Queen's University

Business grads plan reunion bash


In May 2003, a group of new Queen’s students gathered at Kingston’s Grizzly Grill restaurant the evening before they were to start their MBAst (MBA for Science & Technology) program. The air was full of anxiety and excitement.

“We didn’t know what expect,” says Brook Hamilton of that first informal meeting. The next day, the program started in full force and for the next 12 months, Mr. Hamilton and his classmates saw a lot of each other, spending weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm in class, and, after hours, working on group assignments often until the early hours in the morning. What little spare time they had during their grueling year, they frequently spent together.

Five years later, for the first time since graduating, the class of MBAst’04 will come home to Spring Reunion May 22-24.

Queen’s first Spring Reunion coincides with the start of the school year for the newest MBA class members, who will be three weeks into their program. The timing couldn’t have been better for reunion organizers Vikram Varma, Ryan Garrah and Mr. Hamilton.

“We wanted to incorporate the new class into our reunion activities, and share our experiences with them,” says Mr. Hamilton.

The Class of 2004 was exceptionally tight-knit and they had a great mix of complementary skills and experience.

“We all realized that in order for us to get the most out of the program, we needed to collaborate, and leverage everyone’s skills the best way possible,” says Mr. Vikram.

He played on the varsity squash team and remembers his entire class coming out to see him play. The class formed a hockey team, the Fat Cats, which despite its solid losing streak, was popular with both athletes and spectators.

The team lives on in Toronto, where several alumni continue to play and see each other socially, says Mr. Garrah. He’s looking forward to getting together with the larger group. Class members are scattered around the world and are in a variety of occupations.

As part of their reunion weekend, four classmates who have gone in different directions will each give a career and personal update.

But the classmates of MBAst’04 plan to start their reunion weekend the same way they started their program, with a casual evening at the Grizzly Grill.

Queen’s School of Business expects seven other MBA classes and two Commerce classes to return for Spring Reunion.

The school is hosting several events for their returning classes, including speaker sessions with faculty members Elspeth Murray and Rick Jackson.

To learn more about class or faculty plans for Spring Reunion, go to www.queensu.ca/alumni

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