Ryerson MBA team wins international competition

From left-to-right: Jesse Berger, Krysten Connely and Saad Rahman. (Courtesy of Suelan Toye)

From left-to-right: Jesse Berger, Krysten Connely and Saad Rahman. (Courtesy of Suelan Toye)

Three Ryerson MBA students won top prize and People’s Choice award at an online international investment case study competition last week.

Ryerson MBA students Jesse Berger, Krysten Connely and Saad Rahman represented Ryerson in the competition. The team submitted a high-production video of  their case study solution to the judges in the fall of 2015.

Teams were faced with the challenge of choosing whether to invest in Amazon or Walmart for 10 years, then had to explain why and how they would go about investing.

The second-annual Real Vision Investment Case Competition included 31 MBA schools from around the world. Ryerson was the only Canadian school to compete and the first Canadian MBA school to win the competition.

The team decided in order to wow the judges, they would have to stand out in not only the content they presented, but how they presented their case, Connely said.

Burger said that, with the help of some friends with film experience, the team shot their video in the Student Learning Centre (SLC) over a couple of days — sometimes until the wee hours of the morning.

“It really put a lot of us out of our comfort zone,” Connely said. “This is where we really stood out.”

Online voting by the public for People’s Choice award was from November until February, and the winners were announced March 2.

“We had so much support from the Ryerson community,” Connely said, adding that winning the People’s Choice award — decided by online voters — made the win “even sweeter.”

Burger said that the win helped put Ryerson’s MBA school on the map and heightened his pride in the program. “We are super excited about (the win)…and we are super excited for the school.”

Dale Carl, director of graduate studies which oversees the MBA program, said the win was crucial for Ryerson’s MBA program as it grows nationally and internationally.

“This accomplishment speaks volumes about that students bring to real business problems, which is one of the hallmarks of Ryerson,” Carl said.  

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