Celebrating the success of business students

By Dale Johnson Posted: January 20, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Business students are all smiles as they celebrate their strong showings at competitions for business schools, including the JDC West team.
Business students are all smiles as they celebrate their strong showings at competitions for business schools, including the JDC West team. U of R Photography.

Business students at the University of Regina are celebrating after some wonderful successes in recent competitions for business schools.

The Hill teams did very well this past weekend at two events: the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and the JDC West competition at the University of Saskatchewan. As well, the celebration marked the success of the UR Investing team that participated recently in the Montreal Exchange Options Trading Simulation contest.

At a reception to mark these successes, President Vianne Timmons congratulated the students and said: “Students like you represent the best of your university. You represent dedication and you represent pride. And you also show the community that investing in post-secondary in this province produces future leaders like you.”

The Hill School sent two academic teams to Kingston for the final round of ICBC competition, in the Marketing and Human Resources disciplines. The human resources team of Shandi Van De Sype and Hanna Senicar finished first. This is the sixth year of the last seven that the Hill School had teams place in the top at ICBC.

In Saskatoon, the JDC West competition was held, with over 600 students from 12 business schools  taking part in events to test academics, social responsibility, sports and social events. The Hill team was named the top Academic School of the Year, and came in second place in the School of the Year category.

The Hill School finished first in Not-for-Profit, with the team of Cari-Lynn Schoettler, Conrad Hewitt and Brendan Hill; and first in Taxation, with Kashtin Schumacher and Shivaun Eberle.

As well, Hill students came in second in Human Resources, with Rory McCorriston, Nicole Pyne and Cyrena Lockert; and second in Business Strategy, with Brock Forbes, Brookly Fiesel and Madeline Bates; and second in Accounting, with Zachary Pengally, Ashley Mohr and Kyle Hanison.

The Finance team of Tyler Pastuch, Anders Ireland and Robbie Vancise came in third.

Andrew Gaudes
Business Dean Andrew Gaudes is proud of the strong showings at business competitions.

The Hill JDC West team also logged the most hours of charity with a total of 3,179 hours, and raised more than $45,000 for Hopes Home Charity.

In congratulating the students, the Dean of the Hill School of Business, Dr. Andrew Gaudes, said: “These outstanding finishes at ICBC and JDC West are incredible feats to attain year after year. The competitions are intense and the adjudication is ruthless. Time and time again the Hill students enter into these competitions and leave with the judges’ jaws dropped. It’s amazing, and every year we have wonderful successes. This is part of our fabric and part of the culture of our school of business.”

The third competition that UR Investing business students excelled at was the recent Montreal Exchange Options Trading Simulation contest. It attracted more than 2,800 students from 37 universities across Canada, and the team of four U of R business students finished third out of 1,909 teams. The students had eight weeks to invest $100,000 of virtual cash. At the end of this period, their portfolio was worth $216,000 - a profit of 116 per cent.

“Once again, the Regina community can take great pride in knowing they have a local business school with a growing national and international presence. It’s a school with students who value excellent business intelligence, alongside humility and an overwhelming commitment to giving back to the community through volunteerism and charity. It’s a school which reflects all the positive elements of the community within which it resides,” Dean Gaudes told the students.

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