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Congratulations to our business team who competed at the 2018 Alberta Not For Profit Case Competition (ANPCC). This is the fourth year for a team from USI to compete. The competition was held February 28-March 3, in Alberta, Canada.

USI team at Alberta competition
USI team at Alberta competition. Photo credit: Timothy Bryan.

The teams are chosen for the competition by application, and USI was the only team from the United States to be invited. There was a team from Scotland and the remaining ten teams were from Canada.

This year’s case was to develop sustainable fundraising for Heart and Stroke Foundation, a Canada-wide organization that has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke for more than 60 years. The organization is a leading funder of life-saving research, which has led to breakthroughs such as heart transplant surgery and a revolutionary stroke treatment that cuts the death rate by 50%. Volunteers work to create healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke, in communities across Canada.

Students representing USI were Shannon Farrell, senior, accounting and finance; Logan Hartman, junior, marketing and management; Rachel Northcutt, senior, accounting; and Gloria Sengwe, senior, economics. They were coached by Romain College of Business faculty member Timothy Bryan, instructor in accounting.

Students who participate on case teams consider it a life-changing experience in their college career. This was Shannon Farrell's second year to compete. "Participating in the Alberta Not-for-Profit Association Case Competition for the second time was just as exciting as the first. I learned even more about the role of not-for-profits and how we as business students can help them prosper," she said. "My favorite part of the experience was knowing that our idea could truly help Heart and Stroke raise money, educate individuals, and therefore, save lives. I also enjoyed meeting students from across the world and exploring the city of Edmonton. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to participate in this competition and will remember the experience forever."

"Competing in the case competition taught me more about what types of problems not-for-profit organizations face and ways that these problems can be handled. One of my favorite parts of the competition was listening to a panel of not-for-profit professionals because I got to learn more about careers and current issues in the not-for-profit sector," said Rachel Northcutt. "Outside of the competition, we got to go to the Ice Castles in Edmonton, which was really fun and a nice break! Overall, it was a great experience."

Logan Hartman said of her experience as part of the team that she "learned a lot practicing for the competition and while in Alberta including advanced presentation skills and how to identify the important information from the cases. My favorite part was working on the case with our awesome team on Friday. It was a lot of work, but we always find ways to make it fun!" 

Teams that placed were:

1st Place: Leder School of Business - The King's University
2nd Place: Edwards School of Business - University of Saskatchewan
3rd Place: MacEwan University
Spirit Award: The University of Edinburgh

Other articles: team announced and wishing them good luck as they head to Alberta!

Published March 8, 2018