Sobey School News

The Sobey School Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Response Report

(Oct 7 /21)
This report contains a snapshot of the work that has been done at the Sobey School to tackle the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar tackles barriers for Black businesses

(Sep 23 /21)
On September 21, the Sobey School Community Revitalization & Prosperity Network hosted the second webinar in its Black Business Series. A full recording is available online now.

Applications Open: Sobey Impact Fund

(Sep 15 /21)
The campaign to recruit new students for the IMPACT Fund has started. First year MBA or third year BComm students interested in gaining firsthand experience in investments, portfolio management and wealth management should apply.

Consumer behaviour top of mind for leading marketing researcher

(Aug 31 /21)
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our way of life, changing rules and systems, shaping how we work, communicate, learn and even shop. As a keen observer of the world around us, Dr. Ethan Pancer is interested in the consumer psychology behind it all.

New Safety Measures for Fall 2021 Term

(Aug 31 /21)
Read the latest COVID-19 information and resources from Saint Mary's University. Our campus is open and your comfort and safety are our top priorities.

Read Dr. John Fiset's piece in The Conversation: How to avoid gender bias in job postings

(Aug 23 /21)
Dr. John Fiset has penned an article for The Conversation about how organizations can avoid gender bias in job postings to recruit a diverse workforce.

BComm alum is the new RBC Talent Hub Entrepreneur-In-Residence

(Aug 16 /21)
Leah Skerry BComm'09 joins the Saint Mary's University Entrepreneurship Centre (SMUEC) as the next RBC Talent Hub Entrepreneur-In-Residence.

Halifax Citadel-Sable Island riding candidates debate important student issues

(Aug 9 /21)
The Community Revitalization & Prosperity Network, in partnership with Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA), hosted a live-streamed debate for the candidates from the Halifax Citadel-Sable Island Riding on August 5, 2021.

Read the latest newsletter from ARGEIAD

(Aug 4 /21)
The Atlantic Research Group on Economics of Immigration, Aging and Diversity (ARGEIAD) was established to promote research and mobilize knowledge focusing on the economic significance of immigration, diversity and aging. Read the latest newsletter.

Check out the latest issue of Maroon + White magazine

(Jul 23 /21)
The Spring 2021 issue features several successful Sobey School of Business alumni, including Bradley Farquhar (BComm'07), co-founder of Purple Cow Internet.

Dr. Firat Sayin in Harvard Business Review

(Jul 21 /21)
Dr. Sayin co-authored an article called When Someone on Your Team has Chronic Pain for Harvard Business Review.

Q&A with Dr. Liela Jamjoom, Governor General’s Gold Medal Recipient

(Jul 20 /21)
Liela Jamjoom, PhD, recently received the Governor General’s Gold Medal at Spring 2021 Convocation. The gold medal is awarded to the doctoral student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record.

MTEI Design Thinking Partner Program returning for 2021

(Jul 20 /21)
MTEI students and faculty will work with a specific challenge or problem that an organization is addressing. During the process, they will use human-centered, fast-prototyping solutions to the challenges.

Congratulations to the 4th cohort of graduates from the BNUZ-SMU Joint Bachelor of Commerce Program

(Jun 28 /21)
This past weekend, 63 students graduated from the BNUZ-SMU Joint Bachelor of Commerce Program with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sobey School of Business and a Bachelor of Economics degree from BNUZ.

Dr. Cathy Driscoll in The Conversation

(Jun 21 /21)
Dr. Cathy Driscoll has penned an article for The Conversation about her study Exploring Collective Moral Disengagement in Cover-up of Sexual Abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

BComm student headed to Arizona State University for Killam Fellowship

(Jun 21 /21)
Ashley Comeau, Marketing and HR Management & Industrial Relations, was recently selected to the Killam Fellowship

Sobey alumni featured in Halifax Magazine

(Jun 9 /21)
Sobey alumni Omar Hassan (BComm'16) and Ossama Nasrallah (BComm'18; CertHRM'18) are featured in "Back to the Waterfront," a Halifax Magazine feature about popular businesses returning to Halifax.

Saint Mary’s University and the Sobey School of Business move forward with refreshed brand

(Jun 2 /21)
Today, Saint Mary’s University unveiled a bold, refreshed brand. More than an updated look and feel, the brand is a powerful new way of telling the Saint Mary’s story in a way that captures the spirit, energy and excellence of our community.

Read our second annual Sobey School of Business Research Bulletin

(May 31 /21)
Our second annual Research Bulletin is available for download. The bulletin features Sobey research accomplishments from September 2019 to December 2020.

Read Growth Untapped: Designing Funding with an Equity Lens

(May 31 /21)
Dr. Ellen Farrell, Professor of Venture Capital & Entrepreneurship, was the Diversity Institute’s Women's Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub advisor on Growth Untapped: Designing Funding with an Equity Lens, released earlier this month.

Dr. Maryam Dilmaghani's research featured in the Cape Breton Post

(May 30 /21)
Dr. Maryam Dilmaghani's research paper, The Blue of the Rainbow: Queerness and Hiring Discrimination in Blue-collar Occupations was featured in the Cape Breton Post.

Watch our Spring 2021 Convocation online

(May 28 /21)
Congratulations to all our graduates! A full video of the Sobey School of Business Convocation ceremony is now available online.

Announcing the Sobey Professorships

(May 20 /21)
The Sobey Professorships were established to attract and retain the best faculty and to realize the long-term strategic objective of ensuring that the School can achieve and sustain a position as one of the leading business schools in Canada.

Meet Our Postdoctoral Scholars in Emerging Disciplines

(May 20 /21)
The Sobey Postdoctoral Scholars in Emerging Disciplines program was established to nurture, promote, and advance highly innovative and creative multidisciplinary research at the Sobey School of Business.

Dr. Ethan Pancer's research featured in the Journal of Consumer Psychology and The Conversation

(May 11 /21)
Dr. Pancer's research, accepted for publication in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, explores whether the caloric density of food media influences social engagement -- and what implications this may have on the way we eat.

Dr. Harvi Millar's research featured on CBC News Information Morning

(May 10 /21)
Dr. Harvi Millar, Professor of Operations Management, appeared on CBC's Information Morning to discuss his research into how Black-owned businesses in Nova Scotia have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BComm alum featured in CBC News

(Apr 30 /21)
Nevell Provo, Sobey School of Business alumnus and owner of Smooth Meal Prep and R&B Kitchen in Dartmouth, was featured in a CBC News article about Black-owned businesses in Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia’s Black business community focus of webinar series

(Apr 20 /21)
Dr. Harvi Millar, Professor of Operations Management at the Sobey School of Business, spoke to Halifax Today about the Black Business Initiatives: 25 Years and Beyond webinar series.

Sobey strengthens their partnership with the Black Business Community

(Apr 13 /21)
The Sobey School is launching a series of conversations with the Black Business Community to highlight and celebrate the contribution of Black Businesses in our region’s economy and identify opportunities to foster resiliency of these businesses.

BComm alumni win New Business of the Year award

(Mar 26 /21)
Congratulations to Brad Farquhar (BComm'08) and Joe Power (BComm'11), founders of Purple Cow Internet, on winning New Business of the Year at the 2021 Halifax Business Awards.

Dr. Yigit Aydede's COVID-19 research featured on CBC News

(Mar 22 /21)
Dr. Yigit Aydede's research into how mobility levels affect COVID-19 infection rates featured in CBC News story about how well Canadians have complied with restrictions.

Morgan Baker-Tucker wins Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies

(Mar 19 /21)
Congratulations to Entrepreneurship student Morgan Baker-Tucker on winning a prestigious Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies!

Message from Dean Harjeet Bhabra

(Mar 9 /21)
"As we approach the end of another successful term, I want to take this opportunity to thank our students, faculty and staff for your adaptability and resilience during an academic year like no other."

Sobey School faculty at 2021 Research Expo

(Mar 8 /21)
Four Sobey School of Business faculty members presented diverse research at the 2021 Saint Mary's Research Expo on March 5, 2021.

Dr. Daphne Rixon's work highlighted in University Affairs cover story

(Feb 26 /21)
Dr. Daphne Rixon's work with co-operatives and mutuals was highlighted in the March-April cover story of University Affairs magazine: "Embracing development, sustainably"

Women-owned businesses hit harder by pandemic

(Feb 22 /21)
Dr. Martha MacDonald is featured in a Toronto Star article about the impacts of COVID-19 on women-owned businesses: “The evidence is quite clear that women have been more likely to be affected by their home responsibilities during the pandemic."

Sobey School of Business Community Report (2019-2020)

(Feb 8 /21)
This past year, we have experienced many unexpected challenges, but we have also seen many incredible achievements. Many of these are highlighted in our Sobey School of Business 2019-20 Community Report.

Sobey School named in top 6 business schools respected by US employers

(Feb 9 /21)
Ladders has ranked the Sobey School among the top 6 Canadian business universities that are respected by employers in the United States.

Sobey School Alumnae Profile | Shelley T. Price, PhD

(Feb 5 /21)
Born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, and raised in Southwest Nova Scotia (Mi’kma’ki), Shelley T. Price’s inspiration comes from Indigenous peoples’ stories and lived experiences.

Sobey School of Business Community Report (2019-2020)

This past year, we have experienced many unexpected challenges, but we have also seen many incredible achievements. Many of these are highlighted in our Sobey School of Business 2019-20 Community Report.

Excellence of SMU's Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation recognized by major gift

(Nov 25 /20)
The excellence of Saint Mary's University's Master of Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MTEI) program is being recognized by a major gift from a leading figure in Canada's business and entrepreneurship community.

Stayers and leavers: new SMU research looks closely at immigration in Nova Scotia

(Nov 17 /20)
Who immigrates to Nova Scotia, who stays, leaves, and why is the focus of a recently released report from Dr. Ather Akbari, a professor with Saint Mary’s University’s Sobey School of Business.

Women in the finance industry making change focus of day-long Sobey School of Business event

(Oct 30 /20)
Women working in business and finance came together to discuss change and the future of the financial services industry at a day-long event hosted by Saint Mary's University's Sobey School of Business.

Retail excellence celebrated at the 4th annual National Retail Innovation Awards

(Oct 30 /20)
The excellence of three Canadian retailers was recognized at the 4th annual National Retail Innovation Awards, presented by the David Sobey Centre for Innovation in Retailing and Services, located at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

CEARC signs MOA with Costa Rican University

(Sep 17 /20)
CEARC has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with FUNDEPOS Alma Máter University, Costa Rica.

Dr. Daphne Rixon Appointed to CPA Canada's Board of Examiners

(Sep 17 /20)
Daphne Rixon, PhD, FCPA, FCMA, Associate Professor, Accounting has been appointed for a three-year term to CPA Canada’s national Board of Examiners.

Volta Awards for SMUEC, Jutla

(Sep 17 /20)
SMUEC and Peer Ledger have received awards from Volta celebrating their role in the Atlantic Canada ecosystem.

Design Thinking Connects Students with Business

(Sep 16 /20)
Organizations and start-ups are invited to participate in the MTEI Design Thinking Partner Program.

Net Impact Chapter Earns Gold

(Sep 3 /20)
Sobey School's Net Impact Chapter, comprising graduate students from several Masters' programs, has achieved gold status.

Sobey School launches Prosperity Network

(Jul 14 /20)
Established as a support network for communities and businesses, the Sobey School Community Revitalization & Prosperity Network puts the university’s academic and industry experts’ perspectives into service, helping the process of economic recovery.

Virtual corporate tours boost optimism and energize students’ job search

(Jun 26 /20)
Two recent virtual corporate tours are helping Sobey graduate students regain their optimism and connect with career opportunities.

Alumni Update: Kevin Gallant

(Jun 26 /20)
This is an update to an earlier story about Kevin Gallant, MTEI '16, helping his community during COVID19 by creating face shields.

Sobey professors share knowledge during COVID-19 crisis

(Jun 12 /20)
Sobey School of Business faculty have been actively engaging in the media in order to explore the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the effect on businesses and the economy.

Take advantage of every opportunity- Meghan Brodmann

(Jun 1 /20)
Meghan Brodmann graduated last month with a Sobey MBA. She has contributed in so many ways, we had to ask her about what inspired her to take on so much.

Sobey School of Business releases its first research bulletin

(Jun 8 /20)
From the research of individual faculty members to our research centres and PhD program, the Sobey School of Business makes a significant impact with high calibre publications and pure and applied research.

PhD Graduate surfaces "lost" female leaders

(May 25 /20)
Kristin Williams continued to lead Junior Achievement while crafting her dissertation, Conversing in Time with Overlooked, Historical Female Proto-Management Theorists: A Ficto-feminist Polemic. On May 22, she graduated with a Sobey PhD (Mgmt).

We Worthy Women co-founder's research for equity

(May 22 /20)
This month, Holly Foxall graduates with a Master in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Holly chose to pursue the thesis option, researching the impact of gender in venture capital funding and university finance departments.

Today, The Journal. Tomorrow, the World.

(May 21 /20)
Sobey School of Business student Braden Newell is graduating with his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Computing and Information Systems, but he isn’t finished at Saint Mary’s. He will return in the fall as a student in the MTEI Program.

Elevating Impact

(May 13 /20)
We are proud to share the Strategic Plan (2020-25) for the Sobey School of Business that will chart our course for the next 5 years. Titled Elevating Impact, it reflects our collective vision and aspirations for the School.

Big Data, Local Effects, Public Benefits

(May 14 /20)
Dr. Yigit Aydede leads a research project that uses meteorological, atmospheric, climate and social mobility data to explore the transmission of COVID-19. The project was recently funded through the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Health Research Coalition.

Employee retention startup, cofounded by Sobey alumna, receives $50k

(Apr 17 /20)
Safa, a startup cofounded by Jason Trask and MTEI alumna Mandy Woodland, received $50,000 in pre-seed funding recently.

Two Sobey students to compete for national entrepreneurship prize

(Apr 16 /20)
Two Sobey School of Business students, Nevell Provo (Smooth Meal Prep) and Mubdu Alali (Bloxo), will compete at the Enactus Student Entrepreneur National Competition in May.

MTEI alumni innovating in 3D to help fight virus

(Apr 3 /20)
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kevin Gallant MTEI ’16, began making face shields for health professionals and customer service outlets through 3D printing.

Sobey EMBA Receives Silver

(Apr 2 /20)
Sobey Executive MBA first program in Canada to achieve international Silver Accreditation for evidence-based management focus.

"Make moments into momentum"

(Mar 5 /20)
James Curleigh BComm'89 was the special guest speaker at the 45th Annual Business Dinner presented by the Sobey School Commerce Society.

Sobey Impact Students Meet Toronto Alumni

(Feb 28 /20)
Last week, Sobey's Impact Fund team travelled to Toronto to visit financial services companies and meet with Impact alumni

Milk Moovement Startup "Thrives" in California

(Feb 26 /20)
Milk Moovement, co-founded by Sobey MBA student Robert Forsythe, has been accepted into Silicon Valley's Thrive accelerator program.

Commerce and Engineering Students Compete in Montreal

(Feb 21 /20)
Last week, a "2+2" team of Sobey Commerce and Saint Mary's Engineering students took on an international field of competitors at Concordia in Montreal, in our initial foray into cross-faculty competitions.

Attitude Key to Managing Diversity

(Feb 13 /20)
On February 11, Sobey School of Business joined with the Halifax Languages Consortium to host the Languages and Cultures Business Forum, a panel talk and expo that organizers hope will serve as the foundation for future events.

Venkat Makes Podcast debut

(Feb 10 /20)
The David Sobey Centre's director will appear on the Retail Insider podcast this week.

MBA students compete in Calgary

(Feb 10 /20)
Our MBA students taught other schools' students new approaches to case analysis during challenging Calgary competition.

Rahaman New Associate Dean

(Feb 4 /20)
Dr. Mohammad Rahaman has been appointed as the Associate Dean, Strategic Partnership & Community Engagement for a 5-year term from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2024.

Sobey takes third in New England Venture Cap Contest

(Feb 3 /20)
Sobey School Venture Grade's Undergraduate team took third place in New England's Venture Capital Investment Competition Saturday, February 1, 2020.

CFA Scholarships

(Feb 3 /20)
Eight CFA Scholarships Awarded to fourth year Sobey Finance students.

Sobey School of Business Selected as 2020-2021 PRME Champions

(Jan 29 /20)
The Sobey School of Business has been selected as a PRME Champion for the 2020-2021 cycle, one of 36 business schools in 20 different countries. 

Two Sobey Alumni Recognized as Inspiring Immigrants

(Jan 24 /20)
My East Coast Experience has recognized Ossama Nasrallah, BComm'19, and Mohammed Issa, BComm'16, as Most Inspiring Immigrants in the Maritimes.

Two SMU Businesses Top 2020 Apex Competition

(Jan 25 /20)
Bloxo and Clean Catch Baits, both great SMU startups helped by our own Saint Mary's University Entrepreneurship Centre, took the top two undergraduate spots at the Apex Business Model Competition in New Brunswick.

Most VC-Backable Startup Global Search

(Jan 23 /20)
Is your startup the most VC-backable? Prove it. Sign your business up for the VCIC competition!

Alumni Take Home Business Awards

(Jan 23 /20)
Four alumni businesses took home Halifax Business Awards presented by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

Sobey School Entrepreneur Arsenault Will Compete in Cape Town

(Jan 23 /20)
Ross Arsenault, BComm'18 & MTEI student, has won the national EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Toronto and will travel to Cape Town SA to compete globally.

New Agreement Will Propel Sobey HR Students’ Careers

(Dec 17 /19)
New accreditation agreement with CPHR Nova Scotia puts Sobey HR majors and recent grads closer to achieving the CPHR designation.

Highlighting student and alumni entrepreneurial achievements this fall

(Dec 10 /19)
Bloxo. Clean Catch Baits. Easy Ocean Tech. Smooth Meal Prep. Ashored. Get to know these startups: they are already getting recognition and support.

Careers Here Tour 2019

(Nov 15 /19)
On November 12th, four vans filled with 14 Masters students from across three programs headed down Highway 103 to meet a variety of South Shore employers.

Changemaker, SDG Champion and MTEI Student: Olusegun Osunrinde

(Nov 14 /19)
A new post on the Impact Blog features Olusegun Osunrinde, a Sobey MTEI student and member of the UN's Youth Assembly.

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