Lakehead University students win accounting competition

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From left to right, fourth-year students Daniel Sabbe, Tingting Zhuang, Taylor Goods, and Sarah Dyce took first place in a recent accounting competition in Winnipeg. 

February 1, 2017 – Thunder Bay, ON

Lakehead University accounting students Tingting Zhuang, Sarah Dyce, Taylor Goods and Daniel Sabbe earned first place in the Business and Accounting Student Case Competition and Conference (formerly GAAPS) sponsored jointly by Asper School of Business Accounting Association and Chartered Professional Accountants of Manitoba.

The competition took place from January 26-28, at the Fairmont Hotel, located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg.

Ten teams from across Canada, each comprised of four undergraduate students, participated in the three-day conference, which included an accounting-based case competition, guest speakers and networking events.

Dyce said this competition was the highlight of her four years at Lakehead University.

“I truly appreciate the opportunity to compete against and with such an amazing and intelligent group of people. Not only did we win, but we made long distance connections and friendships that I am sure will follow us into our futures after we graduate in May.”

The first prize win comes with a trophy and $1,500 in prize money to share. The Lakehead University team won this competition in 2014 as well.

“Going through this competition really helped us see who we are as professionals and our skills of analyzing case situations,” Sabbe said.

“Although this event was all generated around the competition, the biggest thing we were able to take home with us was a new group of great friends from across Canada. It was really great to be able to go and socialize with many people from all different backgrounds,” he added.

“We are very proud of our students’ achievement,” said Dr. Bahram Dadgostar, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration. “Their performance is a testament to the quality of the business program at Lakehead University.”

The Faculty of Business Administration is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA).

Fewer than five percent of business schools in the world have AACSB accreditation and only 15 business schools in Canada have this dual accreditation.