Guelph-Humber Students Place High in Harvard Case Competition


A University of Guelph-Humber team of business students has won third place in a global consulting event at Harvard University.

During the 2016 Harvard International Consulting Competition, students demonstrated their problem-solving skills, met potential employers and attended talks by industry professionals.

Teams competed to solve a challenge faced by a business.

GH-HarvardOne of two Guelph-Humber teams among the initial 32 entrants finished third to win $500.

The Guelph-Humber team was asked to propose how the largest American pharmacy company might expand worldwide.

This was the 12th case competition for team member Tomson Varghese, a 2016 business graduate.

“At case competitions, you get to implement everything you’ve studied and learned to find out what will work,” he said. “It’s a simulation of a real-world problem.”

Students gained an inside view of the consulting industry, including meeting with professionals.

Impressed by the Guelph-Humber team, the CEO and VP of a major American consulting company took the students to lunch and offered career advice and presentation tips.

Prof. Justin Medakiewicz, Business, trained the team for the competition and travelled with them to Boston.

“Taking third place validates all the hard work they’ve put into this,” said Medakiewicz.

“The foundation of our school is combining theoretical and hands-on learning. Preparing for these competitions complements and reinforces what our students learn in the classroom.”