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JMSB Wins Gold at Dalhousie Business Ethics Case Competition

Left to right: William Hall , Rose-Lyne Youssef Boghos, Mark Haber, Jessica Daigneault and Alexander Harris
Left to right: William Hall , Rose-Lyne Youssef Boghos, Mark Haber, Jessica Daigneault and Alexander Harris

Congratulations to Jessica Daigneault, William Hall, Alexander Harris and Rose-Lyne Youssef Boghos for their first-place finish at the Dalhousie Business Ethics Case Competition. The event was held between November 8 and 10 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The team from Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business (JMSB) bonded quickly and worked diligently to develop the necessary skills to compete in this highly technical competition which followed a three-round format.

Ten days prior to start of the competition, teams were sent a case which they had to analyse with the benefit of external resources. They were asked to prepare a 20-minute presentation which would be delivered on the first day of the competition. This year, the first-round case dealt with the topic of unpaid internships.

On the second day, teams were given four hours to prepare a presentation about a case dealing with suppliers and payment terms. The scores from the first two rounds were added together to determine which five teams would advance to the finals.

In the final round, teams were once again asked to prepare a presentation in four hours. This time, the case was about reconciling the desire to be eco-friendly with the lure of making the potentially lucrative decision to invest in the oil sands.

In a twist on the typical competition format where a mandate is issued for each case, the competition rules added another challenge in that they required that teams, in their presentations, also answer specific questions distributed with the cases.

The final results were:
  1. John Molson School of Business, Concordia University
  2. School of Business and Economics, Wilfred Laurier University
  3. Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta

The John Molson Competition Committee (JMCC) thanks Lead Coach, Peter Vogopoulos for getting such an outstanding performance out of his team. JMCC also thanks Tim Field and Marc LeGuen for providing the team with additional insight into business ethics.

The Committee thanks Mark Haber, head coach and advisor to the Competition Program, for his endless dedication to the program and his support of this team.

Special thanks to sponsors Pfizer, Power Corporation of Canada, National Bank and Rio Tinto for their contributions to the competition program.

Posted November 12, 2012