Darine Bader: In the Spotlight

2014-2015 Issue 2

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“We worked 10 to 12 hours every day to solve the problem, and we achieved something; we came up with something the judges liked, and we made it to the final round.”

Bader is an experienced Business Development Specialist who worked in Beirut prior to arriving in Canada. She completed the School’s Diploma in Entrepreneurship, and she’ll soon finish the Graduate Certificate in Public Relations Management. She also serves as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs and a Senator for MACES (McGill Association of Continuing Education Students), which represents the School’s students.

It was through her roles with MACES that she first heard of the Case Competition; the GMCA’s McGill chapter contacted the MACES office to invite the School’s students to participate in the competition. Among those selected to compete were Bader and two other students from the School, who, along with the other participants, were assembled into 15 teams of four.

“It was a great experience,” says Bader. “Working with people you’ve just met in a very competitive environment – it will happen in the workplace, so you are preparing yourself for that.” Bader and her team dedicated four days to working on a real case. “This was not a mock-up; it’s a real competition about a real Canadian company. This is what makes it very interesting.”

What also made the competition interesting were the professional networking opportunities. Bader’s favourite part was not only meeting the other participants, which included master’s, PhD and post-doctoral students from McGill, Concordia, Syracuse University, the University of Ottawa and the Université de Montréal, but also professionals in the field of management consulting. “There were representatives from some of the biggest consulting firms in the world –  KPMG-Secor, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte. We even had the opportunity to talk and receive written feedback from the judges. It was fun, and rewarding on so many different levels.”

As a result, she hopes more students will pursue similar opportunities. “I’d definitely recommend it to anyone at the School. We are equipped with the skills and experience to work in this environment – with people from different backgrounds, different universities, and on a real case. We all have something to contribute.”

 

For more information on the Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) McGill chapter, please see www.gmcacanada.com or like them on Facebook: McGill Students’ GMCA. Their next case competition is scheduled to take place March 2016. 

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