Eight Niagara College students from the supply chain and operations management program along with over 200 professionals from the field of public sector buying attended the Ontario Professional Buyers Conference.
The mayor of Niagara Falls, Mike Diodati, spoke in the introductory address followed by a keynote presenter, Mike “Pinball” Clemons, a former CFL player with the Toronto Argonauts. Mike Clemons encouraged individuals to be intentional about who they are and what they want and emphasized having individuals seek to understand and to be understood. It was a very powerful and inspirational address.
Students also attended two very informative and thought provoking sessions:
- How to manage risk in the procurement process and how institutions need to identify risk and provide mediation strategies to protect themselves from risk.
- Collaborative procurement and how full disclosure and transparency from both the buyer and seller provide for greater insight into each parties wants and needs.
By attending this event Niagara College students acquired much value added insight into the professional aspects of supply chain and operations management. They met and networked with a number of professionals and considered the event to be a very worthwhile experience.
The students were recognized as being in attendance in both the opening and closing addresses. Once the formal activities were completed several conference attendees, as well as the past OPBA president, took it upon themselves to meet the students and talk about the field of professional buying.
We would like to thank these students: Aman Arora, Jessica Clements, Lewis Kibaara, Tanisha Medford, James Merksamer, Kassandra Peresky, Olga Cherkasova, Benqi Bi
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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:
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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: