The 2018-2019 Organizing Team
Tim Field, the Advisor to the MBA Case Competition Program, joined Concordia University in 2000. Currently he is teaching in the Management Department in the areas of Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics in the MBA, EMBA and undergraduate programs. In addition, to his teaching, he is a Partner at KOMAND Consulting (komand.ca). His industry experience includes, ten years in the Aerospace industry, five years as an entrepreneur in both the automotive and marketing fields and currently as a management consultant having provided services to the Retail, Biotechnology, Telecommunications, Aerospace, Manufacturing, IT and Brewing industries.
Winnie’s interest in case competitions stems from the fact that these experiences help develop the strategic mindset and presentation skills that are essential to succeed in any work environment. Since JMSB is renowned for its case competition culture, getting involved to benefit from the MBA case competition program was something she sought from the get-go. Since May 2018, Winnie has taken on the mantle of President for the MBA Case Competition Committee (CCC) and will work in tandem with her team and faculty advisor to educate, prepare, and financially support students on their local and international case competition journeys. She has previously worked for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development, and Bombardier Business Aircraft. She has a BA from McGill University in Political Science and English Literature.
Paola holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Laws (B.C.L./LL.B.) from McGill University and a Master’s in Diplomacy and International Public Service from the Centro de Estudios Internacionales de Barcelona. She has worked, studied and lived in 7 different countries throughout Europe and North and South America. She has held jobs and internship positions in several international organisations, including the International Organisation for Migration, the International Criminal Court, INTERPOL and the European Economic and Social Committee. As VP Internal Events, she will strive to cooperate and find synergies with other student clubs, associations and committees, and to increase and diversify the pool of participants in case competitions.
Amanda has a professional background in event management and has worked in various industries, such as not-for-profit, sport and higher education. Having remotely managed events all over the world – as far away as San Francisco, London and Hong Kong – Amanda’s international logistics and planning experience will be an asset for the role of CCC VP Logistics. Amanda is also a member of the MBA Society, holding the position of VP Careers & International for the 2018-2019 year. As CCC VP Logistics, Amanda will support JMSB MBA teams traveling to external case competitions. This includes liaising with external case competition organizers and working with competing teams to arrange travel and accommodations. Amanda’s goal is to continue formalizing logistics processes to ensure that case competition teams can focus on learning and success.
Jonathan‘s education: BA in Business and Master’s in Data Mining/Machine Learning Work and work experience: Career in Analytics. Currently Manager Insights and Analytics. Started in finance and sales and then I migrated to analytics. Case Comps have a real impact, I can apply concepts and better structure thoughts and presentations on my current position, making real impacts that everyone around me notice. These skills help you advance in your career as you become a reference in strategic thinking and senior leadership will seek your advice and support when making important decisions and presentations. Being a part time student I need to pick where I get involve as I don’t have much time, and case comps are definitely the right choice. The experience is great and you meet the most talented students/professionals that on top share your interests.
Karolyne has over 3 years of professional experience in the health care field and in a tech startup in Montreal. Her volunteer experience includes being a mentor for over five years for Epilepsy Montreal Metropolitan, a board member for a NGO in the Eastern Townships and as a consultant for marketing, communications and fundraising, in Barranquilla, Colombia, as a summer project with the International Community Outreach Program (ICOP) in 2018. She started to get involved with case competitions early on, being a challenge-seeker and passionate about learning hands-on, teamwork and problem-solving. One case competition led to the next and the progress was empowering. Karolyne has been a finalist in two competitions and won first place at the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion case competition at Ryerson, Ted Rogers School of Business. As part of the CCC, she looks forward to applying her creativity in marketing, to attract students in getting involved with experiential learning and the art of case-cracking.
Magalie Han’s involvement in the MBA Case Competition Committee began a few years ago. While in the GDBA program, she received the Medal of the Most Supportive Member of the CCC in recognition of her volunteer work. She also contributed as a Lead Volunteer for two years at the John Molson MBA International Case Competition. In her previous role as President of the International Community Outreach Program (ICOP), she led the organization of the ICOP Annual Social Business Case Competition where she developed a live case with World Vision Canada. In her role as VP Communications of CCC, Magalie will promote and increase the visibility of the John Molson School of Business MBA Case Competition Program. She will facilitate communications between the committee, MBA department and students. Her professional experience includes fundraising, administration and events management. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Concordia University.
The 2017-2018 Organizing Team
Left to right: Danovan Filion, Mackenzie Emond, Vanessa Karras, Rouba Ezzedine, Sania Budhraja, Vanessa Amar, Tim Field
Danovan Filion, VP Logistics
“Participating in case competitions is one of the most enriching experiences of the MBA program.”
Danovan has professional experience in clinical research and started his MBA to acquire business and management knowledge. He tried out for case competitions during his first semester at JMSB and was selected to be a part of the 2018 Haskayne Business School competition. He strives to ensure that competitions are well organized and that all teams have everything that they need while attending them. As a part of the CCC, he looks forward to contributing to the culture of enhancing presentation skills and learning by experience.
Mackenzie Emond, VP Internal Events
“There are no Problems, Only Solutions” – John Lennon
Mackenzie comes from Ontario and has spent most of her time growing up in the great outdoors. She developed her love of nature while at summer camp in Algonquin Park, leading canoe trips in Northern Ontario for weeks at a time. It was on these trips that she discovered the need to do her part to preserve and protect what little of unspoiled land we have. Armed with a Bachelors degree in Recreation Management and Community Development, she is in her final year at JMSB hoping to complete the MBA program in May 2018. In addition to holding the position of VP of Internal Events for MBA CCC, she is also the 2017-2018 president of John Molson Sustainable Business Group. Her goal as VP of internal events is to take more sustainable measures in event planning. She experienced her first case competition at Garda, which opened her eyes to the benefits of case comp and how actively participating can improve personal development. Mackenzie will also be competing at 2018 HEC Case Competition in February, we wish her and team “Thrive Responsibly” the best!
Vanessa Karras, President
Vanessa has over five years of experience in the music industry. She managed large scale events, before opening her own management services company. She managed artists’ finances, marketing, touring logistics and relationships with diverse stakeholders. She obtained a bachelor of arts with distinction, double majoring in jazz guitar and in arts administration. She is now pursuing her MBA at the John Molson School of Business, and will be joining McKinsey and Co as a management consultant following graduation.
Rouba Ezzedine, VP Finance
“Everything you’ve never seen is just beyond where you always stop”
Rouba has four years of experience in Finance research and Sustainability. She has a strong knowledge and broad expertise in corporate finance, private equity, financial planning and financial analysis. With experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, she has developed an adaptable set of skills and a passion for achieving and helping others. During her studies, Rouba has received three graduate scholarships for her academic achievements. She holds a Master in Finance from the American University of Beirut and she is currently pursuing an MBA at the John Molson School of Business with a focus on management and strategy. As part of the CCC, she hopes to help in presenting the case competition experience as a learning journey and as an important part of the MBA life.
Sania Budhraja, VP Marketing
“Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself.”
Sania has around 2 years of experience in consulting operations and has worked closely with teams that coach and mentor startups. She started to get involved with case competitions early on, intrigued by taking on the challenge of pairing up with a team to turn a problem into a solution within 3 hours. After participating in her first competition, she realized the potential that this program had. As part of the CCC, she looks forward to encouraging students to get involved with case cracking, learn beyond the classroom and see themselves grow.
Vanessa Amar, VP Communications
“Passion, drive and discipline is the recipe to success”
Vanessa has a background in health care and has had 4 years of experience in building her clientele in private clinical settings. She has a passion for fashion and politics. Her interest in strategy led her to get involved with case competitions. She will represent JMSB at the 2018 Haskayne Case Competition. As part of the CCC she hopes to help build the case competition culture within the JMSB MBA program by facilitating interactions between the committee and her fellow students.
The 2016 – 2017 Organizing Team
Left to Right: Kuldeep Patni, Andrea Clarke, Anju Suddul ,Tim Field, Genevieve Redstone, Aleksey Cameron, Not photographed (Aman Kumar, Rahul Singhal)
With 5 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Anju started the MBA to diversify her career path. Despite a limited business knowledge, Anju tried out for case competition in her very first semester in the MBA. She was selected to be part of the 2016 Rotman team and went on to win the DeGroote Case Competition with her fellow teammates. As the President of MBA CCC, Anju’s goal is to initiate as many MBA students as possible to case competition, a beyond-the-classroom activity that allows students to not only to further develop themselves but to also make life-long connections with their fellow case competitors.
Having published her research in the Journal of Molecular Pharmacology and presenting her work at the American Association of Cancer Research Annual Conference, Genevieve has an eye for detail. Her ambition is not limited by the academic world as she has represented Canada at the Pan American Championship in Tae Kwon Do. Since the start of her MBA, Genevieve has truly enjoyed working in a team environment. She has previously participated at the JMSB MBA ICC as the executive assistant for judges in 2015-16. Genevieve is currently pursuing her MBA full-time at JMSB and she is the VP Finance of the Case Competition Club.
Kuldeep is a PMP certified Mechanical Engineer with 6 years of experience in Project Management for large scale engineering and construction projects. He is passionate about working with different teams and believes his team management skills are excellent. This is one of the reasons he chose to be a part of the JMSB MBA Case Competition Club. He work well with individuals from different backgrounds and looks forward to learning more about the case competitions being held at different universities. Looking forward, He hopes to participate in more case competitions and leverage his knowledge and experience to ensure that JMSB maintains its good run at case competitions.
Having spent the last 5 years working as an entrepreneur, predominately in the Food & Beverage Industry, Aleksey has returned to JMSB to pursue an MBA. As VP Marketing for the MBA CCC, Aleksey will provide the JMSB population with fun and relevant posts about our case competition opportunities and follow our teams on their journeys to my our school proud. Post MBA, Aleksey looks forward to incorporate her passion for for entrepreneurship, marketing, & branding into all elements of her work.
Director of a local non-profit which provides holistic, non-judgmental, harm-reductive services to youth who face marginalization, Andrea is also the president of the Board of the Directors of the Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi NDG. She has a Master’s Science of Biochemistry, and over a decade’s experience in public health care administration. Andrea thoroughly enjoys exploring the intersection between our business training and progressive social change, and looks forward to representing Concordia and JMSB at the Haskyane Epic 24h Case Competition in early March.
Co-founder of a Consultancy and Marketing company in the Energy sector. Rahul believes that self-discovery is the key to success. He plans to integrate his entrepreneurial experience into his academic career and involvement at JMSB.
Computer engineer by bachelors and 4+ years of work experience as product specialist with a leading IT service/consulting MNC. An extrovert and always open to new experiences person. Loves dealing with people and working in team settings. The desire of travelling across the planet is the biggest drive to keep pushing and earning money. Strong interest in varying human races/cultural nuances, sports (especially Soccer), healthy lifestyle and huge appreciation for unbiased and fair societies.
Of all the experiences that an MBA has to offer, few provide the intellectual challenge, lesson in group dynamics and adrenaline rush of the JMSB MBA Case Competition Program. Students within this program are highly sought after by recruiters, become part of a strong network of competition alumni and are truly the pride of our MBA Program.
The 2015 – 2016 Organizing Team
Left to Right: Simon Foucher (Advisor), Sen Li, Aijing Zang, Daniel Marinescu, Samie L.S. Ly, Pedram Fardnia, Nadia Cho, Victor Martone
The 2014-2015 Organizing Team
Left to Right: Karen Galoustov, Elena Raznovan, Samie L.S. Ly, Alina Parapuf & Stephen Athanasoulias (Alumni Advisor)