Alumni and Events


As a member of the EDP alumni you will enjoy an ongoing relationship with your fellow graduates. A number of events are run throughout the year, bringing together alumni networks of business leaders and graduates and facilitating the exchange of ideas and expertise.

Find out more about the Canterbury MBA Graduate Association


We provide personal and professional development opportunities to support you in your career progression.

Thought Leadership Series

Leading business minds from New Zealand and abroad feature in our Thought Leadership Series. Industry, students and alumni are invited to be inspired by innovative and insightful expertise from executives and entrepreneurs.

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Hear from leading business minds from New Zealand and abroad in our premiere Thought Leadership Series. Industry, students and alumni are invited to be inspired with innovative and insightful expertise from executives and entrepreneurs.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Malcolm Rands, Founder of ecostore, Executive Chair of Fairground Foundation
  • Barbara Chapman, Chief Executive of ASB
  • Harold Hillman, Sigmoid
  • Christopher Luxon, CEO of Air New Zealand
  • Garry Diack, CEO of Tait Communications
  • John Spence, International Business Thought Leader (watch video)
  • Geoff White, CEO of Trade Aid (watch video)
  • Andrew Shaw, Partner Lane Neave
  • Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism
  • Brian Lee, CFO of Smiths City
  • Anthony Leighs, Leighs Construction
  • Rick Hellings, CEO of Smiths City
  • Joel Bamford, Senior Economist for Commerce Commission
  • Doug Hastie, CEO of Syft Techologies, founder Chanui Tea
  • Rob Jamieson, CEO of Orion New Zealand Ltd
  • Jim Boult, CEO of Christchurch International Airport
  • Steve Hampson, CEO of powerHouse Ventures Ltd
  • Dave Clive, Assistant Commissioner (South) of New Zealand Police
  • Brett Anderson, CEO of Christchurch Casino
  • Dr Allan Freeth, CEO of TelstraClear
  • Roger Sutton, Chief Executive of CERA
  • Nicki Crauford, CEO of Institute of Directors
  • Rod Quin, CEO of Westland Milk Products
How Social Enterprise Can Change the World with Malcolm Rands

Why Authentic Leadership Matters with Harold Hillman

Leading in Constant Change with John Spence

‌Upcoming events

Thought Leadership Series 2018

Creating a Spark that Unleashes potential in all New Zealanders

Presenter: Simon Moutter, Managing Director, Spark New Zealand


Simon has led the reinvention of Telecom to Spark, to better reflect the fast-changing new world of digital services in which the business now operates. As a passionate and committed Kiwi, his ambition is for Spark to help all New Zealanders live more amazing lives and build more successful businesses, through the power of digital technology.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018
5.00 - 7.30 pm

A1 Lecture Theatre, North Arts Lecture Theatres
University of Canterbury (map)

Recommended Parking:
Clyde Carpark
University of Canterbury (map)

Register via Eventbrite here

View the programme for this event here


Stay connected

Canterbury MBA Graduate Association have an active LinkedIn page and EDP has a YouTube channel and utilises the college Facebook page.

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