Competition Overview

I.C.B.C. consists of two stages: a preliminary stage and a final stage. Canadian participants have one possible gateway to the Final Weekend: through competing in the Preliminary Round. However, unlike Canadian participants, international competitors have the additional option of entering an International Invitational in order to reach the Final Weekend. If successful in either route, finalists will compete with five other competing teams at I.C.B.C. Final Weekend in their respective events. For more information on the three stages of the competition, please download one of our information packages below.

Preliminary Round

October 11 – 28, 2016
In the fall, prospective competitors begin the I.C.B.C. journey through the Preliminary Round. In this selective process, students must analyze and devise solutions to complex business cases.  Once submitted, these case analyses are then evaluated by industry professional judges and the top 6 teams in each event are invited to compete at Final Weekend.

International Invitational

June – July, 2016

Through an application process, schools are selected based on submitted statements of interest and several other aspects. Successful applicants are directly invited to I.C.B.C. Final Weekend. There is one spot allocated to the International Invitational in the entire competition, with the exception of the Debating event.

Final Weekend

January 19 – 21, 2017

At Final Weekend, eight competitive events are held over two days, for which competing finalists are given about 5 hours to prepare. After preparing, teams present their solutions to a panel of judges, comprised of industry leaders and sponsor representatives. At the Final Banquet, the top three teams of each competitive event are announced.

I.C.B.C. features eight competitive events in which students can compete: Accounting, Business Policy, Debating, Ethics, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, and Management of Information Systems (MIS). For each event, excluding Debating, cases are written by industry professionals and pertain to industry specific issues. Competitors should choose to compete in the event for which their skills are best suited.

For further information about I.C.B.C. 2017 and the registration process, please do not hesitate to view the appropriate information package below or contact our University Liaison, Jessica Chen (

International Competitor Package

Domestic Competitor Package