MBA students impress at competition
by Meaghan Whelan
Passionate. Professional. Determined. These are just some of the words used to describe MBA students Andrew Orsborn, Dana Burke-Bouzane, Krista Fowlow and Steve Melamed. This team made it to the semi-finals of the 2007 John Molson MBA International Case Competition in Montreal, the world’s oldest and most prestigious academic business competition.
Memorial’s team had a 5-0 record going into the semi-finals, with an overall score 37 points higher then the nearest competitor. This earned the team a cash prize and a standing ovation at the final banquet.
“Going undefeated in the round-robin was really gratifying. Other teams, judges and coaches made a point of coming up to tell us that they liked our strategy and rationale and some coaches gave us some feedback on how to improve in the future,” said Mr. Melamed. “I think that says a lot about the whole experience; it’s a competition but at the end, every team should go home a bit better than they were before.”
Peggy Coady, acting associate dean of academic programs in the Faculty of Business and member of Memorial’s 1996 winning team, coached this year’s team.
Silver for undergrads
“In the past number of years, the competition has become more intense. Schools are taking the competition very seriously and putting in a lot of preparation,” she said. “I am very proud of our students, they performed well under pressure and their professionalism, passion and credibility was noted by many participants and judges. They were excellent ambassadors for Memorial.”
Undergraduate business students Angela Dyke and Allison Boone came home with a silver medal finish after competing in the 2007 Intercollegiate Business Competition (ICBC). Hosted annually by Queen’s University, this competition is Canada’s oldest and largest undergraduate business case competition. Business students from across Canada and around the world vie for a spot in one of eight categories through an intense preliminary round.
Students are given a case to analyze in their chosen area, and the top six respondents are invited to compete in person during the competition. Ms. Dyke and Ms. Boone successfully made it past the qualifying round for the labour arbitration division and began preparation for the competition.
“After we found out we were accepted into the competition, we began practicing case simulations. We worked with our advisors, Dr. Alex Faseruk and Heather Skanes, and they brought in union representatives, labour lawyers and professional arbitrators to help us prepare,” explained Ms. Dyke. “Having the support of the business community really helped because they were able to offer us insight and advice from all perspectives.”