The Ring

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.

International business student seizes opportunities

Mon, 2013-06-03 12:20


George Fu, an international student from Guangzhou, China, is graduating with his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Gustavson School of Business. Fu took part in the school’s dual degree program which allowed him to begin his academic career at his home university of Sun Yat Sen before moving to Victoria to complete his degrees.

A. R. Elangovan appointed Distinguished Professor

Wed, 2013-05-08 10:38

UVic's newest distinguished professor, A. R. Elangovan.
UVic's newest distinguished professor, A. R. Elangovan. Photo: UVic Photo Services

The latest University of Victoria Distinguished Professor is Dr. A. R. (Elango) Elangovan of the Gustavson School of Business. This distinction is the highest academic honour UVic can bestow on a faculty member; only 12 faculty members have been honoured since the creation of the designation in 2002.

2013 Craigdarroch Research Awards

Fri, 2013-05-03 11:07

Dr. Pauline van den Driessche
Dr. Pauline van den Driessche

Passion, energy and a commitment to making the world a little bit better tomorrow for everyone—these are the qualities that are shared by each and every recipient of a Craigdarroch Research Award over the past decade, and this year’s slate of recipients is no exception. The 2013 Craigdarroch Research Awards, which honour achievements in research at UVic, were presented at a reception event on May 2.

Students pitch winning business plans

Tue, 2013-04-09 00:00

This year’s PlanIt! business plan competition saw 12 strong teams from all across campus compete over two days. Each team had to present their complete business plan to participating judges: Jenifer Chilcott, Jill Doucette, Mark Mawhinney, Hilary Smith, Mike Tan, Richard Tuck and Marty Ward.

Business school honours Vancouver entrepreneur

Sun, 2013-04-07 11:09


Service is a core value of Brandt Louie, chairman and CEO of H.Y. Louie Co. Ltd. and chairman of the board at London Drugs—service to his industry, his community, and his country. Louie is this year’s Gustavson School of Business Distinguished Entrepreneur. He will receive his honour May 22 at the popular annual dinner event. This is the 10th year of the noted business award.

BCom students take second place in national sustainability challenge

Fri, 2013-03-08 07:48

Gustavson Greenshifters, (L-R) Chen, Staynor, Sallows, Qin. Photo UVic Photo Ser
Gustavson Greenshifters, (L-R) Chen, Staynor, Sallows, Qin. Photo UVic Photo Services

Upcycling chopsticks to furniture earned a quartet of business students one of the top two spots—and $15,000—in the national Walmart Green Student Challenge in Toronto Feb. 26. Vinson Chen, AJ Qin, Jennifer Sallows, and Rebecca Staynor, calling themselves the Gustavson Greenshifters, beat students from universities across Canada when they came second out of more than 150 groups that began competing last fall.