Bradyn Parisian named inaugural Rawlinson Executive in Residence in Indigenous Entrepreneurship

By Brenna Engel Posted: January 31, 2019 8:00 a.m.

Bradyn Parisian gears up for his new role as the Rawlinson Executive in Residence
Bradyn Parisian gears up for his new role as the Rawlinson Executive in Residence Photo: U of R Photography

Starting February 1, 2019 Bradyn Parisian BBA’08, MBA’12, ICD.D’18, will be the inaugural Rawlinson Executive in Residence in Indigenous Entrepreneurship with the Hill and Levene Schools of Business.

“We are delighted to have Bradyn on board and we are eager to create more opportunities for Indigenous students who are aspiring entrepreneurs,” expressed Dr. Gina Grandy, Dean of Hill and Levene Schools of Business. “It is through the continued generous support from our community, such as the gift from the Rawlinsons, that we are also able to make a positive economic and social impact on our surrounding communities.”

In this role Parisian will develop annual initiatives for Indigenous students interested in entrepreneurship as a career path. This will involve providing an opportunity for students to develop the necessary skills to become successful entrepreneurs, but also increase interest in Indigenous entrepreneurship, and create a network of mentors to support students in their entrepreneurial ventures.

“I was the recipient of a Rawlinson scholarship designed to support Indigenous students during my studies at University of Regina and I believe this role is another way through which we can create opportunities for Indigenous students. I am deeply honoured to serve in this prestigious position and above all else, my mission is to serve as a trusted mentor to Indigenous students on campus and encourage them to ‘dream big’," said Parisian.

Parisian is a University of Regina alum from both the Hill and Levene Schools of Business. He has also completed a professional certificate in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship from Stanford University, in addition to executive education programs at Rotman, Queen’s University, the Disney Institute and the Schulich School of Business.

“To be a successful entrepreneur, I believe you need three key ingredients - none of which cost any money. #1 is passion. You need that ‘fire in your belly’ and 'zest for the quest'. #2 is an idea - whether it be a product, service or social improvement to better society somehow. #3 is the support and encouragement of a mentor. There is no such thing as a self-made entrepreneur - these people have received help and advice countless times throughout their journey. If students are genuinely prepared to bring items #1 & 2 to the table, I am eager and willing to offer #3," said Parisian.

Parisian currently serves as a corporate director on the boards of Cowessess Ventures Ltd., Black Lake Ventures LP, Gabriel Housing Corporation, and the First Nations Power Authority. Parisian is currently a sessional instructor at the Paul J. Hill School of Business and First Nations University of Canada and he has helped establish post-secondary scholarships for students in business and healthcare. Parisian is also a mentor and supporter of the Mother Theresa Middle School which is a cause that is very important to him.

"Consultation is an integral part of our commitment to Indigenization and we are excited about what will unfold in the coming months. We have and will continue to work collaboratively with First Nations University to develop this extra-curricular programming and enhance the student experience for Indigenous students enrolled at Hill and Levene, First Nations University, and University of Regina more broadly,” said Grandy.

This position has been funded by Gordon and Jill Rawlinson. “I want the University to empower this country’s up-and-coming Indigenous business leaders by giving them a world-class business education right here in my home province,” said Mr. Rawlinson, C.M., S.O.M.