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"Manulife: Entry Into Asia Challenge" Finalists Announced

  • Seven teams of business school students from Canadian universities to compete


TORONTO, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Manulife Financial is pleased to announce the teams named as finalists in its Manulife: Entry into Asia Challenge. A distinguished panel of independent judges reviewed 46 entries, submitted by teams of university business school students from across Canada, and has selected the seven teams of finalists.

The seven teams will now present their submissions to an elite panel of judges with the winners of the competition being announced on May 22.

"The Manulife: Entry into Asia Challenge" asked undergraduate and graduate business school students at Canadian universities to create a business plan for a Canadian small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to expand into any country in Asia. Competing teams will demonstrate their ability to think strategically about entry into Asian markets while demonstrating their understanding of the unique attributes, challenges and realities facing Canadian SMEs.

The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management is managing this one-time only competition. Additional details on the competition are available at

The finalist teams represent the University of Regina, the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

The team members are:

BETA TAU Tim Philip, Kira Novak and Barton Soroka Country for entry: China

CRESCO James Hammond, Alex Apanovitch, Geoff Calder and Johnny Kim Country for entry: China

FRONTIER CONSULTING Ian Sin, Ryan Appotive, Melita Cyril and Leslie Wong Country for entry: Myanmar

HYDROLOGIC SOLUTIONS William Cheng, Erol Biceroglu, Miranda Fong and Marissa Leung Country for entry: China

LUMI STRATEGISTS Jiemi Gao and Kevin Zhou Country for entry: China

NEW HORIZONS Aisha Bukhari, Lak Chinta, Peter Cinat and Aristotle Solomon Country for entry: Japan

SENOSENSE Mutthu Jagdish Ramlingh, Selvin Jebaraj, Darryl Karpel and Ronak Soni Country for entry: India

Manulife would also like to extend their sincerest thank you and appreciation to the judges who reviewed the 46 submissions and chose the seven finalists.

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