Brendan Lee Young, a UNB graduate and current master of business
administration student, is applying his experiences in New Brunswick in his native
country of Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition to his studies, Lee Young has
worked for BIDS, a Fredericton-based firm that distributes bidding
opportunities, provides vendor registration services for the Canadian offshore
oil and gas sector and public sector procurement opportunities for most
Canadian provinces and many U.S. state governments.
”BIDS provides one-stop shop service that helps buyers and
suppliers connect more efficiently,” says Lee Young
BIDS, a privately owned firm with several franchises
in Atlantic Canada, is considering expanding its services outside of the
And that’s where Lee Young is eager to help.
“Trinidad and Tobago is experiencing a great deal of economic
growth. It has a thriving oil and gas sector and growing government needs. I
believe BIDS could provide a valuable service that could help both the private
sector and government.”
Expanding BIDS to a new area would also provide Atlantic Canadian
companies with more exposure to international opportunities.
While home in Trinidad and Tobago for the summer Lee Young is
developing business contacts for BIDS.
“This is a great opportunity for Brendan and for BIDS,” says Hart
North, BIDS President.
This project will allow BIDS to benefit from Brendan’s education
and for him to gain experience in developing this important Caribbean market
Lee Young earned a bachelor of business administration from UNB in
2009. During his undergraduate studies, he also participated in export
partnering program through the Faculty of Business Administration. He returned
in January 2012 to do his MBA at UNB Fredericton.
“I enjoyed my undergraduate experience and I decided to return and
do my MBA so that I could further develop as an entrepreneur. UNB is quickly
becoming the go to place in Atlantic Canada for entrepreneurial education with
a number of great programs such as Activator.”
Lee Young also noted UNB’s International Business and
Entrepreneurship Centre, the Wallace McCain Institute for Entrepreneurial
Leadership and the Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as
other examples of UNB’s growing focus on entrepreneurship.
“If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur UNB is becoming the place to
Putting theory into practice
For Lee Young, this summer initiative represents a chance to gain
valuable experience in business development, government relations, marketing
“I’ve learned a great deal in the classroom at UNB and through
real-life experience with BIDS. I’m eager to continue to apply what I’ve
learned and to gain even more experience,” he adds.
Contributed by David Shipley, UNB Communications & Marketing.