Jennifer Crichton

Name: Jennifer Crichton

Place of origin: Ottawa, Canada

Post secondary degrees:

  • BScH Biochemistry (Carleton University, 2010)
  • MSc Biochemistry (University of Ottawa, 2012)
  • MBA (Carleton University, 2016)
  • MD (Queen’s University, expected June 2018

Why MBA: I saw a deficiency in myself after completing two science-focused degrees.  I wanted to broaden my skill set and gain some perspective into business and management.  I went into the MBA with a long-term view to take on a leadership role in healthcare administration in Canada alongside my future clinical responsibilities as a physician.  I felt that the Sprott MBA could help serve as a differentiator in this pursuit.

Why Sprott: I absolutely fell in love with the Carleton campus and community while completing my bachelor’s degree and playing varsity soccer there.  The School is situated on such a beautiful piece of land in our nation’s capital.  There has been such great energy flowing out of it in recent years with all of the growth and addition of new buildings on campus.  I was delighted when I got the opportunity to further my graduate studies at the Sprott School of Business.

Favourite Experience: The close interaction with the many faculty members was a definite highlight.  My favourite experience has to be a leadership course that I took with an instructor who had worked a great deal in healthcare management.  He stimulated great class discussions and helped us gain a chronological perspective on the academic and practitioner leadership literature.  I still find myself going back to some of the articles read during that course!

Erin Chezick

Name: Erin Chezick

Place of origin: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Post-secondary degree: B.Sc. Psychology (Carleton University)

Why MBA: Encouragement from my manager to pursue business education led me to the Management Certificate for Women, which I took the year before entering the MBA program. That experience and some connections from the program gave me the final push to pursue an MBA.

Why Sprott: After making connections in the professional program at Sprott, I knew it would be a good fit for me to continue on with my MBA. I was excited about the opportunity to concentrate on Management and Change, as well as the courses being offered in that stream. Going to classes on the same campus where I work also makes being a part time student just that little bit easier!

Favourite experience: It’s tough competition between Linda’s and Robin’s classes – they make night classes something to look forward to!

Roey Gao

Full Name: Lanruoyi (Roey) Gao

Place of origin: Beijing, China. 

Post-secondary degree: Economics (Chongqing Normal University, China)

Why MBA: MBA provides me with managerial skills not only in workplace but also in daily life. I can get a better understanding of business as well as acquire an in-depth view of the business world. Attending MBA is an effective way to broaden our career opportunities and provides networking opportunities.

Why Sprott: Sprott gives me an opportunity to learn knowledge from a more diverse and wider field. I am inspired by the fast-paced learning environment. It has enlightened me with many innovative ideas that could benefit me in my future career.

Favourite experience: My favourite experience of MBA so far was doing the marketing group project during last winter term. I worked in a dynamic group that we got involved a real business case and we helped our clients to make a marketing strategy plan in order to expand their business.  It was an unforgettable experience because I acquired hands-on experience that could be used in the future. It was an exciting process we went through to produce the outcome.

Manan Narula

Name: Manan Narula

Place of origin: India

Post-secondary degree: Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science (UPTU, India)

Why MBA: My journey towards this point in my career started during my undergraduate studies. This basic interest, along with the increasing influence of Information technology, made me to pursue Computer Science and Engineering.   With a work experience of more than four years in the various domains and academic ability, I believe it was the right time for me to pursue an MBA. I believe it will help me sharpen my skills in the areas of management, specifically market analysis and research.

Why Sprott: Firstly, I believe that pursuing an MBA in an international university has given me a truly global perspective about the diversity in different environments and cultures. Thus, preparing me better to face and interact with different kinds of people, their thoughts, values, and cultures. An education in business management can be best provided by a school that has a proven reputation for excellence in business and management. Sprott has provided me a platform where I can improve my practical knowledge of business management. Hands-on experiences through associations, internships, and the management field study provides this balance.

Favourite experience: My experience in one of my Data Science courses is one of my favourites.  There were interactive guest speakers in almost every session and they shared their views on a particular topic. The most interesting part of the class was the live projects on which we worked. This course was designed in such a way that it has covered a wide range of topics and at the same time provided a platform for hands-on experience by working on various projects.

Kedar Deo

Name: Kedar Deo

Place of origin: India

Post-secondary: Bachelor of Technology (National Institute of Technology, Nagpur)

Why MBA: I have a Bachelor’s degree in engineering with 5 years of experience in the field of construction & project management. Before joining the Sprott MBA, I was an assistant project manager for large scale engineering projects in India. My professional experience gave me exposure to managing resources & manpower to a great extent. It also generated my interest and made me think about how business expansions are financed. My personal investments in equities & debt market increased my urge to study more about the financial industry. So, getting MBA in Finance seemed like a perfect option to move upwards in my professional life.

Why Sprott: Sprott offers a unique opportunity for international students. It is located strategically in Canada’s capital city but has close links with businesses in Toronto & Montreal. Carleton’s reputation in Canada & overall cost of getting MBA at Sprott made it undeniably the best option you can get in Canada. Another reason for coming to Canada is the peace & stability it offers in today’s turbulent world.

Favourite experience:  Competing for MBA games at Vancouver Island University is the best experience I have had so far. It made me work hard throughout the fall semester to learn the techniques of solving business cases. Preparing a solution for actual business problems and presenting in front of business leaders in Canada totally changed my personality. Along with that, some fun activities with the MBA Games team makes it my best experience at Sprott so far.

Lavanya Maini

Name: Lavanya Maini

Place of origin: New Delhi, India

Post-secondary degree: B.Tech Food Technology (Amity University, Noida)

Why MBA: During my internship food companies, I realized something about myself. Even though I have a deep love for Food Technology, I knew that I want to feel the rush of corporate life. Fast, quick, decision making, brainstorming, controlling, MANAGING.

My short-term goal is to see myself heading one of the leading global Food Manufacturing companies like Nestlé or PepsiCo. Ten years down the line, I believe I will have sufficient professional exposure so that I can set up a leading Indian Food company. To accomplish my goals, I need to be in command of the principal know how of the demand and supply relations, buyer behavior, marketing, corporate finance and several essential components of a successful business model at the same time attaining a global perspective of these.

Why Sprott: The Sprott MBA has an exclusive curriculum integrating a much-required Internship program that gives its students an edge in terms of gaining practical work experience while pursuing an MBA. It is an excellent opportunity to add to the corporate know-how that one gains from the program and learn how to apply this knowledge in the real world so that one can attain a pragmatic approach to business and become more productive before one graduates.

Favourite Experience: Attending the Annual Sprott Business Banquet was one of my favourite experiences. It was a spectacularly organized formal dinner where all the students of Sprott Business School were given an opportunity to network with professionals and Sprott Alumni in a safe environment as well as mingle among our peers. And the best part was – we were given our own business cards!

Manav Sachdeva

Name: Manav Sachdeva

Place of origin: Chandigarh, India

Post-secondary degree: Bachelor’s in Engineering (Biotechnology) (Panjab University, Chandigarh)

Why MBA: Being an engineer, I have a lot of technical skills. But the engineering school didn’t really give me any knowledge about how a business works. My dad is a successful businessman in India and I always admired his management and entrepreneurship skills while growing up. In my career ahead, I see myself taking different management roles and making a difference in a changing global context.

Why Sprott: Sprott school of Business is one of the most reputable business schools in the country. It has a world-class faculty and has a very successful alumnus. It’s located in Ottawa, which is one of the most vibrant cities in the world and has a huge job market.

Favorite experience:I love traveling and my favourite experience so far has been the trip to Montreal with my friends.

Ikenchukwu "Ikay" Alex-Onyeagwu

Name: Ikenchukwu “Ikay” Alex-Onyeagwu

Country/City of Origin: Delta State, Nigeria

Post-secondary degree: B.A Honors – Applied Economics & Psychology (Carleton University)

Why MBA:  I was born into a family that is business oriented, so innately I have been wired for it. MBA was a logical next step given my undergraduate background. Since I did not do an undergraduate business degree, I wanted something that could tie both my undergraduate degrees together but still not box me into a field that would be too narrow so that ruled out both the Masters in Economics and Psychology. MBA’s are also an increasingly sought after degree with a lot of employers indicating that they would hire MBA degree holders as well as the trend for increasing MBA salaries.

Why Sprott: I had previously gone to a different university and then switched to Carleton University for my undergraduate degree and the difference in my experience was radical. I was treated like a person here rather than just a number who paid tuition. Professors wanted us to do well and it reflected in the way they taught and the attention and flexibility they gave to us as students. So, when it was time to pick a school for my postgraduate studies, I was very confident that the Sprott School of Business would be the best place to hone the necessary business skills.

Favourite experience: The whole process of running for elections to be the President of the MBA society and the day to day responsibilities that come with that position. Being at the centre of decision making, enhancing the student experience, proposing changes to benefit the prospective students, the connection and most of all, the important takeaways from interactions with professors and students that will serve as the foundations for my future endeavours.