The MM team finished their Community Business Project by presenting their deliverables to the BC SPCA Senior Management Team.
Thanks in part to the input of Nahal and her team, as well as the work completed by the previous MM cohort, the BC SPCA and UBC AWP were recently awarded a grant of $180,000 from the Vancouver Foundation.
This funding will support further development of the wildlife accreditation program this year, a BC pilot project for it in 2017 and a BC-wide strategy in 2018, says Dubois.
“Thanks to the business plan that the MM team created for us, we’ve got the green light to move forward. This program is going to positively affect the lives of millions of animals,” she adds.
Dubois says she appreciated the dedication of the MM students and efficiency at which they problem-solved. “Mandeep and the others left no stone unturned in their business plan – identifying a need for a liability clause in the contract, and building a viable cost structure that took in everything from travel expenses to membership fees that pest control companies would need to pay.”
On the cusp of graduation, Nahal will soon be participating on an exchange, to study Applied Corporate Responsibility at Harvard Business School.
She says her MM experience has her contemplating a career in account management.
“It showed me that I enjoy working with clients and building a relationship with them. My skills are polished thanks to the community business project and now I’m ready to go forward and start working.”