The Ring

Half a million women lean in for web event

Thu, 2014-03-06 15:49

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 16:33

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 17:33

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.

Co-op Students of the Year announced

Thu, 2014-01-16 11:38

Rittenburg (at left) with friends.
Rittenburg (at left) with friends.

They may study disparate subjects, but Connor Bildfell, Angus Rittenburg, and Ross Prager have something in common: they’ve all been named UVic Co-op Student of the Year by their respective co-op programs.

Teaching awards highlight Alumni Week, Feb. 2-8

Thu, 2014-01-09 16:44


Alumni Week—honouring the social, economic and artistic impact of UVic graduates—runs from Feb. 2–8 with more than a dozen special events on campus and at alumni branches across Canada and in Asia.

‘Brain sparks’ fuel innovation

Thu, 2013-11-07 13:15


Connor Bildfell squeezed every drop of learning and doing and growing and fun from his BCom degree.

“What I cherish most about the Gustavson School of Business,” says Bildfell, “is the inspiring and supportive environment. I was able to challenge myself and consider new ideas that I could not have previously imagined.”

Congratulations, Fall 2013 grads!

Thu, 2013-11-07 11:17

Thousands of UVic students and their families and friends will gather on campus this month to celebrate the achievement of an academic milestone. During Fall Convocation, which stretches across four ceremonies conducted during Nov. 12 and 13, the University of Victoria will award degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,251 students.

Brainstorm a new business–in a day!

Wed, 2013-10-02 16:35

Elizabeth May with Gustavson student team
Elizabeth May with (from L to R) Dani Aberger, Jordan Alamwala, Sonia Jurkiewicz, Andy Martin and Dana Gunn.

Less than a week into their studies, 240 commerce students at the Gustavson School of Business were teamed up and challenged to conceive–and pitch–56 new business ideas. In one day.

Each team included at least one international exchange student, and the sustainable and socially responsible idea had to work in that person’s home country.

ICE expansion opens doors for innovation across campus

Wed, 2013-10-02 16:24

Rebecca Kosh and Kim Cope of Early Entrepreneurs
Recent Gustavson School of Business grads Rebecca Kosh and Kim Cope of Early Entrepreneurs. Photo: uvic photo services

If you have a great idea for a business, a not-for-profit venture or social enterprise but you don’t know where to go or what to do next, the Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (ICE) can now be your first stop.

Top-three finish in global MBA contest

Wed, 2013-10-02 16:11

A team of MBA students representing day and evening programs at UVic’s Sardul S. Gill Graduate School of Business was one of the top three in the world, competing in Switzerland this summer for the big prize in the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality MBA Challenge 2013. The UVic/Gill team made it into the top three with a creative proposal to support the long-term economic, social and environmental sustainability of coffee farming in Colombia.