Learn from a panel of experts how anyone can leverage the entrepreneurial mindset. 

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Teaching entrepreneurial thinking is about more than just business start-ups. It's about taking initiative, solving problems creatively, being resourceful, persuading others your idea has merit, collaborating with them to make it happen and being able to adjust when things don't go as planned.

Watch this webinar to understand why entrepreneurial thinking is important across all disciplines. Learn how anyone can leverage the entrepreneurial mindset, whether it's creative ways of addressing social challenges, designing more sustainable communities, pushing boundaries in the arts, or re-inventing a career or business after an economic downturn.

Panel speakers: 

  • John Brown, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Design
  • Houston Peschl, Instructor, Haskayne School of Business
  • Richard Sigurdson, Dean, Faculty of Arts


John Brown is dean and a professor of architecture with the University of Calgary's Faculty of Environmental Design. His research interests include housing, aging-in-place, and architectural entrepreneurship. John is a registered architect and a founding principal of the architectural firm Housebrand. He is a recognized authority on residential practice and collaborates with medical and bio-medical engineering researchers to develop new housing options for an aging population.

Houston Peschl is an instructor of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainable Development in UCalgary's Haskayne School of Business. He started his entrepreneurial journey in the town of Canmore, Alberta at the age of 13. Disappointed and frustrated with a summer job as a dishwasher for the local greasy spoon, he decided to start a landscaping company. Seven successful start-ups have followed, along with the passion to solve the world's problems through entrepreneurial thinking.

Richard Sigurdson is the dean of UCalgary's Faculty of Arts. His research interests lie in political theory, Canadian politics, and the politics of nationalism, specifically on national identity and how it affects public policies on immigration in different countries.


The power of entrepreneurial thinking: Panel discussion

Recorded on April 10, 2018


Take a look at our other webinars and ebooks for research-based insights, including entrepreneurialism in public universities and a handbook for adopting the entrepreneurial mindset.