March 24, 2010. Nothing beats a team that wins, except a team that has so much fun doing it you can feel it in the room! And that was exactly the feeling conveyed by Vanier Accounting Management students, Travis Wood, Ewart Patterson and Tawsif Mahmood who took First Place against nine other Cegep teams in the Finance Case Competition at the 4th Annual Dawson College Bilingual Business Administration Case Competition, on March 21, 2010.
And victories continued for Vanier as its Business Management (Marketing) students Meagan Gnap, Claudia Gavriloaia, and Patrick Bischoff took Second Place in the Marketing Case Competition against twelve other Cegep teams.
“This is the first time Vanier has fielded a Finance Team in any competition,” indicates Anna Schiavi, Accounting teacher and coach of the Vanier Finance team. “They gave an exceptional performance that was rich in content and professionalism. They really took it to the next level. They had the content and the presentation skills. People think accounting is dull, boring, unexciting and that it’s just about numbers. But our students demonstrated a solid background and our Vanier Finance team actually talked accounting to the audience, using explanations and cause and effect relationships. And they had fun doing it.”
In a finance case competition, students have three hours to analyze the annual report of a Canadian company. They must then make a presentation before a panel of judges, in which they analyze the company’s performance, project future possibilities and make recommendations for the future to the company’s stakeholders.
David Moscovitz, Business Administration Coordinator and coach of the Vanier Marketing team was delighted with the Vanier teams. “I am so proud of our students. Our Marketing team delivered an excellent marketing strategy of the men’s wear retailer being examined. I’m thankful to the teachers who helped me prepare them for the competition. Their dedication and hard work definitely contributed to our students’ success. And then there are the people who supported our teams during the contest itself – other teachers, staff members, students, families, friends and even past graduates – who all showed up to encourage our teams. The Vanier spirit is absolutely outstanding. The results of our teams clearly show how good our Business Administration program is. Bravo to all!”