Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I’m eligible to compete in I.C.B.C.?

Criteria for a school to be eligible to participate in I.C.B.C. are as follows:

  • Eligible schools include universities, their Faculty or School counterparts, and business schools.
  • Independent academies, colleges, and institutes must offer a full-time program equivalent to a bachelor.
  • All schools should have an undergraduate program in Commerce, Management, Business Administration, and/or Economics.
  • Graduate schools (MBA) and establishments focused on executive education are not eligible to participate.
  • Students in a Masters Level or higher program at a Canadian school, and students at international schools in a program equivalent to a Masters Level or higher at a Canadian school are not eligible to compete.

In addition, there are criteria for the competing students whom are applying to compete at

I.C.B.C. and are as follows:

  • A competitor must be full-time undergraduate student from an eligible school, pursuing an equivalent level education to a Canadian undergraduate program.
  • A competitor must be enrolled in a degree or major in Business, Economics, or Management. If the student is pursuing a Law or Social Sciences related degree, he or she must be enrolled in a double-major program, with the second major being Business, Economics, or Management.
  • A competitor must have a full-time course load at the time of the competition.
  • A competitor must be registered at his or her home school. Exchange students cannot compete for their exchange school.
  • A competitor must be 25-years-old or less and be eligible for travel into Canada.


What is the deadline to confirm participation and payment?
For the Preliminary Round, the confirmation of participation form is due on September 16th, 2016 (to our University Liaison), and payment is due by October 3rd. For Final Weekend, confirmation is due by November 25th, 2016, and payment is due by December 16th, 2016.
How does the preliminary round work?

Prospective competitors begin the I.C.B.C. process by entering the Preliminary Round in the fall, in hopes of qualifying for the Final Weekend in January. In this selective process, competitors are given approximately two weeks to analyze a complex business case for their respective competitive event.

Once submitted, these case analyses are sent to industry professional Preliminary Round judges and the top five teams in each event are invited to compete at Final Weekend. After the Preliminary Round is complete, all teams are sent comprehensive rubrics and feedback, written and completed by the judges. This entire process is usually completed during the months of October and November 2016.

Who judges the preliminary round?

Preliminary Round judges are Queen’s University professors and industry professionals who volunteer to read and assess over 160 case submissions across the seven events.

How many people per team?

For the Accounting, Debating, Ethics, Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and MIS events students compete in teams of two. For the Business Policy event, competitors are in teams of three.

What are preliminary round fees?

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What are final weekend fees?
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How do I arrange hotel accommodation for Faculty Advisors and observers?

Hotel accommodations for observers and Faculty Advisors can be arranged at your request through the University Liaison Jessica Chen ( The cost of these rooms will be billed to the respective Faculty Advisor.