Mar 20, 2015
Shannon van Leenen
Media Relations Officer
Norquest College Wins Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition
Calgary - Business students from across Alberta gathered at Bow Valley College (BVC) March 12-14, 2015, to compete in the 10th annual Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition.
Over 140 students and faculty members, representing 13 Alberta post-secondary institutions, competed for cash prizes totalling $8,000.00. After an intense competition the judges determined that this year's first place team was Norquest College, who take home $4,000.00 in prize money. BVC placed second, earning $2,500.00 for their effort, and Olds College finished third, winning $1,500.00.
The competition is a great opportunity for the students to put what they've learned in class to practical use. Each team was given a real-world business scenario and then had eight hours to analyze, develop and prepare their strategy. The teams then presented their strategy to a panel of judges, which included industry executives. This year's case study was about a small Calgary recycling firm trying to grow their business in a highly competitive industry.
"We are extremely pleased to have hosted the 10th annual Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition. And we are happy that the Chiu School of Business students performed so well. This is the second time in three years that BVC students placed second," said David Allwright, Dean of the Chiu School of Business.
"These experiences are invaluable to the learners. The competition tests their analytical skills as well as their ability to perform under pressure and generate innovative solutions to complex real-world problems," noted Allwright.
BVC looks forward to next year's competition at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary.
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For more information about the event please go to the Alberta Deans of Business Case Competition event page.
The cash prize awards are offered thanks to a generous sponsorship by the Certified General Accountants' Association of Alberta (CGA Alberta).
Bow Valley College - Calgary and region's only Comprehensive Community College - with more than 14,000 students, is a leader in business and health career training, adult upgrading, and English Language Learning. BVC's Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES), workplace training for immigrant professionals, and employment services provide a wide range of services for businesses and professionals.