The University of Regina is hosting a variety of schools from across western Canada for the 15th annual JDC West competition.
This competition brings about 650 delegates from the top 12 post secondary schools in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba come together to compete in a variety of sections, with the main focus being solving a business case.
Dean of the Hill and Levene Schools of Business at the U of R, Dr. Gina Grandy, says students were chosen for this years competition last February and March and have been preparing for almost a year.
“There are about 10 months where they are practicing every single Friday, many many weekends on top of their regular Friday session,” says Grandy. “This is a significant commitment on behalf of the students, faculty who support them, industry and alumni who continue to coach them.”“It’s primarily a business competition, but there is also an athletic, social and debate competition as well, and a charity aspect to show who the most well-rounded, holistic business school is,” mentions co-chair Mason Gardiner prior to the event.
Gardiner says the business competition has teams working on a business case.
“They have three hours to read a case on a real life business. They have to come up with the problem, analysis, recommendation and implementation plan in order to fix that issue,” he explains.
“Then they present it to a panel of business experts and industry experts as well, they have 20 minutes to present there and then there is a 5 minute question and answer period.”
The main competition has students solve a business case and present it to business leaders.