CPABC’s annual Business Case Competition showcases the talent and business acumen of post-secondary students throughout British Columbia by challenging students to apply their skills to business case analyses.
This year, approximately 30 post-secondary teams competed in the first round of the competition. Teams were given a 72-hour window in which to resolve a business case scenario, prepare their recommendations, and present their findings via video submission.
A total of eight teams from seven post-secondary schools—the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Camosun College, Douglas College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), Okanagan College, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of British Columbia – Okanagan—were subsequently selected to participate in the final round of the competition.
The final round was hosted on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver. Teams were given a new business case and divided into separate rooms, where they were given three hours to prepare recommendations.
Each team was then required to present their findings in front of a panel of CPA judges. Teams were assessed based on a variety of factors including presentation style, case knowledge, strategic thinking, and creativity. Teams were also judged based on how they managed a rapid-fire question period.
The 2017 CPABC Case Competition winners were formally announced at a banquet reception later that evening which was attended by students and their guests, CPA members, and CPABC CareerConnect Employer partners. The winning teams were as follows:
- First place: Team “W.G.E. Consulting” from KPU, represented by Gurvir Kaler, Elise McIntosh, and Wesley Shum.
- Second place: Team “Leaf” from UBC, represented by Emma Du, Phyllis Gao, Eva Qiu, and Yuki Zhang.
- Third place: Team “CP-ehs” from KPU, represented by Sonya Dolguina, Noah Driscoll, and Pawan Thandi.
CPABC congratulates the winning teams and thanks all teams for participating.