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Canadian MBA Thread

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by hrb, Apr 18, 2011.

  1. kasper007

    kasper007 Senior member

    Jul 16, 2008

    i'm gonna have to disagree on this one, at my old firm, i cannot think of anyone who had a canadian MBA that wasn't from Ivey. To be honest, apart from Ivey, HBS and INSEAD were probably the only 2 schools that had a significant number of senior professional and almost all hiring since the crisis had been from intl schools. i think this is representative of the experiences friends had at other firms, i cannot think of a single analyst who actually went for a Canadian MBA
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2012
  2. eg1

    eg1 Senior member

    Jan 22, 2007
    Burlington, ON

    My anecdote -- I know three: one Western, one Georgetown, one Harvard
  3. Viktri

    Viktri Senior member

    Jul 28, 2007
    Vancouver, BC

    That's been my experience as well.
  4. hrb

    hrb Senior member

    Nov 17, 2009
    FWIW I know 3 analysts that in are on Bay with Canadian MBA's that are not Ivy/UofT grads.

    One McGill
    One Trinity Western
    One Royal Roads

    Note the eldest is 32 the youngest is 28, so these are not 40 something who matriculated 15 years ago.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2013
  5. thezolt

    thezolt Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    As for the previous discussion about McGill, I would advise against it. McGill's MBA recruits mostly foreign students wanting the MBA name from China/India, many of whom return home to begin their careers. It does not yet have the local clout or contacts needed to really get great value out of an MBA. My .02.
  6. imschatz

    imschatz Senior member

    Apr 26, 2010

    I had this conversation last week, with a VP at my company (one of the largest private power generation companies in in Calgary/Canada).

    His thoughts were, 10 years ago .. MBA's would have landed you huge payoffs in Calgary. Now, not so much. He recommended going International - doing a 1 year program in Europe or Asia. The network at Haskayne is pretty limited, and your classmates are going to be your coworkers and counterparties. You really won't learn anything with a Haskayne MBA, just add a few letters to your resume. You won't meet people. And there is no personal gain (ie: the challenge of moving international to go to school).

    Also seems like CFA's and MBA's are pretty interchangable at least for jobs I'm interested in.

    Most of the people I work with all have International MBA's - or other 'graduate' degrees in Business (MSc. in Management or w/e). Unique programs, in all sorts of different places.

    If you have a company in mind that employs a lot of Haskayne MBA's that's a different story. It seems like my employer loves Economics MA's .. probably 2-3 dozen of us (CEO has a UofC Econ MA). I don't know any companies loaded up with Haskayne grads .. but there are so many players, it's hard to imagine there isn't one.
  7. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

    Sep 7, 2006
    I met up with a couple of Ivey undergrad classmates the other day and one of them was telling me of his experience of going back for the MBA.

    He wasn't too impressed with the make up of the class. As he put it, you have a bunch of foreign nationals who couldn't get into any of the big US schools so defaulted to Ivey.
  8. hrb

    hrb Senior member

    Nov 17, 2009
    I really think the dynamic and process of MBA's has changed over the last decade. Excluding Bay Street, it seems like the best/safest /intelligent route is to go to a school that is local to your target market and independently make your own connections and network rather than going to a 'big' school and relying on the name and recruiting process, which is, as I understand, nearly non-existant these days regardless of your alma mater.

    I really think the dynamic of where and why to get an mba has changed in the last decade. EXCLUDING bay street and wall street. It seems the best

    Was he doing his MBA at Ivey as well? I have heard that about a number of the Canadian programs, disproportionate number of internationals that have limited interest in interacting with the Canadian students.
  9. bings

    bings Senior member

    Feb 26, 2011
    i'll be going to Degroote based on proximity and cost (it's cheap and close)... do not care about rankings or reputation.

    in my opinion people place too much weight on the reputation of the school and not enough on the quality of their own professional output. I've worked with MBA's and went through my CMA with a bunch of MBA's and i really couldnt tell the difference between any of them as far as what school yielded a better graduate. what stand's out about people is not the school they went to.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013

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