Karim Boulos says with a grin that his marks this year were straight
As the best ones Ive had since kindergarten!
Boulos, 35, is finishing up his masters in business administration
with a flourish. This spring he won the first Bourse Émérite
given by the MBA Association of Quebec (AMBAQ), worth $10,000. Last fall,
at Concordias Graduate Awards ceremony, he won the Briscoe Award
for entrepreneurial leadership, which carries a prize of $2,500.
Head coach of a swim team in Beaconsfield for many years, Boulos decided
it was time to try something different.
He took his courses over one and a half years, leaving the core courses
to the end. He had an undergraduate degree in education from McGill and
had taught coaching courses, but it had been a long time since he had
been a student himself.
At first, it was tough. Deadlines, routine, assignments but
you adapt. A key element in his adaptation to student life was the
fact that he plunged right into extracurricular activities, and enjoyed
them. Now hes a big booster of the John Molson School of Business,
and says hes glad he came to Concordia.
Boulos soon came to love studying management, too, because he loves people.
The business courses appealed to his entrepreneurial instinct. Its
about achieving goals, and I knew about that from being a coach.
The award is neat, and so was the selection process, Boulos
recalled. I met the CEOs of all the major Quebec corporations, from
high-tech and production to distribution.
Boulos, who came from Egypt as a child and grew up on the West Island,
had another reason to celebrate. Right around the time he won the big
AMBAQ prize in April, he and his wife announced that they were expecting
their first child in late September.
They say good things come in threes, and sure enough, they did for Boulos.
He also won two Air Canada plane tickets at the Concordia International
MBA Case Competition. He and his wife used the tickets in April, when
they visited Spain.