By Sri Kiran Ravi Shankar, MBA Candidate
May 31st will be remembered as an important day for the SBI students. We had the opportunity to feel the excitement of Markham’s tremendous growth potential firsthand.
The SBI students received a special invitation to be part of the Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s Annual Business Address and Luncheon; a key networking opportunity in the city, and a chance to hear the Mayor’s vision for the next year. We also met the members of Markham’s governing council, networking with a vibrant business community.
We had waited for several months for this day, the promise of which all started during our term in Hyderabad when delegates from Markham visited the India campus as part of the Ontario’s Trade Mission to India. During the visit and address at our campus, the Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti, promised to invite students from the India cohort to the annual luncheon to commemorate the progress of Markham.
He delivered! As promised, the Mayor invited the students and a team of Schulich MBA graduates from the India program. It was a great networking opportunity for the students and we were warmly welcomed by the Markham team. The students also had the company of Prof. Theodore Peridis during the event.
As a highlight, the Mayor introduced all the important delegates and thanked them for being there. As he announced the names, each delegate or team stood up and received the welcome of the event’s 500+ audience members.
The Mayor also called upon the Schulich graduates and we received a thunderous applause from the entire crowd for being there! The best part was that the Mayor also jokingly encouraged us students to stay back and try to figure out job opportunities from the business delegates on the mic. This message was received with welcoming smiles among the crowd and gave us a relaxed opening to approach the business leaders of Markham.
Reflecting on the event, I thought it served as a good example of why physical boundaries cease to exist for business professionals who are really determined to make an impact in this world, and a testament to Dean Dezsö J. Horváth’s vision “to extend Schulich’s global footprint.”
This event may have been but one example, but it certainly gave us a taste of feeling welcomed and valued in the Canadian business community.