February 2016 | Issue 28

DeGroote Women’s Professional Network is your ticket to opportunity

wpnWhat exactly is the DeGroote Women’s Professional Network? It’s a passionate collective of professionals, faculty, community leaders, McMaster alumni and students dedicated to the advancement of women in business and society.

In other words, it’s all about having your finger on the pulse of the Southern Ontario business community.

The new Network will be formally unveiled during a sold-out January 19 event at Burlington’s Ron Joyce Centre, where upwards of 180 people are expected to attend.

As part of the dynamic suite of offerings, participants will be able to meet and mingle with new colleagues, take part in professional development events, connect with mentors and mentees and contribute to local philanthropic endeavours.

What’s most interesting is the fact that the DeGroote Women’s Professional Network will unite women of all ages, at various stages of their careers. Understanding each other’s roles and challenges will ultimately benefit everyone.

Popular events such as the Breakfast Series, Cocktail series and DeGroote Executive Education series will all be featured components of the DeGroote Women’s Professional Network, along with a wide range of other engagement opportunities and activities. more…


Happy New Year from the Dean

Leonard Waverman, Dean, DeGroote School of Business

Chris Bolin for The Globe and MailAs we enter another exciting calendar year at the DeGroote School of Business, I’d like to start by offering some reflections on the past 12 months.

We began last year with the implementation of our new strategic plan, which was well received by the DeGroote network at the end of 2014. This crucial document – a product of many town hall meetings, focus groups and consultations with key stakeholders –outlines the vision and mission of the school until 2020. It continues to serve as a guiding light as we enter another academic term. Our practice of hosting lively and engaging town hall sessions will also continue in the weeks and months ahead. more…

In Practice

DeGroote students flex their skills at MBA Games, John Molson MBA Competition

Andrew Pieon, Marketing and Communications Strategist
This year, the team from the DeGroote School of Business finished first in both Athletics and Academics. This is DeGroote’s fifth time winning the MBA Games.

This year, the team from the DeGroote School of Business finished first in both Athletics and Academics. This is DeGroote’s fifth time winning the MBA Games.

This past week, the 35th John Molson MBA International Case Competition (MBAICC) took place in Montréal.

Hosted by Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business, the MBAICC is the largest and oldest case competition of its kind in the world. Thirty six teams of MBA students from across the globe compete over the course of a week for the grand prize of $10,000.

The team from DeGroote had a very strong performance, winning three cases and having a split panel on the remaining two. They finished with the highest points in their division (fifth highest in the overall competition) and had high hopes entering the semi-final round as the only team representing Ontario. more…

So you’re graduating soon and don’t know what to do …

Natasha Sharma, BCom ’00

shrugging-girlBack in the day, we used to deliver our university applications through snail mail. That’s the regular post office, to all you late-born Millennials out there.

Most children of East Indian background are encouraged or “volun-told” what to do – with the intention of eventually attending medical school, of course. I applied for the Natural Sciences program at McMaster and a few other schools.

I recall clear as a bell walking to the mailbox that day, application in hand, and feeling unsettled. Just before I dropped it into the box, I stopped, turned and walked back home. I promptly opened the envelope, scratched out “Natural Sciences” on my application and changed it to “Honours Commerce.” more…


Directors College is a go-to resource for the Canadian business sector

Andrew Baulcomb, Advancement Officer

Corporate BoardroomDr. Michael Hartmann cites the “corporate governance scandals” of the early-2000s as being the driving force behind a major shift in boardroom thinking.

Remember the Enron Corporation — the company that went from trading at $90 a share to filing for bankruptcy in less than two years? That was a wake-up call, offers Hartmann, a Professor of Human Resource Management at DeGroote.

Board directors around the world took a good, hard look in the mirror. Then they looked elsewhere for guidance.

Enter The Directors College.

A joint venture of the DeGroote School of Business and The Conference Board of Canada, it was the country’s first university-accredited corporate director education program when the College was unveiled in 2003. It welcomed its inaugural class the following year. more…


Getting Out

MBA Alumni/Student Networking Reception

Burlington, Ontario

Please join us for an evening of networking with fellow alumni and students, sharing professional experiences and connecting with friends.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, with two drink tickets.

There is no charge to attend this event; however your registration is kindly requested. Event details…

MBA Alumni/Student Networking Reception

Feb 4, 2016 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. The National Club, 303 Bay Street, Toronto

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