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February 27, 2017 7:05 AM

Conestoga students place third in national supply chain competition

Students from Conestoga's School of Business finished with a bronze win at the Supply Chain Management Association’s (SCMA) sixth annual Student Case Study Competition held February 25.

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Conestoga team members and SCMA 3rd place national winners Andriy Strebkov, Timothy Runstedler, Bradley Van Berk, Zhao Ya Lin and professor Leopold Koff.

The national competition provides a learning opportunity for full-time college and university students across Canada who are currently enrolled in a business/supply chain program at the undergraduate level.

During the competition, students focused on resolving real-world strategic challenges through the examination of topics like logistics, network design, procurement, relationship management and sustainability. Teams were comprised of four students who studied a business case and presented solutions to a panel of judges consisting of business professionals, academics and corporate sponsors.

This year, 26 teams representing 14 universities and 7 colleges competed.

“Two Conestoga teams were entered in the competition and both performed admirably,” said faculty advisor Leopold Koff. “Of the final five teams, Conestoga was the only college to compete which speaks to the calibre of our students. I am exceedingly proud of our teams and the college's third place finish.”

Conestoga's bronze win was secured by students Andriy Strebkov, Bradley Van Berk and Zhao Ya (Page) Lin from the International Business Management degree program and Timothy Runstedler -- an Accounting, Audit and Information Technology degree student. Conestoga’s second team included students Anthony MacNeil-MacKenzie, Denys Mostovenko, Shantai Rudy and Derek Lenos.

Eastern region teams competed at McMaster University’s Degroote School of Business while western region teams competed at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business. Both sites were linked by internet connections for the final round of competitions.

The SCMA is Canada’s largest association for supply chain management professionals. It sets standards for industry excellence and ethics, and is the principal source of professional development and accreditation in supply chain management in Canada.

Conestoga’s three-year Supply Chain and Operations Management advanced diploma program prepares students for successful careers in the growing field of supply chain management. Prospective students may also be interested in Conestoga’s two-year Business - Purchasing diploma program or the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) - International Business Management degree program, which offers a specialization in supply chain management.

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