Lazaridis Latest – January 19, 2016

Lazaridis Latest – January 19, 2016
                                                                                   January 19, 2016                                                                                          

Executive Blog

With 2 weeks of school already behind us things on campus are starting to get busy. This week, campaigning will start for the Student’s Union President, as well as, Board of Directors elections. And, on Monday, January 25, the campaign period for Lazaridis Students’ Society President will begin. Look forward to an action-packed week of voting, as polls are open February 3 and 4.

As the Lazaridis Students’ Society President will be elected in just over three weeks, applications for Vice President positions for the 2016/17 Lazaridis Students’ Society are due in four weeks! Stay tuned for a full listing of all available positions in our Hiring Portal. If you are interested in applying for any position I would encourage you to reach out to the current Vice President to inquire more about the role.

Have a great week!

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Matt Hrabinski
Vice President of Clubs & Associations

7 PM: Golden Speakers — Welcome Back!! Golden Talk #1

7 PM: Laurier Economics Club — LEC Presents: Network and Chill


7 PM: Laurier Sales Association — Accelerating Your Sales Career with Mackenzie Investments

No events today!

1 PM: Laurier Consulting Club — LCC Presents: Think Like a Management Consultant

6 PM: Lazaridis Students’ Society — Snowball: Winter Wonderland

6 PM: Sports Management Laurier — NFC Championship Game and FREE Wings

7 PM: Technology Management Laurier — TML Presents: Searching Google

Each week, look forward to a Weekly Feature with exclusive Q+A’s and interviews with business leaders, alumni, and faculty. You won’t find this information anywhere else! Have a question you want to ask? Submit yours today!

Meet Ian Lurie, Chief Operating Officer at Newcap Radio


University of the Witwatersrand, BComm, Accounting (1975-1979)
Chartered Accountant (1981)
Notable Work Experience:
Ernst & Young, Chartered Accountant (1981-1986)
Standard Radio, Chief Financial Officer (1988-2007)
Astral Radio, Chief Operating Officer (2007-2013)
Bell Media, Senior Vice President – English Radio (2013-2015)


Born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa, Ian Lurie always knew he wanted to pursue business. While studying at the University of the Witwatersrand, Ian became fascinated by accounting and decided to take the necessary courses to qualify for his Chartered Accountant UFE exams. At the same time, he worked as an articling student at a local accounting firm, while attending school at night. From this, Ian gained extensive experience working with large companies and understanding how they operate. After earning his CA designation, Ian moved to Canada in 1981 and began working at Clarkson Gordon (now Ernst and Young). At the time, accountants mainly worked with clients within a certain industry. Ian decided to work with clients in broadcasting who owned major TV channels and radio stations. In 1985, Cabletel recruited him to be their VP of Finance and General Manager. For two years Ian helped the company recover from a recent bankruptcy crisis and helped them double in size. In this role, he gained experience working cross-functionally and broadened his skills beyond public accounting. In 1988, Ian joined Standard Radio as Director of Finance. The company owned just 5 radio stations across Canada. By 2007, Ian had been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, and the company boasted 54 stations. In 2014, after overseeing two acquisitions, Ian resigned from SVP of English Radio at Bell Media. In 2015, he started working at Newcap Radio as Chief Operating Officer. Ian was drawn to the company due to its smaller, family-owned structure and less bureaucratic work environment.

What motivated you to pursue your CA designation?
I believe that pursuing a CA designation is an extremely valuable career option. It enables people to follow many career paths – you can stay in public accounting and provide services to clients or join private companies to lead their financial direction. I observed business leaders start in public accounting, which later opened them up to exciting future opportunities. The field is not limiting! In public accounting, I was able to learn so much from business executives while working with their companies. This allowed me to contribute better cross-functionally when I pursued other roles. This is information that textbooks just can’t teach you!

When hiring new employees, what are some qualities of outstanding candidates?

  • Hard workers with a strong work ethic – in both personal and professional endeavors!
  • Commitment, passion and loyalty
  • Strong communication skills
  • Team player mentality – a successful company is a TEAM effort
  • Competitive spirit
  • Community involvement – volunteer and philanthropic experiences show that you are willing to go above and beyond to make the world a better place

What is one piece of advice that you can lend to young people entering the business world?
Don’t have a fear of working hard! Your success will not happen overnight, everyone must start in a junior position to climb the corporate ladder. In order to be promoted, you’ll need to demonstrate your ability to do more and give more. Also, I think that loyalty and patience are becoming crucial skills for younger generations to hone. Your future employer wants to know that you’re committed to your role and the company, even if things don’t always go your way at work. And, don’t leave a job just because you didn’t get promoted – stability and commitment are attractive characteristics that employers look for.

Who are business leaders that inspire you?
Alan Slaight, Warren Buffet, and Steve Jobs – they all have such unique ways of thinking that have made them successful in their field.

The holiday season has just ended and a new school and work term has begun. To celebrate these beginnings and ends, join us on Saturday, January 23 for Snowball for our annual Winter formal!

This year’s theme is WINTER WONDERLAND!

The minute you step off the bus, you will be transported into a Winter Wonderland. Celebrate by dancing the night away with your friends — music courtesy of DJ WALLIE WU! You will be served a three-course meal, and receive a complimentary drink ticket at the door — cash bar available!

TRANSPORTATION: To and from the venue, pickup/dropoff at the Music Underpass
ID: Bring a valid piece of Government-Issued ID and your OneCard to the event.
GUESTS: Snowball is open to all Lazaridis and Non-Lazaridis students
DRESS CODE: Black-Tie Formal — dress to impress!

Tickets sell out every year! Get them at before they’re gone! Ticket sales close TODAY at 11:59PM!

Coffee Break returns! The Lazaridis Students’ Society will be giving back to students by providing free coffee and snacks. Come find us from 11:30 AM – 1 PM in the Lazaridis Students’ Society Office (located to the right of Peters 1025/27, and across from Tim Hortons). Stop by and learn about the resources our organization has available for you, how you can get involved in the Lazaridis community, and (of course) grab a free coffee!

LCC Presents: Think Like a Management Consultant

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Are you looking to:

  • Connect with top management consulting firms and other companies?
  • Set yourself apart from other job candidates?
  • Increase the value of your personal brand on social networks?
  • Gain an international certification?

Join the Laurier Consulting Club on January 23 at 1 PM for an informal information session to learn more about the Level 1 Certification you can receive from The Management Consulting Institute.

To sign up, please fill out this form:

Backpacking with a Purpose

Operation Groundswell is a non-profit organization that runs international volunteering programs, focusing on social justice issues and working alongside local activists, organizations, and communities. They are looking for globally conscious and socially active students who want to spend their summer exploring some of the most complex and beautiful countries in the world!

If you’re into cultural exchange, meaningful community service, and off-the-beaten path adventure, apply by February 29 to secure an interview for your first-choice program!

Financial assistance is available for all students on five- and six-week programs.

Check out where they go:

Summer programs are open in the following countries and regions:

India – Education or Gender Rights

Southeast Asia – Conservation or Youth Empowerment

Middle East – Human Rights

Ghana – Global Health

Tanzania – Social Innovation

Uganda: Development or Youth Empowerment

Guatemala – Fair Trade Justice or Peace & Conflict

Peru – Environment

Can’t travel in the summer? Join us for our alternative breaks in the winter and spring!