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Two Sauder alumni have won prestigious awards given by the BC Human Resources Management Association, earning two out of just three professional awards given yearly.


Nicola Ho, BCom 2011. Image source: BC HRMA

Fiona Ho, who received her BCom in 2011, won the Rising Star Award, for someone early in their career who is “lighting the HR community on fire.” She has been working as an HR generalist at Fortinet Technologies in Burnaby since shortly after her graduation.  The company credits her with substantial cost savings for revamping their performance management system, and had her working as a global lead on several HR programs.

Jay Sharun, BCom 1997. Image source: BC HRMAJay Sharun, a BCom grad from 1997, won the Award of Excellence in Innovation for his work as a negotiator for Western Industrial Relations in Kelowna. He is being recognized for his collaborative approach to collective bargaining between BC Tree Fruits and their employee’s union. The company commended him for bringing a positive tone to the negotiations, and helping them come to an agreement in record time.

Associate Professor Marc-David Seidel, chair of Sauder’s Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Division, wasn’t surprised that Sauder grads are earning such accolades. “I believe the OBHR program gives our students a strong theoretical foundation, which combined with practical training allows our graduates to think more broadly overall,” he said.