Dr. Robert Mittelman is an Associate Professor of entrepreneurship at Royal Roads University and the Associate Director of the Eric C Douglass Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. His research interests relate to social entrepreneurship, corporate social innovation, and non-profit marketing. His recent work explores new theories of social entrepreneurship as well as examines the imagery and narratives used in the marketing of international humanitarian aid.
Prior to Royal Roads, Mittelman worked as an entrepreneur, starting and running a number of small businesses and social enterprises in Canada as well as abroad. He has also worked with micro-entrepreneurs in Peru with Kiva.org, served as a consultant with MBAs Without Borders in Guatemala, and started his own business in Nicaragua.
Mittelman received his PhD in Management from the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University (2015) where he investigated charitable giving to distant strangers. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (2006) as well as a Bachelor of International Business from Carleton University (2000) and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Western University (1997).
Dr. Peter Ove
Dr. Peter Ove teaches sociology at Camosun College in Victoria, BC. Among other things, Peter has also worked as a consultant for international NGOs, a researcher on community development, a high-school teacher in Denmark, a social coordinator for international students, a youth worker in Ucluelet, a field school supervisor in Inner Mongolia, an intern for the UN Human Settlements Programme in Brazil, and a laboratory technician in a Cuban cement factory. Peter has a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology, an M.A. in International Development Studies (Dalhousie), and a PhD in Sociology (UBC) focusing on issues of global education and poverty reduction.
Dr. Brook Smith
Dr. Brock Smith is a professor of entrepreneurship and marketing, Winspear Scholar, and Entrepreneurship Area Champion at the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria (Canada). Winner of the 1992 Academy of Marketing Science Doctoral Dissertation Award, Dr. Smith has published more than 25 articles in leading management, entrepreneurship, and marketing journals. UVic’s entrepreneurship program has earned international awards for pedagogy and many of its graduates are leaders in entrepreneurial communities in British Columbia, Canada, and around the world. His research interests focus on entrepreneurial cognition, customer value creation strategies, and issues at the marketing-entrepreneurship interface. He founded UVic’s Innovation Centre for Entrepreneurs (now the Coast Capital Innovation Centre) and helped found the Vancouver Island Social Innovation Zone. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Smith held a variety of sales and marketing roles with IBM Canada. He owns boutique market research firm that provides opportunities for students to gain market research acumen by working on industry projects.