The 6th Annual program of Focus 2040 took place on Thursday March 12 this year, at the Burlington Convention Centre. Focus 2040 is a student competition hosted by DeGroote School of Business in partnership with the Strategic Capability Network, and has postsecondary students from across Canada present their views of the world of 2040, and the implications of this future world order for workers, organizations and society. The ten teams presenting were selected from 52 original submissions from 12 different schools over two earlier phases of the competition. Prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 are awarded respectively for first, second and third place finishers, with presentations scored by a panel of 9 business persons and two professors. Congratulations to all participants to this year’s event, and especially to our top three teams. First: Stacy Drohomyrecky and Ashlyn Didero (2nd year MBA, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University); Second: Faghya Shafiq and Abid Sharifi (3rd year BBA students, Schulich School of Business, York University); and third: Marla Grady and Nicole Dube’ (MBA, year 1, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s U.). In addition to the cash prizes, finalists were also given the opportunity to interview for internships offered by select sponsoring organizations. Thank you to this year’s sponsors, including Strategic Capability Network, Ford Canada, WestJet, Arcelor Mittal, Softchoice, Hatch, Verity and BPI group. A special thank-you also to Ines Efendic and Deunia Susan John, Co-Chairs of this year’s 2040 executive team, and to their team.
From left to right: 1st place finishers Ashlyn Didero and Stacy Drohomyrecky, and Focus 2040 Co-Chairs Ines Efendic and Deunia Susan John.
From left to right: 2nd place finishers Faghya Shafiq, Abid Sharifi, and Focus 2040 Co-Chairs Ines Efendic and Deunia Susan John.
From left to right: 3rd place finishers Marla Grady, Nicole Dube’ Focus 2040 Co-Chairs Ines Efendic and Deunia Susan John.