BRANDON MERRITT and his teammates Jessica Cave and Natasha Lukawitski

Local wins academic competition

A FORMER resident placed first at the Jeux de Commerce with his teammates recently.

A FORMER resident placed first at the Jeux de Commerce with his teammates recently.

Brandon Merritt, in his third year in accounting at the University of Northern BC (UNBC) in Prince George, was one of more than 600 students from 12 business schools competing in one of 10 academic disciplines.

The three-day event showcases academics, athletics, debate and an out-of-the-box social competition and gets the best business students together.

Participants compete in all facets of business and develop networking, critical thinking and leadership skills.

The academic competitions include accounting, marketing, human resources, international business and business strategy.

Participants are given an academic case and they spend three hours coming up with a solution for presentation.

The team then has 20 minutes to present its solution to the judges.

This year’s competition featured the first Entrepreneurship Pitch, where students created business ideas and presented them to real investors.

Starting in 2010, JDC West became the only case competition that emphasizes a focus on strategy for non-profit organizations.

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