JDC West

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Jeux du Commerce West, JDC West Business Competition or informally, JDC West is an annual business competition featuring top business schools and students from across Western Canada, as well as the largest undergraduate business competition in Western Canada. The first competition, hosted by UBC, occurred January 20-23, 2006, and attracted over 400 students. JDC West was modeled after Jeux du Commerce and allows the competition to move from host university/city to host university/city each given year.

Structure[edit]

Each university sends one team of 50+ representative students to participate respectively in one of 10 Academic Competitions, 1 Parliamentary Debate, 1 Athletic Competition or 1 Social Competition. Points are awarded and accumulated towards a team being declared "School of the Year".

Academics[edit]

There are 10 core Academic Competitions. That being said, an organizing committee may add any number of additional academic cases, providing that the core academic cases (listed below) are included. Each competition has 3 students from each team participate. In each case competition participants have a fixed amount of time to review the facts and prepare before presenting to the industry judges and experts.

Current academic events for JDC West are:

Debate[edit]

Each debate team has 4 students. They have 30 minutes to review the proposal before presenting. As it is in parliamentary style, one team is designated Team Government and the other Team Opposition.

Athletics[edit]

The hosting school chooses the sport each year. The teams include both male and female competitors.

Social[edit]

Each social team has 4 students - two males and two females. The social portion of the JDC West competition is arguably the most arduous on its competitors who are on-call for ten social challenges to be completed in less than 48 hours at any time of day or night. These entertaining challenges are known to include spirit, mental and physical challenges that bring the 4 students together in a way no team sport could. These challenges test students adaptability, enthusiasm and team work to the extreme.

Additional awards[edit]

Participation - Focuses on the spirit of each school during the competition weekend. The team that cheers the hardest, shows up for the most events, and is the life of the party takes the prize.

Charity - Has two awards. One for the number of hours that school commits to their charities of choice and the second for the amount of dollars raised for their charity of choice.

Participating schools[edit]

The following schools are or have been participants in JDC West:

University Business Faculty Name
(if named)
First Year

Participating

British Columbia Institute of Technology BCIT School of Business 2017
Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business 2006
University of Alberta Alberta School of Business 2006
University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business 2006
University of British Columbia Okanagan 2009
University of Calgary Haskayne School of Business 2011
University of Lethbridge 2006
University of Manitoba Asper School of Business 2007
University of Northern British Columbia 2007
University of Regina Paul J. Hill School of Business 2006
University of Saskatchewan Edwards School of Business 2006
University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business 2006
University of Winnipeg 2013

History of the Games[edit]

History of JDC and JDC West[edit]

The original Jeux du Commerce, French for "Commerce Games" started as a Business Student Competition in 1989 in Eastern Canada. They were created in 1988 thanks to the initiative of some students of HEC MONTREAL who wanted to strengthen the links between the students of business administration through the province of Quebec. Mister Patrice Bourbonnais was the student heading a team of co-founders, including Patrick Bérard and Benoît Lessard, as well as others students. The School of Hautes Etudes Commerciales (French business school) of Montreal was the first institution host of the Games (Sets) of the Business in January, 1989. Jeux du Commerce grew throughout the years and became one of the largest events hosted by REFAEC. In 2003, Yannick Denis-Trudel, the president of REFAEC at the time had a vision to expand "the games" to the rest of Canada. In an attempt to unify the country under the Jeux du Commerce banner, he took on the task of inviting a group of delegates from across Canada to visit the games and see what they were all about. Students returned to their schools excited, but lacked a bit of direction in terms of establishing the games in their own regions. The year after, Yannick made another attempt to get the rest of Canada excited about the games and created a competing team called "Team Rest of Canada" or "Team ROC". The intention was to allow those visiting the games to actively take part in the games, rather than just watch from the sidelines. Student's went back to their respective schools with an excitement to bring Jeux du Commerce to their respective regions. At Roundtable 2005, one bid to host the event in the Western Region by students from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, Co-Led by Jeff Potter and Nik Laufer-Edel. Another bid was put forth for the Ontario region by Guelph Humber. The Western bid was approved by the presidents of the western business schools of the Canadian Business School Council and allowed JDC West to take its first steps to be actualized.

In 2006, over 1,200 business students from 13 Eastern universities in Canada chose to compete. Since its inauguration, the JDC has become a prestigious annual event noted for its academic excellence and superior teamwork development. Like JDC West, JDC consists of Athletic, Social, Debate and community involvement components.

The JDC legacy expanded to Ontario schools in 2009, in a competition branded as JDC Central.

Following the success of 'Jeux du Commerce' a desire was expressed to create similar games in Western Canada, ultimately leading to a Commerce Competition on a national scale. The Western Games were dubbed JDC West. JDC West has exemplified professionalism and excellence, while focusing on the unique challenges facing a Western Canadian business student. The academic structure of the competition is maintained, encouraging students to strive for excellence and professionalism, while continuing the goodwill and good sportsmanship that JDC has been known for.

The JDC West Business Competition was incorporated as a not-for-profit in 2010 prior to JDC West 2011. In 2011, a volunteer Board of Directors was voted in by the Presidents of the participating business schools' students societies in collaboration with their JDC West Team Captains. This board is composed of active JDC West alumni and the current Organizing Committee's External Co-Chair. The board's main roles are to oversee the long-term strategy, risk mitigation, relationship management and high level financial health of the competition to ensure its long-term sustainability.

Competition venues[edit]

Year Location Host School Co-Chairs Students competing School of the Year Theme Winning Team Captain(s)
2006 Vancouver, British Columbia University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Jeff Potter & Nik Laufer-Edel > 400 University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Sustainability Mike Tung
2007 Vancouver, British Columbia University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Conor Topley & NJ Thompson > 450 Simon Fraser University
Beedie School of Business
Business Ethics Jasmine Cumberland & Lejla Pekaric
2008 Lethbridge, Alberta University of Lethbridge
Lee Spraklin & Christine Odney > 450 University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Managing Responsibly in a Global Environment Tory Nash
2009 Edmonton, Alberta University of Alberta
University of Alberta School of Business
Jessica Leung & Nick Nemish > 600 University of Alberta
University of Alberta School of Business
Inspiring Innovation Maureen Walsh
2010 Prince George, British Columbia University of Northern British Columbia
Jonathon Gray & Farouk Ramji > 600 University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Humanitarian Leadership Denea Campbell
2011 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan University of Saskatchewan
Edwards School of Business
Stephanie Ulm & Matthew Bennett > 550 University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Going Against the Grain Robert Harmer
2012 Edmonton, Alberta University of Alberta
University of Alberta School of Business
Koryn Stamler & Nathan Petersen > 550 University of Regina
Paul J. Hill School of Business
Fueling Productivity Kyle Gibson & Ally Pilkey
2013 Vancouver, British Columbia University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Pia Ghosh & Andy Nesta > 575 University of Saskatchewan
Edwards School of Business
Lasting Impacts Kelsey Heggie & Cole Thorpe
2014 Regina, Saskatchewan University of Regina
Paul J. Hill School of Business
Emily McNair & Victoria Johnson > 600 University of Regina
Paul J. Hill School of Business
Beyond Profits Mason Gardiner & Lyndon Kifferling
2015 Victoria, British Columbia University of Victoria
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Cody Patchell & Alec McKay > 600 University of Manitoba
Asper School of Business
World of Opportunities Luke McKim & Eben Rawluk
2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan University of Saskatchewan
Edwards School of Business
Kara Leftley & Anastasia Stadnyk > 600 University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
Achieving Excellence Faizal Shivji & Kevin Dhami
2017 Edmonton, Alberta University of Alberta
University of Alberta School of Business
Dan Park & Joshua Tang > 600 University of Regina
Paul J. Hill School of Business
Empower New Beginnings Cari-Lynn Schoettler & Danielle Lane
2018 Calgary, Alberta University of Calgary
Haskayne School of Business
Mitch Orr & Katherine Tikkanen > 600 University of Saskatchewan
Edwards School of Business
Embracing Diversity Tanner Gattinger & Ryan Nieman
2019 Burnaby, British Columbia Simon Fraser University
Beedie School of Business
Bethany Chan & Mavis Lum > 600 Simon Fraser University
Beedie School of Business
Shaping Tomorrow Tom Kadota & Ryan Wong
2020 Regina, Saskatchewan University of Regina
Paul J. Hill School of Business
Mason Gardiner & Cari-Lynn Schoettler > 600 Growing Forward

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