“In the first evening of my first course, I knew that I made the right decision; I chose the right program.”

It took me several years to find a master’s level program that would fulfill both my personal and professional needs; I was intrigued to find an “MBA with a Human Touch” in Edmonton.  As I looked into it further, I found that its delivery met all of my needs: I could study full time while working full time; I did not have to juggle my work schedule, as it was offered on weekends; it was offered face-to-face and  its courses focused on people and community, not-for-profits and social enterprises. It acknowledged the role of big business and global corporations and the role they play in economic development, but it also offered opportunity to critically reflect on that role that we have come to take for granted.  By putting people into the equation, offering courses in leadership, organizational behavior, social marketing, comparative development …this MBA provided me with a new perspective on the world in which we live. In the first evening of my first course, I knew that I made the right decision; I chose the right program.

Heather D. Wheeliker
MBA in CED ‘10
Director, Community and Employee Engagement
City of Edmonton


“I will be forever thankful that I chanced upon that brochure and pursued CBU’s MBA in CED.”

CBU’s MBA in CED provided excellent instructors who challenged my way of thinking, expected the best of me and made themselves available to students requiring further instruction. The program administration provided me with guidance and support throughout my three years of study, and I am most grateful for the learning opportunity they offer at a distance.  I will be forever thankful that I chanced upon that brochure and pursued CBU’s MBA in CED.

Heather D. Wheeliker
MBA in CED ‘10
Director, Community and Employee Engagement
City of Edmonton


“The one common thread among each student was the passion for the material and an eagerness to learn.”

The diverse student population made for very interesting and well-balanced discussions, encouraging each of us to gain new perspectives and learn from one another. There were entrepreneurs, government employees, non-profit practitioners, teachers, and military personnel. Each student came from a different background, with different experience but everyone had something to offer and something to learn. The one common thread among each student was the passion for the material and an eagerness to learn.”

Naomi Arron
MBA in CED ‘09 Economic Policy Research & Projects Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Governor General’s Gold Medal Recipient


 

“In the CBU program, we were challenged to think differently about business, our communities and ourselves.”

“A typical MBA program teaches students to utilize core business principals such as strategy, finance, marketing and organizational behavior. In the MBA in CED program at CBU, we discussed all that and more. Business structures that normally get a sideline note in a typical MBA textbook, we discussed in detail. Co-ops, community partnerships, social enterprise and location-based business, present the same situations that every business does with the added challenges created by small, disenfranchised and/or remote communities. In the CBU program, we were challenged to think differently about business, our communities and ourselves.”

Mary Beth Doucette MBA in CED ’08
Director of Quality Assurance
Membertou
$17,500 SSHRC Recipient


 

“I found this unparalleled experience immensely beneficial to my current career.”

“Being in the military for 31 years, I had my perspective broadened considerably from facing off with fellow students working in international aid organizations, municipal and regional economic development councils and First Nations government…With a very limited background in finance, economics or accounting, I found all three of these core courses daunting. However, the most demanding moment in program was a highly condensed course focused on Entrepreneurship in which I was required to coordinate the efforts of a four-member group to work with a small business to determine opportunities for market expansion, product diversification, production efficiencies, and so forth. My colleagues and I examined the operations of a small business in New Brunswick over an eight-week period, working some incredibly demanding hours from our hometowns, including Ottawa, Kingston, and St. Johns, while continuing to work in relatively busy careers. This task became an incredibly intense test of our abilities to work as a team, while we concurrently put to work our collective skills and knowledge of marketing, finance and accounting, and qualitative and quantitative research. There is no doubt in my mind that we all benefited enormously from this opportunity to work under this type of pressure with a successful small business operation – personally, I found this unparalleled experience immensely beneficial to my current career.”

BGen Mike Jorgensen, OMM, MSM, CD
MBA in CED ‘08
Commander of Land Force Western Area,
Joint Task Force West, Edmonton


“The MBA in CED program equipped me for a major promotion in my company. It helped me acquire advanced skills and become more effective in what I love to do: lead, develop, and create while helping others grow.”

Don Vierboom
MBA in CED ‘07
Vice-President Corporate Express Canada, Toronto


“The versatile, small class approach allows you to directly shape and share the wealth of knowledge and experience from both faculty and students. It provided me with a first-class management education and a unique life experience.”

Linda Murray
MBA IN CED ‘08
Director, Residential & Client Services
Ongwanada Hospital, Kingston


“The program pushed me to think outside the classroom and relate to the community at large.”

“This unique MBA that has a mixture of business and social science disciplines provided me an opportunity to access across sector opportunities.  The program pushed me to think outside the classroom and relate to the community at large. I entered the program as an international student from Egypt; however, I graduated as a global community member with a passion for community economic development that has no limit. The program also opened several doors for me when I decided to further my education towards a Ph.D. degree. I received more than 7 offers from Ph.D. programs in Canada, the US, and the UK – recognition of the quality of education offered by CBU.  The MBA in CED has provided me with a solid academic and professional foundation and enabled me to mobilize it towards multiple directions, as an academic and as a professional.”

Rany S. Ibrahim
MBA in CED ‘06
Marketing Manager
Office of Immigration Province of Nova Scotia


“The MBA in CED program has been a highlight in my career.”

It brought together many elements for me, past experiences, values, dreams of making a difference in society, and incorporated them into a discipline of study, while providing a means to articulate their importance and conduct research. The elements of the program that I found the most meaningful include, the building up of people, building community, giving people identity and empowerment, and at the same time developing solid business skills that create sustainable businesses.”

Sharon Faye
MBA in CED ‘06
Market Analyst
Agriculture and Rural Development, Alberta


 

“It allowed me to further my education and successfully expand my current business and volunteer activities in community economic development.”

“I have run my own management consulting firm for over 20 years specializing in entrepreneurship, restructuring, succession planning, training, and facilitation. I started investigating MBA programs in England, the United States, and Canada. I had contacted registrars about MBA’s in finance, leadership and training, and conflict resolution. Nothing lit a spark in me until I accidently discovered CBU’s MBA program while searching for books on economic development from CBU Press. CBU’s MBA in CED program was definitely the only program that I was interested in. It allowed me to further my education and successfully expand my current business and volunteer activities in community economic development.”

Susan Barthos
MBA in CED ‘03
Barthos Management Consulting Inc.


 

“Nonetheless, the education from CBU has made me [according to Embassy sources] the most versatile Administrator for these professional challenges.”

“CBU faculty exceeded my expectations as a student of Development Economics.  The education I received has enabled me to make unparalleled contributions in poverty reduction in Malawi by enabling Malawian civil society organizations and community-based organizations to collaborate more effectively at different levels of society to reap the benefits of foreign intervention in development and improve the wellbeing of historically disadvantaged communities.  This job has been professionally fulfilling and in some ways, challenging.  Nonetheless, the education from CBU has made me [according to Embassy sources] the most versatile Administrator for these professional challenges. My invaluable community services yield renewed energy, enjoyment and excitement, which inspire me to want to do even more!”

Tony Ayuninjam
MBA in CED ’04
National Coordinator,
American Ambassador’s
Special Self-Help Fund &
Democracy and Human Rights Fund, Malawi


 

“In my duties as past Deputy Commander of the Land Forces Atlantic and also in my civilian job, I have found that what I learned in the MBA in CED to be particularly useful. Now that there is a Peace-building Option, its value can only increase.”

BGen (ret) James A. Bruce, MMM, CD
MBA in CED ’04
Senior Project Manager
Science Applications International Corporation
(SAIC Canada), Halifax


 

“I am doing something for the community which I belong to using what I learned overseas in Canada. The MBA in CED qualifies me to work in the economic and business administration department of the university and the experiences I had in Canada enables me to teach English to Chinese students and introduce a whole different culture to them.”

Yu, Tao
MBA in CED ‘05
Instructor, Department of Economics and Business Administration Shijiazhuang Institute of Technology &
Instructor (Part-Time)
Shijiazhuang Vocational College of Foreign Language Translation