Monthly Archives: February 2014

Building a better organization through strong leadership.

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A guest blog by Patrick Mazzariol and Tricia Underwood. 

The most important asset to an organization is the people making employee retention a critical element of the organization.  An employee’s reason for leaving their company may not be what you suspect: more money, a better title or a new career opportunity.  In fact, when one million people were polled by Gallop in 2008, 82 percent responded, stating that, “I left my manager not the company.” The same poll found that there is a high correlation between employee satisfaction and performance, and an even higher correlation between leadership practices and employee satisfaction. A manager’s leadership skills have greater influence on employee fulfillment at work that most companies are willing to recognize. Companies must take an active role to build key leadership qualities and environments, less face the revolving door of employee turnover and a weaker organization. Continue reading

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GEM @ Boeing facilities, Seattle: An insight to the workings of Boeing

1111Today we had the honour of going on a VIP tour to Boeing’s Everett facilities. You may not have realised it, but chances are that you’ve flown on a Boeing aircraft before. With revenue of over 86 Billion dollars in 2013 making Boeing is one of the most successful airplane manufacturers in the world. Our first stop was actually Boeing’s last stop in their value chain, Everret’s delivery centre. This is where Boeing’s transactions are completed and customers can pick up their much awaited airplanes. Continue reading

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“Be what’s next”: An afternoon at the Microsoft Headquarters in Seattle

Redmond, February the 13th 2014: we arrived at the Microsoft Headquarters and are welcomed by Steve Seow – a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. The visit starts with a little tour to get to Pike Place, where we are going to spend most of the day. Pike Place is a big cafeteria for Microsoft’s employees. We are all amazed by how beautiful, huge and modern the campus is and we can really feel the innovative vibe surrounding us. Continue reading

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GEM @ Amazon.com: Students on Innovation Business Week in Seattle get to see the workings of the world’s largest retailer

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Amazon is the world biggest retailer with $61 billion of sales in 2012. On February 13th 2014, a group of 30 students from Grenoble EM and SFU had the opportunity to meet one of the management teams at their Head Quarters in Seattle. Sarah Borowski, founder of Amazon Art, and some of her other colleagues,  gave a very interesting pitch on Amazon’s corporate culture and its business innovation processes.

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Frank Chin, Elastic Path, Vancouver, talks to GEM & SFU students about the history of the company during Innovation Business Week

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On February 12th, 30 students from Grenoble Ecole de Management in the Transcontinental Vancouver Program visited Elastic Path with their fellow SFU classmates. You might wonder what this company does, so here is a brief summary of their past.

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Stephen Lazenby and Kelvin Ng, Global Relay, Vancouver, talk to GEM & SFU students about IT during Innovation Business Week

Global relay bannerThe transcontinental class was lucky to visit Global Relay on this Wednesday, 12th of February. Based in an entire building of Gastown, the students were welcomed by the director of business operations, Kelvin Ng, and the global head of product management, Stephen Lazenby. Created in 1999 their mission remains the same: “to be the number one provider of message and archive services to broker-dealers, investment advisors, hedge funds and banks globally, measured by total users, customers, and revenue”. Continue reading

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Kelly Bennett, Netflix, Vancouver, talks to GEM & SFU students about marketing during Innovation Business Week

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Grenoble EM and SFU students on the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme in Vancouver attended a Q & A discussion with Chief Marketing Officer of Netflix Kelly Bennett. Bennett is an alumnus of Simon Fraser University that has made his way into the world’s fifth most innovative company, Netflix. The event was organized by Beedie School of Business and chaired by the Dean of the business school, Daniel Shapiro.  Continue reading

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Al Kanji, Senior Partner, KPMG, Vancouver talks to GEM & SFU students about finance during Innovation Business Week

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KPMG Corporate Finance, British Columbia’s largest employer and recruiter of business school students, hosted a conference in their Vancouver headquarters. The speech was given by Al Kanji, a senior partner. Also present were his two partners Jocelyn Cruickshank and Marco Tomassetti. The conference was given to 30 students of the Grenoble Ecole de Management, in GEM’s Transcontinental Track in Vancouver, as well as 10 students of Simon Fraser University, to give them an insight on his practice’s strategy and corporate culture, as well as a brief overview of the British Columbian economy. Continue reading

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Ian Warner and Federico de Giuli, APRIO, Vancouver, talk to GEM & SFU students about business during Innovation Business Week

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Ian Warner and Federico de Giuli, respectively CEO and CIO at APRIO, gave a talk about their business to GEM and SFU students as part of the corporate visits co-organized by both schools on the 11th of February 2014.

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Charlyne Fothergill and Jonathan Bixby, GrowLab, Vancouver, talk to GEM & SFU students about entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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A group of 30 students from Grenoble Ecole of Management and Simon Fraser University who are participating in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program which started for the first time this year, were grateful to visit and discover GrowLab accelerator of Vancouver.

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