Business students have successful competitive year


May 20, 2014

If there’s one thing that the Faculty of Business Administration is proud of, it’s our students.

The third iteration of FaceForward is focused on student success, and we’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the academic and personal achievements of our students to date in 2014.

One of the top performers of the year has been Enactus Memorial, which swept all three team competitions in the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition in March, placing first in the financial education, entrepreneurship and green living challenges. Then in April, they brought home the national championship – their seventh in nine years, a feat no other team in the world has matched. Enactus Memorial will compete for the World Cup in China in October.

Alexandra Stead, a 20-year-old bachelor of business administration (BBA) student, won Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2014 Student Entrepreneur competition in February and went on to claim the regional title at the Enactus Canada Regional Exposition in Halifax in March. She placed fourth at the national competition.

Business student Joseph Teo, 23, along with business partner Sahand Seifi and developer Anthony Sartor, finished fourth in the Canadian Business Model Competition in April. Only two months into the development of their business, StudentFresh, the trio were the top finishers in Atlantic Canada at the national competition.

Memorial’s MBA case team finished as the top Canadian school at the John Molson MBA International Case Competition in January and then took home the inaugural P&G Cup at Ryerson University. The MBA team includes Janine Brophy, Daan Gossens, Amy Fisher and David Winsor and is coached by Peggy Coady, director of graduate programs at the business faculty.

In our PhD program, fourth-year student Roman Lukyanenko won the best student paper award at the International Conference on Conceptual Modelling in Hong Kong, China, and third-year student Ghazal Assadipour placed second in a worldwide interactive poster competition at the annual general meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

There have been personal achievements as well.

Josh Hancott, a third-year BBA student, earned a national powerlifting title and will vie for the world championship – and multiple world records – in Johannesburg, South Africa in June.

Brittany Tibbo fulfilled a life-long dream in March when she joined the Canadian delegation to the United Nations for the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

And Jon Mankow took in the world’s biggest sporting event in February when he acted as a translator during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Continue to monitor the Featured Stories section of our website to learn about the achievements of our students in the future.

Susan White-MacPherson