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Canadian Business Students Visit St. Petersburg

Published: March 13, 2013 (Issue # 1750)


Last weekend St. Petersburg hosted a group of 37 business students and alumni from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, as part of the institutions Hot Cities initiative.

The tour started in Moscow, with visits to the Skolkovo Business School, Fast Lane Ventures (a business start-up incubator), RBS Moscow and Bank of America, among others.

In St. Petersburg, business was mixed with pleasure, with participants learning about alternative energy projects in Russia at Schneider Electric, while also getting an overview of Russian culture at the State Hermitage Museum, the Mariinsky Theater and by having a soak at a local banya.

Speaking to the St Petersburg Times, trip leader Dr. Karl Moore, a lecturer in business leadership and strategy at McGills world-renowned Desautels Faculty of Management, explained that this trip was a chance for students to experience the global business environment first-hand.

According to Moore, the Desautels Faculty of Management believes in giving its students the opportunity to better understand where the global economy is going by giving them the opportunity to travel to far flung parts of the world to meet with CEOs and other senior executives...

The visit is the most recent in the facultys Hot Cities program, a course that aims to educate students about competitiveness internationally through experiential learning. Previous years have seen trips to Israel, Abu Dhabi, India and South Africa.

Moore, who is also an Associate Fellow of Templeton College at Oxford University, has written extensively about globalization and his current work involves grooming the business leaders of the future.

Younger people have a different mindset from my generation, he said. His latest book, due for publication next year, reflects this interest. Leading, Managing, Working With Under 35s The Way They Want To Be Worked With deals with the need to rethink business leadership in response to generational change.

The trips also combine business and cultural aspects with charitable work. In Russia the party visited the Kitezh Childrens Community in Kaluga, where orphaned and abandoned children are raised in a self-contained community in which they are given the opportunity to learn family and life skills.

The charitable foundation that we visited gave me a great appreciation for the struggles that orphans have, and I was moved by the love and kindness that the Kitzeh Community has developed, said Emma Bambrick, a student and research assistant at McGill. The Hot Cities group aims to raise $20,000 for the charity.

The students gained a positive impression of the business climate in Russia as well. As we heard from business executives from Moscow and St. Petersburg, it became clear that Russia truly is a burgeoning economy, said Bambrick. I was surprised to hear how eager and welcoming the Russian state can be in terms of foreign direct investment and foreign business in general.





 


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Wednesday, Jan. 28



Feel like becoming a publishing mogul? Stop by the Freedom anti-cafe at 7 Ulitsa Kazanskaya today at 8 p.m. where Simferopol, Crimea-based founder and chief editor of the Holst online magazine will talk about creating an internet magaine, including what stories to cover, how find an audience and build a team, where to find inspiration and how to stand out from the crowd. Admission is the normal price of the anti-café 2 rubles per minute, which includes tea and snacks.



Learn everything you always wanted to know about wine, and perhaps a bit more, at the Le Nez du Vin seminar for wine lovers. Held at the WineJet Sommelier School, 100 Bolshoy Prospekt Petrograd Side, at 7:30 p.m., the event will cover wine production, the basics of wine tasting, the concept of terroir and the various countries where wine is produced. Tickets are 750 rubles and include a wine tasting. Register by calling +7 921 744 6264.



Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of Repulsion at 7 p.m. and Rosemarys Baby at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy The Tenant, the cult comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers and Cul-de-sac among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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