Experience what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur with the RBC Family and Small Business Management course program.

Any course required by a student’s degree program must be substituted by an additional elective from above.

Professor Thurston was by far one of the best profs I've had in 6 years of university. The growing small business course has been excellent and is the best course I've taken so far.

Course evaluation, Mgt 3816 Growing Small Business, Fall 2018.

The Family and Small Business Management 6 course program (Minor) may be added to any undergraduate degree at the University of Lethbridge.

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Mgt 4806 - Small Business Diagnostics

Entrepreneurs bring a unique set of talents to the business, but may not have a framework from which to identify growth opportunities. They may also lack the skills to buy, invest in, setup, or attract outside interest in other ventures. This course utilizes management content and practical diagnostic tools to help alleviate this.

This capstone course incorporates management disciplines while utilizing case studies, discussions, and professional advisors to provide a framework students can use when working in or for family and small business. This course will also provide content and context for students to compete in case competitions.

Outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • Identify and evaluate growth opportunities. 
  • Evaluate the business in terms of the business environment: political, economic, societal and technological. 
  • Evaluate the business in terms of industry conditions: competitive environment, market situation, and competitors. 
  • Evaluate essential business functions: marketing, operations, human resources, finance, technology and strategy in the context of the small business. 
  • Enhance diagnostic and evaluation skills by reviewing entrepreneurial business cases and assessing the strengths, challenges and opportunities as presented. 
  • Understand the risk criteria used by commercial bankers and develop a bank financing proposal based on the reporting format required by the financial institution.  
  • Understand the requirements to develop an equity raising proposal. 
  • Understand business valuation techniques and the due diligence process that needs to be followed. 
  • Utilize a strategic planning process that meets the needs of small business and the direct correlation with business plans and operational drivers. 

Prerequisite(s):

Management 3406

Mgt 2800 - New Venture Start-Ups

With a dynamically changing environment filled with uncertainty, opportunities exist to design or re-design small businesses. This course utilizes current research on new business and examines innovations in value creation. It is for students who are planning to be entrepreneurs or professional advisors in the small business sector. 

Prerequisite(s):

None, but we recommend 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours).

Equivalent:

Management 2850 (New Venture Start Ups) (prior to 2018/2019)

Mgt 3806 - Small Business Management

Within the context of small business, you will learn the theoretical and practical knowledge required to set up and manage a business; the characteristics and forms of business; time management; organize-purchase franchise decisions; forecasting and marketing; obtaining financing; government and legal controls; tax considerations; accounting and financial controls; personnel administration; location decisions.

Videos, case studies, group work, a simulation, financial professionals and examples will be used to aid in understanding the application of these principles.

Prerequisite(s):

None

Mgt 3406 - Financial Management for Small Business

Through the use of financial theories, tools and management techniques, this course examines the role financial management plays in the development and sustainability of the small business. Students will learn about financial resources, resource allocation, risk, and optimization in value creation - all within the context of growing the business through continuous, incremental improvements to business activities.

Students will identify and develop strategies to ensure the business is making the right decisions for the future. They will ensure it is effectively managing its available financial and non-financial resources so that the necessary capital is accessible to grow and add value.

This course utilizes case studies, group work, and financial professionals. It is for students who plan to own or operate a small business or provide professional services to small businesses.

Outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • Analyze the financial resources, resource allocation, risk and value creation unique to the small business sector. 
  • Evaluate the performance of a business using financial reports. 
  • Integrate information from the balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement to conduct financial analysis. 
  • Identify potential financial difficulties and consider corrective actions. 
  • Assess risk in the business through financial reports. 
  • Measure and interpret sustainable growth rates for the business and options for future growth. 
  • Utilize financial tools that can assess the viability of products and services. 
  • Measure the operating cash cycle and assess the funding needs of the business. 
  • Determine the return to the owner and evaluate considering industry standards.

Prerequisite(s):

None, but we recommend 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours). 

Mgt 3816 - Growing the Small Business

Only a fraction of small businesses manages to grow. Growing the business is a dynamic process as the leadership team learns how to navigate the ebbs and flows of growth. This course examines the increasing complexity of growing the small business as identified by current thought leaders in areas such as people, processes, and product.

This course will utilize case studies, interactive dialogue, and professional advisors.

Outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • Identify the complexity of growing the business.
  • Identify the resources required in leadership, infrastructure and operations, to ensure market relevance. 
  • Identify the stages of growth. 
  • Identify different types of growth and enablers and drivers.  
  • Identify common barriers faced by business as it scales up. 
  • Understand the elements of growth and impact on strategy, people, process, culture, and funding. 
  • Recognize that growth requires a system that links business strategy, structure, culture, people, leadership, processes, metrics, and rewards. 
  • Understand the transformation required by the entrepreneur as the business grows. 
  • Recognize the challenges of building a capable management team. 
  • Identify the need for planning, measuring, and financing growth.

Prerequisite(s)

None, but we recommend 15 university-level                                                                               courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours).

Mgt 3826 - Building Sustainable Family Enterprises

Family business plays a vital role in the Canadian landscape - a significant percentage of all businesses in Canada are family businesses. Family businesses have unique opportunities and challenges, including managing conflict, succession planning, family power, inter-generational dynamics and strategic long term thinking.
 
This course will look at family enterprise systems, governance, behavioural and psychological characteristics, theoretical approaches, and analytical models.

The course will include case studies and group work, as well as presentations from family business leaders and professionals. Scenarios and frameworks of family business generational transitions will equip students with the knowledge to provide professional services to family businesses or become family business leaders.

Outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • Identify the unique characteristics of family enterprises and the opportunity to advise on or be part of the transitional growth in Canadian entities. 
  • Identify the complexity of family enterprise that exists between family members and the delicate balancing act required to combine family with work relationships. 
  • Understand the lifecycle of family businesses and the need to re-invent and the importance of succession planning. 
  • Understand the importance of leadership, governance, planning, and managerial systems. 
  • Recognize that each family business is unique, deriving its personality from generations of family and business operations.  
  • Understand the role of different stakeholders, from diverse family relations, non-family management and staff, to external advisors.

Prerequisite(s)

None, but we recommend 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours).

Mgt 3031 - Managing Responsibly in a Global Environment 

This course is a core requirement in the Dhillon School’s Bachelor of Management   curriculum. It examines the forces shaping management decision-making in an   organizational environment characterized by the process of globalization and a growing interest in socially-sensitive corporate governance.

Students will examine the forces shaping management decision-making in an organizational environment characterized by the process of globalization. They will assess the interaction of the political, legal, regulatory and social environments in which an organization operates in relation to ethical decision-making, stakeholder management, sustainability and corporate citizenship.

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate fundamental reasoning and debating skills.
  • Become familiar with and be able to discuss critically the concept and application of the practice of corporate social responsibility (CSR).
  • Be able to identify different theories of ethics and apply them to decision-making in a global context. 
  • Examine critically and be able to undertake stakeholder management.
  • Be able to weigh the specific implications of globalization for various stakeholders over time.
  • Participate in group work (in-class) to apply concepts and give oral presentations of the findings.

Prerequisite(s)

  • Economics 1010 AND
  • Economics 1012 AND
  • One of Writing 1000 or a university English course (3.0 credit hours) 

OR Admission to the Professional Diploma in Accounting

Mgt 3710 - Managing Not-for-Profit Organizations

Students will focus on the major management issues that not-for-profit organizations confront in their pursuit to be effective and caring. There are a number of major topic areas that challenge not for profit managers, each of which will be addressed in this course. Topics will include the recruitment and management of volunteers, the role of boards in the governance of not-for-profit organizations, and the methods employed to raise funds to sustain and grow these organizations. For each topic area, students will be encouraged to participate in discussions and use their critical thinking skills to apply their knowledge to various organizational situations.

Outcomes

Students will:

  • Be introduced to the key management issues facing not-for-profit organizations, and develop the skills necessary to effectively manage these issues.
  • Contrast the foundation and application of management concepts between the for profit and not for profit sectors.
  • Gain an appreciation for the work of not for profit organizations, as well as the contribution these organizations make to society.

Prerequisite(s)

Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Mgt 3612 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course explores the historical and economic roles of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Canadian economy. Included in this exploration will be the important role that innovation and entrepreneurship in agricultural enterprise management play in the growth and prosperity of the prairie economy. 

You will be exposed to theory and practice in the context of both independent and corporate entities. The theoretical foundations of both innovation and of entrepreneurship are investigated through discussions of classic and contemporary literature. 

Application and current practice will be explored through case studies, interviews and class visits from local entrepreneurs in the retail and services sectors, and producers, distributors, and consumers in the agribusiness sector.

Prerequisite(s)

None

Mgt 3826 - Building Sustainable Family Enterprises

Family business plays a vital role in the Canadian landscape - a significant percentage of all businesses in Canada are family businesses. Family businesses have unique opportunities and challenges, including managing conflict, succession planning, family power, inter-generational dynamics and strategic long term thinking.
 
This course will look at family enterprise systems, governance, behavioural and psychological characteristics, theoretical approaches, and analytical models.

Prerequisite(s)

None, but we recommend 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours).

Mgt 3710 - Managing Not-for-Profit Organizations

There are a number of major topic areas that challenge not-for-profit managers, each of which will be addressed in this course. Topics will include the recruitment and management of volunteers, the role of boards in the governance of not-for-profit organizations, and the methods employed to raise funds to sustain and grow these organizations. For each topic area, students will be encouraged to participate in discussions and use their critical thinking skills to apply their knowledge to various organizational situations.

Prerequisite(s)

Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Mgt 3806 - Small Business Management

Within the context of small business, you will learn the theoretical and practical knowledge required to set up and manage a business; the characteristics and forms of business; time management; organize-purchase franchise decisions; forecasting and marketing; obtaining financing; government and legal controls; tax considerations; accounting and financial controls; personnel administration; location decisions.

Videos, case studies, group work, a simulation, financial professionals and examples will be used to aid in understanding the application of these principles.

Outcomes

Students will learn:

  • The importance of entrepreneurs in Canada.
  • Key areas to review when looking at buying a business or a franchise
  • Finance options available to Small and Mid-size businesses.
  • Writing a Business Plan.
  • Identify the many “hats” entrepreneurs wear and how to “wear” these hats.
  • How to grow a business and what to consider when selling it.

Prerequisite(s):

None


Mgt 2800 - New Venture Start-Ups

With a dynamically changing environment filled with uncertainty, opportunities exist to design or re-design small businesses. This course utilizes current research on new business and examines innovations in value creation. It is for students who are planning to be entrepreneurs or professional advisors in the small business sector. 

Through the use of experimentation, customer feedback, and iterative design, students will learn the theoretical concepts of startups and how to apply them while managing and reducing the uncertainties that can impact a startup.

Entrepreneurs and recent research in this field will help students identify and understand opportunities in the 21st century for social entrepreneurship, social networking, business creation and new theories in entrepreneurship.

Outcomes

Students will learn to:

  • Identify, organize and build a new innovation-driven enterprise.
  • Understand and experience the role of being a creative entrepreneur.
  • Recognize the three key factors on a startup: idea, team, and process
  • Recognize the need to balance technology, marketing, team, finance, sales, realism, and passion.

Prerequisite(s):

None, but we recommend 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours).

Equivalent:

Management 2850 (New Venture Start Ups) (prior to 2018/2019)


Mgt 3031 - Managing Responsibly in a Global Environment 

This course is a core requirement in the Dhillon School’s Bachelor of Management curriculum. It examines the forces shaping management decision-making in an organizational environment characterized by the process of globalization and a growing interest in socially-sensitive corporate governance.

Prerequisite(s)

  • Economics 1010 AND
  • Economics 1012 AND
  • One of Writing 1000 or a university English course (3.0 credit hours) 

OR Admission to the Professional Certificate in Accounting

Mgt 4806 - Small Business Diagnostics

Entrepreneurs bring a unique set of talents to the business, but may not have a framework from which to identify growth opportunities. They may also lack the skills to buy, invest in, setup, or attract outside interest in other ventures. This course utilizes management content and practical diagnostic tools to help alleviate this.

This capstone course utilizes case studies, discussions, and professional advisors to provide a framework students can use when working in or for family and small business. This course will also provide content and context for students to compete in case competitions. 

Prerequisite(s):

Management 3406

Mgt 3406 - Financial Management for Small Business

Through the use of financial theories, tools and management techniques, this course examines the role financial management plays in the development and sustainability of the small business. Students will learn about financial resources, resource allocation, risk, and optimization in value creation - all within the context of growing the business through continuous, incremental improvements to business activities. They will ensure it is effectively managing its available financial and non-financial resources so that the necessary capital is accessible to grow and add value. 

Prerequisite(s):

None, but we recommend 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours). 

Mgt 3816 - Growing the Small Business

Only a fraction of small businesses manages to grow. Growing the business is a dynamic process as the leadership team learns how to navigate the ebbs and flows of growth. This course examines the increasing complexity of growing the small business as identified by current thought leaders in areas such as people, processes, and product. 

Prerequisite(s)

None, but we recommend 15 university-level courses (a minimum of 45.0 credit hours).

Mgt 3612 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This course explores the historical and economic roles of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Canadian economy. Included in this exploration will be the important role that innovation and entrepreneurship in agricultural enterprise management play in the growth and prosperity of the prairie economy. 

You will be exposed to theory and practice in the context of both independent and corporate entities. The theoretical foundations of both innovation and of entrepreneurship are investigated through discussions of classic and contemporary literature. 

Prerequisite(s)

None

Have Lib Ed Requirements? 

Some of these courses may be eligible to fulfill your Liberal Education List Requirements (Lib Ed Requirements). Contact your academic advisor for more information. 

 

Community member? 

If you are a community member, you may enroll in a course that does not have prerequisites by auditing the course or registering for open studies. 

Please note: we cannot guarantee future course offerings.

For information pertaining to specific classes, including the dates and times they are offered, please search the timetable

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Barrie G. Broughton Q.C., TEP

Teaches MGT 3826: Building Sustainable Family Enterprise in Canada.

Prerequisite(s): None

Barrie G. Broughton trained and practices as a tax lawyer, is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation, has his TEP (Society of Trust and Estate Planners) designation, was a former managing partner of North & Co LLP, is co-founder and Director of a precast concrete manufacturing company, is a director on the boards of 2 multinational corporations doing business in Canada, and manages his family’s farm interests which date back to 1897. He is a lawyer with North & Co LLP and was seconded to the Dhillon School of Business for the 2019-2020 academic year to assist with the development of the Agricultural Enterprise Management and Small Business Management programs.

The course material and systematic process with which it was presented week to week was excellent in the application of the learnings. Being a mature student I have come to a new appreciation of education and the impact this course has had on the sharpening of years of business experience. I look forward to continuing my learning.


Course evaluation, Mgt 2800

New Venture Start-ups, Fall 2018.

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In conclusion, Barrie’s presentation was very interesting. I love learning from and listening to past experiences from knowledgeable experts. The key takeaways described above have already re-shaped my thinking in certain areas, and will be at the forefront of my mind as we continue our way through the materials of this course.

Student testimonials

Barrie left us with the final thought “dig your well before you're thirsty”, which I found to be profound and very applicable to everyday life. Barrie was very well spoken and knowledgeable, and it was a pleasure to hear him share his knowledge and experiences with the class.

 Dhillon School of Business | University of Lethbridge | 4401 University Drive W | 403-329-2153 | dhillon.advising@uleth.ca

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Guest lecturers

The University of Lethbridge, Dhillon School of Business and RBC Family and Small Business Management program are committed to providing you with an education that will allow you to excel in business and entrepreneurship. 

You may have heard Experience is the Dhillon difference - one of the unique aspects of this program is the diversity and experience that our guest lecturers bring into the classroom. Some of our guest lecturers include:

Chris Broughton

CPHR, SPHRi, SHRM-SCP

Consultant

UpSourced HR

Jefferson Gardner

CBE

CEO & Co-Founder

InBridge Inc.

Jason Bacon

Entrepreneur Centre Strategist

ATB

Obed Maurice

CPA, CA

Partner

Avail CPA

Timothy Hachkowski

Marketing Director

Sumus Property Group

Bill Halley

Director

Bill Halley Business    Consulting Corp. 

Ryan Sailer

General Manager

Southland Trailer Corp.

Chris Murray

General Principal Manager

Murray Chevrolet Cadillac Lethbridge

Tania Stilson

C.E.O., Branch Partner

A-WIN Insurance

Dean Gallimore

FCPA FCA, CBV

Retired Managing Partner

KPMG

Simon Janhunen

CPA, CA

Senior Accountant

Epiphany Group

Dwayne Huber

President

Airtech Heating & AirConditioning Ltd.

Workshops

Utilizing industry professionals and a panel of entrepreneurs, the program delivers 1/2 day workshops to the business community and students who are keen to improve or start their own business. The 101 Series focuses on owner/operators that are relatively new or have not grown their operation and would typify a "mom/pop" operation.

Community partners

HR 101
  • It's all about People! - Hiring, Training, Managing, Evaluating, and Rewarding!
  • A panel who are striving to do it right!
  • Discover your gaps in managing Human Resources?
Legal 101
  • What should you be aware of in your business and WHY?
  • When do you need a lawyer and what for?
  • Understanding both the business and legal side of your venture.
Financial 101
  • Cash is King!  
  • The right way and the wrong way to seek funding.
  • Understanding the Numbers - "The Language of Business"
  • How do industry advisors determine financial success?
Banking 101
  • What are bankers looking for in a client and WHY? 
  • What you need to know about how banks think and what influences their decisions.
  • Risk through a Banker's eyes. 
  • What you can do to build your banking relationship.

Without the support and generosity of our community partners, none of this would be possibleWe want to thank our community partners for their generosity and support in helping make this program possible. 

INSTRUCTOR

Course offerings / sequencing

Please review the academic calendar for complete, up-to-date  information on course requirements (pg. 281, section p.)

Please note: course offerings are subject to change and we cannot guarantee future course offerings.

For information pertaining to specific classes, including the dates and times they are offered, please search the timetable

RBC Family & Small Business Summit

"Influencing Your Future through Innovation"

A conference for students and community leaders

The RBC Family and Small Business Management minor is accompanied by an RBC Family & Small Business Summit where students can learn how to apply their education through innovation, and social responsibility from community leaders who are leading change within organizations.

It gave students a fantastic opportunity to see the world of business outside the academic range. Inspirational stories and solid advice, tasty food and passionate people, dreams coming true and businesses going global - a day at RBC Summit 2019

Student attendee, RBC Summit, Spring 2019.

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Bruce Thurston, FCPA, FCMA

Bruce brings years of experience as a CEO/President and a strong financial CFO background. He is a go-to advisor for many organizations in Southern Alberta who want their coach and consultant to have proven experience and a proven leadership track record, at an owner’s level in a mid-sized firm.  On behalf of the Dhillon School of Business, Bruce is an instructor in the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp at Tecconnect, and a presenter at the Chinook Entrepreneurial Challenge.

in 2016, Bruce received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, which formally recognizes Fellows of the Chartered Professional Accountants who have continued to render exceptional services to the profession or whose achievements in their careers or in the community have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession. It is the highest honour granted within the professional body.

Bruce Thurston, FCPA, FCMA

Bruce brings years of experience as a CEO/President and CFO. He is a go-to advisor for many organizations in Southern Alberta. He is an instructor in the Entrepreneurial Bootcamp at Tecconnect, and a presenter at the Chinook Entrepreneurial Challenge. In 2016, Bruce received the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, It is the highest honour granted within the professional body.

Best Teacher ever, I really like his classes, they were very interesting. Bruce was always really nice to all of us, always asking how we were doing, met with us a few times to talk about our projects. He gave really good advice, I couldn't ask for a bet professor!

Student testimonials

Bruce took the time for each student to make sure that everyone understands the course content. He always checked on us if we were able to follow his instructions. He really cares about his students, and I'm very glad I was able to take this course! Thank you!

The greatest lessons learned from RBC summit were the value of having a wide and deep network of support and individuals that you can draw experiences and advice from. That there are no free rides, as an entrepreneur you have to work for and develop not only your product/service but also yourself as an entrepreneur. This being said, there are significant amounts of programs and people out there that are specifically designed/employed to help entrepreneurs develop their companies, and we should not be afraid to seek advice while diversifying and developing our network.

Student attendee, RBC Summit, Spring 2019.

Students attending will:

  • Learn how they can turn their passion into a lifestyle.
  • Apply their knowledge to innovative opportunities.
  • Learn about innovative practices from community thought leaders.
  • Have an opportunity to explore “ideas” they have.
  • Have the opportunity to connect with innovation leaders.
  • Learn about current innovative trends and practices.

Overall, the RBC Family & Small Business Summit was a great experience. There were so many entrepreneurs from diverse industries and background both speaking and in attendance. I took away several ideas and principles I hope to apply to the business venture I am in the process of starting. I was also provided with all kinds of resources and contacts I will use in my business career going forward.

Student attendee, RBC Summit, Spring 2019.

Key instructors

Bruce Thurston is the Family and Small Business Program Director, and with the community has developed the Minor. Core components taught by Bruce and other Dhillon School of Business faculty and instructors include:

Bruce Thurston

  • Mgt 2800 - New Venture Start-Ups
  • Mgt 3816 - Growing Small Business
  • Mgt 4806 - Small Business Diagnostics
  • Workshops (101 Series)
  • RBC Family & Small Business Summit

Michael Madore

  • Mgt 3806 - Small Business Management

Dr. Yongjian (YJ) Bao

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Yongjian (YJ) Bao

Dr. Yongjian Bao received both his PhD in public policy and MPA from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He received the Bachelor of Law from Fudan University in Shanghai. His research is focused on the executive decision-making process in international companies. He has published articles in leading academic journals and was awarded "Top 10 Thinkers and Practitioners of Innovation and Entrepreneurship" in the year of 2016 by Tsinghua Business Review and the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University in China.

Dr. Bao has acted as an academic advisor to many international companies, including Eli Lily Pharmaceutical Co. in China, Xi'an Janssen Pharmaceutical Co. (a joint venture with Johnson and Johnson), Jiang Lin Automobile Co. (a joint venture with Ford) and Motorola China. He is a board member of two public companies listed in Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Dr. Yongjian (YJ) Bao

Dr. Yongjian Bao received his PhD in public policy and MPA from the University of Southern California. His research is focused on the executive decision-making process in international companies. He has published articles in leading academic journals and has acted as an academic advisor to many international companies. He is a board member of two public companies listed in Shanghai Stock Exchange.

Dr. Yongjian (YJ) Bao

Michael Madore

Mike has been an Educator for over 25 years with more than 20 years of teaching experience at the Post Secondary Level. Post Secondary teaching experience includes Aurora College, Lethbridge Community College, Athabasca University. Mike joined the University of Lethbridge in 2003.

Mike's business experience stems from various sources which include four years as a Commercial Account Manager with the Bank of Montreal. Other business experience derives from the operation of three e-commerce businesses and consulting (MM & Associates) opportunities over the years. Some of his previous and current clients include SNC - Lavalin, Dow Chemical, and Daytona Homes.

Michael Madore

Mike has been an Educator for over 25 years. Post Secondary teaching experience includes Aurora College, Lethbridge Community College, Athabasca University. Mike joined the University of Lethbridge in 2003. Mike's business experience include four years as a Commercial Account Manager with the Bank of Montreal, the operation of three e-commerce businesses and consulting. Some of his previous and current clients include SNC - Lavalin, Dow Chemical, and Daytona Homes.

Bruce Thurston, FCPA, FCMA

Michael Madore

A conference for students and community leaders

The RBC Family and Small Business Management minor is accompanied by an RBC Family & Small Business Summit where students can learn how to apply their education through innovation, and social responsibility from community leaders who are leading change within organizations.

Matt Calnan, CPA-CMA

Teaches MGT 3406: Financial Management for Small Business

Prerequisite(s): None

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Matt Calnan is the Chief Financial Officer, a Director, and a Partner at Epiphany Group. Epiphany Group, through its value proposition and network, partners with good companies empowering them to become great.
 
Matt graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management majoring in Accounting in 2012. Upon graduation, he began working as a Staff Accountant, and eventually Financial Controller at Haul-All Equipment. In 2014, he obtained his CMA accounting designation. Matt moved from Haul-All to Avison Young working as the Director of Business Development. Over the next 3 years, the company started and purchased several businesses in the Lethbridge area, and formed a new parent company, Orange Peel Group.
 
In January 2018, Epiphany Group was formed as a merger between Orange Peel Group and another local firm, Trophy Fish where Matt moved into the CFO role.