Shan Lodhi

Blended Learning Part-time
Engineering
Financial Services
Class of 2021

I chose the blended program right away. It’s the rare program that has flexibility built in it. The program has consolidated all of the important learning of an MBA program into an easy delivery method - the webinars are priceless!

Ten years ago, Shan Lodhi completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario. With a career beginning in the automotive sector with General Motors to consulting with Ernst and Young, all of which leveraged his experience as an Engineer, Shan knew it was time for a change.

Joining his current employer, CIBC as a Process Engineer, he credits DeGroote’s Blended Learning Part-time program, and what he’s learned to date, in helping secure his first role outside of the traditional engineering role as a Product Manager. Shan details the impact pursuing an MBA has had on his career to date and the value an MBA has in today’s marketplace.

Shan, why did you choose to pursue an MBA? 

First, I wanted to unlock opportunities. Secondly, beyond just opportunities, I don’t have a business background and what I found was that it was very hard to speak the same language as my colleagues. I asked myself, ‘How can I level up?’?

Why did you choose DeGroote?

I chose the blended program right away. It’s the rare program that has flexibility built in it. The program has consolidated all of the important learning of an MBA program into an easy delivery method – the webinars are priceless!

As a resident in the Greater Toronto Area, it’s convenient and I didn’t want to do morning classes, nor did I want to give up my evenings. The program doesn’t interrupt my career and what I have found is that it does not impact my daily routine.

How has the MBA helped you so far?

Well, the MBA helped me secure my current role as Product Manager at CIBC. Learning about different concepts, from finance to strategy and marketing, has simply provided me with more confidence as a Product Manager. I definitely can see myself in a marketing and strategy role moving forward.

What skills have you developed since joining the program?

I’m a better problem solver. I’ve started appreciating the diverse nature of business. When I encounter a problem at work, I put on different hats throughout the process. It’s no longer just ‘logical’, but I examine the problem from a marketing and strategy perspective, along with an analytical and finance point of view. I’m comfortable putting on different hats and making different decisions.

Do you have an example?

On a recent project, I was trying to understand our customer base and exploring different segments. Throughout this project I was putting on different hats. First, I took a data driven approach, really leaning on what I learned in our Statistics class. I wanted to know who the consumers are and how much they are spending. Then, I leaned on what I learned in my Strategy and Marketing class and looked at what my competitors are doing.

I take a much more holistic view to my decision making now. Before this, I didn’t even think about all these different angles.

Personally, this has given me greater confidence in my own abilities. Now, when I’m making a decision, I feel confident and it comes across in my attitude.

Describe your experience in DeGroote’s Blended Learning Part-time MBA in one sentence.

If you’re looking to up level your skill sets and do it in a way that’s least disruptive to your life, this is the program to choose.