Roger Sugden, Dean of the Faculty of Management, has been appointed Advisor to the Principal on Innovation and Economic Development.
British Columbia has made a major investment in post-secondary education in BC’s Interior. This has created tremendous capacity for research and innovation at post-secondary institutions throughout the region. The next step is to connect business, government and institutions to become an innovation and enterprise network, providing new opportunities and greater value for all of British Columbia.
The Okanagan campus is taking a leading role in developing this network of post-secondary institutions. The aim is to work with entrepreneurs, business and community partners to turn innovative ideas into successful ventures and provide experiential learning opportunities for students preparing for employment and entrepreneurship in BC’s regional economies.
Sugden’s extensive research has focused on economic organization and development, globalization, and on public initiatives stimulating socioeconomic democracy. Before joining UBC’s Okanagan campus in 2012, Sugden was professor of socio-economic development and founding Head of the Management School at the University of Stirling, U.K. He has led numerous prominent initiatives for the European Commission and British Council.
Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal, thanks Sugden for agreeing to share his expertise and advice in this important area of enterprise for our campus, in addition to his service as Dean of the Faculty of Management.