Case Competition

Fall 2020

Dates for the Fall 2020 Ethics in Action case competition will be announced in Summer 2020.

2019 Winners

Undergraduate Case Competition:

1st: Concordia University
2nd: Acadia university
3rd: St. Francis Xavier University

Graduate Case Competition:

1st: McGill University
2nd: University of Manitoba 
3rd: McMaster University

2019 Case Competition Details

Early bird travel subsidy: Register by October 7, 11:59 pm, ADT

The first 10 non-local teams to register by the early bird deadline of October 7 will receive a $2500 subsidy toward eligible travel expenses. The subsidy includes approx. $1500 for three rooms for three nights only at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax (two double occupancy rooms for team members and one single occupancy room for a coach). The remainder of the $2500 can be applied to non-accommodation travel expenses eligible under the Dalhousie Travel Policy and Procedures. Individual participants will be required to submit a Travel Expense Claim Form in order to receive reimbursement of travel expenses. This additional funding should not be claimed if the team is already receiving travel funding from their home institution.

Teams and eligibility

The Dalhousie Ethics in Action case competition is based on written case studies and has two distinct streams: one for undergraduate students and one for graduate students. All teams will be given the opportunity to present both a prepared and a live case. Teams will be made up of four students.

**Please note: Registration in the case competition is limited to one team per program per stream (example: a school may enter a BBA team, a BComm team and an MBA team). Teams will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.**


Prepared cases will be released 10 days prior to the competition, on November 12. Presentations begin the morning of Friday November 22.  

Unprepared cases begin the morning of Saturday, November 23. Each team is given a three-hour isolation period to respond to a fictional ethical dilemma.

  • Undergraduate teams enter isolation at twenty-minute intervals and are given twelve minutes to present, followed by a three-minute question period.
  • Graduate teams enter isolation at thirty-minute intervals and are given fifteen minutes to present, followed by a five-minute question period.

Cash Prizes

The top undergraduate and graduate teams will receive:

  • First place: $2000
  • Second place: $1500
  • Third place: $1000


Meet and Greet Networking Event

An opportunity to connect with competitors across Canada.

Date: November 22
Time: 5:00-6:30 pm
Dress: Casual   

Gala and Awards Presentation     

The event will conclude with the Ethics in Action Gala where we will announce the winners of the case competition and present the Ethical Leadership Award to the Hon. Louise Arbour, CC, GOQ.                                                                                                                                  



Thursday, November 21, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019

Saturday, November 23, 2019         

Morning & Afternoon

  Prepared Case Presentations Unprepared Case Presentations


Teams Arrive
Hotel Check-in
Meet & Greet Networking Event Ethics in Action Gala and Awards Presentation