Camosun’s team, Tides Unleashed, placed 4th overall
The School of Business participated in the CPHR BC & Yukon sponsored HRC West Case Competition which ran on March 1 & 2, 2019 in Kamloops, BC. The competition attracted 14 teams from Alberta and BC.
The School of Business was once again able to attract some fantastic students to this year’s competition. The team was made up of Arielle McCulloch and Meghan Bond, both 3rdth year Bachelor of Business Administration - Human Resource Management & Leadership Major students, and then Brandon Carnduff and Sharde Long, both Post Degree Diploma in Business Administration - Human Resource Management & Leadership Option students.
Case competitions allow students to showcase what they have learned in the classroom in a competitive setting where they get to apply their learning to real and challenging business situations and at the same time, also mingle and network with students from other business schools in Western Canada. Competitions like these are often the only opportunity students get to apply their accumulated knowledge skills and abilities from their many HR classes in their program in an integrated fashion, as well as the opportunity to sharpen and apply problem solving and critical thinking skills, teamwork skills and then to use powerpoint to create a professional supporting presentation.
The team was formed in late October and then met in mid December to begin the practice sessions. Those practice sessions simulate the competition process where teams get 3 hours to analyze a situation, propose solutions and then prepare a presentation. There were faculty from the School of Business who acted as judges to assess the team’s weekly process and performance and give feedback. There were seven such sessions.
The actual case competition allowed teams to analyze and present solutions for ONE case. All teams were given the same case and then 3 hours to analyze and to prepare to present their solutions. After all 14 teams presented, the scores were tallied by the judges to determine the top four placements. The four teams of finalists, including Camosun’s team, Tides Unleashed, then had a very short break before presenting the very same case to a new panel of judges. This all took place in one long day.
"Making these types of experiences accessible to our students is so important, in terms of allowing the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned from all their classes." said Karen Stephens, Faculty Mentor, "Being fortunate enough to be involved in these types of student learning experiences, as a faculty member, is a highlight of my work as an educator. Gathering together bright, focused and motivated students to support them to properly prepare to compete at this level is rewarding indeed."
Arielle summed it up by saying, “This competition created a positive and safe environment for students to practice and apply knowledge and abilities learned in the classroom to situations we surely will face in our HR careers.”
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