2023 Best & Brightest MBA: Andrew Noskiewicz, University of Toronto (Rotman)

Andrew Noskiewicz

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

“An eternal optimist with a passion for all things active.”

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Fun fact about yourself:  I am a bit of an extremist—I have motorcycled across Vietnam, run marathons, and scuba dived off the coast of Ko Samui.

Undergraduate School and Degree: Queen’s University, Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering

Where was the last place you worked before enrolling in business school? Hatch Ltd., Structural Engineer

Where did you intern during the summer of 2022? ZS Associates, Toronto

Where will you be working after graduation? Boston Consulting Group, Toronto

Community Work and Leadership Roles in Business School:

President, Management Consulting Association

Led the planning and execution of a professional student group with almost 500 members.

Provided programming to equip members with the knowledge, skills, and relationships to successfully launch a career in consulting.

VP Relations, Rotman Active Association

Led the annual ski trip to Mount St. Louis Moonstone.

Assisted in the preparation and execution of active and social events aimed at promoting mental and physical well-being.

Mentor, Rotman Management Consulting Association

Guided five mentees through the preparation and recruitment process for management consulting internships.

First-Year Academic Representative, Graduate Business Council

Acted as a liaison between the student body and the Graduate Business Council, Office of Student Engagement, Academic Director and Professors in matters related to the Rotman academic experience.

Council Member, Graduate Business Council Clubs Transition Planning Committee

Acted as an advisor to the Graduate Business Council to ensure all Rotman student club executives are equipped to effectively transition the club to next years’ executive team and improve the entire club ecosystem.

Andrew Alexander Kinghorn Fellowship & Dean’s List

Awarded to students who ranked in the top 10% in the class after the completion of the core courses of the Full-Time MBA Program.

Entrance Award Recipient, Rotman School of Management

Which academic or extracurricular achievement are you most proud of during business school? I’m most proud of my contribution to the Management Consulting Association (MCA) in my role as President. For the prior two years, all the clubs’ activities had shifted to a virtual format and that was the experience we knew as the incoming executive team. The previous club leaders did a fantastic job delivering quality events despite the circumstances, but this year our team was determined to bring back the vibrant, in-person club experience that we knew existed prior to the pandemic. We desperately wanted to ensure that no institutional knowledge would be lost forever, and contacted many MCA alumni to understand how the club operated prior to 2020.

In the end, I believe the programming that we put on as a team added so much value for our members—panel discussions from industry experts, case prep bootcamps, networking events with over 40 firms, and countless hours of mock case and behavioral interviews. The mentorship from previous executives was critical to my success during recruitment cycles, both for internships and full-time positions, and it’s been incredibly rewarding to be able to pay that forward and contribute to the success of my peers and members of the Class of 2024.

What achievement are you most proud of in your professional career? The achievement that I am most proud of during my time at Hatch Ltd. was the first project that I completed as the primary structural design engineer. The client at the time was one of the largest nuclear power operators in the world. We were tasked with designing a building that would help ensure the safe handling of radiologically-contaminated materials from the site as part of a major ongoing refurbishment at the plant. Our team faced many obstacles on that project, most notably that our building was to be constructed directly adjacent to a critical piece of existing equipment. It was proving extremely difficult to come up with a design that would be safe, which put the project at risk.

Our team of engineers worked endlessly with client stakeholders and the nuclear safety commission, and we were ultimately able to devise an innovative, out-of-the box analysis method and design that was extremely well-received by everyone involved. As my first project as a primary design engineer, it was an extremely proud moment for me when that building was finally constructed and put into commission. Being able to contribute to the success of one of the largest clean energy projects in Canada that will help the country reach its’ Net Zero targets made it even better.

Why did you choose this business school? As a technical engineer looking to make a major career pivot, Rotman was at the top of my list from the start and an easy choice once I got my acceptance. For a variety of reasons, I knew that I wanted to remain in Canada for my MBA and settle in Toronto long-term. Many of the top programs in Canada are only one-year long, a period that obviously comes with some advantages. I knew that a traditional two-year program was a better fit given my circumstances. I wanted the extra time to really immerse myself in the academic curriculum, but most importantly, I wanted the ability to test-drive my new career choice in the form of an internship before committing full-time. Rotman’s flexible internship program provided exactly that. Spending my summer at ZS confirmed to me that management consulting is exactly where I want to be, while also providing a fresh perspective through which I’ve been able to get so much more out of my second-year courses. The fact that Rotman is the top program in Canada and located in the heart of Canada’s business capital was just icing on the cake.

Who was your favorite MBA professor? I had the pleasure of taking two courses taught by Professor Brian Silverman – Foundations of Strategic Management and Corporate Strategy. He was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Business School for three years prior to joining Rotman, and he’s known for the distinct case-method approach he applies to all his courses. He had an amazing ability to facilitate a lively discussion, drawing out unique perspectives from the incredibly diverse student body at Rotman. The way in which he challenged each and every one of his students to participate and defend their ideas with conviction all while creating a safe space to respectfully disagree with each other contributed to a learning experience unlike any other that I experienced during my time at Rotman.

His one-of-a-kind tie choices that stemmed from his brief fashion-model career and his quirky sense of humor also always provided some nice levity during the demanding academic and recruiting season.

What was your favorite MBA event or tradition at your business school? The Rotman Active Association runs an annual ski trip and this year, as an Executive Committee, we organized a trip up to Mount St. Louis for an afternoon on the slopes. As a lifelong skier, I was incredibly excited to share my joy of skiing and one of the best ways to enjoy the cold Canadian winter with my classmates. We had 38 Rotman students on skis or a snowboard for the first time ever!

This event is just one reflection of the diversity of Rotman’s cohort and how open everyone is to share their cultures with each other and try new things. During Diwali, my classmates hosted an incredible party where we shared food and danced the night away, and we rang in the year of the rabbit with some amazing dim sum. Being able to share these cultural traditions and experiences is one of the best parts about attending a school with a student body as diverse as the one at Rotman.

Looking back over your MBA experience, what is the one thing you’d do differently and why?

Find a greater balance between academics, recruiting, club events and my social life during the first four months of the program. I placed a lot of pressure on myself leading up to internship recruiting and believed that achieving high grades in my first two semesters was one of the best ways to set myself apart. Once I landed my internship and was able to take a step back and immerse myself more in everything that the school had to offer, I realized just how much I would be able to grow both personally and professionally from activities outside of the academic curriculum.

What did you love most about your business school’s town?  I was born and raised in Toronto and have always been drawn to the sheer variety of experiences and activities that the city has to offer. During the summer months, you can head to the beaches of the Toronto Islands, cycle around the city, play whatever summer sport you enjoy the most, or kick back and relax with a cold drink on one of its thousands of patios. When winter rolls around, you can go skating at any of the 60 public outdoor skating rinks around the city, or take a short drive outside the city to ski or hike in the snow. As a self-proclaimed foodie, Toronto also has restaurants to satisfy any craving. As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with over 250 ethnicities represented, you can find amazing dishes from every corner of the globe. No matter what you are interested in, Toronto has something for everyone and you will never run out of things to do.

What surprised you the most about business school? It was the speed at which information is being delivered to you, from every direction. I laugh when I say that this surprised me because when I reached out to current students and alumni during the application process, I was definitely warned about the pace and rigor of the Rotman program. However, it wasn’t until I actually experienced it that I realized just how intense some moments can be, especially during the first year.

First year courses at Rotman works on the quarter system—each one was a six-week sprint. It felt like just as you were beginning a course the midterms were around the corner, and once midterms were over it was time to get ready for finals. All the while, you have clubs, career activities, and social events occurring daily which are also a critical part of the MBA experience. As the phrase goes at Rotman, it will often feel like are drinking water from a firehose, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. As I near the end of my program, I’m still amazed about how much I’ve learnt and grown over these past two years.

What is one thing you did during the application process that gave you an edge at the school you chose? One of the things that I did during the application process that I believe gave me an edge was to leave no stone unturned in my research. I exhaustively investigated everything Rotman has to offer, spoke with current students and alumni, and connected with the admissions office and members of the career services team. When I finally sat down to write my application and prepare for interviews, I knew exactly why I wanted to attend Rotman, how it would help me achieve my goals, and how my background and strengths would contribute to strengthening the Rotman community. This knowledge enabled me to be unapologetically myself, which in my opinion is exactly what Rotman is looking for as they decide who will round out their incoming cohort each year.

Which MBA classmate do you most admire? Gabriel Moreno-Bautista is someone who I greatly admire, and I am incredibly grateful to have shared many experiences with him over the past two years. He was an academic representative with me during our first year, a fellow MCA executive, we spent many hours prepping for our consulting interviews together, and we both interned at ZS Associates this summer.

Gabriel is an incredible leader and one of the brightest members of our cohort. What I admire most about him is his dedication to helping others while holding himself to the highest of standards in everything that he does. When a group of students were struggling with academics during our core courses, he set up informal tutorial sessions. He volunteered countless hours towards helping students prepare for consulting case interviews. All the while, he gave 100% effort to every initiative he was involved in as a leader of both the Consulting and Net Impact clubs—I saw first-hand the dedication that he had in to ensure the success of these clubs and their members. The Rotman community is undoubtedly stronger because of Gabe’s work.

What are the top two items on your professional bucket list?

1. Contribute meaningful intellectual capital as an expert in my industry of choice in the form of speaker events, whitepapers, and mentorship. I have benefitted from so many brilliant leaders throughout my educational and professional career, and hope to be able to give back and be on the other side in the near future.

2. Become an advisor to a non-profit like Right to Play that provides access to sports and activities to vulnerable and/or at-risk youth. Sports were such a large part of my upbringing and hugely beneficial to my development as a leader, and I would love to use my newfound management skills to help guide an organization that is at the forefront of ensuring everyone has access to those same opportunities.

What made Andrew such an invaluable addition to the Class of 2023? (

“During his studies at Rotman, Andrew Noskiewicz dedicated his time to ensuring others had a fulfilling experience both academically and personally. He took various roles that enabled him to give back to the Rotman community and curate an exceptional experience for the cohort. Andrew embraced the challenge of taking on many leadership roles.

As President of the Management Consulting Association, he Led the planning and execution of a professional student group with almost 500 members. As Vice-President of the Rotman Active Association. he coordinated an annual ski trip to Mount St. Louis Moonstone, a ski resort, which helped those get the most out of the winter, especially his fellow classmates who were new to Canada. As a mentor with the Rotman Management Consulting Association, Andrew successfully guided mentees through the preparation and recruitment process for management consulting internships. Andrew did this all while maintaining academic excellence, being awarded the Andrew Alexander Kinghorn Fellowship & Dean’s List which is awarded to students who ranked in the top 10% academically in the class after the completion of the core courses of the Full-Time MBA Program.

As a leader, Andrew always encouraged students to find balance between academics, recruiting, club events and their social life. He placed a lot of pressure on himself leading up to internship recruiting by achieving high grades and focusing on building solid relationships with employers which helped him stand out. Once he landed an internship Andrew was able to immerse himself more in everything that the school had to offer, and he focused on growing both personally and professionally from activities outside of the academic curriculum. His passion for achieving his best both academically and personally was infectious and helped other students strive for the same goal. Through his leadership and encouragement, students have gained a richer experience from their Rotman journey.”

Rob Woon-Fat
Career Coach
Career Services
Rotman School of Management


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