Sunday, July 1, 2007

Quick Overview of Canada

Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of land area and is home to approximately 33 million people. Home to ten provinces and 3 territories, the majority of Canada’s population lives within 100 km of the US border (Map of Canada). The weather in Canada varies depending on your location, but you could typically expect warm summers and cold winters.


While there are MBA schools located across the entire country, most schools tend to be located in major population centres. The Canadian cities best known around the world are Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. However, there are a number of other large cities in Canada including Victoria, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Quebec City, and Halifax.

Each city or region in Canada is home to it’s own unique industry or economic/political status. Vancouver is consistently ranked upon the top cities to live in the entire world, Edmonton and Calgary are both benefiting tremendously from the booming oil sands in Northern Alberta, Ottawa is the political capital of Canada, Toronto is the financial centre and home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, Montreal is the largest city in Quebec and the second largest French speaking city in the Western world, while Halifax is the financial centre for the maritime provinces.


Depending on what you want to do with your MBA or where you want to end up, it’s important to pick the right school. You should consider not just the academic reputation of the school (although an MBA from the top schools will be fairly valuable wherever you go), but also the implications on your career after you have completed your degree.

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