The inaugural edition of SFU’s Sustainability Challenge brought together four Western Canadian MBA schools under the roof of the Segal Building. The eight teams came from University of Alberta School of Business, Sauder School of Business, Gustavson School of Business and, of course our one and only, Beedie School of Business. The competition was also honored to have a knowledgeable panel of judges that included Stephanie Bertels, Christie Stephenson, Lindsay McIvor, Steve Carley, Mark McCoy, Colin Stansfield and Donovan Woollard. They all brought forward various areas of expertise and asked challenging and thought-provoking questions.
With over $3,000 in prizes in the middle, the teams went head to head and put forth high quality, well thought out and professional presentations. Out of these teams, four advanced to the finals, two University of Alberta teams (Team Leonidas and Team Special Delivery) and two SFU teams (Team Maja and Team Snowflake). After they all delivered very diverse, yet outstanding solutions to the case, the judges delivered the ranking of the teams. Team Maja, composed of Erin Lane, Jovan Ceklaj, Adrian Mitescu and Andrew Simard, was awarded the bronze metal. Team Snowflake, comprising of Lisa Leong, Ryan Cross, Shaun McPhee and Joshua Viner, brought home the silver medal. The judges’ favourite team, which had an outstanding delivery and flow, was Team Special Delivery, composed of Matthew Mowbrey, Luca Petryshyn, Asif Sumnani and Alykhan Sumar.
Thanks to the high caliber of judges and teams, this competition was a success. As strong interest in the case competition was brought forward by other MBA schools, as well as participating ones, this event is deemed to grow bigger and better through the years. It was with great excitement that I lived through the planning, organizing and running of this event, and I can only hope it will only improve and become part of our class’s legacy.
Please follow the link below to watch the presentations of the finalists.
– Team Snowflake
Team Special Delivery surrounded by Jeff Nahajowich (MBA Program Manager), Ryan Woodland (Net Impact President) and Anca Cvaci (Net Impact Academic Development VP and competition organizer).
Team Maja and Team Snow Flake with their winning cheques.