Finding His ‘Perfect Match’ | Barnabas Simende’s BBA Project Management Story

BBA On Campus

April 25, 2022

One of the biggest lessons Yorkville University’s 2022 Ontario Campus Bachelor of Business Administration valedictorian learned during his studies in the Project Management specialization was just how applicable the skills he was learning in the classroom could be. 

Barnabas Simende

“Project Management fundamentals can be implemented in every aspect of life – be it in the arts, business, or parenthood,” said Barnabas Simende, who also holds a diploma in Acting for Film, Television & the Theatre from Yorkville’s affiliate, Toronto Film School.

“So, when I was seeking an opportunity to further my education, the BBA Project Management program was a perfect match, because the same principles can be used for film productions.” 

Now a project coordinator for Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. in Toronto, Simende continues to balance his dual passions for acting and project management by volunteering as a member of the online committee for Village Players Theatre, while also working towards his PMP certification with aspirations of continuing his studies in Business and Project Management.

Simende recently sat down to reflect on his time at Yorkville University and his plans for the future. Here’s what he had to say:

1) What brought you to Yorkville University? Where were you in your life/career when you decided to continue your studies with us? 

I had just completed the Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre program at Toronto Film School and was seeking for an opportunity to further my education. The BBA program with a specialization in Project Management was a perfect match, because the same principles can be used for film productions.

2) What made you decide to pursue your studies in Business Administration – Project Management?

It’s a versatile program and the fundamentals or principles can be applied to any business environment.

3) What is the most important lesson you’re taking away from your studies at Yorkville University?  

Change is constant and help is always available if you ask.

4) What are your plans after graduation, both immediate and long-term?  

In the short term, I want to gain experience, find ways to build my career, build new relationships and stay connected to my professors and advisors. In the long term, my goals are to maintain good relationships and return to university to further my education in Business and Project Management. 

5) If you offered one piece of advice to an incoming student, what would that be? 

Stick to your plan but always leave room for unexpected changes.