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GMCA’s Beginner’s Case Competition

Our 6th Annual Beginner Case Competition will be held from Thursday Nov 15th to Thursday Nov 22nd, 2018. This week-long competition is strictly for beginners with no prior consulting or case competition experience.

SCHEDULE:
Thursday, Nov 15th Evening:Introduction to case competition and case release at noon.
Tuesday, Nov 20th Evening: Coaches Corner (present your work thus far and receive feedback)
Thursday, Nov 22nd Evening: The Beginner Case Competition! Followed by networking event.
LOCATION: TBD

APPLICATION:
To take part in the beginner case competition, it is necessary that each participant have no prior consulting or case competition experience. Participants must be current graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows at a Canadian university. Teams must include four (4) members. A maximum of one (1) current undergraduate, MBA student or graduate alumnus per team is allowed. If you would like to participate but do not have a full team, please e-mail gmca.uoft@gmail.com and we can assist you in assembling a team.

If interested, please submit an application here by Sunday, November 11th, 2018, 11:59pm.

Selected teams will be notified by email on Wednesday, Nov 14th, 2018. This email will also provide more specific details about the competition schedule (i.e. room location, time). You will also receive a ticket payment invitation of $40 per team payable prior to the competition.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach us at info@gmcacanada.com.

We Look forward to your participation!

We are happy to remind you that Boston Consulting Group is calling all advanced degree candidates (ADCs) working towards a PhD, MD or JD with the expectation of graduating between December 2019 and July 2020. BCG will be hosting a BCG summer internship connection event on campus to help you meet BCG consultants and recruiters and secure that critical summer internship position.

Date: 6:30 PM–8:30 PM, Monday, November 19, 2018

Location: Room MSB2170, Medical Sciences Building, University of Toronto

Please register to attend by clicking 

here
Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA)
University of Toronto

 


Dear PhD, Post-doctoral, MD, and LLB students,

I hope you are having a productive semester! As a graduate student, it was about this time of year that I found myself thinking about what life after the PhD might look like

My name is Blaise Pinaud, I am a Stanford graduate (PhD – Chemical Engineering, 2014) and former UBC Post-doctoral fellow who is now a Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Since I recently made the transition from academia to consulting, I’d like to share my experience and answer some common questions that advanced degree candidates (PhDs, MDs, or JDs) have about consulting and BCG in particular.

INTERESTED IN MANAGEMENT CONSULTING?

The Boston Consulting Group is a global management consulting firm and the world’s leading advisor on business strategy. We partner with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises.


What do Consultants actually do?

Consultants are responsible for owning a piece of our client’s problem. As an example, I recently helped a major retailer craft their category strategy. My role was to understand how consumers shop their products to identify which level (e.g., assortment, visual displays, pricing) to pull in order to win market share.

Most of our projects involve flying to the client site, in this case Toronto, to work closely with them on developing the strategy. At the end of the project, I met with the VP of each business to review our findings and they are all excited to put the recommendations into action.

The team celebrated our successes by going to a baseball game and having dinner at a locally renowned restaurant!

What does BCG Look for?

Strong candidates are smart, capable, and possess strong leaderships skills. We derive your “smarts” through your academic achievements (grades and test scores) as well as your ability to communicate the impact of your research to a broader audience. We want to hear about the capabilities you have developed from your experience both inside and outside the classroom or laboratory. What difficult things have you accomplished in the past?

If you are interesteed in learning more about the work we do at BCG and who we are, please join us at one of our upcoming Connection Events.

TORONTO ADC CONNECTION EVENT
Monday, November 19th, 2018
6:30pm EST
Room MSB2170, Medical Sciences Building
University of Toronto
Please register to attend by clicking here

What’s Consulting

What’s Consulting will be a panel discussion involving multiple consultants from renowned consulting firms. Our goal is to enable graduate students to understand the daily work of consultants and how their non-business background can provide valuable skills that are sought after by such firms.

The event is free, and light refreshments will be served. If interested, you can register for the event here

Where The Ramsey WRight Building (110 St George Street, Room 110)
When 11th October, 2018 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Deloitte Digital Recruitment Day

We are excited to invite you to “Deloitte Digital Recruitment Day” in collaboration with Deloitte Digital on Friday, September 28th, 9 am-5 pm. Consultants from Deloitte Digital’s Digital Customer practice will deliver a workshop designed to prepare students for a career in technology consulting. For more information, please refer to the attached brochure.

This workshop is intended for graduate students who will be graduating in the next 6 months. If you are interested, please submit your application here by Sunday, September 20th, 11:59 pm. Successful applicants will to be notified by Monday, September 24th.

Note: It is highly recommended that applicants apply for the current Deloitte Digital job posting found here.

For questions, please contact us at info@gmcacanada.com.

2018 Invictus Analytics and Strategy Info Session

Invictus Analytics and Strategy’ is a focused group of strategy consultants committed to bringing the best possible evidence to our clients to help them succeed. We are dedicated to supporting Canada’s healthcare leaders with powerful insights and creative, evidence-supported strategies that deliver enduring value.

Invictus is currently looking for prospective candidates for upcoming career opportunities, including 2019 full-time positions. We are excited to invite graduate students in their final year of study interested in pursuing a career in consulting to an information session. Event details are as follows:

Location: Rosebrugh Building Room 211 (164 College Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3G9)
Date: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Registration: Please register for the event here

Master’s Professional Networking Night

We are excited to announce our Master’s Professional Networking Night on Thursday, Aug 23rd, 6-9 pm. This event is intended for Master’s degree candidates who are preparing for the upcoming recruitment cycle. Students with other degrees are also welcome to apply.

If you are interested, please submit an application here by Friday, Aug 17th, 11:59 pm. Successful candidates will be contacted with the registration and location details on Monday, Aug 20th. The ticket price is $40/person, which includes food and one drink ticket, payable online prior to the event.

Do not miss this opportunity to network with consultants and recruiters from top firms. We hope to see you there!

For questions, please contact us at info@gmcacanada.com.

2018 Professional Networking Night


We are excited to announce our Professional Networking Night on Friday, July 20th, 6-9pm. This event is intended for advanced degree candidates (PhDs, Post-Docs, MDs, JDs, PharmDs) who are preparing for the upcoming recruitment cycle.

If you are interested, please submit an application by Monday, July 16th, 11:59pm. Successful candidates will be contacted with the registration and location details on July 18th, 2018. The ticket price is $40/person, which includes food and one drink ticket, payable online prior to the event.

Do not miss this opportunity to network with consultants and recruiters from top firms such as McKinsey, Bain, BCG, IQVIA, Monitor Deloitte, ClearView, Deloitte, KPMG, and others. We hope to see you there!

2018-2019 GMCA Executive Elections

Dear GMCA Members,

The GMCA is calling all graduate students and advanced degree trainees to be part of the 2018-2019 Executive Committee. For those who are considering a career in consulting, this is an amazing opportunity to build on your experiences and gain access to resources and networks within the GMCA community. In fact, the vast majority of past GMCA executives have since transitioned into some of the top consulting firms.

To learn more about the available positions and responsibilities, please visit the Executive Committee Positions 2018-2019 page. If you are interested, please submit your application on GMCA 2018-2019 Application page by Saturday, June 16th, 11:59pm.

The election will take place on Monday, June 18th, 2018, 6-8pm, at Bahen Centre, Room 1230 (40 St. George Street). Each candidate will give an election speech (90 seconds maximum) on why you want to run for the position and initiatives you would champion if elected.

All GMCA members are welcomed to join us and vote for the candidates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA)
University of Toronto

GMCA 2018 Master the Case Interview Series (MCIS)

Dear GMCA Member,

We are excited to invite you to our newest program this year – Master Case Interview Series (MCIS). This training program is designed to prepare graduate students and advanced professional degree candidates (Masters, PhDs, Post-Docs, MDs, and JDs), who will be entering the upcoming recruitment cycle in the summer or fall of 2017.

The design of this exclusive program echoes the learnings from many of our previous members that had gone through the recruiting cycle and what had helped them succeed. Last year, most of our participants in this program ended up with offers from consulting firms.

We are proud to provide you with a comprehensive and highly interactive training program which helps you to kickstart the case interview preparation process. Led by experienced consultants from various firms, this program will teach you:

  • How to crack a case
  • Firm-specific case interview styles
  • Industry-specific knowledge

Together, our aim is for you to succeed in your upcoming consulting interviews!

Dates: 
The program will run on U of T St. George campus on May 28, 30, 31, June 4, 6, 8, 11, 13 and 14. Sessions will be held from 6-8 or 7-9pm. We will release locations and speaker information to selected members.

If you are interested, please submit your ONE-page cover letter and ONE-page resume to applications@gmcacanada.com by Monday, May 21st, 2018,11:59 pm. Successful applicants will be invited to an in-person interview on May 26th or 27th, 2018.

If you need help to prepare a consulting-style resume to increase your odds of being selected, please join the Resume Session of GMCA 7th Annual Conference.

For questions, please contact us at info@gmcacanada.com.

GMCA 7th Annual Strategic Management Consulting Conference

Dear GMCA members,

This event is for all individuals who would like to learn more about consulting, to participate in a smaller networking night and get a sense for what it takes to get into consulting without participating in the case competition. You will get insider information from management consultants from top firms and get opportunities to network. Space is limited.
Our 7th Annual Strategic Management Consulting Conference is now open for registration! This conference aims to educate graduate students about current trends in the consulting industry as well as to create an opportunity for students to engage with professionals from top consulting firms. The conference consists of a dynamic and informative two-day forum about consulting and an engaging business case competition.

Two-Day Forum
Location Auditorium B150, Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, University of Toronto, St. George Campus, University of Toronto Find us here!

This event is for all individuals who would like to learn more about consulting, to participate in a smaller networking night and get a sense for what it takes to get into consulting without participating in the case competition. You will get insider information from management consultants from top firms and get opportunities to network. Space is limited. Get your ticket here today!

Day 1: Monday, May 14th, 12:00pm – 5:30pm

Topics:                     

  • Keynote: Big Data Analytics
  • Research Commercialzation
  • Panel: Road to Consulting
  • Consulting Resumes
  • McKinsey Insights    
  • Panel: Life as a Consultant

Day 2: Wednesday, May 16th, 12:30pm – 5:00pm (Networking: 5:00pm – 8:00pm)

Topics:

  • Keynote: Why Consulting?
  • BCG Perspectives                 
  • The IQVIA Report
  • Leadership Development
  • Panel: Exit Options

Case Competition: Friday, May 25th, 9:00am – 5:30pm (St. George Campus, University of Toronto)

A week-long case competition, where participants work as a team to tackle a challenging business case and present their solutions to a panel of judges from top consulting firms. It is a great opportunity to demonstrate problem solving and presentation skills and make connections with consulting industry professionals at the afternoon networking event.

  • Application deadline: May 14th, at 11:59pm
  • Teams notified: May 16th, at 11:59pm
  • Payment deadline: May 17th, at 11:59pm
  • Case release: May 18th, at 11:59pm
  • Deck submission: May 24th, at 11:59pm
  • Case competition & networking: May 25th, 9:00am – 5:30pm

Application:

The competition will have teams of 4-5. This event is open to graduate students, MD/JD candidates or postdocs, with the allowance of maximum one professional/MBA/undergraduate per team. Please apply at applications@gmcacanada.com and submit one-page resumes for each team member in a single PDF file by May 14th, 11:59pm.
If your team is selected for the case competition, a ​separate link to purchase an invite-only case competition ticket will be sent out to each individual on the team. The ticket costs $120 per team and gives you access to the case competition and an exclusive networking event on May 25th.

NOTE: The case competition ticket does not include access to the two-day forum. Competing team members need to purchase a forum ticket separately.

Even if you have attended this conference before, this year promises to be full of new seminars, exciting networking opportunities and, as always, the case competition with judges from top consulting firms. Get your ticket before it’s sold out. We hope to see you at the conference!

Sincerely,

Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA)

University of Toronto