Event | Commerce Last Lecture
March 28, 2019

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Celebrate your success and cap off your academic journey as a BCom student at this year’s Commerce Last Lecture.

This event is now at capacity. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you should space open up.  

Join your fellow graduates to hear inspirational words from BCom alumnus Ken Sim, Founder of Nurse Next Door and Rosemary Rocksalt Bagels, congratulate the winners of the Graduating Student Awards, and raise your champagne glass as a nominated professor toasts the class of 2019. Celebrate with fellow classmates, say farewell to staff and faculty members and gain a thought-provoking perspective on the road ahead as you transition from student to alumnus.

Thursday, March 28, 2019
Registration: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6:00 p.m.
Reception 7:30 p.m.

Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
Point Grey Campus- map

This event is now at capacity. Please join the waitlist and we will contact you should space open up.  

About the speaker:

Ken SimKen Sim is a lifelong Vancouverite, entrepreneur, and politician with a passion for making lives better. 

Ken has been recognized with numerous business achievements including EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award twice (2006 and 2016) and a spot on Business in Vancouver’s 2005 Top 40 Under 40 list.

Ken’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to co-found Nurse Next Door in 2001 to provide seniors with the services they need to age with dignity – building the company into an award-winning employer with 200 franchises throughout North America and Australia. In 2013, Ken co-founded Rosemary Rocksalt Bagels, now a beloved staple across the Lower Mainland.


Ken also completed the Entrepreneurs Organization’s Birthing of Giants program and is a Lean Certified Black Belt. His company, Nurse Next Door, has received numerous awards and press recognition across North America, including The National Post, The Globe and Mail, CBC, CNBC and Fox Business News. 

Before launching Nurse Next Door, Ken spent time as both an investment banker and a merchant banker with CIBC World Markets in Toronto, London (UK) and Vancouver. Prior to CIBC World Markets, Ken was a financial analyst and auditor at KPMG in Vancouver.

Ken is a proud graduate of the UBC Sauder School of Business (BCom, Finance 1993) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA).

Ken was born and raised in Vancouver, where he continues to live with his wife, Teena, and in his words, four rowdy boys.

Graduating Student Awards 

Three awards are presented at Commerce Last Lecture in recognition of exceptional students and their contributions to the School and community. The Matthew H. Henderson Memorial Prize, the Dorothy Anne Dilworth Memorial Prize, and the Stanley Hamilton Award will be presented to the selected students at the event.


Endowed by the graduating class of 1957 on their 40th anniversary, the Matthew H. Henderson Memorial Prize and the Dorothy Anne Dilworth Memorial Prize are presented to the most outstanding male and female student in the graduating class. Recipients have demonstrated leadership, contributed considerably in student or community affairs, and are seen as role models to others. 

The Stanley Hamilton Award was established in honour of Dr. Stanley Hamilton for his 25 years of outstanding service to the UBC Sauder School of Business and the Vancouver community. This award is given to a graduating student who has made a significant contribution to the School or the larger community.

For questions about this event, please contact Marina Tischenko at