College of the Rockies business students win at Western Canadian Business Competition

Junior and senior teams each earn team and individual awards

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College of the Rockies Business students (l-r) Curtis Lutzke, Tyler Epp, Luis Galdamez, Matt Kitt, coach Butch Butalid, Bradley Schmidt, Gitanjali, Jordan Lydell, and Navjeet Vasudeva brought home four awards from the Western Canadian Business Competition held at Okanagan College in Kelowna.

College of the Rockies Business students (l-r) Curtis Lutzke, Tyler Epp, Luis Galdamez, Matt Kitt, coach Butch Butalid, Bradley Schmidt, Gitanjali, Jordan Lydell, and Navjeet Vasudeva brought home four awards from the Western Canadian Business Competition held at Okanagan College in Kelowna. — Photo courtesy College of the Rockies

College of the Rockies Business students returned from the Western Canadian Business Competition at Okanagan College in Kelowna with four of the top awards.

The College’s senior team, consisting of Bachelor of Business Administration students Bradley Schmidt and Jordan Lydell, alongside post-degree business students Gitanjali, and Navjeet Vasudeva, won Top Team – Senior Division. Schmidt was also awarded Second Individual – Senior Division.

The junior team, made up of Business Management diploma students Matthew Kitt, Tyler Epp, Luis Galdamez, and Kurtis Lutzke, won Second Place – Junior Division, with Kitt winning the Top Individual – Junior Division award.

Teams from across Western Canada took part in the competition and were tasked with running a simulated business that produces cameras and drones. Competitors were required to create a business plan that covered eight years of decision making with the assumption that the company operates in four market regions: Europe-Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and North America.

“This was an outstanding performance by both of our teams,” said Business instructor and team coach Butch Butalid. “Our teams worked hard leading up to the competition and I’m pleased to see that hard work rewarded. We are very proud of their accomplishments.”

“The entire College community, especially the Business Management department, congratulate the team on their wins,” adds Business Programs Coordinator, Greg McCallum. “The team members, along with their coach, Butch, represented the College brilliantly.”

The Western Canadian Business Competition is a comprehensive undergraduate business competition where students consolidate their knowledge and skills in teams to develop strategic solutions in a simulated business scenario.

Learn more about business programs at College of the Rockies at: cotr.ca/business-management

About College of the Rockies

For more than 40 years, College of the Rockies has provided post-secondary education that meets the needs and aspirations of the people, industry and businesses of our region. Each year, we welcome more than 10,000 full-time and part-time students into a full range of programs, including: skilled trades, university studies, adult upgrading, early childhood education, health and human services, business, office administration, tourism, hospitality, recreation, fire services, continuing education and contract training. Through smaller class sizes, highly-personalized instruction and dedicated support services, our students are primed to succeed in the job market, or in the next stage of their academic journey.

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