Athabasca University's Executive MBA alumni receive awards of excellence

    ST. ALBERT, AB, June 10 /CNW/ - Athabasca University's Centre for
Innovative Management congratulates AU MBA alumni who have been recognized
recently for excellence in a number of fields. As Dr. Alex Kondra, Executive
Director of the Centre for Innovative Management, says, "These awards speak to
the tremendous contributions that our grads are making to organizations across
Canada and the world. We've known that our MBA makes a huge difference to the
lives and career success of our grads, and this latest recognition points to
the tangible ways in which our alumni are making a very real difference in
their organizations, their communities, their provinces, and our country."

    AU MBA alumni recognized recently for their achievements are:

    -  Sharon Barnes, MBA '06, was named to Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40 by
       Business in Vancouver. Ms. Barnes is Founder and CEO of RFind Systems,
       Inc. in Kelowna, and her company was named one of the Top 25 Exporters
       in B.C. at the 2008 B.C. Export Awards.

    -  Irene Jeremic, MBA '05, is a recipient of the 2009 CIO 100 Award from
       IDG's CIO magazine. The annual award program recognizes leaders around
       the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and
       strategic excellence in information technology (IT). Ms. Jeremic is
       the CIO of Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc., in Richmond, B.C. As Jim
       Moore, President and CEO of Stork Craft and an AU MBA alumnus, notes,
       "Every year, Irene and her teams have delivered state of the art
       solutions, and this award epitomizes a well deserved achievement."

    -  Jason Potter, MBA '05, was recently named to Canada's Top 40 Under 40
       by The Globe and Mail. Since beginning the MBA program, Jason rapidly
       ascended through the ranks at Sobeys, and now serves as President of
       Operations for Sobeys Atlantic.

    -  Corrine Scott, MBA '06, will be inducted into the Order of Manitoba on
       July 15, 2009. She serves as Superintendent of Uniform Operations for
       the Winnipeg Police Service, and is being recognized for her work to
       enhance the profile of women in policing.

    -  Havind Semhi, MBA '98, President and CEO of RevenueWire, received the
       2009 award for Emerging Company of the Year from VIATeC, an
       organization that promotes and enhances the development of the
       advanced technology industry in Victoria, B. C.

    -  Gustavo Zentner, MBA '06, was honoured recently in Winnipeg with
       Athabasca University's Rising Star Award. The award recognizes a
       member of AU's alumni community who has demonstrated leadership and
       significant career advancements. Mr. Zentner, President of InterPOC,
       Inc., a leading international consulting firm focused on international
       trade and strategic business development, has distinguished himself as
       a leader and successful entrepreneur within Manitoba, Canada, and

    About Athabasca University's Centre for Innovative Management:

    Launched in 1994 as the world's first online MBA program, Athabasca
University's MBA program has grown to become Canada's largest Executive MBA
with over 800 students world-wide, and an alumni population of over 2300. The
AU MBA has been ranked among the "Top 75 EMBAs in the World," according the
Financial Times of London. In April, 2009, AU launched Canada's first online
Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). Athabasca University is fully
accredited in Canada, and also in the United States through the Middle States
Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of six regional accreditation
bodies in the United States.

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