Beedie BBAs earn bronze at JDC West

Jan 30, 2014
Team Beedie - JDC West

The Beedie School of Business JDC West team earned a top three finish in the Academic School of the Year competition.

The Beedie School of Business has achieved a top three finish in the Academic School of the Year category at the prestigious JDC West case competition, held from January 17 to 19 at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan.

The team achieved the third highest overall score in the competition’s ten academic categories competing against eleven leading Canadian business schools.

JDC West is the largest student-run business case competition in Western Canada. This year’s competition featured over 600 delegates competing across a range of disciplines, including academics, debate, sports and social competitions.

The Beedie team, which consisted of 48 BBA students, received support from 40 alumni coaches, and spent a combined total of 2,920 hours over a period of six months in training for the competition. In addition, it raised $5,000 for local charities, and $50,000 in external sponsorship.

“I have had the pleasure of working with JDC over the last two years and it is an extraordinary and unique competition,” said Casey Dorin, Executive Director of Undergraduate Programs, Beedie School of Business. “The confluence of faculty, staff, students, and especially alumni who put their heart and soul and countless hours into this is something unique to this school, and something that I am particularly proud to be associated with. The amount of engagement really encapsulates what Beedie is about.”

Led by co-captains Natalie Botteselle and Simone Foreman, as well as head coaches and Beedie alumni Sean Peters and Maney Grewal, the team achieved a number of notable finishes in individual competitions, including first place in Entrepreneurship, second place in Finance, and third place in MIS and Tax in the ten academic categories.

“Representing the Beedie School of Business at JDC West has been an incredible privilege,” said team co-captain Natalie Botteselle. “The team had an overwhelming amount of support from the school, alumni and team sponsors, and the countless hours the team coaches put in to help our students become successful was invaluable.”

The team’s success is made all the more remarkable considering the majority of those participating were third year BBA students, competing in a case competition for the first time.

“Training for JDC West has involved a huge amount of work over the last year, but watching our teams compete made all the blood, sweat, and tears worth it,” said Rosanne Wan, Manager, Student Engagement and Recruitment at the Beedie School of Business. “The success of the team illustrates that our next generation of case competitors have phenomenal work ethics and great potential ahead of them.

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