Manning School of Business News and Highlights

Team Taking Care of Business wins their second Shaw Group Case Competition

Congratulations to Daren Draper, Laura Fair, Ron St. Croix, and Danielle Wisen on their first-place showing in the third Annual Shaw Group Business Case Competition for second-year CORE students. Their names may sound familiar because they comprise the group Taking Care of Business, which also won first place in the same competition for first-year students held last February.

(L-R): Ron St. Croix, Danielle Wisen, Laura Fair and Daren Draper

The second-year competition was also a showcase for multimedia teaching cases created at Acadia University and streamed through CaseNet, which offers over 175 multimedia teaching cases featuring organizations in ten countries across dozens of industries. The case used in the competition featured Richard Mills, Co-President of BMO Nesbitt Burns, addressing the issue of how to ensure that financial planning is part of the sales staff’s portfolio of offerings. Ron St. Croix said the multimedia format also provided key non-verbal and audio communication cues which allowed us to scrutinize the case with a lens that simply is not available via conventional text cases. Overall, CaseNet is a great learning tool. Taking Care of Business as a team is effective because of the skills and accomplishments of individual members: Danielle and Laura are both Academic All-Canadians; Daren is on the executive of the Acadia Business Society; and Ron is a second-year BBA finance student. As with their first winning effort, the group shares $1000 and enjoys a luncheon with Shaw Group executives. Business case competitions provide students with collaborative learning experiences, networking opportunities, and knowledge of real world business challenges. The Fred C. Manning School of Business acknowledges the generous support of The Shaw Group in funding this popular competition.

About the Manning School

Founded in 1957, the Manning School at Acadia University is home to over 600 students from over 20 countries. With 23 faculty members from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, the Manning School offers small classes that encourage concentrated interaction between students and faculty. Our students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom through co-op placements, projects with local enterprises, and international exchanges. Firmly rooted in a rich institutional legacy that personifies the very essence of a liberal education, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Acadia is challenging and flexible, allowing students to explore a broad range of interests and producing well-rounded graduates who are well-positioned to pursue varied professional opportunities. As testimony, our graduates work in leadership roles across Canada and around the globe, with many having made their Acadia BBA degree a pathway to prestigious graduate programs.