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MBA Events

What follows are some of the regular events that occur throughout the Sobey School of Business MBA year. Taking part in competitions and interacting with the community allows our students to better apply and test what they've learned.


Bob Shaw Case Competition

2013 Bob Shaw Case Competition | Who Was Bob Shaw?

The Bob Shaw Case Competition is an integral part of the Sobey School of Business MBA program. All full-time MBA students are required to take part, and part-timer students may choose to. The case competition offers students to opportunity to integrate all the subjects they've learned by applying them to a real-world business challenge.

Sobey School of Business MBA students relish this opportunity to demonstrate what they’ve learned to their classmates, colleagues, friends and the business community.

Recruiters may enjoy viewing the finale of this competition, as it demonstrates the resourceful, enterprising nature of our students… this ability to think on their feet and adjust to unexpected requirements is a key feature our graduates bring to the workplace.

The Sobey School of Business is thrilled to work with donors and alumni to craft meaningful active learning opportunities for students. The opportunity to offer this competition is possible through the generous support of the Shaw family. 


2013 Bob Shaw Case Competition, April 22 -24

APRIL 24, 2013

Finale 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Background information on the case will be provided so observers may consider what they would do. Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building, Saint Mary's, 903 Robie St, Halifax

Reception 7:00 - 9:00 pm:

Refreshments and cash bar. Sobey main foyer, Sobey School of Business, 903 Robie Street.


On-street parking will be available.


Who was Bob Shaw?

An editorial in The Chronicle Herald on Saturday, December 10, 2005 described Bob Shaw as a builder, not only of homes, but also of humanity. In addition to building communities in his role as Vice-Chairman and Director of The Shaw Group, and building spirit as a leader in the community at large, Bob Shaw built a strong foundation of support for Saint Mary’s University.

A scholarship student himself, Bob began giving back long before graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. A 2008, posthumous induction into the Saint Mary’s University Turning Points Hall of Leadership recognized Bob’s outstanding leadership as president of SMUSA, member of the University’s Board of Governors, president of the Alumni Association, chair of the Building on Strength Capital Campaign and member of the Business Development Centre Board. Bob Shaw was a Fellow of the Canadian Chartered Accountant Institute. He volunteered as Chair and Director of numerous foundations and organizations including the Nova Scotia Hospital Foundation, The Abilities Foundation and the Metro United Way Corporate Campaign. He was also past President for both the Canadian and the Nova Scotia Home Builders’ Association.

With his name attached to the Bob Shaw Case Competition, his legacy is that he continues to build--in this case, future leaders, through the Sobey School of Business MBA Program.

RMA Credit Risk Case Competition

The RMA Credit Risk Case Competition at Sobey School of Business is an annual event held to offer MBA students an opportunity to engage in competition with their peers at schools across the country. This competition is sponsored by the Atlantic Chapter of the Risk Management Association (RMA) and the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary's University.

Case competitions offer business students the opportunity to integrate their learning and apply it to solving real-world business challenges. This competition in particular tests the students' abilities to think like a commercial lender, and their abilities to assess, manage and propose mitigation for the risk in a particular business proposal.

2014 RMA Credit Risk Case Competition

Top business students from Canada and the US will compete at the 2nd Annual 2014 RMA Credit Risk Case Competition being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Thursday February 20th – Saturday February 2nd, 2014.

The RMA Credit Risk Case Competition will be judged by industry insiders.  The competition will also include an RMA business luncheon with keynote speaker; panel discussion with speakers from the risk management industry and networking opportunities with some of the key financial institutions in Canada.

Competition Cash Prize

  • First Place: $10,000
  • Second Place: $5,000
  • Third Place: $3000

Key Dates

  • Competition:  Thursday February 20th - Saturday February 22nd, 2014
  • Early Bird Registration:  November 30th, 2013 (Registration opening soon)
  • Registration:  $350.00 per team (4 students per team - open to graduate and undergraduate business students) (After November 30th, registration will be $475)

Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia

The competition will challenge student’s analytical skills, business education and presentation skills, in identifying and mitigating the credit risks that North American businesses face.  Students will be provided with a business case which focuses on the real world challenges of managing credit risk in a rapidly changing and increasingly turbulent business environment.  The competition will also provide an excellent opportunity for students to network with industry and business leaders while gaining insight into the credit risk management field and its many facets.

The 2013 competition was a great success with Dalhousie, Saint Mary’s University and Queens University taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize respectfully.   View information and photos from the 2013 competition here.

For more information or to get involved please contact or call 902.491.6238