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Business problem solvers head to finals

A pair of teams from Okanagan College have earned a spot in the mecca of post-secondary business competitions.

After beating out teams from the biggest universities across Canada in the preliminary round, four students have made it to the finals of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) taking place at Queen’s University in Kingston, Jan. 2-4. 

Arguably the most prestigious post-secondary business case competition in the country, ICBC features teams of two students creating an innovative and viable business solution to a problem in one of the following categories: Accounting, Business Policy, Ethics, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Debate.

During the finals, each team has five hours to prepare a solution to a unique business problem in their subject area and then only 15 minutes to present their case to a panel of judges.

Okanagan College students Amanda Wright and Jared Cook will be participating in the Accounting finals, and Kelsey Matheson and Alanna Eastcott will compete in the Ethics category.

“We’re thrilled because there were 154 participants in the Ethics category and we were one of only six teams selected to move on to the finals,” said Matheson.

The students are up against rival teams from universities all across the country, and even from as far afield as the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Dr. Barry McGillivray, Ethics team mentor and Associate Dean of the College’s School of Business says this is an enriching experience for participants, and a great opportunity to measure their skills against other students. 

“They become confident that their technical skills are world class, they learn that there are rewards for hard work, and, best of all, they understand that they are much stronger as a team than they are as individuals.”

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