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Steve Alisharan’s
legacy at UBC Sauder

UBC Sauder School of Business

Join us in honouring Steve by inspiring future generations to pursue education, research and community engagement

“Steve cared deeply, taught with passion, and stuck to the rules for the right reasons. He embodied responsible leadership, generosity and the transformational power of education” —Rian Gauvreau, MBA 2011, founder and board member, Clio

Over his more than 30 years at UBC Sauder, Steve taught thousands of students, many of whom say that his values and work ethic had a profound influence on their lives.  He was a remarkably accomplished educator, an inspiring colleague and a generous friend.

Throughout his career, Steve was passionate about the transformational power of education and won many awards for the quality and impact of his teaching. One of his key contributions to the school was his leadership in the UBC MBA Core and the EMBA and IMBA degrees, where he integrated key academic disciplines in business and championed the importance of combining academic study and the experience of real-world business and healthcare problems.

Steve always went above and beyond for students, inspiring our faculty to match his level of dedication.  Despite his heavy workload, he always found time to hold extra review sessions for students, and offered career advice and assistance long after graduation.

Steve’s dedication to students, experiential learning and program excellence provided a foundation for making our programs the best they could be. His belief in the transformational power of education, collaboration and innovation along with the connections and community he built contributed to the success of our graduates, our programs and the school. His values and expertise underpin the school’s priorities going forward.

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  • “Always go the extra mile and lift someone up by giving them a picture of themselves that they didn’t think possible.”

    Steve Alisharan

Just like Steve, we aspire to be even more.

Steve understood we need leaders from all backgrounds who can collaborate and problem-solve across disciplines, harness emerging technologies and motivate diverse teams. He spent his time nurturing and developing the people and programs necessary to boost 21st-century business skills, transform the student experience and equip our graduates to drive positive change in business. Above all, Steve believed in giving back.

“Be quietly generous and kind when no one is looking.” – Steve Alisharan

As someone who experienced Steve’s impact, we invite you make a gift to continue his legacy of transforming business education through new knowledge, new ways of thinking and new solutions for society. Your gift to honour Steve will support an MBA case-study classroom in the UBC Sauder Powerhouse Project in his name. The Powerhouse Project has a vision built on the values Steve championed all his life: progressive programming, collaborative research and experiential learning.

Your support will help students develop the unique parts of themselves they’ll need to lead in a complex world while teaching them success is not just about prosperity, it is about responsibility to society and generosity toward others. Join us in honouring Steve by inspiring future generations to pursue education, research and community engagement that celebrates the unique role business can play in serving the greater good.


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