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This is your school and you have the right to voice your opinion!!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments


On Friday the 8th of November, the JMGSA will hold its first General Assembly! This annual event is an important opportunity for Graduate Students to exercise their rights and voice their opinions on how the JMGSA is run and voice some improvements that they feel are necessary!
To mark this important event, the first 40 people to arrive at the General Assembly will receive a free beer for after wards.
The agenda for the General Assembly is available here:
The current Constitution is available at:
Changes to be ratified are available at:
One items on the Agenda is to ratify changes to the Constitution made by the Executive Committee.
We will also discuss the Finances of the JMGSA and the plans for the coming year.
So save the date and make a difference!!
When: Friday 8th of November @6.30pm
Where: MB 6.425
Hope to see you all there!
If you have some suggestions for improvements in the current constitution or any suggestion in general, email it to us by coming Monday and we would ensure that we try to cover it in the General Assembly. Come on students, this is the time to fix something that you think is not right!*******************************


Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So, apparently Fiddler’s Green is a “legendary imagined afterlife, where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops playing, and dancers who never tire.” Okay, interesting, and here I thought it was just the name of the JMSB’s unofficial watering hole where we stop in for a quick pint of Guinness or a shot of Jamie before class (wait, did I say before class, I meant after class, of course.)

You know, I guess this establishment’s moniker is fitting to some degree. Fiddler does indeed conger up images for many of us of a legendary imagined after(SCHOOL)life… one where there is perpetual beer, no looming case deadlines, music that never stops playing, and fellow students who never tire of sharing a good laugh and another pint of beer of new and old friends. Sounds great, right? Well that’s just what we did on Tuesday night at the JMGSA Networking Event. Beer, Music, New and Old Friends and plenty of laughs… Unfortunately, there were still looming case deadlines for some of us the following day – but hey, 4 out of 5 points of imaginary bliss ain’t bad, right?

Check out the pics from our event:

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Winners Announced: Ericsson Case Competition

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Winners Announced: Ericsson Case Competition

Today was the Ericsson Case Competition where three teams of MBA students battled for the $5k prize. The representatives from Ericsson were very impressed by the JMSB talent on show thanks to the quality of both the reports and the presentation. Each team had put between 15 and 30 hours a week into the project which impressed all judges.

We had the pleasure to have Dr Ibrahim, Dr Barbieri and Professor Tim Field to complement Mr. Rochefort and Mr. Jallema from Ericsson for the judging panel.
The teams had to present an executive summary and a 25 minutes presentation followed by an intense 20 minutes of grueling questions from the judges.

The decision was was tough to make, but congratulations to

Matt Starek
Shan Swaleh
Hana Badaoui
Reza Farahi
Alina Parapuf

Who all made a quality winning pitch to Ericsson.

Many thanks to Ericsson for providing us with this great opportunity and we are looking forward to more consulting mandates in the future.

Also, thanks to Dr. Ibrahim for the funding if the events & to Maria Buffone for being such a great help.

JMSB Grad FC: We came, we saw, we partied the hardest!!

Posted by on May 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Another year, another Tuck tournament…….but this time we promised ourselves that it would be different.

This years Tuck tournament was planned to be a special one, never was the team more prepared, more skilful  or even more sexy, thanks to the new team kit. JMSB Grad FC had two teams competing in the Concordia Dome league with one making it to the final, all was looking promising. New players were recruited over the year to give the team a strength in depth never before seen. We were ready for battle!

The tournament got off to a promising start, JMSB taking the lead twice against IPADE from Mexico, including a screamer of a goal by Vince Ferrara. IPADE crawled back into the game to make it 2-2 and eventually won thanks to a lucky free kick which was awarded to them thanks to a Neal Kierans vengeance tackle.

JMSB Grad FC had to pick themselves up after a bruising defeat, but were up against the Champions and eventual winners, Tuck. The lack of green soccer fields in Montreal during Spring and Winter showed as Tuck defeated JMSB like a well oiled machine. With the final game against MIT the last opportunity to salvage some pride the JMSB team gave it 110% on the field and battled as if it was the game to end games. It was looking promising after Rodrigo Villareal scored arguably the goal of the tournament, but JMSB succumbed to lack of 11 vs 11 experience and lost 2-1. It was a harsh result considering the brave and courageous performance by the members of JMSB Grad FC, who gave it their all. Despite the results, the players left the field with their heads held high having done the team and JMSB proud after their display of passion, commitment and endurance throughout the gruelling competition.

After playing hard on the field, the team played even harder off it when they licked their wounds and partied that night. There must have been a cattle massacre considering the copious amount of beef consumed by the team at the Tuck BBQ. After drinking Tuck dry the team headed to the only bar in town to continue the festivities where they met the match referees who joined them in the fun. 

While JMSB didn’t put any points on the board, they won a lot of points with everyone who was involved in the tournament. The team was a credit to the school and made a lot friends that weekend. May our love hate relationship with the Tuck tournament continue, but next time, having made great inroads this year, we will be stronger and better than before.

“Uno – Dos – Tres – JMSB!!!”


Come join us and watch the Champions League final at MVP on May 25th – It will be mad craic!!

If you would like to buy a JMSB Grad FC jersey please fill out the link below. An order will be made if enough people want one

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MBA 610 Lions’ Lair Competition

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in MBA | 0 comments

If you managed to escape from your studies and attend the inaugural Lions Lair Competition, you were in for a treat!

MBA610 students had a Dragons Den style event where they were pitted against each other and needed to sway the public to vote for their brilliant ideas. Each team had their own booth where they informed and charmed the electorate, to prove why they were on the cusp of revolutionising their respective industries. 

The event was absolutely buzzing with excitement and creativity, which was testament to the passion displayed by all the MBA610 students who took part in the amazing event, and also to Dr. LeBel who brought a new competitive aspect to MBA610.

Congratulations to Hana, Katie, Elliot, Mariane and Marina who were part of the winning team “InCharge” whose recharging hub for public spaces captured the imagination of the electorate. 

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JMGSA End of Year Gala

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

JMGSA End of Year Gala
Saturday May 4, 2013, 6:30pm
Loft Hotel, Montreal
Students $50

Round up, round up! The most awesomeness event of the year is around the corner!

Are you tired of studying late nights? Are you hallucinating? Are you getting obsessed with the letter “A”? Is the job market scarier than Kim Jong-Un? Well the JMGSA has the perfect remedy for you!!! The End of Year Gala is the best way to let yourself go and realize again how awesome the real world is.

This year’s event is “Mad Men” themed, which gives everyone the excuses to dress up as classy as they wish and drink an “Old Fashioned”. The End of Year Gala is not just about the end of the term or even the end of the year, for many it’s the end of the road as a JMSB Graduate student. The Gala is therefore the quintessential way to bring to an end the experience of a lifetime.

So, whether you wish to dance like Peggy, dress like Betty, or drink like Don, the End of year Gala is the perfect send off after a perfect year, and what better way to end it than with the people who made that possible.

Tickets can be bought through the JMGSA team or online through

Can’t wait to see you there!




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Starting 2013 Strong!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in JMGSA Announcement, JMGSA Events, JMGSA Exec | 0 comments

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had a restful holiday and have had a good start to 2013. It’s already been an eventful start to the year with the MBA International Case Competition. Kudos to the entire organizing team (Simon, Kartik, Caroline and Rahmy) as well as their executive assistants (Katie, Dmitri, Dave, Rana and Rebecca) for raising the bar yet again for the most prestigious international case competition of its kind. As a member of the competing JMSB team, I can tell you that the participants were spoiled and it was nice to know that everything was taken care of for us. The MBA and M.Sc. Societies also held orientations for new students who just started in January. Welcome to all our new classmates, we wish you a successful first term! All of the other club presidents are furiously working away at numerous events and initiatives for YOU so make sure to regularly check the JMGSA Facebook page as well as First Class for news!


First up is the Chalet Trip this weekend, we have rented the Chalet du Rocher in Val-des-Lacs where we will have a hot tub, pool table and the JMGSA Executives at your service. As usual, we’ll be cooking up a storm so get ready for some home cooked goodness as you get to know your fellow graduate students. 

The cost for JMSB graduate students is $50. Register here.


Want to compete for Van Berkom Case Competition

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in JMGSA Announcement | 0 comments

“John Molson will be hosting the second annual Van Berkom case and we are looking for students to represent JMSB! Van Berkom is a finance competition with a focus on small-cap investing and it is being generously being sponsored by Van Berkom and Associates.

The competition is open to all business and finance graduate students. We are looking to get a team together by January 17 and would love to see students from different programs get involved.

Some details on the competition…

Qualifying Round:  Fri, February 1st to Fri, February 8th 2013

During this round, each team will be emailed the 1 page qualifying case profiling a small cap investment opportunity.  Teams will be required to evaluate the security using qualitative and qualitative measures, make and defend a recommendation of Hold or Sell your position in the firm.  You will be required to provide a two-page report summarizing your analysis and recommendation. Key to your success will be your team’s ability to take into account the long term, value approach to investing in small capitalized global securities that drives small cap investors like Van Berkom & Associates. Our judges for this round will include senior investment analysts. We will announce the top nine teams selected by our qualifying round judges no later than February 15th. These teams will be invited to compete in the Van Berkom JMSB Case Competition.

Live round: March 22-23 2013


If you are interested, please send the following to by January 15:

– A copy of your CV/Resume

– A list of finance courses and relevant portfolio management/investment experience (e.g. CFA candidates)

            – A BRIEF statement about why you want to participate and what you can bring to the JMSB team.

Come see JMSB at the MBA International Case Competition!

Posted by on Jan 7, 2013 in JMGSA Exec, MBA | 0 comments

Come see JMSB at the MBA International Case Competition!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a great holiday and are ready to start another great term this week!

I’m honoured to be  a part of the team that is competing in the 2013 JMSB MBA International Case Competition at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. We’ve been here for one day and already every school here has seen the fantastic job that the organizers, executives and volunteers have done. It is going to be an exhausting, but rewarding week where all participants are going to learn a lot, and get to meet great people including other competitors, volunteers, judges and sponsors.

Our team is excited and pumped to start preparation for our first case today. This year, the organizers have raised the bar yet again for the competition by developing an app (for both iOS and Android devices). This is a great way to keep up to date on the schedules and scores throughout the week. I encourage all of you to download the app! It’s what our team is going to be using constantly throughout the week. The app can be downloaded here.


JMSB has been assigned to the Bombardier Division with the following schools for the round-robin:

  • Muenster (Germany)
  • Dusseldorf (Germany)
  • Aalto (Finland)
  • Purdue (US)
  • Manitoba (Canada)

The case matchups can be found here. Below you’ll see the schedule for the first five case presentations, we hope to see you all there!


  • Case 1 (vs Dusseldorf) – JMSB Presentation Time: 3:40pm in the CAE Room


  • Case 2 (vs Muenster) – JMSB Presentation Time: 11:00am in the Bombardier Room
  • Case 3 (vs Manitoba) – JMSB Presentation Time: 5:05pm in the EDC Room


  • Case 4 (vs Aalto), Live Case – JMSB Presentation Time: 2:25 pm in the CAE Room


  • Case 5 (vs Purdue) – JMSB Presentation Time: 11:35 in the Bombardier Room

Now time to get some breakfast and try to get rid of some of these butterflies in my stomach… Go team!

Cedrin Law, JMGSA President

Bye bye 2012!!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in JMGSA Announcement, JMGSA Events, MBA | 0 comments

The exams are done, the results are in and we’re all settling into the holiday period!! AT LAST!!! This was a semester full of blood, sweat and tears…….and we’re going to do it all over again next semester!! BRING…IT….ON!!!!

The Fall term was brilliant! We welcomed in the newbies – who are awesome! The soccer team thrashed the faculty staff – awesome! Partied at numerous JMGSA and MBA events – awesome! Went to my first chalet trip – awesome! Turned 30! – not so awesome!

So looking forward to 2013!!

To kick off the term will be the party to end all parties! The John Molson International Case Competition is going to be brilliant! If you are a volunteer for it, prepare yourself over the holiday period! No better way to start 2013! I know the organisers have an amazing week planned so hopefully I will see you there at some stage (hint hint I’ll be a bartender in the hospitality suite).

Also, best of luck to the JMSB MBA Case Comp team! Alain, Julia, Cedrin, Matt Fishman and Matt Starek make up the star-studded case comp team. The guys have brilliant chance of taking back the trophy. I’ll be there cheering them on until i go hoarse at the ICC – hope to see you there too!!

On January 23rd we will have our first event for the JMGSA Speaker Series. We will be welcoming Louis Vachon, CEO of National Bank, to JMSB, who will be giving a talk and there will be a cocktail after. Tickets will be limited and will go on sale during 1st week of semester. Keep an eye out on facebook and on the JMGSA blog for further details. 

Chalet trip is sorted for January 25-27! Want to know why being a JMSB Grad student is so awesome! Go to this event!! I highly encourage all current and new students to go!!! Its the perfect baptism of fire for all newbies! It will help you integrate into your program and add an extra layer of awesomeness to your JMSB grad experience!!!

Tonight is the MBA Christmas dinner, for those who are going, hope you have a great evening fuelled with delicious food and tasty cocktails!! Text me yeah if you go for pints after!!!!!

On that note…

Hope you all have a brilliant and festive holiday period! May you eat excessively and drink wisely-ish!

See you in 2013 for another best year of your life!!

Neal – VP of Academics

 Awesome chalet trip! Victorious JMSG Grad socer team! Dragon Boat team! iCop dinner!!