Kwantlen Beats All Other Canadian Teams in Prestigious Global Business Competition

Mon, May 2, 2011



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Kwantlen Beats All Other Canadian Teams in Prestigious Global Business Competition

METRO VANCOUVER, BC - (May 3, 2011) – Kwantlen Polytechnic University had its best finish ever at this year's APEX Business IT Competition in Singapore. The competition, which took place between April 25 and 29, pitted Kwantlen business students Mike Harrison, Erin Spiller and Amanda Ovenden against 27 other teams from 15 countries and five continents.

"Our students did a phenomenal job in Singapore," says Arthur Coren, dean, Kwantlen School of Business. "They really showcased both our university and our business school on the global stage."

The impressive showing at this year's APEX Global competition marks the second time in two months Kwantlen's business team has bested all other Canadian universities it has competed against. Last February, the team placed third in the Intercollegiate Marketing Competition (IMC) beating all other Canadian competitors.

"Finishing as the top team in Canada in both marketing and IT competitions demonstrates the diversity and flexibility of Kwantlen's business program," says Chamkaur Cheema, an instructor at Kwantlen's School of Business and one of the team's coaches. "Our students are able to compete effectively in all areas of business, a critical attribute in today's job market."

Hosted this year by Singapore Management University, APEX Global is an annual business competition that has run for the past three years. It integrates different schools of thought of business and IT to produce unique case study-based challenge, which provide a forum of learning and professional development for the next generation of Business-IT leaders. Throughout the APEX Business IT Competition, some of the world's brightest business undergrads are challenged to analyze process, engineer and execute a series of strategies.

The competition was judged by senior managers from world-class companies including Deloitte, McKinsey and Company, Credit Suisse and Citibank.

Kwantlen School of Business is one of British Columbia's largest undergraduate business schools and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). For more information on Kwantlen's School of Business, visit:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 200,000 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 17,000 students annually have a choice from over 135 programs including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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