What's Happening?


Business Students: Summer Exchange program in Basel Switzerland!

Summer SWISS Exchange! Business students = KPU credits! Apply by April 1, 2014. Limited SCHOLARSHIPS are available covering Accommodation, Excursions & Cultural Events!

See more at: http://www.kpu.ca/exchange/fnhw-swiss-summer-school-2014 


Economics Café

“The Economics of Health Care: Why Canadians should be concerned about their system.”

Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Presenter: Nadeem Esmail, Director of Health Policy Studies, Fraser Institute

Location: Surrey, Grass Roots Café



Exchange Opportunity Information Session & Pizza Lunch

The Office of International Students and Scholars has an amazing exchange opportunity available for Business students. Please see the below invitation to attend an information session with free Pizza lunch this Thursday, November 7, 2013.


Munich University of Applied Sciences – Exchange Opportunity Information Session

Business students! You can study in Germany at our partner institution Munich University of Applied Sciences. Opportunities are available starting in Fall 2014. You will learn in English, pay KPU tuition, and receive credit at KPU for the courses you take abroad! This is an opportunity of a lifetime. Come to an information session to learn more.


Economics Cafes


“Central Bank Relevance in a Modern World: How lives depend on the Bank of Canada”

Date: Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Presenter: Dr. Farid Novin, Senior Economics Representative, Bank of Canada

Location: Surrey, Grass Roots Café


“Understanding the Ancient Olympics: A means of averting war?”

Date: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Presenter: Vera Latinova, KPU Department of Economics

Location: Surrey, Grass Roots Café


"Poverty in Paradise: What holds back developing countries like Fiji?"

Date: Tuesday, Sept 24, 2013

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Presenter: Don Reddick, KPU Department of Economics

Location: Surrey, Grass Roots Cafe


Business Students: Summer Exchange program in Basel Switzerland

Summer SWISS Exchange! Business students = 3 credits! Apply by 4pm May 22nd, 2013. Limited SCHOLARSHIPS are available covering Tuition, Accommodation, Excursions & Cultural Events!

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“Economic Eggs in more Baskets: Challenges for Canada's Trans-Pacific Partnership”

Date:  Wed. Mar. 27, 2013
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Presenter: Jamshid Shahidi, Dept. of Economics, KPU
Location: Surrey, Grass Roots Café

KPU public relations students raise $9,000 for Autism Support Dogs

Students enrolled in KPU public relations diploma program raised $9,000 for Autism Support Dogs. The event, hosted by Mark Madryga, took place February 27, 2013, at the Dockside Lounge on Granville Island. Read the full press release here: http://www.kpu.ca/news/2013/031313b.html


Join us on Saturday March 2, 2013 from 11:00am to 3:00pm at KPU's Surrey Campus on 72nd Avenue.

Come explore KPU and discover all the great options KPU offers. You'll be able to enjoy: 

  • Interactive and informative program exhibits to check out.
  • Faculty, students, and alumni from all program areas  to talk with.
  • Presentations to watch on topics like scholarships, applying, and more.
  • Campus tours to go on - explore this great campus.
  • Entertainment - music, caricature artist, henna and airbrush tattoos.
  • Free snacks and refreshments.
  • Fantastic prizes - including tuition awards, technology products, gift cards, and many more. 
  • And more!  

Register at: http://www.kpu.ca/openhouse   


“The Economics of Government Debt: Understanding Crisis in the Euro Zone”

Date:  Wed. Feb. 27, 2013
Time: 4:00-5:30pm
Presenter: Dr. Deep Gosh, Dept. of Economics, KPU
Location: Surrey, Grass Roots Café



Congratulations CaseIT team for placing 1st for the 2nd consecutive yr!

 “A team of students enrolled in KPU school of business program won the CaseIt Business Case competition for the second consecutive time. The event took place at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus from February 6-9, 2013, with 16 teams competing from Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, China, Singapore, Indonesia, USA and Canada.

Representing KPU were team members, Natasha Campbell, Larisa Gorodetsky and Steven Vu. The annual competition is a forum where students from various backgrounds of IT and business can showcase their skills in areas such as teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking to a panel of industry professionals.”

Read the full press release: http://kpu.ca/news/2013/021813.html

CaseIT Team




Information Seminar, University of London (UK) International Master of Laws Program

Richmond Campus, Melville Centre for Dialogue
February 4, 2013 @ 5:30pm

You are invited to attend an information seminar to be given by Dr. James Busuttil, director of the University of London Post-Graduate Laws Learning program.

PDF Invitation: Info Seminar - Univeristy of London Intl Master of Laws


James Dekker, BBA HRMT candidate named as a Chn’ook Scholar for 2nd yr!


Wayne Tebb, Dean, School of Business and James Dekker, BBA HRMT candidate 

James Dekker has been named a Chn’ook Scholar, for a second year. Chn’ook recognizes Aboriginal business students studying in institutions across BC who demonstrate personal and professional achievements and who have made significant contributions to the community. James is a BBA Human Resource management student currently on a co-op work term with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. He is planning to be an exchange student to Switzerland next year prior to returning to KPU to complete his BBA.

The Ch’nook Selection Committee considers:

Leadership and role model qualities

Demonstrated personal achievements

Commitment to Academic and career path

Contributions to family and community

1,000 word essay




KPU Team Takes 2nd Place at The 6th Annual CMA Case Competition 

KPU team places 2nd in The Certified Managment Accountants Society of BC 6th annual Case Competition on November 3rd! Congratulations to our team of Accounting & Entrepreneurial Leadership students; Clayton Dendy, Hardeep Rai, Anesha Kaid and Andy Nguyen! A full press release and photo is available at: http://www.kpu.ca/news/2012/112712.html    

The Economics of Dickens 

Economics Café: “The Economics of Beer,” Tues. Nov. 20, 4-5:30pm, presenter Rob Scharff, Dept. of Economics, KPU, Surrey, Grass Roots Café


KPU students help set the bar for professional communications

Five KPU Public Relations students & alumni help set the bar for professional communications w/pilot project; to test skills & challenges with Public Relations Knowledge (PRK), November 6, 2012. Full press release:   http://www.kpu.ca/news/2012/111512.html



Congratulations contest winners!

School_of_business_facebookThe Contest is now closed - congratulations to the winners!

The iPad goes to Laura Davis, pursuing a BBA, Marketing Management
Laura’s entry: “Innovative courses, real-life experiences & excellent atmosphere to succeed!”

Wayne Tebb, Dean, School of Business and Laura Davis


The gift $50 gift card goes to Samson Cheng, pursuing a Public Relations Diploma
Samson’s entry: “KPU breeds rock stars that are well-equipped for business

Terry Han, Associate Dean, School of Business and Samson Cheng


3rd Annual KPU Alumni Homecoming Day Reception


Friday, September, 28 from 6:30-8:30PM.
Grass Roots Cafe - Surrey Campus, Cedar Bldg.
Register:    http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e6bs601qb1572435&llr=4p5hjvdab 

Come and enjoy the company of fellow Alumni as we celebrate the third annual Homecoming Day celebrations and catch a special Eagles basketball game featuring a head-to-head matchup between current players and Eagles alumni.


  • Alumni Networking Reception: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (Grass Roots Café - Surrey Campus, Cedar Building)
  • Women's game @ 6pm & Men's game @ 8pm in the Surrey Campus Gym
  • Catered Reception with prize giveaways


Economics Cafes

- Welcome to a new round of Economics Cafe! The next session will be held:

The Economics of Dickens - Should we Give Scrooge More Credit?

Tues, Sept 25 @ 4pm in the Grass Roots Cafe!

Join presenter Don Reddick, KPU Economics, for this discussion based as a foil of the 19th Century English author Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" regarding the timeless issues concerning innovation, saving, consumption and debt. 


KPU - Alumni Business Chapter, Networking Event


You've graduated...
You are successful...
And you are out to prove yourself... Why not have a group where you can expand your network, grow your brand, and build a sense of community?

Our mission is simple: Build an alumni chapter worth being a part of - Grow your network while building a sense of community - Enhance the KPU brand

KPU Alumni Business Chapter is planning an evening of casual networking. As a KPU Alumni you have proven that we are a talented and successful group of individuals capable of adding value to small businesses, communities and organizations alike. Now it is time to share this success with each other and create a unified alumni network.

We would like to formally invite you to the KPU Alumni Business Chapter: "Social Night". This will be the first event hosted by the KPU ABC, filled with interactive networking in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. There will be food and drinks, a networking "Business Card Shuffle", and prizes! Dress business casual and come ready to shake hands and share your experience.

Where: 950 W 7th, Vancouver
When: August 18th, 2012 (7:00-9:30pm)
RSVP to: kpu.alum.bus.chapter@gmail.com 
or on Facebook KPU ABC by Monday August 13th


KPU Alumni Business Chapter
Kelsey Filion
Colton Aston
Brad Phillips
Scott Regamble


Seats still available - register now for Fall 2012 online courses!

(posted July 31, 2012)


CA Recruit Changes - Fall 2012Changes to the CA Recruit come in place this Fall (2012) – including an earlier time frame. The first event is Thursday, August 29, 2012.http://blog.becomea.ca/ 


2012 Dean's Medal Recipients, School of Business

David Wiens, Associate Dean, School of Business Dr. Arthur Coren, Dean, School of Business
& Klaudia Sheepwash & Britney Newbigging

On behalf of the School of Business, we wish to extend warm congratulations to the 2012, School of Business, Dean's Medal Recipients!

  • Klaudia Sheepwash, Bachelor of Technology in Information Technology.
  • Nikki Ford, BBA Accounting.
  • Christine Howell, BBA Entrepreneurial Leadership.
  • Veronica Miller, BBA Human Resources Management.
  • Britney Newbigging, BBA Marketing Management.


KPU CASE IT 2012 Team wins the APEX Business-IT Global Challenge!
Message sent on behalf of David Wiens,
Associate Dean, School of Business, KPU:

They did it again!

First they won the CaseIT MIS Case Competition (http://caseit.org/) hosted by SFU in February, 2012, competing against 16 teams from all over the world including Carnegie Mellon, Indiana, Singapore, Queen's, as well as UBC and SFU.

And now the big one: the APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge in Singapore, Apr 29 – May 3, 2012 (http://apex.smu.edu.sg/), coming out on top in an international field of 19 universities.

Students Natasha Campbell, Larisa Gorodetsky, Steven Vu, and alternate, David Dryden had to analyze a case dealing with business and information systems, and to develop a business recommendation within 24 hours for presentation to a panel of judges comprised of business-IT professionals and industry experts. KPU finished first in the fourth and final round, besting the teams from Indonesia, SFU and HEC from Montreal in that order.

The team, supported primarily by Robert Wood, an Entrepreneurial Leadership instructor, committed considerable time beyond their normal class requirements to train for both the SFU and the APEX competitions. Given the outstanding quality of the competition at both events, their achievement is magnificent and a direct reflection of both their determination to excel and to the high quality of the preparation they have received at KPU. They not only received criticism well during the training period, they requested it and embraced the feedback week-by-week until they were ready … and then won both competitions!

Please join us in congratulating Natasha, Larisa, Steven, and David (who had to participate in all the preparatory work as an alternate) for their outstanding achievement.

To view the official press release, click here: http://www.kpu.ca/news/2012/050712.html



Business Students in the News - Top 30 under 30, South Delta Leaders' 2012

Congratulations Devon! KPU Business Student named as a South Delta Leader 30 under 30 edition for 2012. http://www.southdeltaleader.com/community/149275985.html

School of Busines would also like to congratulate Barry & Scott for their accomplishment in the South Delta Leader 30 under 30 edition for 2012. http://www.southdeltaleader.com/community/149279445.html


AFOA, Norman Taylor Memorial Bursaries and Scholarships

4 x $1,000 AFOA, Norman Taylor memorial Bursaries are available (open to AFOA members and non-members) First Nation, Inuit and Metis students attending university or college as a full-time student in a program such as Business Administration, Business Mgmt, Accounting, Commerce and/or other finance related programs. Deadlind for submission of applications is July 27, 2012.

Scholarships are available for two applicants who wish to enroll in one on-line AFOA course - scholarship value of up to $800 each. Two applicats who wish to attend the AFOA National Conference (February 2013 in Toronto, ON) - each scholarship includes conference registration (value up to $800) and travel realted costs (up to $2,000). You must be a member of OFOA to be eligible to apply for scholarship. Deadline for submission of applications is July 27, 2012.

AFOA Norman Taylor Memorial Bursaries and Scholarships


BBA, ACCT $1,000 scholarship - Fraser Valley Chartered Accountants Association

One KPU BBA in Accounting student or graduate will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Fraser Valley Chartered Accountants Association.

You are eligible if:

  • you have completed the third year of your degree program (90 credits)

  • you are currently enrolled or completing the fourth year of your degree program

  • you will have completed all of the prerequisites for the CASB and a bachelor's degree by the end of your fourth year

  • you intend to enter the CASB program immediately upon graduation

To apply: 
1. Go to www.fvcaa.ca/information/scholarship-program/ anddownload the application.

2. Email the completed application, along with a copy of your most recent transcript and resume to: business@kpu.ca (please put "FVCAA Scholarship" in the subject line)

*PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline is Monday April 30, 2012.

The winner is expected to attend a meeting of the Fraser Valley Chartered Accountants Association to receive the award in person. This is usually a breakfast meeting in September.

If you have questions, contact the Chair of Accounting: carol.stewart@kpu.ca


Business Students: Summer Exchange Program in Basel, Switzerland

Summer SWISS Exchange! Business students = 3 credits! Apply by 4pm Apr 27th, 2012. Limited SCHOLARSHIPS are available covering Tuition, Accom, Excursions & Cultural Events!

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Student Networking Event!

When? Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 from 6:00 – 7:30pm

Where? KPU, Surrey Campus – Main Building Atrium

This networking opportunity brought to you on behalf of CMNS 1140 & ENTR 3000, is an event designed to help students practice their communication skills, improve their self-image and engage others through conversation – all through the leadership of an industry professional.

Sue Clement, an inspiring leader, coach, and author of "Insider Secrets of Referral Success" will share her expertise for building relationships that bring business success. Students will experience the power of connection through interactive exercises that emulate real-life situations.Although this free event will be open to all KPU students, business students are highly encouraged to attend.Refreshments will be served.



NEW: course registration WAITLISTING process.

For more info & how to use it see: http://www.kpu.ca/registration/waitlisting.html


Distinguished Alumni Awards 2012


The 2012 KPU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Awards took place on Friday, March 2, 2012. Since 2008, KPU has recognized many deserving alumni through the Distinguished Alumni Awards. For a list of this years recipients and for more information, visit:




Dr. Arthur Coren, Dean, School of Business & Shina Boparai, Advancement Officer, Office of Advancement

Summer semester registration is just around the corner!

If you need course planning help now is the time you should be booking an appointment with an advisor. Call Student Enrollment Services at 604-599-2000 (and press 5 at the main menu) to make an appointment with an educational advisor. Degree students may contact the School of Business office to schedule an appointment with a degree advisor.


Congratulations and Thank You!

The School of Business wishes to congratulate 2011-12 award recipients for their outstanding academic achievements and contributions to the community! We also extend a big thank you to the many donors who give so generously to support these awards, bursaries and scholarships!

View the full list of this years recipients & donors: 2011-12 Awards & Scholarships announcement ad


Award recipient Kritika Kanotra and
Dr. Arthur Coren, Dean, School of Business


CFA Information Session

Wednesday, February 29, 2:00-5:00pm, Surrey campus, Cedar Building, Conference Centre B

Q. Is Finance in your future?
Q. Does the thought of becoming an Investment Banker, a Trader or a Fund Manager make your spine tingle?

The KPU Financial Group and the School of Business are organizing an information session to help you determine:

•Why might I want to pursue a CFA® Charter?
•How do I get a CFA® Charter?
•How long does it take?
•How can I prepare for the exams?

Did you know:
•The CFA® charter is globally recognized as the premier finance designation?
•There are over 97,000 charter holders in 136 countries?
•There are currently 200,000 CFA® candidates registered to become charter holders?

We have invited three CFA® charter holders from CFA Vancouver to share their experiences and successes. You will have a chance to meet them and ask questions.

Details: What will be the timing? Intro/Welcome, Speaker 1, 2, 3, followed by Q&A then Bloomberg. Speakers will be about 15 minutes each. Bloomberg about 1 to 1.5 hours.

In addition, you will have a chance to meet with faculty members and other colleagues who are also interested in a career in finance.

Register online at: www.kpu.ca/business/cfa-information-session


Calling all soon-to-be graduates!

Convocation application deadline:

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012




KPU School of Business team wins prestigious global competition!

(left to right), KPU instructor, Robert Wood and winning students Larisa Gorodetsky, Anny Chen and
Steven Vu with their award from the 2012 CaseIT Undergraduate Business Case Competition.

Metro Vancouver, BC – (February 9, 2012) – Competing before a panel of industry judges, the KPU School of Business team took first place and a cheque for $1200 in the 2012 CaseIT Undergraduate Business Case Competition. The team composed of KPU's Steven Vu (Surrey, BC), Larisa Gorodetsky (Richmond, BC), and Anny Chen (Richmond, BC) faced stiff competition. Nearly 80 university teams entered the preliminary competition with the top sixteen—including Indiana University, UBC, Queens, Carnegie Mellon and National University of Singapore—invited to Vancouver to compete.

CaseIT is an annual international undergraduate business case competition focused on Management Information Systems (MIS) and designed to find the best and brightest in strategic case analysis. Students from various backgrounds in information technology and business showcase their skills in teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking to a panel of industry professionals. This year's competition dealt with security, its role in business success, and the obligations to protect a company's stakeholders, bottom line and future. The panel of judges included representatives from companies such as Coast Capital Savings, CGI, Orbis Financial Planning, SAP, and CIOVAN.

Team member Steven Vu said, "Identifying information is hidden, so the judges don't know where you're from—they simply choose the team that's best." Once you level the playing field like that, it's about skill and what you know." School of Business faculty and team coach Robert Wood echoed that sentiment, saying, "The team truly turned in a first-class performance."

According to School of Business Dean Dr. Arthur Coren, "Case competitions enrich the undergraduate experience. They blend theory with practice and give students an opportunity to apply their learning. It's one of the many ways we develop students who are ready to work and ready to lead."

"The competition makes it all very real," said team member Larisa Gorodetsky said, "Working under pressure really makes you think and perform."

This year's CaseIT competition was the largest yet, with 80 teams representing universities from all over the world, including Canada, the United States, Germany, Australia, Lebanon, Indonesia and others. In the words of B.C. Premier Christy Clark, the competition "is a great way for the brightest minds to apply their skills, expand their horizons and network, as they prepare for their future roles in our society."

The next stop for the award-winning team? In April they'll be packing their suitcases to participate in the APEX Business-IT Global Case Challenge in Singapore where they'll compete to repeat their success.

KPU has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for more than 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.

For more information about KPU, contact:
Joanne Saunders
Director, Marketing and Communications


Beyond the Bag Eco-fashion Showcase!

SFU & KPU SIFE Business & Fashion students collaborate with High School students. The concept: Zero-waste fashion and design which involves fitting all the flat pieces of a clothing pattern in such a way so that fabric is not wasted. Feb 6 event news & photos http://www.sifekwantlen.com/2012/02/07/beyond-the-bag-eco-fashion-workshop-live/


The Economics Cafe: Adventures in Thought and Discussion

Join us for our Spring 2012 series!

The Economics of the 100 Mile Diet
Presented by: Dr. Tracy Stobbe, School of Business, Trinity Western University
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
4:00-5:30pm - Grass Roots Cafe, Surrey Campus

The Future of Work - What is ahead for Today's Students?
Presented by: Panel Discussion - Representatives from Department of Human Resource Management and Department of Economics, KPU
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
4:00-5:30pm - Grass Roots Cafe, Surrey Campus

Topic Change for Upcoming Economics Café 
New Topic: "Never Mind the Gap: Why the poor are getting richer and the rich are getting poorer"
Presenter: Niels Veldhuis, Department of Economics, KPU
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 20, 4:00 – 5:30PM
Location: Grass Roots Student Lounge, Surrey Campus


Careers in Accounting, February 10th, 2012

Limited Seating! 

Come out and meet professional accountants in industry and public
practice and learn where a career in accounting can take you!!

Surrey Campus, Conference Centre

Registration 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Discussion Panel 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Mix and Mingle 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Main Event 2:30pm to 4:30pm

For More Details:

ASK - Accounting Society of KPU or www.kwantlenaccounting.com



ULinkAlumni Profile

Thurs. Nov. 24, 2011
6:00pm - 9:30pm

Surrey Campus, Cedar Bldg
Conference Centre

We know that as you start university, you're already thinking, "but what's next"? Careers, goals, plans, they don't just stop now that you've applied to KPU.

At ULink, you can meet with KPU alumni, who were students like you, who have followed through on their goals and are working in our community. You'll have the opportunity to listen to our alumni panelists talk about their post-graduation experiences, talk to our alumni guests and KPU staff and faculty members at our information fair.

Check out the alumni profiles, read our tips on preparing for the event, take a look at the schedule, and register now! We know it's never too early to have a plan!


KPU prevails among top universities in national business competition

KPU business students Steven Vu and Joe Zhao prevailed in the preliminary round of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC), emerging from over 170 submissions from 41 universities across Canada and around the world. The KPU team was named as a finalist in the Caro Systems Management of Information Systems Event.

Inter-Collegiate Business Competition
Led by their coach Kamal Masri (centre), KPU business students Steven Vu (right) and Joe Zhao (left) prevailed in the preliminary round of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) in the Caro Systems Management of Information Systems Event

Reflecting on his experience in the competition so far, Zhao, a third-year business student from Richmond says, "It is very helpful for students to gain real-world experience in business. By understanding the issues, conducting critical analysis, brainstorming options and recommending solutions, I have realized the importance of effective problem-solving and communication skills."

For Surrey resident Vu, the competition provided unique learning opportunities, "These case studies are a great way to learn about business because you must place yourself within the situation described and think critically. The learning environment created from this kind of setting is a fantastic experience."

In final round, the KPU team will have a chance to put their business knowledge and analytical skills to work and compete against five teams from other Canadian universities. The teams will prepare a case presentation under severe time constraints to a panel of judges comprised of professors and industry professionals who will evaluate the presentations based upon the clarity and understanding of all the issues at stake.

Kamal Masri, KPU business faculty and coach for the team, believes that the ICBC adds to his students' learning experience, "High calibre case competitions provide students with unique opportunities to develop their public speaking skills and critical analysis of business scenarios." He adds, "They are excellent opportunities to showcase KPU's School of Business talent and dedication to student development. Following the competition, students walk away with a deeper understanding and appreciation of business problems and the related pressure to solve them."

The ICBC is Canada's premier undergraduate business case competition, in which participating teams will complete a detailed analysis of a business case while considering relevant background information, the business environment and issues at stake. For more information about the ICBC, visit: icbconline.ca

As the second largest business school in Western Canada, KPU's School of Business is internationally accredited and offers bachelor's degrees in entrepreneurial leadership, accounting, information technology and human resources management. For more information about KPU's School of Business, visit: kpu.ca/business