ST. JOHN’S, NL –
College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) The Bestie Solutions had all the right answers this past weekend when they emerged victorious from the Al Ruwad Business Case Competition in Doha, Qatar.
Business Case competitions provide CNA students with the unique opportunity to showcase their technical knowledge and provide analysis of a business problem in a team-based approach. The Al Ruwad competition at College of the North Atlantic-Qatar (CNA-Q) is the premier inter-collegial business competition in Qatar. It was there that The Bestie Solutions – made up of second-year Business Management students at Prince Philip Drive campus – stepped into the spotlight on the international stage to pit their skills against some of the top colleges and universities from the Middle East.
Stephen Warren, CNA’s Dean of Business and Information Technology, says he never doubted this team of students would measure up to the competition.
“To say I am proud would be an understatement. Winning the provincial Business Case Competition is an achievement not many will experience, but travelling to the Middle East to compete, and win the international Business Case Competition puts you in a different category all together,” said Warren. “It just goes to show that if you are willing to put the time and effort in, you might surprise yourself with what you can accomplish.”
The Bestie Solutions, which also took the top spot at the annual Business Case competition in Grand Falls-Windsor in November 2018, is comprised of Jeremy Dominie (Business Management - Marketing), along with Hilarie Duffy, Ashley Barron and Marissa Barron (Business Management – Human Resources).
“Winning the case competition at CNA-Qatar was amazing!” exclaimed Duffy. “I still cannot believe that we were given this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I’ve never experienced such hospitality and kindness that was shown to our team by everyone in Qatar.”
For Duffy, having the chance to speak to people with different cultural backgrounds was something she really values.
“Everyone took time to answer questions I had about the country of Qatar. Being from a small town in Newfoundland and Labrador, I believe I’ve returned from my trip with a new perspective on the world, and also on myself,” Duffy said.
“The case competition itself was phenomenal. The judges challenged us without intimidating us, but the best part was watching my friends and I grow. We worked really well together and stuck to our strategy. We are ‘The Besties’ through and through, and I know that I’ve made lifelong connections with some very special people.”
To learn more about CNA’s School of Business and Information Technology, visit: www.cna.nl.ca
Public Relations Specialist
College of the North Atlantic