McGill Wins Second Place at APICS 2016

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A team of students from McGill’s School of Continuing Studies has earned second place in the APICS/TFC Global Student Final, an international student case competition in supply chain management.

The team consisted of Vladimir Babii, Grace Fu, Camilla Gellerth and Ahmed Mahmoudi, who are all enrolled in McGill’s School of Continuing Studies’ Diploma in Supply Chain and Operations Management. Their second-place reward was a cash prize of $1,500.

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“We are proud and happy to bring this award home to McGill and prove that our program is among the best in the world,” says Nicolai Rassolov, an instructor at the School who served as the team’s coach. “Many major universities were left behind on different stages of the competition. Our team worked hard, learned fast, adjusted when needed to and never gave up.”

The Global Student Final took place in in Washington, D.C., where the team competed alongside students from North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific. All teams competed in a business simulation challenge and were required to make strategic supply chain decisions that improved efficiencies and increased revenue.

The team clinched a spot in the global competition by taking first place as the top-performing team in North America in the Global Round. A second team of McGill students, consisting of Antin Nekrasov, Elias Rogelio Robledo Portillo, Rashid Yaghi and Lufeng Yuan, took third prize in the North American round.

“Supply chain, logistics, and operations management are among the fastest-growing career fields,” states Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of APICS. “The APICS/TFC Global Student Final is an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and build their skills for the future. All of the teams displayed an impressive knowledge and understanding of supply chain management.”

The Global Student Final was held September 25-27 in concurrence with APICS 2016 conference. APICS, founded as the American Production and Inventory Control Society, is an international professional association for supply chain management.

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