Awards and Accolades - July/August 2020

Celebrating the achievements of Business faculty, staff, students and alumni.

31 August 2020

Faculty Excellence

Congratulations to our faculty members who received Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grants. Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and/or ideas. Four faculty members were successful applicants or co-applicants on research projects totalling $235,985.

Name: Paul Messinger (Marketing, Business Economics and Law)
Grant status: Applicant
Project Title: Channel Power in the Cannabis Industry
Amount Awarded: $45,775

Name: Jevan Cherniwchan (Marketing, Business Economics and Law)
Grant status: Co-applicant
Project Title: Decomposition Methods with Non-Representative Data
Amount Awarded: $68,724

Name: Joel Gehman (Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Management)
Grant status: Co-applicant
Project Title: Reimagining the Role of Government in Catalyzing Solutions to Grand Challenges: Lessons from a 20-year Experiment
Amount Awarded: $59,786

Name: Barry Scholnick (Marketing, Business Economics and Law)
Grant status: Co-applicant
Project Title: Peer Effects and Program Take-Up: Evidence from Employer-employee Linked Administrative Data
Amount Awarded: $61,700

Student Success

NEW Wellness Initiative

During the month of July, the Network of Empowered Women (NEW) held three separate online wellness activities, including a paint-night hosted by a team member, a cooking class hosted by Fairmont representatives and a fitness class hosted by a fitness instructor. Registration for these classes was completed by providing a donation to WIN House, an Edmonton area organization dedicated to protecting victims of domestic abuse. NEW raised $790 for WIN House.

Alumni Accomplishments

Innovation Board Members

Three School of Business alumni have been appointed to the board of the City of Edmonton’s new innovation entity. Ashlyn Bernier ('06 BSc, '11 PhD, '13 MBA) is COO at Social Asset Management and helped launch the Venture Mentoring Service (VMS) at the U of A. Shaheel Hooda ('93 BCom) is the managing partner at Sprout Fund and is a current Startup Mentor at VMS. Nicole Janssen ('02 BCom) is the co-founder and COO of AltaML and the former board chair at Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta and NWT. On May 11, 2020, Edmonton’s City Council approved the formation of the new entity, which will focus on championing innovation in Edmonton.

Two School of Business alumni are new members of the University of Alberta’s Alumni Council. Diana Ly ('99 BSc, '10 MBA) is a partner at p's & q's Consulting and is actively involved with the MBA mentorship program, eHUB, Enactus and eClub in the School of Business. Deb Manz ('95 MBA) is the former CEO of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors (ACAC), as well as past president of the Better Business Bureau of Edmonton and Northern Alberta.

Keenan Pascal of Token Bitters

Keenan Pascal ('08 BCom) is a mentor at a new Startup Edmonton program for Black entrepreneurs. Foundations for Black Founders launched this summer, offering business classes with mentorship and stories from successful Black company founders. Pascal is the CEO of Token Bitters, a line of locally inspired bitters, concocted from organic and local ingredients named after Edmonton streets and neighbourhoods.

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