Goodman students win top prize at national MBA Games

For the first time in the event’s 33-year history, the MBA Games Queen’s Cup is heading to Brock University.

A team of 16 graduate students representing the Goodman School of Business brought home the top honour last weekend at what is considered the largest Master of Business Administration competition in Canada. The event brings together the best of academia, industry and community.

Co-captains Mourin Mostafiz and Moe Maruri led Goodman’s team at the competition hosted in Toronto Jan. 6 to 8 by York University’s Schulich School of Business.

“We are thrilled to create history for Goodman by bringing the trophy to Niagara for the first time,” Mostafiz said. “It has been a privilege to co-lead a diverse team of 16 brilliant individuals who displayed their diligence in every phase of the Games.”

Featuring 14 leading business schools, the MBA Games competition includes academic cases, philanthropy activities and sport, dance and spirit challenges.

A group of students dressed in business attire, half standing and half kneeling in the foreground, come together for a photo.

Goodman’s MBA Games team at the event’s opening banquet on Friday, Jan. 6.

On behalf of the Faculty, Goodman Dean Barry Wright extended his congratulations to the team on their accomplishment.

“The Goodman team’s winning result shows the power of teamwork,” Wright said. “Each result in the academic, sport and spirit categories contributed to their overall success and built pivotal leadership and teamwork skills that they will take with them when they leave Goodman.”

The team finished third overall in both the academic case competition and athletic events. They finished first overall in the spirit category, which included a team video, dance performance and social media challenge.

The competition’s philanthropy campaign was an inter-university challenge that saw the Goodman team paired up with the Ted Rodgers School of Management at Toronto Metropolitan University. Together, they raised more than $16,000 for Future Possibilities for Kids — a GTA non-profit that helps teach children self-belief and how to create community change.

Maruri was recognized by his team as both the team MVP and most spirited delegate, but was quick to credit the dedication of the entire team for their success.

“It was definitely the contributions of each and every individual who were part of the team,” he said. “We have developed lifelong bonds and friendships and the team spirit we showed was recognized by all of the other schools throughout the Games as well.”

The team thanks the Goodman staff who helped them prepare: Lauren Smith, Teighan McIntyre and Susan LeBlanc. The academic teams would also like to thank Mark Parker and Eric Dolansky and last year’s captain Owen Angus Yamada (MSc ’22) for their mentorship.

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