Rotman Commerce - The Boardroom

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Toronto, ON M5S 1A9


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Sign-up for The Boardroom - Rotman Commerce’s High School Business Case Competition!

Deadline for Registration: Jan 12th, 2018

Dear High School Teachers, Administrators and Students,

Our management team would like to invite teams of four Grade 11 and 12 students to enter “The Boardroom”, Rotman Commerce’s high school business case competition.

This year, over $1,500 in prizes will be awarded to teams with the teamwork, creativity and analytical skills to pitch a business idea and solve for key challenges in the healthcare space. The competition will have two rounds, and the first round finalists will be invited to participate in the final round at the University of Toronto campus. They will have the opportunity to present to The Boardroom (a panel of alumni judges), and hear from esteemed professionals in the healthcare and technology industries.

The first round will begin on Jan 22nd, 2018. Teams will receive their case by email and be asked to submit their proposal by Jan 31st, 2018 to

Twelve team finalists will then be invited to the University of Toronto St. George campus on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 to present to our alumni judges. The top three teams will receive gift cards and special framed certificates of excellence. All teams will receive a luncheon reception, certificates of recognition, and a chance to speak with current students, alumni, and industry professionals. Optional campus tours are also available at the end of the event.

Students are encouraged to form teams with a variety of strengths and perspectives, as our Evaluation Committee values diligent problem solving with original thinking and innovative solutions.

No prior business knowledge or experience is required!

To register, please visit Eventbrite and find us at “Rotman Commerce – The Boardroom”. Full competition rules and FAQs can also be found on our Eventbrite.

Questions may be emailed to

Will your team be our stars in The Boardroom?


The Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee

The Boardroom High School Case Competition - Rules

1. Introduction

The Boardroom High School Case Competition (“The Boardroom”) is a two round business case team competition for Grade 11 and Grade 12 students organized by Rotman Commerce with the assistance of the Rotman Commerce Alumni Steering Committee (the “Steering Committee”), our sponsors and Rotman Commerce alumni and student volunteers (the “Volunteers”).

Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate a bold vision, creativity, technical insight and business leadership while solving a business base focused on the issues of tomorrow.

2. Who May Enter

The competition is open to Grade 11 and Grade 12 students from eligible high schools that have been invited by Rotman Commerce to participate (the “Team Members”). Any team of four Grade 11 and/or Grade 12 students may form a team (a “Team”).

To register, please visit Eventbrite and find us at “Rotman Commerce – The Boardroom”. Full competition rules and FAQs can also be found on Eventbrite.

A complete Team application must be received by the Steering Committee on Eventbrite before January 12th, 2018. To apply, the team members must register on Eventbrite with the full names, grade, phone numbers, and email-addresses of all team numbers and your designated high school case administrator (the “Administrator”). Please also include the name of your school and your team name.

A confirmation email will be sent to your team once we have received your registration. Questions may be emailed to

3. Procedure if a Team Member Drops Out

If a Team Member drops out of their team prior to the first round of the competition, the Administrator may substitute another student as a Team Member at their discretion.

No substitutes are allowed if a Team makes it to the final round of the competition and a team member is unable to participate. The remaining Team Members may represent the Team at the final round. At least three Team Members must be present in the final round or the Team may be disqualified. Please read the competition dates below to ensure that your team members can participate in both rounds.

4. The Cases

The cases used in The Boardroom will be selected by the Steering Committee and will not be published or tested by any Administrator or Team Member.

5. The Competition Format

The Boardroom is a two round business case competition.

First Round

The first round of The Boardroom will be completed online. A short business case will be sent on January 22nd, 2018 to each team. Team members must collaborate and submit their answers by January 31st, 2018 to rc.admissions@utoronto.cawith the Subject Line: Team (Name): First Round Submission. Please submit your answers in a Word or PDF file, and make sure to explain your thought process and work for each question. Please ensure all instructions given by the case materials are followed.

Final Round

Top Teams will be notified that they have been selected to compete in the final round of The Boardroom the week of February 19th. They will be invited to the final round event on campus at the University of Toronto on March 17th, 2018. Teams are asked to dress in business casual.

For the final round on campus, Teams will be given instructions to prepare for the presentations on March 9th, 2018. Teams will be asked to prepare a 15 minute presentation for our Board of Directors on March 17th, 2018. On the day of the Competition, Teams will be assigned a room and presentation time, at which time they will present to our Board of Directors.

Teams may use any type of presentation tools (such as PowerPoint, short video, chart paper) for the final round presentations. Please note that all teams with PowerPoint or videos send in their files to by March 15th, 2017. We highly recommend that PowerPoints are saved in PDF formats and that you bring a copy of your presentation on an USB during the event day as back-up. The relevance, clarity and cohesiveness of the use of the whiteboard or chart paper will be a factor in the Board of Directors’ evaluations. Each team will be allotted 10-15 minutes for presentations, with up to 5 minutes of Q&A.

Each member of a Team is required to participate in the team’s presentation but not necessarily in the question period following the presentation. The teams may not interact during the presentations nor should there be any communication with the audience. Teams may record their own presentations. The Organizers may take pictures or record any presentation for purposes of promoting the competition.

The Judges will select three finalist teams to present once more to a finalist panel of Judges. The Judges will declare a first, second and third place winner at the reception following the competition. Judges’ decisions are final and not subject to review.

6. Evaluation

A “Level 4” in any category means that, in the judge’s opinion, the information is presented logically, effectively and creatively. The submission met all reasonable expectations.

A “Level 3” rating means that the information is presented well. Though there may be a few minor problems or omissions, they are not significant. Creativity, however, is not shown to any great degree.

A “Level 2” score means that the information presented does not meet minimum standards of acceptability.

A “Level 1” score means either that some major flaw has been noted that damages the effectiveness of the information (this may be a major omission, a serious misstatement, poor communications or any other major flaw) or that the information presented is of no value (does not address the problem at all).

7. Awards and Recognition

All finalist teams will receive an Award of Recognition for the achievement necessary to qualify to participate in The Boardroom.

Top three finalist teams will receive a Finalist Award of Excellence and cash prizes in form of gift cards.

8. Dispute Resolution

The Rules are not all encompassing and situations may arise that have not been covered. It is the expectation of the Board of Directors that any issues or disputes will be resolved in the spirit of the Competition.

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