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Two Montreal teams on podium at APICS challenge

HEC Montreal takes first place, McGill second as 14 finalists out of more than 500 schools from around the globe competed for scholarships and industry recognition


APICS Canadian district teams and coaches: Vladimir Babii (McGill), Sabine Signor (HEC), Nicolai Rassolov (coach for both teams), Julie Soriano (HEC), Andy Zeitz (District Manager APICS Canada), Ahmed Mahmoudi (McGill), Humphrey Vernaus (APICS Canada), Camilla Gellerth (McGill), Amélia Di Liello-Roberge (HEC), Grace Fu (McGill), Cathy Pak (HEC), Sean Baker (APICS Canada), Louise Beauchamp (APICS Canada).

October 12, 2016
by MM&D Online Staff

WASHINGTON,DC—Team ReFresh from HEC Montreal is the winner of the third annual APICS/TFC Global Student Final. Fourteen universities, who won their regions competing against hundreds of universities across the globe via The Fresh Connection APICS Global Student Challenge, competed in the final event at APICS 2016.

Teams from Binghamton University, California State University San Marcos, Duke University, San Diego State University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and Western Illinois University, as well as international teams from HEC Montreal, McGill University, Nationale des Sciences Appliquees de Tetouan, Shanghai University, Technologico de Monterrey, University of Southern Denmark, and Universidad del Pacifico, completed the challenge.

“Supply chain, logistics, and operations management are among the fastest growing career fields,” said APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi. “The APICS/TFC Global Student Final is an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and build their skills for the future. All of the teams displayed an impressive knowledge and understanding of supply chain management and we hope the experience has been a rewarding one for them. Congratulations to everyone involved, especially our winning team, ReFresh.”

The HEC team: L-R Julie Soriano, Amélia Di Liello-Roberge, Cathy Pak, Sabine Signor.

The HEC team: L-R
Julie Soriano, Amélia Di Liello-Roberge, Cathy Pak, Sabine Signor.

Student teams competed in a business simulation based on the fictional juice company, Fresh Connection. The teams were challenged to overcome business problems by making strategic supply chain decisions that would positively or negatively impact business results. Teams accumulated points by enabling Fresh Connection to build a high-performing supply chain that improved efficiencies and increased revenue by tearing down functional silos and adopting a collaborative mindset.

The APICS/TFC Global Student Final was held throughout APICS 2016, giving all participants the opportunity to participate in the conference’s educational sessions and keynotes covering end-to-end supply chain topics, and networking opportunities with industry experts from around the globe. The competition aims to introduce students to innovative new tools, products, and services shaping the fields of supply chain, logistics, and operations management.

Along with ReFresh, second place winner, GCAV from McGill University, and third place winner, The Order Of The Phoenix from Universidad del Pacifico, were also awarded with cash prizes.