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UFred Alumna Natalie McMurtry is making a significant impact on a new model for healthcare with the Edmonton Zone Virtual Hospital (EZVH). The virtual hospital delivers technology-enabled, hospital-level care at home for individuals living with chronic or complex diseases.   The virtual hospital was an idea she had for a class project. The aim is to reduce admissions to hospitals for patients with complex medical illnesses...

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Graeme Holdsworth is a 10-year veteran in the business community with experience in risk management, employee development and employee engagement. Despite his experience and current role within the insurance industry, he wanted to broaden his perspective on the many functions of the business and position himself to lead others toward company goals. He knew earning an MBA would be a way forward.   In his search for...

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Tristan Johnson knew he wanted to go back to pursue an MBA, but needed to choose a program that would allow him to maximize his time in both his professional and personal capacities.   Given his specific needs, an online MBA seemed like the obvious choice. Tristan decided on the University of Fredericton’s (UFred) fully online Sandermoen School of Business, which he says has some of the...

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Jeff Dinyer knew he wanted to work in Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) when his Grade 10 Environmental Science teacher brought a health and safety professional from Chemical Valley in Sarnia, Ont., into the classroom. “From that point, I knew that my career progression was to become a health and safety professional and make a positive difference in employees’ lives,” he said. He earned a Bachelor of...

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The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games were the first in its history to include social criteria in its sustainability strategy. Previously, strategies focused primarily on advancing green initiatives. For University of Fredericton (UFred) alumna Sandra Hamilton, former Business Manager to Vancouver Olympic CEO John Furlong and Olympic rower Silken Laumann, the 2010 games marked the beginning of a quest to advance more socially responsible business practices...

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    Wendy Bennett was appointed the executive director of AgSafe, British Columbia’s agriculture health and safety association, four years ago. Initially, she was unsure she had the skills and abilities needed to do the job. “There was nothing short of terror,” she said. “I certainly didn’t have the educational background for it, although I have a good education.” Despite soliciting the help of a formal mentor, Wendy still...

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Anton Joseph wishes he started the process of attaining his MBA sooner.   “Don’t wait for the right time to start your graduate work. The sooner you start, the sooner you can achieve a higher level of success in your career,” he said.   Anton is the Executive Director of Strive Fitness and Athletics in Calgary, Alta., as well as the General Manager for the Calgary Colts Canadian Junior...

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Abdulla Tamim is a real goal-getter and completing a Master’s degree was on his to-do list for a long time. He wanted to develop a robust professional network, enhance his knowledge and skills, and accelerate career progression. While he learned a lot throughout his 17 years of hands-on experience, he didn't have the academic references for many of the techniques he performs in his day-to-day work,...

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Many students who enroll in the Sandermoen School of Business don’t have traditional business backgrounds. Although their careers may differ, they are still able to apply the same business concepts and strategies effectively to their industries.   An example is Executive MBA alumna Farah Saleem, who specialized in Innovation Leadership during her studies. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and works in Quality Assurance in...

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