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Student Involvement

Sauder JDC West

Competition Team

JDC West is a three-day event that showcases academics, athletics, debate, and challenge (think Amazing Race meets Fear Factor) competition. This prestigious event stands as the largest undergraduate business competition in Western Canada, hosting 1,300 attendees and uniting over 650 delegates from twelve premier post-secondary institutions annually. 

The Brains


Business Meeting

Comprised of 10 three-person teams classified by business discipline. Within a 3 hour timespan, teams must develop a case analysis and deliver a 20 minute presentation to a panel of judges. Our average academic competitor belongs to the top 5th percentile of undergraduate class for outstanding academic achievement and notable work experience.

Applications for our Academic Team are now closed.

The Brawns



Comprised of an 8 person co-ed team. Teams train to compete in this year’s featured volleyball and dodgeball. Athletes are tested in mental resilience, teamwork, and physical ability.


The Defenders


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Comprised of four members. Teams prepare their arguments for any given business topic within a 30-minute time span. Using the Canadian Parliamentary debate style, teams assume the role of either Government or Opposition as they battle it out in 42-minute rounds.


The Thrill Seekers


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Comprised of two females and two males, the social competition of JDC West is entirely unique. They must complete 10 challenges happening at any given time, day or night. The social team is tested on their physical and mental endurance. They exemplify JDC West’s spirit of adventure, creativity, and passion.


Summer Development Program

The Summer Development Program is for those who are new to casing and want to sharpen their case competition skills. This program runs throughout the summer and includes:

Weekly Lectures and Discussions

Learn about case best practices and techniques from JDC alumni and experienced competitors.

Team Cases

Apply your learning and experiment with team dynamics to prepare for discussion.

Mock Case Competitions

Showcase your learning in a true JDC-style case room judged by alumni and industry professionals.

Team Development

Meet new friends and bond by learning together.

Applications for the 2024 Summer Development Program open in April 2024.


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