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My CaseIT Story

Being a Team Host challenged me in the best way

This past weekend I was involved with BASS FROSH, which was one of the orientation events for our incoming students to the Beedie School of Business. One of the key messages of the whole orientation is make the most of one’s undergraduate career. Find something that you are passionate about or want to learn more about. In fact the FROSHees had an opportunity to learn more about the student-run organizations at Beedie and how they could get involved. They went on to play the recap video of last year and immediately a flood of memories came flowing in.

I remember my time as a team host for CaseIT and meeting my team for the first time. They were arriving a few days earlier from Indonesia just to sight-see. Confession time: I’m actually quite an awkward person. I may seem very extroverted most of the time but when it comes to meeting new people, I’m quite reserved. Unfamiliar with the culture and unsure of what they were like, I essentially was going in blind. Now thinking back, how I overreacted. Once they arrived, we quickly were able to share and bond together.

Ricky (left) with Team from Bandung Institute of Technology

My time as a team host for CaseIT was an absolutely amazing experience. I was able to be so immersed in different cultures but also able to make friends around the world. To be honest, one of my favourite moments from the whole week was listening to their presentations and solutions. To see how other cultures and countries viewed problems and how they approached them was so refreshing. They each brought their own unique flair and solution that really showed just how much they thought outside of the box.

Yes, it took time and dedication leading up to it but when I will always treasure the moments I had with my team. It taught me a lot about keeping an open mind and rediscovering Vancouver with my team made me be grateful for what an amazing city it is. At times there were challenges but I was able to overcome each with the support of the OC.

That one packed week was so challenging, unique, and fun. I was able to make friends with the competitors even as they were leaving. CaseIT really opened my eyes to how different the world is compared to Vancouver or Canada. Should a FROSHee ask me about my experience, I’d be glad to share that I was part of the largest MIS-based case competition in North America. I’ll be proud to say that I was there to open SFU’s doors to 20 teams from over 10 different countries. I’ll tell that FROSHee to come in with an open mind and it will be one of the best week you’ll ever have.

Ricky is a 4th year Business Administration student concentrating in Marketing and Operations Management with a minor in Interactive Arts and Technology. Not only has he been a part of CaseIT 2017 as a Team Host but has also been involved with numerous student-run organizations within the Beedie School of Business from PUSH Magazine to Enactus SFU. When not in school, you can find him finding the best spots to eat in the Greater Vancouver area, watching TV, or posing for a photo.


My CaseIT Story: Esther Chou

This is the next post of our new series, “My CaseIT Story!” Throughout the year we will be inviting past/ current CaseIT organizing committee members to write a post about their journey. This week we bring to you Esther Chou, Team Host from CaseIT 2013!


Esther Chou

Hi everyone!

I’m a third year student concentrating in accounting and possibly management information systems. I joined CaseIT 2013 as a team host partially because I wanted to be more engaged in student organizations at Beedie and partially because I wanted to be connected with the global business community. Through hosting teams from HEC Montréal (Montreal, Canada) and Binus University (Jakarta, Indonesia), I was able to expand my professional network and also develop lasting friendships. Similarly, by being involved in the planning of CaseIT, I not only enhanced my project management skills, but I also built connections with companies in the local community, as I secured in-kind sponsorship for CaseIT. Since CaseIT is centered on a case competition, one perk of being a team host is watching top business students from around the world present their recommendations to a business problem. This in turn provided me with strong foundation in case competitions and inspired me to be driven and win the Peak Performance Case Competition here at SFU. A favorite moment of mine occurred at the corporate function on the second night. In addition to networking with leading MIS industry professionals at the Vancouver Aquarium, schools were required to introduce themselves in a creative fashion. Several of the performances were hilarious and still make me chuckle to this day. My CaseIT week was definitely action packed and involved minimal sleep, but it was definitely a highlight of my undergrad experience. I encourage all of you to apply and begin your CaseIT journey!

-Esther Chou

My CaseIT Story: Brian Luong

This is the second post of our new series, “My CaseIT Story!” Throughout the year we will be inviting past/ current CaseIT organizing committee members to write a post about their journey. This week we bring to you Brian Luong, Chair of CaseIT 2011!


Brian Luong

Hello! My name is Brian Luong and I am a recent SFU BBA Graduate and CaseIT Alumni. My journey with CaseIT began in 2009 as a Team Host. Upon hearing about the opportunity to meet students residing from all different parts of the world and watching them compete in a gruelling 24-hour case competition, I was sold! I was host to the University of Manitoba and University of Pretoria from South Africa. One of the best things about being a Team Host was learning about the cultural differences that existed between the international teams and myself. With that being said, one of my fondest memories from CaseIT 2009 was snowboarding with the 1st place National University of Singapore team on the day following the event because it was the first time that a few of them have ever seen snow!

Following CaseIT 2009 much of the organizing committee, including myself, coped with the immense withdrawal by applying to be a part of CaseIT 2010. I landed a position as the Director of University Relations and could not have been happier. Simply put, I went from being the teams’ friend to the teams’ father. It was a lot of work over the year, but it was all worth it when I finally got to put faces to the names that I had been emailing on a regular basis.

In true CaseIT fashion, then Chair and Vice-Chair May Yu and Stephen Lee approached me during post-event withdrawal with the opportunity to become the Chair of CaseIT 2011. Accepting the offer was one of the best decisions that I have made in my university career. In my eyes the soft skills that I obtained through the planning and execution of the event were equally or more important than the content that I learned in class. My grades did reflect the priority that I put forth in CaseIT, but in reflection I would not have changed very much.


Following my involvement with the CaseIT organizing committee, I went on to intern at Engine Digital as an Administrative Assistant, become a delegate and eventual part of the 2nd place JDC West 2013 MIS Team and am now about to begin working as an Enterprise Risk Consultant with Deloitte. In summary, CaseIT helped shape the person that I am today and I will always be an advocate for involvement on the organizing committee. But I also do wish for everyone to find the thing(s) that shape the person that they are to become and I am almost certain that it will not come from a textbook!

My CaseIT Story: Sunny Kim

Welcome to our new series, “My CaseIT Story!” Throughout the year we will be inviting past/ current CaseIT organizing committee members to write a post about their journey. This week we bring to you Sunny Kim, this year’s Director of Entertainment & Hospitality and a team host from last year!


Sunny Kim

My name is Sunny Kim and I am currently enrolled in my third year of studies as a Political Science Major, pursuing a minor in Business at SFU. My first year with CaseIT 2013 as the Team Host was an incredible experience, possibly the best way to learn more about the Business Field coming from a Political Science Faculty. The reason to why I joined last year built from being intrigued by my close companions who were heavily involved within CaseIT or had been in the previous years. The members deeply encouraged that I join and that I would not regret my choice in being a part of the organizing committee for the coming year. One may have said that it is “life-changing”, and it really was, not in the most dramatic way, however, in a way that opened up my eyes to another perspective of my university career.

In terms of what I gained and what I would consider the key takeaway from the opportunity to be last year’s Team Hosts for CaseIT 2013 would be the importance of diligence, teamwork and chance.

One of the most important responsibilities as a Team Host is the task of in-kind donation search which takes time and diligence to really get the most out of the managers of different kinds of industries; to provide as much as we can as Team Hosts to welcome the participating schools coming from across the Globe, as well as to provide the organizing committee with many of the necessities throughout the duration of the competition.


Another responsibility I felt as a Team Host was the ability to cope with the rest of the OC, and take initiatives when things had to be done. As CaseIT MIS Case Competition itself is a student run organization where every single members of OC put in hours and hours of work and sleepless nights, it occurred to me that everyone on the team should be doing work as hard as everyone else, if not harder, to make it another successful year just as before.

Sunny and Team from Queensland


Lastly, the universities I hosted were Queensland University of Technology and San Diego State University. The two teams were such welcoming individuals whom I personally felt, welcomed me as their Team Host, more than I welcomed them as competing schools that came from a far to be a part of CaseIT 2013. Spending my every free minute out of the busy schedule during the duration of CaseIT with the two schools was important to me because not only were they visitors, however, they were preparing to compete, to showcase their best skills as a team to the judging panels- of course, I wanted provide them with anything I can if it were to help them do their best and possibly win the competition. It was just chance, that I got to meet the mischievous Australian gentlemen who scared us down the hotel halls past 3AM, and the sweet San Diego Team who ran to the School Store just to get me an SDSU Sweatshirt as a Gift, right before their flight to Vancouver which almost made them late. I was lucky to host such great individuals from each of the schools as my first year in CaseIT.



To return this year as the Director of Entertainment and Hospitality, I am returning, determined to be a part of another successful year of organizing CaseIT 2014. Personally, to be a part of CaseIT means: to BE Inspired at our networking events such as the Corporate Function and Welcome dinner which invites all of our major sponsors’ representatives of CaseIT. To meet various industry representatives, whom can inform you better and potentially guide you into their own industry in the future. To be a part of CaseIt also means to me: to BE Global, and possibly go on exchange and be a part of another faculty, another campus away from home to meet new great people just as I have met the participating schools of CaseIT 2013. Lastly, being a part of CaseIT also can motivate students to Be Driven, and participate in other case competitions by witnessing the preparation process, the teamwork building, and the thrill of competing against other experienced students from across the world.