Scholarship winner plans to pair his business and medical backgrounds

March 12, 2021 |
Contributed by Izabela Szydlo, DeGroote Writer

Luc Rubinger

Meet the winner of the 2020 Felesky MBA Scholarship, Luc Rubinger

DeGroote Master of Business Administration (MBA) candidate Luc Rubinger describes himself as a simple guy aiming to live by three pillars. Firstly, he wants to be an orthopedic surgeon to help people. Secondly, he is grounded by family. Rubinger has yet to discover his third pillar. However, as a 2020 Adam Felesky MBA Scholarship recipient, he may be one step closer.

Whatever that third pillar becomes, I know that with this MBA, I am building a strong foundation to stand on,” says Rubinger, who is also currently an orthopedic surgery resident. “Whether that means venture capital like (scholarship donor) Adam, or working in hospital administration, or going into politics, or purely in the private sector, there’s a whole wack of opportunity there.”
Adam Felesky

Adam Felesky

Adam Felesky MBA Scholarship

The Scholarship, supported by McMaster alumnus, philanthropist, and president of Portag3 Ventures, Adam Felesky, is valued at $15,000. A yearly invitation-only competition, it awards a DeGroote MBA scholarship to one outstanding, newly admitted student. While Rubinger says the money relieves some of the pressure of pursuing higher education, the conversation he had with Felesky is truly impacting him.

“Getting to meet Adam and having a conversation facilitated then actually doing my own due diligence and reading about him, I see myself, in the future, pairing my business and medical background,” Rubinger says, “(This may be) not only in health care administration in Ontario, but also helping to stimulate further investment in Canadian health-tech start-ups, whether that’s via venture capital or angel investing.”

Rubinger says he now views Felesky as a benchmark in the fin-tech industry and someone to role model after. He is looking forward to potential mentorship possibilities.

“Once the pandemic’s over, Adam was mentioning that there is a network component to winning the scholarship. That will potentially serve to broaden my network, creating further impact,” he says.

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