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Senior Business students dominate at business competition
Okanagan College’s senior team not only took top honours in its division of the Western Canadian International Business Competition, its members corralled three gold medals and one bronze for individual performances.
The competition, held this past weekend at Okanagan College, attracted 11 teams from eight institutions to compete in two divisions – sophomore and seniors. Honors in the sophomore division for overall team performance went to Langara College (gold medal), Camosun College (silver) and Lethbridge College (bronze).
Honours in the senior division were awarded to Okanagan College (gold), Ontario’s St. Lawrence College (silver) and University of the Fraser Valley (bronze).
“With a growing record of podium performances at national and international business competitions, it is encouraging that our students work so hard and do well when we invite our colleague institutions to a competition at our school,” says Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “But as we’ve been told time and again by the students who participate in these competitions, the real value isn’t in the hardware, it’s in the networking with fellow students, with judges and the chance to put their knowledge and skills to work in a demanding format.”
“The student participants really demonstrated their abilities and capacities and impressed the judges,” explains Professor Rick Appleby, who organized the event, with gold-level sponsorship help from the Province of B.C., Okanagan College, the certified General Accountants of British Columbia and the Charted Accountants of British Columbia. (Other sponsors included the Canadian Institute of Marketing, Sentes Auto Group, Big White, GeoAcademy, and Nelson Education). The event runs over three days, and includes nine rounds of decision-making, planning and presentations.
Team affiliations to institutions weren’t revealed to judges during the competition, but when the dust settled, Okanagan College’s Senior Team (comprised of Trevor Martens, Javid Wu, Jeremy Durrer, Trevor Martens, and Jameson Zhao and coached by Professors Michael Orwick and Alan Rice) cleaned up in the personal and team performances. Martens captured gold as CEO, Wu earned top honours as Chief Marketing Officer, and Zhao scooped gold as Chief Financial Officer. Jeremy Durer earned bronze as Chief Human Resources Offficer. The team also earned a gold medal for communications. Individually and collectively, the OC Senior team earned six medals.
On the sophomore side, Okanagan College’s team (comprised of Danae Garcia, Meanie Roelofs, Jason Boyd, and Jason Murata, coached by Professors Orwick and Rodger Wheeler) earned one team medal – silver for communications – and four personal performance medals: a gold as Chief Operating Officer for Boyd, a Silver for Murata as Chief Financial Officer, a Bronze for Garcia as Chief Marketing Officer, and a bronze for Roelofs for Chief Human Resources Officer.