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MBA students make their case

By Meaghan Whelan

When MBA students return from case competitions, they invariably say that it’s one of the highlights of their program. The chance to put what they’ve learned to the test and present to business experts leaves them excited and proud of all they’ve accomplished.

Oftentimes, however, the experience is limited to a four-member team and the Faculty of Business wanted to do something to make the competition experience available to more students.

With support from Deloitte and Touche, who offered a top prize of $1,000 and a slate of judges, the Faculty of Business hosted the first internal MBA case competition on April 18.

Peggy Coady, director of graduate programs in the Faculty of Business said the event was a success. “Sixteen great students gave four great presentations. I was impressed by their analysis and presentation skills and I look forward to the internal case competition becoming a regular event,” she said.

The competition was judged by Steve Dilny and George Colbert of Deloitte and Touche and Rick Daw, the executive-in-residence of the Faculty of Business and recently retired partner at Deloitte and Touche.

“We have a great relationship with many groups and organizations in the business community who want to be involved with the faculty, to be on campus meeting students. Deloitte sponsored our case competition and also stepped up as the first speakers in the new MBA Speaker Series,” explained Ms. Coady.

Don Belanger, associate partner, and Steve Dilny, senior consultant, both with Deloitte and Touch, were on campus on April 20 as the first in the MBA Speakers Series. They used the opportunity to network with MBA students, share information about Deloitte’s consulting practice and announce the case competition winners.

Colleen Laite, Meaghan Ludlow, Amanda Ivany and Christina Wang were named the winning team, splitting the $1,000 top prize. A second team, Matthew Boland, David Godsell, Becky Hobbs and Catherine Organ received an honourable mention for their creative presentation.