COMPONENTS

ACADEMICS

OPERATIONS AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT

Operations and logistics management is an essential element to the success of every organization. This case touches on all the concepts seen in this discipline: supply and quality management, improvement of organizational systems, automation, inventory management, production analysis, etc. The participating teams must therefore master these concepts well in order to to propose quality strategies to the client.

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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT

The case of human resources management encompasses all facets of management linked to the management, training, development, mobilization and recruitment of employees. It addresses challenges such as resistance to change following the introduction of a new system, possible gaps in organizational culture, restructuring of departments, establishing an organizational chart, attraction and retention strategies personnel and crisis management at the level of the internal functioning of the company. Delegates will regularly be asked to develop solutions while ensuring effective communication between the different franchises, unions, employers and employees. These factors will be determining in the success of the solution proposed by the participating team. Indeed, the teams will have to develop a strategy that is both effective and comprehensive, based on an internal approach and an in-depth analysis of the organization's external environment.

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ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Technological changes are a hot topic in today's society. The mandate given to the students will aim to support the organization in question in its technological strategy. This could involve the implementation of a CRM, an integrated management software package, artificial intelligence to support the organization's activities or the development of an application. In short, the proposed recommendations should add value to the client company's operations.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPEMENT

The case for sustainable development emphasizes the responsibilities of a company in several areas, whether social, economic or environmental. This case encourages teams to develop solutions that enable the business model to meet customer needs while respecting social boundaries and available resources. This may include the implementation of eco-responsible practices within a manufacturing stage or the integration of sustainable technologies. The issues raised in this context encompass not only the implementation of new projects, but also the management of ethical situations, where each actor must be taken into account. Such as waste management, pay and social equity, community engagement or other. The goal of the case is to obtain solutions that meet the needs of the future, keeping in mind the three “Ps”: profits, the planet and the people.

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FINANCE

The finance case requires delegates who are versatile in their knowledge. Students will be required to solve a case that may relate to market finance, corporate finance or personal finance. The partner companies will mainly come from the banking, insurance, stock market and real estate sectors.

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ACCOUNTING

The case of accounting brings together all the spheres that this discipline can affect in a company. The case could deal with accounting technique, performance measurement, financial advice, business recovery, verification up to the analysis of flows or projects... In short, this case highlights the knowledge that future CPAs will need to master by obtaining their title. Undergraduate university students, as well as first-year students of a 2nd cycle university program of an official training program of an accounting order aimed at obtaining an accounting title can participate in this test.

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TAXATION

The tax case puts into practice themes such as personal tax, corporate tax, capital gains, attribution rules, situations of death or donations and other particular notions linked to the law of tax. Students will be confronted with various types of companies, such as joint stock companies, trusts, partnerships or even personal businesses. First cycle students and only second cycle students, specifically in the CPA pathway, can participate in the case.

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BUSINESS STRATEGY

The strategy case requires an in-depth analysis of every aspect of a business, whether it is growing or struggling. Students must analyze each department of the entity in order to provide advice to the manager in an efficient and realistic manner. This case study requires a combination of varied knowledge and particularly calls on the creative and analytical mind of each participant. It is crucial to look not only at the problem presented, but also at the manager's ability to effectively manage his or her business. Students may be asked to think outside the box and argue their solution to adequately justify their decision-making. Knowledge in accounting, finance, logistics, human resources and marketing are used in this study, while being framed by ethics and national and international issues. They may be required to analyze disruptive business models, implement new technologies, develop marketing campaigns, strategy repositioning and more.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

In the era of globalization, this case can touch on a wide range of areas in business administration. Students must therefore be comfortable with global markets, market penetration, cultural and legal barriers. The international trade case requires a certain expertise in targeting a market, selecting the best strategies and distribution channels, managing the supply chain and potential partners. Versatility will be essential to propose a strategy adapted to the partner company.

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MARKETING

The marketing case addresses the essential elements of marketing strategy. Market research, segmentation, segment choice and marketing mix will be developed there. The issue may deal with growth through market penetration, product development, market development or diversification. The launch of a product can be discussed in order to develop the communication campaign and its positioning in the market. Market development may sometimes deal with international issues in the search for new segments. However, this case has the mandate to create or add value to the shareholders of the chosen company.

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DEBATE

Wishing to get closer to the reality of the debates taking place in the House of Commons, the conduct of this test is inspired by the structure in place in the Parliament of Canada. In effect, a university is first elected at random in order to occupy the role of the government presenting a bill. A competing university is elected at random to take the place of the opposition and thus present arguments against the government and its bill. During this test, current bills will be put forward to allow participants to develop their arguments in depth in light of their knowledge and opinions on the subject. During the competition, certain universities will have the chance to proceed to the following rounds based on the score awarded by the panel of judges on the argument presented.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Inspired by the worldwide hit American series Dragon's Den and its Quebec adaptation In the Eye of the Dragon, the case of entrepreneurial innovation deals with creativity, originality and novelty. Entrepreneurship issues frequently revolve around financing and value generation. This is a context of limited resources where entrepreneurs must constantly think about maximizing resources. Although venture capital and several government organizations and agencies represent sources of financing, start-up companies must first demonstrate the viability of their project. Students will have to develop a solid business model, demonstrate originality, in addition to using strategy in order to convince potential investors to invest in their project.

During the first round, that of product innovation, participants will discover the product they will have to market. They will have two (2) hours to use their creativity and daring to determine what use they will give to this product. The short five (5) minute presentation, in the form of an “elevator pitch”, will allow the team to sell their idea to the judges by presenting the broad outlines of their business plan as well as a financing request. In light of this presentation, the judges will award a percentage of the requested funding.

During the second round, that of implementation, participants will have to present to the judges a viable and quality business plan in twenty (20) minutes, allowing the client to proceed with the marketing of the product according to of the budget allocated to them in the first round.

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INTERACTIVE

The interactive case gets its name because of the interactions that take place between the participants and the partner company. In 24 hours, students will be invited to solve a mandate that could relate to all disciplines in the field of business: marketing, accounting, human resources, operations & logistics, international trade, sustainable development, etc. They must therefore have extensive knowledge and be prepared to respond quickly to unexpected events and the receipt of new information. Considering this, it is important to have the ability to search for quality information quickly and to be on the lookout for current trends in the field in question.

The case also includes a second secondary mandate which will be given to the finalist teams. This simplified mandate will aim to bring a new twist to the strategy previously presented. This could be: a budgetary constraint, the addition of sustainable development elements, the creation of a marketing campaign, the identification of a new product/service to favor for the future. The second mandate will be handed over halfway during the first 24-hour resolution, but will only need to be dealt with during the second round.

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SURPRISE CASE

This case is named after the unexpected content of the case submitted before the competition. Preselected participants must therefore feel comfortable with several branches of management. The surprise case can deal with a single discipline or even link several fields of study at the same time. This is an event for which preparation takes a month before the competition, which makes it possible to create an engaging, stimulating and complex mandate. Participants can use all resources at their disposal during this period. The recommendations issued must therefore demonstrate increased mastery of the partner company and its sector to demonstrate the realism of the proposals. The case may deal with management, marketing, strategy or any other aspect of business administration.

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SPORTS

FLAG FOOTBALL

Combining speed, agility, precision, and concentration, the Flag Football competition requires versatile and athletic participants. Teams will compete in an intense environment where communication, cohesion, and talent will make a difference.

MYSTERY ACTIVATION

Awaken your senses! Your athletic and mental qualities will be necessary for this activity. Without ever being able to practice, the mystery aspect adds spice to the competition!

OTHER COMPONENTS

SOCIAL

The social component can include various activities which will, for the most part, attempt to include the notions of socialization and mutual aid. The social component highlights the creative and artistic spirit of the participants, pushing them to step out of their comfort zones.

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PARTICIPATION

The participation component encompasses three (3) main aspects regarding the presence of delegations: mutual aid, camaraderie, and creativity. Mutual aid involves the positive contribution of each delegation to the success of the JDC. This includes support for the smooth running of the event and solidarity among delegations. Camaraderie refers to a delegation's attitude towards others. It encompasses the active presence of all participants, teamwork, fraternity, and efforts to embody the 'Spirit of JDC.' Creativity represents teams' ability to innovate in the design of their various projects, both before and during the competition.

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