Student Associates program
Student involvement is vital to achieving the MDIIM’s mandate. The MDIIM appointed its first cohort of Student Associates in Fall 2012 in order to integrate Desautels students into the process of scoping, designing, and implementing innovative teaching, research, and outreach initiatives.
Each fall, a select few MBA and BCom students will become formally affiliated with the MDIIM and contribute to its mandate for a one-year term. In addition to their regular academic workload, student associates are expected to work approximately 10 hours per week on integrated management projects under the supervision of the Institute’s Managing Director. Student associates will have opportunities to participate in MDIIM events, interact with special guests, and contribute to the MDIIM’s agenda.
“Through the Student Associates Program, I was exposed to forward-thinkers and ideas that expanded my horizons on how to practically implement different forms of value in the business world. Along with my co-student associate, we launched the Beyond Business as Usual event. This symposium brought together industry experts and academics to rethink finance, business, and consulting.” - Shobhita Soor, MBA/BCL/LLB candidate, 2012-2013 Student Associate and 2013 Hult Prize Winner.
2012-2013 MDIIM Student Associates
The 2012-2013 student associates were Shaonan Zhou (BCom candidate) and Shobhita Soor (MBA/BCL/LLB candidate and 2013 Hult Prize Winner). Shaonan researched the relationship between corporate social responsibility and shareholder returns. Shobhita undertook an opportunity assessment of the Law-MBA program and Desautels-Law relations writ large. The students also organized the Beyond Business as Usual symposium in March 2013, which brought together 11 renowned practitioners from a variety of sectors to challenge longstanding managerial paradigms and explore novel ways of creating and protecting economic, social and environmental value.
2013-2014 MDIIM Student Associates
The 2012-2013 student associates are Alison Shiu (BCom candidate), Shonezi Noor (BCom candidate), Daniel Peretz (MD/MBA candidate) and Alexander Öhrn (MBA candidate).
Alison Shiu is an undergraduate student at the Desautels Faculty of Management (BCom, U3), specializing in accounting. As an MDIIM Student Associate, she will focus on sustainable accounting practices and public health. After she graduates, Alison would like to complete her CPA at Ernst & Young, where she plans to further pursue her interests in social accounting and healthcare.
Shonezi Noor is an undergraduate student at the Desautels Faculty of Management, pursuing a BCom in Marketing and Information Systems. Prior to becoming a MDIIM Student Associate, she co-chaired the McGill Management International Case Competition in 2013. After she graduates, Shonezi would like to start her own business and eventually return to university to study astrophysics and mathematics.
Daniel Peretz is currently pursuing studies towards joint MD and MBA degrees. After graduating with First Class Honours from McGill University (BCom, Honours in Investment Management), Daniel worked for CIBC World Markets. Most recently, Daniel spent over a year as an Associate in the corporate development group of a radiation oncology healthcare provider, where he helped execute and implement a number of acquisitions and partnerships. Daniel intends on building his career around the integration of business and medicine.
Alexander Öhrn is currently studying towards an MBA with a concentration in Finance. Alexander worked with BNY Mellon Asset Management in London where he completed the firm’s graduate training program. Most recently, he worked for Franklin Templeton Investments, where he specialized in institutional business development. Alexander intends to incorporate his MDIIM Student Associate learning experiences professionally, when he returns to the investment management industry after graduation.