For the eighth consecutive year, The Canadian Associates of BGU CABGU Quebec is sponsoring a team of MBA students from the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management (GGFBM) Mandel Social Leadership MBA Program (SLMBA) at BGU in the John Molson MBA International Case Competition at Concordia University. This year's team of 5 SLMBA students is coached by Prof. Pierre Kletz, Director of the Program, with the help of Assistant Coach Shachar Liran-Hanan, who completed her SLMBA and who participated in the 2016 Molson Competition.
This years' competitors (pictured below with bios) are Anat Cohen, Iddo Diamant, Oded Harel, Keren Lavi and Roey Yamin.
BGU's MBA students have been the only Israelis participating in this international competition for seven years.
The SLMBA competitors impressed the judges and audience with their acumen in business case studies, winning two out of five cases.
Many Members of CABGU attend the competition to observe and to cheer on the GGFBM competitors. Their involvement with the students and coaches goes beyond the competition, as they also invite the students to a gala reception.
This International Competition "is recognized as the largest case competition of its kind. Its main purpose is to bridge the gap between corporate and academic worlds, which ultimately enriches both students and executives alike.” Teams of four students must analyze and evaluate seven unpublished business cases using their own abilities, knowledge and experience to present a plan of action to the panel of some 300 judges, business executives who use their own "backgrounds, experiences and perspectives to critically assess the participants’ presentations. Teams are evaluated on creativity, insight, substance and plausibility of implementation.”
Prof. Oded Lowengart, Dean of the GGFBM, recognizes the importance of students participating in such an international competition: “This extraordinary experience for the GGFBM students surpasses classroom studies: An opportunity for them to skillfully use their knowledge learned in their MBA studies, seizing a wealth of experiences and involvement, networking with new friends and forming relationships for the future.”
All the students expressed deep gratitude to the CABGU for creating, maintaining and supporting this priceless, effective opportunity.
Anat Cohen- "It was an exceptional experience which I both learned a lot and was able to proudly represent Israel and Ben Gurion University and I am great full for the opportunity"
Keren Lavi- "I didn't know I had family in Montreal until I met Ellayne and Mark, we received the most warm and supportive hospitality that could be."
Oded Harel- "What an amazing and insightful experience! Seeing familiar and smiling faces in the audience every time we presented was tremendously helpful and relieving."
Shachar Liran-Hanan- "Coming back to Montreal, this time as a coach, just shows how incredible our university is, offering us these kind of opportunities. JMCC is one of the best things I got from my 5 years at BGU, both for my personal and professional development."