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Maria Proulx

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Wilfrid Laurier University (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Communication and Media Studies)
Class of 2023

DeGroote students and alumni truly become family and a network that will support you throughout your entire career.

Why DeGroote?

DeGroote has diverse and in depth course offerings that prepare students for a wide range of career paths. The professors offer a sophisticated learning experience that empowers students to challenge themselves and grow in a safe environment. DeGroote students and alumni truly become family and a network that will support you throughout your entire career.

Why an MBA?

An MBA enables strategic thinking that is helpful in both one’s career and their personal life. Personally, it has allowed me to pivot my career into consulting and given me the confidence to sit at and speak at tables with executive leadership. Most importantly, MBAs enable a lifelong network that is helpful at every stage of one’s career.

What surprised you about DeGroote?

I am most surprised by the impressive alumni from DeGroote and DeGroote’s reputation as a top MBA program in Canada, specifically in the healthcare industry. Through many conversations with senior leadership at companies across Canada I have met proud DeGroote alumni. The program’s holds a strong presence in healthcare and it is frequent that McMaster is mentioned as a credible institution that is actively involved in the Canadian healthcare industry.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering doing their MBA at DeGroote?

If you are looking to excel in your career or pivot into a seemingly unapproachable industry, DeGroote’s MBA program is made for you.

What has been the highlight of your DeGroote experience so far?

The highlight of my DeGroote experience has been the people. Members of the faculty are highly knowledgeable, are thought leaders in their particular fields, and are incredible guides through your learning journey. The students have become family and learning from their experiences has been enriching.

Aside from being an MBA Student Ambassador, what other extra-curricular activities have you been involved with while at DeGroote?

  • Participated in DeGroote Innovative Solutions Competition (Case Competition)
  • Executive on the DeGroote Consulting Association
  • Pitching in For Charity (Case Competition)
  • MBA Ambassador

Tell us one fun fact about you!

I can do backflips!