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                                                                                   January 26, 2016                                                                                          

Executive Blog

I hope everyone was able to let off some steam and let out their crazy dance moves at Snowball this past weekend!  With campaigning now under way and midterms soon approaching, it would be an understatement to say it is a busy time of the year. However, feel free to take advantage of our Lazaridis Students’ Society services, such as Coffee Break and multiple club events, to take a break whenever needed.

As well, if you are looking to represent our undergraduate community, gain experience, and follow your passion, I would suggest that you apply to be a part of the Lazaridis Students’ Society. All five Vice President positions are open, so be sure to check them out now at

If you still have some free time on your hands (lucky you!) and are looking to represent the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics at a conference and / or competition, we are still accepting applications. Did I mention we subsidize up to 50% of the cost!? Find out more here:

Kind regards,

Ryan Price
Vice Presidet of Finance

No events today!

1:30 PM: Laurier Marketing Association — Coffee with an LMA Executive

6:30 PM: The Link — Steer Your Career

4 PM: Startup Laurier — Entrepreneurs Exchange

7 PM: WILL x LIFA — Women in Finance Laurier Sales Association

7 PM: Laurier Sales Association – Accelerating Your Sales Career with McKenzie Investments

8:30 PM: Laurier Economics Club — EC140 Mock Midterm #1

No events today!

9 AM: XLerate — Annual Case Conference

7 PM: XLerate X Golden Speakers — Pepsi Pitch Critique

7 PM: XLerate X Golden Speakers — Pepsi Pitch Critique

Meet Jonathan Okun, Head T.A.



Wilfrid Laurier University, BBA ’16

Notable Work Experience:
Staff Accountant, Ernst and Young (2015)
Audit and Assurance Co-op Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers (2014)

Jonathan Okun is a fourth year BBA student, who happens to hold one of the most coveted extra-curricular roles on campus: Head Teaching Assistant for BU111/121. Upon attending Laurier Day as a highschool student in 2012, he was drawn to the school and the Business and Economics program. Nearly four years later, Jonathan has achieved a great university career. With co-op terms at two of the notable “Big 4” firms and immense on-campus involvement with the Lazaridis Students’ Society and SBESS prove that Jonathan has set himself up for strong post-graduate success. In fact, he’s scored a full time job at Ernst and Young and plans to pursue his CPA designation.

What motivated you to become Head TA?
After being a T.A. last year, I thought that this role would be a unique opportunity for me to lead a team of the most hardworking and engaged 3rd/4th year BBA students. As well, this was my chance to really have an impact on how first year students experience the BBA program. Being able to continually improve the way students learn at Laurier has been extremely rewarding.

What is one piece of advice you can offer students who want to succeed in BU111/121?
Work hard and don’t be afraid to ask for help! There are a tremendous amount of resources available for you to succeed. Your TAs & professors are just the tip of the iceberg –  they can also direct you to everything else that’s available.

 What are qualities of outstanding students in your BU111/121 labs?
Students who demonstrate critical thinking and insight beyond the “surface”. They think about concepts in a deeper way, applying them to real life situations, asking the “so what” and “what if” questions that really help them engage with what they learn.

What are some skills or tools you have gained as Head T.A.?

  •  Leadership – I’ve had the pleasure (and challenge!) of leading a team of 40 T.A.s
  • A deeper understanding of business fundamentals –  They say that teaching others is the best way to learn something yourself!

Who are business leaders that inspire you?
To be perfectly honest, I don’t necessarily aspire to be like anyone else, and I don’t “idolize” business leaders, so I don’t have a great answer for this question! I really encourage students to follow their own path and do things their own way.

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!

Who will be the next Lazaridis Students’ Society President?

This week, two candidates have launched their campaigns for President. We encourage Lazaridis students to check out the platforms of each Presidential candidate – or get to know them in person! Both candidates will be campaigning in the Peters Foyer during this week.


Cast Your Vote: Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4
Open Forum: Monday, February 1 at 2:30 PM in the KPMG Atrium
Check out the candidates:


Thank you to everyone who attended Snowball!

Check out pictures from the event here:

Have feedback about the event? We want to hear it! Let us know here:

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!

SOS Outreach Information Session



Women in Finance


Women in Leadership Laurier and the Laurier Investment and Finance Association have joined forces to host Women in Finance.

This event will consist of a moderated panel session featuring Lindsay Zubek, the Regional Sales Manager at Fidelity Investments. The event will conclude with an intimate networking session where attendees will have the opportunity to speak directly with like-minded students and the panelists.

The event is on Thursday, January 28 at 7 PM. Dress code is business casual. Food and beverages will be provided.

FREE admission for all members.

Reserve your ticket now:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Coffee Date with LMA!

Laurier Marketing Association would like to invite YOU on a coffee date! At each date, one or two of our talented marketing execs will treat you to a cup of coffee (or hot chocolate), while providing great conversation and insights into their Laurier experience! Our execs have worked for top companies such as Unilever and Mosaic, and have even won the BDO New Venture Competition. You can ask questions about LMA, their work experience and aspirations, or anything else you want to talk about!

Our first coffee date will be on Wednesday, January 27. Drop by Starbucks in the concourse anytime between 1:30-3:00 PM. Click “Going” on our Facebook event to stay updated on which exec you can meet:


EC140 Mock Midterm #1

Mock Midterms are back for another semester!

Come out and improve your midterm mark! You will be provided with a practice exam and a group of senior year students will be available to answer questions. This session will be incredibly helpful for any first year students who are preparing to write their EC 140 exam.

Date: Friday, January 29
Time: 8:30 – 11:00 PM
Location: BA 101
Cost: FREE to premium members, $5 for everyone else



CEO-In-Residence: Unilever

Join the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics on Wednesday, February 10 as we welcome our next CEO-in-Residence, Mr. John LeBoutillier, CEO at Unilever Canada. At 2:30 PM in the Senate & Board Chamber, Mr. LeBoutillier will present a talk entitled “Can You Do Well By Doing Good?”. Immediately following the keynote, join us and Mr. LeBoutillier in the Turret for the U-Connect Networking Fair, where you will have the opportunity to talk to the CEO of Unilever Canada along with many other representatives from Unilever Canada, learn about upcoming opportunities at Unilever, receive a free sample of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, get your hair-styled by Tresemme, and so much more! This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss! This is a FREE event that is open to all students at the Lazaridis School, however registration must be completed online. To reserve your seat, please click here.