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Young Entrepreneur - Paul McTaggart
Author Brian McKenzie
Faculty of Business
University of Victoria
Brian McKenzie has a BA in English, an MBA in
entrepreneurship and a Trades Certificate in boatbuilding. Over the past 29 years, he has
successfully started and run ventures in fields as diverse as specialty retailing,
journalism, and boatbuilding.
Brian is presently working on his PhD at the
University of Victoria. His research interests centre around entrepreneurship education
and the development of venturing expertise.
As a member of the Faculty of Business, Brian is the
Victoria area co-ordinator of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation program, which offers
low cost loans to young people starting new ventures. He is also the Associate Editor of
the Academy of Management Entrepreneurship Division newsletter, and is the Initiatives
Director of the new entrepreneurship centre at University of Victoria.
Brian has 9 years experience as a free lance
journalist. His articles have been published in magazines such as West Coast Boat Journal,
Pacific Yachting, Malaysia Industry and G7 magazine. He has extensive experience in
technical writing, having authored numerous computer user manuals, business plans,
business reports, and corporate analysis.
Brian began teaching entrepreneurship and small
business management in the spring of 1997 by delivering his thesis project: An Integrated
Curriculum for Entrepreneurship Education to a group of graduates from engineering and
environmental sciences. Since then, he has taught Developing Entrepreneurial Ventures
& The Business Plan, Small Business Management, Start-up Issues, and Business
Strategy. Brian has prepared several cases for discussion in his entrepreneurship classes.