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Case competition challenges students to act as global leaders

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  • Mar 25, 2022
Case competition challenges students to act as global leaders

The winning team from University of Hong Kong Business School.

The Scotiabank International Case Competition (SICC) challenges business undergraduate students from around the world to come together and think critically about the diverse perspectives of a global marketplace. Each year, the competition is organized and managed entirely by Ivey students and attracts teams from top business schools around the world. 

This year marked the 32nd annual SICC held at Ivey Business School and the 22nd year of sponsorship by key partner, Scotiabank. The event is also supported by Ivey’s Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab. It is also the second year the event was virtual, giving students an unparalleled chance to be exposed to different cultures and networking opportunities.

“We were excited to welcome teams from around the world for this year's Scotiabank International Case Competition,” said Wendy Li, an HBA ’23 candidate who co-chaired the event along with Jane MacDonald, an HBA ’22 candidate. “It was great to see each team's creativity and school spirit shine through!”

The event gives students the opportunity to share ideas with their peers who have diverse backgrounds. The students get an understanding of real-world business problems through a case exercise and prepare a presentation for a panel of judges.

Participating teams from across the globe

Altogether, 48 students competed on teams of four, representing business schools from 12 different countries around the world.

  • Aarhus University - Denmark;
  • Florida State College of Business - United States;
  • Instituto de Empresa (IE Business School) - Spain;
  • John Molson School of Business (Concordia University) - Canada;
  • Korea University Business School - South Korea;
  • University of Münster School of Business and Economics - Germany;
  • Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University - Netherlands;
  • Singapore Management University - Singapore;
  • Universidad Del Pacifico - Peru;
  • Thammasat University - Thailand;
  • University of Hong Kong - Hong Kong;
  • University of Technology Sydney - Australia; and,
  • Ivey Business School (Western University) - Canada.

An intercontinental student experience

As part of the event, students came together to enjoy online social activities before the finalists were announced. The students participated in a scavenger hunt, an online escape room challenge, and more team-building activities.

“Our Executive Team worked hard to plan social events for the competitors to enjoy during their downtime from the competition,” said Li and MacDonald. “It’s not every day that you get to meet students from 12 countries. We hope our events allowed participants to grow their global network, learn about other cultures, and build authentic relationships that will last a lifetime.”

These activities allowed participants to interact with each other on a social level, build global networks, and enjoy the complete Ivey experience.

Congratulations to the winning teams

Taking home first place is the team from the University of Hong Kong Business School, made up of Jade Ng, Donald Tsang, Sharon Wong, and James Yeung.

This year’s other finalists include Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, and Münster School of Business and Economics.

The Spirit Cup for enthusiasm and participation was awarded to John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Special thanks to judges

  • Greg Chong-Hon VP, HR Business Partner, International Banking, Scotiabank;
  • Darren Da Silva VP, Asset Management & Special Projects (W4), Real Estate Banking, Scotiabank;
  • Jennifer Frook VP, Enterprise Crisis Management, Global Operations, Scotiabank;
  • Darren Jack, HBA ’88, MBA ’92 Executive Director, EY Caymen Limited, Cayman Islands, Co-Founder, Impact 360;
  • Adam Rice CEO, AssetDirect;
  • Gaurav Singh, MBA ’14 COO, Tangerine;
  • Permpreet Soomal VP, HR Business Partner, Canadian Banking, Scotiabank;
  • Julie Strofolino, HBA ’96 VP, Retail Customer Value, Canadian Banking, Scotiabank; and,
  • Kevin Teslyk, MBA ’01 Executive Vice President, Canadian Business Banking, Scotiabank.