The UBC Sauder School of Business and the Centre for Operations Excellence (COE) are hosting an afternoon reception for alumni, partners of the COE, and members of the business community.   Sauder and the COE will be celebrating their 2016 Industry Projects; a showcase of applications in business analytics and operations research and a spotlight on students.  

Keynote speaker Stefan Karisch, Director of the Boeing Company’s Commercial Aviation Analytics group, will speak about recent trends in the aerospace industry; how business analytics and operations research are evolving to create new efficiencies in technology use and operations.

After the formal program, you’ll have a chance to meet our graduating Master of Management in Operations Research class at the reception and project showcase. These talented students will be available to demonstrate the projects they delivered to our industry partners, as one of their final program activities before entering the workforce.


The Centre for Operations Excellence and the Robert H. Lee Graduate School look forward to welcoming guests at this exclusive event.  Please note that attendance is limited and by invitation only. 

WHEN: Monday November 7, 2016. 4:00 – 6:30 pm

4:00: Arrival
4:30: Keynote address and award presentation
5:15-6:30: Reception and project showcase *Refreshments and drinks will be served.

WHERE: Fairmont Pacific Rim, 2nd floor Emerald Ballroom. 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver

RSVP: Please RSVP by October 4, 2016 using the online registration form.  Click here to RSVP.


For more information, please contact Emily Noton, Program Manager for the COE at


Director, Analytics
Boeing Commercial Aviation Services

As director of Analytics, Stefan Karisch is responsible for the development and application of data analytics capabilities to improve decision making across Boeing Commercial Aviation Services and enhance the experience of Boeing customers globally.

Stefan began his career in 1998 with Carmen Systems, which was purchased in 2006 by Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary. He has worked in a variety of commercial and technical leadership roles for Carmen Systems, Jeppesen, and Boeing in Gothenburg (Sweden), Montreal (Canada), Denver, and now Seattle. Under his leadership, Jeppesen excelled in fact-based decision making, for which the company was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Prize in 2010 by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He also led the definition and development of new operational efficiency solutions based on advanced analytics for the commercial, military, and business aviation markets.

Prior to his career in industry, Stefan held academic positions in Denmark and Austria. He received a doctorate and a master’s degree in mathematics from Graz University of Technology (Austria) and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Waterloo (Canada). He attended executive education programs at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, the Lean Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Kentucky, and Harvard Business School. In addition, Stefan served as vice president of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), and as president of the Airline Group of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (AGIFORS).

Stefan is married, has a teenage daughter, and two rescue dogs.