Recommended Business Competitions | Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics

Recommended Business Competitions

Competitions are organized by the month during which they take place. Application deadlines and event dates are approximate and are based on previous years. Please confirm exact dates by visiting the websites provided.

Selected Competitions listed below were chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Nationally recognized competitions
  • Themes that align with Lang's mission and values
  • Sponsored by key external organizations

Companies run their own competitions that are open to students. For a listing of Industry Run Competitions see below.

See below for a listing of Additional Competitions.


Selected Competitions 

(Eligible for three Lang branded items) 

Name of Competition: Dates Held: Deadline: Description: Link for More Information:  
Great Canadian Sales Competition September (Multiple Rounds) Early January Launched in 2014, it is now Canada's Biggest Student Competition. To-date, more than 1,800 Canadian students have developed new skills, networked and learned from amazing business leaders, and won trips, mentoring sessions, cash and other prizes. GCSC website  
Queen's Business Environment Today (QBET) October
Mid-September As Canada’s oldest and most innovative undergraduate business conference, QBET brings together some of the most influential companies with Canada’s brightest future business leaders. QBET website  
Brock University Accounting Conference (BUAC) November Mid-October BUAC focuses on providing students with the opportunity to hone the skills and knowledge they will need to be successful in the accounting field. BUAC website  
John Molson Sports Marketing  Conference (JMSM) November Tickets first come first serve basis. The Annual John Molson Sports Marketing (JMSM) Sports Business Conference is the largest student-run conference in Canada and has run for 17 years and counting. JMSM website  
LIVE Competition November Early October LIVE’s Curriculum challenges delegates to face realistic executive decisions and solve them in the context of a competition. In teams of five, delegates will take on the roles of senior managers in fictitious companies that are in competition with one another. LIVE website  
Deloitte Community Case Competition (DC3) Ontario November Early November The Deloitte Community Case Competition (DC3) Ontario 2022! DC3 Ontario is a week-long case competition which aims to offer students enrolled in a university or equivalent academic institution in Ontario the opportunity to provide an impactful recommendation for a local Not-For-Profit (NFP) organization. DC3 website  
Achieving Professional Excellence (APEX) January Early November The APEX (Achieving Professional Excellence) Conference is an annual, non-profit undergraduate business conference hosted by a team of dedicated students from York University’s Schulich School of Business. APEX website  
Battle on Bay January Early November A unique financial case competition presented by the Ryerson University Finance Society, in which it allows undergraduate commerce students from across Canada, to utilize and develop their analytical skills to solve current financial issues. Battle on Bay website  
Canadian Marketing League January (Multiple rounds) Late January The nation’s largest advertising and marketing experiential program. It s a platform through which students can engage with the industry, showcase their talents and gain a competitive edge. CML website  
Jeux de Commerce Central (JDCC) January Late March JDCC is modeled after the infamous Jeux du Commerce (JDC), which has been run by Eastern Canadian bilingual Business Schools for the last 25 years. JDCC is the biggest conference of its kind in Central Canada, as it entails business case analysis, parliamentary style debates, sports competitions, charity and community service as well as social challenges. JDCC website  
Queen's Sports Industry Conference (QSIC) January Early December Delegates have the opportunity to interact with industry professionals and go behind the scenes with new products. In the Sportsnet Free-Agency, simulation where participants can put themselves in the shoes of professionals, analyze athlete profiles and negotiate contracts. QSIC website  
Queen's Marketing Association Conference (QMAC) January Late November The Queen’s Marketing Association Conference (QMAC) is Canada’s most prestigious undergraduate marketing conference. QMAC is an opportunity to bridge the gap between the classroom and industry and with QMAC, the bridge for marketers and students alike is shorter than ever. QMAC website  
DECA January Mid November DECA is an international student organization that prepares future leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other professional areas through case competitions and networking events throughout the year. DECA website  
Commerce & Engineering Environmental Conference (CEEC) January Early December CEEC explores the business opportunities and technology that will allow for the next generation of great companies to lead us into a world that is built upon renewable energy and other green innovation. CEEC website  
ASA's Crack the Case Competition February Late January Do you want to expand your horizons and apply the theories you've learned in class to real life situations? Do you want to take your public speaking and analytical skills to the next level and showcasing your skills to industry professionals? ASA's event page  
Ted Rogers Management Conference (TRMC) March Late November Designed to attract North America’s brightest students to an intensive three-day professional development forum. Students have an opportunity to engage with peers and industry experts through professional workshops, case competitions, and networking opportunities. TRMC website  
Border City Financial Case Competition (BCFCC) March Early December Attracting top students from all over North America, the RBC BCFCC allows students to solve real-world business problems. BCFCC website  
Young Hoteliers Summit (YHS) March Check Website The Young Hoteliers Summit build a dynamic communicative platform that aims to bridge the gap between leading hospitality firms, their masterminds and top notch talent of over 30 hospitality schools from around the globe and bring them all together for a 3-day Global Summit at EHL in Switzerland to shape the industry of tomorrow. YHS website  


Industry Run Competitions 

(Eligible for two Lang branded items) 

Name of Competition: Dates Held: Deadline: Description: Link for More Information:
Chartered for Success Conference January November Meet with over 30 CPAs working at high-profile companies in finance roles. From CPAs in investment banking, to asset management and private equity and from analysts to CFOs.     Chartered for Success website
ARGUS University Challenge February     Late January During Altus Groups Challenge, one team of students compete by simply selecting a variety of real estate investment options that are indexed to well-known real estate benchmarks. University Challenge website
Canadian Tire Marketing Faceoff     February     Late February The goal of this competition is to gain solutions to real business / marketing problems the corporation faces. Marketing Faceoff website
Accor Challenge-Take Off!     April    March Have the opportunity to work on a real Accor case study, evaluated by professors from top schools and by Accor experts. Accor Challenge website
The Deloitte National Leadership Conference June March 100 talented students are chosen to connect with leaders of the firm, learn fundamental leadership principles and pitch a solution for a real-life challenge. DNLC website
The International RAHM LGBT+ Leadership Contest June Check Website RBC hosts this event for those age 18-35 who identify as LGBT+ for a full day of competitions, working groups, round tables and a chance to expand their "knowledge networks" and overall leadership skills. RAHM website


Additional Competitions

(Eligible for one Lang branded item)
Name of Competition: Dates Held: Deadline: Description: Link for More Information:
National Investment Banking Competition (NIBC)     September Late August Students develop their professional skills through various workshops, learn about various career paths available to them, broaden their professional network, learn about LGBTQ+ support in the workplace, and secure jobs and internship opportunities. NIBC website
Out On Bay Street     September     Early September It examines the next business phenomena and gives delegates crucial insights into the business trends of today and tomorrow.      Out on Bay Street website
Chasing Sustainability Conference     October Tickets first come first serve basis. The Chasing Sustainability Conference offers 3 Inspiring Keynote speakers interactive panels workshops on a wide variety of business topics and buffet-style networking with over 70 professional delegates in sustainable businesses. Chasing Sustainability Conference website
Ethics in Action Competition     November Check Website Its goal is to equip tomorrow’s business leaders with the tools to make complex decisions while adhering to ethical principles.     Ethics in Action website
Prime Time Sports Management Conference November Mid November The Prime Time Sports Management Conference is an annual conference and trade show held in Toronto. It welcomes guest speakers from the industry and also features a case competition.     PTSM Conference website
Queen's Advancing Entrepreneurship Conference (QACE)     November Late October QACE is one of the most highly anticipated business conferences at Queen's. It is the only conference on campus founded upon students' passion for entrepreneurship while being driven by innovation and creativity.     QACE website
Queen's Finance Association Conference (QFAC) November Late September Through four days of interactive and informative events, QFAC has consistently delivered on its mission to provide students with practical knowledge of finance and financial markets, facilitating their transition into careers that encompass all areas of finance. QFAC website
Queen's Leadership, Excellent and Development Conference (QLEAD)     November Early October Every year, hundreds of inspired high school students apply to QLEAD to develop their leadership skills and gain a better understanding of the business world and university life.     QLEAD website
Queen's Women in Leadership Conference (Q.WIL) November Mid-Late September The conference has evolved to feature engaging panels, a fast-paced case competition, and a variety of industry workshops in different fields. Q.WIL website
University of Waterloo Accounting Conference (UWAC)     November Check Website By combining learning and networking, the conference seeks to provide delegates with a unique and insightful experience that will act as a stepping stone in their journeys to becoming the leaders of tomorrow.     UWAC website
York Marketing Association Annual Conference     November Check Website The YMA Conference unites over 120 of the brightest marketing students from across Ontario to connect with industry leaders, hear from world-class speakers and compete in our flagship case competition.     YMA Conference website
Wege Prize Student Competition November Check Website An annual competition that ignites game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Wege Prize website
Global Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC) January Check Website It prepares participants to understand the critical issues that are unique to family enterprise by applying the knowledge and expertise they have developed in the classroom towards solving complex family business cases.      FECC website
Queen's Commerce Corporate Challenge January Late November As well as incorporating the regular aspects of a rigorous case competition, Q3C cases mimic the dynamicity of real-world business issues – Q3C regularly implements “twists” in its cases to keep competitors on their toes. Q3C website
Queen's Entrepreneurs Conference January Late October The QEC is dedicated to helping talented entrepreneurs from around the world jump-start their businesses - and their dreams. QEC website
UBC Imprint Conference February Check Website Imprint integrates corporate and personal branding concepts to provide students with a holistic view of the topic and to tackle real-life, marketing-related business problems from top companies. Imprint Conference website
John Molson Undergrad Case Competition February Check Website Each year, JMUCC selects 24 of the world’s best business schools to compete in four live business cases.     JMUCC website
Rotman International Trading Competition February Early December Teams participate in electronic and outcry trading cases, seminars with industry practitioners, and social events with their fellow competitors from around the world.      Rotman Competition website
Starting Point Student Entrepreneurship Conference February Mid February Starting Point brings together entrepreneurial students from universities and colleges across Canada to hear from amazing speakers, learn from experts in their field, and earn money for their business. Starting Point Conference website
Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference March Check Website The Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference is created for every woman who is passionate about agriculture and food. AWC website
Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) No Boundaries Conference     March Check Website CAUFP serves as a catalyst for the advancement and inclusion of black leaders in the Canadian financial services industry and in finance professions.     CAUFP Confernece website
HEC Corporate Responsibility Challenge     March Check Website It affords MBA students from around the world the chance to apply analytical and critical-thinking skills to current corporate responsibility issues in order to find original and practical solutions. HEC CSR Challenge website
Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC)     March Check Website Global VCIC is the world’s largest venture capital competition with over 70 universities competing. VCIC is the only place where students get to be VCs for the day and startups get a due diligence immersion.     VCIC website
Canada's Business Model Competition     March February It is more effective than a regular business plan competition because it includes a break-down of the idea, customer development, testing the assumptions and addressing the real competition in Canada. CBMC website
Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) Student Competition March Check Website The IDeA competition challenges students across Canada to use their creativity to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to accessibility-related issues resulting in communities that are more accessible for persons with disabilities.      IDeA Competition webpage
Degroote Finance & Investment Council (DFIC) Stock Pitch Competition March March DFIC’s annual stock pitch competition attracts students across Canada from a variety of business schools. DFIC Registration
McGill Management International Case Competition March Check Website A world-class undergraduate competition with a focus on globalization, innovation and multi-disciplinary thinking. McGill Competition website
Ontario's Southwest Tourism Conference March  Early March Interested in the tourism industry? Join Prof Marion Joppe and fellow students on March 7th for a bus trip to London to attend the Ontario Southwest Tourism Conference. Tourism Conference website
Quinnipiac Global Asset Management Education (G.A.M.E.) VII Forum March Check Website G.A.M.E. provides an international group of college students and faculty with a unique opportunity to interact with industry leaders and learn best practices in investment management.     G.A.M.E VII Forum website
She Has A Deal Competition     April Check Website This investment pitch competition is specifically designed for women in the early stage of their careers in hospitality, real estate and related fields. She Has A Deal website
HotelNEXT Competition May Early April If you have an original hotel concept in mind, it’s your chance to compete in the #hotelNEXT competition!     HotelNEXT website
Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE) Conference     May Check Website The conference focuses on the diverse approaches to advancing entrepreneurship across societal sectors and countries and adopts a comparative and international perspective in addressing traditional topics in entrepreneurship and innovation. CCSBE website
hEdge Finance Conference     August Early July hEDGE offers delegates a comprehensive outlook into both sell-side and buy-side finance through the six pillars of capital markets.     hEdge website
Rotman Accounting Research Conference     August Late February The Conference consists of a week of accounting-related events which include skills-based workshops, presentation coaching sessions and the Accounting Symposium Case Competition.      Rotman Conference website