media release

Beedie School establishes EMBA in Aboriginal Business

October 25, 2011

Mark Selman, Beedie School of Business, director, EMBA for Aboriginal Business and Leadership, 778.782.5070;
Derek Moscato, director, marketing and communications, Beedie School of Business, 604.671.4567 (cell);

Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business is establishing the country’s first Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership cohort, with classes beginning next fall.

The new EMBA will meet a growing need for senior-level management education for Aboriginal managers and entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations collaborating with Aboriginal communities. It will provide executive-level education that reflects the growing role of business development for First Nations.

Participants will study core management concepts and principles already included in the Executive Master of Business Administration program but will also examine business and economic issues from the perspective of First Nations.

“The Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership is a reflection of SFU’s commitment to using its education and research resources to support Aboriginal peoples and communities,” says SFU President Andrew Petter. “This program is particularly needed at a time when Aboriginal peoples are striving to overcome longstanding challenges and seeking to take advantage of new challenges.”

“This is an idea whose time has come,” says William Lindsay (Cree-Stoney), director of SFU’s Office for Aboriginal Peoples. “We’ve reached the stage where Aboriginal people are in senior executive positions and could use some extra training to hone their skills. This will benefit participants, their communities, and the business world in general.”

SFU’s Beedie School is home to Canada’s first Executive MBA program, established in 1968. The school has a long-standing history of creating customized programs such as the EMBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership to the meet the needs of individual students.

“The Beedie School of Business believes that our biggest opportunity to create change for Aboriginal people and communities in B.C. and Canada is by building capacity of groups of students with common interests and concerns,” says Beedie School Dean Daniel Shapiro.

Mark Selman, Beedie School of Business special advisor to the dean, will serve as director. Selman has an extensive business education background, building customized degree programs with business, especially in the natural resource sector, as well as working in First Nations communities on social and economic development.

Classes are set to begin in September 2012 in Vancouver. Some may also be held in First Nations communities.


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