GDB students wrap up program and excel at case competition

Posted on September 14, 2015

Taming the competition in New York, from left, Taylor Warren, Fiona Logue, Matthew Wilkings and Hanna Sands.
Taming the competition in New York, from left, Taylor Warren, Fiona Logue, Matthew Wilkings and Hanna Sands.
Kingston, ON — Sept. 14 2015 - Any academic program that doubles its enrolment in only its second year of operation is obviously meeting a major need. The Queen’s Graduate Diploma in Business (GDB) accomplished just that when it welcomed the Class of 2015 in May. This intensive four-month program offers a solid foundation in business fundamentals to recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

In addition to its increased size, the Class of 2015, which concluded August 28, also personified diversity — its members’ undergraduate degrees spanned the spectrum from chemistry to drama to law, — in all, 23 different disciplines were represented.

The high calibre of students was exemplified by the strong showing of a Queen’s GDB team that participated in the prestigious Cornell-NYU Case Competition in New York City in August. From a field of sixty teams from across the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, GDB students Matthew Wilkings (Philosophy undergrad), Fiona Logue (Chemistry undergrad), Taylor Warren (Biology undergrad) and Hanna Sands (Accounting undergrad), made the final five and competed against other non-MBA graduate students, including PhD, MD, JD and non-MBA Masters students from such universities as Harvard and MIT. “They were the youngest team there, and the only team from Canada,” said Matt Reesor, Director of Queen’s Early Career Programs Office.  “They only narrowly missed third place, and the judges and other competitors were all extremely impressed by their presentation.”
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