Without missing a beat the Vanier College BDC Case Challenge has grown non-stop since it began six years ago with only three Cegep teams. For the 2011 Case Challenge, 27 teams from across Canada will do battle February 11-13, 2011 to win the honour of moving on to the finals and earning a top place trophy. Supported by the Business Development Bank of Canada, this event has become the most prestigious, national, collegiate level case competition with teams hailing from British Columbia all the way to Nova Scotia.
What’s the challenge in a case competition? It’s to analyze a never-before-seen business problem and create a winning marketing strategy, in only three hours. It’s not for the faint of heart! Quick and clear thinking, courage and creativity, and a can-do attitude are the hallmarks of the best presenters who stand and deliver before a panel of invited experts from business, industry and education.
“This year Vanier College is celebrating its 40th anniversary. This case competition is a great example of how the College inspires its students,” states David Moscovitz, Case Challenge organizer. “The level of performance during the Challenge is surprisingly high. Before this competition, it was generally thought that college and technical students were not ready for case competitions of the type normally held at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The Vanier College BDC Case Challenge has demonstrated the professionalism and talent of the technical college student. Even though teams are coming from all over the country, their priority is to a making a good presentation and not visiting Montreal or going out to party. They are very serious. They want to do well, to meet other competitors and network and learn from each other and the judges.”
The two-day competition in February, will include teams from Cégep André Laurendeau, Cégep Lionel-Groulx, Cégep régional de Lanaudrière à Joliette, Champlain College, St-Lambert, Collège Rosemont, Collège de Valleyfield, Dawson College, John Abbott College and Vanier College, from Québec; Algonquin College, Centennial College, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Durham College, George Brown College, Georgian College, Humber College, Mohawk College, Seneca College, Sheridan College, St Lawrence College, Cornwall and St Lawrence College, Kingston, from Ontario; J.R. Shaw School of Business, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, from Edmonton, Alberta; Langara College and Okanagan College from British Columbia; New Brunswick Community College, from St. John, New Brunswick; Nova Scotia Community College; and Holland College, from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
The 2011 competition will take place once again at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel (Montreal Airport). Because of the large number of participants, there will be three theatres of nine presentations on Saturday. That evening, the top two teams from each theatre will be announced at the gala dinner. These six teams will then go on to compete with a new case to analyze in the medal round on Sunday morning. Following the final presentations, an awards luncheon will take place.
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