing presentation of their research and business strategy for a new business idea to a panel of industry experts. Two student teams from the Sales and Marketing program were selected to compete at this exciting event that took place on April 20, 2017

I am happy to report that the 2 teams from Sales and Marketing performed exceptionally, winning 1st and 3rd place in the competition. Congratulations to the 1st place team made up of students from Term 1 of the Sales and Marketing Program: Kiersten Gates, Ece Nur Pehlivanoglu, Ana Bilek and Firas El Zein.  The 3rd Place Team was also made up of Term 1 students from Sales and Marketing and included: David Jones, Rico Dean, Vitor Baradel and Nicholas Leduc.

The winning group won $750 and the 3rd place team received $250. In addition, all of the final teams will have an opportunity to work with NC Takeoff to help bring their idea to fruition. ​Way to go Sales and Marketing students!

Professor Terri Champion
Coordinator – Sales and Marketing Program
Niagara College School of Business
tchampion@niagaracollege.ca

VR AR and AI and How it will Disrupt Industry

Alan Smithson, CEO of MetaVRse will be coming to Niagara College on April 5th at 12:30 pm and speaking at on How Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence will Disrupt Industry in the future. MetaVRse will be bringing down AR and VR equipment so that you can experience it for yourself.

Alan Smithson is an entrepreneur and investor who has always been on the cutting edge of emerging technology. Alan invented and brought to market the SmithsonMartin Emulator DJ System featured in WIRED and used by Linkin Park and Infected Mushroom.  His latest endeavour as CEO of MetaVRse has entered him into the world of virtual and augmented reality experiences, becoming an leader in business applications for VR/AR and providing insight into this exploding field of technologies. Alan has been recognized as an industry pioneer, and was recently mentioned in an article on “10 Virtual Reality Leaders you should follow in 2016”. Equally comfortable behind a turntable or a group of Fortune 500 executives, Alan continues to evolve MetaVRse and its innovations such as the World’s First 360° Photo Booth™.

Please check @ncbusiness on Facebook for more event details.

Marketing Students at the Vanier College BDC Case Challenge

A team of three Niagara College marketing students participated in the Vanier College BDC Case Challenge in Montreal on February 10-12th 2017. This year, Niagara’s team consisted of Iris Lee and Mavis Lane from the 3 yr Bus Admin Marketing Program and Laura Hawbolt from the 2 Yr Sales and Marketing Program. The team was coached by marketing professors Malcolm Howe and Terri Champion.

This national case competition included competitors from 33 post-secondary schools across Canada in a pressure-cooker 2 day event where students have limited time to analyze and develop a full case analysis and then present to a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. ​Iris, Mavis and Laura delivered a solid presentation and impressed us all with their ability to perform well under pressure. Niagara looks forward to competing again next year in this outstanding event that brings together students from schools all across Canada.

http://www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/business-administration/official-case-challenge/​

NC Professor is X-Culture Winner!

We want to congratulate Dr. Navjote Khara, MBA, PhD Coordinator of Bachelor of Business Administration, International Commerce and Global Development program, who is awarded the Best 2016 X-Culture Instructor! It is a big deal and a great honor for the School of Business & Management, Niagara College.

A total of 133 instructors and co-instructors teaching at 123 universities in 39 countries whose students took part in the 2016 round of the X-Culture competition. A total of 124 variables were considered when selecting the Best Instructor Award recipient.

X-Culture is a partnership of 450+ International Business professors from around the world. The students are put in global virtual teams and they work on real-life international business challenges presented by real companies. Over 4,000 MBA and undergraduate students from 100 universities on 6 continents participate in X-Culture every semester. Over 30,000 have taken part in X-Culture so far. Working in Global Virtual Teams of about 6, a team member from a different country, the students spend a semester solving real international Business challenges presented by our corporate partners.

 The best students are invited to X-Culture Symposium where they meet their team members and top managers from the client company. X-Culture just won the Wharton’s 2016 Re-Imagine Education Award in the Nurturing Employability category.

The detailed review of the selection process can be found here:

http://x-culture.org/winners/2016-2-best-instructors/

Pathway to BBA Human Resources

Niagara College has made it possible for you to bridge into Human Resources Degree at NC. For students that have completed a 3-year Human Resources Advanced Diploma with a 70% average, they will be able start year 4 of the BBA -HR Degree program in September. This pathway will enable them to obtain the academic requirements to achieve their CHRP/CHRL designation.

The following courses that are offered during the spring – summer term is the first step to bridge over:

  • Entrepreneurship BNTR 9205
  • Financial Management BACC 9402
  • Introduction to Canadian Government BGOV 9501
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods BHRM 9602
  • Liberal Studies Elective

For any additional questions or to register please contact Niagara College tel: 905-641-2252

Academic Advisor: Autumn Garrigan ext. 4495, office W115

HR Program Coordinators:

prof. Holly Catalfamo,  HR Degree & HRM Grad Certificate, hcatalfamo@niagaracollege.ca

prof. Barbara Smith, HR Advanced Diploma Co-op, bsmith@niagaracollege.ca

 

 

Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition (OCMC)

Niagara College School of Business marketing students went head to head with students from across the province last weekend, competing at the Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition (OCMC), hosted by Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. Niagara’s 14 member team, which included students from the 2 Yr Sales & Marketing Program and the 3 Yr Business Administration Marketing Program, took home 3 gold medals, 1 silver, a 5th place finish culminating in a 4th place overall for Niagara.  This annual competition provides marketing students with the opportunity to demonstrate their analytical, creative and presentation skills through a series of events that simulate real-world business challenges judged by industry professionals. This student-focused competition provides valuable networking and career-building opportunities for students to help prepare them for their future careers.  Niagara’s award winners included:

Mavis Lane and Iris Lee of the Bus Admin Marketing Program won 1st place in the Marketing Case Event.  Rachel Friend of the Sales & Marketing Program won 1st place in the Quiz Bowl Event. Riannon Bagnulo of the Sales & Marketing Program won 1st place in the Job Interview Event. Laura Hawbolt  of the Sales & Marketing and Mavis Lane of the Bus Admin Marketing won 2nd place in the Integrated Marketing Communications Case Event. Tyler Warden and Kaitlyn Lawrence of the Sales and Marketing Program placed 5th in the Entrepreneurship Case Event.

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Professors: Terri Champion, Coordinator – Business Sales & Marketing Program, Malcolm Howe, Coordinator – Business Administration Marketing Program, John Sustersic, E-Business & Mktg. Applications

 

Disney Trip

A group of Niagara College hospitality and business students travelled to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida to participate in the “Get Ready for the World” Program for college students put on by the Disney Institute, Disney Youth Education Series.  Niagara College students and faculty participated in interactive workshops, training and challenges put on by Disney professionals including sessions on: Disney’s Technique of Teamwork, Disney’s Leadership Strategies and Disney’s Corporate Culture. Sessions were led by Disney facilitators and held right on Disney property including: the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios.  The program offered students behind the scenes access to Disney parks, hotels and attractions as well as the opportunity to experience the magic of Disney during regular park hours. Students were also able to hear from a variety of Disney managers and employees during several guest-speaker sessions and tours that were arranged for our group. In addition, there were several faculty-led sessions including a tour of Disney hotel properties by Professor Beccario and a session on retailing and customer-engagement led by Professor Terri Champion at Disney Springs, Disney’s newest retail area. At the end of each session, students participated in an online exercise designed by Professor Heather Clark to allow them to reflect on their learning and provide feedback.  All in all, it was a “magical” experience!

Terri Champion
Professor
Coordinator – Sales and Marketing Program ext.4140

Disney Trip 2016
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