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Rotman MBAs Win North American Leg of A. T. Kearney’s Global Prize Competition.

November 19, 2015

Toronto – For the second time in three years, a team of students from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management’s Full Time MBA program have won the North American leg of A. T. Kearney’s Global Prize, an annual strategic case competition.

The team, “Recession Proof,” consisting of: Carl Saldanha, Mehdy Shaikhali, Alfonso Torres, and Ankita Wasan, all students in the first year of the Rotman program, defeated teams from among North America’s leading business schools including the Booth School of Business, Columbia Business School, and Kellogg School of Management.

“Through multiple submissions, many “aha!” moments and a version history large enough to need its own hard drive, the four of us have had an amazing experience working on the Global Prize Case Competition. The competition was a great platform to experience a real life consulting case which helped us grow individually, and as a group. While working together, we were able to bring out each other’s strengths and learn from each other in a fun, transparent and collaborative team environment. All in all, we had a fantastic time and built lasting relationships – with each other, with schools in North America, and with A. T. Kearney as a firm,” say the team members.

The Global Prize competition is a simulated engagement of challenge posed by a real A. T. Kearney client. Teams assess the problem and must come up with an actionable strategic solution to enable real value.

The Rotman team won a total $10,000 plus a trip to Chicago to compete in the North American and Global finals over the past weekend. In the Global finals they finished second to a team from London Business School.

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