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Winter 2017

Winter 2017


New Wave 2.0
The Winter 2015 issue introduced seven new faculty members by showcasing their research interests against backdrops that reflected something personal about each one. The group of seven that arrived in the summer of 2016 gamely agreed to be profiled in similar fashion.
Smith Joins Team Canada!
Canadian Olympic Committee and Smith School of Business announce a strategic partnership that will provide significant support for 1,200 athletes.
Start-Ups Snapshot 2017
Three new ventures launched by Smith School of Business alumni are profiled. Many others are showcased in our Start-Ups section.


Alyssa the Dragon Slayer
Alyssa Furtado, BCom’07, is the CEO of RateHub, a website that compares mortgage rates and financial products that she co-founded with classmate James Laird. A core team of Commerce grads is helping propel this FinTech venture to new heights, including a $1M deal on Dragons’ Den that took a different turn after the cameras stopped rolling.
Change Agent 2017
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu, EMBA’12, is the President and CEO of an organization that represents the interests of the Aboriginal business sector, which contributes $12 billion to Canada’s GDP annually. He relishes spreading the message that partnering with Aboriginal businesses is more than a feel-good exercise: it’s good business.
A Master of Reinvention
Gord Ray, BCom’93, lives in London, England, works for Internet juggernaut Instagram, has a Swiss MBA, a South African partner, and has strong ties to a school in Zambia. This self-described global nomadic soul has studied or worked in eight different countries, and regularly reinvents himself to keep the challenges coming. (You’ll never guess what he does in his spare time.)

Parting Shot