by Melanie Takefman
Theyll out outsmart you, out-survive you and even beat you in a
game of kinball. They are Concordias Commerce Games team, 69 JMSB
students who have been training to win since last spring.
The Commerce Games, or Jeux
du Commerce, is known as a prestigious academic event
for Canadas brightest business students, according to Concordia
co-presidents Juan Ahuactzin and Jalal Hachmeh. While two-thirds of the
teams points are based on academic case presentations, teams also
compete in sporting and social events.
This year, the social component was a smorgasbord of survivor/reality
TV show-like events, for which the teams were on call for 36 hours straight.
Concordia brought home gold in the MIS, strategy and entrepreneurship
cases, as well as silver and bronze in finance and marketing respectively.
One of the reasons were so well known as a business school
is because of the Commerce Games, Ahuactzin said. Everyone
watches out for us, he added, especially in the academic category.
Its no wonder: 30 students were chosen from among 250 applications
for the academic team this year.
Candidates must submit an application to the Games organizers, pass an
interview, and compete in a series of mini-cases. Once the competitors
are chosen, they complete a course in presentation and case analysis.
Delegations from 13 universities in Eastern Canada participated in the
2003 Commerce Games, which were held at the Université de Québec
en Outaouais in Hull from January 17-20.
Its an incredible experience at the university level
Nobody can wait until year, Ahuactzin said.
For information on Concordias participation in the Commerce Games,
visit the Web site at http://www.commercegames.ca.
The official Web site for the Jeux du Commerce is http://www.jeuxducommerce.com.
Stylin and profylin
Concordia returned victorious from this years Undergraduate Business
Games (UBG), taking second place honours in school spirit and overall
The competition, which took place this year from Jan. 17-19 at Carleton
University, pits teams from 24 Canadian schools against each other in
sports and social competitions. Each team is composed of 36 members and
participants for each activity, like family feud and touch football, are
chosen in advance.
Top placement in both main categories is impressive, according
to UBG president Sean Fogarty, a JMSB finance student. There are
the teams that go down there to win [for] spirit and the teams that go
down there to win the competitions, he said. We are one of
the only teams that tries to win both.
In addition to the second-place awards, Concordia won the Stylin
and Profylin Award for being what a UBG team is supposed to
be. They stuck together and showed a lot of spirit, Fogarty explained.
York University won first place for spirit, while Queens University
placed first in the competitions.
The Concordia team was sponsored by the insurance company Aon.