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)