Capilano University Instructor Rick Colbourne named a Fulbright Scholar

September 1, 2016

  .Rick Colbourne

Capilano University business instructor Rick Colbourne has been awarded a visiting research chair position by Fulbright CanadaColbourne begins his eight-month term at the University of Arizona this September. 

“I am excited to have been given the opportunity to focus on one of my passions – Indigenous entrepreneurship,” says Colbourne. “I hope to provide greater insights into the value of Indigenous entrepreneurship as a distinctive activity and to support Aboriginal people in considering traditional knowledge and understandings as part of their business decision-making.”

Colbourne is an award-winning educator with international experience in entrepreneurship, education and the creative, cultural and technology industries. He has served on faculties at universities and colleges in Canada and the United Kingdom. 

At Capilano University, Colbourne teaches in the School of Business and in Executive Education. He has a doctorate in Management from the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, a master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick. 

Colbourne is Anishinaabe and a member of the Mattawa/North Bay Algonquin First Nation in Ontario.

“Rick is an exceptional scholar and a generous leader in our intellectual community,” says Richard Gale, acting president of Capilano University. “This is an important research opportunity and Arizona is very fortunate. We look forward to Rick's return, when he can share his work with our faculty and students as one of the many contributions to Capilano University’s Aboriginal Student Success Strategy.”

About Fulbright Canada
The Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America (Fulbright Canada) is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in both countries and engage them in residential academic exchange. Fulbright Canada, which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary, provides support to students, scholars, teachers and independent researchers through a variety of programs which are open to individuals in all academic fields, with the exception of medical training.

About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers more than 100 programs, including 12 bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film and animation, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 11,600 students each year, 8,300 in for-credit programs and 3,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, Lil’wat and Sechelt (shíshálh) Nations. 

For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact: 

Cheryl Rossi
Senior Communications Advisor
Capilano University
t: 604.983.7596
c: 778.879.7119

Submitted by: School of Business