Summer 2017


The Smith-Reticle Resilience Challenge pushed full-time MBA students to test their problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills.
Thousands of students have made positive contributions to their communities and to the wider world by participating in programs run by the Centre for Social Impact.
Three new ventures launched by alumni are profiled, including an online neighbourhood-finder; a pharma company focused on endometriosis; and a skincare e-retailer.
New ventures launched by students and recent grads get funding through Smith’s new venture initiatives and business plan competitions.


Few know their teacher and colleague, Prof. Bo Pazderka, was a former Marxist-trained economist, Czech Army veteran, and convicted-in-absentia defector-turned-refugee in a previous life.
Prof. Salman Mufti believes compassion led Canadian public-sector officials to take a chance on a young aspiring immigrant. After 38 years of public service of his own, it seems Salman was a good bet.
PhD candidate Tashfeen Hussain, MSc’12, arrived in Canada in 2011 from Bangladesh to pursue his postgraduate studies at Smith School of Business. He recalls a few of his first impressions of his new home.
Prof. Yolande Chan had her pick of countries that would have welcomed her as an immigrant. Canada and Smith have been the beneficiaries of this accomplished professor’s decision to settle here.
Dunstan Peter, EMBA’15, left Sri Lanka as a teen and moved to Canada, where he has built a group of successful businesses. It’s no coincidence that many members of his workforce are fellow newcomers.
A special section profiling alumni and faculty who have brought their talents to Canada, enriching their new country and communities in the process.
Mariam, BCom’07, Humaira, BCom’09, and Trina Ghiacy, BCom’13, fled war-torn Afghanistan with their parents in the ‘90s. A safe landing in Canada opened up avenues of opportunity that they’ve embraced fully.
Ivayla Dingilova and Ivana Corovic, both BCom’09, hit it off when they met as Commerce Frosh. Their chance first encounter would lead to a strong friendship between these successful professionals.

Parting Shot

Dean's Message

Editor's Note