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February 7, 2017
Cracking the Case
Figuring out the best plan of action in a business case can be tricky, but four Grade 11 students recently worked successfully to crack their case. In late January, Grade 11 students Polly, Carlee, Jennifer and Vanessa attended the Ivey Business Competition at Western University. Alongside 70 students from CIS and other Southern Ontario schools, they learned from experienced business leaders and applied these strategies to real-life examples.

In the morning the students participated in a “How to Crack a Business Case” session with an Ivey professor. They were then put into teams, collaborating with students from other schools to analyze a business case.

“After working diligently to figure out their case, students presented their proposed solution to a panel of judges,” said Branksome Business teacher Colleen Ketchum.

“A highlight of Ivey was definitely meeting new people from different schools across Ontario and gaining new knowledge on how to approach a case study,” said Jennifer. “The mentors were also very helpful as they engaged us and gave us ways approach the case study in more detail.

Polly also enjoyed the analytical aspect of the case study and the different ways it can be approached.

“A highlight of the trip for me was going through a practice case with an Ivey university professor,” said Polly. “It was really interesting to hear his insight on the case and see the different ways in which he analyzed the situation.”

The students’ leadership skills also came in handy in their groups.

During this experience,” says Jennifer, “I was also able to lead my group because of my past experience with case studies. It was nice to be able to teach others uncover even more new skills.”

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