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We are happy to announce that a group of our Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET) students are among five groups of finalists for the RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge. This year's challenge question was: "Suggest an innovative concept that will enable RBC's businesses to use big data to create a competitive advantage." Each group had to make a video responding to the challenge question; the finalists will present to a senior panel of RBC executives on January 17th at RBC's headquarters in Toronto.
This is not the first time MBET students have been selected as finalists for this challenge. In RBC's 2011 competition, three of our MBET teams placed first, second, and third, while in 2012, one of our MBET teams placed first.
Team RBC+ is thrilled to have been named a finalist in the RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge. We believe we have developed a comprehensive solution for RBC that will enable the company to leverage their existing brand to create a competitive advantage through socially responsible investments. We believe in our proposed solution and are eager to pitch to the RBC panel!”
- Aleesha Babineau, MBET candidate
Learn more about the team members of RBC+:
Ali Esmail (MD, Bsc) is a current MBET student and a Senior Resident in Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) and Head and Neck (H&N) Surgery at the University of Manitoba. Ali is also co-founder of a medical software startup, Koronis. He is an avid fan of the Winnipeg Jets and he spends the rest of his free time with his seven month old daughter, Aiyla.
Vejey Karthick Gandier
Vejey Karthick Gandier is a current MBET student and an information security expert with a master's degree in computer science from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He co-founded Koronis Inc - a medical technology startup - with Dr.Ali Esmail. He is a natural problem solver and likes to be challenged. If he is not on his laptop, coding or researching, he could be seen meddling with his DJ equipment, or hooked to his Klipsch earphones, listening to soothing piano music.
Shanae Vander Togt
Shanae Vander Togt is a current MBET student and the founder of Red Hair, Don’t Care; a conceptual plus-size clothing line and online marketplace. Shanae is the Director of Business Development for Medlinx, and prior to entering the MBET program, she completed a Bachelors of Arts degree in Honours Recreation and Business Management from the University of Waterloo. Shanae is an avid hockey fan who enjoys playing sports, reading, and traveling.
Rahim Dhanani is a current MBET student with a BSc in Kinesiology and minor in Business Management Studies from the University of Waterloo. Rahim is leading the Sales and Strategy for a medical startup, Medlinx, to which he brings five years of experience in the healthcare industry. Rahim is a creative thinker, an excellent speaker, and is passionate about becoming a unique innovator of new ventures.
Aleesha Babineau (BPAPM) is a current MBET student with a Bachelor of Public Affairs & Policy Management in Communication and Information Technology Policy, with a Film Studies minor, from Carleton University and the University of Leeds. Aleesha is the founder of StyleJet, a 3D fashion body scanning firm. Currently, Aleesha is the PR, Marketing, and Social Media consultant with Medlinx, a medical communications software company. Prior to moving to the University of Waterloo, Aleesha was completing studies towards a Juris Doctor (JD) degree at the University of Ottawa.