KPU business students earn silver in case competition

Thu, Dec 5, 2013

KPU accounting students’ business skills won them second place in the province-wide CPA Rival Case Competition at UBC-Okanagan.

Robinder Sandhu, Raymond Martinez, Sam Schahauser and Akshdeep (Gabby) Gill beat 14 other teams of top business students from UBC-Okanagan, SFU, Okanagan College and Camosun College at the inaugural Chartered Professional Accountant event.

The competition gave 64 students three hours to come up with a resolution for a fictional u-brew business wanting to sell the highest quality self-brew beer at competitive prices.

“Competitions provide complex situations that challenge students’ analytical abilities and team effectiveness under pressure. Creating strategic action plans in such situations rapidly grounds theory,” says Wayne Tebb, dean of the KPU school of business.

After the first round, each team received feedback as judges chose the top presentations. KPU’s team was one of four finalists selected to present a shorter version of their resolution on-the-spot – a presentation that earned them second place, and a $1,000 prize.

“Winning second place is such a tremendous achievement for the students and for KPU. It was a pleasure working with this bright group of students who brought great motivation and energy to the training process. I am so proud of their performance at the competition,” says Praise Lee, accounting faculty member who coached the team.

The event, jointly sponsored by the province’s three professional accounting bodies, was held Nov. 22-24. Professional accountants judged the students’ presentations, and helped mentor individual teams.

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