Interview conducted by KFC, Best Delegate.
15. McGill University
McGill University achieves one of their second highest-ever final rankings after a year of solid performances at numerous conferences. Their ranking is buoyed by a top ten performance at HNMUN, perhaps their best showing there ever, where they finished behind only UPenn, Yale, UChicago, and FIU in terms of weighted score among North American teams. Other notable achievements included a top ten performance at NCSC, contending for a delegation award at WPMUNI, and taking home the Outstanding Large Delegation award at VICS to end the year. The initial surprise and concerns that WorldMUN was set to take place in Montreal and may reduce McMUN attendance did not play out — McMUN was more popular than ever and McGill even got to attend a conference in its hometown and win a few awards at WorldMUN!
Madeleine Kausel, IRSAM’s Vice President of Delegation Affairs, went on record saying, “To say that our team underwent changes this year is an understatement. A revolutionized structure, new and improved recruiting approach, innovative trainings, and above all the creation of a true team culture have led us to pass milestones many at McGill never thought possible. None of it would have happened if it weren’t for the passion and dedication of our members, the support from our umbrella organization IRSAM Inc. and partner conferences SSUNS and McMUN, and of course the help and advice from other teams on the circuit. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, but it’s just the beginning. With two-thirds of this year’s team made up of freshman and sophomores, expect the future to hold a McGill Team with greater depth, more awards, and the same positive and fun spirit that we always bring!”
“The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.”
In the 2015-2016 season the McGill team dropped out of the top 25 (to 28th) for the first time in its history. This year, the team made one of the greatest comeback in the history of the rankings, climbing up 13 spots to 15th, McGill's second highest end of year ranking!!!! Congratulations to every single one of them for accomplishing this amazing feat! All your hours of hard work have paid off and we couldn't be more proud.
-Yakau Feldman, Head Delegate 2016-2017
IRSAM's Delegation to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women got to meet Dr. Maliha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations. They spoke about women's issues in Pakistan.
Dr. Lodhi, who presented her credentials to United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon just a couple of days ago is the first female Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations. Dr. Lodhi has previously served as Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States as well as Pakistan's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
13. McGill University
After a top ten finish in the fall, McGill settles into its highest year-end placement at number 13. Their fall season started incredibly strong at SCSY, where they won Best Small Delegation and dominated committee gavels. They also finished in the top seven at CMUNNY and received multiple awards at NCSC. In the spring, they received multiple awards at HNMUN and ChoMUN. Additionally, they hosted the 26th session of their collegiate conference, McMUN, which 16 top-ranking schools attended, making it one of the most heavily-weighted conferences for spring rankings.
Regarding the 2014-2015 season, Head Delegate Emmett Meacher said the following: I am very proud of the team’s performance this past year and all the success that has come with it. For the past two years, there has been a shifted focus towards preparations when going to a conference…With this veteran team, that has paid off, and I am extremely satisfied with our results this MUN season. A big shout to the graduating members for making this year incredible.” Along with Meacher, Head Delegates Manzar Akbar, Nick Ellery, and Oscar Isham led the team this year.