Margaret Ross, 30, born and raised in Vancouver, recently completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) Beedie School of Business. A self-described adventure seeker with a love for exploring, Margaret is equally as likely to be found skiing or hiking on the North Shore.
We had a chance to catch up with Ross to find out what inspired her to do her MBA at SFU and what she’s learned from her experience.
What attracted you to the MBA program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business?
I returned to school to specialize and focus my career, and solidify the skills necessary for long-term business success. SFU ranks among the top ten MBA programs in Canada and the deciding factor was the cultural fit and its focus on collaboration. I knew I would thrive working with my classmates rather than competing against them.
You had to go on an international trip as part of your MBA. What was the main takeaway from that trip?
We visited Colombia and Peru; countries that are actively welcoming foreign investment, and the opportunities in these markets are exciting and developing rapidly. It was an amazing experience to speak with high-level representatives of industry and trade and ask academic questions that applied our curriculum to their businesses.
What do you love best about your MBA experience at SFU?
The people. Going into the program I knew that the alumni network would be one of the most valuable products of my MBA experience, and it is true. The program attracts a remarkable calibre of individuals and the friendships that are developed through working together are incredible.
How will SFU Beedie’s MBA help you advance your career?
The personal development throughout this program has been transformative. Learning to think strategically, manage teams effectively and strengthen core business fundamentals has helped me take great strides toward advancing my career.
What does success look like to you?
Success is doing something I enjoy that challenges me everyday while contributing to a great team.
What’s your favourite restaurant to wine and dine in Vancouver?
Brix Restaurant in Yaletown. The food is amazing and the indoor courtyard has a wonderful ambience. It’s a very special spot in the city and I am planning my wedding there for next winter.
Do you have any advice for other students who might be interested in pursuing their MBA?
If you can get into a program that you are excited about, it is an excellent opportunity. Make sure to work hard, but remember to focus your time and resources. There are a lot of exciting opportunities for new students—find the one that most strongly appeals to you and commit to it.
Register to attend SFU’s Full-Time MBA info session on Thursday, Oct 29.
Learn more about the MBA Program at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.