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UNB Business Students Have Success at the University of Waterloo Accounting Conference

Author: Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted on Jul 14, 2010

Category: Student Highlights

It was a long journey, but well worth it as three students made a name for themselves and for the University of New Brunswick (UNB) at the recent University of Waterloo Accounting Conference (UWAC). Graduating student Jonathan Smith and second year accounting students Dino Bernard and Christopher Ross represented UNB at the conference.Dino Bernard with the $1,000 top prize cheque from UWAC 2010 UWAC is a three day conference which brings together business students from across Canada to listen to guest speakers, participate in dynamic workshops and compete in a real-world case competition. This was the fifth year of the conference, but the first time that anyone from UNB has attended. Jonathan Smith remarked, “While it is a long trip going to Waterloo, it is definitely worth it for the networking opportunities and possible future contacts.” The 2010 conference featured prominent and engaging speakers such as Bill Thomas, CEO and Senior Partner of KPMG LLP, Colleen Johnston, Group Head Finance and CFO of TD Bank Financial Group, and several other notable speakers (click here for a full list). Another draw of the conference was the challenging case competition. Each student from UNB was teamed with three other students from universities all across Canada, so that everyone had the opportunity to meet and work with new people. Teams had roughly one hour to read through a real-world problem and prepare their case and presentation before going in front of the judge panel. One team impressed the judges and beat 32 other teams to take the $1,000 top prize. UNB’s own, Dino Bernard, was a member of the winning team. Dino thanked Professor Joseph Abekah for all of his help and coaching before the conference and commented that “UWAC was an extremely valuable experience that more UNB students should take advantage of.”