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Author: Cheryl Gautreau

Dr. Jason Swain is the President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Assessment Rehabilitation Services (A.R.S.) Inc. In addition to holding several degrees and certifications, being published in multiple industry journals, and speaking at many conferences throughout the year, he’s a devoted husband and father. So where did he find the time to complete his Executive MBA (EMBA)? And why did he feel the need...

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Annie O’Hara has been a National Construction Safety Officer (NSCO) for six years and working in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) industry for nine years, fresh out of high school.   As Annie’s interests and experiences grew in the health and safety profession, so did her hunger for knowledge. After looking at multiple education options, she says the University of Fredericton (UFred) came out on top...

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Earning an MBA is a bucket list item for Emiliano Introcaso. However, with a family at home, working full-time time at Export Development Canada, and teaching post-secondary courses part-time, he thought throwing post-secondary education into the mix might be too much to juggle.   Due to his work and personal schedule, Emiliano was looking for a program that was flexible, that he could access from anywhere, and...

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There’s no such thing as a typical day for those in the occupational health and safety profession. You may have plans to develop a new policy or process one day, but it gets placed on the back burner due to an unforeseen issue. For example, a new piece of equipment arrives, and you have to deal with the concerns that come along with it.   Eldeen Pozniak, Director...

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Peter Sturm and Mahmud Khamis were strangers before enrolling in the University of Fredericton’s EMBA program. Now, the pair meet every six to eight weeks, along with a few other students and alumni.   Feb. 29, 2016, was Mahmud’s first day at UFred. He was placed in a group with four other men for one of his classes, which led to the first meet-up event.   “The focus of...

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When most people think of a Master’s of Business Administration degree, they think of corporate managers, supervisors, executives, and the like. But Vanessa Yurchesyn is somewhat of an unconventional MBA student.   Vanessa has been a Registered Dietitian (RD) for six years. She’s held several jobs throughout her career, including at long-term care facilities and as a retail dietitian at Loblaw Companies Ltd. She also launched her...

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The University of Fredericton (UFred) partnered with the Inter-American Center for Social Security Studies (CIESS) to provide fully-online occupational health and safety (OHS) education to the organization’s 38 member countries.Since UFred signed the Singapore Accord in 2018, it has been actively engaging with OHS and business professionals throughout the world to create avenues to deliver OHS education to those who need it most, said UFred...

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Dr. Ron Biron, an adjunct EMBA professor at UFred, has more than 20 years of experience in higher education with roles varying from adjunct instructor to college president. Currently, he is the Dean for Academic Affairs and Operations at South University in West Palm Beach, Fla.   Having completed an MBA from New Hampshire College, Dr. Biron went on to earn a Doctorate of Arts in Leadership...

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When Joe Pitzel retired from his 35-year career at Xerox, he decided to evaluate what he could give back to the community. After considering the skills he honed throughout his experience managing various high-level operations - and the skills some of his personnel lacked - he decided to explore teaching. Mr. Pitzel now teaches the Sales Enablement course for the Sales Management stream of the University...

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Shawn Landry says he got into power line work by sheer happenstance in the early 2000s after moving to Fort McMurray, Alta., from British Columbia to find employment. He bounced around between power line work and the telecom industry until Shawn suffered an accident on the job while working as a lineman. “I really wanted to take safety and what happened to me to heart,” he...

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