MBAs Rock the Case Competition Circuit

Day and evening students take three firsts, one second and place among top six of world-wide competition.

Gustavson MBAs have been big winners in high-profile case competitions this year. Since January, our students have beaten the best and placed in the top tier of the case competitions they have entered.

“We’re really proud of our record,” says Dr. David Dunne, academic head of the Sardul S. Gill Graduate School MBAs. “Our students are performing extremely well, beating teams from much larger U.S. and international schools”.

“Our success is no accident and it relates to our unique style”, says Dunne. “Sustainability and innovation are a core part of the MBA program and this gives our students a real edge. Our culture is supportive and professional; our faculty and staff are deeply committed to students and work hard to support them.  Finally, our students come from all over the world and offer diverse perspectives on any business problem”.

The year kicked off with a visit to Toronto that earned Amir Khan, Sara Boehringer, Steve Hawrys, Ben Carson (daytime students) a first place in the Entrepreneurship academic challenge in the annual MBA Games. These games include case competition, sports and spirit components.

This achievement was followed by a first place finish in the annual Corporate Knights’ Business for a Better World case study competition – for the second year running. As one of the top three teams worldwide, Bhupinder Dulku, Laurent Sevigny, Mukesh Dhatwalia, Dorothy Pan, daytime students coached by Dr. Matt Murphy, presented during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 22 and secured the $6000 top prize. The Corporate Knights’ win is a repeat performance; UVic MBA students also placed first in the 2015 competition.  

Evening MBA students placed second in the East Meets West Leadership Case Competition held February 11-13, 2016 in Calgary. One of nine competing teams, the foursome of Ivan Petrovic, Marcus Greenshields, Sunjit Mark, Tammy Pham (evening students) were tasked with solving a real-life case in which they had to balance the fiscal demands of business with environment, social, and economic demands of good leadership.

In March, the UVic MBA design thinkers beat some of the best to reach the final round in the 2016 Rotman Design Challenge. Landing among the top six, our team Sweet Spot beat teams from some of the top business and design schools around the world, including teams from Harvard, MIT, Illinois Institute of Technology and TU Delft in the Netherlands. Our team consisted of Bhupinder Dulku, Juan de la Hoz, Hazen Fowler, Ben Carson, and Nels Carlson, all daytime students, coached by Dr. David Dunne.

Finally in April, Hazen Fowler, Nathan Leung, Rob Livingston, Harpreet Parhar (daytime students) took first place honours in the SFU Net Impact Sustainability Challenge held at the Beedie School of Business in Vancouver.
Contact: Ian Robertson, Associate Director, MBA Programs