This CBC guy will be the judgeWednesday, March 20, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
BBA students to be joined and judged by CBC's Evan Solomon
Algoma U to host 7th Annual Northern Ontario Case Competition
SAULT STE. MARIE - After four years of studying, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students from Algoma University, Algoma University's satellite program in Brampton, Lakehead University, and Laurentian University will be put to the test in their final culminating task, the 7th Annual Northern Ontario Case Competition.
The students will be joined and judged by the host of CBC's Power and Politics and The House, Evan Solomon (pictured), on Friday, April 5 at the Water Tower Inn and Suites.
This year's Annual Case Competition will feature students from across Northern Ontario.
In previous years, the competition has been solely comprised of Algoma University students; however, the event has expanded this year becoming a Northern Ontario competition, hosted by Algoma University.
The event will allow students to network with business professionals in different cities, and to gain valuable experience in a real business setting.
"Our team members are really excited about the event. They are certainly putting in a good amount of effort preparing for the challenge," claims professor Asad Aman, lecturer with the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. "I surely feel that this will be a great learning experience for them and an excellent chance for students from Northern Ontario business schools to come together, learn, collaborate, and network."
"We, at Laurentian University, are quite pleased to have been invited [to] the Northern Ontario Case Competition hosted by Algoma University," adds professor Luc Lagrandeur of Marketing and Business Consulting with the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University in Sudbury. "Since we are a case-based business school, we see this as a natural extension of providing an experiential learning opportunity for our students... The two teams from Laurentian University are looking forward to the event to showcase their talent, skills and know-how."
The competition is part of Algoma University's Business Strategy and Policy course, and requires students from Northern Ontario to develop a thorough strategy and solution to an unknown business case.
Working in teams, with minimal tools and no Internet or access to electronics, students are given three hours to develop their solution, before presenting their final ideas to a panel of experts, comprised of Sault Ste. Marie and area business professionals.
Panel experts are invited to voice their comments, concerns, or questions to students.
The purpose of the Northern Ontario Case Competition is to introduce students to difficult business situations requiring clear decisions and resolute actions.
Successful business professionals need to be able to make sound analytical judgements under time constraints in ambiguous settings, and involving many stakeholders.
They also need to be able to garner cooperation and agreement within the team and be able to communicate their analysis and decisions concisely, clearly, and persuasively.
The competition continues the process of developing students' critical thinking and behavioural skills through team-based analysis of business issues and the planning of realistic, action-orientated solutions.
Throughout their course, students have studied various business cases, and have been required to develop and defend a rational solution to the challenges posted by the material, in formal presentations to the class.
"The Business Case Competition is the best way for students to finish off their career at Algoma University," adds professor Catherine Denomme, associate professor in Business and Economics at Algoma University. "It allows them the opportunity to showcase their talents to future employers and to compete with their peers. This year, students also get the opportunity to network in different cities, which is a unique occasion for those in Northern Ontario."
This year's guest speaker and judge is Evan Solomon, the host of CBC's Power and Politics and The House.
Solomon spends his professional life interviewing the powerbrokers and politicians that influence crucial decisions in business, innovation, technology, society, and sustainability in Canada and around the world.
Solomon is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Shift magazine, and is the author of numerous books, including Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy is Changing Everything, which has been nominated for the National Business Book Award and the National Science Book of the Year.
As the guest speaker, Solomon will not only make a formal speech, but will also interact with the students.
Throughout the competition, Solomon will visit each of the teams for approximately 10-15 minutes as they work on the solution to the case, allowing students the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to Solomon but also gain vital feedback from him.
In previous years, the Annual Case Competition has featured the likes of Amanda Lang, senior business correspondent for CBC News and co-anchor of The Lang and O'Leary Exchange, and Diane Buckner from CBC's reality hit show Dragons' Den.
Students, staff, faculty, and judges will be treated to a buffet and an accompanying awards ceremony where the winning team of the competition will be announced.
There will be approximately 150-200 guests in attendance.
About Algoma University
Algoma University offers a wide variety of liberal arts and sciences degree options including programs in Psychology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Fine Arts, Community Economic and Social Development, and Biology in Sault Ste. Marie, Brampton, Timmins and St. Thomas.
As a partner with Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig, Algoma U is committed to respecting Anishinaabe knowledge and culture.
Algoma University has launched its Essential Elements Campaign to expand its campus and offer more scholarships and awards to students.
To learn more, visit www.algomau.ca.