Niagara College Accounting students win silver at CGA Ontario Case Competition

Three second-year Accounting students were counted among the best in Ontario when they captured silver at the 2014 CGA Ontario Case Competition.

Hosted by the Certified General Accountants (CGA) of Ontario and George Brown College the competition was an opportunity for students to test their financial problem-solving skills in a timed and judged case study against teams from other colleges across the province.

Students Christopher Ohlhoff (Smithville) William Nathan Hildebrandt (Welland) and Stephanie Martino (St. Catharines) have been training for the competition since December 2013. At the March 22 2014 competition they competed in teams of three. The team was given a case that was written specifically for the competition and given two hours to read analyze prepare and practice a presentation on their recommendations before presenting their case analyses to a panel of judges from the accounting industry. Then as one of the top five teams they presented their case analyses for the second time to an audience consisting of all other teams all faculty coaches and a new panel of judges.

“The opportunity to compete in a competition where we were able to apply the knowledge the college has provided us to a real-world situation was invaluable both academically and to our future professional lives. The experience of the competition provided us with the ability to network and to experience what it would be like to work with a deadline in a business setting” said Ohlhoff on behalf of the three-student team. “We feel honoured to have been able to participate in such an outstanding program and to work closely with the faculty in preparation for the event.”

Accounting professor and coordinator Barrie Tober noted the NC students who competed are all in their second year and competed against many third-year students – some who were participating in the competition for the second time.

“The students benefitted from the experience of preparing case analysis which doesn’t enter our curriculum until the third year. They also developed and honed their presentation skills on a weekly basis” said Tober. “I am always encouraged and inspired when I work with students who choose to go above and beyond their regular studies.”

For their achievement each of the students won a $1000 scholarship towards a CGA program of professional studies.

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