Aspen Case Competition: A History of Success

As the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society International MBA Case Competition kicks off today, we want to congratulate those MBA teams who have taken home gold. Our Wilfrid Lazaridis MBA team placed first in both 2011 and 2014, and we couldn’t be more proud!

2014 Winners: Valen Boyd, Steven Thompson, Chris Buckley and Eric Goll

Founded in 2009, the competition which attracts more than 1,000 students from 25 business schools, allows participants to tackle a brand new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management. The competition involves three rounds, with the top five finalist teams presenting to a panel of esteemed judges in Ney York City.
This case requires innovative thinking at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impact. Participating students are exposed to real-life, time-sensitive situations where they are required to make smart decisions and face challenges reflective to those in the business world.

The case attracts the best and brightest of the next generation of business leaders. It, “offers a meaningful opportunity for reflection on the significant and positive influence that a well-managed business can have in society. Aspen’s program aims to communicate that social, environmental and ethical issues are not at the periphery of business; indeed, they are central to business growth in the 21st century.”1

2011 Winners: James Munro, Priyanka Sundaram, Adam Melnick and Robert Colorafi

Now in its sixth year, the competition continues to inspire young minds across the world. Consistently at capacity, with a lengthy waiting list of MBA programs forming a year in advance, the competition has proven to be a continual success. The prize pool of approximately $35,000 – unmatched in the MBA case competition circuit – is a true testament to the high-caliber of the competition.

“Our wins at Aspen are great examples of how the Lazaridis MBA foregrounds social and environmental sustainability alongside business excellence,” said 2014 Coach Kevin McDermott, faculty member and Lazaridis MBA graduate of 2007. “The Lazaridis MBA team competed against some of the best business schools in the world; they expertly delivered their solution amid significant pressure and competition from the other teams and won a well-deserved top finish.”

The Lazaridis MBA program is so proud of the students who have brought home gold in the past, and we wish the best to the Wilfird Laurier team participating this year. As one of two Canadian teams participating, they are not only representing the school, but the country as well. Laurier has consistently been able to beat out their Canadian competition, including the Schulich School of Business and the Alberta School of Business, and we aim for the same level of success this year. Best of luck, team of 2015 – we know you will make us proud!