Case competitions offer a unique value proposition – the ability to showcase your complex problem solving skills. In diverse teams, you will produce and market insightful solutions to today’s business challenges, all while under a time constraint and using limited resources. Judges include company executives of the firm being analyzed, industry experts and business leaders. You will strengthen your public speaking and problem-solving skills as you demonstrate your acumen as a business professional.
Represent the Asper School of Business in prestigious regional, national and international case competitions and compete against the brightest students from other top business schools.
Upcoming case competitions:
Dates: January 14 - 16, 2022
JDC West is the most prestigious undergraduate business competition in Western Canada, hosting 1,300 attendees and uniting over 650 delegates from 12 business schools. Over the course of three days, students showcase their skills in the academic, athletic, debate and social aspects of the competition.
Please note that the selection is conducted by the team.
The current case competition season has concluded. The 2022 competitions will be listed here when information is available.
Internal competitions are the perfect opportunity to try out the business case experience with fellow UM students. You will learn how to prepare and analyze a case, receive feedback from judges, and team up with friends to compete to win prizes.
Below is a list of internal case competitions hosted by the Commerce Students’ Association (CSA) and the Asper MBA Students’ Association:
Case Competition 101 will introduce you to the basics of a case competition. You will learn about all elements of a case, how to approach them and presentation examples.
The workshop is a perfect way for you to "test the water" before participating in any competitions.
For more information on this workshop, please contact the Commerce Students' Association.
Date: October 2, 2021
The Commerce Students' Association’s Introductory case competition is aimed at facilitating a case competition in which students with little to no case competition experience can participate and feel welcome. The introductory case competition will provide participants with the presentation skills, logical thinking, and overall case comp experience needed to pursue future case competitions.
For more information, please contact the Commerce Students' Association.
Date: October 15, 2021
IGCC is a one-day event that brings together 40 students of any interdisciplinary focus from the Asper School of Business to compete in an intensive and strategic case study.
The competition is designed to welcome students from all majors and levels of experience.
For more information about IGCC, please contact the Commerce Students' Association.
Date: January 22, 2021
FYCC is open exclusively for first-year Asper students. The analytical and presentation skills you will gain are rarely developed in high school, yet imperative to academic and extracurricular success at Asper.
No prior experience is required.
For more information on the FYCC, please contact the Commerce Students' Association.
Open to active Asper MBA students, this case competition is preceded by a workshop. Both will give MBA students an introduction to the world of case competitions.
For more information about this case competition, please contact AMBASA.
Asper students receive incredible support from competition coaches comprised of members of our business community. Coaches will provide students with deeper insight into the ever-changing and complex challenges of the business world. The following coaches support our teams:
"Case competitions are an essential component to a well-rounded university experience... Participation facilitates the transition to the workforce, pairing analytical skills learned in the classroom with presentation and communication skills learned during the case competition process. Finally, they are an excellent networking opportunity, introducing students to industry leaders and making valuable friendships along the way."
- Jordan Gerry, FSA, MAAA,
Corporate Vice President & Actuary, New York Life Insurance Company
Former Competitor for Asper [BComm(Hons)/16]
If you are interested in participating in case competitions we recommend taking a case competition course, as participation is competitive and these courses can give you an advantage.
Undergraduate students should consider registering in IDM 4050: Business Case Analysis & Competition. Graduate students should consider registering in GMGT 7350: Business Analysis & Strategy Development and GMGT 7350: Business Case Competitions. Please talk to your program office for more information.