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Second Runner-up at McGill Management International Case Competition 2017, Canada

Written by Pichetpat Chandrema (BBA#22)
McGill Management International Case Competition (MMICC) is one of the world’s longest running and prestigious undergraduate business case competitions hosted by Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Since 2001, MMICC has welcomed schools from over 20 countries to date. 12 teams, including a “Team International”, compete to solve a 32-hour case and present their solutions to judges comprising of company executives, industry, and academic experts. Unlike other case competitions, where teams are divided into divisions, MMICC is well known for its friendly and level playing field. No pre-made slide templates, and database access, are allowed. Everyone starts from scratch. To ensure fairness, all teams are given two presentation rounds, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with six judges per round. Judges must watch all the teams’ presentations and deliberate on the top three winners.
The representatives for Thammasat University at this year’s MMICC 2017, which took place on 12 - 18 March, were BBA students Prin Samalapa (BBA#22), Araya Thongteeraparp (BBA#23), Sitthipat Viriyabusya (BBA#24), Pichetpat Chandrema (BBA#22), and Chayanapat Sucharitvanitwong (BBA#22), who represented Thammasat in Team International.

Getting to Montreal was a quite journey itself, from Bangkok to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Toronto, and Toronto to Montreal, all of which took us more than a day of flying. We went from experiencing 30 °C boiling weather to -10 °C winter storm. Nevertheless, MMICC was full of fun social activities, including hiking up to Mount Royal, visiting the Old Port, and tasting the favorite local dish – poutine. Sadly, we were not able to go snow tubing due to the severe snow storm, but the storm itself was a life experience and freezingly cold.
Then came the fun part – case cracking! This year’s case client is a non-profit organization called One Acre Fund that operates primarily in Africa helping smallholder farmers with asset-based credit financing and agricultural training. We were tasked with identifying expansion opportunities, while generating maximum impact to society mixed in with ensuring future financial sustainability. After 32 hours later stuffed in a hotel room full of food and another night of presentation preparation, we presented our solution to the judges. After what was told to have been one of the toughest deliberations faced by the judges, Thammasat University was announced this year’s MMICC 2017 3rd Place winner!  
We are proud to have contributed to Thammasat University’s 5th consecutive year of finishing in the top three teams at MMICC. None of this would have been possible without all the support we have received. We would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to our advisors, Asst. Prof. Dr. Aurathai Lertwannawit, BBA Director Dr. Worapong Janyangyuen, Ajarn Supawat Likittanawong, Dr. Nopporn Ruangwanit, and Asst. Prof. Dr. Orapan Yolrabil. As well as to P’Ray Sirakalya, the BBA office, our friends and families. Overall, thank you BBA Thammasat for giving us this unique and world-class learning opportunity.
Posted on March 29, 2017