Sheridan Faculty of Business Students Place top 6 in the Finals in I.C.B.C.
By Sheldon Samlall
“It was a pleasure being immersed in a competitive environment that included people from different backgrounds that worked towards achieving the same goal.”
The Inter-Collegiate Business Competition hosted by Queens University invites its competitors – college and university students – from different school around the world. Of the 100+ schools involved annually in the competition, Sheridan was one of the two colleges to participate.
The I.C.B.C. is Canada’s oldest and longest-running undergraduate business case competition which features 7 categories including: Accounting, Business Policy, Ethics, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, and Management of Information Systems (MIS). During this year’s 38th competition, Sheridan’s very own students proudly placed among the top 6 in the Ethics and MIS case events. Students involved in I.C.B.C. were challenged to push their knowledge of the business world to their limits as they were tested with realistic case studies which required an in-depth analysis and a presentation of a plausible solution within a fixed time period.
Antoine Sarhan, President of the Pilon School of Business Competition Team (PSBCT) noted, “I’m graduating this year and I’ve been involved with I.C.B.C for 3 years now. I am just so proud of being a Sheridan BBA student. One day these competing students will be the business leaders of the country and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for us.”
In order to qualify for I.C.B.C. final round, teams of 2 (teams of 3 for the Business Policy category) competed in the preliminary round which took place over a period of two and a half weeks. These teams were required to complete a five page written analysis based on their given case which involved a minimum of 30 hours of dedication. These analyses were then carefully evaluated by a judging panel and finalists are selected based on the quality of work. Joanna Wang, Nehal Phillips, Nicholas Soares, Nicholas Da Silva, Vishakha Shah, Katia Yvorska, Daniel Dalla Via, Lauren Jaworski, Armani Bhatti, Markos Polydorou, Karly O’Brien & Ahmed Manzoor represented Sheridan for this year’s preliminary round.
“The competition provided me with a strong understanding of what it takes to be under pressure within a business environment” said Nicholas Soares, 3rd year Global Business Management student.
In late November finalist were announced and Sheridans Ethic (Joanna W. and Nehal P.) and MIS (Nicholas S. and Daniel D.) teams were selected to compete. Participants were given five and a half hours to analyze and solve their given case as well as prepare a presentation for the judges.
Both of the Sheridan teams placed among the top 6 within the finals. Joanna, one of Sheridan’s proud finalists, remarked on the I.C.B.C. experience, “It was a pleasure being immersed in a competitive environment that included people from different backgrounds that worked towards achieving the same goal. It enabled me to realize the opportunities available to me in the future; as well as, have a better appreciation for the talent that was present. I am privileged to be able to test my skills in an event like I.C.B.C. It helped me to realize my true potential and prepare me for my future career.”
Congratulations to our finalists and competitors. A special thanks to Frederick Koch and John Laugesen for your help throughout the competition!