SGMA 559/668 – Consulting for Impact

Strategy and Global Management (SGMA) 559/668

Consulting for Impact (3 units)


This course is designed to introduce students to some of the broad concepts in consulting as well as to personally introduce them to several of Calgary’s premier consulting firms. This course will serve as a show-case for students seeking internships with local consulting firms, giving both students and employers better knowledge about the other party. Teams will be individually mentored by professional consultants from Calgary on a weekly basis and will go through the practical exercise of a live client engagement. Our clients will be not-for-profits or mid-stage entrepreneurial ventures.

Course Information

Instructor(s): Philip Davidson

Phil graduated from the University of Calgary with a finance degree in 1990. In 2002, Phil moved to Central America to work on development projects and returned to Canada in 2010. Currently, Phil coaches business consulting competition teams as well as teaches business strategy and entrepreneurial thinking courses at Haskayne and limited executive education courses for particular firms in the energy sector. At the start of 2019 Phil joined the first cohort of students in Haskayne’s new DBA program to strengthen the research aspect of his work at Haskayne. Phil holds an MBA from the University of Calgary.



Undergraduate: Admission to the Haskayne School of Business and 60 units. Consent of the Haskayne School of Business.


MBA: Admission to the Master of Business Administration program and 30 units. Consent of the Haskayne School of Business.


*** This course may be used as a Senior Commerce option for Undergraduate and MBA students.

How to Apply

We appreciate all applications from committed students looking to learn more about consulting. The course will be offered every Fall semester and applications open before course registration for the subsequent academic year. Should your background and experience align with the course requirements, you will be contacted by UCCA for an interview.


An application will not guarantee admission into the course as there is an interview process that follows. The reason is that this course is very group involved and we need dedicated students who will put in the work to be a good team member and represent Haskayne well to external clients. 


Applications for the Fall 2022 course offering have closed. However, if you are still interested in applying or have any questions, please contact

About the Course

Since 2020, the University of Calgary Consulting Association has worked with top global consulting firms and the Haskayne School of Business to develop a course to support students in getting a foot in the door in a career in consulting. Through guidance from consultants from the world’s best consulting firms and participating in experiential learning in pro bono consulting projects with not-for-profit or startup clients, students can bring classroom lessons to the real world while contributing to their local community.



Prior to the launch of the course, this program was held as pilot projects in Winter and Fall 2021. A team of 5 undergraduate students and a second team of 3 undergraduate students led by a MBA student completed pro bono consulting projects with reputable not-for-profit clients dedicated to providing clean water in developing countries and services to immigrants in Calgary. 



Undergraduate and graduate students will be able to receive credit for 3 units for the following courses:

SGMA 559 – Consulting for Impact

SGMA 668 – Consulting for Impact

Course Interview Prep Workshop

Missed the Interview Prep Workshop or looking for more information about the course? Check out the video below for a recording of our latest session.


Emily Chen

Completed Fall 2021 Pilot Project

“As a student passionate about using business as a force for good, I could not have imagined a better opportunity to gain hands-on experience with helping a local non-profit achieve its goals. I loved the overall structure of the project, its highly relevant scope, and the dedicated team I worked with. We received incredible feedback and guidance from our Project Advisors from one of the top consulting firms in the world – making the experience both stress-free and a great learning opportunity! Above all, I enjoyed making a genuine impact with the work we completed and seeing the passionate individuals that work in the social impact space. If you are a student like me who wants to explore what a career in management consulting and/or social impact is like, this opportunity is a perfect fit for you!”

Maroua Mehada

Completed Winter 2021 Pilot Project

“The NFP Project was truly the best learning experience of my undergraduate journey. I was always interested in consulting and this opportunity allowed me to gain direct practical experience in the industry. Working with a team of smart and motivated students, alongside experienced consultants; I acquired relevant skills that propelled my career and assisted me in obtaining a full-time offer upon graduation. I got a taste of what consulting is like through client meetings, problem solving sessions, and steering committee presentations. Ultimately, no other class will give you such an enriching and rewarding hands-on experience as this one. I highly encourage every student to take advantage of this course as it will most definitely benefit your career and personal development.”


Each student team is composed of one MBA and four undergraduate students. The MBA student will lead the team as an Engagement Manager while undergraduate students will be student consultants.

Yes, each student will be assigned to only one team and one client, which will be a not-for-profit or mid-stage startup. Team assignments will be decided by the course instructor based on students’ backgrounds and experience to create balanced teams.

Clients and Project Advisors will be assigned to teams by the course instructor. Project Advisors will be firm representatives from various consulting firms in Calgary. Partner firms and Project Advisors are subject to change each year.