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Two Days of Ideas and Innovation: #BCTECH Summit Returns March 2017

Don’t miss out the largest tech conference in British Columbia!  This March, UBC GMCA has been selected as a community partner for the #BCTECH Summit from March 14 -15, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. The two-day conference will showcase BC’s vibrant tech sector, build cross-sector business opportunities and explore the latest ideas and innovations fueling our economy.

The #BCTECH Summit brings together the entire tech ecosystem and offers something for everyone – whether you are a SME looking for new capital or partnerships, a student or graduate seeking opportunities in tech, or an investor ready to capitalize on the next big thing.
Take part in all the opportunities at the #BCTECH Summit:

  • Hear fresh ideas from global thought leaders and be inspired on how to propel your business forward.
  • Impactful session on key sectors, from fintech to agritech to digital health and transportation. Technology is reshaping the way all businesses function – and our lives.
  • See, hear and experience BC’s most innovative technologies at the interactive Marketplace, Technology Showcase, Startup Square and Future Realities.
  • Pitch in the Investment Showcase for funding opportunities with local and international investors. If you are investment-ready, be sure to apply.
  • Explore the opportunities in tech at Youth Innovation Day with valuable information in education, training and career opportunities. Plus, employers will be there seeking new talent!


There are still Early Bird tickets on sale for $599 until January 31, 2017. UBC GMCA (Vancouver) has been offered a promo code for $100 off. Get your tickets now using ‘UBC17’. Visit to learn more on how you can be part of two days of big ideas, unparalleled connections and new opportunities to grow your business.  Register today!

UBC-GMCA Exec Recruitment!

The Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) is a network of students and post-doctoral fellows spread over 7 universities and 3 provinces. The association aims to educate interested members of graduate community about business concepts and help them transition into the world of management consulting. We hosts several events throughout the year such as information sessions, workshops (case-cracking and resume), mini-MBA lecture series, case-practice groups, and a case competition.

After a successful year, the UBC chapter of GMCA is seeking committed and enthusiastic graduate students or post-doctoral fellows to take on the roles described below for the academic year 2017/2018. The commitment would be around 3-5 hours per week on average, but will vary based on the time of the year.

If you are interested in running for an executive position, please submit the following to by January 20th, 2017 in a PDF document. Successful applicants will assume their roles in February 2017.

1) Position(s) you would like to apply for.
2) Reason why you’re a good fit for the position (Max. 250 words)
3) Your 1-page resume

Please send your applications with the subject title: “Exec 2017-18”

We look forward to hearing from you.




The President shall:
• Serve as the lead representative of the GMCA and be responsible for the internal actions of the GMCA;
• Co-ordinate responsibilities among Executive Council members;
• Set the GMCA’s annual goals, including goals for each Executive Council member;
• Ensure the GMCA and Executive Council members have the opportunities and resources available to them to achieve their goals;
• Hold quarterly reviews of Executive Council members to ensure they are achieving personal goals;
• Call meetings and preside over the Executive Council;
• Cast final decision in the event of a tie amongst council member voting;
• Call and conduct the election of the next council (if not running for an additional term).


The Director of Education shall:
• Together with the Dr. of Business development, and prepare funding applications for the mini-MBA workshop series
• Lead planning and execution of the mini-MBA workshop series.
• Manage all aspects of training workshops including:
• Delegates event planning tasks to other GMCA Directors (promotion, fundraising, room booking, speaker recruitment, registration)
• Prepare teaching material and/or content for GMCA events aimed at acquiring fundamental business concepts and skills, or developing business acumen.
• Plan “career services events” such us resume workshops, interview clinics and case study groups
• Prepares feedback forms for workshops. Revise feedback and make improvements to workshops;
• Create and Manage the internal resource library of the GMCA (Google Drive)

UBC-GMCA Case Competition Winners!

Congratulations to the winning team of the 2016 Mini-MBA case competition hosted by UBC-GMCA. Participants of the six week Mini-MBA program learn about the various aspects of business management from guest lecturers who work at the top local businesses and consulting firms. Local business leaders and consultants were also invited to be judges for the final case competition.



UBC Student Leadership Conference Award


Established in 2011, UBC’s Student Leadership Conference (SLC) Showcase award celebrates outstanding student organizations that fulfil a need in the local community and develop leaders of tomorrow. This year, the UBC chapter of GMCA was chosen as a recipient of this award for helping graduate students and postdoctoral trainees transition to the world of business management and consulting via its annual Mini-MBA workshop, career info sessions and active network of mentors and peers.

UBC GMCA: Mini MBA Program

Mini-MBA poster

UBC GMCA: Resume Workshop and Mini-MBA Program

June Poster UBC GMCA

UBC GMCA 2016 Case Cracking Workshop

workshopDate: April 8th
Time: TBA
Location: McKinsey & Company Downtown Vancouver office

Dr. Mohammad Behnam and Dr. Ben Paylor from McKinsey & Company have offered to host a case cracking workshop for a selected group of graduate students interested in management consulting. Because of the limited numbers of spots available we require an application process. Ideally, you will have some experience solving interview style cases (an asset but not mandatory).

Send us your business resume (2 pages max) and a short paragraph stating why are you interested in attending the case cracking workshop. Please e-mail the package as one PDF file to



UBC GMCA 2016: From PhD to Management Consulting Talks: Info Session

From PhD to Management Consulting Talks: Information Session

Management Consultants apply critical-thinking skills to solve complex problems faced by businesses, from mining to biotech companies. They identify issues, form hypotheses, conduct analyses, formulate recommendations, and discuss them with the client’s management.


MohammadMany PhD graduates choose consulting because they find they can apply their problem-solving skills in new ways, work within stimulating team settings, and make measurable impact more quickly and more often.

In this info session, you will hear more about management consulting from Mohammad Behnam, Ph.D. He is an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, an inventor, and an entrepreneur.




ChristopherYou will also learn about the consulting recruitment process from the perspective of a current UBC PhD student who secured a job offer from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) last year. Christopher Roach is in the Genome Science and Technology Program. He has been part of the UBC Board of Governors, and Senate, and he is also a former President of the Graduate Student Society.

Join us at Thea’s lounge at the Graduate Student Centre on March 11th at 5:45 pm. Snacks will be provided.



If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) UBC chapter at




UBC GMCA 2016: From PhD to Management Consulting Talks


From PhD to Management Consulting Talks: Getting a Job Offer

Securing a consulting position can be challenging and intimidating, however it is possible!  UBC PhD alumnus and McKinsey Associate, Ben Paylor will be sharing his successful journey from PhD candidacy to consulting in this session. He will also share his insights on how to leverage personal interests and experience when applying for a dream job/opportunity, and how to prepare for a career in management consulting.

Join us at the Diamond Lecture Family Theater at the BC Cancer Research Centre on April 1st at 9 am. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) UBC chapter at