To allow this competition to be successful and to provide an equal learning environment for all, teams must adhere to a set of rules and regulations. It is expected that each participating school familiarizes themselves with these rules and regulations, and that they will abide by them in the spirit of the competition. Any violations will result in immediate disqualification. Any decision of termination and disqualification is final.

Case Preparation
Teams Participating Via Electronic Medium
Material Provided By SCMA
Materials NOT Allowed

Case Preparation

  • SCMA welcomes full time students from colleges and universities across Canada who are currently enrolled in any full time business/supply chain program at the undergraduate level. Participants must be at least 19 years of age by the time of the competition. Participants may have started, but cannot have completed a Master’s degree in a related field.
  • A maximum of two teams per school are allowed to register for the competition.
  • Students who competed and won a prize at the 2016 Student Case Competition are not eligible to compete in the 2017 Student Case Competition.
  • Teams will be comprised of no more than four people. Teams of three may be accepted. Although a teacher/professor may accompany their team to the competition, it is not mandatory.
  • Each team will prepare and present one case solution during the competition according to the case given. All teams must produce a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Each team will be provided with paper, writing materials and a computer – no other aids are permitted.
  • Teams are not allowed to discuss the case or their presentation with anyone outside the team during the competition.
  • The case will be solved in the designated preparation rooms. Case material must remain in the preparation room, including the case itself, the PowerPoint presentation and all reference material.
  • A minimum of one person from each team must attend the case overview webinar taking place Friday, February 24, 2017 at 12 p.m.


  • Presentations will include a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. The teams may use notes and/or cue cards during the presentations.
  • Teams must use a minimum 12 point courier font and ensure work is double-spaced to ensure it is easy to read and visible for the judges.
  • The participating teams will be randomly assigned to a judging panel. Each team will compete against the other teams in their region for the preliminary round.
  • Each team presents their case solution in the preliminary rounds. In regions where there are four teams or less, one team will go through to the national finals. In regions with between five and 8 teams, two teams will proceed to the national finals. In regions with 9 teams or greater, 3 teams will proceed to the national finals.
  • In the preliminary regional rounds each team will have 20 minutes to present. In the final round each team will have 10 minutes to present. The timekeeper will notify the presenting team when ten minutes, five minutes and one minute are remaining. When the 20 minutes are up the timekeeper will end the presentation whether the team has finished or not.
  • The finalists will present the same presentations used in the preliminary regional rounds; no modifications of any kind will be made to the PowerPoint presentation. They may, however, modify their speaking notes to accommodate the 10 minutes presentation time.
  • The presentation in the preliminary rounds will not count in the evaluation of the presentation in the final round.
  • The teams are NOT allowed to watch any of the other teams present in the preliminary rounds. The finalists are not allowed to watch any of the other finalists present preceding their own presentation. The teams may not interact during the presentations nor have any communication with the audience.
  • Faculty Advisors may attend the finalist presentations. However, once the Faculty Advisors enter the judging room they cannot leave until after the last presentation. The Faculty Advisor is not allowed to communicate with their team while their team is still competing.

Teams Participating Via Electronic Medium

  • All teams must supply two computers (one production computer and one backup) and one USB stick. It is required the computer have the following programs; Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint and have downloaded the necessary apps to use Adobe Connect.
  • The competition computers will be tested two weeks before the Student Case competition with the school’s AV technician and team representative. On the day of the competition teams must use the computers that were tested to present their case to the judges. Each team must have a second computer available to prepare their case.
  • Each school must have one Audio Visual Technician onsite for the entire duration of the Case Competition to assist with any technical problems that may occur.
  • Each team must have two private and accessible rooms available for the duration of the Case Competition.
  • There must be at least one professor on site for the duration of the Case Competition to supervise the team(s).


  • Computers will be provided to participants for the case preparation either by the competition for students who compete at one of the host campuses or by the institution for remote participants.
  • Teams will not be given more time for case preparation in the event of technical problems with the computers.
  • Teams will not be given access to the internet and are not allowed to have their own electronic devices in the preparation or judging rooms.
  • Each team will be provided with a USB stick to load their PowerPoint presentation.
  • SCMA representatives will collect teams' USB sticks before the appointed deadline.


  • Judges are selected by Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA).
  • All judges are familiar with the case; therefore teams do not need to repeat the facts of the case during their presentation.
  • All judges will receive a copy of the case and an evaluation marking sheet for each presentation.
  • The judging panel’s decision is final and cannot be contested.

The following materials will be provided by SCMA:

  • 1 computer per team - The computers will be setup in the prep-rooms
  • Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint will be loaded on each computer
  • Hard copies of the case, backup data, competition rules and any other relevant materials
  • 1 USB Stick
  • 1 Supplies Kit ( Highlighters, paper, pens, cue cards)

The following materials are NOT allowed:

  • Electronic mobile devices, smartphones, notes, textbooks etc.

Please Note: The SCMA reserves the right to make slight adjustments or additions to the Rules and Regulations if necessary.