Meet our Students

We’d like you to meet a few of our top students. Each of these students is achieving incredible results, academically and professionally and they would like to share their stories with you. This is the best way we can think of to show you “why University of Fredericton”.

Adam Cole

Vice President Information Technology, Canadian Clinical Trial Network

After receiving my undergraduate in a top-ranked program at a prestigious university I was somewhat hesitant to pursue my EMBA online, with a new university no less. Looking back there is no question that I made the right decision in selecting The University of Fredericton. They hold themselves to an exceptionally high academic standard. I was delighted to see the university executive recruit excellent professors who are established thought leaders in their respective disciplines; the university holds their professors to the same high standards as the students. This translates to a rich, relevant, robust learning experience. I have spent much time comparing my experience with friends and colleagues who have received their (E)MBAs from Ivy League schools and we have all concluded, you get out of it what you put into it, regardless of the institution. With the University of Fredericton I went in knowing that relative to an Ivy League school I was sacrificing networking opportunities in favour of keeping my wallet intact and enjoying the benefits of learning online. If you are serious about pursuing an EMBA and you are prepared to make the necessary commitments then I strongly encourage you to consider The University of Fredericton. I am delighted with my decision.

Adam Cole
UFred Alumni
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Vice President Information Technology
Canadian Clinical Trial Network
Toronto, Ontario

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Adam Cole

Adam Cole

Vice President Information Technology, Canadian Clinical Trial Network

Adam Pawsey

Food Consultant, Professional Food Corp Inc.

My experience with University of Fredericton (UFred) started in 2009 when I enrolled in the Diploma-to-Degree program in Business Administration. Previously I had completed a two year Business Management Diploma in Investment Management at NBCC in Woodstock, New Brunswick. I also had five years’ work experience in the banking industry as Account Manager for RBC Royal Bank. I wanted to get out of finance and try something new but also wanted to finish my degree. The Diploma-to-Degree program was a perfect choice for me as I was able to change my career path, work full-time during the day and finish my degree in the evenings.

After graduating from UFred with my Bachelor’s degree in Business in June 2011, I decided to enroll in the MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership program. I am extremely happy with my decision to continue my studies through the University of Fredericton as this has directly influenced my abilities and successes in the workplace. Aside from the obvious benefits of post-secondary education, online learning and the environment in which classes are conducted is very close to what can be expected in the workforce, thus making it a fantastic preparation tool. Participating in online classes and using electronic means of communication to complete course work is perfect practice for real world business and is missed in traditional lecture courses. This is irreplaceable practice for conference calls and collaborative work projects in everyday life, when we do not always have the luxury of meeting face-to-face.

Adam Pawsey
UFred Student, MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership
UFred Alumni, Diploma to Degree Program, Business Administration

Food Consultant
Professional Food Corp Inc.
Woodstock, New Brunswick

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Adam Pawsey

Adam Pawsey

Food Consultant, Professional Food Corp Inc.

Adam Shaen

Organizational Development Consultant

My ongoing experience with UFred continues to reinforce to me that I made the right choice in an educational institution in pursuit of post graduate studies. The distance education environment allows for instruction from professors from many different geographic regions. Consequently, the professors I have had the good fortune of learning from embody exemplary knowledge, experience and tremendous professional success in their respective subjects. Likewise, my classmates who are situated all over the globe greatly contribute to my overall learning experience. While many live in different areas and work in different industries, there is a resounding commonality in that everyone brings considerable experience and knowledge and seems generally driven to learn and succeed. The expected workload can be considerable, and certainly manageable if properly planned. I have had success thus far in this program without putting my career or family on hold. Finally, there is not enough praise I can provide to sufficiently recognize the excellent service provided by the administrative staff. The admission process was much more user-friendly than any I have experienced thus far. This was made possible by the excellent support I received from the Admissions staff. Also, the Student Coordinators (I have had 2) who have been assigned to me make everything so incredibly easy for the student. Not only do they take care of my schedule, course load, payments, etc., they respond to any questions I have within hours.

For me, the pursuit of continued education is driven through a personal intrinsic want, rather than a need for new employment. While simply a by-product of this education, I have realized two professional advancement opportunities since beginning my program (one year ago). Over-and-above the ‘MBA’ credential, I have gained considerable insight and knowledge into leadership philosophy and practice (global leadership major) as well as areas of business that I do not practice in my day-to-day work.

I strongly recommend UFred and the MBA in Global Leadership program to anyone seeking continued educational growth in the business world.

Adam Shaen
UFred Student
MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Organizational Development Consultant
Thunder Bay, Ontario

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Adam Shaen

Adam Shaen

Organizational Development Consultant

Adedamola Oladeinde

Professional Engineer and Project Manager

The UFred experience, to me, has been awesome. The flexibility to take on an MBA program while balancing family, work and academia is next to none with UFred. The technology and tools developed for the EMBA program has made learning attractive and innovative.

I have found that moving through the program is certainly positive for my career path. Currently working on several major oil and gas capital projects with a global integrated EP company, my responsibilities involve managing technical requirements, as well as providing innovative direction and leadership to a project team. This MBA program has helped me move a step further in my decision making skills, taking on strategic high impact projects and exceeding results. The inexpensive nature and high impact delivery and quality of the EMBA program has made it particularly attractive and competitive with its peers.

Adedamola Oladeinde
UFred Student
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Professional Engineer and Project Manager
Calgary, Alberta

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Adedamola Oladeinde

Adedamola Oladeinde

Professional Engineer and Project Manager

Amy Girouard

Coordinator, Service New Brunswick

I recently completed the Certificate in Disability Management with the University of Fredericton, and had a really great experience with this University. They are very understanding of the adult learner need for flexibility in order to manage a work-life balance, which includes part-time coursework. Professors provided us with examples of actual business initiatives that were successful or unsuccessful, and from this we learned how to apply our university theory to real life. The opporuntiy to interact and share information with other students from locations across Canada was invaluable.

This program has improved my confidence level in providing guidance and recommendations in the field of disability management. I am now more comfortable in my working relationships with other individuals in the field and have been able to contribute more to program development with respect to attendance management and disability management guidelines in my workplace. I have the option to continue on from this point into the Integrated Disability Management Professional Diploma (IDMP) program and hope to get the opportunity to pursue this in the future.

Amy Girouard
UFred Alumni
Certificate in Disability Management

Coordinator, Service New Brunswick
Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Amy Girouard

Amy Girouard

Coordinator, Service New Brunswick

Anthony Yu

Manager of Customer Experience and Relations, TD Canada Trust – Prairie Region

The decision to choose the University of Fredericton was an easy one. After speaking to the Student Services Coordinator and reviewing the University website, I was able to make an informed decision to enroll into the Executive MBA program. I have a fairly young family and expecting our third child this October, 2011 and I feel that I have the flexibility to study and complete my assignments within an acceptable time frame. Prioritizing your day ensures that you can commit the time you need for Masters Studies. It is very true that your work experience is very valuable in referring to during your studies and discussions with students. I find that I learn not just through the textbooks but also through the experiences of my classmates. I am ‘extremely likely’ to recommend this program to those individuals interested in a post graduate degree and are willing to take the time to learn!

Anthony Yu
UFred Student
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Manager of Customer Experience and Relations
TD Canada Trust – Prairie Region
Calgary, Alberta

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Anthony Yu

Anthony Yu

Manager of Customer Experience and Relations, TD Canada Trust – Prairie Region

Chris Bowman

Ontario Sales Manager, Wainbee

Chris Bowman, from St. Catharines, Ontario, is currently enrolled in UFred's EMBA degree program with a specialty stream in Innovation Leadership and is already using his degree to move his career forward.

Chris is currently moving into an exciting new position as Ontario Sales Manager for Wainbee and attributes his involvement in pursuing a degree from UFred as a key factor related to securing this advancement. Wainbee is an employee-owned company specializing in the supply of pneumatic, hydraulic, machining, motion control, safety, and filtration products to a range of industries.

Chris is a firm advocate of higher education. He obtained an Automation and Robotics Technician diploma from Centennial College in 1999, where he also served as a professor for 8 years. At Centennial, Chris' character strengths were recognized by his being selected for its Convocation Award in Citizenship.

Chris says that he selected Sandermoen as it provided a specialty stream that he feels is relevant to today's ever-changing business environment. He observed that “Leadership in all aspects of Innovation will determine Canada's role in the global economy.”

He also believes that Sandermoen provides unique learning opportunities through its combination of online delivery and a teamwork-centered approach. Working within and managing remote groups has given him valuable experiences useful to his career. The relative value-to-cost equation of UFred's tuition was another contributing factor in his selection.

Chris Bowman
UFred Student
EMBA with specialty track in Innovation Leadership

Ontario Sales Manager
St. Catharines, Ontario

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Chris Bowman

Chris Bowman

Ontario Sales Manager, Wainbee

Karen Grant

Vice President of Canadian Operations, Best Doctors

Karen Grant received her MBA degree from the University of Fredericton (UFred) in 2015. Karen was raised in Scarborough, Ontario, but currently works in Toronto and lives in Oakville with her husband and two children.

Karen has led an accomplished career in the financial services industry. She has served as Vice President of Canadian Operations for Best Doctors since 2013, and was selected by the organization to overhaul its Service Delivery division. Her recommendations were successfully implemented, which enabled a transformation of service delivery that included a built-in framework for continuous improvement.

Prior to joining Best Doctors, Karen was Vice President of Operations and Information Technology for TransUnion, a consumer credit report agency, where through her operational initiatives she received the CEO's Award of Excellence for operational excellence. Previously, she also served as Vice President of Operations and Call Centre for TransUnion.

Karen feels that constant learning and a willingness to take on challenges has led to success in her career. She has gained knowledge from working with colleagues around the world, which led to her to the Sandermoen School of Business MBA program, with a specialty stream in Global Leadership. She feels that her courses have provided her with additional context for problem solving, and have expanded her thinking and decision making abilities. She has referred prospective students to UFred citing the “great professors, ease of use and costs” as competitive factors in recommending the University.

In addition to being a wife and mother of a daughter and son, Karen is actively involved in volunteering with Zonta International, a global organization of professionals empowering women and girls worldwide through service and advocacy. Zonta has 30,000 members working in 67 countries around the world. Karen is currently President of the Oakville Chapter. In her leisure time, she enjoys travelling, reading and soccer.

Karen Grant
UFred Student

Vice President of Canadian Operations for Best Doctors
Toronto, Ontario

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Karen Grant

Karen Grant

Vice President of Canadian Operations, Best Doctors

Bob Tinsley

Northern HSE Advisor, Baker Hughes

I have enjoyed taking the Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) program over the past two years. I would recommend this course to anyone pursuing the health and safety field. Distance learning requires a lot of self-discipline, motivation and the desire to achieve your goals. I would like to thank everyone at the university for their time in making this course possible. For many people the only way to get a post-secondary education is through distant learning due to career and family commitments.

Bob Tinsley
UFred Alumni
Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP)

Northern HSE Advisor
Baker Hughes
Red Deer, Alberta

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Bob Tinsley

Bob Tinsley

Northern HSE Advisor, Baker Hughes

Brent Ives

Manager, Application Development, Optik TV, TELUS Communications Inc.

I graduated from the University of Fredericton online EMBA program in December of 2010, a program I thoroughly enjoyed. I had the benefit of strong family support and feel that my investment in continuing my education has already paid off. I enjoyed the content of the classes, the workload and the pace of the program. I found myself looking forward to the weekly on-line classes as being able to interact directly with my classmates gave me the opportunity to learn a great deal from my fellow students. It was a real benefit to be able to learn from other students real life experiences. During my time in the program I was able to develop great relationships with people not only from various areas of Canada, but from various industries as well. What impressed me was the support I received from the staff and professors from the University of Fredericton. The staff helped me countless times, always taking the time to answer my questions quickly. This included questions I had during my evaluation of the program, during the program itself and even after I had completed the program when I had some tax questions. The professors from the University were not only very knowledgeable and experienced in their areas, they were also very approachable. In several instances I was able to approach the professors about career related questions, in some cases long after my classes were completed. My most memorable part of the MBA program was the integration project. I was teamed up with a great partner and we worked long and very hard on a great project for a leading global food producing company. I learned a great deal about an area that I would never have been part of unless I was part of this project. What initially seemed like an insurmountable task turned out to be an accomplishment that I am very proud of, even long after the project has completed.

Brent Ives
UFred Alumni
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Manager, Application Development, Optik TV
TELUS Communications Inc.
Edmonton, Alberta

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Brent Ives

Brent Ives

Manager, Application Development, Optik TV, TELUS Communications Inc.

Brian R. Sumbot

Safety Supervisor, Northern Energy Resource Planning

I have been in the upstream oil & gas industry since the early 1970's. As a rig hand and service technician during the first 15 years of my career, HSE implantation has personally played a big role in my successes. Since graduating from SAIT Petroleum Engineering Technology in 1992, I have been in management in the field. In this capacity I have been responsible personnel, habitat, and equipment while representing numerous oil & gas operators with in Canada and Internationally. In this capacity I have been responsible for implementing site specific HSE practices in accordance with corporate and regulatory standards. I have therefore focused on understanding what works best to manage people and influence them to champion safe working habits to avoid injury to personnel, damage to the environment, and loss of valuable equipment. While I am still at the beginning of the Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes program, I have found it to be very applicable to my daily tasks in the field and it has assisted me in applying my HSE concerns in a manner that influences personnel from the board room to the field to adopt practices that make HSE a normal way of doing business. Indeed, I see this course as a living tool that will arm me with the ability to embrace positive change for a more effective, efficient, and safe manner to conduct oil & gas operations to the end of my career.

Brian R. Sumbot
UFred Student
Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP)

Safety Supervisor
Northern Energy Resource Planning
Argentina and Peru

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Brian R. Sumbot

Brian R. Sumbot

Safety Supervisor, Northern Energy Resource Planning

Capt. Tawfiq Ghadban

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Officer, Canadian Forces

As an officer in the Canadian Forces, it is critical to acquire additional skills and knowledge to help me make important decisions. The University of Fredericton has provided me with this wealth of knowledge through the MBA in Global Leadership program. The flexibility of their delivery method meant that I could continue taking courses even if I moved or deployed. The faculty is extremely qualified, competent and friendly. I highly recommend the University of Fredericton to anyone that is looking for high quality education without putting their career on hold.

Capt. Tawfiq Ghadban
UFred Student
MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Officer
Canadian Forces
Ottawa, Ontario

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Capt. Tawfiq Ghadban

Capt. Tawfiq Ghadban

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Officer, Canadian Forces

Carrie Price

Employee at Price Holdings Company Ltd

I appreciate that Student Services Coordinators check in with students to see how we are making out. I am enjoying my experience with University of Fredericton and Husson University so far and know I have gained a great amount of knowledge already. I feel as though the online class atmosphere is always great and the instructors always ensure that all students are involved and chatting.

Carrie Price
UFred Student
Diploma-to-Degree (D-to-D) in Business Administration

Employee at Price Holdings Company Ltd
Miramichi, New Brunswick

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Carrie Price

Carrie Price

Employee at Price Holdings Company Ltd

Dan Steinke

OHS&E Manager

I have worked in the auto industry for the past 34 years and decided to prepare for a new career three or four years ago. I have always had an interest in health and safety and had some experience as a health & safety representative for a few years. The experience I had gained was helpful and influenced my decision to explore the OHS field further. As stated, my experience assisted me in my career path, but in no way was it a prerequisite nor an advantage.

The Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) program is delivered in a much more comprehensive way than anything I have ever been exposed to. Each course stands on its own as an essential part within the occupational health & safety field. I completed both the Level One and Level Two programs and armed with this knowledge, I have successfully started my own health & safety consulting business two years ago. I am convinced that I would not have had the confidence, or the knowledge to attempt this without the CHSEP. I also compared my pre CHSEP and post CHSEP inquiries that I had concerning employment in the OHS field. I can say with complete honesty that after completion of the CHSEP the opportunities were tenfold of those before my completion. CHSEP is a respected and valued certificate. I cannot speak for your region, but when I was testing the market for job opportunities, they came from every sector and province in Canada. I only tested the Canadian market, and within Canada there is an abundance of opportunities within the OHS field.

In conclusion, for me, the Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes program was a rewarding and beneficial venture. The program is straightforward and painless. The instructors are knowledgeable and very understanding to the needs of adult learners. Learners can register and begin at any time, and set their own study schedules based on your own personal schedule. During my enrollment, I had some personal issues with a family illness. The University and Don Sayers & Associates were extremely understanding and accommodating. Their priority was always in my best interest in the learning process and achieving my goals. CHSEP was the first on-line program I have ever attempted and I was a bit nervous when I first started. As I mentioned, you set up your own learning schedule. I dedicated myself to four hours a week, but there were weeks where adjustments were required, and the program allows for these variations. This self-discipline was a learning experience in itself and taught me to manage my time and needs.

Dan Steinke
UFred Alumni
Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP)

OHS&E Manager
Windsor, Ontario

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Dan Steinke

Dan Steinke

OHS&E Manager

Daniella Palazzo

Synchronous Material Flow & Industrial Garage Manager, Ford Motor Company

The University of Fredericton has given me an opportunity to enhance and develop my leadership skills in the workplace. I currently work in the Automotive Industry and found that I was lacking the proficiencies needed to help move the company forward in the right direction. Attaining my MBA has been an aspiration, thanks to the University of Fredericton it is finally coming to fruition. The on-line classes and virtual classmate interaction has proven to not only be convenient, but an outstanding learning environment which has prepared me for the future direction of the workplace. A challenging, relevant curriculum has pushed me to strategize with my peers through on-line collaboration while achieving personal excellence in my career. I have gained strong, pertinent leadership skills that haven proven an asset to me in day to day operations, giving me the ability to control situations and achieve successful outcomes; aptitudes I was lacking. I have achieved superior Management skills through my experience in the MBA program at the University of Fredericton; continuous learning, continuous improvement.

Daniella Palazzo
UFred Alumni
MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Synchronous Material Flow & Industrial Garage Manager
Ford Motor Company
London, Ontario

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Daniella Palazzo

Daniella Palazzo

Synchronous Material Flow & Industrial Garage Manager, Ford Motor Company

Dustin Gorkoff

Safety Coordinator, Teck Trail Operations

My supervisor informed me of UFred’s online Health, Safety and Environmental Processes Certificate and Diploma programs, after hearing about it at a health and safety conference. I chose online learning because it allowed me to maintain a full time job and educate myself without any scheduling conflicts. The certificate program has allowed me to grow my network of peers across the nation, and create connections wiith professors around the globe.

Having the Diploma and Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes has increased my stock; it shows I have the commitment to follow through a task, which will be a good screening method when jobs are posted internally. It will help out with salary potential as well.

Dustin Gorkoff
UFred Alumni
Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM)
Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP)

Safety Coordinator
Teck Trail Operations
British Columbia

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Dustin Gorkoff

Dustin Gorkoff

Safety Coordinator, Teck Trail Operations

Earl Morris

Vice President of Retail Sales, Northern Response Limited

My MBA studies at University of Fredericton has been a wonderfully challenging journey. It has afforded me great personal and professional growth. I recommend it to anyone looking to take their business acumen to the next level.

Earl Morris
UFred Student
MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Vice President of Retail Sales
Northern Response Limited
Toronto, Ontario

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Earl Morris

Earl Morris

Vice President of Retail Sales, Northern Response Limited

Eric Bender

VAR Partner Manager, Rogers Communications

My name is Eric Bender; A Swiss Canadian, originally from Montreal, Quebec, but currently residing in Mississauga, Ontario. I am a Value Added Reseller (VAR) Partner Manager at Rogers Communications involved in bringing new programs (such as Mobile Broadband) to the different B2B channels. It is a great experience for me to learn and grow within one of Canada's best communications companies. Previously, I worked at Nortel for about 9 years in a variety of positions (Order Management, eBusiness and Sales & Operations). My last role was as a Sales & Operations Manager supporting Nortel's Distribution Channels. That role involved working closely with a variety of different groups, both internal and external, to ensure that the channels have whatever it is they need to function smoothly.

I have recently completed a certificate in Marketing Management at Ryerson University and a yearlong Leadership Development program (LEDP) at Nortel. Prior to those achievements, I completed my BA at McGill University in English Literature, with minors in Psychology and Marketing. I am also an active member of Toastmasters International.

Selecting the University of Fredericton for my EMBA was an easy choice. The online classes were a perfect fit for my intense life schedule of juggling a new job and a newborn at the time. The material was current, relevant and thought provoking and the staff made me feel like a part of a team, helping me learn new things every step of the way. Since receiving my EMBA at University of Fredericton, I am more confident in my day to day activities and my career at Rogers Communications has benefited as a result.

Eric Bender

UFred Alumni
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

VAR Partner Manager
Rogers Communications
Mississauga, Ontario

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Eric Bender

Eric Bender

VAR Partner Manager, Rogers Communications

Frank MacLachlan

Maintenance Manager, Redpath Sugar Ltd

The decision to pursue an MBA can be filled with more questions than answers. The first step is always the hardest to take; it’s a personal decision and one that I wanted to challenge myself with in order to increase my management abilities and leadership skills. The University of Fredericton offers a solid MBA curriculum taught by world-class professors who are qualified and who provide value in terms of applying theory to practice. Team work is an emphasis throughout the entire program and the online experience is very interactive and organized. Working full time and balancing studies is challenging; having the flexibility to study online is a great benefit. I strongly endorse the University of Fredericton for those who are interested in furthering their careers and their education.

Frank MacLachlan
UFred Student
MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Maintenance Manager
Redpath Sugar Ltd
Toronto, Ontario

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Frank MacLachlan

Frank MacLachlan

Maintenance Manager, Redpath Sugar Ltd

Jacqueline Wall

Director of Client Services, Macdonald Youth Services

My experience with the University of Fredericton MBA program has impacted my life in many positive ways. The program reinforced many of the management principles and values I had adopted in my career, as well as prompting me to be a creative and critical thinker. Meeting students from all over the world and working with Professors dedicated to adult learners was enriching and rewarding.

I have been able to apply what I have learned directly into the work that I do in the non-profit sector. Immediately after my graduation, I was successful in my application for an Executive Management position. The MBA program has changed and enriched the way I approach my work.

Jacqueline Wall
UFred Alumni
MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Director of Client Services
Macdonald Youth Services
Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Jacqueline Wall

Jacqueline Wall

Director of Client Services, Macdonald Youth Services

Jimmy Jacquard

Independent Consultant

Although I currently live in Nunavut, I grew up just outside of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia in a small coastal French community where most of the population make their living from the sea. I have since bought a house not far from Yarmouth and my family spends as much time as we can there in the summer.

The beginning of my post-secondary education was at Dalhousie University where I studied biology and psychology, with my goal being to enroll in medical school. When that did not work out, I went back home and worked in the fishing industry on my father’s boat, predominantly fishing for lobster but for swordfish as well.

Then, off to school I went again, attending Queens University to do a Bachelor of Education. At the time, the idea was to move to the Arctic for a two year adventure – turns out that the Arctic has been my home for the last 15 years! During this time, I was President of the Nunavut Teachers' Association from 2005-2009, and was also Vice-President of the Canadian Teachers' Federation, which is the national voice of over 200,000 teachers across Canada.

While living and working in the Artic, I was able to complete my EMBA online, through UFred. I even attended class in small remote communities via broadband, and also a couple of times from airport lounges. I was not in a position to physically attend a school, so online was the only choice. I enjoyed all parts of the program and found UFred, and all its staff and faculty, to be top notch.

All of that is now part of a past life; I am currently working as an independent consultant, focusing on working mostly with Northern communities, assisting with everything from contract negotiations to strategic planning and climate change adaptation.

Jimmy Jacquard
UFred Alumni
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Independent Consultant
Iqaluit, Nunavut

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Jimmy Jacquard

Jimmy Jacquard

Independent Consultant

John Querques

Vice President Operations & Customer Service English Canada, Quebecor Media

The UFred EMBA program has successfully integrated online learning and the traditional face-to-face classroom environment into a unique virtual classroom utilizing synchronous technology for a complete learning experience. It is a delivery method that supports a full range of learning experiences encompassing a structural component, which includes the methodology of the taught courses and the qualifications of the professors and those running the program, and a self-directed component where managers are able to access resources that provide practical support to their regular management role. The EMBA program also provides the opportunity for on-the-job learning through different work experiences and sharing experiences with other managers.

My experience at UFred has convinced me that online methodology provides all the benefits of the traditional classroom environment and more. Key factors I considered in my decision to pursue an Executive online included:

  • Flexible learning options that allowed me to do course work from anywhere, anytime.
  • Accommodated financial constraints.
  • A growing number of Accredited Programs from which to choose.
  • Faculty that were highly qualified and experienced in their fields of study drawing on an international pool of leaders in their fields of study to ensure I received the most current and relevant education.
  • A growing trend in e-learning and online degrees being increasingly accepted by employers.
    Accessibility provided to me living in a small rural community.

As a December 2011 graduate of the University of Fredericton EMBA program, I can truly say that this experience has proved to be a valuable learning experience that has already paid dividends; I have recently been appointed V.P. Operations and Customer Service English Canada for the prominent multi-media organization, Quebecor Media. I am confident that the future prospects for eLearning and the University of Fredericton will be one of continued growth and success.

John Querques
UFred Alumni
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Vice President Operations & Customer Service English Canada
Quebecor Media
Acton, Ontario

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John Querques

John Querques

Vice President Operations & Customer Service English Canada, Quebecor Media

Josette Demeritte

Designated Person Ashore, The MailBoat Company Ltd

Everything is going great with the online Diploma-to-Degree program in Business Management for me. I am fully embracing this new form of study - online learning - and it fits well into my busy schedule, as I mostly complete my studies after work hours.

Josette Demeritte
UFred Student
Diploma-to-Degree (D-to-D) in Business Administration

Designated Person Ashore
The MailBoat Company Ltd
Nassau, Bahamas

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Josette Demeritte

Josette Demeritte

Designated Person Ashore, The MailBoat Company Ltd

Karla Baxter

Pedagogical Mentor/ Instructor
When I began my MBA, I had been an adult educator for over 20 years.
I was developing and teaching in an online web-based program and felt that the best way to meet the needs of my online learners was to experience this environment from the student perspective. I had completed other degrees in a traditional format. I felt that an online learning experience would prepare me to be a more skilled and effective online instructor.
With a background in psychology and education I was concerned about my ability to complete an MBA. Business was truly outside my comfort zone! I choose the University of Fredericton based on a recommendation from a leader within my organization. I was interested in the leadership focus of the program and I committed to completing the first course in leadership to see if I could be successful….and as they say, “The rest is history”.
I completed the degree in three years which required a tremendous amount of dedication and commitment but the learning environment and flexibility made it much easier than a traditional classroom. My full time employment required occasional travel so I was able to study wherever I was working.
Before enrolling I had been concerned about studying in an online environment because I learn best when interacting with others. The University of Fredericton has designed their programs to require interaction with classmates and in fact I developed a very strong learning community with dedicated classmates throughout my studies. The support and knowledge of the faculty was tremendous. At Sandermoen, online learning does not mean learning alone. I am still employed with my organization but I now have the skills and abilities to work on projects, manage others and provide leadership to the organization.
Thanks University of Fredericton!
Karla Baxter B.A., M.Ed., MBA
Pedagogical Mentor/ Instructor
New Brunswick Community College
Saint John, New Brunswick
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Karla Baxter

Karla Baxter

Pedagogical Mentor/ Instructor

Keira Barlow

Contract Coordinator, Syncrude Canada

I am currently a Contract Coordinator with one of the major Oil Companies in Alberta, Syncrude Canada. I began my career with Syncrude in December 2007 as an Administrative Assistant to the mining management, but was quickly promoted to Contract Coordinator only six weeks into my career. In this role, I was able to ensure that the department passed their internal audit. With my experience and education I found this challenge to be not only exciting but truly fun. Because of the work I completed for the mining department, I was then asked to develop the Contract Coordinator role for another department and manage all aspects of an external audit. I am very proud to say that our department passed all functions!

At this point of my career path I am working to obtain the business skills required to get involved in management roles within Syncrude Canada. To help achieve my career goals, I enrolled in the online Diploma-to-Degree (D-to-D) program in Business Administration at UFred. My career development within the business units at Syncrude will greatly increase after I graduate from the program, giving an advantage over others who may not acquire such educational skills for leadership positions. I have already seen an increase in pay, which I accredit to the education I’ve obtained while completing my online studies at UFred.

I work full-time hours and have a two-year old daughter who keeps my husband and I very busy. I am grateful for the chance to attend university through online delivery, as I would otherwise not be able to achieve educational success. The online D-to-D program allows me to pursue my studies in the evenings and weekends, allowing me to still work and ensure that my family is taken care of. A chance for me to attend University while working and raising a family is a true blessing. I have currently completed half of my studies and will be graduating next spring.

In closing I would like to take to time to thank the University of Fredericton for making this educational experience a reality and I will work very hard to achieve the end goal of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Keira Barlow
UFred Student
Diploma-to-Degree (D-to-D) in Business Administration

Contract Coordinator
Syncrude Canada
Alberta

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Keira Barlow

Keira Barlow

Contract Coordinator, Syncrude Canada

Keith Endresen

Director, Minerals & Petroleum Development Branch, Natural Resources Canada

When I first enrolled in UFred’s online MBA in Global Leadership program I was somewhat self-conscious, as I wasn’t sure what to expect from participating in and making a commitment to a master’s program. However, it didn’t take long for me to realize that UFred’s staff, course curriculum and online learning environment was an excellent fit for both my schedule and my family's busy schedule. I would recommend UFred to anyone who is looking to complete an MBA program online.

Keith Endresen
UFred Student
MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Director, Minerals & Petroleum Development Branch
Natural Resources Canada
Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Keith Endresen

Keith Endresen

Director, Minerals & Petroleum Development Branch, Natural Resources Canada

Kerim (Kerry) Alemdar

Health & Safety Training Manager, NS & NB Operations, The Municipal Group of Companies

I believe one of the most important aspects of the CHSEP program was the focus on the advanced process skills required to be a successful OH&S professional, rather than simply focusing on the regulatory, compliance and technical aspects of OH&S. The program offered a wide range of in-depth subjects which allowed me to expand my knowledge of OH&S and enhance my critical thinking skills. Often, it can be tempting to simply identify from a set of regulations, the bare minimum needed “to be legal” and then say, “We’ll deal with problems if/when they arise.”

Also, many aspects of financial health in the construction industry are tied to meeting deadlines, producing at high levels and minimizing costs. Progressing through the curriculum and researching and completing the Guided Practicum gave me an invaluable (for me and my place of employment) understanding of the cost-effectiveness of OH&S for an organization’s bottom line – a truly essential concept when communicating with management regards the importance taking a proactive approach to OH&S and gaining their support for new initiatives. During the completion of the CHSEP, and Practicum in particular, one statement seemed to stand out from the course-content – “It is not enough to speak the language of management. Effective interaction now demands that one is able to think like management.” Acquiring this skill will help in keeping with the ideal of continuous improvement of any OH&S program as it will always be necessary to have support from management – if management cannot see the financial benefit, they might look at it as, “a nice idea, but an unnecessary cost to be avoided.” One must be able to anticipate questions/doubts from management and have as many answers and supporting information as possible regards the costs/rewards when approaching management about improving the program.

CHSEP also helped to reinforce and expand on such concepts as:

  • Involving workers in assessment and management of risks and hazards – not just to draw on their experience/knowledge of the work area/processes, but also to give them a sense of empowerment (a feeling that they too have an important role to play in OH&S). Workers will be more active, even interested in OH&S rather than thinking of it as just another task to slow down their work.
  • Creating and maintaining a working environment where these employee-skills are consistently expected and appropriately rewarded
  • Identifying, prioritizing and managing risks to prevent losses (proactive) is more cost-effective than administering losses (reactive).
  • “Systems-failure” models of accident causation are more progressive and yield more valuable insight regards the causes of incidents/accidents than looking to “assign blame” (fact-finding, not fault-finding).
  • Providing a better appreciation for the variables in the lives of workers and at the workplace that can affect a worker’s wellness, for better or for worse, and being able to manage their impact – whether the source is at home or the workplace, worker-stress usually decreases productivity and can cause distractions and lead to poor decision-making.
  • And just a general reminder that if a OH&S professional is continually performing crisis-management, or is “putting out a different fire every day”, then there may be some underlying issues with the OH&S program, and that the OH&S professional may begin to experience prolonged periods of stress and could also be adversely affected themselves.

While various provincial training programs and designations for OH&S certifications may vary from one jurisdiction to the next, they would all seem to have at least one thing in common; they all seem to focus on being able to correctly interpret, apply and enforce various rules, regulations and codes of practice. While these types of activities are of course an integral part of any OH&S program, they are not the “end-all and be-all” of OH&S. The CHSEP develops and hones invaluable critical-thinking skills and provides the learner with a full toolbox of process skills that can be applied in any industry or jurisdiction, which is more and more important in a world whose economy and workforce is becoming more and more globalized.

I would again like to express my extreme satisfaction with the entire CHSEP experience, and I am already giving consideration to enrolling in UFRED’s new Professional Diploma program.

Kerim (Kerry) Alemdar
UFred Alumni
Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP)

Health & Safety Training Manager, NS & NB Operations
The Municipal Group of Companies
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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Kerim (Kerry) Alemdar

Kerim (Kerry) Alemdar

Health & Safety Training Manager, NS & NB Operations, The Municipal Group of Companies

Michael Bennett

Faculty, School of Business, Nova Scotia Community College

Studying at UFred has been a rewarding experience. The MBA Program is challenging, balanced and relevant. The professors are well-qualified and committed to the program and their students. Studying online has also exceeded my expectations, especially in terms of convenience!

Teaching business at the college level is already challenging; working on my MBA at UFred is helping me take my teaching to the next level. Working through complex business issues and strategies using a management lense is a real “eye opener!” A UFred MBA will also potentially open some future career opportunities in education management and the private sector.

And finally, the UFred management and administration team are clearly committed to a positive learning experience for students. I would highly recommend the UFred MBA.

Michael Bennett
UFred Student
MBA with specialty track in Innovation Leadership

Faculty
School of Business, Nova Scotia Community College
Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia

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Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett

Faculty, School of Business, Nova Scotia Community College

Michael Sekerka

Chief Operating Officer, Neptec Technologies Corp.

Pursuing my EMBA at the University of Fredericton has been an extremely positive experience and has helped expand my understanding of business. Unlike most Executive MBA programs offered by traditional universities that require students to dedicate their weekends for two years to classroom sessions, the flexibility of the online UFred program really made the difference for me. Not having to physically travel to a classroom every week saved tremendous time and allowed me to integrate my studies seamlessly into my work and family life. Being a virtual program, the university can draw top talent from all over North America to delivery their courses and it shows in the quality and the personalized attention they are able to provide their students.

Michael Sekerka
UFred Alumni
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership
Chief Operating Officer, Neptec Technologies Corp., Toronto, Ontario

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Michael Sekerka

Michael Sekerka

Chief Operating Officer, Neptec Technologies Corp.

Peter Galopoulos

Constable, Halton Regional Police Service

I am a firm believer that education is the pathway to career success. Although I am a full-time police officer, I continue to further my education in the online Diploma-to-Degree (D-to-D) Program in Criminal Justice, a partnership between the University of Fredericton (UFred) and Husson University.

The online D-to-D Program allows Community College graduates holding a diploma in Business or Criminal Justice the opportunity to apply their credits toward a four-year Bachelor’s Degree from Husson University, with courses delivered online via UFred’s online learning platform. After transferring up to 90 credits, students are able to complete their Degree in as few as 10 courses, just one year of online study.

Once I complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Jusitice, I intend on finishing my online Master’s Degree with UFred. My supervisor has remarked that continuing my education will help advance my policing career.

Peter Galopoulos
UFred Student
Diploma-to-Degree (D-to-D) in Criminal Justice

Constable
Halton Regional Police Services
Oakville, Ontario

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Peter Galopoulos

Peter Galopoulos

Constable, Halton Regional Police Service

Riz Premji

Director, Human Resources & Compliance, Drive Products

The Executive MBA program at University of Fredericton has been a stimulating experience full of challenges, but an equally rewarding journey as well. Balancing assignments, time with family, business travel, and increasing professional responsibilities – all while trying to pursue a new life path focused on health and fitness – was overwhelming at times. To achieve my goals, I had to follow a very structured schedule, and appreciated the flexibility that the online courses and evening classes offered.

The EMBA Program provided an opportunity to network with students from other industries, and has been invaluable in terms of the knowledge and insight gained from the experience as a whole. As the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Compliance, and as a member of the senior executive team, I am actively involved in strategic planning and decision making; the EMBA program has been very effective at enhancing my contribution to the organization.

Riz Premji
UFred Student
Executive MBA with specialty track in Global Leadership

Director, Human Resources & Compliance
Drive Products
Markham, Ontario

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Riz Premji

Riz Premji

Director, Human Resources & Compliance, Drive Products

Robert Imbeault

General Foreman of Concentrator Operations, Xstrata Zinc Canada

Imbeault, a Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Ottawa, has worked in mining for over seven years. He is scheduled to begin his first online course in September and believes a UFred MBA will impact his career in a positive way, “An MBA will definitely increase my knowledge in the business administration field, which will help me reach my career goals and present new career opportunities within the mining industry” he said. “I chose online learning because the flexible schedule allows me to further my education while working full time.”

Robert Imbeault
UFred Student
MBA with specialty track in Innovation Leadership

General Foreman of Concentrator Operations
Xstrata Zinc Canada
New Brunswick

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Robert Imbeault

Robert Imbeault

General Foreman of Concentrator Operations, Xstrata Zinc Canada

Ben Silverberg

Cantor, Beth Torah

Ben Silverberg, a Sandermoen School of Business Alumnus, completed his Executive MBA with a specialty stream in Innovation Leadership in 2015.

Ben lives in Toronto, Ontario and works for Beth Torah, a religious organization involved in social action and fundraising.

Ben says that his time at Sandermoen was invaluable. He says that his courses have helped him gain a better understanding of business and have improved his leadership skills immensely.

The motivation behind selecting the Sandermoen School of Business was the flexibility of the program. Ben says “It suited my schedule perfectly. I could work a full day, have dinner with my wife, and attend the v-classes in the evening.” In addition to this, Ben also notes that collaboration with other students, and the user-friendly online platform as particularly beneficial for him.

Ben has said he would recommend the University of Fredericton to anyone looking to improve their business without having to take time away from it. He says, “it is perfect for a family person with a full-time job who wants to better themselves professionally and financially.”

Ben is very grateful to his wife who encouraged him to pursue his EMBA. In his spare time, he volunteers at a retirement home and enjoys cooking and tennis.

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Ben Silverberg

Ben Silverberg

Cantor, Beth Torah

Johanna Klompmaker

Manager of Employment and Recruitment, City of Moncton

Johanna Klompmaker completed her EMBA from the Sandermoen School of Business in 2011, graduating with a specialty stream in Global Leadership.

Like many Sandermoen alumni, Johanna chose the University of Fredericton (UFred) for its convenience, flexibility, and comfortable learning environment. When a job opportunity arose in Montreal QC, she was enrolled in a Master’s program at another University that did not offer online courses. She was thrilled to be able to continue her education at UFred while working in Montreal and finish her degree during a period of partial bed confinement when she was nine months pregnant.

“The career accomplishment of which I am most proud is the opportunity I had to work in Quebec and learn firsthand how organizations work there; particularly how different their policies and legislation are from a human resources standpoint. Moreover, this experience significantly improved my French skills, which I use daily in my present position.”

Joanna’s career opportunities have brought her across the country, having lived and worked in Atlantic Canada, Alberta and Quebec. She has worked for the Miramichi Regional Health Authority as a Recruitment Officer, served as Corporate Recruiter for Irving Group Moncton, and was a Human Resources Consultant for Canada Bread.

In addition to the flexibility advantages that the University of Fredericton offers working professionals, the material from her courses was very applicable. Johanna says, “My UFred education prepared me for the budgetary, technical and process improvement challenges that organizations currently face.”

Diversity is another advantage that UFred offers, as Johanna notes with her experience at the Sandermoen School of Business. The opportunity to work with fellow EMBA students and professors from across the country, and learning about the challenges that were being faced in different provinces was invaluable she says.

Now a mother of four-year-old Elissa, Johanna lives in Moncton NB with her partner, working for the City of Moncton as Manager of Employment and Recruitment. As a first generation Canadian, Johanna is passionate about making Immigration a national issue. In her leisure time, she volunteers as a Mentor for the Business Immigrations Mentorship Program in Moncton. Moreover, she is in the process of starting a Dutch Association for the Greater Moncton Area.

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Johanna Klompmaker

Johanna Klompmaker

Manager of Employment and Recruitment, City of Moncton

Laurie Andrew Bell

Instructor, St. John Ambulance and Green Seal Certified Safety Courses

Laurie Bell graduated from the University of Fredericton’s (UFred) Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) program and Professional Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management in 2015. He currently serves as an Instructor for St. John Ambulance and Green Seal Certified Safety Courses, a position he has held since 2011. A native of The Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, Laurie travels across the province of British Columbia for his job as an educator and trainer.

After being out of school for so long, and having little with online learning, Laurie admitted that he was nervous to begin his program at UFred. He said “The prospect of undertaking any kind of studies after 30-plus years of absence from school appeared to me quite a formidable challenge. So embracing this challenge and seeing it through to a successful conclusion stands out as the one career accomplishment I am most proud of.”

Laurie says what attracted him to the University of Fredericton was its commitment to lifelong learning:

“This is one of the only institutions in Canada whose curricula is progressive in the sense that it offers courses that can take a student from the Certificate level to the Diploma level and finally on to their Degree studies within their desired field.”

Like many other UFred students who are working professionals, the flexible learning was very appealing to Laurie as well. “The studies undertaken at UFred are based on distance learning -- meaning its doors are open 24/7—this enables students to arrange their schedules, allowing for minimum disruption of other facets of their lives, such as work and families”.

Laurie is confident in recommending the University of Fredericton, citing the professionalism of the staff, exceptional curricula and recognition the University has received nation-wide as a quality education provider.

“The UFred team is second to none, from the professors to every level of administrative and technical support.”

In his spare time, Laurie is an avid sports fisherman, member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, and shares his passion for the environment and preservation of natural resources. Laurie plans on continuing his education at UFred, by taking the preparatory examinations that are offered at no charge to UFred alumni who are hoping to pursue their CRSP designation.

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Laurie Andrew Bell

Laurie Andrew Bell

Instructor, St. John Ambulance and Green Seal Certified Safety Courses

Nathalie Lemyre

Air Canada

Nathalie Lemyre, a Sandermoen School of Business Executive MBA alumna, has built an impressive career at Air Canada. Nathalie previously held Director-level positions in the Program Management Office and in Customer Service and Innovation Planning, as well as managerial positions in In-Flight Service Bases and Customer Service and in 2012, Nathalie and her team were recognized by the International Travel and Catering Association for the conceptual design and implementation of the Air Canada Globe Information System showcasing products and service information to the in-flight crew members using engaging communication tools. Most recently, she was obtained the position of Director of Talent Acquisition.

Nathalie feels that her Sandermoen graduate education has finely honed her more than 30 years of career experience in the Airline and Hospitality Industries, where she has become known as a leader with a passion for Customer Service Excellence. Prior to studying at UFred, Nathalie earned her Bachelor Degree in Human Resources from UQAM in 1996 and her Tourism College Diploma from ITHQ in 1989. She started her career in the hospitality industry working with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Delta Hotels, and Hilton Hotels & Resorts prior to joining Air Canada in 1997.

Like many of UFred alumni who are senior directors, Nathalie primarily chose the University of Fredericton because it was fully online.

“[Because it was online] it addressed the requirements imposed by my complex travelling work schedule” said Nathalie, “Once enrolled, I was most impressed with the University’s professors…their outstanding experience, qualifications and desire to engage the students, and also with the great calibre of students and their diversified career experience.”

For many, the ability to work and study at the same time is an extremely valuable component of the Sandermoen School of Business programs. In addition to the collaboration and peer learning Nathalie experienced, she appreciated the applicability of the program, stating “the EMBA program’s highly relevant course content dovetailed ideally with contemporary business reality and challenges.”

In her new role, Nathalie will be responsible of internal/external hiring activities globally for Air Canada. The main responsibilities consist in developing and executing hiring plans to efficiently fill vacancies with internal and external talent, utilizing best practices in full life-cycle recruitment, including effective Recruitment Process outsourcing (RPO) management. Extensive knowledge of the external labor market, in support of Air Canada global talent acquisition model for attracting, selecting and hiring qualified candidates is the driving force behind the role.

Nathalie has said she would recommend the University of Fredericton to anyone looking to further their business education and aspirations. In fact, she considers the EMBA program in Leadership Innovation “an outstanding development journey.” While she recognizes that it requires effort, dedication and focus to maximize the learning experience, she is convinced that the end rewards are well worth it.

Nathalie originally hails from Saint-Eustache, Quebec. Her hobbies include traveling, gourmet cooking, fishing and exercising.

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Nathalie Lemyre

Nathalie Lemyre

Air Canada

Marny Zimmerman

Independent Management Consultant

Marny Zimmerman, a graduate of two University of Fredericton (UFred) programs (the Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) and the Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace: Basic Level) has built a successful career as an Independent Management Consultant.

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she describes her work as focused on increasing her clients’ business profitability through enhanced employee satisfaction, productivity, safety, training, and development.

Previous to her career as a Management Consultant, Marny was co-owner and Vice President of a medical corporation in Winnipeg and volunteered extensively with NGO’s throughout Central and South America.

Like many University of Fredericton (UFred) alumni, Marny feels strongly that her education has prepared her well for the challenges that arise when growing a business.

“I have a deep love of learning, which coupled with my communication skills, dedication to my clients, and the knowledge derived from my UFred program make up a solid foundation for growing my consulting business.”

Marny is confident in recommending UFred to others, noting the accessibility and variety of learning methods as particularly appealing for working professionals.

In addition, she says the support from university staff was excellent, and greatly appreciated.

“The UFred staff are amazing. They were very professional and showed a genuine interest in my success.”

In her leisure time, Marny volunteers her knowledge working with non-profits to improve the lives of those living in abject poverty in developing countries. She is also working towards her Manager Certificate in Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace at the University of Fredericton.

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Marny Zimmerman

Marny Zimmerman

Independent Management Consultant

Wade Ashworth

Health & Safety Advisor, Cenovus Energy

Wade Ashworth completed his Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) in 2014.

Wade began his career working as a frontline labourer at Weatherford International (formerly Computalog Ltd.). He held this position for twelve years before applying to a job opening in the Health & Safety department. Currently, he is working as a Health & Safety Advisor at Cenovus Energy.

Wade was first introduced to the University of Fredericton (UFred) when his supervisor requested that he complete a post-secondary level health & safety course. After researching several programs, he chose UFred primarily because of its fully online education model.

“I have five children, and the flexibility that UFred offered to maintain a work-life balance was very appealing.”

Another reason he chose UFred was its recognition among major employers.

“Industry recognized training is an important factor to consider when choosing a program. I know that the certificate I hold from UFred is recognized by many major employers in my industry.”

Wade describes his experience at the University of Fredericton as exceptional.

“My courses helped me to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of health and safety, and taught me how to better support our staff, clients and my employer."
When recommending UFred to others, Wade emphasizes the quality of the CHSEP program, qualified instructors, and the university staff.

“The staff were amazing to work with. They always responded to questions promptly, and were understanding of what it is like to be a working student.”
Wade is passionate about health and safety and utilizes his training in the workplace and in his personal life. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children at his home in Estevan, Saskatchewan.

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Wade Ashworth

Wade Ashworth

Health & Safety Advisor, Cenovus Energy

Ahmad Khadra P.Eng EMBA

Electronic Engineer

Ahmad Khadra, a Sandermoen School of Business alumnus, finished his Executive MBA with a speciality stream in Global Leadership in November of 2015.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Damascus University, Damascus Syria, he amassed 30-years of diverse working experience that included TV & radio, cement factories, instrumentation, and entrepreneurial endeavours.

Ahmad wanted something more. While searching for online educational opportunities, he found the University of Fredericton (UFred) and was impressed with the "fresh" approach to an Executive MBA degree program. The online learning style was convenient, and he appreciated the fast, informative, responses he received from UFred’s Student Services who, he says, never let him go without a “satisfactory solution”.

Ahmad found that online learning allowed him to apply his knowledge in real-time, a considerable advantage to the program, and he found particular value in gaining further Finance and Human Resource experience. He uses the lessons learned from his Integration Project in his day to day business. Regarding his time at UFred, Ahmed proudly declares, “I have earned many friends that I am very proud to have them on my side”.

The Sandermoen Executive MBA has given Ahmad the experience needed to realise one of his dreams. He is currently vying for the position of President/CEO of a local hospital, a job he never dreamed that he would be qualified to fill, and he knows that his chances of success are better than ever thanks to his education. Ahmed is pleased to recommend UFred to other prospective students.

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Ahmad Khadra P.Eng EMBA

Ahmad Khadra P.Eng EMBA

Electronic Engineer

Carole Charbonneau

Purchasing Administrator, De Beers Canada Victor Mine

A long-term employee of De Beers Canada Victor Mine, Carole Charbonneau began an extended sabbatical in June 2013 to accompany her fiancé, a Senior Mining Manager at the biggest and richest diamond mine in the world, to Botswana, Africa. They have a blended family; 2-teens each from previous relationships, and made a tough decision in the interest of the kids to leave them behind to complete their schooling.

Since leaving for Africa, she has dedicated her time to pursuing the Certificate in Health, Safety and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) and the Professional Diploma in Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM) online through the University of Fredericton.

Despite the distance, Carole chose the convenience of online studies here in Canada: “What drew me to the University of Fredericton is the reputation, the amazing service, and its quality of the online programs it offers”, she states, “…the whole set up of the online program was just amazing. We need more of that around the country.”

While on sabbatical, Carole is not working in the field but has found practical applications of her studies in other areas of her life:

“Personally, I have benefitted by all the knowledge, and I implement a lot of the safety measures at home,” she states. She knows that she will return to her job one day, and her online education has helped her prepare. "It made me feel more confident that I have lots of capability to bring to my work," she said.

Carole commented that her interactions with staff and faculty from the School of Applied Occupational Health Specialties (SAOHS) exceeded her expectations, “... they were professional, timely, and always tried to help me.”

She was also most impressed with the superb and easy to understand delivery of course material by the expert instructors at UFred.

“I am extremely confident in recommending UFred to others as it has top notch education, programs, instructors, reputation, student services, technology, and is well recognized.”

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Carole Charbonneau

Carole Charbonneau

Purchasing Administrator, De Beers Canada Victor Mine

Dr. Eda Wallace FRCPC, MBA

Diagnostic Radiologist

A 2015 graduate of the Sandermoen School of Business, Master of Business Administration degree program with a specialty stream in Innovation Leadership, Eda came to the University of Fredericton with a strictly medical background. A wife, and mother of one son, she had trained as an Anesthesiologist and switched specialties to retrain in Radiology.

Eda quickly realized that there was a gap in her medical training.

“I became involved in helping to plan the management of diagnostic services for cancer patients across the province and realized how little I knew about management”, Eda said. When choosing to pursue an education that addressed this gap, she found that the online MBA at UFred offered her the flexibility she needed to study business, while furthering her career and working full time.

Unable to commit to studying in a traditional bricks and mortar environment, Eda found a new and beneficial way of learning at UFred, "It was great learning in a virtual classroom which was entirely new to me". She is pleased to report that she did not lack personal support, "Student services were extremely helpful and the turnaround response time was excellent."

The result of achieving her MBA was a new-found confidence: “I have less stress when making business decisions compared to before I did the MBA”, Eda said. She is now secure in the knowledge that her degree has helped her career growth and reports an increasing involvement at a more senior level in her hospital.

Eda has already suggested UFred to others and will keep doing so, "I will continue recommending the program as I have benefited from my experience."

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Dr. Eda Wallace FRCPC, MBA

Dr. Eda Wallace FRCPC, MBA

Diagnostic Radiologist

Elayn Young, RN, BScN, Executive MBA

Clinical Manager – Critical Care, Respiratory Therapy & Critical Care Response Team

A Registered Nurse since 1996, Elayn Young obtained her BScN in 2002. After years of nursing, and earning her bachelor’s degree, she began taking on more progressive leadership roles within health care. She quickly realized the need to advance her education: “I had to broaden my horizons and step out of my comfort zone.”

She researched several options with recommendations from several colleagues. With a desire to continue growing her career while finishing her degree, she decided on UFred.

“The Executive MBA with a focus on Global Leadership seemed like the perfect fit for both my personality and my career”, she said.

Completing her degree gave Elayn a new sense of respect: “Obtaining my Executive MBA from UFred has empowered me to make much more educated decisions in the business arena within my current position. It has given me the confidence to develop new programs within our organization as well as grow the current programs that I am responsible for, increasing our revenue year over year.”

Online learning offered Elayn the ability to complete her degree in a timely fashion with enough flexibility to suit her life. “It gave me the opportunity to tailor my course load to provide a great work/school/life balance”, she said.

She is especially satisfied with the support she received while studying with UFred: “So often, the online environment is one-way communication for learners, but the interactive classes provided a rich learning environment to draw on the talents and experiences of the wide array of students. The professors were, without exception, fantastic facilitators, as well as being extremely attentive and responsive.” As for her interactions with UFred Student Services: “Communication from them was always clear, concise, and they were always so accommodating.”

For those who worry about personal interaction, Elayn highly recommends UFred online learning: “The relationships that have developed with both fellow students and professors at UFred are lasting, which was a very unexpected benefit.”

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Elayn Young, RN, BScN, Executive MBA

Elayn Young, RN, BScN, Executive MBA

Clinical Manager – Critical Care, Respiratory Therapy & Critical Care Response Team

Janette O’Neil-Scott

A graduate of the Sandermoen School of Business, Executive MBA degree program with a specialty stream in Human Resources Leadership, Janette O’Neil-Scott has an active and full personal life. As a married, mother of three, volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and in addition to sitting on the Patient Advisory Committee for her local hospital, she is actively pursuing her career as a post-secondary professor.

Janet’s desire to further her education in a way conducive to work life balance drew her interest to UFred. “UFred’s graduate program for the MBA applies relevant, industry knowledge in a manner geared to working professionals”, she states. She believes her education will provide a solid foundation for continued learning.

The discipline and motivation required to study online produced a cascade effect in both personal and vocational areas of her life. Learning is a reward in and of itself, and Janet was thrilled to develop self- management skills while applying leadership and teamwork to her studies.

Her interactions with Students Services at UFred were integral to Janet's success, “The personal, and individual approach to each student request and inquiry made the experience feel ‘connected’", she states.

Changing the way people study, Janette is proud to be part of online learning innovation and eagerly recommends UFred to students who are ready to get started. She hopes to realize a lifelong dream soon; completing her PHD.

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Janette O’Neil-Scott

Janette O’Neil-Scott

Marc Dionne

Independent Consultant

Marc Dionne began his career with Air Canada in the Logistics department and after 10-years, moved to IT consulting, specializing in the Warehouse Management (WM) module. Marc has recently been consulting mostly within the aerospace domain with definite plans to continue.

Drawn to UFred after a conversation with David Large, former Dean of the Sandermoen School of Business, Marc was intrigued with the idea of completing his studies online from where ever he was: “As a travelling consultant, an online program was the only feasible option to obtain an MBA.” He was, “…impressed with the curriculum, the professionalism of the staff, and its positive reputation as a strong, accredited, online Executive MBA program.”

Marc strengthened his organization and communication skills while creating a balance in all areas of his life:

“Incorporating course work into an already full agenda was not easy at the beginning, but after a few weeks, a rhythm evolved and became the secret to success. Studying online also allowed for flexibility, I was able to attend classes from home, hotels, airplanes, airports, and several other non-classroom environments.”

He also realized the time savings involved with online learning at UFred: “Although schools are generally centrally located, saving the commute to and from class on a weekly basis helped to achieve a healthy balance of home, work, and school.”

The online EMBA degree program at UFred exceeded Marc’s expectations: “The most important factor was the ability to maintain a progressing career and acquiring additional academics, in parallel.” His interactions with Student Services were consistent, reliable, and timely which helped to “mitigate the inherent stress of completing a program of that magnitude.”

“I am very confident recommending UFred, in fact, I have and will continue being an ambassador for UFred with colleagues, friends, family members, and potential students. UFred gave me an opportunity to obtain an MBA at a reasonable pace, a manageable price, all while providing all of the necessary support, which turned out to be a recipe for success.”

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Marc Dionne

Marc Dionne

Independent Consultant

Marc Medas

Registry Officer, Federal Court of Canada

A 2015 graduate of the Sandermoen School of Business Master of Business Administration degree program, Marc Medas began his journey with the University of Fredericton in 2011.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a concentration in law, Marc immediately began working as a public servant for the Government of Canada with the Federal Court. He had ambitions of furthering his education, yet like many early career professionals, Marc was unable to be away from work to attend a traditional campus. He decided that online learning was the answer.

Marc explored his options for degree programs that offered flexibility while manifesting, “… a high level of interaction and a high-quality academic experience.” The online MBA from UFred fit the bill. “The program expanded my knowledge and skills while I developed friendships with peers and faculty members. I also learned how to manage my time better and establish a positive work-life balance.” He was impressed with the ease of access to learning, the great support he received, and the collaboration with classmates in Canada and abroad.

Working toward a future that would see him advance into senior leadership, Marc believes that the MBA he received from UFred has given him the tools he needs. “With a background in law, this program helped me learn about fundamental management essentials that will be of great use in the future.”, he states, and he chose his specialty stream with this in mind, “The Global Leadership program had exactly what I was looking for as I wanted to turn my attention to business.”

Marc highly recommends the University of Fredericton to others. “They offer a very positive learning experience, flexibility and have very supportive and knowledgeable professors.”

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Marc Medas

Marc Medas

Registry Officer, Federal Court of Canada

Michael Meleca

Director of Construction, Logistics, and Facility Management, Treasure Hill

A 2014 graduate of the Sandermoen School of Business Executive MBA degree program with a speciality stream in Global Leadership, Michael Meleca is currently Director of Construction, Logistics, and Facility Management at Treasure Hill.

Drawn to the University of Fredericton (UFred) for competitive tuition rates and a reputation for excellent education, Michael appreciated completing courses at his pace and in a way that felt familiar to him. “The technology and format are state-of-the-art, and I felt comfortable to the point that I felt like I was on campus”, he reports.

Michael believes that his Executive MBA from the Sandermoen School of Business has helped him open a new chapter in life. It has, “broadened my ability to work in an environment with diverse backgrounds”, he states, which allowed him to see his personal and professional life more holistically. From his days in the residential industry as a project manager to his time in vehicle facility and maintenance and more recently his professional roles as director, VP, and president, Michael is thankful for the education he received at UFred.

Michael also holds the position of Vice Chair and is a member of the Board of Directors for Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) and president of Pro Calcio Canada FC an AS ROMA Academy Affiliate. He proudly recommends UFred to other prospective students seeking to accomplish their academic and professional goals.

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Michael Meleca

Michael Meleca

Director of Construction, Logistics, and Facility Management, Treasure Hill

Paul Magny

Senior Safety Coordinator, Porcupine Gold Mines – Goldcorp

A Senior Safety Coordinator with over 30-years of experience in the mining industry, Paul knows how to work hard. “I started as a labourer, worked up to mid-management with development, construction, maintenance, production, and capital development before joining the Safety, Security, and Training team.”

Not one to back down from a challenge, Paul left an operational role to transition to the safety department. He quickly found he needed to update his skills. “I chose to study at UFred as part of my development in my current role”, Paul said. He completed the Certificate in Health, Safety, and Environmental Processes (CHSEP) and recently enrolled in the Professional Diploma in Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM).

The ability to complete his programs at an accelerated rate has given Paul an element of challenge that he enjoys while helping him gain the knowledge he needs to be successful in his role, stating, “It has kept me capable of functioning strategically at a corporate and regional level without feeling disorientated.” He found one of the most relevant takeaways from the program to be the reinforcing of the concept that risk assessment should be ongoing. Paul says he now actively things to ““Stop and ask yourself, ‘What risk is involved in what I am doing?’”

Paul recommends UFred without hesitation and adds that his whole department has joined him in advocating the OHS programs at UFred. What he says of his interactions with UFred staff: “Nothing short of excellent.”

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Paul Magny

Paul Magny

Senior Safety Coordinator, Porcupine Gold Mines – Goldcorp

Alex Kollar

Facility Manager

Unbeknownst to him, Alex Kollar set his career in motion by taking a part-time position as a general repair person for student residences to help pay for his undergraduate education. After graduation, this experience combined with his ability to speak French, proved that he possessed the skills needed to begin his role as a Facilities Coordinator for a company providing facilities management to TD Banks all across Canada. Today, he works as a Facility Manager for a company developing monetary security technology.

He found that to be competitive in his chosen field, he needed further education that would not require leaving his job while still providing a quality educational experience. "I wanted to invest in an MBA program that could accommodate my full-time career", he said of UFred's degree program. "The application of business management allowed me to move up in my Facilities Management career," he said, "Learning proper business applications allowed me to better understand and track capital assets, amortization, and to reinvest retained earnings."

Alex is fond of the diversity he has experienced with UFred: "My favorite experiences at UFred are connecting with students, many of whom are from various professional backgrounds, age groups, and experiences", he says, "UFred offered a flexible MBA program with diverse professors from all over Canada and the US." He believes that this diversity led to high-quality conversations surrounding project work.

The online experience allowed Alex the ability to complete his studies from anywhere: "The technology and software that UFred provides allows me to connect to several devices from anywhere I happen to be located", he says. He went on to say that it saves him valuable time, "The option of being involved in engaging classroom setting from the comfort of my own home relieves me of the stress of having to commute from work to another physical place on time."

Alex knows that online does not mean disconnected:

"The student services representatives have always been helpful in responding to my questions, advising me of next courses to take and when to confirm enrollment. Although all of my correspondence is done by e-mail, Student Services does offer students the ability to speak with them over the phone. They return emails and questions very promptly."

When asked if he would recommend UFred to others, Alex replied, "For those with busy work lives or for more mature persons thinking about returning back to school, and really anyone! Absolutely!"

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Alex Kollar

Alex Kollar

Facility Manager

Brene Monk

Entrepreneur

A student of the EMBA degree program at the Sandermoen School of Business, Brene Monk is no stranger to business. His earliest memories were deeply rooted in commerce. Entrepreneurialism runs deep in his family, with Brene stating that, "boardrooms and offices were as familiar to me as playgrounds and parks were to most children of the same age."

"My goal as a driven and passionate entrepreneur has always been about growth and development, both personally and professionally", said Brene. In this spirit, he started his profitable business ventures all while successfully obtaining his education. This was possible in part owing to the University of Fredericton's (UFred) fully online degree program.
"I needed an online platform that would allow me to successfully study and work at any time of day, anywhere in the world", he said, "UFred's structure is perfectly designed to those individuals who face the challenges of demanding schedule, but remain committed to investing in their future education."

Brene chose the specialty stream in Global Leadership to expand his analytical skills and business knowledge needed to be confident working in a global environment. "The EMBA course at UFred has provided me with the valuable tools needed to lead a dynamic, internationally positioned executive team successfully," he said, "The diverse and challenging course content in UFred's EMBA program has helped me thrive in demanding, international business environments."

Of his interactions with staff, Brene said "From the beginning communication with UFred's Student Services has always been pleasant and professional", praising the helpful, positive, prompt, and efficient support he received. "Questions or concerns were addressed, and solutions were provided. Student services has greatly helped make my student experience at UFred positive and very enjoyable."

Brene recommends UFred without hesitation, "I confidently recommend UFred to any working professional that aspires to further their post-secondary education. UFred's structure is perfectly designed to those individuals who face the challenge of demanding schedules, but remain committed to investing in their future education."

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Brene Monk

Brene Monk

Entrepreneur

Fiorella Sist

Fiorella Sist has more than 15 years of experience providing operations leadership in the mining, oil and gas, aviation, technical services, and manufacturing sectors. She is multilingual, fluent in English, French, Spanish and Italian, which she says, “have led business turnarounds in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific”. She finished the Sandermoen School of Business, Executive Master of Business Administration degree program in October 2016.

Due to the volume of international travel and heavy workload, Fiorella found herself doing work suitable to a graduate of an MBA program without the ability to study until she found UFred. “There are a lot of professionals, like me, who have a bachelor's degree, but never had the time or physical ability to attend university”, she said, “UFred provides what today's business professionals need to upgrade their skills and build up their careers.”

Fiorella found the ability to apply her studies real-time chiefly added real value to her work:

“Each class offered a glimpse into various topics revolving around the MBA coursework. Because I was going through the MBA program while still maintaining employment, I was able to probe deeper into my job and company, uncovering new insights I would not have otherwise encountered.”

In keeping with her choice of specialty stream, Global Leadership, Fiorella also took part in the inaugural International Field Study (IFS) program held in Amsterdam offered by the University of Fredericton in partnership with Wittenborg University. This program was designed to help students gain an understanding of the intricacies of international business. She was pleased to join her teammates and professors in person for a part of her study. She said it “mimicked what really happens in a global business - whereas 99% of the time, you are connecting with your fellow employees in other global affiliates via emails, conference calls and online meetings - but, once in a while, you meet face-to-face as a group for a very important project or event.”

Fiorella recommends UFred to others, saying:

“As each year goes by, businesses are following the trend of more globalization and more digitalization. It makes sense for modern university education to follow in the footsteps of businesses, and leverage what technology has to offer. UFred provides what today's business professionals need to upgrade their skills and build up their careers.”

As of December 2016, Fiorella became a member of the Academic Board of the University of Fredericton. The University’s Academic Board works with other authorities and represents a place for advocacy of academics.

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Fiorella Sist

Fiorella Sist

Firoze Khan

Combat System Engineer, Department of National Defense (DND)

An Electronics Engineering graduate from Split University in Croatia, Firoze Khan, served in the Bangladesh Navy as a Weapon Electrical Engineer for 25-years. He immigrated to Canada in 2005 with his family and began his career as a Combat Systems Engineer with the Department of National Defense (DND) in May 2010. Well-travelled, owing to his career as a naval officer, Firoze is multilingual – Fluent in English, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, Serbo-Croatian, with a little French and Arabic.

Apart from his technical and project management experience, Firoze is particularly interested in entrepreneurship. He chose UFred's MBA with a specialty stream in Global Leadership for its online delivery program, quality staff, and faculty, and cost savings:

"The MBA program at UFred is excellent, and the courses are taught by experienced professors who are very helpful. It has been a unique experience, studying at UFred. I have gained a great deal of academic knowledge and experience by interacting with my peers and professors. It gave me great insight into how to write an effective research paper, critical analysis, presentation skills, effective team interactions … all these activities have been instrumental in polishing up my career development in the CAF."

Some may think it's hard to connect in an online learning environment; Firoze shared: "I interacted with students through e-mail, teleconference, telephones, etc." He was impressed with the 24/7 availability of support: "The tech staff at UFred are always ready to help. So far there have been no technical issues, and we have been able to connect with the UFred website easily."

Firoze is confident to share his UFred education experience with others:

"I am quite confident in recommending students to take advantage of the friendly environment available virtually at UFred. So far I have recommended five students who are taking courses at UFred, and they are all enjoying the course to the fullest extent."

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Firoze Khan

Firoze Khan

Combat System Engineer, Department of National Defense (DND)

Heather Cain

Academic Operations Manager, Georgian College

Born and raised in Ontario, Heather Cain is an energetic lover of the outdoors and an avid reader of crime fiction books. She is married, the mother of a teenager, and has a passion for having fun. Heather has worked in marketing and advertising for nearly 30-years and during that time has received a Bronze Lion from Cannes Lion as part of an agency team. She has worked for multinationals, Canadian-owned companies, and privately owned companies, and also has an abundance of experience with clients in national, provincial, and local governments. She prides herself on being hard-working with a "roll-up-your-sleeves" management style.

She was drawn to the University of Fredericton (UFred) online MBA program due to the ease and flexibility she experienced while focusing on her work and family schedules:

"Studying online has allowed me to ‘fit' school into my schedule. As most of us are employed full-time, have significant others, and some of us have children, the time available to add post-secondary education is a juggling act."

Heather knows that her feedback is important to the staff and faculty at UFred, and regarding the EMBA degree program she says:

"This provides you with an excellent framework divided into 7-weeks of compressed delivery, where you can immerse yourself in a program and really reap the benefits through group work, discussions, and the weekly posts."

The online delivery at UFred has allowed Heather to save time by not requiring her to travel to and from campus, while still allowing her the benefit of group work. She experienced "Camaraderie with new people across Canada. Through teamwork in most courses, you are able to meet new people, and build strong working relationships."

Heather would recommend UFred to other students searching for an online EMBA degree program:

"As I am in the last six months of the journey towards my EMBA, and I would say that personally it has helped me to refocus my priorities and truly live what we promote in post-secondary (education) as ‘lifelong learning'".

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Heather Cain

Heather Cain

Academic Operations Manager, Georgian College

Robert Presley PEng, RMC, CCP, MBA Candidate

Founder and President, Vectored Approaches Inc.

Robert Presley is a professional speaker, business leader, consultant, and coach. He is the founder and president of Vectored Approaches Inc., "a company with a passion for advancing the approaches that facilitate the realization of personal and professional growth, development, and excellence."

Robert draws on the compelling story of realizing his dreams of flight and the injury that damaged his eyesight that cost him his career as a military aviator to help inspire others to success.

With a desire to further his education, He chose the University of Fredericton (UFred) for the flexibility, support, and real-world application:

"The online platform offered the flexibility I needed to not only accommodate some the challenges associated with my injury, but also launch and grow my own company. The added challenge of working and coordinating team efforts online also reflect the reality faced by most online, national and global organizations."

Robert enjoyed the diversity of collaborating with students all over Canada on assignments and projects. He found the coursework was "relevant to the current challenges faced by many organizations," and, "... with the experience and expertise of faculty members, the environment translated into a rich, relevant, robust learning experience."

He recommends UFred to those "looking for the crossroad where knowledge meets skill and experience." Robert credits UFred with being part of his success:

"My successful transition from the military into the world of business and entrepreneurship is due, in no small part, to UFred's MBA program and the guidance and mentorship received from faculty members who graciously shared the intricacies of their field, business and career development."

As of December 2016, Robert became a member of the Academic Board of the University of Fredericton. The University’s Academic Board works with other authorities and represents a place for advocacy of academic issues that is not automatically trumped by financial considerations while exercising the best management practices.

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Robert Presley PEng, RMC, CCP, MBA Candidate

Robert Presley PEng, RMC, CCP, MBA Candidate

Founder and President, Vectored Approaches Inc.

Scott Mayer

Managing Director, Calian Ltd.

An Information Technology (IT) professional with 15-years of successful It consulting and professional services operations, Scott Mayer, combines "a positive influence with a hands-on, collaborative team approach when working with local and virtual team members." Currently, as a Managing Director of the Toronto regional office of Calian Ltd., he is "tasked with the continuous innovation and evolution of our technology consulting services and partnerships with a focus on Client Success."

Scott chose to pursue his MBA at the University of Fredericton (UFred) for a variety of reasons including the relevance of the program:

"The UFred MBA program attracted me as each of the MBA concentration offerings are based on industry needs. For example, based on my background in information technology consulting, my career focus on innovation and disruption mapped well to UFred's MBA concentrations, particularly the Leadership and Innovation focus."

When he discovered how affordable, diverse, and flexible the education experience is with UFred, he knew he had made the right decision:

The ability to study and learn on-line in a cost-effective model with access to internationally based academics and students, while simultaneously providing the flexibility to balance work and family commitments were all key features that attracted me to the UFred program."

The online format gave Scott the flexibility to customize his study time to allow him to meet the demands of his career and family life. He also valued the ability to study with international students and instructors which provided "valuable insights to organizational challenges and solutions based on their own experience."

Scott is receiving a full-time education with UFred while continuing to work. He can apply his learning real-time, and he has already recommended UFred to friends and colleagues:

"I have been able to apply what I have learned at UFred directly to my work and career objectives on a daily basis. The UFred MBA has enhanced my leadership, knowledge, communication, teamwork, and business skills."

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Scott Mayer

Scott Mayer

Managing Director, Calian Ltd.

Sharon E. McDowell

Senior Project Manager – Bell Canada

A 25-year employee of Bell Canada, Sharon McDowell has been a project manager for the last 10-years. She earned her undergraduate degree in English and History from the University of Western Ontario and dreamed for years of continuing her education.

Sharon shied away from pursuing an MBA in the past, based on her fear of the types of classes she had to take. With her own determination, and the support she received from the staff and faculty of the University of Fredericton (UFred), it finally became a reality:

"My grade 11-accounting teacher will not believe his ears, but I really enjoyed the accounting and finance courses. These were the types of courses that mentally prevented me from pursuing my MBA before now. However, eventually you need to face what scares you head on – and that was Accounting. I ended up having a great professor, and I finally "got" accounting."

Sharon has already benefited from the learning style with UFred:

"I work (for the most part) with a virtual team. Most of my day is spent on conference calls with people I will never see face to face. I have to make an effort to get to know my team and build a trusting relationship with them to deliver a project successfully. The same for the online learning experience. I had to "meet" other students in my classes and work together to deliver quality projects. I believe that developing these academic partnerships virtually has provided me with the skills to develop my working relationships more fully."

UFred's online learning style was what drew Sharon. She said “Since I work full-time and have two very active children, on-line education offered me flexibility and cost savings versus attending an MBA program at a "bricks and mortar" school."

Professionally, she has been encouraged to think differently: "I have a better understanding of how effective leadership drives better process management, budget allocation, and human resource management." Personally, she added, "getting my MBA has been a great example to my children that learning never stops and that setting goals for yourself drives passion and commitment."

The specialty stream in Global Leadership was a natural choice for Sharon: "Leadership development has always been an area of interest to me, and with the many companies taking their business globally, I felt that developing skills that were strategic and transferable would help me be a more effective leader," she said.

As to whether she would recommend UFred to others, she said, "I have already, many times over."

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Sharon E. McDowell

Sharon E. McDowell

Senior Project Manager – Bell Canada

Tammy Wall

A 2000 graduate of Holland College and a lifelong resident of PEI, Tammy Wall has worked in both the public and the private sector. Well-versed in operations management, she has spent a great deal of the last 16-years working with entrepreneurs. She has a genuine passion for seeing their projects come to life.

Tammy researched Executive MBA (EMBA) degree programs for years, stating "While I didn't have an undergraduate degree, I had many years of experience in operational management, as well as a strong foundation from my diploma at Holland College." A busy mother of two, community volunteer, and operations manager, Tammy chose the University of Fredericton for the online delivery, cost, and reputation. UFred provided a program where she wouldn't be "tied to a classroom" and, with a son soon beginning college, one that she could afford.

The specialty stream in Innovation Leadership has been especially helpful to Tammy in her career:
"I currently work in a food product development center in Prince Edward Island. My work often requires innovative leadership in guiding clients through their development process. It requires a strong understanding of business and markets, as well as costing and even learning about food science and culinary arts."

Before completing her EMBA, Tammy had already found value in her UFred education in how it applies to her job:

"I have had several people comment at work on how they see a difference in how I approach challenges and opportunities since starting this course. There are many courses that are so directly applicable to what I do it has been easy to incorporate it into my day to day work."

Tammy believes that being given the opportunity to learn from other students has benefited her. She found that the collaboration in UFred's online learning environment encouraged discussion, sharing of best practices, and lessons, which helped her to learn.

She indicates that her interactions with Student Services, though not frequent, have always been prompt and professional. She trusts that the feedback she provides will help UFred in its goal to offer comprehensive business education to students now and in the future.

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Tammy Wall

Tammy Wall

Ian McIntyre

Public Affairs Officer, Canadian Armed Forces

A November 2015 graduate of the MBA degree program with a specialty stream in Global Leadership, Ian McIntyre found his experience with the University of Fredericton was overwhelmingly positive.

He is a former Programmer and Database Administrator and has been a Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces since 2009. His current responsibilities require regularly advising senior officers and command staff on media engagement, strategic communications plans, and providing "media training sessions for military personnel at all rank levels, and coordinating media engagements during domestic and international operations."

The online MBA degree program was the right fit for Ian:
"My schedule is busy, to say the least. In addition to being a regular Force member of the military, I am a father of two girls and do extensive volunteer work throughout my community. The online program that UFred offers allowed me to pursue the course of study that interested me while still being able to meet the other responsibilities in my life."

For those who are apprehensive about the group work involved with the UFred MBA degree, Ian shares that he has received immense benefit from it:

"While the collaborative approach to projects provided its share of challenges, it was by far one of the most educational and personally enriching aspects of the course. In my own professional life, I consistently work in groups remotely, never actually meeting the people who I must not only direct but cooperate with from inception to completion of a project."

Ian describes himself as "not one to sit in a classroom" but shares that "the online format was far more conducive to my own particular learning style and allowed me to excel in my case studies like never before."

"The MBA program has allowed me to engage on a deeper level with other command staff in the development and delivery of programs within the military", Ian says, "It has also given me a deeper understanding of the business and financial issues, allowing me to take on positions of greater responsibility in my volunteer role."

With such a great experience, Ian consistently recommends UFred to his friends and colleagues looking to increase their level of education.

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Ian McIntyre

Ian McIntyre

Public Affairs Officer, Canadian Armed Forces

Chris Stone

Software Development Manager

Chris Stone, a Software Development Manager for a large high-tech company in Ottawa, Ontario, has amassed 31-years of experience in embedded software design and development experience. He is an expert in Linux Kernel and has written some of the software and helped to build the devices used to help us network as a global community. He achieved his MBA from the University of Fredericton (UFred) in June, 2016, and looks forward to leading the teams of software engineers that will bring to life the Internet of Things.

Self-examination and a desire to move into leadership roles drew Chris to seek out his MBA at UFred:
“Engineers are great problem solvers but often are not great leaders. I knew this about myself and decided to seek leadership training so that I could take the next step in the evolution of my career and move to a leadership role.”

The specialty stream in Innovation Leadership worked well with his experience. He found it best suited his style with a perfect combination of innovative tech mingled with leadership studies.

When he realized the time savings, Chris knew UFred was the best choice to study:
“The fully online format saved time that I would have otherwise spent commuting to class or team meetings. Time is a scarce resource for me, so anything that saves time, and allows me to work more efficiently is valuable.”

Considering the benefits of study with UFred, Chris researched cost and found that his degree would cost him much less than he expected and would leave him in a better financial position upon completion. “I could not justify spending $80,000 - $120,000 on a bricks and mortar MBA”, he said, “from a cost perspective, the UFred MBA is practical and it is easy to complete the degree without taking on debt risks.”

For those apprehensive to start, unsure with what life may bring, Chris shares details from his courageous battle with cancer, and how he was able to overcome it and resume his studies:
“During my cancer treatment, I always had the goal of resuming my studies to work towards, and Student Services made it clear it was possible. Finishing my MBA was the final accomplishment that proved that cancer could not beat me. UFred was there for it all, and I hold a great deal of gratitude towards all of the Students Services staff for helping me achieve that goal.”

Chris credits UFred with transforming him into the leader his team needed, “My whole team is more effective as I am able to navigate the ambiguities of a large organization and lead us all towards positive outcomes.” He is happy to recommend UFred as the alternative for busy, professionals.

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Chris Stone

Chris Stone

Software Development Manager

Jo-Anne Henderson-White

Director of Children and Family Services for Nunavut

Jo-Anne Henderson-White has lived and worked in Nunavut for the past 15-years, interacting with Inuit communities ranging in size, with populations from 250 to 6000 people. During that time, she held the position of Community Social Services worker, supervisor, Direct of Social Programs, and when they established her current department, the first Regional Director. She enjoys sports, travel, and outdoor activities with her partner and her three children.

Jo-Anne currently holds a “BA in Sociology with a Minor in French, Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and Master is Social Work (MSW), Certification of Accreditation: Canadian Professional Supervisor." A proponent of life-long learning, she wanted to continue her education. She chose the University of Fredericton due to her remote location:
"Studying online provided the opportunity to continue my learning and simultaneously to apply what I have learned within my work environment. It provided me with the ability to access knowledge and augmented learning without disrupting my work and my personal life by having to relocate to access the program. A whole new work opened up to me right within my home and community. I would not have been able to achieve what I have thus far without the opportunity this program has provided."

She selected the specialty stream in Innovation Leadership because it best suited her needs. "I felt that this would not only be beneficial to me but to those that I live and work with her in Nunavut," she said, "it has allowed me to apply what I learn in real-time in my work environment and provides new lenses from which I can view issues and challenges."

Her favorite part of the experience was "the interactions that I had with the rest of the UFred learning community," she said. She enjoyed her Marketing course and the specialty stream in Innovation Leadership segment best. Jo-Anne was thrilled with the online delivery by the UFred professors:
"They are genuinely interested in the students and are so engaging. They all made their excitement about their courses ring out in their delivery and the projects that they assigned with each course."

Jo-Anne recommends the University of Fredericton with confidence:
"I have recommended the program to friends and colleagues, and I would recommend the program to anyone else looking for a truly exciting learning experience that is in tune with the business sector that offers excellent value at a reasonable cost, and recognized in the professional world."

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Jo-Anne Henderson-White

Jo-Anne Henderson-White

Director of Children and Family Services for Nunavut

Ryan Topp

Senior Financial Analyst and Lead Quality Controls, Otis Canada Inc.

Ryan Topp completed his undergraduate degrees at McMaster University and the University of Toronto and over the last 6-years has held a variety of positions related to finance. Currently, he is a Senior Financial Analyst and the lead of Quality Controls Otis Canada Inc. Also, he runs a music/piano teaching business in Halton, Southern Ontario, consisting of four teachers and approximately 65 students.

His long-term goal is to move into a Chief Financial Officer position, and for this, he knew he would need an MBA. He chose to study at the University of Fredericton after receiving recommendations and completing careful online analysis:
"I was drawn to the University of Fredericton through verbal recommendations from a couple of current students, in addition to a significant amount of online comparative analysis on varying institutions, and all of the key factors directed me to apply to UFred."

He has enjoyed the networking aspect of his online courses with UFred, saying "I have been exposed to a vast number of professional establishments through my peers in discussions, debates, and projects." Ryan appreciates the combination of flexibility and interaction he has experienced in his classes:
"The online approach at UFred has been excellent due to the fact that there are scheduled classes that foster a great amount of interaction with faculty and other students, while at the same time the structure of the program allows for a lot of flexibility to complete assignments, readings, and other tasks."

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Ryan Topp

Ryan Topp

Senior Financial Analyst and Lead Quality Controls, Otis Canada Inc.

Sadiq Umarji

CRSP CHSC

Sadiq Umarji is a Health and Safety professional with over 20-years of experience. He is currently working as a Health & Safety Manager for a large integrated development service, design, and construction firm in Vancouver. He is a soccer fan who enjoys running and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA degree program with a specialty stream in Health and Safety Leadership at the University of Fredericton.

He chose the University of Fredericton program for the flexibility, convenience, compatibility to his life goals:
"UFred has given me the opportunity to achieve my academic potential without sacrificing the needs of my work and family. I can complete my EMBA and still support a work/life balance, and I am confident that the EMBA designation will compliment my experience."

Online learning has allowed Sadiq to experience a diverse set of people:
"My favorite aspect of the EMBA program is probably that I get to connect and communicate with a group of individuals who have come from various backgrounds, to gather and further their education, and it gives me the opportunity to learn about them, their experiences, and their backgrounds."

He was pleased with the professional, quick responses and support that he has received from Student Services. "There are there when I need them," he said.

When asked if he would recommend UFred to others, he said, "Absolutely, I recommend UFred to other working professionals without hesitation, who would like to further their post-secondary education."

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Sadiq Umarji

Sadiq Umarji

CRSP CHSC

Sheryl Brown

Sheryl Brown has amassed experience in accounting and office management while working in the service and wood products manufacturing sectors across Western Canada. Over the last 10-years, her primary focus has been Human Resources.

In her tenure working in Human Resources, Sheryl found she needed to perform disability management coordination tasks. She came to a realization that she was "lacking the required knowledge and competency to be useful…" in her organization. She had previously put her post-secondary education on hold to focus on her family and after some research and receiving a strong recommendation, Sheryl decided to resume her studies with UFred:
"I completed a review and search of educational options and found the University of Fredericton to be the best method. My former immediate supervisor was a recent MBA grad and highly recommended UFred."

Sheryl credits her new level of confidence with her current studies in the Professional Diploma in Integrated Disability Management program at UFred:
"The newly gained knowledge and past work experience will greatly enhance my ability to support my future employment opportunities as a partner in meeting the business needs in an evolving landscape."

She was pleasantly surprised with the learning style and how quickly she could practice her new skills, "The instructors bring real world experience combined with academic rigor that can be applied immediately," she said, "the most challenging aspect was learning to think critically."

Sheryl is quick to recommend UFred, and has plans to continue her education here:
"I have tried other learning methods. The UFred site is easy to navigate, simple to use, and offers a very supportive learning environment. I would recommend anyone seeking to further their education, that they choose UFred. My diploma should be completed by June 2016. I am considering UFred to pursue and complete my degree."

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Sheryl Brown

Sheryl Brown

Mohamud Mohamud "DaFujeh"

Mohamud Mohamud has a career that spans three continents – Africa, Asia, and North American – and multiple sectors. He has worked as a plant engineer, a research assistant, a high school teacher, and a college and university Math tutor. He later switched to social services, working for non-profit organizations as a settlement worker, job developer, and employment services consultant. He also serves as the executive director of a volunteer non-profit organization delivering services to families, youth, and, children

He had a long-term desire to advance his knowledge and develop his leadership skills. He knew that an MBA would give him the well-rounded experience needed to move into management with any organization and, maybe one day, start his own business. While at the National Job Fair & Training Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, representatives from the University of Fredericton (UFred) shared with Mohamud the payoffs of acquiring an MBA degree at UFred.

Mohamud found the flexibility of the online MBA degree program at UFred fit his “daily personal, family, and work schedule.” He could attend classes no matter where he was, and if he unexpectedly needed to miss a vclass, he could conveniently access the recorded copy at a later date.

He credits improved skills in assembling business plans, and a stronger ability to grasp the core activities of the various departments in his organization, with his versatile education: “I have gained an invaluable amount of knowledge in the areas of business, management, and leadership. An MBA is interdisciplinary, combining knowledge from finance, accounting, economics, sociology, and psychology”, said Mohamud.

Mohamud believes that UFred alumni are ready to take on any leadership role, anywhere, once they complete their MBA:

“Working with team members in different parts of the country and synchronizing with them on meetings and teleconferences to complete assignments is a microcosm of operations performed by multi-national corporations. This practice makes students at UFred ready to assume a position at any company anywhere in the world and become effective.”

He has been actively recommending UFred to friends and family members and “will continue to do so.” Mohamud looks confidently forward to the future opportunities his new skills will bring.

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Mohamud Mohamud

Mohamud Mohamud "DaFujeh"

K. Ryan Fabi CRSP

Senior Director Health and Safety, Infrastructure Construction, SNC Lavalin Inc.

Over the last 19-years, Ryan Fabi has developed a robust portfolio working in a health and safety capacity in the Industrial, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Retail, and currently, the Engineering and Construction sectors. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Brock University, a Certificate in Health and Safety from Ryerson, wrote his CRSP in 2006, and began his Executive MBA with the University of Fredericton (UFred) in 2014.

When he is not at work or studying, Ryan maintains an active lifestyle:

“I am an avid athlete and was a member of the varsity basketball team at Brock. After university, I took up triathlon and since have completed four Ironman competitions. With all that said, my most important role is being a dad to a lovely little girl.”

As a member of senior leadership, Ryan regularly attends meetings with executives. It was during these meetings that he realized the need for further education. His extensive background in health and safety allowed him to actively make contributions to this portion of the agenda, but that he was ill prepared to discuss the business aspects:

“The meetings had safety as part of the agenda, but most of the discussion focused on business results, forecasts, strategy, budget, and financial targets. These were areas I wanted more exposure to, so I could be an active participant.”

Ryan credits the UFred EMBA program with giving him “more confidence and knowledge to actively participate in a business setting.” For those advanced career professionals, worried about tackling post graduate level education, he says:

“The courses have taught me a lot about my personal character, communication style, leadership style, and ability to continuously learn, even as I get older. This program has reinforced my belief in myself to accomplish something very challenging and difficult such as the EMBA program.”

“The best experience of all of this was using my new-found skills and embedding them into daily work and personal life,” Ryan says, and adds, “the online format allowed me to keep my flexibility with travel, work, and home life responsibilities intact.”

Ryan is having such a great experience with UFred, that he encouraged an employee to take the program. That employee is currently on his second course.

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K. Ryan Fabi CRSP

K. Ryan Fabi CRSP

Senior Director Health and Safety, Infrastructure Construction, SNC Lavalin Inc.

Heather Tilley

Human Resources Professional

Heather Tilley is a passionate Human Resources Professional with more than 17-years of experience. She has developed and administered numerous company policies and programs relating to recruitment and retention, job evaluation, job descriptions, employee satisfaction and engagement, performance appraisals, and preventions of harassment and violence in the workplace. Currently, she is an instructor, and Program Coordinator for the undergraduate business management Human Resources Programs at Georgian College. She is raising two boys, aged 12 and 8, with her husband, and considers them to be her “two greatest accomplishments.”

When researching the possibilities for higher education, Heather consistently heard high praise for the EMBA degree program at the Sandermoen School of Business:

“Many of my colleagues have taken their EMBA from the University of Fredericton and they thoroughly enjoyed the courses and its professors. They highly recommended it as the ‘University of Choice’ due to its qualified professors, relevant courses and outstanding student support.”

The specialty stream in Human Resource Leadership in particular drew Heather’s attention to the University of Fredericton (UFred) and finally confirmed for her that “UFred was the right choice for me,” she said.

The online collaboration is most beneficial to her. She finds value in the connections she has made and the real-time application of the lessons she is learning:

“The courses are interesting, relevant and I am able to apply what I learn in my professional life. I enjoy the networking aspect of the program and meeting new colleagues. I enjoy collaborating and brainstorming with my classmates and I am continually learning from my professors and classmates.”

Heather is impressed with her interactions with UFred staff, stating “The service I receive from Student Services is always exceptional. The employees are kind, courteous, and do everything they possibly can to assist,” she said, and added, “It is a pleasure to deal with them and they always exceed expectations.”

When asked if she would be confident in recommending UFred to others, Heather said, “I am always recommending UFred to others and will continue to do so!”

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Heather Tilley

Heather Tilley

Human Resources Professional

Rosette Okala, MBA

Rosette Okala is a "citizen of the world." She was born in Cameroon, raised in Belgium, and , has called Canada home for over 10-years where she now lives with her husband and two boys, aged 8-years and 6-months. Rosette has worked in a variety of sectors including healthcare, pharmaceutical, and most recently in consulting.

When she began to look for Master's level education, Rosette knew she needed a program flexible enough to allow her to work full-time and provide for her family. Online education seemed to be the best fit for her, but she was concerned with the quality of the education offered by an online institution:

"I loved the fact that we had weekly classes with our professors where we could ask questions live and talk to one another. I had been very worried about the online format as I know often, students are left alone to read books and complete exams without much interaction with the professors and peers. While I am quite disciplined, I could not study that way, and this aspect alone was enough to convince me that the University of Fredericton (UFred) was it for me.”

Rosette was pleased with the affordability of the program and that she made diverse connections with students around the world:

“The tuition was reasonable and (the program) strengthened my ability to better collaborate with people near and far as we so did in many of my classes during my time there. My favorite part of the experience was the weekly live classes with people as far as from Nigeria. Having the opportunity to hear different perspectives from students all over the world was enriching.”

She started her MBA with the Sandermoen School of Business at UFred; Rosette selected the specialty stream in Global Leadership to help provide her the basis she needed for working in a global market:

“I chose the Global Leadership program because I wanted to be well prepared to tackle the challenges that I encounter in the workplace. With a marketplace like Toronto that is so diverse, it is important to have the tools to navigate the issues that can rise.”

Rosette credits her MBA from UFred for her professional growth, "I was able to get a good job with one of the "big 4" before I even finished the program. I truly believe that having it on my resume made all the difference," she said. Personally, she provided a living example of success to her kids:

"It is paramount for me to teach my kids by example and to juggle both work and school as I did hopefully will mark my sons in a way where they can say, anything truly is possible and if mom did it, so can we."

Rosette chose the MBA program at UFred for the flexibility, quality program, and cost effectiveness. When asked if she was confident in recommending UFred to others, she said, “I am beyond confident in doing so.”

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Rosette Okala, MBA

Rosette Okala, MBA

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