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Local students earn a spot in Super Bowl of business competitions
Okanagan College Media Release

ICBC Comeptitors Dec 2013After beating out teams from the biggest universities across Canada in the preliminary round, two teams from Okanagan College have made it to the finals of the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) taking place at Queen’s University in Kingston, Jan. 2-4, 2014. 

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 are competing 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,” says Ethics finalist Kelsey Matheson.

The students are up against rival teams from the likes of McGill University, Queen’s University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, and even from as far afield as the University of New South Wales in Australia.

“It’s a great opportunity to compare what we’ve learned at Okanagan College to that of students from universities across the country,” said Accounting finalist Jared Cook.

Dr. Barry McGillivray, Ethics team mentor and Associate Dean of the College’s School of Business, concurs. “This is a wonderfully enriching experience for all of the students who participate,” he says.

“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.”