About JDC West

JDC West is the most prestigious undergraduate business competition in Western Canada. The competition is a three-day event that showcases academics, athletics, debate, and an out-of-the-box social competition. This event hosts approximately 1,300 attendees with 650 undergraduate delegates from twelve of the premier post-secondary institutions across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Annually, JDC West requires the support of almost 400 volunteers and dozens of professional partners to make this elaborate, multi-faceted competition possible.


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.

Academic 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.

Current Academic Disciplines

  • Accounting
  • Business Strategy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management

  • International Business
  • Business Technology
  • Marketing
  • Not-for-Profit
  • Operations Management

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.

Debate Topics

Debates at JDC West explore a range of issues across multiple disciplines. Each issue debated at JDC West look at the current Canadian landscape, including current economic, societal, and political issues.

Athletic 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 sports for 2021 are still to be determined.

Past Athletic Events

2006: Indoor Soccer (Futsol)
2007: Handball
2008: Dodgeball
2009: Volleyball, West coast Kickball, Inner-tube Water Polo, Relay (6 X 200)
2010: Indoor Soccer on FIFA Turf
2011: Inner-tube Water Basketball & Ultimate Frisbee
2012: Flag Football & Yukigassen

2013: Doctor Dodgeball & Netball
2014: Floor Hockey & Tchouckball
2015: European Handball & Schtick Disk
2016: Floor Ringette & Dodgeball
2017: Korfball & DBL Ball
2018: Tchouckball & Quidditch
2019: D-Hoops and Tsegball
2020: Boccer & Circle Rules Football

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.

What types of things do Sochies do?

What exactly sochies do at JDC West is a mystery to many, however, from what is known sochies have previously competed in a variety of trivia, athletic, and improvisation challenges.

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

History of
JDC West

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2021 Organizing

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JDC West Board
of Directors

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JDC West
Vision 2025

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