British Columbia American Marketing Association Conference 2019

Some Acsenda students attended the 2019 British Columbia American Marketing Association’s Vision Conference. The aim of the conference was to inspire and push the limits of thinking. Testimonial According to Jose Ganem a student of Acsenda, “The BCAMA Conference was a great opportunity to learn about innovative marketing and communication concepts and how they are applied in real-world situations. Ted O’Reilly really amazed us with his insights into how brands think outside the box and look at problems with a clear mind to try to figure out a counterintuitive solution. Terry Hogan showed us how brands are not just a logo or a name but they are a sum of all of the promises we make and keep. You can have great written company values, vision, and mission but if these words are not being shown in every interaction with a customer eventually the failed promises will pile up and the customer will feel let down. Overall, it was a fantastic experience to meet new people and hear about the latest and greatest in the field and I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity the University gave us”.

West Coast Case Competition 2019

Congratulations to Acsenda School of Management team “Clever Rain Consulting”, who represented us at the recent Human Resources West Coast Case Competition, HRC West, at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on March 2, 2019.  Team members were Alyssa Masanga, Diana Lagarde, Jazziella Paras, and Karanbir Brar.  Also, student Mae Logronio and HR Concentration Coordinator, Pomponia Martinez supported the team throughout their many weeks of practice. The ASM team competed with 15 other teams and performed extremely well in what was one of the most challenging cases of the event to-date.  Students were pleased with the challenge, their results and the learning that was achieved during this demanding competition. Most importantly, they had fun, proudly represented Acsenda and made many connections with both faculty and peers from learning institutions across western Canada. Our team members were also able to participate in a Work Personally Index assessment and debriefing, which was conducted by Psychometrics. This assessment supports leadership development through self-awareness, adding to the overall learning experience gained during the competition challenge. HRC West is the first business case competition in western Canada dedicated entirely to Human Resources and is an incredible opportunity for students to connect with industry professionals and to gain real-world HR knowledge by completing the case study. We want to thank the Chartered Professionals in Human Resource Association (CPHR) for sponsoring this competition.  Congratulations to the winning team from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton and to other participating teams for their inspiration and camaraderie.  A very special thank you to our student team, Clever Rain for their leadership and initiative in successfully representing Acsenda School of Management.  Well done team!  We are proud of you! Next year’s West Coast Case Competition will be held on March 6-7, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta.  For more information about how you can be a part of this event, please contact program coordinator Pomponia Martinez.            

CITT & Acsenda School of Management announce Partnership

Partnership between CITT & Acsenda School of Management VANCOUVER, – CITT has announced a new partnership with the Acsenda School of Management. The partnership grants students who have completed Acsenda’s BBA program advanced standing toward the academic requirement of the Certified Logistics Professional (CCLP®) designation. “We’re very excited to begin this relationship with Ascenda, and offer their learners an accelerated path to becoming CCLP designation holders,” said Pina Melchionna, CITT’s President & CEO. “After examining their program and its learning outcomes, we’re confident that graduates of Acsenda’s BBA program will possess the business knowledge acumen we expect from our certified designation holders. We were very impressed and pleased to make Acsenda one of our first new partners. The Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation looks to make our CCLP designation even more accessible to those looking to advance in the supply chain, transportation, and logistics field”. About CITT CITT is one of the industry’s most valued and respected sources of complete, career learning and career development. It is open to everyone who buys, sells or manages the flow of goods and products, or is impacted by supply chain logistics. CITT provides: Professional certification in logistics (the CCLP designation)  Logistics and business management courses Industry’s top-rated annual Canada Logistics Conference SCL Webinar series Professional SCL talent pool CITT learning and professional development offerings are all affordable, accessible online and have the best ROI in the business. Visit their website for more information. For more information, contact: Chrissy Aitchison Director, Marketing & Strategic Initiatives 416-363-5696 ext. 28 Also, for more information regarding the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program, please go to the BBA program section on the Acsenda website.  

Acsenda prepares to move to its new campus

Acsenda School of Management is very pleased to announce that we will be moving to a new campus location effective September 24, 2018.  Our new campus will be located at: Acsenda School of Management 2nd Floor, 666 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC Canada  V6C 2X8 ASM has been located at 1090 West Pender Street in Vancouver since 2013.  During this time, we have experienced considerable growth in enrolment.  To accommodate this growth, and to continue to provide the highest quality educational experience for our students we are very pleased to inform you of our new location, which is located in the prestigious ‘Park Place’ building – a 35 story, A-class building with a “GOLD” level LEED designation.  The new location will more than double our current campus size, providing more classroom space; a dedicated and larger student study and library areas; larger office space for faculty; a larger student lounge; and improved administrative and enrolment services areas for students.  The campus will be centrally and conveniently located just a short distance from our current location, and across the street from the Burrard Translink Station.  

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Neil Mort as President of Acsenda School of Management

Neil has served in the Post secondary educational community in BC for over 30 years. He has a diverse management background in educational administration and has had a key role in establishing two new post secondary institutions in British Columbia. His involvement and leadership include serving as a member of the Board for BCCIE (BC Council for International Education), as a member of the Council for BCCAT (BC Council on Admissions and Transfer) and founding Chair of the Private Degree Granting Institutions Association of BC. Neil completed an MBA in Educational Administration from Royal Roads University; a Master of Arts in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from Gonzaga University ; and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.  He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Western University. Neil joined Acsenda School of management as VP Enrolment & Student Services/Registrar in July 2017 and has been serving as President Pro Tem since March.

Appointment of ASM Chancellor, Sir John Daniel

Acsenda School of Management is proud to announce the appointment of Sir John Daniel as it’s second Chancellor. Sir John Daniel has had a very distinguished career in post secondary education. He served for 17 years as a university president in Canada (Laurentian University) and the UK (Open University) before joining UNESCO as Assistant Director-General for Education in 2001 and becoming President of the Commonwealth of Learning from 2004 to 2012. He has been closely involved in the development of open and distance learning for 40 years and served as President of the International Council for Distance Education. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1994 for services to higher education, he has received 31 honorary doctorates from universities in 17 countries. Best known among his 330 publications is his book Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education. A more recent book, Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All addresses the twin challenges of achieving universal secondary education and training ten million teachers. His 2012 essay, Making Sense of MOOCs: Musings in a Maze of Myth, Paradox and Possibility, has been hailed as an important commentary on the phenomenon of Massive Open Online Courses. He became Chair of the UWC (United World College) International Board in 2013. Sir John has also had a long standing relationship with Acsenda School of Management, serving as a member of our Academic Council. ASM will hold a formal installation of our new Chancellor at the upcoming Convocation Ceremony on July 18th. On behalf of all our students, faculty and staff, ASM congratulates Sir John on his appointment.  We look forward to working with him as Chancellor.

Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep Visits Acsenda School of Management

Monday, June 4, we welcomed delegates from International College (ICUTK) of the Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep from Bangkok, Thailand.  This is a well-recognized university in Thailand, which is known for its strong business, and hotel/hospitality programs.  There were approximately 17 guests who came to Canada to learn more about our educational system, and in particular look at possible opportunities for collaboration.

ASM teams up with Flywire for faster payment process

ASM teams up with Flywire for faster payment process

ASM teams up with Flywire for a faster payment process Acsenda School of Management has partnered with Flywire ( to streamline the tuition and fee payment process for international students. With Flywire, students can pay in their home currency — via international bank transfer or international credit and debit cards (additional local payment options may be available depending on the country you are paying from, such as Alipay in China) — while enjoying low exchange rates and no hidden fees. Other benefits of this free service include: 1. Online payment tracking 2. Multilingual customer support via email, phone, or live chat 3. Real-time status updates sent via email and text Go to to make your payment. What are the payment methods that Flywire offers? While ASM teams up with Flywire for a faster payment process, the payment methods that Flywire offers may vary depending on the country you are paying from and the institution you are paying to, for that reason Flywire will show you the methods that are available for you. Some of the payment methods that Flywire offers are: Bank transfers Credit/Debit card payments Other online payment methods Therefore, if you are paying from an international bank or credit card, please select the country where the payment will come from to ensure you get the best exchange rate. If you are paying from a Canadian bank or credit card, choose Canada. Besides, Flywire does not charge any transaction fees, and you will be guaranteed the best exchange rate. Flywire also offers 24/7 support in multiple languages to assist you with your transaction. For more information, check the payment methods and financial aid section on the Acsenda website. What other forms of payment does Acsenda offer? Acsenda also offers the option of ‘Payment Plans’ which allows students to set up a plan where they can divide their payment into three or seven equal installments that can be pay on different dates throughout the term of studies. Students must apply for a Payment Plan by applying to the Registrar’s Office. Payments must be made in accordance with the established schedule. it is important to note that there is a $46 fee to set up a payment plan.  

Dr. Chehra Aboukinane, Manager of Academic Affairs

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Chehra Aboukinane as our new Manager of Academic Affairs. In this new position, Dr. Aboukinane will be focusing on four key areas supporting the growth and development of Acsenda. • Curriculum development, • Faculty Development, • Regulatory Reporting, and • Students at risk support. Dr. Aboukinane joined Acsenda last summer as an instructor, and has an extensive background in education and teaching. She is a professional engineer with more than 13 years of experience in consulting practice, academic research and teaching in the areas of Project Management, Information Technology, and Sciences and Engineering. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Systems Engineering, Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University and a PhD with a research focus on adult learning from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Prior to coming to British Columbia, she worked as an engineering consultant at Parsons Corporation in Austin, Texas. She then joined academia as an Academic Director at El Akhawayn University and A&V Institute in Morocco where she directed major research projects. She has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Project Management, Management Information Systems, Operations Management and Information Technology at Acsenda, FDU, UCW and SFU. Before joining ASM she was technical and program director at Global Innovative Campus. Please join in welcoming Dr. Aboukinane in her new role with Acsenda!