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Rotman School MBA Team Takes Home the People Choice Award and Second Place in the A4S International Case Competition.

March 29, 2023

Toronto – A team of students in the Full Time MBA program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management were selected as the “People’s Choice” winner in the 2023 A4S International Case Competition for university and business school students. Members of the public were asked to vote for one of the five finalist teams with their favourite case solution. The Rotman team also placed second overall in the competition taking home a $5,000 prize. A team from Nanyang Business School won first place in the finals, which were held at the Rotman School on March 25.

The team, `High on Hemp`, proposed turning sustainable sourced hemp into bioplastics that is both environmentally friendly and less resource intensive to tackle the global plastics pollution problem. Team members included Matthew Cox, MBA’24; Luke Durst, MBA’24; Sharmili Kabir, MBA’24; Cristian Guana, MBA’24; and Chukwuezugo Onuekwusi, MBA’24. Their pitch video is available online.

The competition is presented by Rotman Net Impact, in partnership with Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S). Sponsored by Brookfield Asset Management, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and supported by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada), the competition focused on challenging students globally to identify ways to scale up nature-based solutions, in an impactful and resilient way.

For further details on the competition, please visit  or contact Rotman Net Impact at

Rotman Net Impact (RNI) is the principal student club focused on sustainability at the Rotman School of Management. RNI has continually been at the forefront of positive change. It is the local chapter of an international network of more than 100,000 MBA students and professionals creating positive social and environmental change in the workplace and in the world. RNI’s mission is “to inspire, educate and collaborate with Rotman students to harness the power of business in creating social and environmental impact, and to help them secure rewarding careers in sustainability.” For more information, visit

The Rotman School of Management is part of the University of Toronto, a global centre of research and teaching excellence at the heart of Canada’s commercial capital. Rotman is a catalyst for transformative learning, insights and public engagement, bringing together diverse views and initiatives around a defining purpose: to create value for business and society. For more information, visit


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Ken McGuffin
Manager, Media Relations
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto