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Speaker Series

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Real-world experience from the business community

Since 2016, the International Business & Entrepreneurship Centre’s Speaker Series has hosted numerous individuals from the business community who speak with students, faculty and the surrounding community about their visions.  We moved the Speaker Series online because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which means people all over the world can now join us.

The topics and themes range from each speaker’s personal and professional experience, to the important role business plays in today’s economy. These speakers help provide the real-world experience that many students are currently studying and help provide insight on the various components of business and entrepreneurship.

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Our 2020 guest speakers

Anne-Marie Gammon (BBA’83)

President and CEO, CPA Atlantic School of Business

Aug 17.

Anne-Marie GammonIn this episode Anne-Marie Gammon (BBA'83) talks about building a sustainable career. Born and raised in Penobsquis, N.B., Anne-Marie, MBA, FCPA, FCMA is the inaugural President & Chief Executive Officer of CPA Atlantic School of Business. Bringing over 25 years of senior financial management experience within diverse industries including education, real estate, automotive, aerospace and oil, Anne-Marie is also the past Director, Operations, Education Services with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, Vice President, Program Development for the Certified Management Accountants of Canada and was previously Vice-President, Financial Reporting for ING Real Estate Canada.

An experienced educator with over 20 years of experience delivering the CMA Professional Program, Anne-Marie served on the national CPA Certification Steering Committee established to develop the new pre-certification program to support the unification of the accounting profession in Canada. She has continued to work on various national committees to advance the certification program leading to the chartered professional accountant designation. Actively involved in her community as a volunteer, Anne-Marie is the past President of Financial Executives International Canada - Atlantic Chapter. She is also past President of CMA Nova Scotia, past Chair of the CMA Canada Research Foundation and past Vice President, At Large with the Canadian Academic Accounting Association. A chartered professional accountant, Anne-Marie has a BBA from the University of New Brunswick and subsequently received her CMA designation in New Brunswick in 1990.

A strong believer in life-long learning, Anne-Marie received her Master of Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School, UK in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration there. She was nationally recognized with the prestigious Fellow of the Society of Management Accountants’ designation in 2003 followed by the award of Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Nova Scotia in 2015. Anne-Marie is one of the eldest of ten children born to Dutch immigrants who settled as dairy farmers in New Brunswick. She now lives in Bedford, NS with her husband, Blake and has a son, Jonathan who resides in Toronto, ON. 


Habib Dable (MBA’94, BBA’91)

President and CEO, Acceleron Pharma

July. 31

Portrait of Habib DableIn this episode, Habib Dable talks about managing a publicly-traded company. Habib Dable joined Acceleron Pharma in December 2016 as the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer and member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Dable is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of Millendo Therapeutics, also listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange, and recently served on the Board of Directors of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization.

For over 25 years, Habib Dable has increased profits and expanded market share for organizations in the pharmaceutical industry—from “big pharma” corporations to smaller biotech firms. Prior to joining Acceleron Pharma, Mr. Dable served as President of U.S. Pharmaceuticals at Bayer. During his 22-year tenure there, Mr. Dable held positions of increasing responsibility. Mr. Dable has negotiated deals, managed partnerships, and launched billion-dollar products, including Eylea®, Stivarga®, and Xofigo®, and positioned mature brands for heightened success.

Muthu Singaram

CEO, IIT Madras HTIC Incubator

July. 6

Muthu SingaramIn this episode, Muthu Singaram talks about building a start-up, as a career, and shares his journey as an entrepreneur. Muthu Singaram is the CEO of the IIT Madras Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre Incubator, founder of multiple start-ups including VibaZone, & Start-up Podium. A lifelong learner and an author of two books on entrepreneurship & incubation, Muthu joins us from Chennai, India.

Brian Flood (BBA'83)

Business Founder, Q1 Labs (now IBM Security)

June. 22

Brian FloodIn this episode, Brian Flood talks about the early days of Q1 Labs and his journey as an entrepreneur. In 2001, Brian founded the tech start-up Q1 Labs, a network security company that grew to be a world leader in just ten years, employing hundreds of New Brunswickers.

In 2011, IBM bought Q1 Labs for over $600 million, one of the largest acquisitions in New Brunswick’s history ever. To this day Q1 Labs is considered one of Canada’s most important IT success stories.

Stephanie Fox (BBA'04) and Hance Colburne

Vice President of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation

Mar. 11

Stephanie FoxStephanie Fox, Vice President of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, joined us on campus to speak on the ever-changing landscape of the philanthropic sector with a theme of "Business of Philanthropy".

An alumna of the University of New Brunswick, Stephanie’s career has been spent combining her ambitions in business with her wanting to positively impact the lives of others. Stephanie began her career in philanthropy with United Way, serving as their Campaign Director and then Community Development Director before broadening her experience to higher-ed Advancement as a Director with St. Thomas University. In 2015 she welcomed more change by transitioning to healthcare philanthropy.

Recognizing how critical life-long learning is, Stephanie graduated from United Way Worldwide’s Global Resident Fellows Program, is a 21inc alumna, participated as a Summer Scholar with Council for Advancement and Support of Education at Dartmouth College on full scholarship and recently completed studies in personal and organizational leadership through Stanford University’s Continuing Studies program. She holds her CFRE designation and was internationally recognized in the 2019 Association for Healthcare Philanthropy Top 40 Under 40 Class! 

Hance ColburneStephanie was joined by Hance Colburne, Communications Director of the Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation, who spoke about the important role communications strategy plays in philanthropic growth.

Always interested in broadcasting, Hance has a Bachelor of Applied Arts from the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson University, and has worked in private radio, at the University of King's College, Global Television Maritimes, A-Channel Edmonton, CBC in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and the Government of Nova Scotia.