UPEI secures second place at international case competition

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UPEI's business case competition team, from left, includes Erin Devine, Hannah Dawson, Kate Kinsman, John Donaldson and coach Mary Whitrow.

The University of Prince Edward Island's business case competition team has taken second place at an international competition.

The Scotiabank Ethics in Actions Case Competition took place at Dalhousie University in Halifax earlier this month.

This year, teams from Concordia University, University of Waterloo, University of Alberta, Western University, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, Acadia University, University of New Brunswick and Elon University from North Carolina participated in the contest, with first and third place going to Dalhousie and Alberta respectively. UPEI placed first in 2013 and 2014.

"The drive and team work these students have shown in preparation for this competition has been inspiring,” said program co-ordinator and coach Mary Whitrow.

The Scotiabank Ethics in Action Case Competition and Conference centres on equipping tomorrow's business leaders with the tools necessary to make strategic business decisions, while adhering to ethical principles.

In this two-day competition, students are challenged with ethical dilemmas that they must attempt to solve. Students have three hours to read and analyze a case, then strategize and create a solution that they present to a panel of industry professionals directly after.

In this tight time frame, students must work quickly and efficiently to create clear and logical solution that not only satisfies ethical concerns, but strategic aspects as well.

This year’s UPEI team consisted of returning case competition veteran Erin Devine (fourth-year BBA), Hannah Dawson (fourth-year BBA with marketing specialization), Kate Kinsman (third-year BBA) and John Donaldson (fourth-year BBA with accounting specialization).

“Having the opportunity to once again compete against some of the best business schools across Canada was a great experience," said Devine. "I'm so proud of our team's performance."

Kinsman said the preparation and competition helped their team become more aware of their specific strengths and weaknesses. “I feel as though we've learned and grown a lot as a team and individuals because of it.”

Organizations: University of Prince Edward Island, Scotiabank Ethics, Dalhousie University Concordia University University of Waterloo University of Alberta Western University Acadia University Elon University

Geographic location: Halifax, Saint Mary, New Brunswick North Carolina Dalhousie Alberta Canada

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