The Ring

Growing a clean-tech “ecosystem”

Tue, 2012-06-26 12:07

Zietsma
Zietsma

To create a viable and vibrant clean-tech sector in British Columbia, firms, public and non-profit sector organizations and interested individuals must work together to form an ecosystem of support for clean-tech policy and practice changes, says Dr. Charlene Zietsma of the Gustavson School of Business.


Judith Sayers Adds to her role

Thu, 2012-05-31 16:41

Judith Sayers has been appointed as the visiting National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair. Sayers, well known for her work in economic development, serves as an adjunct professor with the Faculty of Law and an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Gustavson School of Business. The joint appointment enables her to continue the work begun by inaugural chair, James Hopkins, and allows students in both faculties to benefit from her experience and wisdom. In addition to teaching, in her expanded role she will organize a symposium on Aboriginal economic development and engage in other chair-related activities in BC and across Canada. Her appointment runs for one year, from May 1, 2012, to April 30, 2013.


Sunil Mysore extends a helping hand

Thu, 2012-05-31 15:16

Sunil in San Francisco for international integrative management exercise
Sunil in San Francisco for international integrative management exercise

Sunil Mysore, one of this year’s MBA leadership award winners, had done a lot of research into selecting an international business MBA to enhance his electronics and communication engineering skills. He felt UVic was the right university and Canada the right country, and he has not been disappointed.


Sustainability Fund: The business case for plumbing

Fri, 2012-05-04 17:37

The Business and Economics (BEC) and David Strong buildings will get new low-flow toilets, urinals and faucets this summer, thanks to UVic’s Revolving Sustainability Fund (RSF). The proposal was put forward by Dr. Basma Majerbi, the operations chair at the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation and the lead of the greenBEC Sustainability Action Team.


Bike to Work Week rides to the rescue

Fri, 2012-05-04 17:31

Rachel Goldsworthy, Co-ordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation
Rachel Goldsworthy, Co-ordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Unlike brain power, muscle strength or dollars at the end of the fiscal year, calories don’t belong to the “use it or lose it” family. But don’t worry—Bike to Work Week rides to the rescue!


UVic Carrot Mob helps raise over $9K for green business

Thu, 2012-04-12 09:13

Michael Traverse and Linsi Comfort hold Carrotmob planning team member Anthea Ch
Michael Traverse and Linsi Comfort hold Carrotmob planning team member Anthea Cheng (in carrot suit). Photo: UVic Photo Services

On March 21 downtown Victoria’s Sauce Restaurant and Lounge was the site for the second annual Carrot Mob, organized by UVic’s Business Sustainability Club and dedicated to helping local businesses become more sustainable. The day of business generated $9,084 that went into a fund to help the restaurant become a greener community member.


UVic Carrot Mob to hit Sauce Restaurant March 21

Mon, 2012-03-19 16:22

Last year UVic’s Business Sustainability Club held its first Carrot Mob event at the Fernwood Inn raising $16,000 to help the historic neighbourhood pub become a more environmentally friendly business. This year, on Wednesday, March 21, they are targeting downtown Victoria’s inner harbour restaurant district by helping Sauce Restaurant and Lounge green its business. From 11:30 a.m. to closing at 1 a.m. all proceeds will go towards making their business more sustainable. In turn, Sauce will be offering all kinds of specials throughout the day in support of Carrot Mob. Harnessing the power of the consumer to affect change, the focal point of the all day event will begin at 5:00 at the restaurant, located 1245 Wharf Street in Victoria att the corner of Yates.


IDEAFEST 2012: From Occupy Wall Street to the People’s Assembly of Victoria

Fri, 2012-03-09 15:27

Reported by Rachel Goldsworthy, Coordinator, Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business


Inspirational business prof wins major teaching award

Thu, 2012-03-08 13:12

Elangovan. Photo: UVic Photo Services
Elangovan. Photo: UVic Photo Services

Dr. A.R. “Elango” Elangovan, professor and director of international programs with the Gustavson School of Business, is among 10 Canadian scholars honoured with a 2012 3M National Teaching Fellowship, and the ninth UVic scholar to receive this honour since its inception. The award recognizes exceptional achievements and contributions by teacher-scholars across Canada.


Entrepreurship program breeds success

Thu, 2012-03-08 11:10

Volkers receives Mitacs Accelerate Program award from Minister of State (Science
Volkers receives Mitacs Accelerate Program award from Minister of State (Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear

When musician, author and broadcaster Jann Arden wanted to tap into social media to boost exposure for her new book Falling Backwards, she turned to YUPIQ, a Victoria-based company that sprung directly from research by UVic Master’s in Engineering students Logan Volkers, Will Fraser, Torben Werner and Jeff Crowe. The relationship meant Arden was able to access 24 times more people, which is significant given Arden’s established national presence as an entertainer.