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Laurier sends student team to “Business Olympics”
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Forty students from Laurier’s School of Business & Economics will travel to Toronto Jan. 22 to compete in what’s been hailed as the “Business Olympics.” The 2010 Jeux du Commerce (JDC) Central competition, hosted at Ryerson University, is a multi-faceted competition consisting of academic cases, parliamentary debate competitions, social challenges and a sports tournament.
Awards are given to participating universities from across Ontario based on achievement in the competitions and overall school spirit, teamwork and competitive congeniality. Academic cases include functional areas such as accounting, marketing, business strategy, management information systems, and finance.
For the past six months, Laurier’s delegation has been preparing for the competition with regular case practices and cheer-offs. They have been recruiting sponsors, developing costumes, and holding charity-based events. The team’s co-captain, Hani Migally, says he can feel the pressure.
“There’s a positive sense of anticipation that’s been gripping the entire delegation,” says Migally. “We’ve been taking it step-by-step along the way and now we’re finally peaking at exactly the right time.”
Part of the team’s preparation plan included working closely with faculty and staff, and conducting a “dry run” for executives at Procter & Gamble in Toronto. “We’re ready,” says co-captain Mike Zeagman.
After taking home “Ontario School of the Year” at last year’s JDC West competition, the team faces its own high standards. Nine schools, including the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Schulich School of Business at York University, and Ryerson University, will be competing for this year’s top prize.
“We just need to execute and show the rest of the country why we’ve got such a special group of people here at Laurier,” says Migally. “It’s our time to go to the big dance and take home the title of prom queen.”
Wilfrid Laurier University will host the JDC Central competition in 2011, the university’s centennial year.
The competition begins Friday, Jan. 22, and rankings will be announced Jan. 24. Visit www.sbess.ca for updates, or contact Gray McCarty, executive vice-president of marketing and communications, SBE Students’ Society at 519-998-5891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.