BBA (Finance and Marketing), 2010
A love for learning and a passion for basketball brought Kevin Shaw to the Beedie School of Business – and once there, he discovered that engaging with the Beedie community was as rewarding as hitting a three-pointer on the court.
Kevin’s athletic abilities saw him offered a number of basketball scholarships following high school. The deciding factor, however, was academic excellence, with Beedie’s academic reputation enabling him to accept their offer with confidence.
Despite having to balance his course workload with his athletic duties as co-captain of the SFU Men’s Basketball team, Kevin made a point of finding time to give back to the community. In addition to a role as Vice President of the Student Athletics Counsel, he was the co-founding member of the “Cards on the Court” Casino Night, aimed at raising money for student athletes. During his four-year term as Vice President, Kevin raised over $50,000 to benefit SFU student athletes. These admirable efforts saw him presented with the Ken Shields Community Achievement Award, given to the student athlete that displays excellence in the classroom, on the court, and in the community.
Even after graduating, Kevin continued to uphold these values through participation in a number of charitable organizations. He is now a board adviser for The Quinn Keast Foundation, an organization dedicated to encouraging and promoting high school basketball players, in honour of his friend, who passed away. He also founded Whisky Wisemen, a charity that organizes monthly networking events at a local bar, where the guests’ bill is donated to Project True, an organization that provides support and resources to those struggling with disordered eating.
If that wasn’t enough, Kevin also embarked on the “Moustache Ride Across Canada”, a bike ride across Canada with a goal of raising $100,000 for Movember – which he and his team ultimately surpassed, raising over $160,000 and garnering over 10 million media impressions. “Each of the riders and myself have been impacted by men’s health issues, so the challenge of riding a bike in cold weather for hours is no comparison to the pain that these men have to go through,” he explains.
Kevin continues to support men’s health issues, recently co-chairing “Pants Off for Prostate Cancer”, and raising $20,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada. Under his watch, the inaugural event proved to be such a success that it has now become an annual fixture.
When Kevin isn’t volunteering, he can be found putting his degree in Finance and Marketing to use as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Halcyon Mergers and Acquisitions Inc., and is hoping to pursue an MBA in the near future.
Yet even with his demanding schedule, Kevin still believes it is it important to engage with SFU and Beedie. He is currently a member of the Executive Alumni Counsel for the SFU Men’s Basketball team, helping alumni to engage with, and raise money to support student athletes. He also volunteers his time helping Beedie students prepare for case competitions, and currently acts as a mock judge for the JDC West Case Competition.
“SFU allowed me to get an education and play basketball, and for that I will be forever grateful,” he says. “I am just doing my duty as an alumnus, and trying to help current students get the most out of their experience.”
Kevin’s advice for current students isn’t where to work or whether they should travel, but instead how to make decisions. “You will face forks in the road as a student, and the best you can do is to follow your gut. Work your hardest, have a plan, set goals and enjoy the present.”
- Written by SFU Beedie School of Business
Submitted by: alum alum