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Haskayne MBA students win Innovation Olympics gold against world’s top business schools

December 20, 2016

Four MBA students from the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business have won a global-level Innovation Olympics consulting project competition. The star-packed field included student teams from Stanford, INSEAD (France), Northwestern Kellogg—all MBA programs typically ranked in the top five in the world, Asian Institute of Management (Philippines), and Erasmus University (Netherlands).   

 This competition focused on growing the profitability of Ayala, the largest company in the Philippines. The eight-week virtual competition is organized quarterly by IXL Center, the Boston-based world-class innovation consultancy which mentors selected MBA student teams on consulting projects for large global-level clients, who determine which teams provides the best solutions. The winning team in each event earns (US) $4,000.  

 The Haskayne MBA team consisted of Anna Skripets, a Russian economics and mathematical modeling PhD graduate; Brad Prince, a joint medical doctor/MBA student; Calgarian Jodi Yaworksi, an undergraduate engineering graduate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and former Enbridge engineer; and Rosario Fortugno, a University of Alberta electrical engineering graduate, Project Management Professional and former ATCO engineer.  

 This latest result follows from three previous Innovation Olympics consulting project competitions involving large organizations in which Haskayne students ranked #1, #1(tie), and #2 against MBA teams from highly-ranked schools.   

 “This amazing result provides externally-validated evidence regarding the excellent real-world skills nurtured by the Haskayne MBA programs,” said Michael Wright, associate dean (Graduate Programs).

 Bob Schulz, Haskayne faculty advisor for the Innovation Olympics teams stated “Haskayne undergraduate students have won a record 88 national-level case competitions and more than 20 international podium awards.

 “Our MBAs have won four week-long world-level international case competition titles and more than 20 international podium awards. Winning this Innovation Olympics, against the highest-ranked field our Haskayne students have ever directly competed, strongly supports our university’s Eyes High vision. Clearly, Haskayne students consistently excel at the highest competitive levels in the world.”