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CPABC Case Competition Winners

Students from Langara College present their business case at the CPABC Case Competition 2015.

Students from Langara College present their business case at the CPABC Case Competition 2015.

The inaugural Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (CPABC) Case Competition gave post-secondary students from all over the province an opportunity to develop their case analysis and presentation skills, compete, have fun, and earn cash prizes.

 

The first round of the competition took place in November 2014, when more than 30 teams from nine post-secondary campuses in BC competed for the top place in their school, before moving on to the final round of the competition. The winning team from each school competed in the finals in Vancouver to claim the top prize.

 

The post-secondary schools that took part in the competition include,

 

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Camosun College
  • Capilano University
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Langara College
  • Okanagan College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of British Columbia – Okanagan

 

In order to win, the teams,consisting of three or four students, took part in a competition which required them to apply the enabling competencies which are essential to the CPA program:

 

  • Professional and ethical behaviour
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Communication
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork and leadership

 

We would like to congratulate all the participating teams and all the individual students for making the very first CPABC Case Competition one to remember.

 

The 2015 CPABC Case Competitions winners are:

 

Place

Cash Prize

School

Team Members

1st

$3,000

UBC

Vivian Lin, Athena Szabo, Julie Wang, Candice Chiu

2nd

$2,000

UBC-Okanagan

Alex Little, Jacob Wilson, Anika Pallas, Matt Grey

3rd

$1,000

Langara College

Sunny Wu, Kathy Do, Wince Leung

 

 

CPA Case Competition participants deliberating over their business case.

CPA Case Competition participants deliberating over their business case.

Anika Pallas, a UBC-Okanagan participant, recounts her experience:

 

The CPABC Case Competition was an experience like no other. I realize now that three hours is not a lot of time to read a case, break it down, and prepare a presentation. The time went by so fast that I didn’t even have time to get nervous for the presentation itself.

 

The dinner portion of the event was my favourite because not only did we get to know the CPA professionals at our table but we also got to know all the other teams. It was very interesting to hear everyone’s story.

 

After dinner, the winners were announced and my heart was pounding so hard that it felt like the whole room could hear it. My team was the first team asked to present its case and everything felt so unreal while I was presenting on stage.  Despite the nervousness, my team pulled it off and did quite well.

 

The entire day was a whirlwind of emotions; nervousness in the morning, anxiousness in the afternoon, and happiness in the evening.

 

I look forward to coming back next year.

 

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