It started as quiet day for MMICC. Teams were on the final hours of cracking their case, exec and ambassadors were rotating between shifts and ensuring that everything was going smoothly.
But that was only the calm before the storm unleashed by Hydro Quebec, Quebec’s electricity provider. Indeed around noon, ambassadors off shift were in the middle of watching Baywatch when suddenly the power went off in the room. Tragedy, panic and stress. Teams started to wonder what their final hours would look like, exec had an emergency meeting, ambassadors were worried for their team. During those dark (literally and figuratively) 45 minutes many options arised which included moving the entire case crack to the Bronfman Building. However the MMICC guardian angels had answered our prayers and the power was restored. The case crack later was extended until 8 and quiet was restored in the floors.
Finally the case ended around 8PM, and teams, tired and exhuasted, handed in their final presentations. Some went straight to bed, others to the bar, and some continued to practice their presentations throughout the night. What’s known for sure that all the teams will need to be up and ready to go tomorrow to present in front of the panel of judges and finally determine the winner of the McGill Management International Case Competition.
After a long week of fun and bonding, the case competition is FINALLY here !!!!!!!! Adrenaline is pumping as execs have an early morning and ambassadors are helping their teams prep for room inspections. We all bid our teams a goodbye as we escort them to Bronfman for the official case reveal. Once we learnt that the case is about Gildan and American Apparel, everyone is excited to return to the hotel to be given the actual case. After a dramatic countdown, ambassadors handed over the case to each team in order for them to start prepping before a Question Period. During this time, I- the the ambassador for Penn made a case specific meme for them to keep morale high. Hours fly by as teams work on the case and consolidate ideas. Coffee, walk, and food request fly in and out of HQ as execs and ambles try to make the whole process as smooth as possible. We are gearing up for a long as teams are not only strategizing case solutions but also sleep solutions! We hope teams manage to get rest and we are excited to see what quirky requests they make at 3 am. We love you all and we wish you a merry case crack !
It was an early wake up this morning for everyone. With an ambassador meeting at 7:45am and boarding the buses at 8:15, the snow tubing day started quite early. Luckily for us it was a nice morning, with a snow fall and nice weather.
However, once Up North, buses got lost a couple of times in Saint-Sauveur but everyone stayed optimistic about the day and all were very excited! Once everyone was on the hills and did a few slides, we all began throwing snow balls at each other. A few alliances were made and a few friendships were broken but it was all fun and games in the end. The ambassadors made a race down the hill 2 by 2 with a bet. The loser had to take off their coats completely and jump and roll in the snow. Unfortunately, the losers were Juliette and Anya. Once everyone was wet from head to toe, we headed inside to warm up next to the fire and had a sugar shack lunch in the cabin. Interesting conversations with many laughs is always a good way to have lunch.
After our big lunch, everyone started packing and then we headed outside. Little did we know, there was a stand with maple taffy. All participants looked amazed at how, in Quebec, we have this tradition of putting maple syrup on snow and rolling it on a stick to eat it just like that. Once back at the hotel, the teams went and visited the room they would present in. Afterwards, they went out for dinner with their advisor and strategized for the case crack, which begins in less than 24 hours !!!!!
A snowy day, without sun, but with lot of fun! Our day started with the ~Video Awards~ which put everybody in a good mood, having nominees, winners and trophies for 3 categories: funniest, most creative and most popular. I – Valérie, ambassador of Nanyang Technological School in Singapore – was so proud when my team won “Funniest video”, they are hilarious people. Then it went on with an interesting presentation about the case, which brought a competitive atmosphere to the Bronfman Building. As Professor Donovan was going through important rules, we saw all teams chatting between each other and already planning their next steps. Questions were flowing, to the point where we got over schedule and had to delay all our activities of the afternoon!
To bring us back together as part of the MMICC family, we then had a group picture. “You look like you’re enjoying this 6/10, but I want a 10/10”, said the photographer, as everyone was already thinking about lunch time. What brought a smile on participants’ face was the t-shirt exchange, where everyone traded one of their school’s shirt for one of another school. During this time, ambassadors and executives were taking a break and having a photoshoot, because we all want souvenirs of the great time we are having.
For the afternoon, everyone went in different ways in four activities: laser tag, ice skating, Montreal Biodôme and Museum of Fine Arts. Our group including members from Thailand, Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong made their way to an indoor skating rink. Some participants showed their Olympic worthy skills while others hobbled along trying out skates for the first time. Everyone enjoyed getting a chance to have some physical activity before we headed to a night at the museum for our opening ceremonies.
We arrived at PAC for a cocktail setting before receiving a tour of ancient archaeological sites. Teams had a chance to learn about Quebec history with a guided tour. We then had the chance to watch a multi media show about the history of Quebec. Right after that, we went to our tables for dinner which was A-MAZING. Teams had a chance to chat with others, since we were separated from our usual groups. Great evening, lovely chants, amazing family: MMICC.
Today was kicked off with an adventure around Montreal! Team’s visited multiple places such as Mont-Royal, the Old Port, the gay village and other iconic areas. They got to eat classic Montreal foods such as Schwartz’ famous smoked meat and La Banquise’s crazy poutines. Mont-Royal offered a lovely winter wonderland with fresh snow still untouched and a splendid view of downtown Montreal. After enjoying the view, the team’s made their way to the Old Port to see old Montreal and enjoy a nice lunch.
During the evening, all the teams got together to spectate MMICC Local’s final presenters. The three teams delivered great case presentations and the MMICC international teams voted on the winner.
The competition was followed by a delicious wine and cheese at the venue where everyone got to talk and get to know each other better.
Tonight we let out our inner Elvis as we sing karaoke all night.
The first official day of MMICC was eventful, to say the least! After two trips the airport for Flo and one to train station for me, our teams were complete and excited to finally be in Montreal! The Laurier team even treated themselves to some McDonal’s after their long 6h journey, well deserved after all the rounds of President they had played on the train.
Afterwards, it was check in at the Marriott and down time before hitting the town. At L’Académie, not only did the teams have a good time amongst themselves, they got a chance to meet with executive committee members like Abby and Alex who gave them a taste of the week to come. But that wasn’t the only thing we got a taste of at dinner: we got a killer speech from Jake with some Drake playing in the background, an exclusive preview of team Laurier’s budding rapper (watch out for her mixtape), got a wine lesson from Alex, and got in a heated game of HQ Trivia with the McGill team!
Then it was off to McLean’s. The teams got to bond and I already spotted some inside jokes being made. Team Laurier was in full swing, as were the other teams. Also, shoutout to McLean’s for their choice of music, which is officially Laurie approved.
On that note, hope everyone enjoyed the first day of MMICC!