BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Business, education and government leaders on
Nov. 30 celebrated the success of the inaugural Exports to Canada
program, a collaboration between the University at Buffalo School
of Management and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency
The Exports to Canada program is an economic development program
that connects School of Management interns with local businesses to
help them increase their level of exports across the border.
Carrie Gardner, director of the School of Management's
Credit-Bearing Internship Program (CBIP), and Maryann Stein,
director of international programs for ECIDA, worked together to
launch the program, which provides training to local businesses
seeking to expand their customer base into Canada and then matches
them with School of Management interns to help achieve that
"We received strong support from our dean, Arjang Assad, and the
UB Office of Economic Engagement, in getting the program under
way," Gardner says.
Stein brought MBA students Mark Bortz and Chris Courtney on
board as interns to help run program. Their internships were
partially funded through Western New York Prosperity
Bortz and Courtney then matched MBA interns from the School of
Management with participating companies: Ascension Industries,
Buffalo Newspress, Life Safety Engineered Systems, RJR Engineering,
Secura Technologies and ValueCentric.
MBA interns Ruth Huoh, Colin Masterson, Mithra Pamaraju, Hung
Duc Phan, Ian Trapper and Andrew Wescott each assisted one of the
companies and gained insights into the ECIDA's mission as well.
"While the anticipated benefit to the businesses is quite clear,
this program has also provided our interns with access to some of
Western New York's most fascinating companies and has given them
insight into the ECIDA's mission," Stein says.
"At the start of this internship, I was pretty green when it
comes to IDAs and economic development," Bortz says. "This
experience has given me an appreciation of how economic development
entities directly benefit companies and the community."
The Exports to Canada program will now be a recurring internship
opportunity for School of Management MBA students, Gardner says.
"It will be a valuable resource for students who wish to gain
international business experience."
John Dunbar Jr., an adjunct instructor in the School of
Management, served as the faculty mentor to all the interns in the
program. He is principal of Strategic Investments and Holdings
Inc., a private equity firm specializing in growth capital,
recapitalization, acquisitions, family businesses and management
buyouts of middle market companies.
National Grid provided a grant to assist the program through an
approved economic development plan from the New York State Public
Special guests at Friday's event included UB Provost Charles
Zukowski; Arjang Assad, dean, UB School of Management; Jean Michel
Laurin, vice president, global business policy, Canadian
Manufacturers and Exporters; Robert D. Steele, director,
partnership and project development, Ministry of Transportation and
Infrastructure, Province of British Columbia; and Robert W.
Swallow, trade policy analyst, Saskatchewan Ministry of
For more information on the School of Management's
Credit-Bearing Internship Program, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu/internships
or call 716-645-3233.
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real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
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its graduates. For more information about the UB School of
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