Beyond the Classroom

MBA Student Clubs

Clubs are a central part of the Full-time MBA experience. Club members attend trade shows and conferences, attract prominent guest speakers, and collaborate on career search strategies that augment the services offered by the Career Advancement Centre at Smith. Over the past few years, we have had very active clubs in the following areas: Analytics Biopharma/Healthcare; Biotech; Consulting; Digital Transformation; Energy; Finance;; Marketing; Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Social Impacts; Real Estate; Technology; and Women in Leadership.

For more information, please visit the Career Advancement Centre.

an MBA club

Scale-Up Summit

The Scale-Up Summit is one of the largest student-run conferences in the country and has continually served as a unique forum for future leaders to learn from, and connect with, current disruptors at the cutting edge of innovation in the corporate world. It provides a platform for business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators to share their stories and learnings with young professional and graduate students. Our MBA students take the lead on planning and hosting the event and they collaborate with students of our Master of Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship program.

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Charity Gala

The Charity Gala was founded and operated by the MBA students of the Class of 2013. It was an opportunity for the students to leave their mark in Kingston. Each year, our students have continued the tradition to support and raise funds for a local charity and have raised over $90,000 for various Kingston organizations since its conception.

Students celebrating a win at a case competition

Case Competitions

First Place
Smith Women in Finance Case Competition in Toronto 2018
Daniel Wang, Alex Hawirko, Colleen Boykiw, Emma Groia

First Place
Creative Shock Global Business Competition in Lithuania 2018
Team Maple: Greg Douglas, Julia Wall, Michael Lorimer, Christian Hynes

First Place
Yale Healthcare Services Innovation Case Competition in Connecticut 2019
Stephan Graves, Alex Marshall, Hanif Sharif, Andrew Lue & Jasdeep Grewal


Reticle is a series of activities hosted by trained special operations personnel, focused on developing mental, emotional and physical resiliency. Each year, our students participate in various challenges surrounded by ambiguity and adversity, coming out the other side a stronger team with a deeper understanding of their abilities.

“The Reticle challenge was an exhilarating experience that pushed us beyond our boundaries, both mentally and physically. The challenge allowed us to witness how we react to adverse situations, and it was the best way to welcome the cohort to the Smith MBA.”

Ankit Vig, MBA

Third Factor

Third Factor hosts workshops over the course of our program designed to develop resilience, ability to collaborate and coaching skills. They learn about giving and receiving feedback, listening and difficult conversations. These are skills that will help them throughout the program and beyond into their careers as they lead and manage others.

They host three workshops with our MBAs:

  • Principles of Coaching + Effective Feedback
  • Powerful Coaching Questions + Listening
  • Confronting Conversations
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