University of Regina to host JDC West business competition this weekend

Media Advisory Release Date: January 15, 2020 9:20 a.m.

The Paul J. Hill School of Business and the University of Regina are proud to host JDC West, the largest undergraduate business competition in Western Canada, this weekend. This three-day event, which showcases academics, athletics, debate, and a social competition, will bring approximately 1,300 people to the University, including volunteers, sponsors, former competitors, and 650 undergraduate delegates from 12 of the leading post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

The competition will take place from Friday, January 17 to Sunday, January 19 at the University of Regina campus. The 2020 edition is particularly notable as JDC West celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, with the theme “Growing Forward.”

“We are delighted to host the JDC West Competition this year, and we welcome students and their coaches to the Hill School of Business and to Regina,” says Dr. Gina Grandy, Dean of the Hill and Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina. “This competition is a perfect example of the benefits of a work-integrated learning approach, which is embedded in business school programming at Hill and elsewhere across the country.”

The University of Regina’s Hill School of Business has been a successful competitor at JDC West since it began in 2006. Throughout the competition’s 14-year history, the Hill team has placed in the top three Schools of the Year 11 times – more than any other school – with Hill teams recording 46 top-three finishes in academic and debate categories.

“All of the Hill team’s student competitors and coaches are no doubt ready to carry on the Hill legacy of excellence at this year’s competition,” says Dr. Grandy.

With support from faculty, the Hill team of 52 business students and alumni has been preparing for this weekend for nearly 10 months.

In the Academics competition, teams will have three hours to analyze and present a recommendation to a business case. For this year’s Athletics component, teams will compete at Boccer, which combines aspects of indoor soccer and basketball. Other competitions include debate presentations and a skit night, which will feature a musical performance by each school.

Placing a strong emphasis on school spirit and community involvement, the competition rewards teams for their enthusiasm, volunteer hours, and donations raised for charity. From 2017 to 2019, students on the Hill team have raised nearly $75,000 for Hope’s Home – a non-profit organization that provides care for children with complex medical needs. The Hill team has also collectively contributed more than 10,000 volunteer hours to various charities in Saskatchewan.

“At the Hill School, we are incredibly grateful for, and proud of, the leadership demonstrated by both the competition organizing committee, as well as the Hill student competitors,” says Dr. Grandy. “I want to thank the JDC West 2020 Organizing Committee for all of their work in putting together what will undoubtedly be an exciting weekend of events.”

A full schedule of events and locations can be found here:

Media are welcome to attend JDC West on Saturday, January 18 to photograph and/or record the competitions and conduct interviews. Not all activities will be open to media.  Events take place at various locations in the Classroom and Education Buildings, as well as the Centre for Kinesiology, Health & Sport. Please stop in at the Levene Graduate School of Business booth at the Corporate Showcase in the KHS foyer if you require assistance or interview facilitation. Campus Map

Alternatively, one-on-one interviews with organizers and/or student competitors can be arranged prior to the event by reaching out to the listed contact.


About JDC West:

JDC West is the largest undergraduate business competition in Western Canada. Annually, 12 top business schools across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba select teams of undergraduate students in 10 academic disciplines, as well as parliamentary-style debate, sports, and a social competition. The competition celebrates academic excellence, professionalism, superior teamwork development, and goodwill. Annually, JDC West requires the support of almost 400 volunteers and dozens of professional partners to make this impressive competition possible. The University of Regina and the Hill School of Business previously hosted JDC West in 2014.

About the 2020 Hill team:

The 2020 Hill team is a group of 52 dedicated business students and alumni expanding their multi-disciplinary business knowledge beyond the classroom through rapid case analysis and parliamentary-style debate resolution, athletic competition, and social-focused competition, while volunteering and fundraising for charity. Students on the Hill team practise year round to hone their abilities to address complex, real-world business challenges, while supporting local charities. Among the 12 competing Western Canadian universities, Hill students perennially rank in the top at JDC West. Meet this year’s team:

About the University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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