StFX had its best academic showing yet as students from the Gerald Schwartz School of Business came away from the JDC Central Business School Competition, held Jan. 8-10 in Toronto, with a trio of top finishes.
In the academic stream of the three day event, where delegates competed in eight different academic case competitions, the StFX human resources team of Brittany Fairweather, Vaughn Saunders and Haily Timmons earned a second place finish; the entrepreneurship team of Jess Pomeroy, Oriana Mooney and Taylor Chase placed third; and the StFX team finished fifth place overall in the academic side.
“We were very happy with the results. It’s nice to see all the hard work pay off,” says fourth year marketing student Kelsey Grieve, co-captain of StFX’s 47-member JDC Central team, with fourth year information systems student Kate Sullivan.
The two students say the event attracted about 700 participants from 14 business schools who competed in academic case competitions, parliamentary style debates, sports tournaments and social competitions.
“We were able to showcase the talent that we have,” Ms. Sullivan said as she noted StFX competed against much larger business schools and were just as competitive.
“Our team was very dedicated,” Ms. Grieve says, noting tryouts were held in September and each team practiced weekly, presenting to faculty advisors in preparation. The team also hosted a mock case day.
“And we had a lot of faculty support. We had a coach for every team,” Ms. Sullivan adds.
Academic teams, comprised of three individuals each, are given three hours to solve a business case and build a presentation on their recommendations. Students use their creativity and academic training to solve complex problems. Industry experts act as judges.
“The students were a professional, competitive, talented and proud group,” says business professor and faculty advisor Dr. Brad Long.
The student co-captains say attending events such as the JDC Central Business School Competition is important. It’s a great way to apply what they’ve been learning in the classroom as well as a terrific chance to network and learn about job opportunities, to see how their skills compare nationally, and to build camaraderie and pride with teammates within the Schwartz School of Business.
Ms. Grieve and Ms. Sullivan thanked all their sponsors for their support.