Asper Leadership Case Competition 2023

Asper Business Case Competition 2024 

The second annual Asper Business Case Competition is a three-day national-level, graduate case competition that will be hosted at the I. H. Asper School of Business in February 2024.

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2023 Asper Leadership Case Competition highlights

Why a Leadership Competition?

Leading others is a critical skill across sectors and industries. Leadership holds the key to solving some of the most complex problems in organizations and broader society. Leadership provides conceptual organizational knowledge and competencies in leading teams, conflict resolution, organizational change, negotiations, corporate social responsibility, and other critical competencies that facilitate and support personal, group and organizational success. The Asper Leadership Case Competition will provide teams with the opportunity to put their collective leadership knowledge and skills to the test as they develop solutions to challenges identified in the cases presented.

What to expect?

Presented by the Asper School of Business and the Burns Leadership Institute, the competition will be a two-day event focused on testing and challenging students in an exciting environment that lends itself to amplifying your immersive and experiential learning. Teams will each work on two cases: the first case will be distributed on February 9 and teams will have two weeks to prepare. The second case will have a shorter preparation of three hours and be presented on the second day of competition.

The competition is designed to facilitate networking and exchange of ideas among attendees. Planned events are designed to facilitate social exchanges that help participants to get to know each other and expand their network beyond their own University.

There will be a number of fun, social activities to participate in and explore the magic of winter in Winnipeg:

  • Activities at The Forks - Winnipeg’s foremost destination, located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years. Indigenous peoples traded at The Forks, followed by European fur traders, Scottish settlers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. 
  • Festival du Voyageur - Western Canada's largest winter festival commemorates the adventurous and celebratory spirit of the voyageurs‑the French Canadians who explored uncharted territory in search of fur.  

Who can participate?

The competition is open to full-time, part-time, and executive MBA students, as well as Masters-level students from other management programs. Every team shall be composed of four team members.

What is the schedule?

The tentative schedule for the event days is as follows:

February 23 

5: 30 pm - Team registration and division draw

February 24

9:00 am - Prepared case presentations

1:00 pm - Competitor lunch

3:00 pm onwards - Explore Winnipeg

February 25

11:00 am - Traditional case presentations

2:30 pm - Finalists announced

2:45 pm - Finalists presentations

5:30 pm - Awards dinner 

9:30 pm - Student mixer



What are the prizes?

The scores for the cases will be tabulated to decide the final rankings. The top 3 teams will be awarded cash prizes and trophies.

  • 1st Place: $5,000
  • 2nd Place: $3,000
  • 3rd Place: $1,000

How to register?

Registrations will be facilitated via email.

Please email if you are interested

Why participate?


Students who participate in this competition will:

  • Compete in a safe, yet challenging environment
  • Receive feedback from renowned executives
  • Challenge their own ideas
  • Build their leadership competencies and skills
  • Expand their professional network

Sponsorship Opportunities

Download the sponsorship one-pager and connect with Judith Jayasuriya Instructor & Lead, Experiential Learning for more details.

Download the event guide

“I am a huge supporter of this method of experiential learning, particularly at the graduate school level. The face to face, peer to peer, competitive nature of these events not only presents a real life out of classroom opportunity to engage with other students from other graduate business schools in Canada but also builds the confidence of the participants who will face the myriad of business decision issues in their future business careers.”
 Dr. Stu Clark [B.Comm.(Hons.)/76, LL.D./2011]

About Winnipeg

Nearest Airport

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport 

Team transportation will be provided for teams to and from all venues in the event plan on February 24 and 25.


We have made arrangements with the Alt Hotel, located at 310 Donald St. Winnipeg, MB R3B 2B9, in the downtown core of Winnipeg to accommodate all teams. The negotiated rates include accommodation and a hot breakfast each morning. Teams are responsible for the cost of accommodation.

Thank you to our sponsors





Contact us

Drake Centre
181 Freedman Cres.
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V4

Judith Jayasuriya 
Instructor & Lead, Experiential Learning