Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Economics instructor takes a hands-on approach

David Denofreo photo
By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Suki Badh doesn’t just teach economics – he lives and breathes it.

The Douglas instructor has served on the premier’s task force on immigration, the Western Economic Diversification Committee, the finance committee of the CKNW Orphans’ Fund, the Richmond Hospital Foundation, on various advisory committees to Richmond City Hall, and manages 150 acres of blueberry farms in Richmond and Ladner. He’s also hosted a radio program on current political, economic and social issues.

Suki brings all this experience and knowledge into the classroom for the benefit of his students. “I can talk about some of the other things that I do and put facts and figures in front of them," he says. "Whether it’s the broadcast industry, the agriculture industry or the charity I’m involved with, I can relate theory into real life for the students. I think this gives them an advantage.”

Suki also teaches at a major university, but loves teaching at Douglas because of the smaller class sizes. “The biggest difference is at the university I walk in, put on a mic, lecture and then leave. I have very limited contact with the students. But at Douglas, I can get to know the students on a first-name basis. There’s more room for contact with them one on one.”

Find out more about studying Economics at Douglas College by visiting our website. Read more inspiring stories about our students and instructors in our new viewbook.