conference committee

Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr.  Michael Henry - Dean, School of Business and Economics, Thompson Rivers University, Canada -  Michael Henry is the Dean of the School of Business & Economics at Thompson Rivers University. Mike Henry’s career spans the non-profit and private sectors, government and academia. His experience includes leadership of non-profit organizations, political organization, experience as a provincial elected official, small business ownership and consulting to government and the resource sector. He is a past president of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, President-Elect of the Canadian Council for Small Business & Entrepreneurship and the Treasurer of the Canadian Federation of Business School Deans. He is a board member of the Kamloops Innovation Council, the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and the Uptown Business Association. He regularly consults to government, non-profit and private businesses on strategy, regulatory affairs and public engagement. His research focuses on gender and trust issues in family business succession and international differences in family business. Mike holds an MBA from the University of Alberta and a DBA from the University of Southern Queensland. 

Divisional Chairs:

  • Dr. Ahmed Hoque, Vancouver Island University, Canada - Economics and Banking - Dr. Hoque is a full-time Economics Professor at the Vancouver Island University, BC, Canada. Previously he taught at the University of the Fraser Valley, BC, Thompson Rivers University, BC, University of Victoria, BC and Camosun College, BC, as a part-time or contact faculty. His primary research areas are econometrics, macroeconomics, and nonparametric statistical analysis. Dr. Hoque received his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Econometrics and Statistics from the University of Victoria, BC, and MA in Economics from the University of Manitoba, MB.
  • Mr. John O’Fee, QC, Thompson Rivers University, Canada - Business Law and Human Resource Management - John received his Commerce degree and Law degree from the University of British Columbia and commenced private legal practice in Kamloops immediately upon graduation. His work centered around real estate development, corporate transactions, wills and estates. John pursued community service while establishing and growing his practice. He was first elected to the Kamloops School Board in 1988 and served for eight years including three years as School Board Chair. In 1999 John was elected to Kamloops City Council where he served for eleven years in various capacities including Audit Committee Chair, President of the Kamloops Airport Authority Society, Hospital Board Chair, Municipal Finance Authority Member and Regional District Director. In addition, John served in various volunteer roles with the Thompson Rivers University (“TRU”) Foundation including six years as its board chair. In 2011 John left the private practice of law to become Chief Executive Officer of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc (Kamloops Indian Band). In this multi-faceted role John led a team of over 200 employees responsible for a wide variety of enterprises ranging from a working cattle ranch and retail gas station as well as providing band social programs and operating an elementary school. John joined the School of Business and Economics at TRU first as a sessional instructor 2010 and as full time faculty commencing January, 2014.  His courses include Commercial, Employment and Real Estate Law but John has also instructed Business Ethics for TRU at the Tianjin University of Technology in China. In addition, John instructs Real Estate Transactions at TRU’s Law School.  John recently received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the School of Business and Economics. Besides his work at TRU, John serves as a board member and panel chair for the Health Professions Review Board of British Columbia. This organization acts as an appellate body for decisions rendered by professional medical colleges in the province. He has also served is also a board member of the Provincial Health Services Authority and board chair of the Interior Health Authority. These organizations are tasked with the operation large scale health facilities including the BC Children’s Hospital, the BC Ambulance Service, the BC Cancer Agency, the BC Centre for Disease Control and many others. Each organization operates on an annual budget well in excess of $2 billion. John has been recognized as a distinguished Alumnus of Thompson Rivers University in 1995, selected for a BC Community Achievement Award in 2011 and was designated as Queen’s Counsel in December 2015.
  • Dr. Murat Erogul, Adelphi University, United States - Management and Entrepreneurship - Murat S. Erogul, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University, New York, United States. His research focuses on entrepreneurship in connection to activity and growth strategies, gender and identity construction and organizational development. Murat is a National Team Member of the Canada Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.
  • Mr. Simon Parker, Douglas College, Canada - Marketing and International Business - Simon Parker, MBA, is a full-time faculty member at Douglas College, British Columbia, Canada. Previously he has worked at Okanagan College and Thompson Rivers University. Before starting teaching in 2005, Simon spent thirty years working in International Business, Marketing, Management, Operations, Sales, and Strategy. Simon has held management positions in the advertising, computer software, distribution, fashion, entertainment, manufacturing, and retail industries. In addition to an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Simon has completed courses in advertising, copywriting, marketing, and strategy at BCIT, Simon Fraser University, and Vancouver Community College. 
  • Dr. Dushyant Gosai, Colorado State University-Global Campus, United States - Accounting  - Dushyant Gosai, DBA, is an accounting faculty member at Colorado State University-Global Campus and teaches graduate and undergraduate accounting courses for CSU-Global. He also teaches accounting, finance, statistics and number of business courses at a four year college in Gainesville, Florida, USA. He received his doctorate degree in Accounting from Argosy University Tampa, and MBA in Economic Crime and Fraud Management from Utica College of Utica, New York. He earned his degree in Law (LL.B) from Sardar Patel University and undergraduate degree in Accounting (B.Com) from Gujarat University in India.  
  • Dr. Emrul Hasan, The University of British Columbia, Canada - Finance -  Dr. Emrul Hasan, Ph.D., is a lecturer at the VSE and Vantage College. Before joining UBC, he taught economics and finance courses at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He did his PhD in Finance at the Beedie School of Business of SFU. He has an MA in Economics from SFU and an MA in Financial Economics from York University. Dr. Hasan is also a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter-holder and a certified FRM (Financial Risk Manager). Before working in the education industry, he spent several years as an investment analyst and consultant at different investment banks, manufacturing firms, and think-tanks such as Fraser Institute and Asian Tiger Capital Partners Ltd. In these positions he worked on venture and private equity valuation, M&A, Macro Consulting, writing sector and industry reports.  

Conference Chair:

  • Dr. Afzalur Rahman, Douglas College, Canada - Afzalur Rahman, DBA, is a full-time faculty member at Douglas College, British Columbia, Canada. Previously he has worked at Thompson Rivers University, The University of British Columbia, Okanagan College, and Shanghai Institute of Technology. Dr. Rahman’s research has focused primarily on the areas of International Business, International Marketing, Human Resource Management, Business Strategy, and Global Entrepreneurship. Afzalur completed his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in International Business from Argosy University-Tampa in Florida, United States. He also completed a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from North South University and a B.Comm. (Honors Business Administration) degree from University of Windsor.