Saul Klein

Conference Chair

Dr. Saul Klein serves as Dean and Lansdowne Professor of International Business at the Gustavson School. Saul joined the business faculty in 2001 to teach and research in the area of international business. Before taking on the deanship in 2012, he served as champion of the International Business specialization, and directed and oversaw a significant expansion of the school’s Executive Programs.

As Dean, he focusses his energies on enhancing the reputation and expanding recognition of the business school. To that end, he concentrates on differentiating the business school from its competitors and sharpening its global positioning. The school enjoys full five-year accreditations from both EQUIS and AACSB, a distinction earned by only 65 of the more than 15,000 business schools world-wide. He is building additional partnerships to leverage the school’s emphasis on social and sustainable values and its areas of specialization — entrepreneurship, international business and service management. He has spearheaded the development of the Gustavson Brand Trust Index as a way to highlight the School’s role in promoting responsible leadership. As a researcher, his primary research interests are in the areas of marketing management, marketing strategy, global business, and international marketing. He has a particular interest in issues relating to global competitiveness in emerging markets.

Sébastien Beaulieu

Associate Co-Chair

Sébastien Beaulieu is an experienced diplomat and executive at Global Affairs Canada. He also serves as an adjunct professor with the University of Victoria, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

As Ambassador of Canada to Tunisia and former Chief of Staff to the Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, he has been exposed to the highest levels of foreign policy formulation, governance and decision-making on key issues related to Canada’s diplomacy. His 20 years of international experience includes work on global issues, international security, trade policy and international trade litigation, with postings to Geneva, Paris and Tunis. He currently serves as Canada’s Executive Coordinator for Syria, based in Beirut.

Sébastien Beaulieu est un diplomate d’expérience et cadre à Affaires mondiales Canada. Il est aussi Professeur associé à la Gustvason School of Business de l’Université de Victoria.

En tant qu’Ambassadeur du Canada en Tunisie et ancien Chef de Cabinet du Sous-Ministre associé des Affaires étrangères, il a été exposé aux plus hauts niveaux de formulation de politique étrangère, de gouvernance et de décision liées à la diplomatie canadienne. Les 20 ans d’expérience internationale de Sébastien incluent les enjeux mondiaux, la sécurité internationale, la politique commerciale et le litige commercial, avec des affectations à Genève, Paris et Tunis. Il est actuellement « Coordonnateur exécutif du Canada pour la Syrie », basé à Beyrouth.

Adel Guitouni

Associate Co-Chair

Dr. Adel Guitouni is an award-winning associate professor of management sciences, operations research and decision support systems at the Gustavson School of Business. His PhD and master-level students benefit from his multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and professional activities, which includes his work with the Canadian government where he directed large scientific teams involved with major events and strategic initiatives such as the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and G8/G20 summits, and a variety of projects with the Canadian Forces. Since 2011, on behalf of the business school, he has actively engaged in several educational activities that support the democratic transition and socio-economic development in the MENA region (i.e., Tunisia and Libya) from providing coaching sessions to senior government officials to obtaining grant funding to develop the country’s leadership capacity. In 2014 in partnership with Tunisian higher education institutions, he established a not-for-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship development and innovation. Through his research, Dr. Guitouni’s goal is to help improve the decision-making process at the individual and corporate level. Through his entrepreneurship and leadership project work, he hopes to empower youth and leaders by giving them the tools to change their world.

Venus Tamturk

Project Manager

Venus Tamturk joined the Victoria Forum in 2018. In her current role as the Project Manager, Victoria Forum, she is using her background to think creatively and strategically on crafting engagement strategies with corporations, society, and citizen sector organizations. As the project manager, she is on the front line of information management, analyzing, investigating, interpreting and communicating complex information in support of the Forum’s long-term ethics, responsibility, sustainability, and outreach goals.

Venus seeks to contribute to creating a more inclusive community where people find a sense of belonging while keeping up with current events, international, national and local news in areas of pressing global issues. She then communicates these stories to our stakeholders and the public through various means of media, print and with an online presence.