Something good is brewing.
We would like to welcome and to thank each and every one of you for joining the Gustavson Commerce Club. Our goal is to connect our vibrant business community with our enthusiastic Gustavson business students and to form beneficial connections that will last a lifetime. Let's get connected!
- Address from the CSS President -
The first thing that I want to say is thank you.
My name is Simon Litt and I am fortunate enough to be the President of the Commerce Students’ Society (CSS) for the 2018/19 Academic Year. Without the support of individuals and groups such as yourself, none of what we do could be possible.
A major goal that we have for this year is to embody the Innovation pillar of Gustavson by finding new ways to bring value to our students. We are, however, also looking beyond Gustavson to build relationships with other faculties and professionals to better prepare our students for the working world.
Some noteworthy achievements that our team has accomplished so far this year are: a full reimagination of sponsorship; the introduction of three new large-scale events; the continuation of an organization-wide rebranding strategy; and much more.
-- Simon, Student
- Community Connections -
The South Island Prosperity Project is working in our region to promote a sustainable, economic, technologic, innovative, and smart business community in the south of Vancouver Island.
They have implemented a program within the organization called Smart South Island and the most interesting thing about it is that they are turning to us. Smart South Island is asking for the business community's ideas and innovation in order to better our region because they believe that no one knows better than the locals.
"While the term “smart” may conjure up images of flying cars and robots, technology is not the driving force behind a smart city; its people are at the heart. Planning and transformation on smart cities should always be inspired by the needs of its citizens."
-- Smart South Island
The South Island Prosperity Project has pitched the Gustavson School of Business and other schools in the region to participate in their Future Innovators Challenge. This year's focus is on sustainable transportation for our region. Students are working hard right now, developing their ideas and writing proposals for implementation plans. We can’t wait to share the best ideas from the challenge in the next issue, so stay tuned!
Click here to learn more about the future of transportation in the south island.
- Our International Edge -
JAPAN | Co-op
Liam Moore, Student
"Having the opportunity to work in a global market like Tokyo was an amazing experience for me. As an executive recruitment intern I was able to work in partnership with Fortune 500 companies to support their hiring needs for executive level Legal and Compliance positions. In order to support these companies I was trusted daily to pitch positions to Japanese executives through a variety of avenues including cold calling and mass emails. The recruitment industry in Japan is very high pace and I really enjoyed the competitive and results driven culture I was able to work in."
JAPAN | Exchange
Sarah Corey, Alumni
"Choosing to go to Tokyo on academic exchange was the best decision I made in University. By travelling to a country I knew little to nothing about, I was forced out of my comfort zone and learned to embrace a culture so drastically different from my own.
During my time at Rikkyo University, I chose courses that were primarily region-specific. My favourite course was titled “Corporate Social Responsibility in Japan”, where we learned just how far back sustainability traces in Japanese history. It was eye opening to see that a concept so new in the western world was already so ingrained in the business world and in the mindset of Japanese society. It gave me a new perspective on my business education in Canada and offered many new ideas that I could bring home with me."