A Sheridan First – The Pilon School of Business is created in honor of the Pilon family

October 24, 2014

Centre, Randy and Catherine Pilon and family with Dr. Jeff Zabudsky

On a historic day for Sheridan, business leader and Sheridan alumnus Randy Pilon and family lend their name to the newly branded Pilon School of Business.

Earlier this morning, Sheridan celebrated the groundbreaking of our new building in Mississauga at our Hazel McCallion Campus. The new 220,000 square foot facility will allow Sheridan to enroll 5,600 students in program clusters that include: architecture, interior design and interior decorating; advertising, merchandising and retail; applied computing; business; creativity and communications; humanities and social sciences; and human services.

As part of this occasion, Sheridan launched a $9 million fundraising campaign to support the expansion in Mississauga and announced our lead gift from Sheridan alumnus Randy Pilon and his wife Catherine. Their gift of $2.5 million is the largest personal gift in Sheridan’s history.

Randy is an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader. A 1982 graduate of our business program, Pilon credits his time at Sheridan with laying the foundation for his success in both the corporate world and later as an entrepreneur. In 1998, he founded Virox Technologies Inc., recognized today as a global leader in hydrogen peroxide-based infection control products.

Randy Pilon cares deeply about the future of Sheridan and sponsors The Virox Future Forum for budding student entrepreneurs for the past eight years, lent his name to two lecture theatres on Sheridan campuses, has delivered numerous lectures at Sheridan and has served on our Sheridan Board of Governors.

“In recognition of the generosity of Randy and his family, we are proud to name our Faculty of Business: The Pilon School of Business,” said Dr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan.

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Darrell Keezer CEO Candybox Marketing is inducted into Faculty of Business Hall of Fame

June 5, 2014

Darrell Keezer no text1Darrell Keezer, Sheridan Alumnus – Business Administration Marketing 2005 and President, Candybox Marketing is inducted into the Sheridan Faculty of Business Hall of Fame at the annual Business Academic Awards Celebration held recently.

Professor David Nowell (retired) inducted Darrell Keezer into the Hall of Fame, saying that Keezer continues to amaze Sheridan Business faculty with his skill and knowledge of social media as a powerful force for business.

Darrell founded Candybox Marketing, a digital marketing agency, in 2008, at the age of 23. Built with a goal to make the web sweet, Candybox met with unprecedented success and quickly became a recognised leader in Digital Marketing Campaigns, serving a broad and influential client base across the USA and Canada.

With clients including FOX Broadcasting, Spin Master Toys, IBAO, KwikKopy and the Toronto Police, Darrell has launched hundreds of lead generation and creative social media campaigns that have been used as case studies in many industry publications. Darrell has become known as a leading Digital Marketing expert across multiple industries, helping clients make the switch from traditional advertising and reducing their marketing carbon footprint.

With a focus on implementing new initiatives that better support clients’ success, his Social Media Workshops have seen over 1000 businesses trained in the benefits of integrating social media and building customer relationships online. Darrell is a sought- after speaker and has given keynote addresses at many Marketing and Entrepreneurship events across the country, inspiring companies to embrace how their customers have changed.

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Professor Anne-Liisa Longmore appointed BBA Program Coordinator for Faculty of Business degree programs

June 4, 2014

anne-liisa1Sylvia Lowndes, Dean, Sheridan Faculty of Business is pleased to announce that Anne-Liisa Longmore has accepted the new role of BBA Program Coordinator, effective June 1st, 2014.

Anne-Liisa joined Sheridan’s Faculty of Business in the fall of 2006. During the last 7-8 years, she has taught in both the Marketing and Advertising programs, developed curriculum, been a student advisor, worked on faculty committees and, facilitated faculty development and learning within both the Faculty of Business and with the Center for Teaching and Learning. Most recently, Anne-Liisa has been working closely with the BBA Curriculum Development and Creative Learning Portfolio teams in preparation for our September 2014 launch of the BBAs.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Business, Anne-Liisa held progressively senior management and leadership positions in diverse industries, working with and leading multi-disciplinary teams in new program and market development, strategic business initiatives as well as, facilitating organizational change. Anne-Liisa recently earned her Doctor of Education, Workplace and Adult Learning Specialization with the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education.

Anne-Liisa’s experience in teaching accompanied by her professional and educational credentials provide her with the ideal breadth and skill dimensions to assume the duties of BBA – Program Coordinator, where she will steward and coordinate: curriculum development, the integration of research-based activities within our programs and, the building of a strong community of practice among professors within our diverse BBA disciplines. Concurrently, Anne-Liisa will support a wide range of recruitment activities including outreach and marketing to ensure our new BBAs are well positioned in the marketplace. She will also assist in the development of articulation and student exchange opportunities and, steward our emergent approach to student advising activities.

Please join us in congratulating Anne-Liisa on her new role as BBA – Program Coordinator.

Jon Jones, Faculty of Business, Associate Dean, assumes role as Director Academic Campus Planning

March 21, 2014
Jon Jones, Director, Academic Campus Planning, Sheridan

Jon Jones, Director, Academic Campus Planning

Jon Jones, Associate Dean, Sheridan Faculty of Business, is seconded to serve as Director, Academic Campus Planning and will be responsible for coordinating academic program moves associated with the opening of the planned new building and facilities at The Hazel McCallion Campus (HMC2) and with the Program Mix 2020 Plan.

As Director of Academic Campus Planning, Jones will work closely with Sheridan Deans and Associate Deans to plan and facilitate all academic program moves and the possible expansion of Sheridan activities in the downtown Brampton area.

Jones will report to Dr. William Holmes, Vice Provost, and will continue to serve as the Campus Principal for HMC while assuming his new responsibilities, effective April 1, 2014.

Professor Golnaz Golnaraghi authors chapter in Oxford Handbook of Diversity in Organizations

February 3, 2014
Professor Golnaz Golnaraghi

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.

In the Faculty of Business…

February 2, 2014
Professor Wael Ramadan at PMI

Professor Wael Ramadan at PMI

Professor Wael Ramadan recently delivered a speech at the Southern Ontario Chapter of The Project Management Institute (PMI) downtown Toronto entitled Art of Survival: The Link Between Project Management and Strategy.

Professor Ramadan’s thesis says that organizations need to continuously adapt and restructure in order to survive and grow. Strategic management is an art of survival and project management is an output of this creative art. It is crucial to understand the link between project management and strategic management and its implications for project managers in order to enable the successful completion of project objectives.

John Hardisty, Sheridan Human Resources Program Coordinator

John Hardisty, Sheridan Human Resources Program Coordinator

Professor John Hardisty

Here’s what former student Luz Iglesias says about John Hardisty, Human Resources Program Coordinator.

John Hardisty is a bit of a legend in the Canadian human resources world. He’s that guy that everyone knows and feels connected to, and a great swath of prominent HR people in Ontario studied under him at Sheridan College’s HR program. John’s the perfect blend of knowledgeable and rigorous, caring and personable, and just plain classy,” said Luz Iglesias, Hirefly. http://www.hirefly.com/category/resources/recruitment-strategy/

Faculty of Business Professor Annie Tarzi turns OCMC leadership over to Professor Karen Booth

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

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.

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