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Day 4

With hearts racing, teams prepping and the mixture of nerves and excitement in the air, the sunrise brought with it the most anticipated day of the week, the case competition. From as early as 4 a.m. there was a buzz in the hotel while MMICC staff prepared for the day ahead. Some of competing teams opted to share breakfast together, while others focused on last minute team prep. Whatever the agenda, at 8 a.m. sharp case rooms were inspected, and the teams were escorted to Bronfman for the live presentation. You could feel the tension in the air as the teams heard the case for the first time. Mixed emotions could be seen as they were escorted back to the hotel and to their respective case rooms. The most exciting part of the day was definitely what happened at their arrival. Each team’s door was guarded by an ambassador, and emotions were running wild as we counted down to the handing over of the case at 10:30 a.m. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… THE COMPETITION HAS BEGUN! It was a race against time as teams were able to see the case for the first time, and start their analysis. After only a few hours in, the teams were presented with the opportunity to attend a live question and answer session, whereby they were allowed to ask 2 questions per time. While some teams chose to ask only 1 question, other teams took the opportunity to ask 2. After this period ended, the teams were escorted back to their case rooms, where they continue to work on their cases until tomorrow night. Although today was nerve wrecking, the determination and focus of teams could be seen, as so much work had been put into this moment. We believe in all the teams, and wish them all the best as they work tirelessly through the night.

-Ashley (Ambassador for Team USC) and Maria (Ambassador for Team Amsterdam)

-Ashley (Ambassador for Team USC) and Maria (Ambassador for Team Amsterdam)12822788_10208974663463006_1637847035_o

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By | March 14th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Day 3

Today was an early start, as teams headed up to Mont-Avila for one of MMICC’s favorite traditions: snow tubing! Despite the warm weather, the snow conditions were perfect and teams set off to enjoy the hills. After the tubing was done, the teams sat down in the nearby “Sugar Shack” for a traditional ski lodge meal of eggs, bacon, sausage, ham and baked beans all deliciously prepared with maple syrup! To top it off, participants were served a variety of delicious maple deserts, and were able to watch how classic maple taffy on a stick is made.
In the evening, participants began to prepare for the big day ahead. Many teams went out for a nice meal, and some joined the execs at the nearby Carlos and Pepe’s for some of their infamous tacos.
See you all tomorrow! ~Snitches~

Your bloggers truly,

Anna and Fiona – The Ambies.

By | March 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Day 2

There’s only one time in your life that you can say you woke up at the crack of dawn to get briefed on rules, be toured around a historical site by the sweetest tour guides who are the closest real life versions of Dumbledore that you could probably imagine, wait in line to take shots of maple syrup, take a massive photo, get thousands of years of history in a video with the most enthusiastic and proud female voice we’ve heard in years, enjoy a three course meal with some feisty cheers, and finally enjoy ladies night at a tapas bar?? Well, we’re happy to say we’ve accomplished it all here on Day 2 at MMICC.
Our morning was graced with our faculty advisor and vice dean to remind you all to… use post-it flip charts. just kidding! But in all seriousness, MMICC prizes itself on being a level playing field and we hope the teams like that! The sixty of us then packed into several uber XL’s who’s wait time went from 10 minutes to 9 minutes to 18 minutes to just cancelling it because ain’t nobody got time for that. But after some of us have sufficiently funded uber for the next month ( sorry taxis), we toured city hall to learn about Montreal’s political history and complemented with Montreal’s SWEET history. Literally sweet. So much maple. Sugar rush. Yum. Then we all congregated together like the cult we are to partake in extreme cult like activities – the infamous t-shirt exchange. Word on the street is the Amsterdam team brought some heavy duty sweaters. Round one of the 16th annual hunger games to them. After a well deserved nap sponsored by Panniza’s pizza we tamed our tribes to slay at the PàC museum where we learned, we networked, we cheered, we ate, and we determined the order for the battle of all battles – the 32 hour case. Last but not least, as we, your loyal ambassadors write this blog outside the tapas bar Santos, we are ready to go in and break it down on the dance floor with all the lovely MMICCers, and can’t wait for what else is in store.

Your bloggers truly,
Myles and Aarushi – The Ambies.

By | March 10th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Day 1

For most teams, Day 1 was spent choosing their own adventure. Some teams climbed Mont Royal to catch a glimpse of the Montreal skyline, while other teams elected to go shopping on St. Catherine. Other teams spent the day in the old port, visiting some of Montreal’s older attractions such as the Notre Dame Basilica.

After the adventures, all the teams ventured to McGill’s Management Faculty building to watch the Local Case Competition as well as a lecture from behavioural finance professor, Ken Lester. The Montreal Local case competition featured a case presented by the Canadian Cancer Society. The inaugural cocktail was hosted at the Gallary D’art Loft where an assortment of snacks were shared. The night was capped with a Bohemian Rhapsody themed Karaoke party at McGill favourite, Ace Bar.

By | March 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Day 0

Hello everyone and welcome again to MMICC 2016! We are so excited about the coming week. Day 0 started with a delicious brunch at Universel with some teams and their ambassadors. Afterwards, many teams decided to go climb up the famous Mont Royal while other ambassadors went to pick up the missing teams at the airport.
We then had some free time with the teams to roam around the city. For lunch, Thammasat Thailand got to try the authentic “Les Trois Brasseurs” cuisine, toured around campus and loved it!
Many teams are still jetlagged and decided to spend the day resting at the hotel. Later in the evening, the teams went for dinner at L’Académie and got to mingle and know more about each other. We later went to Fitzroy bar and played some pool, drank some beer and had a great time. The week is off to a great start, and we are so excited about the upcoming days!

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Ashley, USC &Jake on the Mount Royal lookout

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Team Thammasat making their way through the McGill campus.

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Teams Auckland, USC & McGill during dinner at L’Académie.

By | March 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

Oh MMICC is here at last

Welcome to our MMICC 2016 blog!! You can stay updated with the competition by coming back to this page! Also make sure to follow us on Facebook for the most current information!

It seems like just yesterday that speeches were being given and celebrations were happening at the closing of MMICC 2015. And now it is time for yet another week of discovering Montreal, competing at a world-class level, and making friends from all over the world.
In the whirlwind that has been the last few weeks, our committee has been hard at work with the final touches of organizing MMICC 2016! VP Internals are prepping Ambassadors, VP Externals are optimizing our events and our directors are in a state of shock that it is already time for another week of MMICC! We have been working hard for months to make this week the best possible experience you could hope for, and are excited to experience it with all the participants!
Tomorrow, we start welcoming teams to Montreal, and cannot wait to meet all of you! Check out our About Montreal page if you need some inspiration for how to spend your first hours in this beautiful city!

By | March 8th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

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

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.

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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

A Weekend Getaway: The beginning of MMICC 2015

On October 3rd, 13 of us gathered outside the iconic Roddick Gates, excited to embark on an adventure, known as the legendary MMICC retreat. Sitting on bags of personal belongings and stacks of pillows, we were impatiently waiting for our rides to take us to “La Chute”, a small town 2 hours away from Montreal. After a car ride filled with laughter and sing-alongs, we, the 2015 executive committee reached our final destination: a quaint wooden house, situated by a beautiful lake.

The weekend encompassed fun games and activities, time to relax, and more serious discussions about MMICC expectations – all the while creating much-awaited committee bonding. The very first committee meeting was held and it did not take a long time to realize the natural dynamism and synergetic talent of the team. This talent was showcased when the co-chairs organized a little challenge for us: each pair was given a “real MMICC life” scenario and we were required to think on our feet. Putting on our MMICC thinking caps, we had to discuss with our partners and find a solution to the problem in under 30 seconds. This was our first taste of what was in store for us.

This year, we will be celebrating MMICC’s 15th year anniversary. Our objective is to not only uphold but to also expand upon the legacy and persona that has been created throughout these 15 years. With a plan in the works to significantly expand MMICC’s awareness within our community, expose students to the various facets of case culture, and implement a sustainability clause, we hope to reinforce and secure MMICC’s position in the future.

With the guidance of our brilliant co-chairs Ceren and Sophia, all 10 of us committee members could not be more excited to bring our MMICC’ers together again this winter for a week filled with teamwork, friendship and professionalism. Together, all 14 of us are committed to hard work, determination and most importantly, unconditional support for each other. After all, MMICC is family.

Enjoy browsing through this innovatively-designed website and keep checking back for information about our case workshops, ambassador recruitment and everything else we have in store for you. We look forward to seeing you at the world’s friendliest case competition when #MMICCturns15.

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By | November 6th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments