Hello Future JDC West Volunteer!

Since 2006, JDC West has been hosted annually due largely in part to the help of a highly dedicated group of volunteers who have continuously played a crucial component in bringing the competition to life. This is a big year for the competition. JDC West 2023 will represent a major milestone as this will be the 18th anniversary of the competition!

Every year, one of the twelve participating universities will host the competition. In January 2023, JDC West will be hosted by the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

In preparation for the competition, we will be recruiting volunteers to help execute all areas of the competition. If you are interested in volunteering for the competition, please read the information below and note that more information will be posted as planning details are confirmed. Interested in volunteering at JDC West, but looking for more information first? Please email us at [email protected].

200+ Volunteer Opportunities Available!

Volunteer Background

  • Do you have a positive, can-do attitude?
  • Are you passionate about community involvement?
  • Are you resilient under pressure and able to adapt to new experiences?
  • Do you want to contribute to the growth and reputation of one of the most prestigious university competitions in Western Canada?
  • Are you willing to go the extra mile to make sure delegates and attendees have a great experience?

If you said “yes!” to any of the questions above, then you are the volunteer we are looking for!

Whether your background is student, alumni, past competitor, faculty, or community member, we invite you to join a truly unforgettable and unique volunteer experience that is inclusive, fun and purposeful.

Why Volunteer?

As a volunteer, you will be provided with the following:

  • Official JDC West 2023 Volunteer T-shirt
  • Volunteer Swag
  • Snacks during volunteer shifts
  • Reference letter acknowledging your support in helping us execute JDC West 2023

Additionally, you will be able to:

  • Gain experience in supporting and executing one of the most prestigious university competitions in Western Canada
  • Attend exclusive volunteer social events and meet other volunteers from different backgrounds
  • Understand the behind-the-scenes-operations of a large-scale, multi-faceted, half-million-dollar event

Commitment Level

All volunteers are required to participate in the following mandatory areas:

  1. Attend at least one training session (occurring from the end of November 2022 to January 2023), as well as any portfolio-specific training sessions.
  2. Volunteer at the University of Saskatchewan campus or the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel during the competition weekend on January 13-15, 2023.
  3. Be available for at least one 4-6-hour shift. Priority will be given to applicants who are available to volunteer multiple shifts/days.

Interested in volunteering at JDC West, but have questions about commitment level? Please email us at [email protected].

Position Descriptions:

Please click role descriptions or more details to see further role information

Team Ambassador:

Do you know the city and school, and want to showcase it to competitors?

Team Ambassadors welcome and support one of Western Canada’s top business school’s delegation of 50 people by introducing them to the U of S campus, Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel, and vibrant downtown area of Saskatoon by answering questions and providing directions throughout the competition weekend.


Academic Volunteer Coordinator:

Do you have proven leadership skills and want to shape the foundation of the volunteer experience? Volunteer Coordinators play a lead role in organizing the volunteer onboarding experience while supporting the OC with the execution of the competition and events.


Athletics Timekeeper:

Are you passionate about sports and able to follow fast-paced games? Timekeepers are responsible for timing sports games and supporting the scorekeepers and referees.


Athletics Scorekeeper:

Can you keep up with intense games and record scores accurately? Scorekeepers support referees by monitoring sports games and recording scores according to team performance and referee input. Scores are used to determine tournament brackets and competition performance.


Are you an energetic and detail-oriented person who can welcome any guest to the competition? Check-in volunteers collect information from delegates, observers, or sponsors to record their attendance and may administer observer passes and handle cash.


Do you know your way around the U of S campus? Runners are responsible for guiding delegates and observers through the campus at various stages of the competition.


Do you know the ins and outs of our school and can give clear navigation instructions? Way finders provide support by answering questions and providing directions to individuals or large groups of delegates, sponsors, and observers.


Academic Timekeeper:

Can you juggle multiple tasks while staying cool under pressure? Academic Timekeepers play the critical role of timing presentations, showing time cards at specific intervals, and notifying presenters when the time is up.


Are you an excellent host who can take charge to keep us on schedule? Presentation Moderators monitor the presentation rooms to ensure that competition rules are being followed while keeping presentations running smoothly.


Debate ScoreKeeper:

Can you monitor the progress of energetic debates and record score accurately? Debate Scorekeepers ensure judges enter data correctly and relay information to the Co-VPs of Debate. Scores are used to determine who moves to the next debate round.


Events Support:

Are you passionate about hosting events and want to help create an unforgettable weekend? Events Support guide teams, sponsors, and observers at the Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon Hotel to various events while supporting the set-up, takedown, and overall execution of events.


Are you able to handle stress under pressure and willing to enforce the rules when necessary? Isolation and Resolution Moderators invigilate and monitor competitors to ensure the integrity of the competition is upheld.


Coat Check Attendee:

Are you approachable and ready to provide excellent customer service? Coat Check Attendees collect and organize the coats of Academic, Athletic, and Debate check-ins and report any problems to the appropriate VP.


Logistics Timekeeper:

Does the thought of being on-time excite you? Logistics Timekeepers provide support to the Logistics portfolio and ensure that each component of the competition is running on time.


Are you passionate about marketing and want to help capture the weekends’ events? Marketing Volunteers support the marketing portfolio by creating content for the JDC West social media pages and capturing memories of the events throughout the weekend.