“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.”
Sir Ken Robinson
“Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.”
Sir Ken Robinson
“Convocation 1999 remains top-of-mind to this day…I have never been one to attend my own graduations. For me, the educational process had always been about getting the information and the designation and moving on to the next stage of life.” Joseph A Macdonald
Memories of my MBA Financial Services Experience:
Yvonne Thevenot, Consultant at RBC:
I remember at one particular point during one particular course I was absolutely sure I was not going to make it. Two young children at home, an incredibly demanding job, and more reading than I could ever imagine on the weekend path in front of me. A standing Sunday afternoon call to one of my colleagues and suddenly it all seemed doable. Play it forward then to a different course, and a same but different moment for one of my classmates. Heading into the final and standing in the washroom with a few tears. I just borrowed that rally-up-you-can-do-this speech I’d heard just a few months earlier, and like magic we came out of the washroom laughing, hugging and ready to face the world. That’s what this MBA was all about to me – not the courses, not the piece of paper at the end, just the people. And how amazing is that!
Judy Kealey, Director, AML Operations Scotiabank, Global Operations:
Getting to see the campus through the eyes of a mature student and quickly realizing what a vibrant place Dalhousie and Halifax are. The camaraderie and willingness to assist from both the faculty and my fellow classmates was amazing. Yes, we were competitive but in a helpful way.
“- Being the first MBA-FS class- we all fought together to do our MBAs – reviewing, pushing, pulling and working together. It was a remarkable time for all of us. “
Mike Floyd, Executive Vice President at PlanPlus Global:
My fondest memory is the first week of the very first intensive session in Halifax. Seeing all of my fellow students for the first time, face-to-face and sitting together with them for the lectures. We all really felt part of something very special! And it was!
“But in my heart, I knew that my entrepreneurial spirit wanted to seek new challenges. As much as I enjoyed the support of a big bank, I missed being a part of a small dynamic team. Earlier this year I was presented with an opportunity to leave the bank. While I had previous offers, this time was different.”
Director, Sales & Partnerships at Prefera Finance
Treyman Burrows is currently in the MBA(FS) program and will graduate in the Class of 2020. In a virtual interview with CEGE Connection, Treyman shared his thoughts on how his academic journey has influenced his career choices and strategic direction going forward.
My first job out of university was for an independent (~300 employees) non-prime automotive financial institution. I was drawn to working for a smaller company, which offered an opening to build my skill sets within a collaborative framework. Two years later, the company was acquired by a top 5 Canadian bank. Because our office was in midtown, rather than in downtown on Bay Street, we were able to keep some of our small business culture in place. Over the next 10 years, I moved from a sales role into a sales leadership role and finally two product management roles, gathering knowledge and experience through each transition. The bank invested in my learning and rewarded my hard work with promotions and awards. Working at the bank was amazing and fulfilling.
But in my heart, I knew that my entrepreneurial spirit wanted to seek new challenges. As much as I enjoyed the support of a big bank, I missed being a part of a small dynamic team. Earlier this year I was presented with an opportunity to leave the bank. While I had previous offers, this time was different. The offer was to join a small (13 people) financial institution with a mandate to grow and expand rapidly. In this role I would be given the freedom to make the changes I wanted to make at the speed I wanted to make them, within a cultural environment that reflected my values. I would be a part of a remarkable team that was building something from the ground up.
I had to weigh my options: Should I stay at the bank where my job and the company’s future is certain, or should I leave security behind and take a chance on a new exciting company?
After much reflection, I decided to complete a risk analysis (thank you Dr. Rick Nason!) to help in my decision-making process. In the end, I decided that the upside risk of staying at the bank was small, given that I would likely continue to have a successful career, but at a slow and steady pace. The upside risk of joining a small company in a rapid growth phase is immense. While being a financial investor could be fortuitous, the greatest draw was the invaluable experience that I would gain in participating within a team that would build a fledgling company. The downside risk to leaving the bank was losing my tenure at the bank and a stable job but it was a small downside compared to downside risk of not joining a new and upcoming business. My entrepreneurial spirit was aligned to this prospect. To let it go would be a significant risk to me.
Fast forward, I am two months into my new role. Only time will tell if I made the right decision, but I took the risk….one thing I know for sure is I have no regrets.
Editor’s Note: CEGE Connection is delighted to advise that Treyman has graciously agreed to be a repeat contributor on CEGE Connection. We wish him the very best in his new role as Director, Sales & Partnerships at Prefera Finance.
“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.”
Herophilus (335–280 BC)
“Policy must create the conditions that enable broad collaborative efforts to address public issues successfully and sustainably. The policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation process must deliver policies that work, that move our society forward in a positive and useful way.”
Founding Fellow, MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance
Dr. James Barker has been appointed a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance, for the term 2019 – 2021. The Founding Fellows play an important role in shaping the Institute’s agenda and profile, and ensuring it becomes the ‘go-to’ place for policy discussion and analysis regionally and nationally.
CEGE Connection reached out to Dr. Barker for his thoughts as he begins his tenure as a Founding Fellow.
Dr. James Barker:
I am very deeply honoured to be named a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance here at Dalhousie University, Halifax. I am especially honoured to be the first faculty member from the Rowe School of Business to receive one of these Fellowships.
First off, what exactly is the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance? As an Institute here at Dalhousie, MacEachen is a think tank that seeks a diverse public engagement on public policy decisions. How do we get public involvement into the discourse around public policy? We create conditions for public engagement in a beneficial way within our society so that we can energize and inform public policy, education, ideas, and debate. That is the broad vision and mission for the MacEachen Institute. As a Founding Fellow, my role is to do that energizing, informing and moving forward debates about public policy in a useful direction.
What roles do the Founding Fellows play?
I am not the only Founding Fellow. Right now, there are nine Founding Fellows from across Dalhousie University, coming from Health, Law, Arts, Medicine and Engineering. As Fellows, we work to shape the agenda for the Institute and to ensure that it becomes a go-to place for public policy debate, not just regionally but across Canada.
Why does policy matter? This question is the lead-in to what I want to discuss.
Public policy is very important to us because it creates the conditions that enable broad and collective efforts to address the public issues that we all face. As a civil society, we must address those issues successfully and sustainably.
Right now, the big issue we first think of is climate change. We know we must address climate change sustainably and successfully to ensure everyone’s (and everything’s) future. Public policy, then, in its formulation, implementation and evaluation, must deliver new climate policies that work and move our collective action forward in a positive and useful way.
My focus, as a Founding Fellow, will be on public health care policy, and I will be working to help the MacEachen Institute become a ‘hub’ for public health debate. My specialty area is community pharmacy safety, and I work to facilitate the ability of community pharmacies to deliver their business work in a safe and effective manner. For the next two years, I will be shifting this work more toward public and regulatory policy. I want to move forward public engagement with the community pharmacy practice that will contribute toward the sustainability of our health care system and help foster the development of governance, of operational mechanisms that community pharmacists can use to support the sustainability of health care. Much of our current discussions about health care in Canada involve pharmacies and pharmacists particularly, with the notion that pharmacists will expand their scope of practice to take on more of the health care work as a way of making our health care systems more sustainable. I am involved in ensuring that pharmacists can take on expanded roles in a productive and safe way.
That brings me to the next point I want to make.
Why is a business professor involved in this endeavour? A few months ago, I sat down for an interview with a local TV station to discuss our pharmacy safety research. I was expecting the first question to be about the work on safety, but instead I was asked: “What’s a business professor doing involved in public safety and public health?” The answer to that is quite simple and straightforward and very important.
Think about our health care delivery system, especially the role of community pharmacies in that delivery system. We have made a conscious decision, in our society, that the delivery of pharmacy products to the public via the community pharmacies is a business. As a society, we have conducted ourselves in that manner. For the business of community pharmacy to work well, we have to ensure the safe delivery of that health care in the community pharmacies via the dispensing of medications, the counseling about medications, the enhanced services that are offered by community pharmacies, the giving of flu shots, or other kinds of inoculations. To make the complex delivery of community pharmacy services to work requires an integration between the health policies of the Federal and Provincial Ministries on one hand, and the business practices of those pharmacies on the other, whether it be corporate or a small family-owned pharmacy. Said another way, for the delivery of pharmacy products to be safe, the pharmacist must be able to incorporate those safety practices in a sustainable way by integrating those practices into their business activities. That is where my role comes in, as a business professor. It is a pivotal role.
There is yet another reason for a business perspective – partnerships.
I first saw this in action when I lived and worked in New Zealand several years ago. One thing that impressed me about New Zealand was the strong partnership between the government, the universities and the business organizations to develop effective business models, government policy and plans and strategies for the good of the country. Much of the country’s success was due to the very tight and mutually supportive partnership between those three entities. Now, it is easier to do this in a small country like New Zealand, and much more difficult in a larger country such as Canada. But my New Zealand experience and seeing how that type of partnership worked – the policy partnership, the university partnership, the business partnership, taught me the importance of that tripartite partnership to a country’s economic success. My experience with such work in New Zealand made a big impression upon me and I brought that knowledge of partnering for policy to my work here with community pharmacy safety. The pivotal relationship between government, industry, and universities is why a business professor to be involved in public policy.
Things to look for in the next two years as I’m working with this fellowship:
I am going to be organizing a number of events around community pharmacy safety and general public health policy under the auspices of the MacEachen Institute to help foster that engagement that I was talking about before. I will also be steering a good bit of my writing in terms of my articles and the other works I do towards policy and how we can create better policies that give our community pharmacists the kinds of conditions they need to be able to incorporate new safety practices while still achieving their business outcomes that they must achieve.
I am very excited about what lies ahead. This is important work. For me personally, I enjoy this area of exploration and feel it is my contribution to society. It is also important for the Rowe School of Business to be deeply involved in the MacEachen Institute and in this essential dialogue.
Dr. James Barker
James R. Barker is the Herbert S. Lamb Chair of Business Education in the Rowe School of Business and leads the Safe Assured Pharmacy Safety Research Consortium.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Laurence Binyon – September 1914
“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.”
Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam
“I enjoy watching students get to that next level in their personal and professional development, watching them actualize – getting that promotion / that challenging opportunity. I believe in an applied approach to teaching, focusing on building transferable skills for the workplace using hands-on teaching methods such as cases, simulations, role plays and pro-bono student consulting projects.”
Dan Shaw is the Director, MBA Program & Faculty Member (Marketing), Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University. He teaches in the areas of marketing, marketing strategy, marketing communications, global marketing and personal selling/sales management. His career has included time in marketing, business development, sales and management consulting in the following industries: professional services, telecommunications, software development and consumer packaged goods. Dan is Director of Dalhousie’s Corporate Residency MBA program as well as Acting Director of the MBA Financial Services and MBA Leadership mid career programs and teaches in both the BComm (Co-op), BMgt, Corporate Residency MBA and Executive Education programs at Dalhousie.
CEGE Connection reached out to Dan in a virtual interview to discuss why students should choose Dalhousie’s MBA programs.
Why should students choose to study online/blended with Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management?
We are the best option for students looking for the alternative to the weekend warrior executive / mid-career MBA. Many prospective students are leery about the impact of giving up every second Friday and Saturday for two years. They worry about the impact on their work life, but also their homelife. They are often at the stage where they have children at home or aging parents to support. Setting aside every second Friday and Saturday can be problematic on both the home and work front. Our online/blended programs give students control and flexibility to carve out the time in their schedule where it fits their needs, whether that is on the commute home from work, evenings or weekends. It allows you to go to your child’s big soccer game, or dance recital.
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I enjoy watching students get to that next level in their personal and professional development, watching them actualize – getting that promotion / that challenging opportunity. I believe in an applied approach to teaching, focusing on building transferable skills for the workplace using hands-on teaching methods such as cases, simulations, role plays and pro-bono student consulting projects.
What book would you recommend?
I just finished reading “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.” It was a worthwhile book about personal development, Eastern philosophy and mindfulness. It offers tactics that will make you a better person and a better leader.
What do you do for relaxation?
Ultimately, I like to sail, but I am currently without a sailboat. I hope to rectify that in the next couple of years. Aside from sailing, I love to ski, cook, play basketball with my boys, walk the dog, weekends at the cottage and international travel.
What is your next adventure?
It is the last year that my wife, Fiona, and I have both boys home for the March break before they are off for university, so we are taking advantage of this opportunity to take the family to Hawaii. We are going to the Big Island, staying with friends near the beach and taking the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the area (volcanoes, beaches, surfing, rain forest, waterfalls, etc.). I can’t wait.
Editor’s Note: In addition to teaching, Dan is a consultant to several Canadian corporate and non-for-profit organizations, in the areas of marketing, corporate strategy, strategic/business planning, board and organizational development.
Connect with Dan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danbshaw/
Connect with Dan on Twitter: @daldanshaw
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Check out the most recent edition of the QS Global MBA Rankings – Dalhousie has been ranked for the first time: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/mba-rankings/global/2019
“We invent the future every day through creativity. Inventing the future takes work and has a momentum of its own. I have learned that there are times to speed up, as well as slow down or, even wait for events to unfold in a natural flow.”
James Christopher Desmoulin MBA (FS) Class of 2019
James Christopher Desmoulin graduated with the Class of 2019 MBA(FS) and has become involved in our vibrant alumni community. In a recent virtual interview with CEGE Connection, James reflected on how creativity influenced his academic journey and his involvement with reBoot Canada, The Prince’s Trust Canada and IYIL2019 through UNESCO.
James Christopher Desmoulin:
“How are the paintings coming along”, my instructor used to ask at the Ontario College of Art and Design, reminding us that we are all painters even though we may believe otherwise. We have the power of imagination within us, whether it be painting, music, poetry, writing or in the performing arts. We must continue to ask ourselves “How is our artistic outflow coming along”.
When I studied art at the Ontario College of Art and Design this was a technique used to stimulate creativity. While it may not be our focus, even in our busy professional lives we are still the painter, the musician etc.
As I wrapped up my MBA at Dalhousie University in August, I recalled a question asked in one of my classes at the beginning of the program: What made you want to complete your MBA at Dalhousie? My answer was simply that I always wanted to do my MBA and found that Dalhousie’s on-line blended program was optimal. So, these past years my question, “how is the MBA coming along” was an affirmation of my art instructor’s reminder to give voice to my artistic nature. An academic journey allowed me to explore the creative aspect of business and strategic direction, to visualize a dynamic world via the lens of a wider, global community.
We invent the future every day through creativity. Inventing the future takes work and has a momentum of its own. I have learned that there are times to speed up, as well as slow down or, even wait for events to unfold in a natural flow.
I support organizations and proponents in building networks where sharing information connects people and teams to engage in collaborative problem-solving. I actively participate in reBoot Canada’s initiative to mentor and train Indigenous youth in technology inclusion. As well, I work with The Prince’s Trust Canada to revitalize Indigenous languages through their children’s coloring books which are illustrated by Patrick Hunter, Prince’s Trust Canada’s Artist-in-Residence.
This year, I am assisting my mother who is participating in the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages – IYIL2019 through UNESCO, the purpose of which is to prevent the loss of Indigenous languages. Once these languages disappear, the world will lose vital knowledge that could be harnessed for human improvement and sustainable development. Our global cultural diversity will be diminished along with unique ways of knowing and experiencing the world, which may disappear forever.
Creativity pulls us into the future. As I come to the end of my MBA academic journey, I look back at the all the beautiful paintings in my memories of my colleagues and professors at Dalhousie. I look forward to inventing the future in my next endeavours.
Editor’s Note: James is a repeat contributor on CEGE Connection. We invite you to read his first article on his work with Indigenous Services Canada and his position as a Union President in the Public Services Alliance of Canada. We wish James the very best as he invents the future in his next endeavours. We look forward to updates on his journey in future CEGE Connection posts.
IYIL2019 through UNESCO
Facebook: @indigenouslanguages @IYIL2019
The Prince’s Trust Canada
On November 1, 2019, CEGE Connection celebrated our third anniversary of bringing together a virtual community that thrives on the exchange of knowledge and experiences. The momentum continues as we head into our fourth year of existence. Over the past three years, CEGE Connection launched dialogues that served as catalysts for deeper conversations. A special thanks to our alumni community for engaging and sharing their insights.
There are many more discussions waiting for us in the upcoming year. 2020 has special significance as we begin a new decade.
To mark this milestone, CEGE Connection opened an Instagram account to share photo memories and stories. Check us out and share your story!
We enjoy sharing stories of graduates. We also want to have repeat contributors to discuss current thoughts regarding leadership, communication, governance and information management. Please let us know if you are interested in joining CEGE Connection: Year 4, The Continuing Journey.
With warm appreciation,
Michelle, Rebecca & the CEGE Team