SFU Executive MBA: CPAEF Pilot Funding for Indigenous Case Study

Dr. Mark Selman PhD and Barb Martineau, SFU|Beedie School of Business Advancement Office

The CPAEF has approved pilot funding for the development of teaching materials focusing on aboriginal business issues in the BC context.  This initial funding of $6,000 will be used to develop a new case study drawn from BC First Nations businesses.   Brenda Waechter, FCPA FCGA, CPAEF board chair said, “SFU identified a need for the development of indigenous case content to support the learning objectives of the EMBA – ABL program.  The CPAEF is delighted to be able to support this development.”

The case study will be developed by Dr. Mark Selman, director of the Executive MBA cohort for the Aboriginal Business Leadership (EMBA ABL) program. Dr. Selman has many years of experience involving planning, implementation and leadership development and has strong working relationships with many First Nations.

In 2012, the SFU|Beedie School of Business developed the EMBA – ABL which is Canada’s first and only MBA program for Aboriginal leaders, entrepreneurs and others working with Aboriginal communities.  The EMBA ABL blends the curriculum of a traditional MBA with learning specific to First Nations peoples, such as Aboriginal rights and title, historic community challenges, and non-financial community objectives.

Barb Martineau, Senior Associate Director, Advancement at the SFU|Beedie School of Business, said, “we are appreciative of the support of the CPA Education Foundation. The initial case study will illustrate in a compelling way the benefits of sound governance and financial management within BC’s First Nations.”

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