Supporting bright futures: Methanex Case Study Competition

In October 2015, Methanex sponsored its second annual Methanex Case Study Competition at the University of British Columbia (UBC) – a competition that helps advance business students’ understanding of real-world business issues.

Twenty teams of six to seven students had several weeks to prepare their response for the competition. On the judging day, a cross-functional Methanex team including Karen Schaefer, Director of Strategy and Corporate Development, Mark Allard, VP of Corporate Development, Tim Wile, Manager, Global Supply Chain, Jen Seccombe, Manager, Human Resources and Colin Bell, Manager, Financial Analysis & Tax Reporting selected the winning team.

“Team 12” – made up of students from Canada, Colombia, India, China and the United States – presented a carefully thought-out, well-communicated strategy that successfully recognized  risks  and  opportunities for growth.

In addition to hearing fresh perspectives, the competition provides judging panel members with opportunities to build relationships with students beyond the Case Day. “I really enjoy this event and getting to meet the students,” says Karen Schaefer. “Many students from last year’s case study competition have stayed in touch, giving me the opportunity to mentor and give back to my community.”

The competition also helps identify potential new talent for our internship program and highlights the unique opportunities and experiences students can expect when working at Methanex. We’ve received great feedback over the years and students share that Methanex is the best internship opportunity on campus,” says Schaefer.

The Methanex Case Competition showcases the one-team approach at work across Methanex.  “Our CEO John and colleagues from a variety of functions and regions have been very supportive of the program,” says Karen Schaefer. Recently, students from the Shanghai University, who are part of the UBC International MBA program, visited and met with colleagues in our Shanghai office which was another great tie in for this effort” says Schaefer.

Around the world, Methanex invests in education, scholarships and internship programs to help attract future talent to the business. For example, in Dallas, Methanex has built a partnership with Southern Methodist University (SMU) that includes an internship program and a Methanex case study. Students from SMU have been welcomed at our Korea and Chile offices, once again reflecting the one team approach at work across Methanex. 

Click here to read an article from Canadian Business on the MBA Case Study Competition.