Fall recruiting is a time of mixed emotions and energy. Suits, frowns, nervous laughter, and super tense environment greets every Ivey MBA student in the months of August and September.
And then comes along the Ivey Olympics.
The Ivey MBA batch of 2017 came together for a day of team games organized by the students themselves. Three Ivey Olympics Senators – Jordana Vered, Brent Miller, and Usman Murad – chose and organized the games, created six teams, and nominated a captain in each team.
On D-day, everybody gathered at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre where rain forced our hand to play indoor games before moving out for some outdoor activities. The sea of six colours soon dispersed into duels of colours. Black and grey teams mimed everyday things in 60-seconds, blue and yellow threw quarters and dimes in a pen stand, while green and orange competed to make pyramids from beer cups. After multiple rounds of outdoing each other, the final indoor game was a dance performance by each team with only 30 minutes to prep. Surely there’s a video somewhere waiting to embarrass everyone at the 10-year reunion!
Once rain gave way to bright sunshine, everybody moved outside for the real challenges. Games like 100 metre sprints, shaving the balloons, passing polo candies through toothpicks, all carefully supervised under watchful eyes of professionals from accidental-candy-swallow-association, were used to select the three teams that competed in the final showdown.
Finally, after another gruelling half an hour, Team Orange was proclaimed the winner!
Pourush Chowdhary, MBA Candidate 2017
Take 140 of the most competitive, intelligent students in Canada and pit them against one another in a winner take-all contest for glory: The Accenture Case Competition – the culmination of intensity in the 2017 Ivey MBA Program. For three days our 5-person team competed against 24 other teams working to solve real-world problems for real companies by developing innovative solutions in Marketing, Finance and Corporate Strategy.
The word “team” shows up in the core value statement of 40% of Fortune 100 companies and nothing was more important in winning the Accenture Case Competition than teamwork. Our team was built from diverse skillsets in Engineering, Finance, Biology and Actuarial Science and thrived on the open flow of ideas, having fun, mutual respect and the competitive drive that brought us to Ivey. But despite winning, despite the prestige, despite the praise and congratulations from classmates and faculty, the most rewarding aspect of the competition occurred during the final presentation when we were introduced to our client.
To date in the program, all of our cases had been focused on how companies had historically solved their problems. Our final case focused on the social enterprise Me to We. During the presentation we were surprised with an introduction to its COO, Russ McLeod, and the revelation that this was an issue for which they were still seeking a solution. Presenting our strategy to Me to We and being received with enthusiasm and genuine interest will likely be the experience I remember most fondly from my MBA. At only 3 months into the program, it is amazing to know that we have already made an impact.
Adrian MacKay, R.P.Bio
MBA Candidate 2017
From Vancouver, British Columbia, Adrian graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Biology specializing in Conservation and Evolutionary Ecology. Before attending Ivey, Adrian worked as a Project Manager in the Environmental Consulting Industry in Vancouver, Calgary and Manitoba. At Ivey, Adrian is a Vice President of the Investment and Economics Club and member of the Golf, Consulting and Marketing clubs.
The Ivey School of Business and the Haskayne School of Business co-organized the East Meets West Leadership Case Competition, hosted by the Ivey Business School in London, from February 2nd to 4th, 2017. The two-day case competition saw participation from business schools across Canada.
In round one of the case competition, mixed student teams from four different schools were challenged to balance the fiscal demands of the organization, while demonstrating good leadership qualities and teamwork. On the second day, students were reunited with their home university teams to complete round two, and prizes were awarded to the finalists.
The team from Sobey School of Business, comprising of Santiago Behar Gomez, Pallav Parikh, Haley Maillet, Sascha Hamilton-Miller took away the winner’s purse whereas the team from Peter B. Gustavson School of Business comprising of Bodie Elliott, Gozde Ozbilim, Nikheel Premsagar, and Ankit Sarage pocketed the second place.
Four students from Ivey participated in the competition as well. Here’s what they took away from the competition:
In December 2016, I embarked on the China Study Trip along with seventy of my fellow classmates. Speaking with students from previous MBA classes, I thought I had an idea of what the trip would entail. It turned out I had no clue how much fun we were going to have as it exceeded every one of my expectations.
Given that I’m an AMBA student, I knew that it was going to be a great opportunity to get to know some classmates that I hadn’t had the chance to really get to know yet.
We travelled to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. Each city had something different to offer, from culture, economics, weather, and more. My personal favourites were Shanghai and Hong Kong, given their amazing skylines, great food, and out of control night life. Regardless of our individual preferences, it was hard to ignore the sheer size of each city. Shenzhen, a city I knew relatively nothing about, has almost 11 million people! Around 30 years ago it was just a fishing village of 100,000 people! This was a great example of just how fast China is growing.
The businesses we visited and speakers we had were very beneficial to understanding the country’s political, economic, and cultural landscape. One the most memorable visits for me were to the Walmart China’s headquarters and local store in Shenzhen. The stores themselves are built to mimic a traditional Chinese market, where shoppers can select from a variety of fresh fish, meats, and grains. The e-commerce portion of the business on the other hand is years ahead of what we would typically see with North American businesses.
Overall, the trip was an amazing experience and was definitely the highlight of my MBA.
Stephen Glennie, MBA Candidate 2017