To our Business Members,
For the past 24 years, the Greater Victoria Business Banquet has been a valuable opportunity to strengthen connections between the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business students and the Greater Victoria business community.
The Commerce Students’ Society is proud to feature a silent auction in support of the Together Against Poverty Society, a charity that offers free face-to-face legal advocacy for all types of people. TAPS advocates for individuals who are in need of help regarding disability benefits, income assistance, employment standards and tenancy issues. They help over 5000 Victorian residents each year and continue to grow.
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
The cocktail reception, silent auction, delicious three course meal and guest presentations will make this an evening you don’t want to miss.
Student tickets will be available in January.
- Local Business Highlight -
CPA | Case Competition
Enhance your skills in critical thinking, leadership, teamwork and communication at the CPABC Annual Business Case Competition! The top 8 teams will be invited to participate in a final round, including an evening reception with like-minded peers and BC business leaders. Travel subsidies may be provided! First place team will win a $2000 cash prize! Check out the Rules & Regulations for details and register your team by noon on Jan. 30, 2019 here
- National Business School Conference -
Left to right: Andres Agresot - VP Marketing, Nolan MacNichol - VP Finance, Clio Hofler - VP Events, Caitlyn Santos - VP Engagement, Jazz Chodak - VP External, Simon Litt - President
In mid-November, six members of our Executive team at the University of Victoria Commerce Students’ Society attended the 26th annual National Business School Conference held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jazz Chodak, our VP of External Relations had the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with other business schools across Canada on sponsorship value creation, promotion, and overall student to sponsorship engagement.
Hosted by the Canadian Association of Business Schools (CABS) and the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, the conference is a forum that allows Business Students’ Associations and their members to share and discuss the challenges they currently face, as well as providing them with a platform to connect with remarkable business leaders across Canada.
Clio Hofler, our VP of Events, found it extremely helpful to learn about student engagement at events held by other schools:
"My team and I returned to the West Coast with new connections, ideas and motivation to create a better experience for our student body. Thank you to the organizing committee and CABS for a well-planned, engaging weekend.”
- Gustavson Students Help with Stakeholder -
At the beginning of November, the Victoria Council eased the Affordable Housing Strategy that was proposed to ensure that 10-15% of each new development be “affordable.” There are many stakeholders involved including the Urban Development Institute (UDI) Capital Region, the city council, and the renters association- among others.
With each stakeholder assuming their own agendas, finding a viable solution that everyone is on board with has proven to be a challenge.
Gustavson students were consulted last week to help the city start designing this working group for this Affordable Housing Strategy. We used concepts learned in our Leadership class around human motivation, teamwork strategies and negotiation tactics to provide suggestions to the city on the organization of the working group. They are aiming to reach a working solution to the Affordable Housing Crisis in Victoria by March 31, 2019.
- Our Community -
The Commerce Students' Society took the opportunity to give back to our community in late November.
We partnered with Pacifica Housing by cooking and serving a hot lunch of homemade chilli, garlic bread, and kale salad for residents of one of their supportive housing facilities located on Humboldt Street, downtown.
The Community Outreach portfolio organized this charity event and got the support of 19 business students to take part.