Success for Paul J. Hill Business School Teams at JDC West business competition, Inter-Collegiate Business Competition and UR Investing Montreal Exchange Options Trading Simulation contest

News Release Release Date: January 20, 2016 10:00 a.m.

The Paul J. Hill School of Business students have been busy excelling in various business competitions over the past few months. The Inter-Collegiate Business Competition (ICBC) was held at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario and took place January 14-16, 2016. The JDC West competition was held at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, on January 15-17, 2016. The third competition had four members of the UR Investing team who participated in the Montreal Exchange Options Trading Simulation contest.

The Hill School sent two academic teams to the final round of ICBC, competing in the Marketing and Human Resources disciplines. This is the sixth year of the last seven that the Hill School had teams place in the top at ICBC. The human resources team finished first. 

Overlapping the same weekend, over 600 students from 12 of western Canada’s top universities travelled to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to compete in the 2016 JDC West business case competition. The Paul J. Hill School of Business team placed first in the Academic School of the Year category and second in the School of the Year category. The Hill team has now placed in the top three as School of the Year eight times in the 11-year history of the competition, more than any other competing school.

University of Regina teams placed first in Tax and Not-for Profit, second in Human Resources, Business Strategy, and Accounting and third place in Finance.

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

Now in its 11th year, JDC West is a student-run competition providing opportunities for business students in western Canada to achieve excellence in academics, social responsibility, sporting, and social competitions. Next year’s competition will be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

More than 2,800 undergraduate and MBA students from 37 universities across Canada took part in the Montreal Exchange Options Trading Simulation contest where four U of R business students finished third out of 1,909 teams. These students participated in the contest as part of a business course entitled Derivatives and Risk Management. The students had eight weeks to invest $100,000 of virtual cash. At the end of this period, their portfolio was worth $216,000 which gave them a profit of 116 per cent or $116,000.

“Through programs such as UR Investing, Enactus, employment co-ops, our Business Students’ Society, ICBC and JDC West, we prepare students for integrative thinking, which enables them to see challenges and opportunities spanning functions in business,” said Dr. Andrew Gaudes, Dean of Business Administration at the University of Regina. “It’s what makes our graduates very attractive to employers, with many having jobs before they graduate, and the vast majority employed shortly after graduation. It also prepares our students to dominate in competitions.”

NOTE TO MEDIA: An event to congratulate the students who competed at the JDC West and Inter-Collegiate Business Competitions, as well as the UR Investing contest will be held on Wednesday, January 20 at 2 p.m. in the Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) Atrium.


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