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Student Profile: Ken Chan
Ken Chan — a graduate of CityU’s MBA program — is the vice-president of advocacy, research and health care at Cystic Fibrosis Canada where he oversees a diverse portfolio that includes Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s research and clinical programs, patient engagement, government relations and corporate communications. Following his time at CityU, Chan has held several positions across the policing, political and advocacy sectors. He was recently featured in The Globe and Mail.
Recently, we caught up with Ken as he shared about his CityU experiences.
City University of Seattle (CU): As an undergraduate from Canada, what brought you to CityU?
Ken Chan (KC): Armed with a degree in political science, I was looking for a graduate program where I could learn management and leadership. What attracted me to CityU was its track record of educating leaders in the public sector leaders, and in particular I was drawn by the public administration emphasis that was on offer. In addition, the flexibility of having classes in the evenings and weekends were helpful as I was also working.
CU: You graduated with your MBA from CityU. What was your emphasis and what was your experience like with CityU?
KC: My studies focused on managerial leadership with an emphasis on public sector management. In addition to lectures and course readings, I learned quite a bit from fellow class participants – many of whom already have management experience in business and government. I recall having several senior police officers in my courses – and they made a positive impact on my learning. Just to prove my point, I later pursued a career in policing for several years.
CU: How have you applied what you’ve learned in the CityU MBA program in your current and/or past positions?
KC: I’ve held various leadership positions for many years. No doubt, what I’ve learned in the CityU MBA program has made be a better leader. For example, the program provided me with the broad skills to be a general manager as I have become knowledgeable about functions such as human resources, financial accounting and marketing.
CU: Do you have any words of encouragement or advice for CityU students interested in the CityU MBA program?
KC: Don’t limit your learning to just textbooks and lectures; take the opportunity to know your fellow course participants and share your experiences. You will learn just as much from your peers as you do from the classroom.
Thank you for your time Ken and congratulations on your success!
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