Meet the Instructors

Prof. Mark Bridge

Mark is a law instructor in a number of legal subjects with the University of Victoria, since 1993 and Gustavson School of Business since 1997.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and has a special interest in the law of business and taxation having studied for a Master of Laws degree in Taxation at the University of London, England.

In the area of business law, Mark was Director of the Business Law Clinic at the University of Victoria which offers legal information identified by law students to business owners and stakeholders under the supervision of volunteer mentor lawyers.

In Gustavson School of Business, Mark teaches “Legal Issues in Management”, “Business Law”, “Taxation for Managers” and “International Legal Relations”. Mark places emphasis on making sure that students acquire practical skills that they can apply to their own business situations in the knowledge that they should call upon others to provide professional advice when required.

Mark has volunteered as a business law mentor to entrepreneurs in re-training programs and coaches student groups when their business cases have legal issues to resolve.

Mark is very excited to be involved in the NW-ACE Program and to support its participants.


Dr. Graham Brown

brownDr. Brown is an Assistant Professor and Tim Price Entrepreneurship Scholar at the Peter Gustavson School of Business. Graham conducts research on territoriality and psychological ownership with a specific focus on how feelings of ownership can simultaneously drive and undermine innovation. His work has been published in the Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and featured in Harvard Business Review online.

Graham’s teaching focus is in the areas of human resource management, leadership and negotiation and he applies these concepts to help others discover and use their passion to lead and create. Dr. Brown received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of British Columbia and has held positions previously at Singapore Management University and the University of British Columbia.


Dr. Dale Christenson

Dr. Dale Christenson is the president of the Project Management Centre of Excellence Inc. that specializes in project management training and consulting. Dale is a Certified Management Consultant and Project Management Professional. He combines an extensive academic background with real-world expertise in the areas of program and portfolio management, organizational development, change management and critical project success factors. He’s held various project management leadership positions in the public and private sectors.

Dale has a Doctorate in Project Management from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Australia and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in Criminology, Counseling Psychology and Project Management. Dale has 10 peer reviewed journal articles to his credit and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He is the winner of the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project of the Year Award and the winner of the Canadian Institute of Public Administration Leadership Award.


Dr. Mark Colgate


Mark Colgate BSc, PhD is Associate Professor (Service Excellence) and Associate Dean at the Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Canada. His primary research areas are services excellence, financial services marketing and sports coaching. His research has been published in journals such as: Sloan Management Review, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Service Research and Journal of Business Research.

Mark’s teaching reflects his research and has taught many courses in marketing management, service excellence, the 8 moments of power and financial services marketing at undergraduate, postgraduate and executive levels. He has also taught in China (where he is a regular professor at the China European Business School in Shanghai – the leading business school in China), Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. In 1999, Dr. Colgate received the Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Auckland, New Zealand and in 2003, 2004 and 2007 he received the same award at the University of Victoria, Canada.

Finally Mark has recently returned from 3 years as the General Manager of Customer Satisfaction at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the 10th largest bank in the world. He has also consulted for many companies such as TELUS, Sony, Schneider Electric, Bank of New Zealand, Kiwi Experience Tourism Bus Company, the BC government Public Service Agency and Toyota Financial Services.


Dr. Vivien Corwin


Dr. Corwin teaches organizational behaviour and human resources, with a particular emphasis on hospitality and services management. Prior to joining UVic in 2006, she taught at Royal Roads University, where she also served as MBA Program Director, and at Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario. Dr. Corwin has also worked as an Organizational Development Consultant for BC Gas, where she was primarily responsible for corporate-wide leadership development, and where she worked closely with managers to identify problem areas and implement team-driven solutions.

Dr. Corwin’s research interests include human resources and leadership in the context of services management, organizational culture and leadership, and alternative work relationships. Her research has been published in Harvard Business Review, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and American Behavioral Scientist.


Dr. Brent Mainprize


As an educator, Brent is a Faculty Member at the University of Victoria where he teaches Entrepreneurship and Strategy. Over the years he has taught over 100 courses to 3,000 students on Entrepreneurial Business and Strategic Planning in Canada, Italy, Australia, Scotland, Taiwan, Denmark, and United States.

As an entrepreneur, Brent raised venture capital and commercialized technology and intellectual property in the areas of telecommunications and software. Brent was a judge for CBC’s Dragon’s Den regional screening of entrepreneurs. Brent was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” visionary on Vancouver Island.

Brent has written over 70 entrepreneurial business plans and Strategic Plans, evaluated over 700 plans and taught and coached over 1,000 entrepreneurs, executives and managers.

Brent has been a consultant for TRICORP and various First Nation Communities on the North Coast since 1999. He has worked extensively on economy prosperity initiatives, entrepreneurship training, sustainable employment planning and strategies for the Nisga’a Lisims Government (post Treaty). Brent had the honour to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nisga’a Commercial Group (2006-2012). Over the past 14 years, Brent has had the privilege to facilitate various sessions on Aboriginal economic development and Aboriginal entrepreneurship in over 16 of the North Coast communities.

He has held entrepreneurial management positions in the telecommunications high tech sector and continues to balance academic and new venture pursuits. Brent has secured venture capital as an entrepreneur and as a consultant helping high growth companies. As a management consultant, Brent has helped high growth companies secure large private equity placements, prepare for acquisition, and develop a variety of financial models and marketing solutions.

Brent holds an MBA from the University of Victoria with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and new venture start up. He also holds a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia where he received the Outstanding Dissertation Award for his focus on Entrepreneurial Business Planning and Private Equity Investment Evaluation.


Prof. Mia Maki


Mia is faculty with the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and Gill Graduate School and is a consultant through Quimper Consulting Inc. Formerly Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for a Victoria-based technology company, Mia has assisted in raising over $40 million in funds and in international initiatives including acquisitions (United States), strategic partnerships (Japan) and joint subsidiary creation (Europe).

Mia has been mentoring entrepreneurs, start-up and early stage companies for over 10 years through Royal Roads University, the University of Victoria, as an independent consultant and as an accredited mentor in the BCIC Actech VIATeC MVP Program.

Mia has served as a Board member or Advisory Board member with VIATeC (Victoria Advanced Technology Association), MITACS (Mathematics, Information Technology and Complex Systems), CMA Canada -British Columbia, CMA Canada (Council of Chairs) and currently serves on the Board of the Victoria Foundation.


Greg Martin

GregGreg’s professional career has been built from the ground up, from a student working part time, to CEO. Greg is a senior executive whose work has spanned multiple industries, including consumer packaged goods, healthcare, adventure tourism, and martial arts. His passion is improving performance and successfully executing business strategies. His purpose is to serve, inspire, and empower others.

Greg holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and is the founder of Where The Head Goes…Performance Systems, an organization that provides performance consulting and executive coaching.

Greg is also a student and instructor of martial arts for over 20 years. He holds black belt rankings in both Aikido and Karate. His primary focus when instructing is to provide training and techniques that are simple, practical, and effective; that develop self-awareness, self-control, and self-leadership.


Mr. Arthur Mercer

ArthurArthur Mercer is currently the CEO of the Nisga’a Commercial Group of Companies. Prior to this he was the Economic Development Coordinator for the Nisga’a Lisim’s Government. With Extensive experience in Northwestern British Columbia, Arthur continues to network with the private sector, educational institutions and all levels of governments in developing strategic economic development partnerships that reduce transaction costs and increase accessibility.

Arthur has served on the Board of Tribal Resources Investment Corporation, Northern Native Broadcasting Corporation, the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board of Canada and the Native Economic Development Advisory Board of British Columbia.
He assists with Nisga’a Lisim’s Government’s business developments as well as coordinates business partnering. One such example is the international marketing of Fish Wheel Caught Sockeye.
As an entrepreneur, Arthur has successfully and Sustainably harvested and Exported Matsutake (Pine) Mushroom for domestic & international trades.


Dan Nesbitt

DanDaniel is a professional engineer with over 17 years of experience in product design and project management in the medical device, telecommunications, semiconductor and mobile device industries. During his time in the medical device industry, Daniel worked on made-in-BC technologies, which advanced the state of early detection of breast, lung, colorectal and cervical cancers. Daniel was an early engineering employee at Vancouver startup HotHaus Technologies, which was acquired in 1999 for $414 million by US semiconductor giant Broadcom Corporation, the highest-valued, private high-tech acquisition in BC to the time.

His experience includes appointments in the academic sector in brain research at the University of British Columbia and part-time teaching engagements at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Daniel holds B.Eng (University of Victoria) and M.A.Sc. (University of British Columbia) in Electrical Engineering. He is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.


Prof. Heather Ranson


Heather Ranson teaches in the Service Management specialization in the BCom and the MBA programs and teaches business communications classes to Gustavson exchange students.

Before joining UVic in 2004, Heather taught tourism management at Camosun College for seven years; prior to that she worked as sales and marketing manager for meetings and events at Tourism Victoria. Heather is still engaged with BC’s tourism industry and often invites guest speakers from the local tourism community into the classroom and takes students on field trips to hear the experts in their places of business.

In July 2011 Heather took on the additional role of Associate Director of the Centre for Social and Sustainable Innovation (CSSI) at the Gustavson School of Business. In this role Heather is building on the momentum of current teaching in the school and assisting professors in developing additional expertise in sustainability so that it becomes a strong theme throughout Gustavson’s course offerings. She also oversees the CSSI website and the annual reporting of Gustavson sustainability commitments to the UN Global Compact group as part of the Principles for Responsible Management Education accreditation.


Dr. Brock Smith

bsmithDr. Smith is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Marketing in the UVic Peter Gustavson School of Business and Champion of its Entrepreneurship Program. For more than 21 years he has taught and conducted research in the areas of entrepreneurship, relationship marketing, and marketing strategy. Dr. Smith is the CEO of a boutique marketing research and consultancy firm serving clients such as Tourism Victoria, The Victoria International Airport, BC Ferries, Clipper Navigation, Blackball Transportation Ltd., the Victoria Foundation, and the Vancouver International Marathon Society.

Dr. Smith was winner of the 1992 Academy of Marketing Doctoral Dissertation Award and has published research in leading academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Marketing. Prior to attaining his Ph.D. from the Ivey School of Business (Western Ontario), Dr. Smith held a variety of sales and marketing roles with IBM Canada.


Cory Stephens

CoryCory comes to the program with a wealth of knowledge and experience gained through both his education and career. Cory graduated from the University of Victoria’s School of Business in 1996 with a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurship. Whilst studying at the school, Cory gained skills in the new venture decision-making model (Scripting: Values & Norms), opportunity and new venture recognition, economic development, strategy formulation, business research methods (Statistical analysis & evaluation) as well as marketing research and marketing strategy formulation. Cory has been engaged in these activities throughout his career. Specific examples include, outlining and presenting new marketing strategies such as building customer loyalty through improved customer service, working within an environment where accounting practices, business law and credit security documentation were utilized and managing the sales cycle to successful conclusion resulting in significant portfolio growth.

Cory has worked within a variety of organizations including, but not limited to, Metlakatla Development Corporation, Metlakatla First Nation, Export Development Canada, New Zealand Trade Development Board, HSBC Bank Canada and most recently as the Founder and Director of Foot Print Consulting in Prince Rupert, BC. In his latest role, Cory was responsible for the successful preparation and planning of funding proposals and project development for Health Canada & Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Cory developed and implemented a training and capacity building program for DFO currently being introduced as a best-practices model for Pacific Coast First Nations organizations.

Cory is passionate about the development and continued growth of local communities whilst ensuring that local traditions and customs are honoured. This is evident in his work experience with the Metlakatla Development Corporation where he successfully developed and managed completion of a $780k tourism project, the Metlakatla Wilderness Trail. Whilst working for the Metlakatla First Nation as a Communications Director, Cory published and edited a community newsletter. In his role as Economic Development Strategy Research Consultant Cory researched and assisted in the development of a First Nations economic development strategy based on principles of value-added manufacturing. Furthermore, Cory produced an addendum to the report including the identification of barriers to First Nation’s economic development and accessing capital. His passion for the community is solidified in his volunteer activity including: Promotions Director, Prince Rupert 2010 Northern BC Winter Games, National Aboriginal Day Celebration (Marketing) 2006-2010 and Success by Six Promotional Campaign 2009.

Cory is very much looking forward to being a part of the program and assisting the delegates with their journey to Entrepreneurship.