Our 9th Annual Management Consulting Conference is back!

Our conference consists of (1) a dynamic and informative one-day forum on Friday, March 13, 2020, which includes workshops and panel discussions about consulting, and (2) an engaging business case competition on Friday, March 20, 2020. Through this conference, we aim to educate students about current trends in the consulting industry and inspire their interest in consulting; create an opportunity for employers to engage with top graduate students; enhance the professional skills needed for transitioning from academia to industry; and foster relationships between graduate students and industry leaders.

This year’s conference theme is: Managing Digital Disruption.

Digital Disruption has changed the way many industries and companies work around the globe. 

Previously, clients would produce data, in hard copy, to a physical room called the “data room”. Consultants would review the data and conduct, what we now consider, basic data analysis. Fast forward to today, clients still produce data to a data room, but it is digital data uploaded to a website or FTP. The data analysis is also much more complex, often done using programming languages.
Technologies such as teleconferencing (video on phones, Zoom, WebEx, and etc.) have also pushed consulting firms toward globalization. Consultants from offices across the country, and the world, are now able to work together, creating a global talent pool. It is not uncommon for a consulting team to consist of members from several countries to leverage unique skill sets and geographies. For example, a team with consultants in America, Europe, and Asia can now work around the clock on a case to achieve higher productivity than previously possible. For a consulting firm to be competitive and remain relevant, it is crucial to stay ahead of the curb.
 
This journey begins with a discussion on how digital disruptions and globalization can impact the consulting industry in the future.

Conference Details:

  • Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM
    • Registration: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
    • Conference: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ($40)
    • Casual Networking: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM ($25)*
  • Location:
    • Conference: Women’s College Hospital (76 Grenville Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1B2)
    • Casual Networking: Pogue Mahone (777 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2B3)
  • Schedule: More details will follow
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Registration: here
* The networking option is a new option available this year and tickets will be capped at the first 75 individuals, so get your tickets early!

Case Competition Details:

  • Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    • Registration: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
    • Competition: 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
    • Casual Networking: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Location: University of Toronto – St. George Campus
  • Ticket Price: $120/ team for a maximum of 5 participants/team*
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Team Registration Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2020 at 10:00 PM
  • Case Release: Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 12:00 AM
  • Schedule: The case and the detailed schedule, including rooms and locations, will be provided to teams on Sunday, March 15, 2020
  • Registration: here

* Teams are required to have no more than 1 member that is not a current graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. If you do not have a group or are below the minimum number of participants required, please use the Slack channel titled “casecomp_conference2020” here to reach out to others and form teams. Space is limited, and only complete teams of 4-5 students who have registered via Eventbrite are guaranteed a spot in the competition.