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January 2016

Points of Pride
Haskayne Alumni Uses Unemployment to Help Others

Stephanie Wong (BComm’09), Founder and Manager of Helping Hoc, found the opportunity to help others during her time of unemployment.

Helping Hoc aims to provide disadvantaged children with the support they need to receive an education.

View the full story here

Helping Millennials Master Their Money

Bridget Eastgaard (Casey) (MBA’15), founder and lead author of is making millennials richer by giving them the tools to manage their money in a personal, effective way. Her goal is to demystify the stock market by promoting financial literacy. Eastgaard left her full-time job at Uncommon Innovation to devote herself entirely to her online business.

MAG has been featured by Time, MoneySense, Business Insider, and the Globe and Mail among many other publications.

Read what Eastgaard has to say about millennials avoiding the stock market her

Haskayne Event Sparks Successful Entrepreneurship

After hearing Willow Park Wines & Spirits president and owner, Wayne Henuset speak at Haskayne, Omaet Velasco was inspired to start a business with her mom. Velasco partnered with Huenset and launched Sandpearl Spa this past summer, offering a full spa experience at the clients’ place of preference.

Sandpearl offers an integrated approach of wellness based on a combination of spa and massage therapy — delivered to the door.

Read the Calgary Herald story here

Haskayne Team Wins Pool in the IXL Innovation Olympics

Phil Davidson (BCOMM’90), Megan Hjulfors, Jesus Atias, and Daniel Juck, all members of the EMBA 2017 cohort, competed as a team in the IXL Innovation Olympics and won their pool against Columbia, Esade (Madrid), Babson, and University of Hong Kong!

The IXL Innovation Olympics is the first truly global innovation competition that features 3-5 teams per challenge competing with each other to produce the best business concept for a company using live cases.

Alumni Spotlight

President and founder of Precision Manufacturing Corp (PMC). With nearly two decades of machine design and manufacturing experience in both Canada and China, Ding has led PMC to become one of Canada’s fastest-growing companies; placing them on Alberta Venture’s Fast Growth 50  and Profit’s Canada’s Fastest-Growing Manufacturers lists.

Learn more about Bob here.

In The News
University of Calgary aims to be more than ‘Waterloo West’

The University of Waterloo might be Canada’s leading technology hub, but the University of Calgary is making some innovative moves in its effort to become the country’s main centre for entrepreneurship.

“I don’t know if we’re trying to be the Waterloo of the West so much as we’re trying to create the entrepreneurial hub of Canada, because we are the most entrepreneurial city in Canada,” said Derek Hassay, Academic Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Read The Global and Mail story here.

Compelling Kudos to the Hunter Centre

Kimberley Neutens, Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, along with Stefan Daniel, current Haskayne student and paratriathlete, were listed by the Calgary Herald as two compelling Calgarians to watch out for in 2016.

To find out why, read their stories here.

Faculty Update
Simon Raby Studies Challenges to Alberta Companies

Simon Raby, visiting scholar from the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, seeks to understand the unique challenges facing Alberta’s small and medium-sized businesses.

The study, Promoting Sustainable Performance, aims to reveal crucial insights into the sustainable economic growth and performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Haskayne alumni who participate in the study will receive valuable feedback in strengthening the growth and performance of their own SMEs.

Read the complete story and participate in the study here.

The Executive Connection
The Entrepreneurial Age is Here. Are YOU Prepared?

Almost every man, woman and child carries a smartphone – essentially a powerful handheld computer – with them day and night; it is perhaps surprising to hear that the Information Age is over.

Find out what’s next and whether or not you’re ready for it here.

Haskayne Executive Education
Win an Executive Education Experience!

Complete our 5 - 7 minute Learning and Development Survey for a chance to win a complimentary pass for Open Enrollment Executive Education programs offered through the Haskayne School of Business (prize valued at up to $1,600) Click here.

High-Performance Development

Upgrading skills is a smart strategic move during times of economic slowdown. Combine your current experience with In-class practical application that will introduce and hone new skills.

  • Entrepreneurial Thinking
    February 29 and March 1, 2016; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Registration deadline: February 15, 2015
    $1550 plus GST
  • Supply Chain Management Excellence
    March 7 - 9, 2016 and May 9 - 10, 2016; 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
    Registration deadline: February 22, 2016
    $4750 plus GST
    This program is eligible for grant funding until February 8, 2016. Register now to ensure grant applications can be processed in time for the program.

Register for all Executive Education programs.

Visit our Executive Education website for more information.

Location: University of Calgary Downtown Campus

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Upcoming Events
Enbridge Research in Action: The Road from Paris Goes Through Calgary

Join Linda Coady, Chief Sustainability Officer for Enbridge, and Ted Ferguson, Senior Vice President of The Delphi Group, at this latest Enbridge Research in Action seminar as they discuss the Alberta Climate Leadership Plan and the Paris Agreement.

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Ranchmen’s Club, 710 13 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

*Dress code in effect – business casual attire as a minimum

Buffet Lunch $30 per person

RSVP and more information here

Questions? Please email

Get a Grip on Your Business Hosted by Strategic Traction

Do you want to see your business consistently run better and grow faster? Discover EOS and the 6 key ingredients of all successful businesses in this timely workshop.  Learn about the simple, practical tools to achieve your vision so you and your leadership team can get better results right away!

Speaker info: Chris Jones, BCOMM’98, founded Entrix Sports in June 1995 by inventing a football glove for receivers. He has built 3 brands into #1 market share in the Canadian sporting goods market. With the help of EOS, he has transitioned out of his active role in Entrix Sports but remains its primary shareholder. He has since founded Strategic Traction to help people get what they want from their business through implementation of EOS™.

Dates: January 28th OR February 17th (select one)

Location: Innovate Calgary / Alastair Ross Technology Centre
3553 – 31st St NW, Calgary, Alberta

Time: 3:00-5:30pm

Cost: $49.95 + GST

Click here to register and for more information

Alumni Connect: Lunchtime Networking Hour

Don't miss out on the incredible opportunity to connect with fellow grads from UCalgary around the world. Join other alumni to share your experiences, exchange career tips and build your professional network in easy, accessible, one-hour events.

January 20, 2016
Alumni Connect for Vancouver-based Alumni
noon - 1 p.m. PST

January 21, 2016
Alumni Connect for Toronto-based Alumni
noon - 1 p.m. EST

January 26, 2016
Alumni Connect for New York-based Alumni
noon - 1 p.m. EST

Click here to learn more and register

Haskayne Hour: Adventures in City-Building

Join us for this next Haskayne Hour with Ken King and Jyoti Gondek as they explore how professional sports teams are critical to building word-class cities and a sense of civic pride.

Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Time: 7:15am-8:30am
Location: University of Calgary Downtown Campus
906 – 8th avenue SW

Breakfast Buffet $35 per person

More information and registration here or call 403.220.7202

For event specific inquiries email

San Francisco Alumni - Save the Date for the University of Calgary Idea Exchange!

When: January 28th from 6:00 until 8:30 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Palo Alto, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto.

Register now and watch for our formal invitation in early January.

The Van Horne Institute - Women in Supply Chain Networking Reception: the Journey of Wine

When: January 27th

Where: the Cellar at the Willow Park Wines, 10801 Bonaventure Dr SE, Calgary, Alberta T2J 6Z8.

Willow Park Wines will explain the supply chain and distribution of the wine industry. Attendees will sample wines, spirits, and beer produced and distributed by women from around the world.

Registration for the event will begin at 5:00.

Tickets are $85.

There are a limited quantity of student tickets available at $35.

Get your tickets now!

Get Involved
Calling Haskayne Alumni – Mentors Wanted.

The Haskayne Mentorship Program offers critical value-added mentorship opportunities to Haskayne BComm and MBA students.

Please consider sharing your experience.  Alumni who participate in this way tell us it is a deeply rewarding contribution and indicate that there is strong reciprocal benefit to alumni who choose to share knowledge, career tips and helpful advice for professional development. 

If you are interested in finding out more about the program, contact the Program Lead at

If you would like to contribute by mentoring a Haskayne student, please complete the online application form at:

Volunteer at your Alma Mater

Make a difference by Volunteering a Day of Your Time. For details, click here.

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