ACBSP hosted its 5th global conference last week in Toronto. This is the first time the event has been held in Canada, home to 24 campuses in membership, with business programs in candidacy for accreditation, or accredited by ACBSP. Host schools Seneca College, BCIT Business, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and College of the North Atlantic welcomed approximately 100 business faculty, deans, presidents and rectors for the four-day event, sponsored by Peregrine Academic Services and Capsim.

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Our amazing ACBSP Board of Directors at Board Chair Mary Vaughan’s campus, Seneca College, for meetings and a tour.

The Accreditation Forum took attendees through an intensive workshop covering the ACBSP accreditation process, Campus Labs online reporting, and Standards 1-6.

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John Baker, President & Chief Executive Officer, D2L, addressed the crowd during the Opening Keynote Luncheon, presenting: The Evolution of Distance.

“Technology is transforming our understanding of distance…We have to continually re-imagine how we learn and how we educate.” — John Baker

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Dr. Narendra K. Rustagi, Director, Center for Global Business Studies at Howard University, delivered Friday’s Keynote: Global Collaborations to Create Global Citizens.

“We need to expose students to global interactions both in person when possible, and through technology. The demand for U.S. education is high and courses taught in a hybrid mode involving embedded travel will expose both faculty and students to other cultures.” — Dr. Narendra K. Rustagi

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Dr. Narandra (center) pictured with Jeffrey Alderman, ACBSP President & CEO, and Dr. Behnaz Z. Quigley, Professor of Accounting and Entrepreneurship at Marymount University. (Dr. Quigley and Dr. Rustagi recently coauthored a book titled, ENTREPRENEURS Do Your Own Accounting, available soon at amazon.com.)

Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande, President of BOA Consulting, left attendees with a lot to think about during his closing keynote presentation: The Value of Partnership – The Case of Cirque du Soleil. “We’ve built walls around academia. Change that. Break down the walls and live in a perpetual state of delta, where you’re eating change for breakfast,” he said.

“How can business schools continue to be change makers? How can they keep irrelevancy away? Innovate and create new models that change the game.” — Dr. Benjamin Ola Akande

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Dr. Akande (center) with Mary Vaughan, Dean, Seneca Business, Seneca College, and ACBSP Board Chair; and Jeffrey Alderman, ACBSP President & CEO.

The ACBSP Global Conference & Accreditation Forum closed with a moving Remembrance Day Ceremony, honoring the men and women who have served, and continue to serve Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace. Attendees pinned a red poppy, a symbol of Remembrance Day, to a commemorative wreath, Sharon Collins, Assessment Coordinator at College of the North Atlantic, recited the poem In Flanders Field, written on the battlefield during the First World War, by a Canadian army doctor, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, following the death of his friend. Collins also led the group in singing God Save the Queen.

Canadian Host Schools_Remembrance DayRepresentatives from the Canadian Host Schools: Lori Becker, BCIT School of Business; Mary Vaughan, Seneca College; Sharon R. Collins, College of the North Atlantic; and Helen Vallee, Kwantlen Polytechnic University. 

For more on #ACBSPToronto, visit the ACBSP Facebook page or join the conversation on Twitter @ACBSPAccredited.

The 2018 Global Conference & Accreditation Forum will be in Delhi, India next November. Visit the ACBSP Events page for more information on that and other upcoming events.

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