Case Competition Information

Are you interested in competing on one of the Athabasca University – Faculty of Business (AU-FB) Case Competition teams?

COVID-19 Information

As we do not know how the response to COVID-19 will evolve, we plan to continue with online cases. We will follow federal and provincial health guidelines, as your health is our top priority.

If the in-person practice session cannot take place in January, we have an online synchronous option. If the case competitions do not take place, it will not impact your grade for ADMN 499 if you register for the course to obtain credit.

Please note that we will update this page as information changes or becomes available.

Who is eligible to participate?

If you’re a full-time AU-FB undergraduate certificate or program learner, please consider applying. It doesn’t matter where you live, so long as you meet the other requirements.

You will be required to fill out the media consent form.

What does competing require of me and my time?

You will meet online every two weeks, beginning in October until mid-December, and the team meetings are facilitated by at least one AU-FB professor and academic experts.

There are six online sessions, four online presentations, and one in-person practice weekend in January. The two competitions are in March and the teams may be able to compete in more than one competition – if they so choose.

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How do I apply?

To apply, you’ll need to be a full-time program or certificate AU-FB learner and you’ll need to submit a letter of application and a current CV.

Letter of application:

  • registered name at AU and student number;
  • tell us why you are interested in the competition; and
  • confirm you intend on being a full–time student (registered for 3 courses at the same time) for the winter semester.
  • let us know which competition(s) you are interested in.

You can apply to participate in more than one!

Current CV:

  • registered name at AU and student number;
  • include any work experience; and
  • educational qualifications.

Please then email your completed letter of application and CV to

Must I live in Alberta to participate?


How are the practice meetings organized?

In total, there are six online sessions, four online presentations, and one practice weekend in January, plus the two case competitions.

The day and time are arranged by mutual agreement.

We meet every two weeks from October to mid-December. There will also be some online discussion on presentations and case studies.

In January, the in-person weekend session is in Edmonton.

After that, the teams decide how many more case preparations they wish to do.

When is the in-person practice session?

The practice session occurs in January from Friday to Monday.

  • Friday – evening
  • Saturday – all day
  • Sunday – all day and
  • Monday – finish at noon

The actual weekend chosen will set be by mutual agreement.

Please see here for 2019-2020 practice weekend draft schedule.

When and where are the actual competitions?

Both case competitions are normally held in March (actual dates to be confirmed). The CPA competition is in Calgary and the Alberta Deans of Business Competition is hosted by various post-secondary institutions around the province of Alberta.

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Who pays for this?

AU-FB covers travel, accommodation, and subsistence. We also cover the cost of case studies and textbooks.

How do I obtain course credit?

For full participation in the case study competition, you may register for ADMN 499 and receive three credits towards your degree. You will need to pay regular course fees. If you are interested in using your participation in the competition toward ADMN 499, please contact an AU-FB Program Advisor at the Student Support Centre to confirm if ADMN 499 can be used towards your certificate or degree. Enrolling in ADMN 499 counts towards your full-time student status.

Here are some of the sample schedules and agendas for last year’s team:

These are sample presentations from a previous team’s practice weekend:

Please email, if you still have questions or are ready to apply.