Preparing for the CGA Ontario Case Competition
Only one sleep away until the big day for accounting students. The 2014 CGA Ontario Case Competition starts bright and early tomorrow, March 22. Centennial’s four-student team will join other Ontario accounting students at George Brown College, where the case challenge and workshops will take place.
Centennial has been preparing its team since mid-January, training twice a week with their four coaches. One of the competitors, Rahul Sood, is in his final semester of the two-year Business – Accounting program. He considers himself quite fortunate to be chosen to participate as he recalled that about 70 students applied for the team. He mentioned that he was one of the 17 students shortlisted for an interview, and was successfully chosen in the end, thanks to his professor, Ronald Lee, who gave him a stellar recommendation.
Rahul wanted to take part in this competition, so he can gain more knowledge and experience in his field. Prior to college, he completed the commerce stream in high school in India, focusing in Accounting. Centennial’s Accounting program fits well with his aspirations as he intends to launch his career with an entry-level accounting position after graduating this year.
Training will surely make an impact on enhancing Rahul’s business acumen and accounting skills. Patrick O'Meara, the Chair in Finance and Accounting, is leading the team of coaches who have been mentoring the students in the last two months. Case studies require case analysis skills, which Carole Clyne helps in coaching. The accounting, calculations, and presentation of data are taught by Joseph Toste. The fourth coach is Debra Lee-Hue, who trains students on their presentation skills.
Rahul and his teammates had been putting extra hours at school for the CGA case challenge, training on different sample cases each week. They recorded their training presentations, so they can acknowledge their strengths and look for areas of improvement. The School of Business and Centennial wishes all the best to their participants in tomorrow’s competition.