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Alumni play dominant role in case competition

Two of the five members of the HEC team were Memorial alumni including on the right in the back row John Kearsey and Wendy Fewer on the left in the centre row. This photo also includes the team coaches.

Memorial University and its alumni were dominant players in the 25th John Molson School of Business MBA International Case Competition at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel in Montreal, Jan. 3-7, 2006.

This year's MBA team, which finished in the top nine out of 30 international universities, included alumni Michael Pickard, Brian King, George Colbert, Jeff Keats and alternate Quentin Coish.

Dr. Alex Faseruk, finance professor with Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration, received the inaugural Dr. J. Pierre Brunet prize for best coach, an award that honours a coach that has a history of success at the competition and has contributed to the overall spirit of the event. Assistant professor Peggy Coady was the second team coach.

In addition to the awards, Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration was recognized as the most successful school in the competition's 25 year history, taking first prize four times since the competition began in 1982. Concordia, host and this year's winner, has only won the competition on one other occasion.

But Memorial alumni's domination of the competition doesn't even stop there. Two Memorial alumni were members of the second place team from HEC - Montreal: John Kearsey and Wendy Fewer. Both Mr. Kearsey and Ms. Fewer credit their time at Memorial as key to their success.

“My degree in engineering at Memorial taught me so much about working under stress and deadlines, and the importance of accuracy and analysis. Those are key in case analysis," said Mr. Kearsey. He left his former job in Calgary to undertake and intensive program at HEC, and feels that success in this competition has made the move well worth it.

Ms. Fewer studied on three of Memorial's campuses. She began at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, studied French in St-Pierre, and attended the St. John's campus to finish her BA and B.Comm. Being a Newfoundlander, and having had the opportunity to study at Memorial, Ms. Fewer feels she is grounded and confident in her capabilities.

"An education at Memorial brings a great world perspective," she said after the victory in Montreal. "It fuels the desire and ability to always be looking outside of where you are. Our unique culture and very special school has helped me feel more like a global player."

The John Molson International Case Competition challenges the MBA teams business savvy by presenting them with real-life challenges faced by today's leading corporations. The teams develop their solutions under the watchful eye of more than 200 judges from the business community.

(Originally posted on today.mun.ca on Jan 12, 2006)