DeGroote wins Focus2040 competition – again!

Rick Hackett, associate dean, faculty affairs and accreditation | Burlington, Ontario | March 16, 2015

I am happy to share that the 6th annual Focus 2040 took place this past Thursday at the Burlington Convention Centre. As many of you know, Focus 2040 is a student competition hosted by DeGroote School of Business in partnership with the Strategic Capability Network, and has post-secondary students from across Canada present their views of the world of 2040, and the implications of this future world order for workers, organizations and society.

winners of the Focus2040 competition

From left to right: 1st place finishers Ashlyn Didero and Stacy Drohomyrecky, Focus 2040 co-chairs Ines Efendic and Deunia Susan John

This year the ten teams presenting were selected from 52 original submissions from 12 different schools over two earlier phases of the competition. Prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 are awarded respectively for first, second and third place finishers, with presentations scored by a panel of 9 business persons and two professors.

For the second year in a row, the DeGroote School of Business won top prize! Congratulations to Ashlyn Didero and Stacy Drohomyrecky, both in their second year of our MBA program. Finishing second were Faghya Shafiq and Abid Sharifi from York University, and Marla Grady and Nicole Dube from Saint Mary’s University.

In addition to the cash prizes, all finalists competed for several internships offered by select sponsoring organizations. Thank you to this year’s sponsors, including Strategic Capability Network, Ford Canada, WestJet, Arcelor Mittal, Softchoice, Hatch, Verity and BPI group. A special thank-you to Ines Efendic and Deunia Susan John, co-chairs of Focus 2040 and their executive team. Well done.

Another great initiative from our students at DeGroote!

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