Concentration: Management Information Systems and Accounting
Final year undergraduate student Amit Bhagat has a passion for community engagement – one that he has leveraged throughout his studies to benefit not only the Beedie School of Business community, but also further afield.
Amit is a member of the Vancouver TELUS Community Board, a panel that allocates funding to non-profit social initiatives. With an annual budget of $800,000, he is responsible for ensuring that funded projects have a lasting impact on society.
“A lot of the projects we fund are geared towards at-risk youth, so there is a lot of responsibility to ensure we make the correct decision,” he says. “I have worked with high profile board members including vice-presidents of TELUS and former professional athletes – the opportunity to learn from these people is amazing.”
An interest in social entrepreneurship spurred Amit to take the position of Chair of the SFU Social Entrepreneurship Challenge, where student teams are tasked with raising funds to generate social impact in their communities. Under his watch, the competition raised over $8,000 for aspiring African entrepreneurs.
Amit has experienced many of the opportunities promoted by the Beedie School’s Be More campaign, an initiative designed to raise awareness of the opportunities available to Beedie students. As co-captain of the 2013 JDC West team, where the team achieved first place in the prestigious Academic School of the Year category, he took his case competition involvement to a higher level.
“We completely restructured the way the team approached the competition, recruiting new coaches and team members, and implementing a new training program,” he says. “The experience taught me how to lead and motivate a team, and the structure we put in place helped ensure the team’s continued success
Taking full advantage of the numerous opportunities for enhancing the learning experience at Beedie, Amit participated in the School’s co-op program, first with the Canada Revenue Agency, and then at Beedie itself as Project Manager in the Student Engagement Office.
He also studied the Certificate in Business Technology Management, which teaches students about innovation, leadership, and implementation of change in organizations, and served as a Beedie Ambassador, a group of top students who represent the Beedie School of Business at high profile events and speaking engagements.
“The Beedie School of Business has exposed me to so many different opportunities,” he says. “It has been amazing to attend a school that allows me to excel academically and gain real world experience, while helping others at the same time.”
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