Business students at Okanagan College won big in a prestigious competition this month.

    Queen’s University Intercollegiate Business Competition, Canada’s largest, oldest and most prestigious undergraduate competition, brought together 15 OC students for four medals, including in a team category .

    The competition, which took place January 13-15 in Kingston, Ontario, featured seven teams from the Okanagan School of Business on the final weekend of the event. Two-person teams were presented with a business scenario to analyze, develop a solution, and create a presentation to present to a panel of judges within 5.5 hours.

    OC students competed in areas such as human resources, ethics, accounting, debate, digital strategy, marketing and trade policy and teammates Patrick Gilmour (3rd year) and Jessica Skerlec ( 4th year) were among the winners, walking away with a first place in the human resources competition.

    “The whole process challenged me to apply my learnings and strengths from our business program in an environment outside of the classroom,” Skerlec said. “Competition has not only allowed me to reach my full potential and boost my confidence, but has also created lasting relationships with my amazing teammates and coaches, as well as many people around the world.”

    “I was so ecstatic when we heard our school’s name announced as champions,” added Gilmour. “I felt a lot of school pride at that time and I still do. I was so happy to be able to attribute this achievement to the dedication of our coaches – Roger and Laura – and the entire business program I had a truly incredible education and this championship absolutely reflects that.

    After the exhilarating three days of the last weekend, several OC students and teachers won prizes:

    • 1st (HR): Patrick Gilmour and Jessica Skerlec – Coached by Laura Thurnheer and Roger Wheeler
    • 2nd (debate): Braden Hall and Manmeet Dhaliwal – coached by Bob Groves
    • 2nd (Ethics): Kimberly Cornell – Coached by Robert Ryan and Caroline Gilchrist
    • 3rd (Accounting): Annika Kirk and Connor Margetts – Coached by Mary Ann Knoll and Adrian Fontenla
    • Co-Chair Award – Outstanding Team Spirit

    “It’s really a great achievement for our teams. This is a credit to the students, faculty, and everyone involved with the Okanagan School of Business,” said Dr. Andrew Hay, Dean and Vice President Academic of Okanagan College. “I would like to congratulate the entire team for receiving the Co-President’s Award for Team Spirit. You have made us all proud.

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