Sunday, November 27, 2011

Schulich International Case Competition held at York University, Toronto on Nov 25th and 26th, 2011.

York University’s Schulich School of Business hosted the inaugural Schulich International Case Competition (SICC).

The focus was on sustainability in the mining industry, with the support of Schulich Executive in Residence and former CEO of Inmet Mining, Richard Ross. SICC 2011 participants had the opportunity to examine sustainability challenges facing the mining sector. As sustainability issues and their associated risks increasingly shape the discourse around mining and extractives, developing a solid understanding and familiarity of this landscape is valuable for future business leaders.

This case competition brought 17 teams from top MBA schools along with sustainability professionals and top industry executives to advance the discussion on these challenging issues. An outstanding opportunity for students to compete on a truly global stage amidst leaders in one of the world’s most important and controversial industries.
Ted Rogers School of Management (Ryerson University) made it to the finals in the division.

Schulich School of Business, Ryerson University.
University of Alberta School of Business.
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Harvard University?
Carleton University, Sprott School of Business
Columbia University, Columbia Business School
Concordia University, John Molson School of Business
Queens University, Queen’s School of Business
Dalhousie University, Dalhousie’s School of Business
Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Ryerson University, Ted Rogers School of Management
York University, Schulich School of Business (x4)
Simon Fraser University, Beedie School of Business
University of Alberta, Alberta School of Business (x2)
University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business

More info:
The Mining Sector has been one of the most significant drivers of global economic growth throughout the 21st century. In 2010, revenues of the world’s top 40 mining companies exceeded US$400 billion and demand in this industry will only continue to grow as consumption in emerging markets increases. This remarkable growth does not come without its challenges. Shrinking availability of scarce resources along with growing demands for improved social and environmental performance by the industry is now core to the strategic thinking of industry leaders as they consider how to achieve responsible growth for their shareholders and all stakeholders. The participants in SICC will have the opportunity analyze complex sustainability issues currently facing the mining industry, present their views to top industry executives, receive relevant feedback as well as network with other students and industry leaders.

About the competition: SICC will give students the opportunity to approach tangible, real-world business problems from an innovative and pragmatic perspective. The selected participants will have the opportunity to present their solutions to top industry executives, receive realistic and thoughtful feedback and network with other students and industry leaders.  SICC will welcome teams from across the world to participate in the competition on the weekend of November 25th, 2011. Students will apply as teams and only those selected from a pre-screening round (that involves a mini case analysis) will be invited to travel to Toronto to participate.   

Team Composition: Teams are to be composed of four  graduate  students with a minimum  of  three MBA students  enrolled  in  your  respective school's  MBA  program.  The fourth team member  may  be  a  student  in  a  graduate program  affiliated  with  your  University from a relevant discipline including the following; Finance, Economics, Engineering, Geology, Law, International Development or a graduate program in Mining and Extractives. 

Presentation Rules: Presentations will be for 15 minutes followed by Q&A for 10 minutes. Teams are allowed to choose how many members will present. Presentations can be either in PPT format or done with Prezi. All presentations must be submitted via e-mail to by midnight on Friday November 25th. If your team decided to use Prezi, it is your responsibility to ensure that the presentation can be submitted via e-mail. 

Teams shall not identify their school, school colors, or school mascot in any way.  This includes but is not limited to the following: Dress or mascot;  This includes, but is not  limited  too:  Ties, buttons, pins,  hats,  bows,  shawls,  earrings,  cufflinks,  jewelry,  etc. Slides:  Nothing on your slides should refer to your school, school colors, or school mascot. Oral Presentation:  Teams shall not refer to their school, school colors, mascot, fight song, etc., during the oral presentation or Q&A session following the presentation. Appendices in the final slide submission are permitted. Failure to abide by these rules WILL result in immediate disqualification. External input: External input is permitted but all final deliverables must be the work of the team. Case Material: Do not contact the sponsoring company or anyone  directly  affiliated  with  the  case. Doing so will result in immediate disqualification.

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