Coaching and the Case Preparation Program
What is the i/BBA Case Competition Preparation Program (i/BBA-CCPP)?
The i/BBA-CCPP is a free course to support undergrads who want to compete in case competitions, or simply learn more about how to approach cases. The purpose of this program is to help you learn how to structure your case competition submission(s) and how to present the material effectively. The i/BBA-CCPP is run by a Schulich Professor and supported by MBA students through the help of the Graduate Business Council and the MBA Case Club.
There will be two courses offered in the upcoming year, one starting on October 5, 2018 and the other starting on January 12, 2019. The Fall course will be held in Room E112.
- Already a Member? Visit the i/BBA-CCPP Course Webpage
Who Can Join?
All undergrads are welcome, including first year students. If you have never taken part in a case competition before, this is the ideal way to get help and practice in a safe environment. Even if you have competed in many competitions, you will likely still benefit from the sessions.
Simply Want Help or Coaching for a Specific Case Competition?
There is a team of MBA student coaches able, and more than willing, to provide you with help on everything from how to approach the case problem, to reviewing your presentations, to coaching you on your presentation style.
Prof Jane-Michèle Clark can provide extra coaching on Tuesday mornings and Fridays at midday.
For student or prof coaching, simply contact Jane-Michèle at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
How Do I Register?
To self-register for this free program, simply follow the steps below to gain access to the Canvas course where each week’s presentations, cases, audition details and other useful information will be posted throughout the term, starting on September 26, 2018 (2 days before the first session).
If the program is full, please email Professor Jane-Michèle Clark (email@example.com) and include the following information:
- Full Name
- Student Number
- Schulich email address
- Alternate email address
- Phone number
- Graduation date
- Names of competitions previously entered
2018-2019 Course Dates & Details
There will be two courses each year, one starting in September and the other starting in January.
2018-2019 Course Dates:
|Session One:||October 5 – November 30, 2018|
|Session Two:||January 18 – March 15, 2019|
- There will be a total of 8 sessions per course, each 3 hours long, culminating with an in-house case competition
(8 + 1 = 9 in total).
- The sessions will be held on Fridays from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m, though the final time may change. Students must attend all sessions to be eligible for funding and to be allowed to audition for the teams that will represent the school in this year’s designated-funding events.
- Each session to include:
The 2018 Fall Session Schedule
Date & Location
|No Session – BBA/iBBA Co-Curricular Day|
|October 26||The Strategy Framework|
||Risk Management (mitigation scenario model)|
|November 9||Employee Engagement and Culture|
|November 23||Collaboration and Joint Venturing|
|November 30||i/BBA Competition with outside judges|
For most sessions, you will prepare a 3 – 4 minute group presentation, based on the previous week’s session, and get coached by MBA mentors on how to improve the content and your delivery.
Support & Funding
What Competitions Will Receive SSB Support This Year?
So far the list includes the competitions shown below, but if you have one you would like to be considered, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Jeux du Commerce (JDC)||UQAR – Lévis Campus||Quebec||January 3-6, 2019|
|Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec||TBD||TBD||January 2019|
|Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition (QEC)||Queen’s Smith School of Business||Hyatt Regency, Toronto||January 17-20, 2019|
|Ivey/ Haskayne Leadership Case Competition||Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario||London||February 7 – 9, 2019|
|John Molson Undergrad Case Competition (JMUCC)||John Molson School of Business at Concordia University||Montreal||February 24 – March 2, 2019|
|McGill Management International Case Competition – MMICC||McGill Unversity||Montreal||March 2019|
|Scotiabank International Case Competition at the Ivey Business School (SICC)||Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario||London||March 2019|
Funding & Support FAQs:
What About Competitions Not On the Above List?
What About Competitions Not On the Above List?
If there is a competition that you believe reflects the Schulich School of Business curriculum that is not on the above list, you’re welcome to send an email to Jane-Michèle Clark (email@example.com) including the following information:
- Your first and last name, year of graduation, Schulich email and your phone number(s)
- The name of the competition and URL
- Competition dates and location
- Competition entry fees – along with a list of what is included in the fee
- List of schools that have attended in the past (you will get this from Facebook posts related to last year’s event) – as well as schools that have registered for this year’s competition, if known
If the competition meets the guidelines set by the school, it will likely get added to the official list. As much as possible, we want to help you enter as many top-tier business-related case competitions as possible and to represent the school well in the process.
Even if your competition does not qualify for funding, you are still welcome to take the program, and are still eligible to get additional coaching help as indicated above.
Schulich is committed to being represented at international competitions that bring together the best schools from around the world. At the end of September there will be try-outs for 3rd and 4th year students for the International Team Pool. From this pool, students will be chosen to represent the Schulich School of Business at various international competitions, and will receive significant subsidies towards participation.
Please check back in October as we will update the list once we get confirmation of acceptance.
Note: Although Schulich has had teams compete in the Hult Challenge in previous years, no funding will be provided for this competition moving forward
- People taking part in the i/BBA-CCPP will be eligible to audition for the team(s) that will represent Schulich at each of the above competitions. Please note: For each of the above competitions, if there is only one team allowed per school, organisers are being informed that only the “sanctioned” team is to be accepted.
- When teams have been formed through the i/BBA-CCPP, and have received coaching, the team will receive a contribution towards its participation, regardless of outcome, provided all members:
- Attend all events
- Take photos and use social media to promote SSB participation at all events according to the directions that will be posted on the program CMD and provided in the sessions
- Write a short blog post to be disseminated through regular Schulich channels
- Prepare a short email upon return describing event, activities and making recommendations in terms of future participation, including suggestions to help teams succeed
The higher you place in the standings, the higher the financial contribution you will receive.