Format and Guidelines
I.C.B.C. consists of eight events, of which seven are case-based. The seven separate case analysis events include: Accounting; Business Policy; Sheldon Chumir Ethics Event; Finance; Minerva Human Resources Event; Marketing; and MIS. Teams may represent their university in the Preliminary Round (formerly Inter-University Round), which is accomplished through correspondence and the preparation of a written report. The top six teams in each event are then invited to participate in the Final Round, a four-day event held at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Competitors are given five and a half hours to prepare for a 15 minute oral presentation (20 minutes for Business Policy) before a panel of judges primarily from Corporate Canada. In addition, the Final Round includes a Debating event, which past participants know is always very entertaining.
Student submissions are judged by both panels of academics and industry practitioners depending on the stage of the competition. As I.C.B.C. celebrates another year, we hope once again to provide students with the opportunity to develop their business acumen. In addition, participants interact with influential members of the business community, and develop new contacts with students of similar interests and goals.
Each Accounting, Business Policy, Ethics, Finance, Marketing, and MIS team will be given ONE laptop and a mouse, to be used by the team for case analysis purposes.
- Laptops will not be equipped with external communication devices and participants are not allowed to bring Ethernet cords.
- All laptops will be equipped with Microsoft Office 2007 software, which includes Excel and PowerPoint.
- Laptops and USB keys will be picked up by a Systems Assistant ten minutes prior to the presentation time.
- CICA Guidelines are installed on all Accounting event laptops.
- Each team will receive one USB key for backing up the presentation. Please ensure that you periodically save any files that you are working on in the event of computer failure.
- There is no limit to the number of slides that may be used.
- Data may be inserted from Microsoft Excel.
- Teams must save their presentation as their team number. The last names of presenters, as well as the name of their University are not to be seen anywhere in the presentation.
- Additional rules regarding clip art, sounds, fonts, colours, backgrounds, etc. are currently under review.
All non-programmable calculators are allowed. Any types of programmable or graphing calculators are not permitted. Financial calculators may be used.