Artwork by Irene Zhang

When the UBC Business Review Journal ended its initial run in 1999 after 32 years, it capped a remarkable era of growth and prosperity for Vancouver, as the city grew from a small urban enclave to Western Canada’s economic engine. The BRJ, with its examination of global and local trends by student contributors, helped shape some of the most influential business leaders at the helm of that evolution. 

Now, two decades later, a group of ambitious students has resurrected the publication for a new era of remarkable shifts in the business community. Founded by editor-in-chief Saavin Lidder, the New Business Review will foster student thought leadership by exploring the latest business trends and developing strategies for businesses locally and abroad. 

The timing couldn’t be better. At a time of rapid technological, political and ecological change, the business landscape is evolving at a rapid pace. In a world faced by complex global issues, from climate change, to increased income disparity, we need a new generation of creative and innovative business leaders to develop a holistic understanding of business’s fundamental role in society.

I believe they will get us there. This generation genuinely cares about betterment of society, and, as a result, they’re breaking down the barriers between net worth and social worth. They have immense potential to be a force for positive change. 

It’s here, in this magazine, where UBC students will work to hone the nascent talents and ideas that will shape the future of business – and wider society – in the years to come. 

I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Santa Ono‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎
President and Vice-Chancellor
The University of British Columbia