The decision to go on the South America Study Trip was an easy one for me. The countries are all known for having amazing food and sightseeing; the weather being in the 20’s-30’s during December was also a nice perk.
Arriving early in Peru to visit Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world, was nothing short of spectacular. I am not usually one for sightseeing tours, but this ended up being one of the highlights of my entire time in South America. We parlayed that with visits to Copacabana beach in Rio, situated across the street from our hotel, which is widely known to be one of the best (if not the best) beaches in the world. The Brazilian steakhouse and Christ the Redeemer/Sugarloaf Mountain capped off our unforgettable trip to Brazil. Chile was special for many reasons, but I would like to focus on one, the $4 bottles of delicious wines. We also had the pleasure of visiting a winery with a great lunch and, of course, plenty of wine.
By now you may be asking what actual “studying” took place on the trip; but I am pleased to say that it did provide an eye opening experience to business in these countries. Prior to coming on this trip, I knew very little about the business practices of these countries. The presentations were hosted by a wide variety of industry leaders and government officials who provided an in-depth look into the economics behind their successes, while identifying the current headwinds.
Brent Miller, MBA Candidate 2017
Ivey’s Pierre L. Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship and IBK Capital Corp sponsored the 19th edition of Canada’s premier business plan competition over two days in January 2017. The competition saw participation from schools around the world.
Over the two days, the nine-member teams honed their business development skills from some of the great minds in the entrepreneurship field.
Highlights from the competition included:
- Fireside chats with noted Canadian Entrepreneur Anton Rabie, HBA ’94 of Spin Master Ltd, one of the largest and most innovative toy companies in the world.
- A workshop on developing global brands by Albert Behr from Behr & Associates.
In the end, Team Ivey took top spot with Aunt Mary’s Corp. – a unique set of powdered beverage mixes capable of emulsifying and counteracting the foul taste of essential and cannabinoid oils. Members of Team Ivey include Ryan Bauer, Erik Lapointe and Michael Palumbo, who are Ivey 2017 MBA candidates and are now working on their venture at the newly announced Western Accelerator.
Team REVOJel from Thammasat University(Thailand) won the second prize, while Team Grox Industries from the University of Arkansas took the third place.
Karan Rao, MBA Candidate 2017
One of the most-quoted wisdoms about an MBA is that “it’s not about the classes, it’s about the network.” To a large degree, I agree with that statement. The Ivey network is large, diverse and very willing to help one another. Most of our interactions with alumni during the program had been focused on learning about an industry, finding a job, or connecting with another person who could help us move forward in our careers.
That is not what Global Ivey Day is about. Global Ivey Day isn’t the place to “network” in the traditional sense. It isn’t where you go looking for your next job, or to set up a coffee. Global Ivey Day is about celebrating being a part of an amazing community, and having fun. It’s about connecting with old friends, and making new ones. It’s about 75 of your classmates laughing on the dance floor and crowding together to get in one picture. It’s about showing up early and staying until the staff asks you to leave, and then meeting at a pub later.
The best part about Ivey isn’t the classes. Or the network. It’s about the people you meet, and getting to know them as people, not as consultants, bankers, marketers or anything else. Maybe the friends you make at Global Ivey Day will help you get an interview or a raise. But hopefully, above all else, they’ll be people you enjoy spending time with, and someone you’ll look forward to seeing socially, not just professionally.
Riley Trottier, MBA Candidate 2017
Welcome to the MBAA Website; a home for all the information, updates, and commentary from your peers in the program. We have designed the website with a focus on accessibility while still providing key information about the student body and leadership structure. Through the website, you can learn about the various clubs, keep up to date on events, read student testimonials, and connect with your peers.
On behalf of Student Council, I hope you enjoy using the website and continue to contribute to Ivey’s outstanding community.
President, Ivey MBA Association 2017