The Ring

Congrats to the 2014 Co-op Students of the Year

Mon, 2015-01-26 13:24


Each year, we bestow three Co-op Student of the Year awards to recognize students' outstanding achievements in all aspects of performance, including academic achievement, workplace performance, and extracurricular, community and co-op involvement. One winning student is selected from each of our three major program areas.

Start spreading the news: commerce grad is in a New York state of mind

Fri, 2014-11-07 07:29

Ross in NYC
Ross in NYC

Ross Rich, who graduates this November with a commerce degree from the Gustavson School of Business, has spun himself into his dream job already—as a Marketing Assistant with Columbia Records in New York City. Rich will also maintain the artist-management firm he started in 2013, which includes talented singer Jade Tjorhom (another UVic student) on its artist roster.

Student team wins electric vehicle competition

Mon, 2014-11-03 10:50

A UVic team has won the Electric Mobility Canada (EMC) annual competition that challenges combined teams of engineering and business students to come up with a plan to improve electric vehicle infrastructure and promote the adoption of electric vehicles in Canada. Ten teams from across Canada had one week to assess an issue and conduct research, with 5 teams chosen to make a 10-minute presentation at the EMC Conference in Vancouver. This year’s challenge was to write a five-year technical and business plan to position Canada as a leading nation in per capita sales of electric vehicles.

Indigenous economic development consortium announced

Thu, 2014-10-16 09:04

NCIED group
L-R: Law Dean Jeremy Webber, Miles Richardson, Dr. Robina Thomas, Elder May Sam, Chief Andy Thomas and Gustavson Dean Saul Klein.

A new consortium to promote Indigenous economic development across Canada was recently announced at UVic.

The National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (NCIED) has the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and the UVic Faculty of Law working together on community-based education and research to drive innovative economic change. The consortium was developed with the collaboration of leaders from Indigenous communities, business and government.

Congratulations, Spring 2014 grads!

Wed, 2014-06-04 15:45

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Spring Convocation, from June 9–13, nine ceremonies will be held to confer degrees, diplomas or certificates upon 3,554 graduating students.

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of UVic’s first convocation ceremony. Members of the class of 1964 will attend the 10 a.m., June 13 ceremony to commemorate their part of university history.

Commerce grad thrives on change

Wed, 2014-06-04 09:38


Denis Luchyshyn, a first-generation Canadian who moved to Vancouver from Belarus with his pregnant mother when he was seven, credits his adaptability for much of his success. “I attended six or seven different schools growing up,” he explains, “that has had a lot of impact on who I grew up to be. I had to take care of my sister a lot, too, before my dad moved out to Canada as well.”

Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business this June, Luchyshyn has already received numerous accolades both at school and in the workplace. At work, he has been acknowledged for achieving high sales goals and having the “Most Positive Attitude.” And at UVic, Luchyshyn competed in Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec, along with classmate Kyle Kozma, and was also on a winning team that presented a mobile app to the United Way.

Entrepreneurial education nets Brent Mainprize two awards

Fri, 2014-05-30 15:12

Dr. Brent Mainprize, a professor at the Gustavson School of Business, came up a winner twice in the past month.

Most recently, Mainprize garnered a 2014 Desire2Learn Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning from The Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and Desire2Learn. Mainprize is one of only five winners nationally.

Half a million women lean in for web event

Thu, 2014-03-06 14:49

Sybil Verch and Pat Elemans at the TTL launch. Photo: UVic photo services
Sybil Verch and Pat Elemans at the TTL launch.

Nearly 150 people (mostly women) gathered Feb. 19 at UVic to take part in a Take The Lead live-stream webcast, to address gender challenges to achieving success in the workplace. Take The Lead, a new US-based organization that works to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions, drew half a million web-linked participants to its launch event worldwide. The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and Sybil Verch of the Raymond James Group sponsored the local evening.

PitchIt! winners - 2014

Fri, 2014-02-14 15:33

Michael Wilson and Darrin Mah
Michael Wilson and Darrin Mah

Michael Wilson and Darrin Mah were among five winning teams in the 2014 Pitchit! competition that took place Jan. 28. Their winning business idea, Nightshade, is a coating for fingernails that detects rohypnol and GHB by changing colour in the presence of the substances. The annual Pitchit! competition asks participants for their “elevator speech”  and gives each team 90 seconds to describe their entrepreneurial or social business concept to a panel of experts.

MBA program at Gustavson / Gill named one of 50 top programs in North America

Tue, 2014-01-21 16:33

The MBA program offered by the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School at UVic’s Gustavson School of Business has been ranked as one of the top 50 in North America by QS, a leading international provider of business higher education information, communication and events organization.