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.


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.


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

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

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UTSC MiniMBA 2018


We’re very excited to announce UTSC’s first miniMBA program! The miniMBA will be 8 sessions long.

The first session is Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The course is to be introduced on February 13th,2018 from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

This course is designed to easily deliver useful business information clearly and concisely within 10 sessions. Students will learn MBA knowledge that can be applied to everyday business situations. This course will provide opportunities to network through sessions run by experienced professionals.

Topics include:

Organizational Behaviour

The sessions will be split up into 3 main components. Students will be expected to read the corresponding chapter prior to the session. The first half hour will consist of a review of the material. This will be followed by a seminar from the instructor including a question and answer or panel discussion period. Finally, there will be a team activity to demonstrate and utilize the content covered that day.

An overarching capstone project (to be introduced in session 1) will be used to develop a proposal utilizing multiple MBA subjects. This exercise will allow for incorporation of many MBA topics and will be handling a real business case.

To sign up for the session, click here

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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


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
Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA) 
University of Toronto

GMCA UTM Event: Innovation-In-Action Case Competition

GMCA-UTM is excited to present our biggest event of the year, the Innovation-In-Action Case Competition!
Sponsored by Bayer and the Master of Management of Innovation, this competition will put your teamwork and problem-solving skills to the test. You’ll present the judges with a strategic solution to an innovation-themed case problem and network with professionals from firms such as Accenture, PwC, RBC, McKinsey and more!
Join us on February 16th, 2018 for an exciting chance to showcase your talents and win cash prizes! This competition is open to current graduate and senior undergraduate students from the University of Toronto.
Registration is FREE before midnight on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. The final deadline to register is Monday, Feb 5th, 2018.
Teams can have 3-4 members. Each member must fill out the application form on Eventbrite
One team member must submit all the members’ resumes as a single pdf file to
Individual applications are also encouraged; we’ll place you in a team based on resume compatibility. 
Selected participating teams will be notified by Thursday, February 8th, 2018 and provided with further details about the event schedule.
Feel free to reach out to us at with questions or concerns. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Innovation-In-Action Case Competition!

GMCA UTM Event: Case Competition

GMCA UTM Event: Ace the Case

GMCA-UTM is excited to announce its first event of 2018! Ace the Case is an opportunity to walk through a real case with an experienced QuintilesIMS consultant. The consultant will demonstrate how they approach cases, and give you tips on getting into the world of consulting!
Event: Ace the Case
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 10th 2018, 6-8 PM
Location: DV3130 Council Chambers Room, UTM
The info session will be led by the incoming consultant, who will share their valuable knowledge and experiences in the consulting industry. Attendees will be able to network and ask questions after the session. Refreshments will be provided.
Registration: Please sign up here


GMCA UTM Event: All Things Consulting

Do you want to learn more about consulting? If so, you should attend our All Things Consulting event! The GMCA-UTM executive officers will give you a comprehensive understanding of what consulting is, followed by interview and application preparation tips, and a walk-through of how McKinsey consultants tackle their cases and present their findings!
Event: All Things Consulting
Date/Time: December 15th 2017, 1:30-3:00 PM
Location: DV3130 Council Chambers Room, UTM
All attendees will receive a digital case interview package containing sample case interviews and online resources they can use to prepare for case interviews.


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**

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 We look forward to seeing you in class!


Graduate Management Consulting Association (GMCA)
University of Toronto

GMCA Queen’s miniMBA!


We’re very excited to announce Queen’s first miniMBA program! The miniMBA will be 8 sessions long. The first session is Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 from 12:30pm-1:30pm. 

Members will receive email updates in advance of these sessions to inform them to sign up individually. To be added to our membership list, email

Any student who attends at least 7 of 8 of the mini-MBA sessions will receive the GMCA Queen’s University Chapter mini-MBA Certificate.

For more information, please email the GMCA Chapter at Queen’s University at