Category Archives: UofT Events

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

2018 miniMBA Program

Dear GMCA Member,

The GMCA 2018 miniMBA program registration is now open! This 10-lecture program will provide graduate students and post-docs with:

  • A grounding in fundamental business concepts
  • The opportunity to learn from business experts
  • The chance to apply this new knowledge directly to business cases

Course format:
The lectures will be taught by industry professionals with diverse backgrounds. Each class will consist of one-hour lecture on a specific topic, a mini group case practice on the same topic, followed by a group presentation of the solution. The course will cover concepts from the popular “Ten Day MBA” book, by Steven Silbiger.

At the end of the course, students will have the option to participate in a case competition, which will be judged by a panel of consultants.

**Please note, this is a very popular offering and our waiting lists are usually full. If you cannot attend ALL of the lectures please consider taking the class the next time that it is offered**

Dates: 
The program will run on U of T St. George campus on February 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 21, 23, and 28. Lectures will be held from 6-8pm. We will release locations and speaker information to selected members.

The case for the optional case competition will be released on Friday, March 2nd, 2018. Coaches’ Corner will be on Monday, March 5th, 2018, and the competition on Friday, March 9th, 2018.

Cost: $50*
*Free for IMS students
The course book “Ten Day MBA” by Silbiger, may also be purchased separately (soft/hard copy, recommended read).

How to apply:
Please apply on our website here.

Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 11:59pm (EST)
No late applications will be accepted. Spaces are limited and successful applicants will be notified through email by Monday, January 29th.

For questions, please contact us at info@gmcacanada.com. We look forward to seeing you in class!

Sincerely,

Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA)
University of Toronto

BCG Advanced Degree Candidates (ADC’s) Recruiting Events 2017

Are you working towards a PhD, JD or MD, or Post-Doc degree, and interested in a career in business? Then you should consider management consulting. Join us for this connection event to learn more about available opportunities for Advanced Degree Candidates (ADC’s).

Event: ADC Summer Internship Connection Event
Time: 6:30 PM–8:30 PM
Date: Monday, November 27, 2017
Location: Room MSB2170
Medical Sciences Building
University of Toronto

Register here: http://bit.ly/ADCTorontoEvent

At the same time, come join this virtual session hosted by BCG for an overview of how to make your application stand out. BCG will address common questions around writing a concise business style resume and cover letter,and go over some tips and tricks to help you prepare for consulting case interviews. Log in details will be shared the day of.

Event: BCG Virtual Session
Time: 5:00 PM–6:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Register here http://bit.ly/ADCApps

Dear PhD, Postdoctoral, 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 Raminder Gill and I am a McGill graduate (PhD – Pharmacology, 2015) and a Project Leader 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 LLBs) 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 Pharma company craft their strategy for commercializing a new technology. My role was to understand what capabilities they needed in order to win in this market.

Most of our projects involve flying to the client site, in this case Chicago, to work closely with them on developing the strategy. I recently met with the Head of Marketing and delivered our strategy, and she’s excited to get working on launching the product.

After the meeting, we took the clients for dinner at a locally renowned restaurant, and followed up with a basketball game!

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

GMCA Beginner Case Competition

New to case competitions ? Thinking about prepping for management consulting interviews? Then the GMCA Beginner Case Competition is for you! The week-long competition is strictly for beginners with no prior consulting or case competition experience. See rules and guidelines below.

SCHEDULE: Nov 17th – 24th, 2017

Nov 17th Evening: Introduction to case competition and case release at noon.

Nov 20th Evening: Coaches’ Corner (present your work thus far and receive feedback)

Nov 24th Evening: The Beginner Case Competition!

LOCATION: TBD

RULES & GUIDELINES:

The Beginner Case Competition is strictly for beginners. To be eligible to compete, you cannot have competed in case competitions before.

Teams must include 4 members, only one of which can be a current undergraduate student, MBA student or alumnus. 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.

All team members must submit a ONE PAGE consulting style resume. The team must also complete the following form:  GMCA 2017 Beginner Case Comp Application Form

Please submit completed applications as one single PDF document to gmca.uoft@gmail.com with the subject line “Beginner Case Comp Application 2017” by Monday, November 13th, 2017, 6:00 pm EST.

Team list will be released on Thursday, November 16th, 2017.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA)
University of Toronto

‘What is Consulting?’ Event on October 13th, 2017

 

Dear GMCA Members,

The Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) is proudly hosting a What Is Consulting? event to give you an opportunity to learn about a rewarding career in management consulting and why graduate students are highly sought after by firms in this field.

This event is intended for all PhD, Postdoctoral, MD, JD, and Masters students. Please note that students interested in this event are required to register below. Seating is limited so be sure to register early.

Event: What Is Consulting? 
Date/Time: Friday, October 13th / 6 – 7:30pm
Location: University College – UC-140 (Has Balcony Amphitheatre), University of Toronto

Registration: Please visit Eventbrite to register for this session.

For inquiries, please email us at info@gmcacanada.com

We look forward to meeting you!

Sincerely,

Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA)
University of Toronto

 

GMCA-B.A.B Business Analytics in Consulting

Dear GMCA members,

We are excited to see the traction and interest in our pilot events with Business Analytics Bootcamp (B.A.B). 90% of the workshop slots were booked in only 4 days after the announcement. Please reserve your seat before it runs out.

  • Python Programming & Analytics Zero to One: full; please check this course if you are interested, we will keep you on priority list for future pilot workshops
  • Influence with Business Analytics: 4 out of 15 spots left

If you are curious about what Business Analytics is and career opportunity in Consulting, come join us at the open Info Session. See details below.

RSVP for Info Session and find an exclusive link to book workshops by signing up HERE.

Sincerely,

Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA)
University of Toronto


Here is a quick re-cap of the event details:

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Business Analytics Bootcamp (B.A.B). Starting this summer, we will be working with B.A.B to offer exclusive info sessions and workshops to help you:

  • Understand what Business Analytics is and how it impacts consulting and other industries
  • Increase immediate career potential by acquiring in-demand skillsets through case-based workshops

Analytics has become an in-demand skillsets in many industries, especially management consulting. Many firms, such as BCG, McKinsey, Deloitte, have created new teams to bring Analytics into traditional engagements. In recent years, these firms started hiring and investing aggressively for hybrid talents, who are savvy in both business and technical analytics.

Here are some observations and examples:

  • BCG Gamma, McKinsey Analytics, and Deloitte’s Strategic Analytics & Modelling are among the highest growing teams by headcount
  • Active acquisition of analytics firms in recent years, such as McKinsey acquired QuantumBlack and BCG bought stakes in TSG Consulting
  • About 70% of the most-read publications among top firms last year were Analytics related
  • “You will be a formidable strategy consultant (or business professional) if you can understand both strategy and handle technical analytics … when we hire people today, we look for people who can code, not just in Excel, but databases and machine learning to enhance our strategy study.” – Michael Boricki, ex-BCG Partner

In collaboration with the Business Analytics Bootcamp, we are inviting you to the following events on U of T campus:

  • Info Session on Business Analytics in Consulting + Networking: 6pm-8pm, June 29th, MSB2170 (Free to attend)
    • What is Business Analytics?
    • What was my journey into Consulting and Analytics?
    • How should you prepare for career opportunities and challenges in Consulting created by Analytics?
  • Python Programming & Analytics Zero to One: 9am-5pm, July 8th (Limited to 15 seats, $80 per student, 80% off normal price)
  • Influence with Business Analytics: 9am-5pm, July 15th (Limited 15 seats, $80 per student, 80% off normal price)
  • B.A.B Resume Clinic: July 3rd-July 7th (Limited to 20 spots, $40 per student, 50% off normal price)

If you are interested in attending, please RVSP HERE and to receive special code for the discount.

B.A.B was founded by Ian Xiao, who is a U of T alumnus. Ian led teams to deliver over 10 Business Analytics engagements at Deloitte. He has received offers from BCG and an Alibaba-backed analytics tech firm.

For more information about B.A.B and its workshops, please visit its website at www.bizanalyticsbootcamp.com.

GMCA 2017-2018 Executive Committee Election

Dear GMCA members,

The GMCA is calling all graduate students and advanced degree trainees to be part of the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 page. If you are interested, please submit your application on GMCA 2017-2018 Application page by Monday, June 19th, 11:59pm.

The election will take place on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, 6-7pm, at Bahen Centre, Room 2135 (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