Schulich teams take second and third spots in mining case competition

Two Schulich School of Business teams took second and third spots at the Schulich International Case Competition (SICC), a mining industry-based event, but a team from S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University won first place.

Team BR of Brennan W. Duty, Anne Keyes, Bryan C. Hill and Harun Olcay won the CornellUWinners$10,000 first prize at the third annual SICC Oct. 26.

From left, Brennan W. Duty, Anne Keyes  and Bryan C. Hill of Team BR, S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management. Harun Olcay not pictured

Schulich’s Team Alpha, comprised of Chris Dumont, Talal Al Jandali, Rahul Ghai and Vivek Jain, took the $5,000 second place prize, while Schulich’s Team Mine the Gap comprised of Guojun Wang, Mudit Sharma, Stamos Manolis and Bryan Jin, won $2,500 for third.

The SICC is presented by Schulich’s Case Analysis Club, Natural Resources Opportunities Club and Net Impact Club, as well as the faculty of Schulich’s Global Mining Management specialization and the Graduate Business Council.

This year’s SICC challenged MBA students to find a way to quantify miners’ sustainability, SchulichSecondPlaceTeamcorporate social responsibility efforts so that they may be factored into their share price by institutional investors.

From left, Chris Dumont, Talal Al Jandali, Rahul Ghai,  Vivek Jain of Team Alpha, Schulich School of Business

Other schools that competed in this year’s SICC competition included the University of Rochester, the University of Western Australia, the India School of Business, the Rotman School of Management, the University of Alberta, the DeGroote School of Business and the Ted Rogers School of Management.

The competition was judged by executives from CIBC, Resource Capital Funds, New Gold, Barrick, PWC, MacCormick, Cassels Brock, Stratos, the Mining Association of Canada, PDAC, Ontario’s Teacher’s Pension Plan, KPMG, Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, TD Securities, Mining Americas and TMX Equicom.

Corporate sponsors were CIBC (Platinum sponsor); New Gold and Resource Capital Funds (Gold SchulichThirdSpotsponsor) and PWC, Barrick, and Kinross (Silver sponsors).

From left, Guojun Wang, Mudit Sharma, Stamos Manolis and Bryan Jin of Team Mine the Gap, Schulich School of Business

After the competition, Schulich MBA student David Robson, who worked for Cameco as a mining engineer and is now enrolled in Schulich’s Global Mining Management specialization, was awarded the $10,000 Resource Capital Funds scholarship.

“The Schulich International Case Competition keeps on getting better each year,” said Richard Ross, director of Schulich’s MBA Global Mining Management specialization. “Schulich is the leader in mining and sustainability education and it is great to see that we have sparked so much interest around the globe in mining sustainability issues.”

For more information about the results of the competition and to see photos of the winning teams, visit the Schulich International Case Competition website.