L-R: Mary Whitrow (Coach), Adrian Mallet, Gary Gu, Ellen Ross, Janette Kerry
About the Team
Mary Whitrow (Coach)
Mary has overseen the UPEI Case Competitions Program since 2014, and served as Organizing Committee Chair for the 2019 NIBS Case Competition in Charlottetown. She also handles event planning for the Faculty of Business and is the editor of Engage, the UPEI Faculty of Business Magazine. Before joining UPEI, Mary worked as a marketing specialist at one of Progress Magazine’s TOP 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada and did freelance business consulting. She loves to travel and speaks some French and Spanish.
Born and raised in PEI, Adrian is a third-year business student. In addition to competing in case competitions, he is a member of the UPEI Business Society, where he works with a team to engage the student body and build community through social events and networking. In the summer, he enjoys golf and time on the water; in the winter, he plays pond hockey. This past April, Adrian spent three weeks travelling to five different countries in Europe.
Jiayi (Gary) Gu
Gary was born and raised in Guangzhou, China. He is a fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student with a focus on Tourism and Hospitality. In addition to competing in case competitions, Gary is active in UPEI’s Co-operative Education program. He recently completed work terms with Fairmont Hotels in Banff and Jasper, in Canada’s Rocky Mountains, where he gained extensive experience in luxury hotel operations. He has a passion for travelling and outdoor activities, and has travelled extensively across North America. Gary plans to pursue a top management position with a top-end international hotel chain.
Ellen is a fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student from Clyde River, Prince Edward Island. Last year, she attended the International Community Energy Challenge in the Faroe Islands, where she worked with the local government to create a branding strategy for green initiatives being implemented as part of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Ellen has a background in architecture, and designs houses in her spare time. She plans to continue her education in sustainable building practices.
Janette was born in Prince Edward Island’s capital, Charlottetown. She is an honours student in her third year of a Bachelor of Business Administration program with a minor in French. Janette currently works as a Park Communicator at Parks Canada, a Government of Canada agency that focuses on protecting and promoting national parks, historical sights, and marine conservational areas. After finishing her degree, Janette plans to pursue graduate studies in law. She enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures, and is excited to be visiting Germany for the second time.