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MBA students impress at international competition

Christopher Gardner, Katie Mercer, Janet Cook, Ian Duffett

By Jennifer Kelly

Memorial University made a significant contribution in the 30th annual John Molson MBA International Case Competition, organized by Concordia University in Montreal this month.

The Memorial team consisted of part-time MBA students Janet Cook, Ian Duffett, Christopher Gardner, Katie Mercer and their coach Peggy Coady.

The John Molson MBA International Case Competition is the oldest and largest business case competition in the world. During the 30 year history of the competition, Memorial University is the only school that has won the Concordia Cup, the coaching award and the team spirit award.

In the 2011 competition, the Memorial team made it to the semi-finals and faced off against the Aalto School of Economics (Finland) and Porto Business School (Portugal). While the winner of the Concordia Cup was Porto Business School, the Memorial team was the top Canadian school in the cumulative rankings and was the only Canadian school to win their division.

With 36 participating schools from 11 countries, the competition represented the top MBA case competitors in the world. Considering the calibre of the event, the number of competing teams and the intense competition involved, a ranking in the top ten is an extraordinary achievement.

“The Memorial MBA team was very strong in the six cases that they prepared and presented,” said Peggy Coady, coach and director of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Business Administration. “During the preliminary round we were successful against outstanding schools like Laval and Kaiserslautern. Winning our division and being ranked seventh overall is an outstanding achievement.

“The team is very grateful to the many members of the local business community and case team alumni who came to the faculty and judged the team practices during the fall semester,” added Prof. Coady. “The involvement of the business community and case team alumni plays an important role in Memorial’s preparation for the competition.”

Another international business case competition will be held at Memorial itself this winter. From Feb. 19-26, Memorial will be hosting the Network of International Business Schools' (NIBS) annual undergraduate case competition. Ten schools from around the world, including Memorial, will be competing.