And it’s a wrap!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2014 SSMU Sustainability Case Competition. It was a thought-provoking and productive weekend that had everyone thinking about sustainable investments.

The event was held at the beautiful Quartier d’Innovation incubator in Old Port. A bit of a trek, but what a space! Big thanks to Natalie Russo and the team at QI!


Participants got to meet their teams and mingle before the night began.
Day 1
Our lovely coordinators Mathieu and Amélia kicked off the show.


We heard from two very different but equally interesting speakers, Ken Lester from McGill and Jason Stanley from Provender.
Ken Lester gave us his perspective from the investment world, and reminded us of the practical realities of today’s capitalist economy.


Jason gave us a more optimistic picture about sustainability from his on-the-ground work in a tech start-up. Provender aims to revolutionize the food system with technology by bringing local farmers and restaurant owners together.

We then got to enjoy some delicious local apples from Provender and some yummy food!

Day 2
Teams set right to work on the Oxcel endowment case, and prepared for their presentations that afternoon.


Participants hard at work!

Then one by one, teams got to present to our panel of judges – Tyler, Claude, and Joanna.



And then the winners were announced!
Congratulations to Team 4 in second place and Team 2 in first place!!!
All the teams did an amazing jobs and impressed the judges and coordinators.

Here they are! Click on the Teams to see their presentations.

Team 1

Cameron Dagg, Luyang Li, Victoria Paskannaya, & Georges Delrieu

team 1

Team 2 – first place!

Lysis Bourget-Vennin, Suday Jain, Vanessa Caron, Jimmy Huang

team 2

Team 3

Julie Skarha, Maria Wang, & Béatrice St-Jean

team 3
Team 4– second place!

Saamiah Ali, Lucia Mkhitarova, Alistair Barton

team 4

Team 5

Colin Cheng, Marko Tvrtkovic, Thomas Saleh, & Beatrice Yeung

team 5

GREAT JOB again to all the teams!!

And thanks to all the coordinators and judges for making this event a success!



SSCC 2014: Format Change!

Hey McGill!

Thanks to everyone that applied to the SSMU Sustainability Case Competition. We are very excited to get teams together to tackle this year’s case on sustainable investments.

At this time, there have been some changes to the format of the competition. Instead of the original 2-month competition, the SSCC will take place over one weekend – Friday, March 14th to Saturday March 15th, 2014. The format will be very similar to a traditional business case competition. Participants will be put into teams the weekend of, and the specific case question will be announced during the competition to ensure fairness amongst participants.

For those interested in participating, the new deadline is March 1st to send in your application. If you have already submitted an application, no need to re-submit; you will be considered in the new applicant pool. For new applicants, apply here.

Check out our Facebook page and keep checking back for updates. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Good luck!

How would you sustainably invest $10 million?

SSCC poster


Hey McGill! The SSMU Sustainability Case Competition is back for its 3rd year, and this time we want you to put your money where your mouth is. The idea of ethical investments has been a hot topic of conversation at McGill recently, and we would like to turn to students and ask: How would YOU sustainably invest $10 million?

Whether you are an Environment student curious about the world of finance, or a management student looking to green your investment plans, it’s your time to shine. All McGill undergraduates, from any discipline, are encouraged to apply. While previous knowledge of finance or sustainability is not required,  participants must demonstrate keen interest and willingness to learn.

Under the guidance of industry professionals you will compete against other teams to create a sustainable investment philosophy and portfolio, be exposed to numerous networking opportunities, and win some awesome cash prizes!

All undergraduates from any faculty are welcome to enter. For more information, see contest Rules and Format.

To apply, register by January 31st, 2014.

SSCC 2013: Greening McTavish

After a very successful Exposition Day, our winners were selected!

They are as follows:

First place ($600) – Bianca Ponziani, Jaspreet Pannu, & Jane Stringham

Second place ($450) – Alan Chen, Victor Tang, Leina Godin & Marianna Coquilleau

Third place ($300) – Adriana Mogosanu, Andreea Mogosanu, & Berker Erol

 This competition would not have been possible without the hard work put in by our mentors and judges: Joel Thibert, Brian Karasick, Jean-Philippe Renaut, and Kathleen Bradley; or without the funding from our sponsors at Dessau, Thé Kiosque, SSMU, and the McGill Office of Sustainability. Thank you all so much for your immense contribution!

Congratulations to all five teams that were selected for the final round, as they each created original, well-developed ideas wrapped  in impressive presentations. We are looking forward to seeing the ideas brought forth in this competition spring into reality with the upcoming renovation of McTavish Street!

See you next year!

Your 2013 SSCC Chairs