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Haskayne hosts inaugural strategic case competition

UToday HomeMarch 27, 2013

From left: Tayler Amatto, president of the Strategic Management Association, and Shayan Najib, vice-president (academic), at the McKinsey & Co. Calgary office.From left: Tayler Amatto, president of the Strategic Management Association, and Shayan Najib, vice-president (academic), at the McKinsey & Co. Calgary office.The Strategic Management Association (SMA) at the University of Calgary hosted its first annual case competition on March 23 in partnership with global consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

The inaugural event attracted 20 business undergraduates and MBA students from the Haskayne School of Business and the Sauder Business School.

The Haskayne team of Alexander Ste. Marie, Aaron Baskerville, Andrew Kim and Sorabh Dhutta took first place in the undergraduate category. Sauder students Ravi Garsha, Ralph Kurt McFee, Geoffrey Carran and Chris De Eyre comprised the winning MBA team.

The competitors were presented with a case developed by Haskayne students Elizabeth Henderson and Mahrukh Tahir about TwinHills, a real-life community development proposed for the east side of Calgary. The challenge: achieve social return on investment (SROI) from the innovative development.

Each team had 20 minutes to present its recommendations to the panel of judges who included: McKinsey Consultants, the CEO of TwinHills and Haskayne faculty Dr. Irene Herremans and Cam Welsh.

The SMA was founded at the University of Calgary in 2012 by then student Chris Palmer, to meet the needs of a growing number of students interested in management consulting careers.

Club president Taylor Amatto notes that opportunities such as the case competition provide students with learning they cannot get in the classroom. “For students who are interested in management consulting, what better way is there to network with industry than to showcase their case analysis skills!”

VP (academic) Shayan Najib says the club plans to expand the competition next year to reach more students and provide more opportunities for students to engage with firms like McKinsey.

 

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