Leading members of finance and business to choose winners
TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial today released the
roster of judges selected to choose the winner of the Manulife: Entry
into Asia Challenge.
The elite panel, listed below, is made up of distinguished members of
the business & finance community:
Ramona Cheng: Ramona Cheng is Executive Director of Ernst & Young and the Americas
Markets Leader of Ernst & Young's China Business Network, a bilateral
platform designed to assist clients in developing, refining and
implementing their China inbound and outbound strategies. Ms Cheng has
over 20 years of corporate finance experience across North America and
Asia, including five years of investment banking experience in Greater
Philip Leong: Philip Leong is Vice President and Director, and Chairman's Council
member at RBC Dominion Securities. He is the Founder and Chairman of
the Liberty Foundation, an organization with the dual mandate of
promoting international freedom and democracy domestically and
internationally and helping new immigrants to settle and integrate in
Canada. In 2012 Mr. Leong was appointed by the Prime Minister to
represent Canada in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Business Advisory Council.
Jacqueline Sava: Jacqueline Sava is Founder and Director of Possibilities of Soak Wash
Inc., a consumer goods manufacturer, whose products are distributed
through boutiques and department stores across North America, as well
as in the U.K., Australia and Japan and at www.soakwash.com. In 2009
Jacqueline received the Woman Exporter Award from the Organization of
Women in International Trade, in recognition of successfully exporting
to international markets. Last fall she was invited to appear before
the Standing Committee on International Trade of the House of Commons
as part of the discussion regarding a trade agreement with Japan.
After reviewing 46 entries submitted by teams of university business
school students from across Canada, seven teams were chosen as
finalists. These teams will present their plans to the judges the
third week of May. The three winners of the competition will be
announced in Toronto 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 enterprise (SMEs) to expand
into any market 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 manulife.com/asiachallenge.
About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group
with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States.
Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and
forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial
decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and
distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management
products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset
management services to institutional customers. Funds under management
by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$555 billion (US$547
billion) as at March 31, 2013. The Company operates as Manulife
Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the
Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the
Internet at manulife.com.
About the Rotman School of Management
The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto is
redesigning business education for the 21st century with a curriculum
based on Integrative Thinking. Located in the world's most diverse
city, the Rotman School fosters a new way to think that enables the
design of creative business solutions. The School is currently raising
$200 million to ensure that Canada has the world-class business school
it deserves. For more information, visit www.rotman.utoronto.ca.
SOURCE: Manulife Financial Corporation
For further information:
Sean B. Pasternak
Rotman School of Management