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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!

GMCA 2018 Practice Case Interview Series

Dear GMCA Members,

We are excited to invite you to join our 2018 Practice Case Interview Series (PCIS), a workshop that serves as a great introduction to the consulting case interview process.

The PCIS will be hosted on Thursday, April 19th, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, in UC 140, University of Toronto
It’s a free event open to everyone who is interested in case interviews, and please register here.

About our speaker (Wenjun Xu, PhD):

Wen completed her PhD in neuroscience and stem cell research with IMS in 2017 and she will be joining Bain & Company this July as a full time advanced degree consultant. During her graduate studies, she had co-founded a startup, completed and TAed the Rotman School of Management Healthcare Consulting Course, interned with IQVIA and was the project leader for GMCA in 2017 founding the new case prep series MCIS. In her spare time, she likes to explore local restaurants, educate herself in a wide range of nursery rhymes and take part in home renovation projects transforming century-old buildings into modern pieces.

Covered topics

Introduction: Wen and her road to consulting.
Part 1: Understanding consulting to reflect what firms are looking for.
Part 2: Consulting timeline and application process (how to get the interview, first win).
Part 3: Introduction to interview styles and resources for preparation.
Part 4: Breaking down a typical business case and managing expectations.
Part 5: Interactive case.
Q & A

Boston Consulting Group: ADC Bridge to BCG Connection Event

Dear GMCA members,

We are glad to share with you that the ADC Bridge to BCG Connect Event at U of T will be on Thursday, March 15 @ 6:00pm, in Medical Sciences Building, Room 2170. This event is intended for advanced degree candidates (PhDs, Post-Docs, MDs, JDs) to learn about the opportunities BCG has to offer, including the Bridge to BCG Program. This event is open to everyone who is interested, please register here.

After the Connection Event, an invite-only networking reception will be hosted at 7:15 pm. To apply to attend, please submit your CV by March 12 at 1pm via the the separate link for the Networking Event.

The application deadline for Bridge to BCG program is on Sunday,April 8, 2018 @11:59pm. For further information about the program, please visit here.

Sincerely,

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?

What is Bridge to BCG?

Bridge to BCG is a three day workshop for advanced degree candidates, being held this summer and will allow participants to test drive consulting and:
√ Find out about consulting and get to know BCG
√ Participate in a realistic case team experience
√ Learn from BCG’s thought leaders
√ Meet BCG consultants and students during social and educational events

If you are interested in learning more about the Bridge to BCG program, what a career in consulting looks like for an ADC, and learning about the work we do at BCG Canada and beyond, please join us at our upcoming Connection Event.

To keep up to date with our events for ADC’s at BCG Canada, please be sure to regularly check-in on our website.
We look forward to helping you along the recruiting path towards BCG. Please contact Mathilde Bertin, Recruiting Associate, with any questions at Bertin.Mathilde@bcg.com

Kind Regards,
Blaise Pinaud
on behalf of the Canada ADC Recruiting Team

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2018 IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS) Frontiers in Healthcare Consulting

Dear GMCA members,
 
We are proud to announce the 2018 IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS) Frontiers in Healthcare Consulting engagement is now accepting applications. This engagement will run from early April to the end of August, with an approximate time commitment of 10-15 hours per person per week. A team of 4-5 grad students / post doc members will be selected by IQVIA to work together on a collaborative consulting project leveraging the team’s research, analytical problem solving, and data analysis skills.  Throughout the engagement, the team will work with IQVIA consultants to learn fundamental consulting skills and apply them to tackle a real-world challenge facing today’s healthcare industry.     
Required skills:
  • Strong teamwork, communication, and presentation skills
  • Superior research, analytical problem solving, and data analysis skills
  • Excellent work ethic, time management, and independent learning skills
  • Knowledge of the Canadian healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, as well as a demonstrated interest in healthcare consulting

 

Applications:
Interested grad student / post doc candidates must apply as a team of 4-5 members with 1 team leader and submit an application package including the individual resumes of each member and a single team cover letter (1 page maximum for each resume and the cover letter ). The application is available here
 
*Team members should note that the engagement requires significant time and effort and should only apply if they can afford to do so over the 4 months 
 
Please submit your team application as 1 PDF document through the University of Toronto GMCA website application page before Saturday, March 10, 11:59pm.
 
Interview Process: 
First round invitation: Friday, March 16
First round: Wednesday, March 21 from 6-9pm on the U of T St. George campus
Second round invitation and case: released on Friday, March 23
Second round interview: Friday, March 30 from 1-3:30pm at the IQVIA office in Mississauga
 
Sincerely,
 
Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) 
University of Toronto