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Sun Yat-sen University Business School Executive MBA engages in the Telfer Executive MBA Experience

The Telfer Executive MBA hosted more than 30 candidates from the Sun Yat-sen University Business School’s Executive MBA program for the week of October 6-10, 2014. This was the final stop for these senior executives as a component of the Program’s ‘Overseas Business Trip’.

This one week academic exchange program is a direct result of the Telfer Executive MBA’s International Business Consulting Trip to Guangzhou, P.R China in April of this year. One of Telfer Executive MBA's key objectives is to provide impactful contribution to our business community through its executive leadership and competency development platform along with growing a global network that serves its business community.

With a focus on promoting local entrepreneurs Telfer Executive MBA arranged for the Chinese visitors to enjoy their first dinner in Ottawa tasting the culinary creations of Chef Norman Aitken.


Juniper Kitchen and Wine BarChef Norman Aitken is a celebrity chef and a winner of first season of  FoodNetwork Canada's 'Chopped Canada'. Juniper is located in trendy Westboro Village and is hailed as one of the top restaurants in Ottawa. ABC Good Morning America and LA news program hailed Chef Aitken as one of the most innovative chef and in instrumental of bringing ‘Le Whaf’ to United States of America and to Canada. Chef Aitken is also a recipient of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 Business Awards sponsored by Telfer Executive MBA Program.



Gowlings Logo It was a great start to a very full week. Executives from Sun Yat-Sen University truly enjoyed their experience within Ottawa. Tuesday evening saw the delegation as well as Telfer Executive MBA staff attending a wonderful reception hosted by Gowlings on the 26th floor of their Elgin Street office. With the warm welcome the evening before and a wonderful event that saw a surprise cake to help celebrate one of the delegates' birthday, Vice-Dean Xu observed the basis of a good friendship has formed and he thanked his hosts for the evening celebrations.


The City of Ottawa Mayor's office, in partnership with Telfer Executive MBA Program, welcomed a senior delegation from Guangzhou, P.R. China to a sold-out dinner reception at the Ottawa Convention Centre on Wednesday October 8th, 2013.

Ottawa Convention Centre Guests enjoyed a vivid and emotionally-charged performance by Ottawa-born 16-year-old Canadian cellist Bryan Cheng. As the cellist of the Cheng Duo, which includes his sister Silvie, Bryan has been heard in international concert halls including the Aspen Festival's Harris Hall, South Korea's Alpensia Concert Hall, and the National Gallery of Canada Auditorium. Cheng2 Duo's diverse spectrum of repertoire also includes Ottawa Chamberfest (2013 and 2014), Festival of the Sound (2014), and the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy (2014). CBC Radio Two named Bryan one of the 10 Young Artists of 2014.

Sun Yat-sen University Business School Vice-Dean Xu gifted the crowd with a musical number from within their own group - the vocal talents of visiting Executive MBA candidate Ms. Ruofei Fang.


The Chinese executives also had the opportunity during the week to enjoy the pleasures of three other local entrepreneurial establishment; Kichesippi Brewery, Domaine Mont-Vezeau and Camp Fortune. They also enjoyed Canada’s rich history with thir visit to the Museum of History in Gatineau, QC.

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The week also contained in-class sessions with Telfer Executive MBA professors. The academic portion of the week was threefold; Global Competitive Intelligence with Professor Jonathan Calof leveraging the Nortel Study released earlier in the year; Economics for the Global Manager discussing the recent IPO by Alibaba and; wrapping up the week with Telfer Executive MBA Director, Sophia Leong, on the topics of Self-Branding and Self-Leadership.


Drawing to a close the week intensity and excitement, Telfer School of Management Dean Francois Julien presented each of the Executive MBA candidates with a certificate of completion for their 'Overseas Business Trip' with the Telfer Executive MBA. The certificate was accompanied by a 'sweet' parting gift from Canada - a 100 ml bottle of Pure Canadian Maple Syrup.


Posted: October 30, 2014

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