Meet the MBA Class of 2024: Prateek Bindal, Ivey Business School

Prateek Bindal  

Ivey Business School at Western University

“Passionate about psychology, exploring unique business ideas, and always eager to learn and grow.”

Hometown: Chandigarh, India

Fun Fact About Yourself: The prospect of an incredible river rafting spot makes me disregard travel time altogether.

Undergraduate School and Major: Panjab University, Chandigarh, India – Major – Chemical Engineering

Most Recent Employer and Job Title: CIBC Bank, Consultant

How has the case method enriched your learning?  The case method has enriched my learning by significantly improving my decision-making skills. Through critical analysis of complex business problems, I have learned to make well-informed choices without adversely affecting team dynamics. This approach has empowered me to tackle real-world challenges more effectively and contributed to my overall growth as a professional.

Aside from classmates and cases, what part of the school’s MBA programming led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? What truly influenced my decision to choose Ivey Business School was its remarkable legacy. Over the past 100 years, Ivey has consistently produced world-class business leaders across diverse industries. This legacy of nurturing successful professionals and empowering them to make a significant impact in the business world was of utmost importance to me. I wanted to be part of a community that values excellence, fosters leadership, and provides a platform to shape a successful and impactful career.

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far:  My most significant accomplishment was successfully supporting my employees and clients during the challenging times of COVID-19. Despite being in the early stages of my entrepreneurial venture and facing financial constraints, I prioritized the well-being of my team and clients. I ensured that none of them were adversely affected by the pandemic and provided unwavering support throughout those tough times. It was gratifying to see everyone come through the crisis stronger and more resilient, and it reinforced my commitment to prioritize people and their well-being in my business endeavors.

Describe your biggest accomplishment as an MBA student so far: As an MBA student, my proudest accomplishment thus far has been facilitating the smooth settling-in process for my cohort members arriving from various countries to the university city. Recognizing the challenges of relocating to a new place, I took the initiative to offer assistance and support. From providing helpful resources and local insights to organizing social gatherings, I aimed to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. Witnessing my peers integrate seamlessly and forge meaningful connections filled me with a sense of fulfillment and reinforced the importance of fostering a supportive community in academic pursuits.

Where is your favorite hang-out in London (Ontario)? Why do you (or your classmates) gravitate there? Favorite hang-out spot in London, Ontario, is Barney’s Patio. The vibrant atmosphere at Barney’s Patio offers the perfect respite after a demanding week of studying cases at school. It’s a place where my classmates and I gravitate to reenergize and unwind. The welcoming ambiance, amazing drinks, delicious food, and enjoyable company make it the ideal spot to relax and create memorable moments together outside the academic setting.

What do you hope to do after graduation (at this point)? After graduation, my aspiration is to work as a management consultant. I am eager to tackle complex business problems in a fast-paced environment, utilizing the knowledge and insights gathered from various core and elective subjects during my MBA journey. I aim to apply my expertise in diverse industries and help organizations optimize their strategies, enhance operations, and drive sustainable growth. As a management consultant, I look forward to making a meaningful impact on businesses while continuously learning and evolving in this dynamic field.

What did you do during the application process that enabled you to get accepted into Ivey? I invested significant effort in conducting intensive research about the Ivey Business School. By thoroughly understanding the school’s values, curriculum, and unique offerings, I was able to articulate why Ivey was the perfect fit for my academic and career goals. Additionally, I reached out to Ivey alumni to gain valuable insights from their experiences, which provided me with valuable perspectives on the program’s benefits and opportunities.


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