The Results Are In: Internal Case Competition

Huge congratulations to the well deserved internal case competition champions, Seth Roeder, Zeke Grinevitch and Kyra Ergang! (left to right) Not only do they get their names on this plaque for all students to see, but this also qualifies them to get their hands on another case to compete with teams around Canada to go to Queens University in Ontario to compete in a final round of case competitions. Again, congratulations and good luck!

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The Muttropolitan Gala - Tickets Now Available

Have you heard of our upcoming Muttropolitan Gala? This evening will include a selection of silent auction items donated by our generous sponsors, delectable hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by students from the University of Lethbridge’ music department and speakers from both Windy City and IME will present.  Visit : The Muttropolitan Gala for more information.

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Winy City Canine Rescue Fundraising Charity Event Proposals

Today the IME cohort teams presented their fundraising charity event proposals for Windy City Canine Rescue(WCCR) to Mike Madore, Project Management professor Alireza Tajbakhsh, and the executives at WCCR.

The goal of this fundraising event is to help raise money, awareness, and volunteers for Windy City Canine Rescue.

The videos of the teams’ presentations will be uploaded soon to all of our Facebook platform, so stay tuned! Please use the link below to watch all of them on our Facebook page and vote on your favourite!

No matter which team wins, we hope that all of IME will be able to execute a great fundraising event that will help Windy City Canine Rescue get more donations, awareness, and volunteers.

Congratulations to all IME teams on their hard work and dedication for their presentations!

ICBC Case Competition

The 2018-2019 IME class has already hit the ground running this year! Within the first few weeks of September, the IME students formed case groups and completed their written reports and presentations for the ICBC Case Competition.

We'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate Peter H. Watler, Thabiso (Tabby) Ndhlovu, and Bill Nkeih on winning the IME internal ICBC case competition! 
These students will now be representing The Dhillon School of Business IME cohort amongst other schools across Canada @QueensICBC case competition, vying for one of five spots to compete in Kingston Ontario at Queens University in January in their national ICBC case competition! 

Great job by all Uleth IME teams!

Greatness in Leadership Conference 2018

IME students representing the University as Student Ambassadors for the day. 

IME students representing the University as Student Ambassadors for the day. 

In the midst of planning our No Horsin' Around Culinary Cook-Off, a few of us IME students were able to take a day off to attend the Greatness in Leadership Conference at the Enmax center this past Thursday. This years theme for the conference was "Discovering Greatness" and showcased a number of incredible speakers who exemplified exactly that. 

The day started off with a speech from Darci Lang presenting her message of focusing on the 90%, AKA focusing on the positives and building a happier life by doing so. Darci spoke to how no one's life is perfect and that we all face various trials and tribulations, but reminded us that we can't let our adversities define us or our lives. One of the main lessons I took away from the day was her idea of complaining about an issue three times at most and then "laying that sucker out," meaning if after three times of complaining about some situation, if it still hasn't changed, then do something about it. Don't keep focusing on the negatives, the 10%, but rather do something about it and turn the situation around. It's a lesson I've already been applying to my own life, and I have to say, in even just under a week I've started to notice a difference. Not only do I feel less stressed and negative about situations, but I've noticed the effect it has on my relationships, another result Darci said to look forward to. The happier you are and the more you focus on the 90%, the more the people around you do as well, and the happier and more positive your professional and personal relationships are. 

The next speaker of the day was Steve Carlisle, the president and managing director of General Motors of Canada. His story of starting his career off as an industrial engineering co-op student and working his way up to his current position was both interesting and inspiring. He presented any ideas on the importance of innovation and the future of technology, and left listeners with the main message that determination is really the key to success. 

Lunch was, of course, delicious and I was lucky enough to be sitting at a table with Lethbridge Iron Works, who coincidentally is one of our major sponsors for our IME fundraiser! I was able to thank them for their generosity as well as learn more about the company that's been in Lethbridge for 120 years!

After lunch and a little bit of networking we heard from Catriona Le May Doan, a two time Olympic gold medalist. Her speech looked at "leadership with a purpose." Her perspective was that great leadership is doing what it takes to help others reach their full potential. She spoke about a couple different ways we can do this and used her own personal experiences as both an Olympic athlete and as the lead athlete mentor for these past 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The first method she spoke to was leading from the front and paving the way for others, something she did when she became the first Canadian Olympic athlete to defend a medal at the Olympics. The second leadership method she spoke to was guiding from the back as a mentor, and supporting those you are leading. One of the main messages that I took away from her speech was that leadership is a commitment to both ourselves and to others to do more than we thought possible and to help others find success in their lives. 

The next speaker of the day was Connie Podesta, and although I'm pretty biased I thought her talk on leadership and creating a culture of accountability, and closing deals more effectively was the highlight of the afternoon. Now I say I'm biased towards Connie's speech as very close to the beginning of it I was called up out of the audience to join her on stage for a portion of her presentation. It was an exhilarating, albeit incredibly nerve-wracking, experience to be up in front of that many people, but it was an experience I will never forget. At the end of it Connie presented me with her watch and sent me to enjoy the rest of her speech, which was still incredibly enjoyable as she combined her history in comedy and therapy to make her points. Following her presentation Connie found me in the audience and gave me a hug, thanking me, and telling me to never forget that I am the future of leadership and innovation. It truly was an amazing experience.

Following a break to network and eat more incredible food, it was time for the days main event: the keynote speaker Dr. .Robert D.. Ballard, the man who found the titanic, and other significant shipwrecks. His story of being a young child wanting to be "Captain Nemo" and the journey he went on to become one of the most distinguished discoverers in the world was fascinating. In addition to finding the titanic (when he was actually supposed to be on a top-secret government mission retrieving nuclear weapons from sunken Cold War submarines, using the titanic search as a cover story) he played a key role in developing telecommunications technology which has changed the world of undersea exploration. Dr. Ballard told many stories of his discoveries and how he has led numerous teams in making some of the biggest undersea discoveries. He truly did exemplify the days theme of discovering greatness. 

Over all the entire day was really enjoyable, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend the event. I left having met a number of wonderful, hard-working, intelligent people. and learned so many lessons that will help me prosper, not only in the business world, but in my own personal endeavors as well. Plus I got a new watch too, so now I'll always knowwhat time it is!  

Time for an Update

Time for an Update

Hello again readers! It has been a busy semester for the IME cohort, and we are excited to share what's been happening with you. After completing our strategic planning for Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association in December, our attention shifted to our new classes, new ideas, new case challenges, and of course, the ideation of our community project fundraiser. 

As we worked through our curriculums for International Management, and Human Resource Management, we had the exciting opportunity to participate in the KPMG Case Competition. We formed new groups and worked to find solutions for the case we were given. Of the 11 teams registered in the competition, 3 of our teams made it into the top 6, and two teams advanced to the finals. Congratulations to our IME representatives for their amazing work and application of their knowledge! 

The Old, The New, and The Unknown

This week marks the first week of classes in the new year. As we, the IME cohort, pick up where we left off, we reflect on and celebrate the past semester and its accomplishments. Our last and perhaps most meaningful project of 2017 was the creation of a strategic plan for the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association (LTRA).

This plan was challenging as each IME group had to try to understand the obstacles and goals the LTRA has, in order to create a relevant and effective plan. To develop the strategic plan, we utilized the skills we learned in our design thinking workshop in order to collaborate and create impactful solutions. We found this to be an effective method to generate ideas, but needed to take a more traditional approach to compile the ideas into a format that made sense. Once we developed our plan we were tasked with presenting it to the LTRA board members. Each group who presented was filmed for the review of the public and the LTRA board. Based on the number of likes/views on Facebook for each of the videos a winning team was selected.

We would like to congratulate Franchesca Lee, Ethan Musil, Tasha Silver, and Austin Vandal for their hard work and dedication to the project and their success in winning this competition. We would also like to recognise the remaining three teams for their dedication and effort in building a plan for the LTRA. Each group did very well, and the LTRA has informed us that they will be using aspects from each plan to create their future strategic plan. This project was a great way to wrap up the semester. We are looking forward to our continued work with the LTRA and the exciting opportunities that 2018 will bring.

IME Visits Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association

IME Visits Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association

On October 5th 2017, the IME class paid their first visit to the site of Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association. We wanted to see the organization and what a typical day looks like for them so we could better understand their work and their role in the community, as well as gain some internal insights that will come in handy when we are tasked with consulting with them. 

Our first stop was inside the LTRA arena, which was rebuilt in recent years after a roof collapse in 2014. At the time of IME's arrival, there were riding sessions going on so we were able to observe the experience of individuals with special needs being able to ride around on a horse.

Although it may appear to the regular observer that people are just leading the horses around with people sitting on them, there is much more that goes on. For the clients of LTRA, coming out to the farm is a big deal because they get to experience something that they wouldn't normally experience. They are also given opportunities to interact with the horses by doing activities with them and assisting in some of the basic tasks of caring for a horse. Horseback riding also provides individuals who cannot walk with a chance to exercise their core, which they wouldn't normally be able to do by themselves. The horses and the clients form special bonds.

After observing the riding sessions the IME class was able to look around the facility and sit down with LTRA's Executive Director, Tony Deys, for a brief discussion of the organization before the board comes to meet with the class on October 16th. We were able to ask questions and gain valuable information to think about before we are given more context on the case we are helping with. 

Overall, visiting LTRA was a very pleasant experience that opened our eyes more to the impact that Therapeutic Riding has on individuals in the community, as well as what challenges we will soon be tackling. 

Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association is filled with friendly faces of people and animals who all share a unique bond and purpose: bringing light to and enhancing the physical and emotional well-being of the people they work with. 




The Awkwardness That is Your Case Group.

The Awkwardness That is Your Case Group.

IME students for the 2017/2018 academic year participated in their first case competition as a cohort at the end of September. This was an internal competition between IME students. Each group was given one week to read, analyze, and create a solution for the company represented. Once all this was completed each team was required to present for ten-minutes, with a five-minute question period.

 It is probably true that when most students hear “group work” there is a little bit of cringing inside, mixed with the feeling of hope for a group that is able to work together and get their jobs done, especially right at the start of the semester. For most students, this experience is filled with both excitement, anxiousness, and feelings of awkwardness.  For each, these feelings stem from different areas. The aspect that is the most challenging and awkward about these situations, the ones that force people together with different experiences, is the different strengths and weaknesses and ultimately different perspectives that each person holds. In addition, each group is tested publicly on whether they will have the determination to pull through or break down. For the IME students, the outcome was one filled with great presentations and groups that were able to work together resulting in a job well done. Perhaps, the awkwardness of different values, strengths, weaknesses and public testing is what gives group work the potential of greatness. Maybe Mike M. is onto something... 

After a morning of watching very well put together presentations, we are proud to announce Tasha Silver, Emily Henke, and Gage Cherriman as the winners of our internal case competition! 

These three talented students will be working on a new case as they advance into the next round of the ICBC Competition. If they place high enough, they will have an opportunity to travel to Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in January to compete at the national level. Wish them luck!