Paul J. Hill Business School students win big against other schools – three times

By Dale Johnson and Costa Maragos Posted: January 24, 2018 9:30 a.m.

 Olivia Arnal (left) and Amanda Kostur finished first in the accounting category at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Olivia Arnal (left) and Amanda Kostur finished first in the accounting category at the Inter-Collegiate Business Competition at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Photo: U of R Photography

It’s official: Students from the U of R’s Paul J. Hill School of Business are among the best in Canada, after capturing first-place honours in two major business school competitions.

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Haley Stearns, (l-r) Shafeeka Sayyid, Hayley Usherwood, and Francis Odum took top spot in the Organizational Behaviour Case Competition at Ryerson University in Toronto.

The team of Haley Stearns, Shafeeka Sayyid, Hayley Usherwood, and Francis Odum from the Hill Human Resources Club took first place in the 13th Annual Organizational Behaviour Case Competition. This is the first time a U of R team has won the competition.

The event was held at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto January 18 to 20.

The team presented a strong theory-driven and evidence-based case solution utilizing key principles and evidence in talent management and organizational change.

The judges were unanimous in voting the U of R team in first place, beating out 11 other schools from across Canada.

The winning team was led by Justin Feeney, Assistant Professor (Organizational Behaviour) at the Paul J. Hill School of Business.

During the same weekend, over at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, the Hill ICBC Accounting team of Olivia Arnal and Amanda Kostur finished first in the accounting category.

The team competed under the direction of Nola Joorisity, a lecturer at the Paul J. Hill School of Business. The final round took place over two days, during which students had 5.5 hours to analyze and prepare a business case to present to a panel of judges.

“We’re very proud of our students who have once again shown they can compete successfully with the best in the country,” says Dr. David Senkow, Acting Dean of the Paul J. Hill School of Business. “The students devote countless hours of their spare time, in addition to their studies, for these competitions. It’s a credit to them and their team leaders for their hard work and dedication. We at the school of business are very proud of them.”

The Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) is Canada’s oldest and longest-running undergraduate business competition having begun in 1978. Of the 140 team submissions from more than 40 Canadian and international business schools, only 36 teams were chosen to take part in the event at Queen’s University.

The U of R was in a group that included the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Carleton University, Okanagan College, and the University of Puerto Rico.

Students from the Paul J. Hill School of Business regularly participate. It has sent 19 teams to the final round since 2010.

The success at Kingston and Toronto follows an impressive showing by the business school students at the JDC West competition at the University of Calgary earlier this month.