News StFX News en Schwartz School students gain real world experience, cash prizes in JDI Direct Exchange Case Competition L-r, students Julian Kane, Daniel Martin-Guhl, Colin Thompson, Dylan Lawrence, Gregor Stabenow, Nick Carruthers, Steve MacNeil, Brandon Martell, Michelle Cassidy, Clare Blake, Jane McTague (Buyer, JDI), Jim Jordan (VP Supply Chain Management, JDI), Dr. Todd Boyle, Angela Roy (Talent Acquisition Specialist, JDI). Real world learning was front and centre this week when students in the Schwartz School of Business, who had analyzed a case based on actual events, had the chance to present their solutions during the Direct Exchange Case Competition, sponsored by J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI). JDI managers were on campus April 4 to judge the case competition in operations management professor and Canada Research Chair in Quality Assurance in Community Pharmacy Dr. Todd Boyle’s BSAD 381 class, and present the winning teams with cash awards totaling $2,500. The top three teams included: * 1st place and $1,250 - Nick Carruthers, Steven MacNeil, Gregor Stabenow * 2nd place and $750 - Julian Kane, Dylan Lawrence, Daniel Martin-Guhl, Colin Thompson * 3rd place and $500 - Clare Blake, Michelle Cassidy, Brandon Martell Students were presented with the case of the renewal of a cardboard supplier contract and asked to analyze the offers from four different suppliers and recommend which supplier or suppliers to choose. Not only did the StFX students gain experience and feedback in presenting to senior management, they were able to speak with the JDI managers about what they did in real life and to ask questions about the decision making process. “This case has given students a better understanding of not only the global factors, but also the local and regional factors impacting the success of Atlantic Canadian businesses,” Dr. Boyle says. “The case, combined with JDI’s visit to campus, has allowed students to better image their role in a leading Atlantic Canadian company and has certainly increased their interest in staying in the region upon graduation." Business Thu, 14 Apr 2016 05:54:01 NO Schwartz School team does well in Atlantic Accounting Case Competition <p><span>A team of students from the Gerald Schwartz School of Business, Joan Graham, Danielle Aucoin, Trevor Kwan and Jocelyn Poirier, have placed third in the 2016 Atlantic Accounting Case Competition held March 4-5, 2016 at Saint Mary&rsquo;s University in Halifax.</span></p> <div><span>&ldquo;Our team was impressive and represented StFX and the Schwartz School extremely well,&rdquo; says business professor Dr. Mary Oxner.</span></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The event was sponsored by Deloitte, the Financial Executives International (FEI), and the Accounting Education Foundation of Nova Scotia (AEFNS). A team from UPEI won the competition.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The competition requires students to analyze a case received at noon on Friday and to present their results to a panel of judges the following morning. The judges were two representatives from Deloitte, one from the case and one from the Women in Business Institute at Saint Mary's University.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To prepare for the competition the students analyzed and prepared several practice cases and presented the cases over a period of three weeks to accounting faculty members. The practice and competition require the students to dedicate a lot of time to both the practice and the actual competition while continuing with their studies and extracurricular activities.</div> Business Mon, 07 Mar 2016 10:55:21 NO Gerald Schwartz School of Business Students placed First in the U4 League Case Competition at Williams School of Business, Bishop's University <p>Two teams of students from the Gerald Schwartz School&nbsp; of Business recently participated in the U4 League Case Competition and Conference, hosted by the Williams School of Business, at Bishops's University.&nbsp; The team, consisting of Julian Kane, Ellen Austin, Kelsey Grieve and Vaughn Saunders placed first in the competition.The second team, consisting of Brien Pattenden, Brittany Fairweather, Andrew Vaughan and Madison Saville performed very well.</p> Business Fri, 26 Feb 2016 11:08:59 NO StFX Schwartz School student Marie Wright named Enactus 2016 Provincial Champion <p><span>Marie Wright, a fourth year marketing student in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business, has been named Enactus Canada&rsquo;s 2016 Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion for Nova Scotia. Provincial champions coast to coast were named Feb. 16 by Enactus Canada, this country&rsquo;s largest student leadership development organization, and program supporter, the John Dobson Foundation, as part of the Student Entrepreneur National Competition.</span></p> <div>Ms. Wright of Dartmouth, NS, and owner of Mirror Image Media, received the title of Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champion because of her creative flair and commitment to making her business succeed, the organization said.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Mirror Image Media, founded with her twin sister Meaghan Wright, is a video production company that helps to promote businesses, non-profits and events.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;As clich&eacute; as this is, Mirror Image Media feels like my baby. My twin sister and I co-founded the company and developed it from scratch,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;Whether it is shooting a video, meeting with a client, forming a creative campaign, or managing content on social media, videos eat up a lot of my time, especially being a full-time university student. Someone once told me that you know you are passionate about something if you are constantly thinking about it&hellip;To me, that something is videography.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Wright will showcase both her business and personal accomplishments as an entrepreneur at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition &ndash; Atlantic Canada in Halifax, NS on February 26, where she will compete for the title of Student Entrepreneur Regional Champion.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Marie has built her business from the ground up,&rdquo; said Enactus Canada president Nicole Almond. &ldquo;Her entrepreneurial spirit and drive to succeed is exactly what we hope to inspire in more young people across Canada through the Student Entrepreneur National Competition.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> She will compete against three additional Student Entrepreneur Provincial Champions from Atlantic Canada for the regional title and the chance to move on to the 2016 Enactus Canada National Exposition in Toronto, ON taking place May 2-4. The national champion will receive a $10,000 cash prize and take home the John Dobson Cup.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="" /></div> <div><br /> Ms. Wright says during her first year at StFX, she was hired to work for the StFX Video Team (XVT) under the Marketing and Communications Department. She says creating video content for StFX tremendously increased her portfolio and has given me many opportunities. &ldquo;I am proud to say StFX is the place where it all began.&rdquo;</div> Business Wed, 24 Feb 2016 06:17:35 NO StFX's Cole Grbavac among elite group of student athletes honoured nationally as top Academic All-Canadians <p><span> Cole Grbavac, an honours student in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business and X-Men hockey player, from Calgary, AB, is among an elite group of student athletes who will be honoured nationally as the Top Eight Academic All-Canadians for the 2014-15 season.</span></p> <div>The eight recipients&mdash;one female and one male student-athlete from each of the four Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) regional associations&mdash;will be honoured in Ottawa on November 16, when his Excellency the Rt. Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presents the third annual Governor General's Academic All-Canadian Commendation during a ceremony at Rideau Hall.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Every year, a growing number of CIS student-athletes are recognized as Academic All-Canadians, maintaining an average of 80 per cent or better over the academic year while competing for one, or more, of their university's varsity teams.</div> <div><br /> Mr. Grbavac has certainly excelled.</div> <div><br /> In the classroom where he is taking accounting with a minor in economics, he has maintained the highest academic average amongst all StFX student-athletes, male or female, in each of his first three years on campus, including an exceptional 95.8 per cent average in 2014-15 that ranked first amongst the school's 159 third-year business students. He also ranked first during his second year of studies and second overall during his freshman year.</div> <div><br /> On the ice, the 6-foot-2 forward was named an assistant captain in his third season and went on to contribute 14 points in 24 conference games, before competing at the University Cup national championship in Halifax.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Receiving the national honour is a pleasant surprise, he says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s something that came with a lot of hard work. Thankfully, I have great support with my teammates and coach and my professors,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m thankful to everyone who has helped me along the way. I couldn&rsquo;t have done it without the support from everyone around.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> The business and economics faculty, his coach Brad Peddle and athletic director Leo MacPherson have all been terrific, he says.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s been great. The past three and a half years have been amazing, to see how much you can learn if you work hard and stay committed. I think back about how little I knew about the topics when I first came here,&rdquo; he says.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;The profs here are amazing. They are so good to their students. They care that all their students learn and understand the topic.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The smaller class sizes at StFX are also a big help, in that professors can put more effort into ensuring each of their students are understanding the material.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;Coming here, I was lucky I was taking classes I enjoyed, am interested in and looked forward to,&rdquo; says Mr. Grbavac who one day would like to have his own business.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>In 2015, he received a student research award, a $5,000 ACEnet Research Fellowship. and is working with StFX economics professor Dr. Teng Wah Leo examining two distinct questions in two differing fields. The first tests a new technique in discerning between financial institutions that are prone to business cycles, particularly extreme economic downturns such as that which occurred in 2008. The second examines how poverty has evolved over the years using another new statistical technique. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> &quot;Working with Dr. Leo and ACENET has been a great experience where I have learned many new skills concerning computing and economic research. I am very grateful to have received this opportunity,&quot; says Mr. Grbavac. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s teaching me some cool stuff. I feel very fortunate to receive the opportunity to work with ACEnet and Dr. Leo.&rdquo;</div> <div><br /> It&rsquo;s a busy schedule, he admits.</div> <div><br /> He says he usually comes to campus at 8 a.m. and stays all day, attending class, staying up to date with notes and assignments before attending hockey practice. About 20 to 30 hours a week goes into hockey, with practices nearly every day and games on Friday and Saturday nights.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> His philosophy? Don&rsquo;t procrastinate. And pick your spots when it&rsquo;s time to have fun. &nbsp;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Born and raised in Calgary, he played his junior hockey in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers and Medicine Hat Tigers, where he was team captain in his final year. He joined the X-Men in 2012.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>A three-time CIS Academic All-Canadian and member of the Dean's List, the 24-year-old has received numerous academic awards, including the Danny Gallivan Memorial Scholarship, StFX Athletics' most prestigious scholarship honouring excellence in academics, athletics and community involvement.</div> <div><br /> His volunteer work in the community and on campus is also impressive. In 2014-15 alone, he was vice president of SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Council), coached with the Antigonish Minor Hockey Mentorship Program, graduated from the StFX Leadership Academy, and was a tutor for X-Men hockey teammates and other StFX students. This year he is also a member of the Schwartz School of Business Society.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &quot;Cole has been an outstanding member of our hockey program. He exemplifies what a student-athlete should aspire to be,&quot; said X-Men head coach Brad Peddle. &quot;His work ethic both on the ice and in the classroom has made him a leader on our team, and he has shown a tremendous ability to balance academics, athletics and community service throughout his years at StFX.&quot;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> Business Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:36:30 NO Schwartz School of Business students have best academic showing yet in JDC Central Business School Competition <p><span>StFX had its best academic showing yet as students from the Gerald Schwartz School of Business came away from the JDC Central Business School Competition, held Jan. 8-10 in Toronto, with a trio of top finishes.</span></p> <div>In the academic stream of the three day event, where delegates competed in eight different academic case competitions, the StFX human resources team of Brittany Fairweather, Vaughn Saunders and Haily Timmons earned a second place finish; the entrepreneurship team of Jess Pomeroy, Oriana Mooney and Taylor Chase placed third; and the StFX team finished fifth place overall in the academic side.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>&ldquo;We were very happy with the results. It&rsquo;s nice to see all the hard work pay off,&rdquo; says fourth year marketing student Kelsey Grieve, co-captain of StFX&rsquo;s 47-member JDC Central team, with fourth year information systems student Kate Sullivan.<br /> &nbsp;</div> <div>The two students say the event attracted about 700 participants from 14 business schools who competed in academic case competitions, parliamentary style debates, sports tournaments and social competitions.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;We were able to showcase the talent that we have,&rdquo; Ms. Sullivan said as she noted StFX competed against much larger business schools and were just as competitive.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;Our team was very dedicated,&rdquo; Ms. Grieve says, noting tryouts were held in September and each team practiced weekly, presenting to faculty advisors in preparation. The team also hosted a mock case day.</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;And we had a lot of faculty support. We had a coach for every team,&rdquo; Ms. Sullivan adds.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> Academic teams, comprised of three individuals each, are given three hours to solve a business case and build a presentation on their recommendations. Students use their creativity and academic training to solve complex problems. Industry experts act as judges.&nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The students were a professional, competitive, talented and proud group,&rdquo; says business professor and faculty advisor Dr. Brad Long.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The student co-captains say attending events such as the JDC Central Business School Competition is important. It&rsquo;s a great way to apply what they&rsquo;ve been learning in the classroom as well as a terrific chance to network and learn about job opportunities, to see how their skills compare nationally, and to build camaraderie and pride with teammates within the Schwartz School of Business. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Ms. Grieve and Ms. Sullivan thanked all their sponsors for their support.</div> Business Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:55:29 NO StFX Schwartz School of Business students earn coveted entrepreneurship fellowships with Venture for Canada <p>When you follow your passion for entrepreneurship and leadership, you never know where it will lead. For StFX students Meghan MacDonald and Marie and Meaghan Wright it&rsquo;s to an exciting national opportunity designed to launch their careers as entrepreneurs. The three senior Gerald Schwartz School of Business students are among 30 successful candidates &ndash; out of nearly 1,000 applicants nationally &ndash; awarded a Venture for Canada fellowship, which provides top, young university graduates the opportunity to spend two years working at innovative startups across the country. Venture for Canada is a not-for-profit fellowship program that matches Canada&rsquo;s top university graduates with cutting-edge, homegrown startups. In May, the trio will join with the successful fellows for five weeks of entrepreneurship training at Queen&rsquo;s University, before joining a startup company with the mission of fostering entrepreneurship and gaining the experience, network and training to successfully launch their own businesses. &ldquo;I couldn&rsquo;t believe it. I found out on X-Ring Day, with my family and all my friends around. If it wasn&rsquo;t already the best day of my life, that made it the best day,&rdquo; says Ms. MacDonald, a fourth year leadership and management student from Sydney, NS, and graduate of King&rsquo;s-Edgehill School. &ldquo;Ever since Scott (Stirrett), the founder of Venture, spoke to our entrepreneurship class last September, I knew it was something I wanted to do,&rdquo; says Meaghan Wright, who along with twin sister Marie is a senior marketing student at StFX and graduate of Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth, NS. &ldquo;I want to be able to make an impact, just as I&rsquo;ve done during my four years on this campus. I think Venture enables young entrepreneurs like myself to actually make a difference in smaller startups. I was ecstatic when I got the call. It was one of those moments where I took a deep breath and thought to myself, you deserve it.&rdquo; Marie says spending five weeks in residence at Queen&rsquo;s will not only be a great opportunity to learn and grow, but also to network. &ldquo;This is something that really helps build great skills and knowledge, so that you can start something of your own,&rdquo; says Marie, who with Meaghan co-founded their own company, Mirror Image Media, a video production company, two years ago. During the four-phase interview process, 60 finalists were chosen to attend individual and group interviews in Toronto. &ldquo;Selection day was so humbling,&rdquo; says Meghan who noted the high quality of applicants. She says the program&rsquo;s social change and positive community development focus really appealed to her. &ldquo;I saw it as a catalyst to get involved in the entrepreneurial community and to get my career going in that direction.&rdquo; All three students say they are much looking forward to the experience. &ldquo;After meeting most of the fellows at the final interview phase in Toronto, it&rsquo;s evident that we&rsquo;re all extremely similar. We all clicked instantly. This program allows me to be around 29 other like-minded, passionate, entrepreneurial, and driven young fresh graduates. I can&rsquo;t wait to soak it all up,&rdquo; says Meaghan. &ldquo;A group of 30 determined and passionate students all together for five weeks at training camp will be not only extremely refreshing, but also very inspirational. Secondly, I&rsquo;m very excited to be immersed in a new startup. The startups affiliated with Venture in Halifax have so much potential. To be involved with them is an honour. &ldquo; The students have all been active leaders in the StFX community. Meghan is the business counsellor on the StFX Students&rsquo; Union, vice-president of social affairs with the Schwartz Business Society, a campus tour guide, and the campus ambassador for the Great Canadian Sales Competition. She has also worked as the student transition coordinator with the Student Life Office, participated in an international exchange to Australia, and completed a summer internship in Cape Town, South Africa. For the past four years, the Wright sisters have been team leaders with StFX&rsquo;s Marketing and Communications XVT student video team, as well as founding their own company. Marie has been involved with Relay for Life, and is one of the coordinators who helped bring the Get Real movement to the StFX campus. She has held the Canadian Scholarship for the past four years, and last year was within the top five per cent of her business class. Meaghan is also one of the coordinators who brought Get Real to StFX, is the Senior Class VP and recipient of the J.P. McCarthy Scholarship for her four years at StFX. She&rsquo;s a recipient of the Trudy Eagan Women in Business Award, and has been involved with Canada&rsquo;s Next Top Ad Exec case competition. StFX&rsquo;s personal environment, incredible faculty and staff, and a close, supportive atmosphere make it easy to pursue leadership roles, both Marie and Meghan say. &ldquo;I owe everything to StFX. Engraved in my X-Ring is, &lsquo;pay it forward.&rsquo; This notion stems from everything that I&rsquo;ve gained on this campus,&rdquo; says Meaghan. &ldquo;Small school, great professors, engaging campus &mdash; what more could you ask for? At a bigger university, you could never be a coordinator of a movement, work in the marketing department, be the Senior Class Vice President, and run your own video production company. I credit all my success to the professors who have not only pushed me, but inspired me, to the like-minded and smart people on this campus, and to the community feel that it provides.&rdquo;</p> Business Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:59:29 NO StFX presents the 2015 Dr. Trudy Eagan Women in Business Awards <p>Meaghan Wright and Allison Lemenchick are the recipients of the 2015 Dr. Trudy Eagan Women in Business Awards, announced Nov. 26th at a Gerald Schwartz School of Business Society event. The Dr. Trudy Eagan Women in Business Awards are given to two senior female students enrolled in the School of Business. The award recognizes strong academic performance, determination and perseverance, and a positive impact on classmates and the program. The award is made to students who have made a difference at StFX. &ldquo;The 2015 award recipients represent the next generation of Canadian business leaders,&rdquo; Dr. Eagan said. &ldquo;They have distinguished themselves through their dedication to learning, service to the university and the broader community, and the difference they have made in the lives of those around them. They truly exemplify the Xavierian way.&rdquo; Meaghan Wright is a BBA student majoring in marketing and is from Dartmouth, NS. She holds significant roles on campus both as the X Video team leader and as the StFX Senior Class vice president. She supports her community through volunteering as the StFX coordinator of the Get Real Movement and volunteering with both the Canadian Breast Cancer foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. With her twin sister, she co-founded a video production business named Mirror Image Media. Allison Lemenchick is a BBA student majoring in accounting and is from Ottawa, ON. She is the current president and former vice president of the StFX Women in Business Society. She volunteers in the community with L&rsquo;Arche Community Home and as a coach with the Antigonish Bantam Girls Basketball. She has accepted a position to work with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) Halifax office in the fall of 2016.</p> Business Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:43:16 NO StFX students look forward to summer of research thanks to ACEnet Research Fellowships <p>Three StFX students are looking forward to making an impact in research and gaining valuable hands-on experience in their academic field as recipients of an ACEnet Research Fellowship, each valued at $5,000.</p> <p>Thomas Faour, Cole Grbavac, and Siobhan Morris have each received an ACEnet Research Fellowship, offered to students at ACEnet member institutions. The awards are designed to further research projects that utilize ACEnet&rsquo;s advanced research computing resources.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Having this opportunity means so much to me,&rdquo; says Thomas Faour, a second year physics student from St. John&rsquo;s, NL who will work with physics professor Dr. Peter Poole and Dr. Shah Razul using computer software to try and better understand protein folding. &ldquo;Being given the chance to spend a summer doing the things that interest me most is a real treat. I'm really looking forward to a good summer of research.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> Cole Grbavac of Calgary, AB, is a third year honours business student majoring in accounting, with a minor in economics. He will be examining the evolution of poverty and societal polarization. &ldquo;I feel very fortunate to receive the opportunity to work with ACEnet and Dr. Teng Wah Leo (in economics). It will be a great learning experience that isn't offered in my undergraduate degree and I look forward to making an impact with our research.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> Third year honours physics student Siobhan Morris of Halifax, NS will be working with physics professor Dr. Peter Poole over the summer, using simulated systems to study the mechanisms by which water nucleates. &ldquo;For such a ubiquitous compound, we still know surprisingly little about it, so hopefully I'll be able to formulate a thesis around that framework,&rdquo; she says.</p> <p><br /> &ldquo;Being able to work once again within my faculty as a research assistant is really quite invaluable,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;This fellowship provides me with the opportunity to continue exploring one facet of academia that most students don't see during their undergraduate degree. In addition, this type of position opens many doors in pursuing graduate and post-graduate studies.&rdquo;</p> Business Tue, 21 Apr 2015 05:14:14 NO University Council for Research undergraduate awards provide terrific opportunity for StFX students <p>Receiving a StFX University Council for Research (UCR) Student Research Award is an invaluable opportunity to gain research experience in the field and lab and to test out career options, say five undergraduate StFX students.</p> <p>Bryce Fitzgerald, Benjamin Lambourne, Devin Manning, Jennifer Poirier, and Janet Tait have each received a $2,250 UCR Award, which gives them an opportunity to carry out research work over six weeks this summer under the supervision of a StFX faculty member.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;This opportunity will give me experience working in the field and lab, which will directly help my potential future career working in the pharmaceutical industry. I am very excited to start work this summer and it would not be possible without the UCR award,&rdquo; says Jennifer Poirier from Coldbrook, NS, an honours biology student, who will work with biology professor Dr. David Garbary.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>They will be researching the economically important alga Ascophyllum nodosum in Digby, NS. More specifically, she says they will research the symbiotic relationships of this alga.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Devin Manning, a second year Bachelor of Science human kinetics student from Saint John, NB, is also excited to be immersed in StFX&rsquo;s research environment this summer.</p> <p>He will spend six weeks with human kinetics professor Dr. Dan Kane researching mitochondrial lactate oxidation.</p> <p><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing to have the opportunity to research at StFX, and with Dan. He&rsquo;s amazing. Personally, I&rsquo;ll be able to grow tenfold, given the opportunity to do research at StFX,&rdquo; he says.</p> <p><br /> Ben Lambourne of Antigonish, NS, a business student minoring in enterprise development, will be researching social entrepreneurship with business professor Dr. Monica Diochon, seeing how entrepreneurship thrives in not-for-profits. They will be looking at how entrepreneurship occurs and how leaders lead.</p> <p><br /> Mr. Lambourne says the experience should be invaluable for his future. He hopes to open a carpentry shop, and the more entrepreneurial experience and knowledge he attains, the better, he says.</p> <p><br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a great way for me to test out possible career interests,&rdquo; says Janet Tait, a third year biology student from Toronto, ON who will work with biology professor Dr. Bill Marshall on ion transport in a killifish. Not only will she get research experience under her belt, the work will form the basis of her honours thesis, she says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really exciting for me.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Business Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:37:35 NO First year Schwartz School business students set new record, make top 10 all time in business simulation competition <p>A group of five, first-year students from StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business has set a new record of shareholder value for StFX and ranked 8th out of 14,000 companies worldwide from the last three years in an online business simulation competition, called MikesBikes.</p> <p>The aim of the competition is to learn about business by managing a virtual company and competing with other student-managed companies to create the most value for shareholders.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The StFX team, named Bingo Bikes, included Andrew Kinzie, Samuel Gan, Brenden Saunders, Joshua Hartley and Carolyn Smith, all members of the BSAD 102 course taught by Lindsay MacKinnon, Neil Maltby, and Mark MacIsaac.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;To place in the top 10 all time, among over 14,000 groups and 44,000 participants, is a remarkable achievement,&rdquo; says Prof. MacIsaac.</p> <p>&ldquo;Success in this simulation is based upon planning a successful business strategy, taking into account product pricing, promotion and branding, demand forecasting, operations, new product development, and finance. The Bingo Bikes team spent a great deal of time building and implementing a plan to succeed based on all these criteria, and their plan clearly worked very well.&rdquo;</p> <p><br /> MikesBikes is an online simulation that helps students develop an understanding of business. Students manage a virtual bicycle manufacturing company for seven simulation years. Decisions about marketing, operations, finance and strategy are input and processed so that students get to see the results of their decisions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At the end of the simulation, students prepare a board room presentation about their company&rsquo;s performance for a &ldquo;Board of Directors&rdquo; to formalize the analysis process and experience being held accountable for their decisions.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It is the 13th year that first year StFX business students have participated in the program. Two years ago, another group including Brendan Nickles, Derek MacKeen, and Sean Graves made it to and is still in the top 20.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Business Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:00:38 NO Schwartz School business analytics students score big with J.D. Irving Ltd. <p>Business Analytics students in the Schwartz School of Business had the opportunity to solve real problems for a national company and walk away with money in their pocket. The Direct Exchange Case Competition presents students with real-life events that occur at J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI), who sponsored the competition with $2,500.</p> <p>Students were presented with a set of data and asked to analyse the data in order to make recommendations to better manage a significant spend. They were also asked to make recommendations regarding the tools required to complete the analysis.</p> <p>&ldquo;The students performed above expectations; to do so meant that the curriculum equipped them with the ability to do so,&rdquo; said Brian Lordon, Director of Enterprise Applications at J.D. Irving Ltd.</p> <p>&ldquo;As judges we were treated to a very mature approach to the analysis, a clear demonstration of business acumen, and professionalism as they reported back. I might add that the quality of work completed by the students is also a reflection of the level of partnership with (StFX faculty member) Dr. Neil Foshay and the faculty administration,&rdquo; stated Mr. Lordon. &ldquo;This program only succeeds with their commitment to the process.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Business Thu, 09 Apr 2015 06:05:41 NO Schwartz School students compete in Sobeys case competition <p><span>In a close matched competition, the team of Emma Ball, Liam Kane, Channing Colley, and Patrick Brouwer, students in StFX&rsquo;s Gerald Schwartz School of Business, took home top prize of $2,500 in a case competition sponsored by Sobeys held on campus April 7.</span></p> <div>The competition was part of the BSAD 381 Operations Management class taught by David Mattie and saw 12, four-person teams compete. The top three teams advanced to the final round, judged by two senior Sobeys executives, Bob Mattie, Senior Director Finance, Sobeys Inc. and Brian Pitts, Director of Category Management, Sobeys Atlantic.</div> <div><br /> Teams were challenged with understanding the background of Barilla and the Italian pasta industry, and the company&rsquo;s impetus for a just-in-time distribution proposal, says Prof. Mattie. &nbsp;</div> <div><br /> &ldquo;The company faced strong resistance internally as a company and externally with suppliers, and was a good exercise in understating broad spectrum issues around change management, customer value, and supply chain.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div><img src="" alt="" /></div> <div><br /> <strong>Winning team members, l-r, Channing Colley, Patrick Brouwer, Emma Ball, and Liam Kane.</strong></div> <p class="MsoNormal">The teams were closely matched, and it was difficult to decide the winner in the end, he says.<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Sobeys was delighted to participate in the exercise. Sobeys has over 120,000 employees, is widely recognized for their willingness to invest in their employees, and is one of only two national grocers that claim coast to coast distribution, with its corporate head office in Stellarton, NS.&rdquo;</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> Business Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:43:16 NO Schwartz School of Business students experience life in an advertising agency <p>Gerald Schwartz School of Business students in a fourth year business administration course, Integrated Marketing Communications, recently spent a day experiencing life at an ad agency in Halifax, NS.</p> <p>Students in the class were matched to several different agencies in Halifax. In addition to learning about the agency and the types of roles that are required, the students participated in writing creative briefs, brainstorming and planning. Those who went to media planning firms got to see audience databases used for market analysis; those who went to digital agencies got to experience a wire-framing exercise; and those who went to creative agencies got to write and present creative briefs for ad campaigns. The visits were followed by a debrief held in the new Halifax library.</p> <p>Students commented on how the exercise allowed them to be truly included in the work of the agency, the opportunity to speak with young employees about how to land a job in the industry, gaining hands-on experience, seeing what an agency is like in real life, understanding the types of jobs that are appropriate and the skills required. Some appreciated the fact that small groups allowed for more one-on-one conversations and dialogue with each department in the firm.</p> <p><br /> The one-on-one nature of the experience allowed for deeper engagement in questions and richer learning about how to plan for the future, they say.</p> <p><br /> The visit and follow up were organized and led by StFX alumnus Larry MacEachern &rsquo;85, a senior executive in the advertising industry.</p> Business Mon, 06 Apr 2015 07:23:47 NO Schwartz School of Business students win 8th Annual Atlantic Accounting Case Competition <p>It was a first place win for the StFX Gerald Schwartz School of Business student team of Nikki Mills, Zac Konings and Emily Payne who took home the top prize in the 8th Annual Atlantic Accounting Case Competition held at Saint Mary&rsquo;s University March 13-14, 2015.</p> <p>The event was sponsored by Deloitte, the Financial Executives International (FEI), and the Accounting Education Foundation of Nova Scotia (AEFNS).</p> <p>Accounting students from across Atlantic Canada compete to analyze a business case and present recommendations to a panel of five judges. A team from the Schwartz School of Business has participated in every year of the competition.</p> <p>The StFX team continued an impressive performance where teams from StFX have placed in six of the eight competitions, winning three of them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The competition requires students to analyze a case received at noon on Friday and to present their results to a panel of judges the following morning. To prepare for the competition the students analyzed cases and presented over a period of weeks to accounting faculty members. The practice and competition require the students to dedicate a lot of time to both the practice and the actual competition.</p> <p>The competition is open to all universities in the Atlantic Provinces. Each university is invited to send one team of between two and four students.</p> <p>The students must be undergraduate, full-time students or students on a co-op term during the winter semester. The competition is an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience in analyzing real-life business situations and preparing recommendations.</p> <p>The objectives of the Business Case Competition are to enable undergraduate business students to develop a variety of business skills in analyzing business problems and developing recommendations; to provide an opportunity for students to gain experience in public speaking and to improve their presentation skills; to give students an opportunity to present to business professionals (judges) and to learn to &lsquo;think on their feet&rsquo; in responding to questions; to promote the positive qualities of business schools and their programs; and to provide an opportunity for networking with students from other business schools.</p> Business Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:27:40 NO