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December 14, 2005

Source: Concordia University:

Concordia University has contacted a number of Concordia experts who will be available to assist journalists with commentary on a variety of election issues.

MONTREAL/December 14, 2005 —

200 students will vie for business supremacy at the John Molson School of Business

Let the business challenge begin! Students from around the globe are gathering in Montreal next month to participate in the world’s first, largest and most respected MBA case competition. Concordia University will be hosting the John Molson MBA International Case Competition at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel (900 de la Gauchetière West), from January 3 to 7, 2006.

The annual event, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will feature 200 students from Canada to France to China & India. Teams will battle live to find the best solutions for real-life challenges faced by major companies. The exercise will allow participants to sharpen their presentation skills and showcase their business savvy – under the watchful eyes of more than 200 judges recruited from top corporations.

>From classroom to boardroom
"After having studied everything from accounting to organizational behavior, MBA students from around the globe will have an opportunity to put their knowledge into real action," says Anouk Bertner, one of five student organizers of the 2006 John Molson School of Business MBA International Case Competition. "This event fosters innovation and gives students a unique opportunity to network with business executives."

Jerry Tomberlin, dean of Concordia’s John Molson School of Business, notes the quarter century being celebrated by the MBA case competition is testament to its enduring vitality and enterprising spirit. "Concordia organized the first MBA case competition to prompt students to think outside the box and apply theory to everyday business models," says Tomberlin. "The roster of participants – from university teams to judges to sponsors – highlights how vital this competitive event remains in preparing tomorrow’s business leaders."

The 25th John Molson MBA International Case Competition debuts with a cocktail at the Musée des Beaux Arts, featuring past and present participants, judges and sponsors at 6:30 pm on January 3, 2006. Media wishing to attend or interview organizers, participants, judges and sponsors should contact Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins at 514-369-2926. Photographs of teams available upon request. For more information on past winners and other highlights, please consult:

Participating Schools:

Concordia University - John Molson School of Business
HEC Montréal
Université Laval
McGill University
McMaster University - DeGroote School of Business
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Queen’s University
Saint Mary’s University - Sobey School of Business
Thompson Rivers University
University of Alberta
University of Calgary - Haskayne School of Business
The University of Ottawa School of Management
University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management
University of Victoria
University of Windsor - Odette School of Business
Wilfrid Laurier University
York University - Schulich School of Business

University of Hong Kong
Xiamen University
Helsinki School of Economics
Bordeaux Business School
Essec Business School
Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf
Universität Münster
Universität Paderborn
Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore)
Lagos School of Business (Nigeria)
Lund University (Sweden)

United States
Kent State University - College of Business Administration
Pepperdine University – Graziadio School of Business and Management
Miami University - Richard T. Farmer School of Business
Northeastern University, College of Business Administration
Saint Michael’s College
University of South Carolina – Moore School of Business
University of Tennessee – Knoxville
University of Vermont– School of Business Administration

Sponsors include:
The 25th John Molson MBA International Case Competition has been made possible, thanks to the generosity of the following sponsors: Concordia University, Bombardier, EDC: Export Development Canada, Dynamic Funds, Accent Impression, CGSA: Commerce Graduate Students’ Association of the John Molson School of Business, Pratt & Whitney Canada, the TSX Group, Aéroports de Montréal, Air Canada, Alcan, Bell, CAE, Montreal Exchange, National Bank Financial, RBC Financial Group, Cascades, Goodman Institute of Investment Management, Haworth. Ikon, John Dobson Foundation, John Molson Executive MBA, Kelly+Aylen Marketing Communication, KPMG, Xe-NOR, Integration New Media, Knightsbridge and the Ekta Foundation.

For more information, please consult:
Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins
Communications representative for Concordia University

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