Our performance in creating new—and strengthen existing—learning opportunities to enable students to gain a firm understanding of the complex and ever-changing world of international business.
Welcoming the world
The Honourable Pamela D. Wallin, Senator
Telfer India Forum speakers and supporters, Sir Terrence Matthews Founder and Chairman of Wesley Clover, Dr. Pradeep Merchant, Site Chief, Division of Neonatology - The Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus and Chair of the Indo-Canadian Business Chamber, Laura Haber, Director of Events and Partnerships, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Marvin Hough, Telfer Executive in Residence and Mike Darch Managing Director, Global Marketing, OCRI
speaker at the 2011 Telfer India Forum. This year’s edition of the high-profile annual half-day event brought together dozens of senior leaders of businesses and government departments from Canada and India to discuss and uncover ways Canadian companies can assess their readiness to take advantage of this challenging yet potentially lucrative market.
Our school also hosted a number of prominent scholars from around the world, who shared with faculty members and students their original insights and the results of their pioneering research. These scholars included:
- Haniz Anuar (head of healthcare services research at the Institute of Health Systems Research in Malaysia) outlined the state of health-systems transformation and research in Malaysia.
- Dr. Heidi Wiig Aslesen (associate professor, Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation, Norwegian School of Management) spoke about global innovation networks.
- Dr. Peter Bishop (associate professor, College of Technology, and director, Graduate Program in Futures Studies, University of Houston) delivered the Raymond Bouchard Memorial Lecture. His focus was on foresight as an essential tool for policy development in turbulent times.
- Dr. David Crick (professor of international business, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand) presented his findings on internationalization strategies of British SMEs.
- Dr. Gordon Murray (professor, University of Exeter, United Kingdom) delved into what different countries have done to stimulate traditional venture capital creation.
- Dr. Jianxi Luo (a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) delved into the architecture of transaction networks.
- Dr. Michael Luthy (Fulbright Enders Visiting Chair of Canada-U.S. Relations at the Telfer School) discussed how to leverage teaching and service responsibility to produce greater scholarship.
- Dr. Rajagopala Chidambaram (principal scientific adviser to the Government of India and chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet) was the featured speaker at the Bromley Memorial Lecture Series. He shared his expert views on science and technology policy and development.
- Dr. Jeffrey E. Sohl (professor, Whittemore School of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire) discussed current research and trends in angel investing.
Seeking business knowledge abroad
- Ten Telfer MHA students undertook an intense two-day healthcare study tour of Stockholm. While in the Swedish capital, the students and Telfer MHA professor Dr. Doug Angus met with leading representatives of a private hospital, an academic think-tank and a regional political authority to gain a deeper understanding of exactly how the Swedes have created one of the finest healthcare systems in the world.
- Telfer MBA students spent seven days in Leuven, Belgium and Paris, France learning firsthand about European business. Notable events included meetings with key representatives of prominent companies such as Nike, SITQ, Louis Vuitton, Deloitte, ASCO Metal, Sodexo, Accenture and PSA Peugeot Citroen.
- Forty Telfer BCom students from Professor Gilles LeVasseur’s international business and business law classes took a whirlwind 35-hour trip to New York City. Highlights of the trip were a presentation from John McNab, deputy consul general of the Canadian Consulate General in New York, on Canada-US trade and economic relations, and a tour of the headquarters of JWT, the largest advertising agency in the United States.
- Students of the Telfer Executive MBA class of 2011 travelled to Johannesburg, South Africa to complete a market-entry strategy for an alliance of Ottawa-based security companies. The strategy was the capstone of the students’ international consulting project, which enabled them to apply what they learned on a global stage. During the trip, teams of students gathered further intelligence through interviews and other data gathering methods to validate market potential, explored avenues of conducting business, solidified contacts, and experienced the local rules and protocols of business firsthand. Upon their return to Ottawa, the students presented their findings to their client organization.
- Telfer Executive MBA students of the class of 2012 journeyed to San Jose, California as part of the program’s annual visit to Silicon Valley. While there, students attended a series of special events, held meetings on behalf of their client organizations in Ottawa, and heard from representatives of key centres of innovation and entrepreneurship, such as Cisco, Google, Oracle, IBM, San Jose BioCenter, US Market Access Centre and Stanford University.