March 18, 1999 Capilano College students make winning their business

      Media Release

      March 18, 1999
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Community Relations Advisor
      (604) 983-7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER)--The words Capilano College appear all over the winner's trophy for the 10th B.C. Colleges Business competition. This year marked the seventh time that second year students from the College's three-year Business Administration program grabbed a first place prize. Despite encountering a software glitch, students still managed to win for best overall team and best business plan.

      "It's very difficult to come out of this competition with one, let alone two, of the three big awards," said Capilano College Business instructor Graham Fane. Fane, who also acted as team coach, added, "This is a tough competition and the fact that Capilano College students win year after year says a lot about their dedication and skill."

      The competition was held during the weekend of Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6 at Kwantlen University College in Richmond. Nine four-person teams from colleges and institutes from around the province were required to operate a medium-sized manufacturing business in a highly stressful, real-life business environment. A panel of judges, comprised of senior industry executives, acted as the board of directors. Each team was judged on approximately 50 different criteria from financial performance to marketing and human resource strategies.

      Members of the winning Capilano College team were: Stephanie Whitney, Teanny Lau, Michelle Pope and Gerry Marchiafava. Students Holly Geant and Brandon Mah volunteered their time to help organize and run the event.

      "It was tough, but through hard work and great training, we ended up coming out on top," said Marchiafava, who acted as the student chief financial officer and vice-president of operations.

      Hosted by the Business Educators Coordinating committee, the event offers participants an opportunity to interact with other students, members of the business community, and to practice learned skills. Prizes for the winners included cash scholarships from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, as well as equipment from other sponsors.