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August 5, 2016: Dr Bob Schulz, U of C Haskayne School of Business.   Dr Robert (Bob) Schulz

Dan Doherty introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Bob Schulz, from U of C Haskayne School of Business. Dan fondly calls him "Dr. Bob". Dan warned us to fasten our seat belts, plant our feet on the ground as we were about to embark on a ride in order to keep up and see if we could connect all the dots Dr. Bob was about to send our way.

Dr. Bob began teaching at U of C in 1973. He has a passion and a motivation and as a result has impacted students, faculty and those in need around the world.

The global challenges outlined by the UN in 2000 match the areas of focus our own Rotary International is interested in helping. Some of us have been involved with this at the international, district and/or club level. Through the grant process, our dollars are matched and the leverage grows. These include: eradicate extreme hunger and poverty (Steve Rickard with Microfinance loans and Dan Doherty with Homes of Hope), achieve education for all (Malawi Girls School), gender equality, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, combat disease (Gail Williams and the Dohertys with their trips to Africa to combat polio), ensure environmental sustainability (Duncan Stanners with the Clean Water project in Honduras), and develop global partnership (Opportunity International). I know I have missed lots of "dots", for example Hearts and Hands, the Guatemala project, Grow with Grace, Can Read, Feed the Hungry, the Food Bank, and many more. I will let you connect the dots.

Calgary has a "can do" attitude and many who are U of C alumni right here in Calgary are working and helping these various causes in many parts of the world.

The Haskayne School of Business has a competitive edge and has shown its prowess both in the field of sports and academic prowess. Connect the dot with Andrew Buckley, grandson of Clarence and Evelyn Buckley, and his success on the football field. The school can boast four world MBA championships.

The coveted Hult Prize which looks for a new grand challenge, such as finding ways to double income of five million urban dwellers in five years, was won in 2015 by a Haskayne alumnus, Taylor Scobbie. Competition comes from all over the globe and Calgary has been in the top 20 three times in the past six years.

The Haskayne model dovetails our Rotary model, so more dots are connected. We want to find great local international partners. Look for the best in class solutions. Localize cultural contexts. Digitize content with Global eTraining. Connect the dots and scale by connecting the dots via the internet.

Again, we have many examples in our Rotary world. RAGM (Rotary Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development) publishes global newsletters and bulletins on the internet. Our global grant projects are done in conjunction with other host clubs in the area. We work with those we know and trust.

Dr. Bob gave us many examples of achievements or "dots", as he refers to them, of 14 days in India. One example was a school in Mumbai that was started over 50 years ago to teach the lepers. They are on 122 acres and now use some of the land for agricultural purposes which helps the lepers earn an income and provides nourishing food to many.

There are more "dots" to be connected for sustainable and scalable projects. The U of C is involved in international projects, as is SAIT and the College of the Rockies. Specifically, the U of C Cumming School of Medicine helps with global health issues. There is leveraging from the Alberta government and the government of Canada. Also, funding and help can come from company requirements for corporate responsibility. This is just the short list.

What are some of the possible next collaborative steps? In India there is a need for water, sanitation and agriculture projects. Here there is a connection with the India Inner Wheel. The women on the Inner Wheel use the connection to help their relatives. Utilize pro bona knowledge and work from over 50,000 engineers.

Connect schools, Rotary, our Interact and Rotaract clubs and diaspora. RCCW is working towards setting up an Interact club in a nearby high school this year. We can populate and share a database of contacts and also look for opportunities to digitize and scale. 388 NGO's are networking together trying to scale, digitize and move projects forward. CHIP is a new endeavour to help link donors to worthy projects.

Let's bring this home and look at "Service Above Self". The magnitude of solutions should meet the magnitude of challenges. Dr. Bob asks, "Why go small when you can go BIG?" and "Why go slow when you can go FAST?"

Let's make a difference to change the WORLD by going collaboratively TOGETHER. We need to be the Calgary-based difference that the rest of the world needs. I hope all the "dots" are now connected. I may have lost a few along the way.

Dr. Bob ended his presentation with a short question and answer session. The first question was in regards to MacLean's magazine not giving U of C a very high rating. Dr. Bob's reply was he could care less. Just go out and do it.

Second question was in regards to the work helping the needy in various international countries when there is a need here at home for our First Nations people. Dr. Bob totally agreed and indicated there are currently projects underway that do focus on these issues. We need to teach the teachers. Focus on clean water and agriculture and on providing other kinds of employment, for example in the area of digital technology.

The final question was about the social consciousness of students today. There is much good being done by the young people today building homes, providing fruit trees, underwriting pay day loans. We need more connections; offering foreign students an elective course on how to help their relatives back home. Courses that offer experiential learning about places and people in the world; learning more than you could in a history or geography course.

Chris Davis was the thanker. He found it hard to summarize the presentation as he didn't have enough dots. He used the word "wow" as he recognized Dr. Bob as a super connector and presented him with the Boltman made by Motive Action students.

  • Chris Davis and Bob Schulz
    Chris Davis and Bob Schulz

reported by Judy Cochran

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