Since the start of 2014, Sauder students have been a dominant force in a series of prestigious case competitions. Winning the Champions Trophy Case Competition at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, Sauder teams were also runners up in competitions at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Brazil and at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Sauder also took first place in the CaseIT MIS Case Competition held at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business in Burnaby, British Columbia and in the Entreprize Canada 2014 Business Model Competition held in downtown Vancouver.
Champions Trophy Case Competition
BCom students Patrick Backhouse, Erika Dizon, Shayla Hardy and Lily Leung swept the Champions Trophy Case Competition 2014, hosted by the University of Auckland Business School from January 26 to February 1. It is the third time in five years that Sauder has won, previously taking home the competition in 2010 and 2011.
There were four rounds of competition, each round with a different case solved over five hours. In the final, Sauder triumphed over Concordia University, Singapore Management University and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
"Champions Trophy is a very selective competition—the organizers invite business schools based on whether they have won another international competition in the past 12 months,” says Sauder Associate Professor Kin Lo who coached the team. "Our students' consistently impressive performance in the international arena speaks to the world class education that they receive at Sauder, both in and outside the classroom."
In addition to the Auckland team, Lo also coached the teams that travelled to the University of Sao Paulo and Queen’s University. Jan Wallace, head of the David Lam Management Research Library, co-coached the Auckland and Sao Paulo teams.
Enterprize Canada 2014
Students from the Sauder BCom course New Venture Design, co-taught by Marketing Instructor Paul Cubbon, swept the top three spots in the recent Enterprize Canada 2014 Business Model Competition held in February.
The team Santé West took first with their partial weight-bearing rehabilitation technology. The team consists of Sauder BCom students Chenessa Mok and Inee Yan, and UBC Engineering students Bayden Hamilton, Megan O’Brien and Cameron Stuart.
Team Kinuvu, with their camera mount technology for athletes, came in second, and Kurb'd, a dog waste containment device, grabbed third.
The Enterprize Canada Business Model Competition, a part of Enterprise Canada’s Entrepreneurship Conference, connects young Canadian entrepreneurs with industry professionals. Enterprize Canada is an affiliate and member organization of Sauder's Commerce Undergraduate Society.
CaseIT MIS Case Competition
A team of Sauder students, led by Management Information Systems lecturer William Tan, took first place in the 2014 CaseIT MIS Case Competition.
The competition, held at the SFU Beedie School of Business from February 5 to 8, saw the team dubbed The Innovators of the University of British Columbia, beat 15 teams from top international business schools, including the National University of Singapore, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario, Ryerson University in Toronto and University of Minnesota.
CaseIT, which was founded in 2004, is an annual international business case competition with a strong MIS focus. This year’s theme was, “Big Data: Mining Decisions.”
Inter-collegiate Business Competition (ICBC)
Sauder was the runner-up at the Inter-collegiate Business Competition hosted by Queen’s University from January 2 to 5 and including 23 universities. It is Canada’s largest and oldest undergraduate case competition.
BCom students Robin Fan and Anu Enebat placed second in the finance category.
The first round of competition took place in the fall with the final held in January, when the top five Canadian teams and the number one international team battled it out with a new case over five hour period.
Brazil Case Competition
The Brazil Case Competition made its debut this year. It is the first international business case competition focused on social impact.
Teams from eleven universities around the world travelled to Sao Paulo to compete at Fundacao Getulio Vargas, from January 12 to 17.
BCom students Brent Lin, Catherine Guan, Laura Wong and Peter Zhao took third place, topping the team from FEA – University of Sao Paulo. A team from Maastricht University in the Netherlands won.