Finish Strong with IBA! FinComp 2021

After a well-deserved reading week, IBA wishes everyone a rejuvenating (virtual) welcome back as we all settle into the final stretch of the 2020-2021 academic year! Though we are entering our final weeks of the semester, IBA still has various upcoming activities for students looking to make the most of their university experience. An excellent way to get engaged is the upcoming 14th annual, IBA-hosted, Show Me the Green case competition, taking place on March 19th and 20th. UTM Commerce and Management students can participate by signing up on UTM’s PSDP website, and all other students can sign up through links available on the case competition’s Instagram page @showmethegreen2021.

To give you an idea of what to expect, let’s recap IBA’s last case competition, FinComp, held shortly before reading week at the end of January.

FinComp is a consulting case competition in the fields of Finance and Technology Innovation with $1,750 in winnings to the top three teams. With judges from our platinum sponsor, the Certified Management Consulting designation (CMC Ontario) and panelists from CPA Ontario and MAccFin, the case competition was a great way to enhance learning in the fields of FinTech and consulting by engaging with industry experts.

The event kicked off with opening remarks from chairpersons of the event, Rubab Nadeem and Mei I Lai, who spoke about their experiences planning previous iterations of the event and what they have learned about the importance of participating in case competitions through their own previous experiences. Following was the Director of Undergraduate Programs and Student Services, Heather Hines, who spoke about the learning value of being able to participate in events with sponsors from the relevant fields. After the opening ceremony, students rotated between presenting their case solutions and attending a panel moderated by Arsh Salh from IBM, alongside Marc Folch from Interac, Anni Huang from American Express, and Hanna Zaidi from Wealthsimple.

After the panel and competition, students were given an opportunity to network with a diverse range of business professionals provided by the event’s sponsors before moving into a workshop by CMC affiliate Allan Wilson regarding the “Business Side of Consulting”.

Before the announcement of the winners, the event took break, which contained some words from the event’s sponsors.

After much deliberation from the CMC judges about the various competitive case solutions, the winners were announced. Team Apollo consisting of Nikki Agrawal, Adam Aboul Hosn and Daniel Rebello took home the first place prize of $1,000, congratulations! The announcement of the winners was followed by a raffle from IBA sponsor, Amazon for a $50 gift card and closing remarks for the event, concluding FinComp for the year.

Be sure to keep up with IBA on our Instagram page @utmiba to learn about more upcoming opportunities to engage with and enrich your learning!