Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Schwartz School team wins 2017 Atlantic Business Case Competition

March 21st, 2017
L-r, Andrew Kinzie, Kyla MacDougall and Jakub Hass

An impressive performance at the 2017 Atlantic Business Case Competition has netted StFX Gerald Schwartz School of Business students Andrew Kinzie, Kyla MacDougall and Jakub Hass a first place finish at the Atlantic competition held March 10-11, 2017 at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

The competition requires students to analyze a business case received at noon on Friday and to present their results to a panel of judges the following morning. To prepare for the event, the StFX students analyzed and prepared practice cases to accounting faculty members.

“This required the students to dedicate a lot of time to practice while continuing with their own studies and extracurricular activities. Their hard work was rewarded with a stellar performance at the case competition,” business professor Dr. Ken MacAulay said as he congratulated the Schwartz team.

“It was so great to see all of the work we put into the experience pay off with winning first place,” says Ms. MacDougall, a fourth year accounting major student from Woodstock, NB. “Cases are a great way of applying what we learn in the classroom to real life problems so that in itself will be useful post-grad.

“It was awesome working with Andrew and Kuba,” she says, “and we're really thankful for the faculty, specifically Ken MacAuley, Rhonda McIver, Jennifer Alex and Mary Oxner, who were a huge support leading up to the competition.”

“For me, the win at the case competition was really satisfying, especially because of the preparation that the team put in ahead of time,” agrees Mr. Kinzie of Cambridge, ON, a third year BBA student in the advanced major program for accounting.

“Kyla, Kuba and I had been a part of this year's delegation to JDCC, which is another case competition that the Schwartz School of Business participates in annually. We'd spent most of first semester preparing for that, and then once JDCC was over, we started preparing for the Atlantic Accounting Case Competition. I think the best part was just seeing our practices and preparation pay off at the competition.”

He says numerous accounting professors advised the team, and their main faculty advisors, Rhonda McIver and Ken MacAulay, were a huge part of the success, spending countless hours sourcing cases for them to practice with and critiquing mock presentations.

“For me, I learned a lot about presenting and analyzing cases and I intend to use this experience when competing with JDCC next year.”

Mr. Hass, a fourth year advanced major in accounting student from Warsaw, Poland, says he was excited and happy about placing first. "For the past two years I have participated in other case competitions and that award was a great way to conclude my academic degree,” he says. “Case solving ability is an incredibly useful skill on the accounting education path. I am going to pursue the CPA designation and one of the crucial elements of CPA Professional Education Program is applying knowledge in real-life situations. I am confident the experience gained during the preparations and the competition will give me a head start in learning and in future employment.”

The Atlantic Business Case Competition was sponsored by Deloitte, the Financial Executives International (FEI), and the Accounting Education Foundation of Nova Scotia (AEFNS). 

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