February 10, 2014
Humza Imran, Shannon Crisp, and Brian Farquharson take Silver Award at Vanier BDC Case Challenge
Sheridan Faculty of Business students Shannon Crisp, Humza Imran and Brian Farquharson took the Silver Award in the exciting second round of competition at this year’s Vanier BDC Case Challenge.
The Sheridan team were one of six finalists invited to the second and final round of the challenging case competition which included SAIT, Victoriaville College, College of the North Atlantic, Seneca, and St. Lawrence College. Each college was given the same Aspenware case study in isolation and asked to develop a marketing plan to address specific problems, then presented their solutions in a full-house public presentation judged by industry and academic leaders.
“These students are amazing – they practiced hard, they worked hard, and they made awesome presentations each time,” said Sheridan Professor Peggy Barnwell, Vanier BDC Sheridan team coach.
Third place at The Vanier BDC Case Challenge went to Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and first place went to St Lawrence College, Kingston.
“Sheridan first attended The Vanier BDC Case Challenge in 2008, won The Scotiabank award for third in division in 2009, and were finalists in 2010 and 2011. The 2012 team “just missed” according to judges, the 2013 team won Scotiabank Award for third in their division, and the 2014 team finished second, the best ever result for Sheridan at the event,” said David Nowell, retired Sheridan Faculty of Business professor and long-time OCMC and Vanier team coach.
This year marks the seventh year a Sheridan team has participated, the third time a Sheridan team has placed in the final round of The Vanier BDC Case Challenge and the first time that they have taken one of the top three awards. The Sheridan Faculty of Business offers congratulations to the students and coaches of the Sheridan Vanier BDC Case Challenge Team.
February 9, 2014
Finalists Humza Imran, Brian Farquharson and Shannon Crisp with coaches Keith and Peggy Barnwell
Sheridan Faculty of Business students Brian Farquharson, Shannon Crisp and Humza Imran are finalists in The Vanier BDC Case Challenge Division 2.
Sunday is the final round in The Vanier BDC Case challenge pitting first and second finalists in each of the three divisions to determine the top colleges in the Case Challenge. Each of the six finalist teams will be required to produce a marketing plan for a product and present their solutions to a common set of judges until the three winners are declared.
The fever pitch was high as more than 30 colleges vied for a finishing place in their division during the gala event Saturday evening. Four winning teams were declared in each division with the top six colleges overall were declared finalists including SAIT, Victoriaville, St. Lawrence, Sheridan, College of The North Atlantic, and Seneca College. The six top colleges will compete Sunday morning and the three winners will be revealed at the final awards luncheon.
February 3, 2014
Professor Golnaz Golnaraghi
Golnaz Golnaraghi, Sheridan Faculty of Business professor, celebrates the publication of her first book chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Diversity in Organizations (R. Bendl, I. Bleijenbergh, E. Henttonen, and A.J. Mills eds.) slated for release this year by Oxford University Press. Co-authored with Dr. Kelly Dye of Acadia University, the chapter is titled “Organizational Benefits through Diversity Management: Theoretical Perspectives on the Business Case.”
Professor Golnaraghi’s chapter discusses the business case for diversity management as a managerially driven, economic argument for improving organizational outcomes. Proponents of the business case suggest that diversity management initiatives, like other business initiatives, should be focused on improving the bottom line through the optimization of resources. The chapter presents a comprehensive overview of the dominant business case discourse, the historical evolution, and the critical literature interrogating the business case. This analysis is followed by an empirical study that examines a current debate between diversity scholars related to the business case and equality discourses of diversity in the workplace.
“Congratulations to Professor Golnaraghi for this significant achievement,” said Sylvia Lowndes, Dean, Sheridan Faculty of Business. “This is a high honour for an emerging scholar.”
Professor Golnaraghi published her first peer review journal article last year, has presented at TEDX, and is currently writing her dissertation on diversity discourses and the images of the ‘Immigrant’ at work.
February 1, 2014
Professor Annie Tarzi with Gold-winning 2012 Sheridan OCMC team
Faculty of Business professor, Annie Tarzi has decided to step down as Sheridan’s Ontario Colleges’ Marketing Competition (OCMC) leader after two successful seasons.
“Annie has provided amazing leadership for OCMC over the past two years and I am very grateful for all of her hard work and commitment to the students, coaches and the college. Annie Tarzi will continue with OCMC and support students in the Quiz Bowl event. Please join me in thanking Annie for all she has done for OCMC and Sheridan,” said Associate Dean, Jon Jones.
Jones announced that Professor Karen Booth has been selected to lead Sheridan’s OCMC team for the next year. Professor Booth has been involved in OCMC in the past as a coach and will do a great job going forward said Jones. Congratulations are offered to Karen and Annie.
OCMC 2014 is hosted by Georgian College and will be held at Blue Mountain Conference Centre in Collingwood.
Professor Karen Booth
“Thanks for your wonderful leadership Annie! Congratulations Karen, you will do an amazing job as well.” Professor Cathryn Oliver.
“Thank you Annie for being our fearless leader! It’s a tough job and you were excellent at it. Welcome to the OCMC reins Karen.” Professor Keith Barnwell.
“All I can add is, Annie you ROCKED! The students loved you, and you brought out the best in them. Karen, welcome aboard, you will be a wonderful lead for our team!” Peggy Barnwell.