Since graduating more than 25 years ago, UBC Sauder alumnus Ali Pejman, FCA has been the go-to person for the next generation of graduates. He has been an active volunteer and mentor for the Commerce Undergraduate Society (CUS), where he strives to pass on his expertise and experience from a two-decade career in investment banking to younger students. In addition, he also supports UBC alumni and student-run start-up enterprises through the Creative Destruction Lab and Forum for Women Entrepreneurs programs.
Supporting and giving back to the community is something Pejman considers non-negotiable. “I don’t take my accomplishments for granted. I think circumstances and luck draw a very fine line between great success and not. Because of that, I just feel that wherever I can help, I should.”
“I believe you should give back more than you’re receiving. I’ve always said to people, ‘The more you do this, the more enriching life is.’”Ali Pejman, FCA
In recognition of his unwavering support and advocacy for UBC students and alumni, Pejman has recently been awarded one of this year’s Alumni Builder Awards. In addition, he has also received numerous awards throughout his career for his various contributions to the community at large, including a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants (FCA) of British Columbia and Caldwell Partners’ Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award. However, Pejman believes his community involvement has been more than enough of a reward itself.
“The Alumni Builder Award honours those who have made a notable and lasting impact on the university,” says UBC Sauder Dean Robert Helsley. “Ali exemplifies someone who has relentlessly supported the school as a mentor, donor, and community builder. May he serve to inspire others to step up and give back.”
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UBC is working together with alumni UBC to broaden and deepen engagement through programs that cultivate pride, empower personal growth, support professional development and enable contribution, as defined under Strategy 18: Alumni Engagement.