The end of Christmas holidays each year marks the beginning of the MBA Games, an annual event that brings together some of the brightest minds from top MBA schools across the country. Now in its 21st year, the Games were hosted by Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, where 30 students from the Rowe School of Business travelled to represent Dalhousie from January 2nd to 4th.
The Games feature a variety of events across three pillars: Academics, Sports, and Spirit. The competition gives students the opportunity to develop professionally and network with future leaders from coast to coast. Judges score teams on their creativity and innovation at spirit competitions, and their problem solving and presentation skills at case competitions. The sporting events are always a highlight as well, giving teams a chance to let loose and show off their school pride.
There was no shortage of talent in putting together this year’s “Team Rowe”. The organizing committee was hard at work over the summer securing sponsorship money, and hosted try outs in the fall for students hoping to compete. Preparation leading up to the Games included sports practices and involvement in intramurals, a heavy social media campaign, team case practices including an internal competition, and even dance practices to nail a routine at the opening ceremonies. Another staple leading up to the Games – and key way to earn points – is fundraising for a charity selected by the host university.
We spoke with Paul Best, a member of the committee this year about his experience competing:
The MBA games provided an amazing opportunity to connect with fellow MBA students. Everyone coming together to compete, raise money for charity, and socialize was a highlight of my first year in the MBA program. I look forward to going next year and hopefully bringing back a trophy! – Paul Best, MBA Games Sports Representative, MBA Class of 2018
It’s hard to grasp just how much time and effort goes into getting a team ready for this event. Co-Chairing the organizing committee this year were second year students Sarah Lahanky and Kayla Sabharwal. We spoke with Kayla about what she got out of fulfilling this role:
My project management, prioritization, and organization skills were put to the test more than ever before having to coordinate all of the moving parts of the team throughout this planning process. Even though the amount of work required was a lot to handle, I was always so happy to do it because I was working with my friends towards achieving something great for our school. During preparation for the Games, I got to see our team become closer as friends, as a family, and as strong competitors. – Kayla Sabharwal, MBA Class of 2017
Some of Team Rowe’s highlights include the HR Case Team placing 2nd after advancing to the final round, and the volleyball team’s heroic fight for silver in the championship game. Students were also treated to a dinner cruise around the Nanaimo harbor, and beautiful cabin accommodations at the Tigh Na Mara Seaside Resort. For a closer look at what students got to experience at the 21st Annual MBA Games, check out this video featured at the event’s closing ceremonies: https://vimeo.com/198160579.