COMPETITION STRUCTURE

For our 15th Anniversary, CaseIT is celebrating by providing new opportunities for undergraduate competitors from around the globe to showcase their capabilities in case analysis and immerse themselves in Canadian culture! Details about this year’s competition are included below.

SIX DAYS OF COMPETITION

CaseIT 2018 spans across six days from Sunday, February 11th to Friday, February 16th, 2018. We look forward to welcoming teams to experience our beautiful City of Vancouver and to put their skills to the test for more days than ever before!

MULTI-CASE COMPETITION FORMAT

Teams will be challenged during the competition week to showcase their versatility and adaptability through multiple rounds of business cases:

Preliminary Round One

Short Case

On Tuesday, February 13th, teams showcase their ability to perform under pressure with a five-hour case. Teams that place first within their division for this case automatically qualify for the Bitcoin Gold Wildcard Round.

Preliminary Round Two

Long Case

On Wednesday, February 14th, teams begin deliberations for the long case. Competitors will have 24 hours to deliberate, and then an additional 24 hours of preparation time prior to presenting their solutions to industry professionals on Friday, February 16th. Winning teams will advance to the Finals Presentations

Bitcoin Gold Wildcard Round

5-minute pitch

On Friday, February 16th, teams qualifying for the Bitcoin Gold Wildcard Round will compete in a rapid-fire, 5-minute pitch of their long case solution to industry professionals. The team that places first in the Bitcoin Gold Wildcard Round advances to the Finals Presentations.

Finals Presentation

Long Case Re-Presentation

The Finals Presentations showcase the top five teams’ case solving capabilities. The qualified teams re-present their long case solution to a new panel of judges during the Finals Presentations. The winning team of the Finals Presentations is declared the CaseIT 2018 Champions.

Competition Schedule

Familiarize your self with the CaseIT 2018 competition schedule.

Organizing Committee

Take a minute to get to know us, we cannot wait to meet all of you!

Madeline Millsip

Chair

After three years of travelling the world to compete in case competitions for the Beedie School of Business, I am thrilled to now be able to leverage my competition experiences on the organizing side of CaseIT---where we are determined to provide each competitor every opportunity to shine.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I am honoured to be leading this CaseIT Organizing Committee of highly ambitious, enthusiastic teammates who are dedicating countless hours to bring CaseIT's 15th Anniversary to life. I actively strive to provide our team with a platform to create, ideate, and collaborate--with the objective of shaping an exceptional experience for your week with us at CaseIT.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love everything and anything in the outdoors! I grew up as an avid ocean kayaker and am addicted to adventure. This has led me to backpack the fjords of Norway, hike glaciers in Iceland, and ride my bicycle over 1,200 kms from Jasper to Vancouver!

Kim Venn

Vice Chair

Being a part of the CaseIT Organizing Committee is a motivating, challenging, and fulfilling experience. After competing in local case competitions and an international research competition, I was inspired to join CaseIT and contribute to the tremendous amount of planning that is required to create a life-changing and memorable experience for international case competitors.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I am so grateful to be Vice-Chair of CaseIT this year and to work alongside the Chair and Organizing Committee to challenge what is possible in our case competition. I work alongside Internal Strategy and University Relations to ensure that local undergraduate students, team hosts, sponsors, and international competitors all have the most incredible experience possible at CaseIT 2018.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I am a hiking enthusiast and am constantly attempting to overcome my fear of heights by going on challenging hikes around Vancouver. If I’m not hiking or running, I’m probably unleashing my inner nerd by arguing with my debate team or looking up new debate motions.

Samantha Nguyen

Controller

I have longed to be a part of CaseIT since my first year of university after participating in case competitions. On the Organizing Committee, I play a role alongside 42 other exceptional individuals to creatively and innovatively shape the competitors’ experience. I am honoured and excited to welcome competitors, coaches, corporate representatives, and students from around the world to celebrate CaseIT’s impact for the past 15 years.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I find nothing more satisfying than providing our team the financial information they need to make decisions. That is why, as tedious as it may seem to others, I manage CaseIT’s financials including the budgeting process and timely reporting to stakeholders.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Taking care of my aquarium scape is how I pass my time. Nothing says Controller more than the responsibility of ensuring a small ecosystem thrives. I always enjoy a good chat over a hot chocolate or bubble tea (yes, just those two) even if it’s non-aquarium related!

Annie Yang

Director of Public Relations

I was introduced to CaseIT while watching the final presentations in my first year at SFU. I was captivated by the tenacity, excitement, and drive of the international case competitors. After delving into case competitions myself, I’m excited to be a part of our CaseIT journey this year to help create an exhilarating competition experience for CaseIT’s 15th Anniversary!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I’m responsible for ensuring that CaseIT looks as awesome to our stakeholders as it looks to us! To communicate, maintain, and enhance the CaseIT brand in the media, I work alongside the Marketing portfolio to shape the story of CaseIT, and to foster stronger relationships with our stakeholders.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Constantly seeking novelty, I believe in trying (almost) everything at least once. I also enjoy a good ugly cry from being emotionally invested in TV & film characters. I stay close to my friends (and food) by constantly talking about the foods I'm craving until I satisfy that craving, only to move onto obsessively craving something else.

Carolyn Yip

Director of Photography

I am excited to work with a talented team of individuals to create an engaging experience for students that come from around the world to CaseIT. Coming into CaseIT as a student from a design program, I enjoy developing media that creates a memorable experience and has an international reach.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I am responsible for working with the marketing team to design the visual media identity of CaseIt. I art direct the photography as well as create animations that help to develop and share CaseIT’s branding.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I enjoy running, swimming and hiking, but also on the weekends I especially enjoy popping a large bowl of popcorn and settling down to watch a movie. Don’t let me go into an art supply store though, as I have a habit of collecting sketchbooks, mechanical pencils and gel pens even though I already have too many.

Mary Zhai

Director of Competitor Engagement

I have been a competitor in both internal and international case competitions while studying for my undergraduate degree at SFU. Case Competitions are amazing for developing skills and bringing people together. This year, I am so happy that I get to be on the organizing side of a case competition, to be working for CaseIT!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I develop most of the content that reaches competitors such as CaseIT web pages and Competitor Packages. CaseIT’s marketing strategy is also led by me. This means I get to ideate and create (with the help of our team!) the content on our social media and Competition Portal so you can get the most up-to-date and exciting news about CaseIT. My job is to keep you connected with CaseIT!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I have four pet birds and I just love hanging out with them. Any bird owner will tell you that birds have so much personality and each one of them is different. They’re kind of like dogs that can fly.

Peter Tivy

Director of Technology & Branding

Joyce Aquino

Director of Design

Being a part of CaseIT has provided me a great opportunity to work with so many talented and driven individuals. CaseIT has allowed me to expand my SFU community outside of my program (SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology) and I can’t wait to make so many more friends from around the world during the competition!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Almost everything that you see from CaseIT is designed by me (and some by Peter), this includes the package that competitors receive at the competition, CaseIT banners, the headers on social media, and many more things to come! My job is to make CaseIT look good!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I like thrifting because it’s always exciting finding something unexpected that no one else has. I also enjoy watching movies, drawing, eating food, and petting furry friends.

Vivian Chen

Director of Hospitality

As the Director of Hospitality, I aim to create a customized experience for our competitors this year. I am excited to work alongside a great team that is excited to grow and make this a great 15th year anniversary for CaseIT.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I am responsible for ensuring that Vancouver feels like home to each and every participant during the competition week. This includes managing hotel accommodations and leading the development of Discover Vancouver. A primary component of my role is ensuring effective communication with our hospitality-related stakeholders, to build lasting relationships for years to come!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Shopping online is an ongoing addiction--I cannot seem to stop myself even though tuition has my net earnings in the negatives. Otherwise, here are a few things I enjoy doing for free: spending time with my dogs, watching a variety of shows (e.g. anime, Criminal Minds, Quantico, K-Dramas), and reading or watching anything related to behavioural and cognitive psychology.

Arjan Lail

Director of Events

Looking towards a career in production and event management, CaseIT has been the perfect opportunity to grow while appealing to my competitive nature. Being able to work on something I’m passionate for with a group of driven individuals is what has truly motivated me to give CaseIT my all!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As Director of Events I’m responsible for the two largest events during the competition week--the Welcome Banquet and Awards Banquet. For each of these events I strive to coordinate a flawless experience for our guests; this includes selecting venues, creating custom menus, and creating event itineraries. For myself this process is exciting, but working with the Hospitality, Events, and Logistics team members makes it truly rewarding!

Peyton Winslade

Director of Logistics

Being a part of CaseIT has given me a platform to leverage my experience as a case competitor in order to build an amazing event. My goal is to create the best possible competition environment for our competitors who travel thousands of kilometres from around the world for their chance at case-competition glory.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I am responsible for ensuring everything and everyone is in the right place at the right time! As the Director of Logistics, I juggle the schedules of all of CaseIT’s stakeholders and attendees, and ensure every detail of the day is well-thought-out.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I like to discover new TV shows and re-watch old favourites. My personal all-time favourites are Parks & Recreation, Grey’s Anatomy, and Friends. My competitive side also crosses over to the ‘fun’ side of my life, so I love playing board games with my friends.

Michelle Chen

Director of Internal Strategy

Highly enticed by case competitions since freshman year, I am elated to be a part CaseIT and have the chance to bring an exceptional competition experience to competitors around the world. I am truly excited to work with a team of highly motivated, driven, and collaborative individuals who thrive for excellence.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Ideating! My role in CaseIT falls in organizing our inaugural Ideathon, a full-day and tech-centric challenge aimed at connecting local students with business and technical acumen under one creative setting. Additionally, I oversee the internal affairs of our Organizing Committee, meaning I am constantly engaged with what each portfolio is up to!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I am a believer in #WorkoutToEat and swear by gym therapy! When I'm not at the gym running away from my worries or crunching away my sorrows, I am hopping from café to café, trying out new kinds of coffee and desserts.

Joshua Chareunsouk

Director of University Relations

I was eager to return and play a bigger role after being a part of an amazing CaseIT team last year. As someone who has always had an interest in case competitions, I am excited to see universities competing at the highest level here in Vancouver. I am excited to see where our team can take CaseIT this year!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
With my Co-Director Jean-Paul, our job is to ensure all communications to universities are timely and professional. We ensure that each team has all the necessary information required to have an amazing time competing at CaseIT 2018, allowing CaseIT to build long-term relationships with universities from around the world.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love going to escape rooms! It challenges me to think outside the box, and everyone has a great time. Other than that, I do enjoy using my free time to catch up with friends over food or board games.

Jean-Paul Morneau

Director of University Relations

Two years ago I had the opportunity of joining CaseIT as a team host. I took a year off while I was away on exchange, and am glad to return this year as a Co-Director of University Relations. I had an awesome time in my first year of CaseIT, getting to not only know my team (HKUST) but many other competitors from around the world. I’m excited to return again and be a part of CaseIT!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Echoing what Josh, my Co-Director said, we work hard to ensure timely communication between the competing universities and the Organizing Committee. We strive to not only complete our tasks but also to build strong relations with the schools so competitors are ready and excited for CaseIT once February rolls around.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
When the weather is nice, I try to be outside as much as I can--road biking, rock climbing, hiking, skiing or simply being at a local park. I love sharing a good local pint of beer (right now I really enjoy the “Saison” from Postmark Brewing) with friends to catch up. It’s a great way to relax, especially after a day well spent outdoors!

Julie Han

Director of Sponsorship

Completely new to the Beedie community, CaseIT has provided me the immense opportunity to explore my talents and build my network, all while contributing to such a supportive and productive team. I feel so privileged to be on this team and proud to share all our hard work!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Along with my fellow Sponsorship Directors, I facilitate relationships with sponsors on behalf of CaseIT. This involves establishing relationships, continuing correspondence, developing sponsorship opportunities, and most excitingly for me, documentation! I ensure all our communications are documented, in an accessible and operational way, to ensure the needs of all stakeholders are met.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I like to buy used academic textbooks off of Amazon, read them, and write fun notes in the margins. I also like to run. I just put on my shoes and run, and then walk home when I get tired.

Daniel Breedveld

Director of Sponsorship

I have always been interested in getting involved with case competitions at Beedie, and CaseIT presented an excellent opportunity to be part of a world-class competition. I am honoured to be a part of this truly remarkable team and look forward to contributing to CaseIT 15 being the best one yet!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As Director of Sponsorship Strategy, I have worked with our sponsorship team to prepare for outreach to potential sponsors and offer them the most value possible. Working with this team has sharpened my critical thinking skills and resourcefulness.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I like to listen to music and play the drums in my spare time. I also really enjoy experiencing new places and cultures (I am currently in India as I write this!).

Manaal Ali

Director of In-Kind Sponsorship

I have always wanted to be part of an international case competition and CaseIT provided me with an excellent opportunity to do so! I am very excited to join an incredible team of talented individuals who are working passionately towards ensuring that CaseIT’s 15th Anniversary will be a successful, fulfilling, and rewarding experience for all participants from across the globe.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As the Director of In-Kind Sponsorship, I work in collaboration with the other Directors of Sponsorship and overlook, specifically, the acquisition of a diverse range of in-kind resources for the competition. My role involves developing an in-kind outreach strategy and seeking potential sponsors to ensure that all the competitors are equipped in the best way possible, to have an exceptional experience at CaseIT 2018!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I really enjoy playing badminton. Not only is it my go-to sport to squeeze in some physical activity into my busy schedule, but also serves as a great stress-reliever. Alongside burning calories, I love exploring new dessert places and coffee shops. These are two absolutely essential things that keep me going, and motivate me to study as well!

Evan Forer

Production Supervisor

CaseIT is an opportunity to apply skills learned in my education and to represent SFU and the Beedie School of Business. It also is a great platform to showcase our city to international visitors, and display our prowess in conducting and competing in case competitions.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As Production Supervisor, I am excited to create the perfect audio-visual environment for the competition that leaves competitors, judges, and guests with a memorable experience. Collaborating with colleagues to produce an impressive, fun and well designed event is my idea of productive fun.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Outside of my studies, my favourite activity is strength training and physical fitness. Bettering myself in the gym is rewarding as it teaches perseverance. I am also teaching myself mechanics--on weekends you can find me fixing or modifying one of my vehicles. Additionally, I love taking advantage of the amazing outdoor opportunities in coastal B.C. This means fishing in one of our coastal rivers and lakes, or exploring our vast trail systems in my truck or on foot.

Luc Guetre

Comp Crew - Events

To me, Case IT represents an opportunity to push the limits of all of the knowledge I’ve accumulated in and out of school. I hope to apply my textbook knowledge to the real world and help shape a memorable event. In addition, I also plan to continue learning throughout my experience, from my peers who have more experience than I do.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I am someone who appreciates effectiveness in all that I do and I seek this same mindset in others. Even though I will be working as effectively as possible as a Competition Crew member, expect me to be constantly cracking jokes at my own expense to generate some laughs. I am a master of cringe humour, have no fear.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
My two favourite things are D&D and skiing. I am relatively new to the world of D&D, but I have had overwhelmingly positive experiences thus far and I hope to continue playing my whole life. Skiing on the other hand, has always been a passion of mine. This past season I did my first triple black diamond run and the previous season I became qualified as a CSIA Level One Ski Instructor.

Sanaa Cassum

Comp Crew - Events

Being a part of CaseIT has given me the opportunity to kick-start my university life with an exciting and challenging experience. I’m extremely eager to be working alongside a team of such talented individuals and learning from them as we work towards creating an unforgettable experience for the competitors and contributing to the success of CaseIT15!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
My interest in event management inspired me to participate in CaseIT. As a member of the events team, I hope to contribute effectively towards the organization and planning involved, in order to make the CaseIT experience as thrilling for the competitors as it will be for me while we put it together.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, so if I’m not trying to find new diners and cafés, I’m probably reading, jamming to music, binge watching TV shows on Netflix (mainly rewatching Suits), or spending time with my friends.

Matthew Ho

Comp Crew - PIVOT

CaseIT is a major collaboration between some of the most hard working students at SFU committed in bringing together a spectacular event. To me, CaseIT is an opportunity to be a part of a rewarding experience.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I am so excited to be working with this year’s team to bring together CaseIT’s 15th year anniversary. As an integral part of PIVOT--our design-thinking conference for local undergraduate students, I am responsible for the logistics and organization of the event. I hope to make the CaseIT experience one to remember for us all.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
When i'm not spending all my time studying, I enjoy catching up on tv series and cultivating my talent for creating excellent playlists on spotify. If i'm not curled up in bed doing that, you can find me at the gym improving my physique or learning how to kickbox.

Sophia Wang

Comp Crew- PIVOT

Being part of CaseIT is having the opportunity to experience first hand organizing an event and contributing ideas behind the stage. Surrounded by motivated and supportive individuals from different faculties of SFU, I am ecstatic to be working with the Organizing Committee in creating an unforgettable week!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
This year for CaseIT, I am part of the Competition Crew. As a part of the backbone of PIVOT, I am involved with planning the logistics, organizing the event, and contributing ideas for PIVOT.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Other than watching documentaries and movies, I am passionate about travelling, snowboarding, and food. I’ve been snowboarding since I was young and it is the only sport I have kept up with my whole life. This year I travelled to more than 15 cities, ranging from Yellowknife, Canada all the way to Xi’an, China. trying an authentic meal of the place you are traveling is a must. Whether it is chicken’s feet or scorpion, I am always willing to try new and exotic foods.

Parveer Hundal

Comp Crew - Logistics

As a first year Beedie student, CaseIT is the perfect opportunity to collaborate with other like minded individuals who are dedicated and creative. You are given the chance to empower each person by assisting each other with effective decision making and innovative idea generation.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As a Logistics Competition Crew Member I am overjoyed to oversee the logistical components of the competition. I am able to apply my skills to be able to think quickly, logically and analytically. This responsibility is rewarding in itself as it will ensure the competition runs smoothly and that every individual who is part of CaseIT partakes in their role to make it successful.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Whether it be ziplining on Whistler mountain, riding the Behemoth at Canada’s Wonderland or skydiving from miles high up, if it involves a thrill I will be there. Another passion of mine is to perform slam poetry, participate in public speech fests, and compete in debate. Also, being active is important, therefore, when I have the time I will spend it playing soccer or kickboxing.

Molly MacLeay

Comp Crew - Logistics

CaseIT is an opportunity to collaborate with amazing people to create a valuable event for business students from all around the world. I am incredibly excited to help organize this year’s competition.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
To me, productive fun is organization down to the very last detail. I love all aspects of event planning, especially making decisions on scheduling. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Logistics Team--it’s a perfect fit.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love being a competitor myself. I’m very involved in anything related to speech and debate. I also love to travel. In my downtime, I always enjoy listening to music or having a binge-watching session on Netflix.

Lena Kozyr

Comp Crew - Hospitality

CaseIt is more than I could ever imagine. It is a great opportunity to develop my skills and apply them to a real-life project. It is also an amazing chance to meet talented and like-minded people. I believe that this year’s CaseIt will equip me with precious experience that will be applicable in the future.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I am honoured to be a part of the Hospitality Team. I am ready to contribute my knowledge and time to make the competitors (and the Organizing Committee!) feel fresh and ready to go during the competition week. I am extremely proud to have the opportunity to plan out and deliver the best meals to each member of CaseIT this year.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Telling the truth, there is no better fun for me than doing what I like to do. I love going to different events and conferences to obtain new forms of knowledge. I am driven by any opportunity and I am never afraid to get things done. But apart from that, one of my biggest passions is traveling. I enjoy exploring new places and surrounding myself with the unknown beauty of the world.

Sonya Smirnova

Comp Crew - Hospitality

CaseIT is an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at case competitions and be a part of this challenging but rewarding process. I am extremely excited to be working with so many talented and creative individuals on a common goal of providing the best experience for all competitors as well as learn and develop my skills throughout the whole process.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As part of the hospitality team, my role in CaseIT is concerned with creating an amazing experience for our organizing committee by providing meals during the competition week. Our key decisions are revolved around creating a meal plan for every day during the competition to satisfy everyone’s appetites.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
One of my most favorite things to do in my free time is travel as much as I can, try out new foods, and watch movies, all while in a good company of close friends. My biggest passion, however, is drawing. It is something that I can do at any time of the day for hours on end and not get tired of it. I hope that in the future I will get an opportunity to further pursue my hobby.

Angus Wong

Team Host - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

I genuinely believe in the value of case competitions. It allows one to take different concepts learned in lecture and apply them to real world problems that organizations face. For me CaseIT is an opportunity to see the planning side of case competitions. I desire to broaden my perspective and learn from an exceptional group of individuals to plan a great week for competitors and all participants involved.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
I work with the sponsorship team in order to establish relationships with likeminded organizations within the community. In particular, my project focuses on obtaining various deliberation materials and office supplies for the week of CaseIT.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love spending time outdoors! Whether it be hiking up the many trails around Vancouver, or through my role as a scout leader working with youth and taking them on camping trips. I’ve also recently grown an interest in travelling, having spent two weeks in Japan this past August. I look forward to meeting competitors from around the world and who knows, it just might influence where I travel to next.

Marilyn Yeo

Team Host - Chulalongkorn University

CaseIT means the world to me, quite literally. As someone that loves travelling and experiencing new cultures, I adore that CaseIT invites schools from across the globe to come together and share their perspectives.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As a Team Host, I will be helping my team discover the wonders of Vancouver and enhancing their competition experience. In addition, I look forward to bringing the image of CaseIT to life through graphic design!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
No two days are the same! There are so many things to do in Vancouver and I love looking for them. From underground billiard rooms to live concerts, there’s never of shortage of activities.

Laura Chu

Team Host - Corvinus University of Budapest

Being a part of CaseIT gives me an opportunity to meet new people both within and outside of SFU. I enjoy hearing other people’s stories and perspectives, which is why having the chance to interact with students from around the world is so exciting!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As a team host, I am excited to show my team the hidden gems of Vancouver! In addition, I look forward to planning the registration booth and ensuring that each team’s sign-in process goes as smoothly as possible.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love food (especially ice cream), so exploring new restaurants and dessert places is one of my favourite things to do. Besides eating I enjoy carpool karaoke with friends, watching my favourite TV shows, and cuddling my dog.

Jessica McGarry

Team Host - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

CaseIT is my first opportunity in university to grow myself outside of the classroom. CaseIT has let me meet some brilliant people and come February, many more!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
On top of being a Team Host, I also manage the CaseIT blog. I do a lot of brainstorming, then reach out to possible writers. From there, I work with the writers to help develop their submission. My job adds relevant, up-to-date content to CaseIT’s website.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I play soccer and love hiking. If I am not out being active, you will likely either find me trying new restaurants around Vancouver or exploring the city.

TK Chisvo

Team Host - University of Minnesota

Being a part of CaseIT allows me to work with an awesome group of hard-working and committed students whilst having fun. We keep each other motivated to achieve more and gain a diverse range of skills. CaseIT to me is the opportunity to interact and learn from different people, from the students I am working with to the industry professionals who will be present, there is a lot for me to gain and learn and that’s why I love CaseIT.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Aside from being a Team Host, my other role in CaseIT is to create impact summaries for the event sponsors and other stakeholders. This is particularly fun for me because it is allowing me to do research, develop content and push the boundaries of my creativity. These activities are fun and engaging, and I cannot wait to see the final Product!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I absolutely love music! I love listening to different genres as well as playing along on my guitar. I also love travelling because nothing can be compared to the experience of immersing yourself in the culture, food and lifestyle of another country or place.

Ricky Dang

Team Host - Kwantlen Polytechnic University

CaseIT was the first organization I have ever been a part of within SFU Beedie. It is allowing me to create meaningful connections with students of the SFU community, lets me step out of my comfort zone, and gives me the confidence I need to become more involved. I am looking forward to the challenges I will encounter as a Team Host and I cannot wait to connect with students from around the world!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Aside from being a Team Host, I also work with the Director of Events. My task involves designing the tangible visuals of CaseIT’s two marquee dinners, the Welcome Dinner and Awards Banquet. This includes the floor and seating plans, center pieces, and coat check and registration. I even have the honour of taste testing the food before anyone else!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I enjoy having time to myself and I absolutely love playing sports or doing anything active. Every season I do something different! From snowboarding in the winter, hiking in the spring, to ultimate and even spike ball in the summer. However, my favourite thing to do is swimming because I have been doing it for most of my life!

Kenny Nguyen

Team Host - Université libre de Bruxelles

CaseIT is my first introduction to what SFU Beedie has to offer and what it means to be part of the SFU community. It gives me a chance to interact with students from different years and faculties, and provides me with an opportunity to learn from my peers. The experience I gain here will definitely be useful in the coming years and have a lasting impact on the rest of my university career.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As a Team Host, I have the honour of introducing one of the sixteen international teams to Vancouver. On top of this, I also work with the Director of Photography, Carolyn Yip, to capture the memories made at CaseIT 2018 for our competitors.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
In my spare time, I love to explore Vancouver and its surrounding cities with my friends. There is always so much to do and so many places to see here. Whether it be eating at a new restaurant, seeing the landmarks and art installations, or venturing into the outdoors.

Anthony Maljevac

Team Host - Wilfrid Laurier University

Being involved with CaseIT has provided exciting opportunities to work alongside like-minded individuals in the Beedie community and on an international scale. I am looking forward to connecting with visiting students to facilitate a great experience in Vancouver, both during the competition and Team Host activities.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Beyond being a Team Host, I am in charge of coordinating the catering for the competitors during the cases, as well as the related logistics. My job is to make sure that the CaseIT competitors are well fueled to perform their best!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
As a musician, I enjoy performing at concerts with my band. It’s rewarding to work collaboratively with a group and express yourself in the context of the music. I also love travelling to learn about history and explore new cultures.

Andrew Young

Team Host - RMIT University

To me CaseIT means creation and opportunities for everyone involved. As a team we get to collaborate and work together to build and create an unforgettable experience for people from across the globe as well as ourselves. We also get to build friendships and experiences that will last a lifetime. All this while providing endless opportunities for everyone.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
My idea of productive fun is working with the Director of Technology and Branding Peter Tivy. For our project we are responsible for analyzing and assessing the AV needs for the entire case competition and obtaining appropriate sponsorship.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
My idea of actual fun is staying active and always learning. I do this by going to the gym and playing multiple sports such as hockey. My favourite ways to learn are from listening to podcasts, traveling, and meeting new people.

Shane Meadahl

Team Host - National University of Singapore

Being a member of CaseIT for me goes far beyond the skills that I will learn as a first year student. It is about being part of a family, making connections, and enhancing skills needed for the future while in a supportive and productive environment. One could not ask for a better place than among CaseIT to kickstart one’s Beedie career.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Going above and beyond in my assigned projects and being able to look back with a sense of pride on the mark I left is what makes the outcome fun for me. This year, being responsible for the first impressions and the forever lasting impressions of the competition teams arriving here in Vancouver, allows me to impact so many with my own ideologies in the best way possible.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love traveling not only in Canada but around the world! Nothing is more rewarding than meeting new people, engaging in new cultures, and learning about yourself all along the way. No where else can one experience so much without moving to far than right here in the wonderful city of Vancouver.

Genevieve D’souza

Team Host - Ryerson University

CaseIT means the “world” to me! I love working with people who all have the same vision and drive. We inspire and motivate one another to set our sights high. Working with a team who is constantly evolving and growing also helps me learn some valuable skills that can teach me a thing or two! Overall, I think that CaseIT will give me plenty of exposure to our international community and allow me to learn about various cultures!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
For my main project, I get to work on the Team Host Video introductions under the supervision of Vice Chair, Kim! This means that I get to brainstorm cool ideas, create a storyboard and work with various directors and Team Hosts on the team to make it come to life! I’m so excited to share the videos that we have created!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I recently moved to Vancouver from Toronto and I’m always looking to explore. I want to try new food, see new sights and meet new people. My goal for the year is to learn how to use chopsticks! I also love to read, watch Netflix and drink coffee!

Abbas Kherodawala

Team Host - University of Calgary

CaseIT has more value to me than visible on the surface. As a second year student, CaseIT is my first exploration of extracurricular life. Along with building a strong local network, I look forward to the international connections I make in the process too. Most importantly, I am learning about things I never would’ve explored otherwise, and stepped out of my comfort zone in doing so!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
My job is to secure in-kind sponsorship for the event week. Almost immediately after my first interaction with the organizing committee, I started looking for potential sponsors, specifically for food. I have already made a trip downtown with our Chair Maddie. We walked into a bunch of stores and interacted with managers to see if they were interested, and it was a great learning experience!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love three things more than anything else: travel, music and food! I have travelled to the most culturally diverse places, including Egypt, South Africa, and the Andaman Islands -- where I learned so much about the food, history and the people on my trips.

Cole Williamson

Team Host - Tecnológico de Monterrey

For me, being a member of CaseIT means going above and beyond helping the competitors while they partake in a case competition. It is about creating lasting relationships with people from all over the world and providing them with the best experience of Vancouver. With everyone having their own desires I wish to help everyone find something they will love and remember about our beautiful host city!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Part of my job as Team Host is to build awesome itineraries that will help share all that Vancouver has on our Discover Vancouver Day! I really enjoy this task as I am able to find and share Vancouver’s culture and scenic landscape with everyone coming to compete.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I am an avid hiker, snowboarder and outdoors man and regularly find myself looking for my next big adventure! Whether it be swimming in a glacier fed lake at the top of a mountain to snowboarding down the local mountains, I am always ready to take my passion for the outdoors and share it with whoever is ready to join me on an adventure. I can’t wait to meet all the incoming competitors and see what adventure we can go on.

Jordan Chan

Team Host - Queen’s University

CaseIT marks the beginning of my engagement in SFU’s Beedie community. My involvement in CaseIT allows me to work alongside and learn from an exceptional group of individuals to broaden perspectives, create connections and build a family-like bond to enhance our skills in a supportive and productive environment.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Being a Team Host, I will be able to introduce one of 16 university teams to Vancouver’s incredible culture, scenic landscapes and our vast attractions across the city. Additionally, I work with Michelle Chen on the TechBuffet at PIVOT. PIVOT is a full-day tech-centric challenge aimed at connecting local students with industry professionals by leveraging technical acumen, creativity, and design-thinking.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
From breath-taking views of the mountains, hiking trails found all over the city, to a glance of the city found on the top of buildings and Lions Gate bridge, Vancouver never fails to amaze me. Being an adventurous person who takes risks, to achieve new heights, I find joy in exploring the world and expressing my discoveries through photography and cinematic videos.

Dasha Vdovina

Team Host - HEC Montréal

Being a part of CaseIT is an inspiring and motivating experience. It allows me to work with unique individuals all dedicated to making CaseIT 2018 amazing. It is a humbling experience to be apart of this bigger vision, connecting with people around the community and even building connections with people around the world!

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
My role as a Team Host means I get the exciting task of making sure that one of the competing teams have absolutely everything to make their experience at CaseIT amazing! Additionally, I reach out to the community for in-kind sponsorship items of gifts and prizes to present to the judges, competitors, and mentors on behalf of CaseIT.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love being active both indoors and out and in every season. I’m an active dancer all year-round, love hiking and running in the summers, and skiing in the winters. If life presents me with the rare gift of extra time, I enjoy curling up on a rainy day with a nice coffee and book in hand.

Brian Kim

Team Host - Indiana University

Being a part of CaseIT is a fantastic opportunity for myself to help organize and experience a high level international case competition right here at home. To be able to work with the CaseIT team is an experience on its own as I am provided the opportunity to build strong interpersonal relationships with a number of SFU’s most distinguished students.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
Teams from all over the world will be making their way to beautiful British Columbia and it will be my duty as Team Host to ensure your experience is unforgettable. Working with the Public Relations team I will also be contacting local and international news outlets to cover CaseIT’s 15th year anniversary!

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
I love to spend my time and energy going on adventures and experiences with my friends. Living in Vancouver is truly a blessing as there is never a shortage of fun things to do! From skiing at Whistler mountain to hiking at Grouse mountain and tanning at English Bay, Vancouver has many activities for you to enjoy.

Tanmayya Saraf

Director of Sponsorship

CaseIT is the sister competition of my very first internal case competition (InTech), and it has a special place in my heart for opening up my case competition world. As a case competitor, I thought it would be interesting to take a turn on this side of the table and help enhance the competitors’ experience.

MY IDEA OF PRODUCTIVE FUN
As a member of an amazing Sponsorship Team, I have had the most fun meeting sponsors and forming relationships with them. Pitching to the sponsors along with other CaseIT members has been great in establishing my confidence in front of executives from companies, which has also contributed to the growth of my personal network.

MY IDEA OF ACTUAL FUN
Besides obsessing over bollywood music and movies, I enjoy spending time with my friends, whether it’s going to the beach or playing basketball or Monopoly. I also enjoy my fair share of Netflix, my classic go to is Friends!