Lethbridge College students Evan Weir and Gabrielle Kolk were part of the teams that finished in second and third place at the third annual Cor Van Raay Agri-Business Case Competition in November. The event – a unique, first-of-its-kind competition in western Canada – was co-hosted by Lethbridge College and the University of Lethbridge on both campuses.
The competition is tailored for college and university undergraduate students in a range of disciplines, including Agricultural Studies and Business/Management. This year’s event included 10 local teams made up of four to five students from the college and university, from both ag and business backgrounds. Most of them met each other for the first time the opening night of the event. Other teams participated from the University of Saskatchewan and Lakeland College.
The teams worked together to apply their theoretical knowledge to develop a solution for the chosen case, which this year involved chia seeds and an Australian producer. After analyzing a written case and developing their solutions, they delivered a 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges to demonstrate their acumen in the areas of agribusiness and agriculture. The top three teams were awarded a cash prize. This year, a team from the University of Saskatchewan took first place.