Sobey School of Busi­ness at Saint Mary’s Univer­sity

Stu­art Clow takes any op­por­tu­nity that comes his way, and it works in his favour

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Stu­art Clow will say yes to any op­por­tu­nity at school. His men­tal­ity is to take ad­van­tage of ev­ery­thing that his Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion at the Sobey School of Busi­ness at Saint Mary’s Univer­sity of­fers.

“As busy as it seems, tak­ing an hour to at­tend a talk or a net­work­ing event is al­most al­ways worth­while in my opin­ion,” says Clow about the wide range of events of­fered to stu­dents at SMU.

The MBA pro­gram at the Sobey School is built to pre­pare stu­dents for real-life busi­ness sce­nar­ios. The first half teaches busi­ness fun­da­men­tals. Stu­dents may con­cen­trate on spe­cific dis­ci­plines—such as mar­ket­ing, en­trepreneur­ship, fi­nance or con­sult­ing—in the sec­ond half.

True to his open-minded ap­proach, Clow has cho­sen not to pur­sue a des­ig­nated con­cen­tra­tion, but to take cour­ses in ne­go­ti­a­tion, cor­po­rate fi­nance and ven­ture cap­i­tal.

A lot of his MBA ex­pe­ri­ence has been based around group work and group ex­pe­ri­ences such as case com­pe­ti­tions, cor­po­rate tours, MBA So­ci­ety events and the MBA Games. “In the Sobey School there are many sources of unique op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he says. When­ever Clow sees one ar­rive in his mail­box, he prefers to go knock on its door.

In the spring, for ex­am­ple, Clow re­ceived an email from the head of the Ven­ture Grade Pro­gram, Ellen A. Far­rell, and wound up trav­el­ling to Bos­ton for two days for the Ven­ture Cap­i­tal In­vest­ment Com­pe­ti­tion as a first-year shadow.

As he sat in on the ses­sions, he was able to see pre­sen­ta­tions from such schools as Yale, Bab­son and Dart­mouth. SMU did ex­tremely well in this tough com­pe­ti­tion, fin­ish­ing a close sec­ond. This was an amaz­ing learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Clow, but for him ar­guably the most valu­able was the HEC Com­pe­ti­tion in Mon­treal.

“This is a week-long com­pe­ti­tion where each per­son on your team must choose a dif­fer­ent func­tion, and you work with the other teams’ mem­bers in your func­tion. I was in busi­ness strat­egy, and for the first eight hours, we couldn’t talk to our own teams. Af­ter that, you put to­gether a re­port and pre­sen­ta­tion,” Clow ex­plains the in­tense sit­u­a­tion. In it, he was able to meet stu­dents from Spain, Aus­tralia, Tai­wan and other Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties.

Through an­other op­por­tu­nity, Clow was in­tro­duced to the CEO of Unilever, a transna­tional con­sumer goods com­pany.

When asked, Clow says the pro­fes­sor who’s been most in­flu­en­tial on him is Ethan Pancer in Mar­ket­ing Man­age­ment. “His em­pha­sis on ev­i­dence-based man­age­ment and jus­ti­fy­ing rec­om­men­da­tions has been ex­tremely help­ful in my case com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­ence. From him, I’ve learned that you can have a great point or ar­gu­ment, but with­out a strong case you’re not go­ing to con­vince any­one,” he says.

The MBA pro­gram at SMU helped Clow to im­prove his com­mu­ni­ca­tion and prob­lem-solv­ing skills in di­verse groups. He feels that the pro­gram has taught him skills that will be use­ful in most of the firms around the world, and that it’s in­tro­duced him to some amaz­ing peo­ple, com­pa­nies and in­dus­tries that he could work with. It has also helped him un­der­stand his pas­sions in life and busi­ness, which has helped him nar­row down a list of com­pa­nies and roles that he wants to work in.

He is ready to dive in and pro­vide value to those or­ga­ni­za­tions, and say yes to the many op­por­tu­ni­ties that will stem from the Sobey MBA.

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