“Sauder is a global school, a gathering of cultures from all over the world and we firmly believe Aboriginal candidates have an important role to play in contributing to the dialogue that is taking place in our classrooms and community,” says Lim. “Our BCom program allows students to learn and benefit from each others’ cultures, to strengthen their communities and excel in the global marketplace.”
Lim says no student should be daunted by applying to Sauder, as the school takes a holistic approach to its admission process. Sauder uses a broad range of criteria in addition to academics to select students, and looks for candidates with a strong sense of teamwork, community leadership, communications skills, and the ability to deal with challenging situations.
Ambitious in business and respectful of cultural identity
Coming from the Gitxsan Nation, Wishloff was raised with a strong sense of values thanks to her family. “My culture is all about respect,” she says. “My grandmother volunteers a lot and even helped make costumes for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. She encourages me to be ambitious in business while not losing sight of my identity.”
Miranda Huron, a program manager at Ch’nook, stresses the importance of Aboriginal students preserving their cultural grounding, and supporting their peers while they pursue careers in business.
“Everyone who enters the Ch’nook Scholars Program at Sauder has enormous capacity to look out for each other and give back to the community,” she says. “It fosters exceptional leadership skills in these individuals, who have all successfully landed internships and eventually full-time roles at organizations like Deloitte, Shell, Canada Revenue Agency, HSBC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.”
She notes that when Wishloff started her internship at TD Canada, she was the youngest candidate to take on a management position in finance there.
“When I work with other Aboriginal students, I tell them the BCom program will set you up for the best possible career trajectory post-graduation, if you put the work in,” says Wishloff. “The important part is getting them started, once they do they’ll be on a path toward success.”