News 2016

Hill BSS finalists in Event of Events Competition

Congratulations to Hill BSS students Cyrena Lockert and Erin McLellan who are finalists in the Regina Hotel Association's "Event of Events Competition"! The team pitched the Hill Case Competition in the Dragons Den style competition in hopes of getting feedback and exposure for the event. The winning team will received $20,000 sponsorship for their event.

Spring 2016 Convocation

Congratulations to the 251 Hill graduates and 39 Levene graduates from the Faculty of Business Administration! Congratulations also to Lenard Arnold, recipient of both the Governor-General’s Academic Silver Medal and the Leon Goldman Scholarship, and Brenda Thiessen, recipient of the Dean’s Medal. 

Dean Gaudes Reappointment

Following review processes carried out by the President's Office, President Timmons has offered reappointment to Dean Andrew Gaudes as the Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. Dr. Gaudes has accepted reappointment for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.

Grant Success

Dr. Zhou Zhang has received a SSHRC Insight Grant ($92,220) as a co-investigator with Dr. Usha Mittoo (University of Manitoba, principal investigator) and Dr. Madhu Kalimipalli (Wilfrid Laurier University, co-investigator). The project is entitled "Post-crisis financial regulation, financial flexibility, and firms' access to financing: International evidence".

Accepted for Publication

Nourhene BenYoussef and Saqib Khan’s paper entitled: "Timing of earnings restatements: CEO equity compensation and market reaction" has been accepted for publication in Accounting and Finance.

Zhou Zhang with Yingqi Li, Junli Yu and Xiaofan Zheng’s paper entitled: “The Effect of Internal Control Material Weakness on Firm Valuation: Evidence from SOX Section 404 Disclosures” has been accepted for publication in Finance Research Letters.

High School Business Competition

The Edwards School hosted the 2016 Saskatchewan High School Case Competition in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Business Teachers’ Association May 5th to 6th.

The event involved 14 high schools from Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario including participation by 84 students, 20+ teachers and 18 volunteer judges from the business community, and Hill and Edwards Schools.Regina Huda School won Business School of the Year. Birtle Collegiate finished second and Campbell Collegiate came in third.

Thanks to any Hill volunteer/judges including Bruce Anderson, Megan Costiuk, Lisa Watson, Randy Linton and Cari-Lynn Schoettler.

APEGs Grant

Congratulations to current Levene MBA student Christine Enmark who is the recipient of an APEGS Grant.

Leaders Council Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to Levene MBA student, Phil Moleski who was the recipient of the Leaders Council Graduate Scholarship in honour of Ralph Goodale. Phil was presented with the award at the Levene Dinner on April 28.

Grant Success

Congratulations to Eman Almehdawe who is the recipient of an NSERC grant through the Discovery Grant Program for $110,000 for her project entitled “Queueing models and optimization for healthcare system design and improvement”.

Accepted for Publication

Sandeep Mishra and Ron Camp’s manuscript with co author Josh Gonzoles entitled "For the win: Risk-sensitive decision-making in teams" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

Levene Dinner

The annual Levene Dinner on April 28 was a success featuring the Honourable Ralph Goodale as the keynote speaker. Thank you to all who attended!


•    Peter Moroz’s paper, entitled "Signaling social value in startups: the case of B Corp organizing," has met the high standards required to be nominated for a Best Paper Award at the SEE Conference.

•    Sandeep Mishra and Ron Camp, with co-author Josh Gonzoles, recently wrote a manuscript entitled "For the win: Risk-sensitive decision-making in teams," which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

•    Jean-Marie Nkongolo-Bakenda, Hilary Horan and Robert Anderson’s paper, entitled “Privatization, Stakeholder Power, and Weak Institutions: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo,” has been published and will soon be available on the journal homepage of the Inderscience website.

Guest Speakers

Thank-you to SaskPower’s Tim Eckel (VP Transmission) and Rafael McRaven (Sr. Business Advisor, Strategy and Planning) who gave a presentation to Eman Almehdawe’s EMBA class on April 9. The presentation, on Operations and Sustainability, was well received by students, who said, “it crystallised their understanding of what sustainability is all about.”

New Hill BSS Mission Statement

The Hill BSS now have a mission:
"To enhance the student experience at the Paul J. Hill School of Business by providing value through educational, social, and professional opportunities beyond the classroom."

Enactus Regina 2015-2016 Success

Enactus Regina’s 50 active members have seen an enriching and exciting academic year. They began with the environmental projects of We-Can and Smart End of the Bottle (SEOTB), which launched their first bin at the CVA central services. They have now collected over 500 used plastic bottles. All proceeds sponsor children’s education.

Their Breaking Barriers program was rejuvenated into a one-day seminar, and received wonderful feedback from its 20 international participants, who learned skills such as resume writing techniques, interview etiquette and networking skills.

They also saw great success with their Tax Solutions project, which aims to impart financial literacy to fellow peers. The team of 30 dedicated volunteers files free tax returns and educates the individual so that they can do their own tax returns in the future. This year they filed 615 tax returns.

Further, they raised $9,000 for the Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur program and assisted 20 Canadian Armed Forces veterans in a weeklong ‘business boot camp’. The camp helps veterans to expand their business ventures, and teaches the business skills needed to successfully open and manage their business.

All-in-all, they have devoted over 1500 volunteer hours to their projects!

Additional information can be found on the Enactus Regina website.

In the News

Arnd D. Kaiser, who spoke about Lean Management for the Faculty on Monday, April 11, was interviewed by the Leader Post’s Pamela Cowan. The article, entitled “Looking at lean: what an outside expert thinks”, mentioned both the Hill and Levene schools.

Hill BSS Raise Funds

The BSS managed to surpass this year’s goal of $35,000 in donations for 5 Days for the Homeless, collecting a total of $37,825. Over the past seven years, the BSS has raised $171,825 for Carmichael Outreach.

They were also very successful in their 44th Annual Keg-A-Rama event, raising a total of $8,541.36 for the Regina Firefighters Burn Fund.

Guest Speaker

Thank-you to guest speaker Ryan Jesse, Manager of Information Security at the U of R, who spoke to Bill Bonner’s BUS375 class on March 23.


Congratulations to student Elise Gagnon who, with support from Adrian Pitariu and Shelagh Campbell, was selected as one of the recipients of the University of Regina Retirees Legacy Scholarship for $5,000.

Congratulations to student Chris Domokos who, with support from Sandeep Mishra, Dwight Heinrichs and Andrew Stevens, was also selected as one of the recipients of the University of Regina Retirees Legacy Scholarship for $5,000.

SCOPE Conference Competition

The annual Student Conference on Operations (SCOPE) conference and competition brings together top graduate and undergraduate students in Western Canada to present their solutions for operations and supply chain management problems.

This year the Hill School sent a team to the conference consisting of Alice Nguyen, Kailin Volke, Nicholas Orem and Stephen Bardutz. The team received an Honourable Mention Award for their project entitled “Integer Programming: A comprehensive approach to staff scheduling".

Congratulations on your success in your first-ever participation in the event! The team was led by Eman Almehdawe, who would like to thank everyone for supporting students in this experiential learning opportunity.

In the News...

  • Andrew Stevens was interviewed for an article in The Canadian HR Reporter: “Syrian refugees welcomed by employers,” by Liz Foster.
  • Andrew Gaudes was quoted in an article for Jamie Golombek, one of the Faculty’s guest speakers, who was featured in an article by U of R Communications and Marketing: “How to handle money: tips from an expert,” by Dale Johnson.
  • Shelagh Campbell was a guest on CBC Radio’s Blue Sky, hosted by Garth Materie, on April 07 from noon to 12:30. She discussed the Expectation of Privacy at Work, and callers’ reactions to a new time card phone app called PunchTime that can track an employee’s location when they sign in for work.

RBC Selection Committee

Congratulations to the following individuals who have been appointed to serve on the RBC Woman Executive in Residence Selection Committee:
Janice Foley, Maria Roy, Pam Klein, Barb McGrath and Betty Hoffart.

The committee will be meeting soon to set the selection criteria so we can release a call for nominations.

Hill-Ivey Cases Published

A new Hill-Ivey case has been published:

  • Chris Street, Darren Meister & Tracy Thibodeau (February 2016), “iQmetrix: The Customer Is Always Right?”, ID: 9B16M028

Long Service Awards

The University of Regina’s Long Service Recognition Awards will take place on March 22 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the RIC Atrium. Members of the Faculty of Business Administration to be honoured include Evelyn McRae for 30 years of service; Steve Wield for 20 years; Janice Foley for 15 years; and Devon Anderson, Ernest Johnson, Raelynn Moorhead, Brian Schumacher, Thomas Tse and Lisa Watson for 10 years of service.

Thank you everyone for your hard work and devotion to the Faculty of Business Administration and to the University of Regina!!


Congratulations to Ronald Camp who completed the Directors Education Program (DEP) and successfully passed his exam to earn the ICD.D designation through the Institute of Corporate Directors

Congratulations to Morina Rennie who has been appointed to the CPA Canada Competency Map Committee. The committee reviews the appropriateness of the Competency Map on an ongoing basis and recommends revisions when necessary.

CPA Saskatchewan Convocation

Congratulations to the Hill students who participated in the CPA Convocation on February 6:

  • Matthew Anhalt, Megan Kalk, Charmaine Paidel, Carina Chow, Trent Knapp, Yaqi Ren, Sarah Cozman, Betty Lam, Erin Smyth, Jenaya Diehl, Glen Le, Brittany St. Marie, Alysha Firlotte, Mathew Mcintyre, Jada Styre, Marli Godlien, Ting Meng, Dustin Thiel, Breanna Grill, Vyacheslav Mykhaylenko, Beth Wozniak, Travis Herback, Roxanne Olynyk

In The News...

  • The 5 Days for the Homeless Campaign appeared in several news stories:
    • March 2nd on CTV Regina Morning Live; “Five Days for the Homeless”.
    • March 7th in the Leader-Post; “University of Regina students live outside to raise money for homelessness”.
    • March 7th on 620 CKRM; “Five Days for the Homeless” campaign underway in Regina”.
    • March 7th on CBC; “U of R students experiencing homelessness for charity”.
    • March 7th on; "Students sleeping outside for 5 Days for the Homeless".
    • March 10th in Weyburn this week; “Homelessness issue raised by U of R students”.
  • The Faculty was featured on the U of R website highlighting a recently signed agreement with IPADE Business School.

Program Leads

Based upon the recommendation of the Dean’s Advisory Committee the successful applicants for the Program Leads are as follows:

  • Experiential Lead - Dr. Chris Street
  • International Lead - Dr. Saqib Khan
  • Research Lead - Dr. Gina Grandy

Their two-year term appointments commence July 1, 2016.


Congratulations to Andrew Stevens and Sean Tucker who are co-applicants on an SHRF grant funded for $39,691. The project is entitled: Social Determinants of Health Among Migrant workers In Saskatchewan.
Congratulations Lisa Watson who was given special recognition by the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences for “going above and beyond that which is expected of a reviewer”. CJAS is also interested in presenting Lisa with a certificate of recognition at an upcoming annual conference.

Congratulations Peter Moroz whose proposal for a special issue in the Journal of Business Venturing was accepted in January. Peter was designated Co-Editor for the issue, which will focus on entrepreneurship and pro-social organizing.

New BSS Executive

The Hill Business Students Society held elections for the 2016/2017 Executive team. Congratulations to the new council members:

  • Cyrena Lockert – President
  • Erin McLellan – VP Events
  • Tye Doll – VP External
  • Mason Fedec – VP Finance
  • Braedon McLeod – VP Marketing
  • Brendan Hill – VP Student Affairs

Hill-Ivey Case Published

A new Hill-Ivey case has been published. Chris Street and Rob Mitchell have published Selling at Service Box (A) & (B) (#9B16M015 and #9B16M016).
This brings the total published Hill-Ivey cases to 21.

Outstanding Employee Team

The University of Regina United Way Campaign Team, chaired by Bill Bonner and Devon Anderson, received the award for Outstanding Employee Campaign Team for large employers (more than 500 employees) at the United Way Spirit Awards Luncheon on January 27.

The team included: Joanne Koslowski, Shayla Bonhomme, Bruce Anderson, Pat Patton, Chris Oriet, Bill Bonner (co-chair) and Devon Anderson (co-chair).

In The News...

Breanna Dmytriw and Rachel Langen were featured on CTV Morning Regina on March 02 to promote The 5 Days for the Homeless campaign.

5 Days for the Homeless

The BSS “5 Days for the Homeless” campaign runs from March 6 to 11. 5 Days is a national campaign and takes place at Universities all across Canada. For 5 Days, 5 participants from the U of R will be sleeping outside to raise money for Carmichael Outreach. The 5 participants this year include:

  • Kashtin Schumacher from the Faculty of Business Administration
  • Riley Moncrief from the Faculty of Social Work
  • Maple Baxter from the Faculty of Arts
  • Madison Biem from the Faculty of Education
  • Julie Ready from the Faculty of Education

Co-chairs for 5 Days are Rachel Langen and Breanne Dmytriw.


Congratulations to Dr. Helen Huang who is the successful applicant for the KPMG Research Scholar!

Dean’s Research Grants

Congratulations to the following Faculty members who were recipients of Dean’s Research Grants in Winter 2016:

  • Youngsoo Kim for his project “Presidents and Macroeconomic Performance: Evidence from Emerging Economy”
  • Wallace Lockhart & Nola Joorisity for their project “Foundations for Critical Inquiry”
  • Sandeep Mishra for his project “Relative deprivation and creativity”
  • Paul Sinclair for his project “A New Kind of Business Chinese: The Historical Development of Aichi University’s Faculty of Modern Chinese Studies”
  • Andrew Stevens for his project “The state of anti-unionism in Canada”
  • Chris Street for his project “Quantifying the Magnitude of the Asshole Tax in Negotiation”
  • Haithem Zourrig for his project “Risk of being caught and misbehavior: risk seekers versus risk avoiders”

In the News…

  • The Center for Management Development was mentioned in The Leader Post on February 18 about the development of a vision for curling in the City of Regina.
  • The University of Regina’s Faculty of Business Administration was mentioned in the Globe and Mail on February 2.
  • Genevieve Murchison at Radio Canada Manitoba interviewed Shelagh Campbell on January 20 discussing the recent closure of Potash Corp mines in New Brunswick. 

Leaders Council Scholar

Congratulations to Zhou Zhang who is the recipient of the 2016 Leaders Council Scholar appointment.


Congratulations to both our Hill ICBC and Hill JDC West teams who competed this past weekend in Kingston and Saskatoon!

The Hill ICBC Human Resources team of Shandi Van De Sype and Hannah Senicar placed FIRST.

The Hill JDC West team was also very successful:

  • 2nd Place School of the Year (1st place went to Sauder and 3rd to Edwards)
  • 1st Place Academic School of the Year (2nd place went to Sauder and 3rd to Edwards)
  • 1st Place in Not-for-Profit – Cari-Lynn Schoettler, Conrad Hewitt, Brendan Hill
  • 1st in Tax – Kashtin Schumacher, Shivaun Eberle
  • 2nd in Human Resources – Rory McCorriston, Nicole Pyne, Cyrena Lockert
  • 2nd in Business Strategy – Brock Forbes, Brooklyn Fiesel, Madeline Bates
  • 2nd in Accounting – Zachary Pengally, Ashley Mohr, Kyle Hanison
  • 3rd in Finance – Tyler Pastuch, Anders Ireland, Robbie Vancise

We will also take this opportunity to congratulate the success of our Finance students in the Montreal Exchange Options Simulation contest in December. We hope you are able to join us to congratulate our students!

United Way Success

The 2015 U of R United Way Committee campaign raised a total of $102,263.32! That is slightly better than last year. Congratulations and thank you to faculty and staff who contributed to support to our community. These funds will go a long way to support community based organizations that deliver services right here in Regina.

Thank you to Gina Grandy who served as the Faculty canvasser and to Devon Anderson and Bill Bonner who served as this year’s co-chairs!

Project Funding Success

Congratulations to Jean-Marie Nkongolo-Bakenda who’s project was 1 of 7 successful proposals (out of 29 applicants) accepted for funding through Pathway to Prosperity. The project is entitled “Engaging diasporas as international entrepreneurs: An empirical study” with co-researcher Elie Virgile Chrysostome.

KPMG Donation

We are pleased to announce a recent gift to the Faculty from the KPMG Foundation. The gift of $100,000 over five year will given in support of a KPMG Research Scholar appointment ($25,000) and Excellence Scholarships ($75,000). Thank you to KPMG for their support!

In the News…

  • Hill Alumna Karen Ritchie was featured in the Leader Post on December 29 sharing her experience as a Radio City Rockette in New York. The article doesn’t mention it, but Karen convocated in Fall 2011 with Great Distinction with a major in Marketing. She also received the Dean’s Medal and University Prize in Business Administration.
  • A number of stories from the Faculty were featured as highlights on the U of R Homepage on December 24 including:
    • “U of R Business students excel at national competition”
    • “Students sleep outside as a part of 5 Days for the Homeless”
    • “Reducing bottled water at the U of R”. 
  • Lisa Watson and her husband Frank Deslauriers were featured on NewsTalk 980 on December 16 and 17 sharing their expertise on all things Star Wars. 
  • Students from Saqib Khan’s BUS 494 Derivatives and Risk Management class were featured on the U of R Homepage on December 16 highlighting their success in the Montreal Exchange Options Trading Simulation contest. 


Congratulations to Glenys Sylvestre on her appointment as Executive Director, University Governance. Glenys will start her new role effective January 4.
Glenys has been an integral part of our Faculty, as a student and alumnae, as well as teaching faculty and administration. We will miss Glenys as a member of our Faculty, we are proud to have one of our own members appointed to this significant position within the Executive, and we wish her great success.