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A new beginning: MMICC 2016

At the beginning of October we went on this year’s annual committee retreat. In a secluded location north of Montreal we had the chance to truly bond and get to know each other. With our first meetings being held by the campfire and card games galore, we left feeling like a real family.

The tone was set for an exciting year with brain storming sessions and planning already underway day 2 of retreat. Each pair took the time to have individual meetings and meetings with the directors to discuss their personal goals and hopes for MMICC 2016.

When we drove back to Montreal the next morning we could all say for certain: MMICC 2016 will be the best one yet!

With the guidance of our amazing directors Coline Fievet, Victoire Monnier, and Mykolas Raizys, the entire committee is all geared up for another exciting year with MMICC. We can’t wait to celebrate with all of our beloved MMICCers around the world in a week of teamwork, friendship and high level competition. The committee and ambassadors will be awaiting you the warmest of welcomes, a must to help you survive the cold winter here in the north.

We hope you are all as excited as we are! We are updating our website as we speak with more information on the 2016 executive committee, ambassador recruitment, case workshops and much more!

We look forward to seeing all of your lovely faces at #MMICC2016.

Make sure to follow us on facebook (facebook.com/mcgillcasecomp), and twitter and instagram (@_mmicc) for all of our latest updates!

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By | November 1st, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Day 6: The Final Day

This is it. The moment you’ve been waiting for. After 32 hours of caffeine, sweat, furious typing and mouse clicking with the occasional 4am dance party in between to help you keep your sanity. You have been preparing for months. The executives have been planning this week for a year. It all boils down to this moment. What are you? Nervous. You are nervous.

And you should be. You want it. You want to win.
You wake up before your alarm goes off because your body clock told you to. You iron your dress pants, straighten your tie, or slip on those heels and make your way over to Bronfman for the practice run. You take an extra-large coffee and a few bites from breakfast. The stress oozes out of you and your team. You all depend on each other. You all spent 32 hours locked in your case crack room. You all want your team to win.
And believe me when I say this, every university present at MMICC 2015 sent their best candidates. You are competing against some of the world’s finest business students. Your deck is ready, your outfit is on point, you smile just enough. And yet your entire fate rests in the hands of 12 judges, so no matter how hard you try, you’re wondering if your best is enough at all.

Round 1: the McKesson room judges spared no mercy with the teams. This made forecasting winners even more allusive.
Round 2: you power through, this is the home stretch.
Every single team walked out of their second presentation with a smile on their face. They had made it. Finally. They had made it.

The truth is, as soon as your presentation finishes, it’s no longer about you. The relief sets in. The stress releases your soul and the dark rainclouds over your head dissipate. It’s clear now; there is no more you. There is just us. MMICC doesn’t happen because of one person, it exists because of the collective efforts of the executives, ambassadors, volunteers, advisors, and participants. Unlike every other case competition out there, MMICC epitomizes their slogan, the world’s friendliest case competition, and brings this vision to life. You, now becomes a We. And we reflect on the past seven days of adventure, bonding and happiness that shaped our very existence. We, the MMICC of 2015, gracefully board the buses to La Toundra, where an exquisite evening of comradery is paired with an Argentinean red. We dine, smiling faces clad in red, grey, black and white; an ode to the MMICC spirit. We laugh and reflect on the last week, everything from the Opening Ceremonies, to the Big Adventure, and of course, Snow Tubing. We find that despite only having spent a week together, we have tapped into a network of likeminded individuals with ideas and cultures from around the world. We understand that we have been initiated into the newest generation of the MMICC family, 15 years strong.
Dinner has come to an end. The judges have deliberated, and they presented us with the following decision.
Third place: the Wharton School of the Business at the University of Pennsylvania
Second Place: Thammasat University
And the moment we have been waiting for:
First Place: CONGRATULATIONS, TEAM INTERNATIONAL!!!

And just like that, the week had come to a close. We relish the opportunity to spend this last night together. We know we gave our all; the participants fought to win, and the committee fought to give them one of the best weeks of their life. In the end, what you will remember most about MMICC is the friendships you made during that week, and how ultimately, you wouldn’t have made the memories you did without being surrounded by all of these phenomenal people.

Cheers to us, MMICC. 15 years young, with many, many more to go!

Written by Cheresa Lemaire (Team International’s Ambassador)

By | March 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Day 5: The Games Continue…

When it comes to 32 hour case cracks, its difficult to know when Thursday night ends and when Friday morning begins. As the Montreal sun rose over the Marriott Residence Inn this morning, it is safe to say that this marker of the new day went unnoticed at large, especially by the exhausted ambassadors and execs. As teams continued to deliberate, and be accompanied out for walks and smokes, and ask for water, and ask for coffee (both brewed and bought), and ask to order pizza with extra mushrooms and cheese, and request McDonalds at 3am (FYI the closest McDs is a half-hour walk away in the -10°C cold), and ask for obscure shades of yellow highlighters… the MMICC team exhausted Netflix offerings while struggling to deal with dysfunctional walkie talkies, staying awake in general, and disgruntled hotel workers.

As the 32 hours drew to a close, emotions were varied. For some teams, tensions rose high, while for others, dinner was the primary concern. Regardless of the situation, the infamous USB sticks were collected by courageous execs and ambles. Finally, everyone could eat. Mission accomplished… almost.

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Written by Johanna Diao (SFU’s Ambassador)

By | March 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Day 4: May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favour

Let the games begin! It’s been 3 days of getting to know each other at restaurants, bars, karaoke and last, but definitely not least, on the slippery slopes followed by a sugar high. After all of these fun-filled days, all teams were prepped and ready to go on Wednesday morning. With their game faces on and breakfast in their bellies, our participants had their rooms inspected to be ready for competition.

Each team was then taken to Bronfman where they had their last goodbyes with their advisors and some hugs from their loving ambassadors (mama bears and papa bears). At exactly 10.00am, we had the big reveal in the Live Case Presentation. Our eager participants were focused and driven, and came out of the room with big smiles on their faces, ready to begin the crack.

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Everybody gathered together and headed straight to the hotel to begin the fierce case crack with ambassadors on each floor and executives in HQ ready for anything and everything to come their way, with walkie-talkies, no less. Our hardworking teams from around the world had a couple of hours before they were given the opportunity to ask 2 wisely-chosen questions in a Live Case Q&A Session in Bronfman.

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Once the teams returned to the hotel, business formal slowly but surely transformed into case crack comfortable – sweatpants, hoodies and we can’t forget those onesies! Amidst all the stern preparation, the ambassadors made sure to keep each other entertained in the Marriott hallways, with some gymnastics, dancing, coffee-runs, countless selfies and the privilege of each other’s company! While we had many serious faces around the hotel, seeing all those wide eyes and big smiles were no surprise each and every time we handed out snacks and meals to keep those engines running! Waffles, anybody?
On behalf of the MMICC Executive Committee, ambassadors, advisors, and everybody involved, we wish all the participants good luck and we are all very proud!

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By | March 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Day 3: Snow, Sugar, Sun & Sugar

Day 3 was kicked off with a bright and early start! All eleven teams eagerly loaded the buses with their GoPros and winter gear and headed towards Mont-Avila for an exciting day of snow tubing. As always, this is certainly one of the biggest highlights of MMICC week for both the first-timers as well as those that are used to a little cold. Upon our arrival, despite the initial hesitation of some (shout out to VP sponsorship Victoire and Thammasat Advisor Jeab Orapan for braving through it), all of the competitors, advisors, executive committee, and ambassadors bundled up and raced down the steep slopes of Mont-Avila.

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Following the fabulous snow tubing, the entire group was treated to a classic French Canadian sugar shack meal in a beautiful wooden cabin. You may have guessed it, it was all about the maple syrup; what’s more Canadian than that? Eggs, bacon, sausage, ham and baked beans all deliciously prepared with maple syrup! However it didn’t stop there, participants had a chance to taste sugar pie, ‘pudding chaumeur’ and the classic maple taffy on a stick as dessert. Needless to say, some found themselves slipping into a “sugar coma” but the flavourful experience was surely worth it.

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Written by Samantha (Solvay’s Ambassador) and Katerina (Thammasat’s Ambassador)

By | March 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Day 2: Charlie and the snowy factory

This morning the teams woke up early for a Charlie and the Chocolate factory themed BIG ADVENTURE around Montreal. All of the teams were split into groups of 8 and taken on a walking tour to see the cultural sights of Montreal.

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The first stop of the Team Mike Teavee was the Redpath Museum on McGill Campus. There the the team were able to see a variety of mounted animals. After looking at the mummies and skeletons, the team was taken to the underground life in Downtown Montreal. After walking in the freezing wind and snow, the teams were happy to discover the underground life, where they were able to shop and see the physical roots of the city.

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The next stop was Eva Bs thrift store and Cafe. Every participant was given free cider, samosas and popcorn and got to dress up as willy wonka characters in the multitude of thrift clothing the store has.

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The teams took a stroll through old port and saw the cobblestone streets, did a flash on in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral, and visited Montreal’s maple museum. After tasting several types of maple syrup, butter and ice cream, they really got a taste of Montreal.

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After the BIG ADVENTURE all of the teams met up for a clothing exchange and a group picture to commemorate the week. It snowed almost all day but the participants got to experience a real, cold and snowy, Montreal winter. At night all the teams gathered for the opening ceremonies which took place at the beautiful venue Pointe a Cailliere. There, they were able to discover the history of Montreal through a visit of the foundations of the city. As the order of presentations was decided, each team (including the ambassadors and execs) wowed everyone with their spirited cheers!

Written by Lise (Maastricht Ambassador) and Shannon (QUT Ambassador)

By | March 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

DAY 1: There’s Snow City Like Montreal

After a delicious brunch at Universal with the participants and ambassadors, teams grouped off to pursue their own adventures. Several teams made their way up Mont Royal for a spectacular view and many snowballs fights. Participants toured around the McGill campus, some went shopping on Sainte-Catherine, and others went for all-you-can-eat sushi on Crescent.

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After a day full of snowy fun, everyone got together for a great discussion panel on energy and sustainability. We then made our way to Old Montreal for our inaugural cocktail at the lovely Galerie d’art LOFT.

But what makes this day even more exciting? Karaoke night at Ace Bar, of course! Every team performed their best songs. (We certainly hope your voices remain intact for the case competition…)

Caroline (SFU’s ambassador) and Tate (Shantou’s Ambassador)

By | March 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Day 0 – Meeting the fam!

The big start to a big week ahead. The executive committee and ambassadors met nice and early on a Sunday morning in beautiful Bronfman with the snow falling outside of the windows. After finalizing the last details of the week, ambassadors were quick to move to the airport to pick up their respective teams.

Most ambassadors greeted their incoming teams with a hand-made sign and a box of Montreal’s finest Timbits.

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After leading them back to their hotel to freshen up, most teams and ambassadors filled with excitement met in the lobby of the Marriot hotel each other in person for the first time.

A quality Italian-French dinner was then served at L’Academie as the whole group of MMICC began to familiarize themselves with new names and new faces.
The final destination involved all playing games of pool, foozball and the casual drink at Fitzroy bar on St Denis street.

All in all, day kicked off with a great start and many great memories and friendships to be made throughout the week.

Written by Ben (Wharton Ambassador) and Yassine (McGill Ambassador)

By | March 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

15 Resolutions for a Very Special 15th Year

It’s that time of year where resolutions are galore and ambitions high. While most of us struggle to maintain these resolutions, MMICC wants to present to you our guidelines and goals as to what we accomplish and and what you should expect. Every year MMICC goes above and beyond the editions before by setting new goals to elevate our performance and standards.shutterstock226324081*304xx3905-2603-0-401

MMICC 2015’s 15 Resolutions

  1. Make MMICC a household name. We are the competition that has uniquely defined its place in our faculty and community.
  2. Increase the marketing and branding of the event through integrated and unique social media, advertising, and promotion.
  3. MMICC will become the world’s most sustainable and eco-friendly case competition
  4. Show the progression of MMICC that has taken it from MMICC 2001 to 2015, and all the wonders that have come with it!
  5. Encompass 15 years of bright competition into one memorable week.
  6. Represent MMICC as the reliable bank of information for all things case-related.
  7. Continue to grow the talented network that surrounds the competition from all over the world.
  8. Hit the slopes for the annual snowtubing adventure – it’s time we make good use of the snow.
  9. Experience Montreal like never before through our very own Big Adventure.
  10. Represent the legacy that is MMICC through alumni, past projects, and year to year development.
  11. Belt out loud and break some wine glasses with KARAOKE. Who needs Idol!
  12. Increase our international connections and maintain long-lasting friendships with people from all delegations.
  13. Enhance our embodiment of MMICC at Bronfman by wearing our awesome hoodies.
  14. Make MMICC 2015 the best year the competition has ever seen.
  15. Be 15 years young.
By | January 23rd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Who run the world? Or MMICC anyway

Last week we released our first official committee video ‘Meet the Execs’. (Click here if you haven’t seen it yet! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjWjWvHL0i0) The storyboard writing, filming and editing was an extremely fun process and we thoroughly enjoyed incorporating 1930s film elements into our edits. Through the Charlie-Chaplin-Style comical skits, we introduced our wonderful 2015 committee. The interview questions below will help you get to know each member a little bit better.

Q1: Where is home for you?

Coline Fievet: My parents move around a lot, but I feel at home whenever I am with them and my siblings.

Bridget Zhang: 

Q2: What is your favourite spot in montreal? (Restaurant, Parc, etc)

Kailee Miner: Parc Jean-Drapeau, because there are multiple amazing events (i.e. Osheaga, Piknic Electronik, Weekends-du-Monde) that take place throughout the year that enhance the cultural experiences Montreal has to offer.

Lily Dinoff: St. Laurent! I love all of the shops, street art, and nightlife. St. Laurent reflects the vibrancy of the city and is a great place to meet up with old friends or make new ones.

Q3: If you were to be a cartoon character, who would it be and why?

Mykolas Raizys: Jerry from Tom & Jerry. Because of its capabilities of overcoming obstacles and adapting to various scenarios to reach the goal – run away from Tom.

Claire Peng: Eugene from Hey Arnold. I injure myself frequently. I twist my ankles all the time just from walking straight. I also have the worst luck in the world — been pooped on by birds twice now!

Q4: In 10 years, I will be…

Ines Dumont: 30 years old. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be settled by then. I’d be living somewhere in South East Asia, with a cute little family and a loving dog. I hope that my future job lets me travel around the world! – it’s what I enjoy the most.

Aly Gohar: Living back home in Egypt, and running my own business. I have a lot of restaurant and bar ideas that I would love to put into action when I get back home.

Q5: If you won a million dollars at the lottery, how would you spend it?

Evrard Muco: Start my own small social business incubator.

Aarushi Kumar: I would buy back my childhood home, let my parents comfortably retire, ensure stability for my descendants, and invest money in developing countries. And buy the New York Giants Football team if there’s anything left.

Q6: If you could invite anyone to MMICC, dead or alive, who would it be?

Victoire Monnier: Probably Coco Chanel. She is an inspiration as a strong business woman who revolutionized fashion.

Valerie Ha: Beyonce! Not only is she Queen Bey and incredibly talented, but she is also a marketing genius. She’s reinvented herself time and time again, and managed to create a cult following regardless of the image she presents. She could perform a killer set, then teach us a few things about branding.

Q7: What are you most excited about in MMICC 2015?

Sophia Ebelt : I am most excited about celebrating 15 years of MMICC, in recognizing everyone that has been part of MMICC and ultimately joining our past with our present.

Ceren Koca: We draw and welcome 12 countries from across the globe to MMICC. The blend of different cultures, backgrounds and personalities for one week of laughter, enjoyment and hard work is what I’m most excited to see.

 

Do you have answers to these questions that you think we would love? Or just something you would like to share? Comment below with your best answers! Who knows…we might give you a shoutout on our next blog or even our facebook page 🙂

By | November 22nd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments