Ryan Hogg

"I try to beam confidence."

  • Terrance Bay, NS
  • Bachelor of Commerce student

Fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student Ryan Hogg does not crack under pressure. In fact Hogg, a centre attacking midfielder on the Saint Mary's men's soccer team, says he thrives in competitions.

"I like it — being under the gun. I feel like I perform better," he says.

That ability to rise to a challenge has brought him recent success at a number of business case competitions, and also helps him as a high-performing student and athlete.

"I try to beam confidence," says Hogg.

Ventures for Canada

As he prepares to graduate with a double major in accounting and entrepreneurship, Hogg is in the enviable position of knowing he'll kick-start his career with a dream job at a start-up as one of 35 inaugural fellows in the prestigious Ventures for Canada program. It matches graduates with emerging companies for two-year term positions. Ventures for Canada also requires fellows to attend training camps and online courses, plus do copious amounts of assigned reading to ensure match success. The goal is ultimately to drive Canada's economic growth through entrepreneurship, Hogg says.

Hogg, who grew up in Terrance Bay, N.S., first studied business administration as a naval intelligence officer at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. He transferred to the Sobey School of Business in 2011. Always read to define his own success, he found co-op jobs with IBM and KPMG, and dedicates much of his remaining extra-curricular time to case competitions. His business case teams recently placed second at the national Apex Business Plan Competition at the University of New Brunswick, third at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition at Queen's University, and third at the David Sobey Case Competition at Saint Mary's.

"Calendars and lists," Hogg says, are how he stays on top of it all. He's also willing to push hard to succeed, proving that to himself when he was invited to the national training centre for Soccer Canada as an under 16 player. His goal now is to launch his own company in a few years, but he says he's flexible and open to other opportunities.

"I have a decision tree," Hogg explains. "Whether I stay with a company (or branch out) will depend not on the size of the company but on the proportion of my role to that size and my equity in it." He expects to work in Toronto, but not live there forever. "Isn't it the ultimate dream to live where it's sunny all-year round?" Hogg asks.

He's grateful to the Sobey School for many things, including networking opportunities and his professors, but mostly for helping him nurture his ideas and directing him. "The Sobey School at Saint Mary’s has been a great catalyst. It's directed me on the path I've chosen."