Sauder students win big at 2011 Inter-Collegiate Business Competition



Sauder BCom students celebrated major victories in the 33rd Inter-Collegiate Business Competition, Canada’s premier academic case competition, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario this month. Students came from 141 schools across the country and around the world to compete, and Sauder ranked in the top five in four of the competition’s eight categories, including a first place finish in Debating.

After months of preparation under the coaching of marketing professor Dan Gardiner, second-year students Elisha Allen and Frankie Cena beat out the competition in Debating during the preliminary round, where they disputed the BP oil spill, Canada’s economic recession and the merits of Wikileaks. Then a combination of good prep work, humour and clear speaking allowed the two to win first place in the finals.

“Hearing our names called as the champions was a riveting experience similar to winning JDC West in first year,” Cena said, comparing the win to an earlier case competition victory. “We were shocked that we did it for Dan, our school, and ourselves. We were ecstatic!”

Sauder students also placed well in other categories, including: Rob Harmer and Cathy Han who placed second in Ethics; YaoYao Zheng and Don Reyes who placed third in MIS; and Mikhail Kuzmin and Amy Cheng who placed fourth in Accounting.