by Barbara Black
The John Molson School of Business MBA International Case Competition
will take place January 6 to 11 at the Hilton Bonaventure hotel.
After 22 years, this student-run business competition goes pretty much
like clockwork, but its still a lot of work. The organizers are
chosen back in the spring, and plunge into their tasks right away
choosing business cases, recruiting volunteer judges, dreaming up original
party ideas and booking hotel facilities. Their work isnt done until
the last guest has left the awards banquet on the final day.
Thirty teams from business schools around the world will compete in a
round-robin, going head-to-head to solve business problems.
About half the teams are Canadian, and the other half from the U.S. and
beyond, including New Zealand, Germany, Finland and Sweden
As always, the organizing team have an eclectic background. Students are
expected not only to have a previous degree but to have some executive
experience under their belt before pursuing the masters of business
administration. Meet this years organizing committee.
Dror Amar has an engineering degree from McGill University. He has worked
in the oil industry in Texas and New Mexico, and was involved in offshore
operations off the coast of Angola, Africa. Hes a co-founder of
the MBA Investment Club, which has enjoyed great success in its first
year. When he graduates, Dror intends to go into investment banking or
Mark Burger is from Ottawa. He has a BA in political science from the
University of British Columbia with a specialization in international
relations. He has worked for an international bank, and for the federal
government. He will finish his MBA this spring on exchange at Université
ESSEC in Paris, France, and after that, go into international business
Viken Chahinsarian has a degree in business administration. He has been
a credit officer for a major financial institution, and is currently working
part-time as a quality manager in a production company. Viken is also
active in student life as the VP finance for the MBA Society.
Haixia (Stella) Yu came to Canada in July 2001 with her family, and entered
the MBA program two months later. Stella obtained her BA in Xi, China,
where she grew up. She has considerable professional experience, having
worked for Siemens Ltd. China for six years, including a stint at Siemans
corporate business school, where she enjoyed working with colleagues from
all around the world.
Well tell you more about the Case Competition in the next issue
of CTR, January 16. For more on the event, visit the Web site, at www.mbacasecomp.com.