Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) accounting students placed second in the sixth annual Certified Management Accountants of British Columbia (CMABC) Case Competition on Nov. 3.
Representing KPU were first- and second-year students Clayton Dendy, Hardeep Rai, Andy Nguyen and Anesha Kaid. The team earned a shared prize of $2,000.
“Case competitions provide students with stimulating opportunities to test drive their newly acquired skills,” said Wayne Tebb, dean, school of business, KPU. “Working under pressure they get to exercise their analytical skills, determine the strategic direction they think is best suited and advocate a time-tied, results-oriented real life action plan to a panel of seasoned industry veterans. For polytechnic university students this is the next best thing to being hired to do it.”
Thirty teams from KPU, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, Okanagan College, Capilano University, Camosun College and the University of British Columbia-Okanagan competed against each other. Students were tested on their management leadership skills by analyzing the fictional business case of Sarah’s Antiques. Students were given one day to work on this case before they had to present a recommended solution to the company’s fictional senior management team.
“I was very impressed with the participants’ presentation skills as well as their composure during the Q&A session,” said Bryan Hack, CMA, one of the judges for the competition.
The competition provided participating students with an understanding of challenges and issues faced by management. It also provided an opportunity to learn best practices, apply them in a demanding and creative situation, and acquire an appreciation of a business leader’s role.
Kwantlen’s BBA in accounting program provides full- and part-time intensive study for students wishing to earn a business degree. The program integrates skills and concepts of advanced accounting, business and leadership. In Canada, a degree is now a mandatory prerequisite to the awarding of all accounting designations. For more information about Kwantlen’s BBA in accounting program please visit: kwantlen.ca/business.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses – Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley – offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 18,000 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.