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Savannah Koch, Lyndsay Thorlacius, Michelle Lennox and Kelly Lai are the first all-female team to win the FEI Canada’s annual Best in Class Invitational MBA Case Competition. Photo by the Financial PostSavannah Koch, Lyndsay Thorlacius, Michelle Lennox and Kelly Lai are the first all-female team to win the FEI Canada’s annual Best in Class Invitational MBA Case Competition. Photo by the Financial PostHaskayne School of Business came out on top at the Financial Executives International (FEI Canada) Canada’s seventh annual Best in Class Invitational MBA Case Competition. The Nov. 16-17 competition was won by the first all-female team, comprised of Lyndsay Thorlacius, Savannah Koch, Kelly Lai and Michelle Lennox – four of Haskayne’s MBA students.

“Congratulations to our 2012 winners who have truly distinguished themselves as ‘Best in Class’ competing with some of the brightest MBA minds in Canada in this prestigious event.” said Judy Munro, CA, chair, Best in Class organizing committee, FEI Canada Toronto Chapter. “We applaud all of the student participants who demonstrated the qualities and critical thinking skills needed to become top business leaders. We are particularly proud of our first-place all-female team winners – a first for the Best in Class competition.”

This fantastic four competed against 44 other competitors (48 total participants with only 13 women competing). They beat out competitors from McGill University and York University, who came in second and third. The Calgary team won by solving a hypothetical crisis put forward by executives from the Canadian Tire Corporation.

“Our team is thrilled to have won the FEI Canada Best in Class Case Competition,” said Thorlacius, captain of the Haskayne School of Business winning team. “It was an amazing opportunity full of strategic issues, intense presentations and insightful judge panel question. The FEI Canada competition epitomizes putting business theory into practice."

The team won a $10,000 grand prize and was invited to attend the FEI Canada Annual Conference in Lake Louise.

Read the Financial Post article here.

Read the Globe and Mail article here.