It takes foresight to be able to perceive, as Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort did, that a burgeoning public interest in mountain biking in the 1990s could be transformed into a multi-billion dollar recreational industry. At University Canada West, Master of Business Administration students develop that kind of foresight through the program’s business and executive education, and corporate training.
Electrovaya, an Ontario-based lithium-ion battery manufacturing company run by a university professor, exemplifies the exciting entrepreneurship a University Canada West Masters of Business Administration degree (MBA) could spark in the program’s graduates. The business acumen and executive education they’d get could lead them to replicate Electrovaya’s success in today’s highly competitive global business environment.
UCW current and prospective students, and alumni dreaming of starting their own business should be encouraged by a new report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). It shows that as of 2014 there were not only more than 380,000 small businesses in B.C. Most of them are keen to hire because their confidence in their potential for prosperity is soaring.
A new joint funding initiative to spur robotics start-ups, involving a Vancouver-based, clean technology venture capital firm and a Dutch accelerator, exemplifies the new novel funding support that technology start-ups are attracting in Vancouver.
At the kickoff of his Innovation Tour of the US, Canada’s Head of State David Johnston cites examples of how Canada-US trade innovation and business entrepreneurship are fostering economic success and partnership in both countries.