Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumniUBC

Throughout his career, including his three terms as mayor of the City of Calgary, Naheed Nenshi has always emphasized the importance of civic engagement. On November 1st, join fellow UBC alumni, students, and friends in Vancouver for the next Master Mind Master Class where he will deliver the talk “Creating the Cities and Country We Deserve.”

The Master Mind Master Class speaker series is an alumni UBC program that offers an unprecedented look into the minds of modern thinkers making a unique impact on the world, and the lessons they’ve learned.

Speaker Biography
Naheed Nenshi, A’paistootsiipsii, was sworn in as Calgary’s 36th mayor on October 25, 2010 and was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.

Prior to being elected, Mayor Nenshi was with McKinsey and Company, later forming his own business to help public, private and non-profit organizations grow. He designed policy for the Government of Alberta, helped create a Canadian strategy for The Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy, and worked with the United Nations to determine how business can help the poorest people on the planet. He then entered academia, where he was Canada’s first tenured professor in the field of nonprofit management, at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business.

For his work, Mayor Nenshi was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, was awarded the President’s Award from the Canadian Institute of Planners, and received the Humanitarian Award from the Canadian Psychological Association for his contributions to community mental health. In 2013, after his stewardship of the community during devastating flooding, Maclean’s magazine called him the second-most influential person in Canada, after the Prime Minister. He was also awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize by the UK-based City Mayor’s Foundation as the best mayor in the world.

In 2014, he was also honoured by Elder Pete Standing Alone with the Blackfoot name A’paistootsiipsii, which means “Clan Leader” or “He who moves camp and the others follow”. In 2016, Elder Bruce Starlight of the Tsuu T’ina First Nation honoured him with the name Iitiya: “Always Ready”.

Mayor Nenshi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) from the University of Calgary, where he was President of the Students’ Union, and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he studied as a Kennedy Fellow.

Moderator Biography
Anita Bathe

As the lead reporter for CBC News at 6pm, Anita Bathe takes viewers through some of the most important stories happening around Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley every night. Anita is an award-winning journalist for her coverage of breaking news.  She has been awarded two local BCAB awards, two local RTDNA awards, a national RTDNA, and the Jack Webster Fellowship. Her job is different every day and that’s what she loves about it.  One day she will be out covering the latest news on BC’s premier, the next day she may be braving the elements bringing live coverage of the latest snowfall.

When she’s not working, Anita enjoys experiencing new places and new cultures through travel. She can also be found reading a good book or attempting to cook up a new dish.



Brian Wong, UBC alumus and co-founder and CEO of Kiip, a leading mobile advertising network that uses innovative reward systems to redefine how brands connect with consumers visited the Point Grey campus recently to talk about his new book The Cheat Code. One of the youngest people to ever receive venture capital funding at the age of 19, Wong has been named in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 three times, Business Insider’s Top 25 Under 25 in Silicon Valley, Mashable’s Top 5 Entrepreneurs to Watch, and the AdAge Creativity Top 50.  In The Cheat Code, Wong shares 71 bite-sized and virtually effortless short-cuts to get a leg up on the competition, garner attention for ourselves and our ideas, and accelerate our success.

We chatted with Brian about his UBC experience, some of his most inflential reads and his favourite spot to study on-campus. 

As UBC Alumni, do you have any advice to students about making the most out of their university experience and the resources available to them?

My first piece of advice is to leverage all the resources available at UBC. e@UBC is a great example, it’s a great program for business advice. My second piece of advice is to go global. UBC offers programs abroad. Get funding that’s part of the program and a school-approved semester in another country.

Is there a particular shortcut (of all 71 in The Cheat Code) that you feel is most important for students? Why?

Kill Your Fear…because until you do that, you’re not able to do any of the other cheat codes.

Are there any books that you read as a student at UBC Library that changed the way you think or the way you approach your business and your life?

#1 Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely


Predictably Irrational defined the serendipity model we use at Kiip.

Borrow Predictably Irrational.









#2 The Purple Cow by Seth Godin


This unique book that taught me how to succeed exponentially. 

Borrow The Purple Cow.








 #3 Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl


Charlie & the Chocolate Factory taught me how imagination is important to be innovative in business.

Borrow Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.









Did you have a favourite spot to study at UBC?

The Forest Sciences Centre!

Watch the webcast of Brian’s event sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC from September 7th, 2016. 

What does it mean to be influential? While some people possess a natural talent to make themselves heard, for others it is a skill that requires years to perfect. However, it’s critical to develop this ability as it can mean the difference between achieving one’s goals and failing to mobilize the support or resources one requires. Hear from a panel of business and community leaders who have leveraged their mastery of the art of influence to achieve impressive results.

Presented in partnership with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.

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This event took place on February 10, Wednesday 2016, 6:30-9:00pm in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.


Andrew Chang – Host of CBC Vancouver News at 6 o’clock


Janet Austin – CEO, YWCA of Metro Vancouver

Shayne Ramsay – CEO, BC Housing

Bob Rennie – Executive Director/Founder, The Rennie Group Ltd.

Lisa von Sturmer – Founder and CEO of Growing City

Speaker Biographies

Andrew Chang


Andrew ChangAndrew Chang joined CBC News Vancouver as host in the summer of 2014, shortly after returning from Sochi as part of CBC’s broadcast team. He has also spent time in the host chair for other network shows such as CBC Radio One’s The Current, CBC News’ The National and CBC News Now.

Prior to coming to Vancouver, he spent a successful decade with CBC Montreal most recently as co-host of CBC Montreal’s supper-time newscast. He covered a number of memorable moments in Montreal’s history such as Montreal’s 2011 federal election night special, which saw the unprecedented rise of the NDP in the province, and the resulting collapse of the Bloc Québécois; the 2012 election-night assassination attempt of Pauline Marois and he was also the first, among local English television networks, to tell Montrealers about the assassination of mafia godfather Niccolo Rizzuto Senior.

Andrew worked previously as one of CBC’s chief staff reporters, covering breaking news at both the local and network level: from the Dawson College shootings, to the collapse of the de la Concorde overpass in Laval, to a month-long stint on the Parti Québécois campaign bus during the 2008 provincial election. During this time, Andrew was also working as a video journalist — interviewing various news-makers, writing and reporting, shooting and editing video. With a camera over his shoulder, Andrew spent years producing both news-length and feature-length reports.

On weekends, it’s a different story — when he is not being the doting father to his daughter, he spends his time snowboarding, hiking, and indulging in one of his many other passions: music.

Janet Austin

Janet Austin@YWCAVAN

As CEO of the Vancouver YWCA, Janet Austin has overall responsibility for one of BC’s largest and most diversified non-profit organizations, offering services for 60,000 people annually in more than 30 locations throughout Metro Vancouver. The YWCA is an entrepreneurial non-profit, with more than 63% of annual revenues self-generated through related business activities – including a 155 room YWCA Hotel and a state-of-the-art, downtown-based Health and Wellness Centre – and fundraising.

The Vancouver YWCA provides a network of services for women and their families including early learning and care for children, permanent and transition housing, and support services for single moms. The organization also offers employment services for women and men, mentorship, leadership development, and school-based programming for youth.

Janet is a recipient of numerous awards including the Business in Vancouver Influential Woman in Business Award and the Vancouver Board of Trade Community Leadership Award, among many others. She was named to the WXN list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2008 and the Vancouver Power 50 in 2014.

Shayne Ramsay


Shayne RamsayShayne Ramsay was recently listed in Vancouver Magazine’s 50 most powerful people in Vancouver; the magazine stated “When you’re CEO of the provincial agency responsible for creating social housing in one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets, you’re in the thick of one of the thorniest public-policy issues in the province.”

Since May 2000, Shayne has been the CEO of BC Housing. He was responsible for setting up the Homeowner Protection Office in 1998 and also served as its first CEO. The Homeowner Protection Office has been a branch of BC Housing since April 2010.

Prior to becoming the CEO, Shayne was the Director of Development Services for BC Housing, and the Director of Housing Policy and Program Development with the former Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in B.C.

In addition to his work as CEO, Shayne serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Crown Corporation Employer’s Association, an agency that represents human resource issues for the provincial crown corporations in British Columbia. He is also Chair of Housing Partnership Canada, a peer network and business collaboration of social housing leaders committed to innovation.

Shayne has a graduate degree in urban planning from the University of Toronto.

Bob Rennie

Bob RennieBob Rennie is founder of Rennie Marketing Systems, whose recognized leadership for envisioning new and innovative strategies in development risk management and marketing real estate has led to landmark projects such as restructuring the Olympic Village and Woodward’s – in Canada’s poorest postal code. Also known for having built a world renowned collection of contemporary art, Bob chairs the North American Acquisitions Committee at Tate Modern, is a member of the Tate International Council, serves as trustee for the Art Institute of Chicago and is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond and Golden Jubilee awards, the Order of BC and a doctorate from Emily Carr University. He renovated and restored Wing Sang, the oldest structure in Chinatown, to include a privately funded museum space with regular exhibitions of works from Rennie Collection. All exhibitions are open to the public with free admission two days a week.

Lisa von Sturmer

@LisavonSturmer / @GrowingCity

Lisa von SturmerHaving started her career in television working for an MMA fight show and other various creative agencies as an editor, Lisa von Sturmer realized that she wanted to spend her life doing something positive that had a tangible impact on the community.  In 2010, she quit her successful editing career, founded Growing City and never looked back.

Now an award-winning entrepreneur, Lisa has founded and co-founded two companies in the past 3 years.  An active advocate for youth entrepreneurship, Lisa is a Canadian Delegate for the G20 Youth Entrepreneurship Summit where delegates from each G20 nation come together in tandem with the G20 to discuss policies governments can implement to encourage entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment.

She also spends time speaking to youth groups and students on how to create businesses they love and shares the lessons she’s learned along the way and wrote Pitching to Win, a workbook designed to help those looking to pitch on Dragons’ Den or Shark Tank create deal-worthy pitches.

Lisa is also passionate about volunteering – and has made it a part of her company’s operations.  Each month Growing City donates time, service or compost to a different local organization or charity.  Under her direction, the company has grown over 100% in the past year and she is excited to continue bringing composting and recycling across the country!

She is a member of the 2012 Forum for Women Entrepreneurs prestigious e-Series program, and was recently accepted into the exclusive Entrepreneur’s Organization Accelerator program.

Lisa has won the 2012 Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s National Best Green Business award and 2010 Small Business BC’s Best Business Concept award

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Fojt, M., NBER Working Papers, & EU BookShop. (2011). entrepreneurship Emerald Group Publishing Limited. [Link]

Minniti, M. (2007). Entrepreneurship: The engine of growth. Westport, Conn: Praeger Publishers. [Available at David Lam Library – HB615 .E636 2007]

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