media release

SFU Beedie professor receives Aboriginal Business Champion distinction

August 01, 2013

Mark Selman, SFU Beedie, 778.782.5070,
Ross MacDonald-Allan, SFU Beedie, 778.782.9492,
Derek Moscato, SFU Beedie, 778.782.5038,
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742,


Simon Fraser University’s Mark Selman is the 2013 recipient of the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (ICAB) award for Aboriginal Business Champion of the Year.

The Aboriginal Business Champion award is given to a non-Aboriginal individual who exemplifies leadership and best practices in Aboriginal engagement and business relationship development.

The honour is a part of the ICAB Recognition Awards, which highlight individuals and corporations who have demonstrated leadership in developing Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal business relationships.

Selman, director of the Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership program with SFU's Beedie School of Business, is a longstanding business education innovator. He led the university's effort to establish the EMBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership – the first program of its kind in North America.

The new EMBA meets a growing need for senior-level management education for Aboriginal managers and entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations collaborating with Aboriginal communities.

The program has received widespread acclaim across the country from both Aboriginal and business communities – most recently receiving the Most Innovative distinction from BCBusiness magazine.

"Mark has done an extraordinary job of championing Aboriginal business in British Columbia," said Daniel Shapiro, dean of SFU’s Beedie School of Business. "Having known him for many years, I can say without a doubt that he is highly deserving of this important honour."

With an extensive management education background, Selman has helped build

customized degree programs with business, both with First Nations and the natural resource sector. He has also worked with First Nations communities on social and economic development.

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.


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