Source: miriamjohnston.com, saitjournalism.ca
The newly founded SAIT Management Society is breaking grounds for its members by offering three management development events in just its first semester of existence.
President Jeromy Deleff, Vice-president Wayne Lin, and Executive Member Omari Fraser founded the club after they worked together on a charitable project for their project management course.
“It’s a big thing to create a club from scratch but we had a strong team we knew we could branch out from,” said Deleff.
“We think there’s a lot we can do that helps the student experience that the academic setting doesn’t necessarily teach.”
Despite the club being officially created in December 2016, their executive team has already planned three events for their members to attend.
With help from their project management professor, the class where it all started, the club is bringing in people from different educational institutions to do a certificate information session, a social networking event, and an industry night.
Some of the possible institutes lined up for these events are the Project Management Institute, the International Institute of Business Analysis, and the Canadian Institute of Management.
“We’ve actually had a dramatic interest in our club just in our first month,” said Deleff.
“We are marketing to all SAIT students, so our membership is currently free. We want to encompass everyone and not limit the club to just management majors.”
“We believe that management is something that is very broad and can apply to everyone,” said Lin.
“We want our peers to accomplish the milestone of how to gain the skills to become a leader.”
Deleff and his executive team have researched the management clubs from across Canada and the U.S, including MIT and Standford, and have found that these clubs are scarce or don’t offer many events or opportunities for members.
The team said they are ambitious when it comes to what they want the society to be, and they are modelling it after the best management clubs that they can find.
“What we’re doing already in terms of our scope right now, we’re on par with some of the best Management clubs in Canada.”
The club consisted of over 72 members after just one month of operations, and the club has seen consistent sign-ups.
Of the business major clubs, management is the last one to be created, however the club is moving the fastest when it comes to events.
“We’re seeing tremendous growth and I think that if we accomplish a solid first semester, it’s going to set a really good foundation for us to go forward in the next academic year, and we can start adding even more to our scope,” said Deleff.
Deleff said that he wanted to create this club to prepare future managers for the growing challenges that the world is facing right now.
“We believe that leaders are not born, but they are able to be trained,” said Lin.
“They may forget everything they learned in school once its over, but one thing that will last is this experience.”
The club is something that Deleff, Lin and Fraser are very invested in, as they have contributed long hours and even their own capital to get the club going.
“We have a vision that we think is achievable if we have the right people, the right passion and the interest,” said Deleff.
“We want this club to be an active and impactful club for years to come in the future for SAIT.”