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Asper students Graham Halford and Quinn Kirkpatrick, with advisor Nicole Barnabé, at ICBC 2015

Asper achieves podium finish at ICBC

February 2, 2015 — 

Asper School of Business students Graham Halford and Quinn Kirkpatrick have scored third place in the Ethics event of the prestigious Intercollegiate Business Competition (ICBC).

Hosted by the Queen’s Business School in Kingston, Ontario, ICBC is Canada’s longest-running case competition. This year’s final round took place January 15-17.

To qualify for a coveted spot in the final round, Halford and Kirkpatrick competed this fall against 29 other Canadian and international universities. Teams in various functional areas each wrote a case analysis, which was blind-judged at Queen’s. Only teams whose submission ranked in the top five were invited to compete in the finals.

“Once they got there, our team faced some incredible competition,” says Nicole Barnabé, the team’s advisor. “All the teams performed very well, and this is apparently the first time Asper has placed in the Ethics category. I’m very proud of their achievement.”

Kirkpatrick says competing against Canada’s top teams, and in front of judges who are also prominent business leaders, made the experience especially rewarding. “The judges gave constructive and useful feedback we are able to take back to our classes and to future competitions.”

Halford says their success would not have been possible without the tireless support of Asper professors Barnabé and Howard Harmatz. “They gave up a lot of free time and put in a significant effort to ensure we were prepared.”

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