Best of 2009: Business

Business and First Nations chiefs compare notes
SFU’s Learning Strategies Group and the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business began the country’s first leadership program to pair aboriginal and non-aboriginal business leaders together in the same boardrooms. The goal: to develop deeper business relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.

Student entrepreneurs sparkle on world stage
Student business wizards Milun Tesovic, Benjamin Brown-Bentley (l), Ammar Sultan (r), Tim Coleman, Helen Lu and Jessica Wang all won major awards for their successful ventures in 2009. Tesovic was named 2009 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

First entrepreneur-in-residence joins SFU Business
Former business professor and green businessman, Boyd Cohen, who made international headlines with his “World’s Greenest Person” contest, was appointed as an adjunct professor and the country’s first green entrepreneur-in-residence.

Undergrads host continent’s largest IT case competition
SFU Business hosted North America’s largest information technology (IT) business case competition in February, conceived and organized entirely by students. The National University of Singapore, Ryerson University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University placed first, second and third respectively, while SFU failed to make the final four.

Stars of Science competitor wows Arab TV audiences
MBA student Wahiba Chair beat out more than 5,000 applicants of Arab heritage worldwide to become one of 16 finalists on the Arab reality TV program Stars of Science. The show pits entrepreneurs in a competition to invent and develop products. Her product, a mobile-phone application, helps shoppers identify the nutritional content in food products. She lasted 10 weeks and took home US $10,000.