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MBA Consulting Project (MCP)

In partnership with the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada), the MBA program allows students to learn about and apply best practices in management consulting. Students address a strategic issue being faced by a private or public organization under the supervision of a faculty member, an executive from the client organization, and an experienced Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

Client organizations gain access to motivated and talented MBA candidates for addressing real-time organizational needs and challenges. Students apply newly acquired knowledge and skills, as well as recognized consulting practices, gaining relevant practical experience through exposure to concrete managerial challenges.

MBA Consulting Project Overview

The MBA Consulting Project places students at the centre of a remarkable and practical learning experience. Students are given the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in addressing an issue of significant importance to an organization, all under the supervision of a Telfer School of Management professor and the mentorship of a professional management consultant. Students start forming their MBA project teams and making contact with potential clients early in the fall, and they complete the projects over the summer.

What Our Mentors Have To Say

MBA management consulting mentor, Jocelyn Lortie “The MCP is very beneficial for MBA students as they are confronted with real-life business situations and with real-problems to solve for real clients. The MCP demands a great deal of creativity, energy, organization and team work.”

Jocelyn Lortie
Président, Giguère et Lortie inc.

MBA management consulting mentor, Murray Kronick, FCMC “The MCP provides students with insight into the process of consulting to complement their knowledge of the subject area, and it provides clients with access to the latest research and ideas. The students have a lot of energy and enthusiasm, which is infectious and is appreciated by clients.

Murray Kronick, FCMC
Principal, Business Transformations Practice, Interis Consulting Inc

Hear What Our Students Have To Say

“I really enjoyed taking on a practical business problem. It was interesting to mix both the academic approach and the everyday business approach. I felt that the project gave me a good sense as to what the role of a consultant entails, and I believe this will be valuable throughout my career. In addition, I felt I learned quite a bit working so closely with both my client and the other participants, like my supervisor and mentor.”

Julie Kennedy, MBA Student
Summer 2007

“I enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with a high-level official from our client organization to gain a new perspective on the impact of our work. I also learned a great deal in the completion of my assigned topics.”

Geoff Schaadt, MBA Student
Summer 2007

What do students really gain?

The purpose of the MBA Consulting Project is to give students an opportunity to address a strategic issue being faced by a private or public organization and deal to apply newly acquired management knowledge and skills as well as recognized consulting practices. They thereby gain relevant practical experience through exposure to concrete managerial challenges.

What additional benefits does the project offer?

Students wishing to obtain their Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation will receive equivalencies based on their courses and be credited hours of service towards their designation. For more information, please see the document under Earn the CMC at www.cmc-canada.ca

What constitutes an acceptable project?

Projects must be important to an organization, and require research and analysis. They are also multidisciplinary in nature. For example, some might involve the development of a business plan, a benchmarking exercise, or the evaluation of a new product or service.

How many hours does the project require?

Each student is expected to spend the equivalent of 12 hours a week a 16 week period on the project. Teams consist of four or five students, which is approximately 500 hours of consulting services.

MBA Consulting Projects in Industry

Students are at the centre of a remarkable practical learning experience as they apply their knowledge and experience in addressing an issue of significant importance to an organization, under the supervision of a Telfer School of Management professor and the mentorship of a professional management consultant from the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada).

Client organizations enjoy working with motivated, professional and skilled students with fresh ideas, and they appreciate the increased awareness of important issues facing their organizations. Clients who participate in the Consulting Projects include all different sizes and types of organizations from various sectors of the business community.

Hear What Our Clients Have To Say

“We got to work with a group of people that have new ideas, energy, and passion for the work they are doing. They obviously brought a lot of enthusiasm to the table and had some great ideas.”

Bouchard Group of Companies, 2007

“The students behaved professionally and it was nice to have an energetic, professional group of students to discuss organizational questions with. Also, without their time and effort, it would have been very difficult to analyze certain problems.”

DFAIT, 2007

Hear What Our Mentors Have To Say

MBA management consulting mentor, Andrew Penny“Clients benefit significantly from the project by being able to assign a business issue to an entire team of creative, motivated professionals. Similar to hiring an outside consultant, the team provides an objective view of the situation and is not unduly influenced by internal issues, culture or history.”

Andrew Penny, MBA CMC
President, Kingsford Consulting Ltd.

MBA management consulting mentor, John Herzog“Students bring strong research and analytical skills, enthusiasm, energy, and fresh ideas to client situations. They are focused and invest the time needed to identify solutions. They may be less experienced, but with the support of professors and mentors, the final consulting product is sound and, based on my five years with the program, well received by the client.”

John P. Herzog, FCMC
Retired Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

What constitutes an acceptable project?

Projects must be important to the organization, must require research and analysis and be multidisciplinary in nature. For example, some projects might involve the development of a business plan, a benchmarking exercise, or the evaluation of a new product or service.

Does the project team have experience?

The average MBA student’s full-time work experience is six years. Small teams of students (groups of four or five) are supervised by a Telfer School of Management professor and a certified management consultant (CMC).

How many hours can I get?

Each student is expected to spend the equivalent of 12 hours a week over a 16 weeks period on a project. Teams consist of four or five students, which means approximately 500 hours of consulting.

Will it cost me anything?

Students earn academic credits toward their degree, therefore there is a nominal fee of 500$ for private organization and government and 250$ for not for profit organizations. In addition, MCP clients are expected to cover expenses related to the project, as agreed on with the project team.

What do I really gain?

Our skilled, motivated and knowledgeable students provide innovative practical solutions to your organizational needs and challenges. The project is also an opportunity to evaluate a student as a potential employment candidate.

What do I have to provide?

Your organization must provide a motivating and challenging project, as well as time to discuss issues with the project team, giving feedback on progress reports.

How do I become a client organization?

The Telfer School of Management is always looking to build new relationships with organizations that are interested in receiving quality consulting services from motivated and experienced MBA students. If you are considering launching a special project in the near future, our MBA students can help!

Must be able to present the student team with a project that's important to the organization, that requires research and analysis, and that is multidisciplinary in nature. Furthermore, your organization must assign one senior-level representative to liaise with the project team.

Who should I contact?

Nathalie Paré
Relationship and Partnership Manager
Graduate Programs

Tel.: (613) 562-5800 x4714
Fax: (613) 562-5912


University of Ottawa - Telfer School of Management
55 Laurier Ave. East, room 4160
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5

Learning from Leaders

In recognition of their leadership and support, the Telfer School of Management, at the University of Ottawa, would like to thank the client organizations who helped our MBA students carry out their Management Consulting Projects in 2011. Thank you!

2010 Client Organizations

2010 Client Organizations

Project Timeline

Semester Milestone Purpose
Fall Student information session Program director meets with the students to explain the MBA Consulting Project (MCP)
Fall Clients submit project proposals Students consider project proposals from potential MCP clients
Fall Search for client organizations and confirmation of client Students actively search for and meet potential clients for their MCP
Winter Confirmation of supervisor Students confirm their client and supervisor with the MBA office
Winter Preparation of project proposal MBA office assigns a mentor to each student team
Winter Preparation and presentation of project proposal to client Students and client agree on project proposal
Summer MCP is under way Students work on MCP
Summer Hand-off of project to clients Students present their final report to their client

Becoming a Certified Management Consultant (CMC)

If you do your MBA at the University of Ottawa, you are one step closer to obtaining the qualifications required by the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) to become a certified management consultant (CMC).

For more information, please donwload the information sheet.

Mentors

In recognition of their leadership and support, the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa would like to thank the mentors from the Canadian Association of Management Consultants (CMC-Canada) as well as the professors who helped our MBA students carry out their management consulting projects during the summer. Thank you!

CMC Mentors, Summer 2013

  • Richard Bellefeuille
  • Gary Gudbranson
  • Murray Kronick
  • Flavia Leung
  • Dorothy Milburn-Smith
  • Betty Ann M. Turpin
  • Garry Sears
  • Jac van Beek
  • François Mouttham
  • Andrew Penny

MBA project mentors are members of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and are leaders in the business community. They guide students by sharing their experience, knowledge and expertise throughout the consulting process. Students benefit from working alongside highly experienced and motivated professionals who bring with them many years of experience and give students the opportunity to enhance the skills they need to succeed.

Supervisors, Summer 2013

Greg Richards Stephen Daze Dan Lane
Andreev Pavel Jonathan Callof Stephen Daze
Alan Riding Mike Mulvey  

MBA project supervisors are normally full-time professors of the Telfer School of Management. Many are leaders in their field and pursue research interests that deal with a variety of management topics. Students are given the opportunity to choose a supervisor based on their area of expertise and research background. This allows students to work alongside a professional with whom they share corresponding interests and areas of study. Supervisors are also highly experienced in the business community and serve as advisors who monitor and support the team’s progress throughout the project and provide it with valuable feedback.

Finding a project

More than half of the student teams find their projects via the recruiment efforts of the Telfer School of Management Graduate Studies Office. Potential MCP client organizations from every major sector are invited to share project ideas with students at the beginning of the school year.  To propose an MBA Consulting Project, please fill out this template.