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February 7, 2014 11:49 AM

Conestoga business students excel in national competition

A team of second and third-year students from Conestoga’s Business Administration - Supply Chain and Operations Management program achieved a top-three finish at the APICS Canadian District Student Case Competition in Burlington on Saturday, January 25.

The students, Leah Caldwell, Chinonso Akwue, Mitch Greer and Dan Liu, competed against student teams from schools across Canada, including the British Columbia Institute of Technology and HEC Montreal.

During the competition, students were given a case study on a topic specific to Operations Management. Teams were then sequestered and asked to prepare both a PowerPoint and written presentation with a solution to their specific challenge. Relying on their classroom knowledge as well as research conducted during the day of the competition, the students developed and presented their solutions to a panel of APICS industry professionals.

APICS.jpg APICS is a global professional association for operations management professionals, with almost 40,000 members in more than 200 countries. Conestoga’s student chapter, one of the largest student chapters in Canada, has over 100 members.

According to faculty member Leopold Koff, the Case Study Method is a cornerstone of the Supply Chain Management program at Conestoga.

“The case competition allows the students to solve real-world problems," said Koff. “This experience develops critical thinking, problem solving, presentation skills and time management skills. These are traits employers are looking for."

Students from HEC Montreal were awarded first-place in the competition and will represent Canadian schools at the international finals in New Orleans on October 19, 2014.

Conestoga’s Business Administration - Supply Chain and Operations Management is a three-year advanced diploma program that is fully accredited by the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC).