About JDC West

JDC West is the most prestigious undergraduate business competition in Western Canada, hosting 1,300 attendees and uniting over 650 delegates from twelve premier post-secondary institutions each year. Over the course of three days, students from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba showcase their skills in the academic, athletic, debate, and social aspects of the competition. JDC West would not be possible without the support of almost 400 volunteers and dozens of professional partners who bring this elaborate and multi-faceted competition to life.

To celebrate JDC West’s 10th anniversary and to provide guidance for future competitions, in 2015 JDC West stakeholders came together to outline a 10-year vision for JDC West.

Learn More About JDC West Vision 2025

We bring together business professionals in a multi-faceted event that promotes personal growth through team success and failure.


We invite leaders to create a business community that makes a difference in the world.


We dawn a new age of innovation. This year the competition will be hosted through digital interactive platforms.


Academics Competition

Academics is at the core of JDC West, with competitors in ten academic disciplines. Each academic discipline sees teams of three undergraduate students from each competing university analyze a business case specific to their discipline. For each case, competitors have only three hours to review the facts and prepare for their presentations to the judging panels of industry professionals, professors, and content experts.


Debate Competition

JDC West features a parliamentary debate competition, with each school fielding a team of four students to compete. For each debate, competitors are given thirty minutes to review the proposal and come up with their constructive arguments around the proposed resolution. Keeping true to the parliamentary style of debate, one team is designated as Team Government and the other as Team Opposition.


Social Competition

Teams bring together the most ambitious, spirited JDC West competitors in a unique multi-faceted and strategic event that promotes personal and team growth, through tests of perseverance and adaptability. Each social team has 4 students – two males and two females. These competitors are on-call for ten social challenges to be completed in less than 48 hours at any time of day or night. The social competition encourages networking, innovation and creativity.


Athletics Competition

Each year, the host school selects two unique sports for participating schools to compete in. Each competing co-ed team consists of eight individuals. Additionally, competing schools designate four academic competitors (two each day) as alternates in the event a member of their athletic team must no longer compete. The Athletics competition will return for JDC West 2022 in Winnipeg.

Community Involvement

JDC West is committed to giving back to communities across the country. Every year, the community involvement competition encourages participating schools to log volunteer hours and raise money for charitable organizations by working with external organizations and through our annual Chillin’ For Charity event.


Raised by JDC West participants since 2006


Volunteered in 2019 by Participants