A team of Conestoga students competed last week in the Ontario Colleges' Marketing Competition (OCMC). The OCMC is an annual event designed to allow students from across the province to showcase their business talents, and was hosted by Sheridan College this year. Students participate in a variety of events and are evaluated by judges on their teamwork, strategic thinking and presentation skills.
Preparation for the OCMC began last spring, when Marketing faculty invited deserving students to try out for the team. Students studied their subject area over the summer and training began in earnest in the fall, beginning with a group team and skill building session on the Saturday following the first week of classes. Individual preparations, guided by faculty coaches, continued on a weekly basis and culminated in a full evening ‘presentation boot camp’ the week before the event.
The competition kicked off with the Quiz Bowl on Thursday evening. Conestoga’s Quiz Bowl participants consisted of Janina Dobberkau, Chelsea Drung, Ron E and Ashley Snow. This is a fast-paced, Reach-for-the-Top type event where our students are placed on teams of four with students from three other colleges. Conestoga participants were well prepared and all four were outstanding on their teams.
The competition continued all day Friday with case presentations, a sales presentation and a job interview. The Conestoga team consisted of: Hami Chohan, Vanessa Clemmer, Bronson Gaeler, Fredy Guerrero, Jeff Horst, Amanda Lang, Jesse Michael, Ben Pavey, Jordanna Pendon, Spencer Reid and Hayley Vuylsteke.
Conestoga has been participating in the OCMC for many years, thanks to the generous support of the Alumni Association and Fastenal Canada.