About JDC West


“We bring together business professionals in a multi-faceted event that promotes personal growth through team success and failure.”


“We invite leaders to create a business community that makes a difference in the world.”

JDC West is the largest business competition in Western Canada and is a three-day event that showcases academics, athletics, debate, and an out-of-the-box social competition. Over 600 students from 12 of Western Canada’s top universities unite annually to compete in this competition. The competition provides students with the opportunity to compete with each other in all facets of business while developing networking, critical thinking, and leadership skills. Each university sends one team of 46+ representative students to participate respectively in one of 10 Academic Competitions, 1 Parliamentary Debate, 1 Athletic Competition or 1 Social Competition. Points are awarded and accumulated towards a team being declared “School of the Year”.

  • Academics

    There are 10 core Academic Competitions. Each competition has 3 students from each team participate. In each case, competition participants have a fixed amount of time to review the facts and prepare before presenting to the industry judges and experts. Current academic events for JDC West are

    Accounting, Business Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Business Technology, Marketing, Not-for-profit Business Strategy, and Operations Management

  • Debate

    Each debate team has 4 students. They have 30 minutes to review the proposal before presenting. As it is in parliamentary style, one team is designated Team Government and the other Team Opposition.

  • Athletics

    The hosting school chooses the sport each year. The teams include both male and female competitors.

    2006: Indoor Soccer (Futsol), 2007: Handball, 2008: Dodgeball, 2009: Volleyball, West coast Kickball, Inner-tube Water Polo, Relay (6 X 200), 2010: Indoor Soccer played on two 190 x 90’ fields on FIFA sanctioned Polytan artificial turf.,
    2011: Inner-Tube Water Basketball & Ultimate Frisbee, 2012: Flag Football & Yukigassen, 2013: Doctor Dodgeball & Netball, 2014: Floor Hockey & Tchouckball, 2015: European Handball & Schtick Disc, 2016: Floor Ringette & Dodgeball 2017: Korfball & DBL Ball, 2018: Tchouckball & Quidditch

  • Social

    Teams bring together the most ambitious, spirited JDC West competitors in a unique multi-faceted and strategic event that promotes personal and team growth, through tests of perseverance and adaptability. Each social team has 4 students – two males and two females. These competitors are on-call for ten social challenges to be completed in less than 48 hours at any time of day or night. These entertaining challenges are known to include athletic, spirit, and food competitions. The social competition encourages networking, innovation and creativity.

Community Involvement

JDC West is committed to giving back to communities across the country. Every year, the community involvement competition encourages school teams to log volunteer hours and raise money for charitable organizations by working with external organizations and through our annual Chillin’ For Charity event. For 2017 competition, JDC West teams raised $304,772 and logged over 9676 hours for Canadian charities.

Past Competitions

JDC West hosted its first competition at the University of British Columbia in 2006. Since then, JDC West has been hosted in multiple cities around Western Canada. JDC West has been leaving impacts, fueling productivity, going beyond profits, and achieving excellence.

Past Competitions