The CPA Education Foundation of BC recently funded $10,000 to the UBC|Sauder Social Entrepreneurship Office for the re-purposing of course content aimed at helping first nations entrepreneurs develop business cases.
The course update was completed in the summer of 2017 and included content on market analysis, marketing, operations, and accounting (such as revenue, expenses, operating costs, income statement, cashflow and financing). Jonathon Easey led the development of the content re-purposing project and worked under the guidance of Dr. Frances Chandler PhD, Director of Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education and Sauder Social Entrepreneurship – Kenya.
During the summer, Ben McDonald and VJ Terzic, two UBC|Sauder MBA students, led a two-week version of the course in three different First Nations communities in BC: Ulkatcho First Nations near Anahim Lake, Heiltsuk First Nations in Bella Bella and Tseshaht First Nation in Port Alberni. Said Terzic, “we both gained a better perspective of the complex challenges facing [First Nations] communities, and the opportunities that exist in collaborating with First Nations to achieve better outcomes for all parties.”