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St. Lawrence College Hosts International Business Webinar

NEXT Webinar Series at St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence College's School of Business announces the upcoming segment in their NEXT Webinar Series. Hosted by SLC’s International Business Management Graduate Certificate program, the upcoming NEXT webinar takes place on Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 11 a.m. EST.

The webinar will focus on the future of International Business in a Post-Pandemic World. How should business leaders prepare their organization and employees for a global business landscape that will be very different from the pre-COVID era?

Registration

The NEXT Webinar Series is free for all participants. Book your spot today!

Our Speakers 

Shannon Ferguson 

Co-Founder and CEO, FanSaves 

Shannon currently leads the growing team at tech startup FanSaves, as Co-Founder & CEO. Being an entrepreneur at heart, Shannon's strong social skills and positive attitude have always been a winning formula for success. Matching her skills in sponsorship sales, marketing and advertising with her love of entrepreneurship helped her co-found FanSaves; a digital platform working with over 40 organizations across North America, which connects sports fans with deals and offers from sponsors of their favourite teams. Shannon has an education and background in Communication Studies and Broadcast Journalism and is an emerging public speaker, as well as the co-host of The Living the Startup Podcast. She is a 2021 Young Leaders of the Americas fellow and has received numerous startup awards and recognitions. 

Robert Fosco 

Vice-President of Partner Channels, Export Development Canada 

Robert Fosco is currently the Vice-President of Partner Channels at Export Development Canada (EDC). In his role, he leads a team that is responsible for various EDC partner relationships, namely, Financial Institutions, Strategic Alliances, and Inclusive Trade, including Indigenous Business and Women in Trade. He joined EDC in October 2000 and has since held leadership positions within the Financing, Business Development, Human Resources, Insurance, and Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility groups while being an active supporter of EDC’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. He is the 2006 recipient of EDC’s Excellence in People Leadership Award. From 2008 to 2011, Robert was seconded to the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle, Washington where he led the Mission’s Trade and Investment efforts as Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner.

Prior to joining EDC, Robert practiced law in Montreal within the commercial litigation group of Borden Ladner Gervais. He holds both Civil and Common Law degrees from the University of Ottawa as well as a Political Science degree from McGill University. He is fluent in English, French, Italian, and speaks rudimentary Spanish. He has a passion for leadership coaching and throughout his career, has helped to develop and coach leaders to achieve their best and succeed within their chosen field. He currently resides in Ottawa with his spouse and teenage boys. 

Norman Musengimana 

Founder, BizSkills Academy Inc. 

Norman Musengimana holds a Master of Management, Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the Smith School of Business at Queen's University, Canada. 

In 2018 Norman founded BizSkills Academy Inc., a social enterprise that encourages young would-be entrepreneurs in underserved communities to test and launch their start-up dreams through BizSkills' virtual incubation program. The framework of this idea was conceived through his previous ventures in East Africa. It came to life through the master's program at Queen's University. 

A good education can open doors into the Corporate and Academic world. But Norman's experience, growing up in East Africa as a Rwandan refugee didn't point in this direction. BizSkills is Norman's way of enabling under/unemployed youth into becoming the solution for their communities, creating start-ups which address local needs through modern systems. Today Norman lives in Kingston and is an active member of the entrepreneurship ecosystem through his work at the Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

Norman arrived in Canada in 2017 as an International student at Queen’s University, Smith School of Business, in Kingston, Ontario. 

Joan Vogelesang 

International Business Management Consultant 

Joan Vogelesang is a seasoned consultant specialized in international business development, SME globalization and education. Ms. Vogelesang has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Toon Boom Animation Inc. from 1998 until 2014. Under her leadership, Toon Boom continued to maintain its position as a world leader in digital content and animation technology not only in high-end studios but also in education and consumer markets using the online platform. 

Ms. Vogelesang has over 35 years of experience as a senior executive responsible for the product design and engineering teams, international business development, customer care and operational management in large and smaller organizations. 

In the educational arena, Ms. Vogelesang is an influential advocate of bringing industry and education together, while partnering with value-added partners to help students achieve their goals. 

Ms. Vogelesang is regularly invited as a guest speaker at international events. She also speaks at universities such as McGill Business School and Telfer School of Management as well as export organizations such as the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters about building international business. In addition, she acts as a judge on jury panels at animation competitions. Ms. Vogelesang seats on the Board of the Mel Heppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University as well as of the Columbus College of Art and Design. 

Ms. Vogelesang is regularly invited as a guest speaker at international events. She also speaks at universities such as McGill Business School and Telfer School of Management as well as export organizations such as the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters about building international business. In addition, she acts as a judge on jury panels at animation competitions. Ms. Vogelesang seats on the Board of the Mel Heppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University as well as of the Columbus College of Art and Design. 

Our Facilitators 

Christina Decarie 

Professor and Coordinator of the International Business Management program, St. Lawrence College 

Christina Decarie is Coordinator of the International Business Management graduate certificate program. She has been teaching Business Communications at St. Lawrence College since 2004 and previously coordinated the Business and Business Fundamentals diploma program. For the past several years, 50 to 100% of her students have been international students, and she recently completed a research study, with two colleagues, about internationalization in the School of Business at St. Lawrence College. She is committed to the success of all of her students, and especially enjoys working with international students. 

Craig Ervine, LL.M., Ph.D. 

Professor, International Business Management program, St. Lawrence College and Project Lead, Canada Post Corporation 

Craig is a project lead at Canada Post Corporation and a part-time professor at the St. Lawrence College School of Business in the International Business Management program, where he teaches Legal Aspects of International Trade. He is also a faculty member with the Canadian Credit Union Association, facilitating the Strategy, Planning, and Oversight course for credit union directors across Canada. 

Craig holds a doctorate in Applied Health Sciences from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and a Master of Arts (Philosophy) from Queen’s University. 

He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ethics Practitioners’ Association of Canada, a director (past Chair) of the Centre for Workforce Development, a director (provincial appointee) of Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health, and a member of the International Negotiation Teaching and Research Association. 


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