JDC West is the most prestigious undergraduate business competition in Western Canada. The competition is a three-day event that showcases academics, athletics, debate, and an out-of-the-box social competition. This event hosts approximately 1,300 attendees with 650 undergraduate delegates from twelve of the premier post-secondary institutions across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Annually, JDC West requires the support of almost 400 volunteers and dozens of professional partners to make this elaborate, multi-faceted competition possible.
There are 10 core Academic Competitions. 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:
Accounting, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Business Technology, Marketing, Not-for-Profit Strategy, and Operations Management.
Each debate team has 4 students. They are given 30 minutes to review the proposal and come up with their constructive arguments around the proposed resolution. As it is in parliamentary style, one team is designated Team Government and the other Team Opposition. Resolutions range across multiple disciplines affecting the Canadian landscape, including current economic, social, and political issues.
The hosting school chooses the sports for each year. These 8 person teams include both male and female competitors. They are encouraged and expected to uphold the core values of competition, camaraderie, and community during all the games they partake in. The year, the sports are Ultimate Football and Tchoukball.
Teams bring together the most ambitious, spirited JDC West competitors in a unique multi-faceted and strategic event that promotes personal and team growth, through tests of perseverance and adaptability. Each challenge team has 4 students – two males and two females. These competitors 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 athletic, spirit, and food competitions. The challenge competition encourages networking, innovation and creativity.