David Alex Whiffin’s love for engineering took him to over 30 countries around the world. He worked with Pirelli and British Canoeing. He collaborated with some of the finest engineering minds in the world. He contributed towards victories in motor sports and other elite sports.
Most assumed that UK-born Whiffin had found his life’s calling. With time and age, however, jetsetting took its toll and a sense of responsibility began to kick in. Having seen the world, he began thinking about its future.
A trip to British Columbia further opened his eyes. Postcard-like landscapes captivated him. It was time for a career change, one that would implement positive change.
His first step to sustainable corporate success? Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU Beedie).
Currently a year into his studies, Whiffin knows he chose the right MBA. What sets it apart is its interdisciplinary approach. “What really stands out to me is the effort that goes into making courses interlink,” he explains.
Key concepts in managerial finance would incorporate discussions around sustainability. Subjects such as business operations are taught alongside a course in indigenous business environments. “This makes the overall flow of the programme really come to life,” he enthuses.
When asked to describe Canada’s top-ranked university, enthusiastic reviews like Whiffin’s are the norm. Many praise the business school for its personalised experience, focus on experiential learning, career support, access to professional opportunities in Vancouver and diverse environment.
Although a typical MBA class has just 50 students, it is big on insights. Whiffin counts people from all four corners of the globe, from Kazakhstan to South Africa and Iran, as his peers. They are all of all ages, contributing vastly different academic and professional experiences.
He now understands the power of listening. Whiffin finds all of this “massively beneficial” to his MBA.
The SFU Beedie MBA is hands-on. While traditional, it has an eye on the future. Students explore sustainability, new ventures, and international business. These prepare students to work for top employers — Beedie MBA graduates can be found adding value at top employers such as SAP, Best Buy, Pacific Blue Cross, Honda Canada, Lululemon, EY, Deloitte, HSBC, and the City of Vancouver.
When it’s time to apply knowledge through competing, SFU Beedie graduate students do so with ease. From the general business MBA Games or the sector-specific Net Impact Sustainability Challenge — every student has the opportunity to participate and reign supreme at various events. In the process, they learn new skills and build valuable connections beyond the classroom.
The 16-month SFU Beedie MSc Finance offers similar outcomes. Two streams are designed to meet a global demand for skilled risk management and investment management professionals. Both cover the same core courses and offer the same opportunities. MSc Finance graduates can expect to pique the interests of employers such as Canalyst, BCI, KPMG, Coast Capital Savings and more. Students can even actively invest around 20 million Canadian dollars of real university endowment funds through the Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS) Fund.
Preparing for these roles is no easy feat, but at SFU Beedie, it’s just another day on campus. Invaluable services are available at the Career Management Centre. The preparation begins as early as day one with guidance on career exploration, resume/cover letter reviews, job search strategies, mock interviews, salary negotiation, and more.
“For me, the most significant programme they offer is Mentors in Business, where you are paired up with a working professional who shares insights, knowledge and advice in your particular area of business interest,” Whiffin shares.
Narrowing down your options can be tough in a city crawling with opportunities. SFU Beedie is located in Vancouver, British Columbia –– Canada’s Asia Pacific Gateway and a growing hub for international trade, entrepreneurship and technology. In one of the most liveable cities in the world, international students are encouraged to pursue rewarding careers. That said, an SFU Beedie degree is your golden ticket to a vibrant life in Vancouver –– where an agreeable climate, a bustling city-life, and a paradise for outdoor explorers awaits.