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Canada's Oldest Student Run Business Conference

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About Us

Welcome to QBET 2015. This fall, we will be hosting the 39th annual Queen’s Conference on the Business Environment Today. As Canada’s oldest and most innovative undergraduate business conference, our mission is to provide future business leaders with insights into current trends in our business environment. For QBET 2015, we plan to carry forth a spirit of innovation by introducing new events, which will offer unparalleled opportunities to our delegates, speakers and sponsors. Please take a moment and look through our website to learn more about the value of participating in QBET 2015 as a delegate, speaker, or sponsor. Feel free to reach out to any of our incredible executive members should you have questions!

On behalf of the entire QBET Executive committee, we would like to invite you to what we know will be an exceptional conference.

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Why QBET?

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Rich History

Established in 1976, QBET is the oldest student run business conference in Canada, with over 37 years of award winning conferences.

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QBET has hosted over 3500 delegates since its inception

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Dynamic Events

One-of-a-Kind events unique to QBET including the famous Merger Mystery, Live Case, and customizable workshops engage students and sponsors alike.

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91% of delegates said they would return to QBET

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Unique Delegate Composition

QBET’s extensive history and broad focus attracts delegates from all across the country, interested in each of the major business streams alongside alternative career paths.

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Theme

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Competition Redefined: The Sharing Economy

                                                                                                

A competitive edge will highlight technology as a two-way communication medium, the shift toward consumer to consumer markets including house, car, and asset sharing; and the markets ability to capitalize upon this interaction. This idea is an unavoidable trend thus, businesses
have either leveraged this strategy to grow and increase their competitive advantage, or in the case of major corporations, altered their business practices in response to this phenomenon. The sharing economy has created the means for start-ups to capitalize and grow upon current trends, as well as challenged and showcased the resilience of dominant firms as they grow and adapt as well.

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Delegates

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Since our inception in 1977, QBET has endeavoured to connect business students with the companies and professionals changing the face of global commerce for a weekend of unique learning and networking opportunities. As a delegate, you will be given the opportunity to meet and interact with students and sponsors from across the country through incredible events, speaker series and socials. It will be a weekend you’ll never forget.

  • Ana Lopez, Third Year Queen's Commerce Student

    “This past year’s tech panel was an incredible new addition to the conference- to which I owe my summer employment. While QBET is the oldest conference in the game, it’s never stale!”

    Ana Lopez, Third Year Queen's Commerce Student
  • Megan Leon, Second Year Queen's Commerce Student

    “I was pushed to the limits at QBET 2014 during the merger mystery, where teams had to work not only with each other but also with their respective governments. I also had the opportunity to meet so many great people from Queen’s and from many other reputable Canadian Universities. QBET was my first conference of second year, and what a great start it was!”

    Megan Leon, Second Year Queen's Commerce Student
  • Reid Stewart, Fourth Year Queen's Commerce Student

    “I was very honoured to receive ‘The Lifetime Achievement Award’ at QBET 2014 this past year. QBET structures their conference in a way where it can keep up with the latest trends that are happening in the business world. Every year QBET has surprised me in bringing bigger and better things to the conference!”

    Reid Stewart, Fourth Year Queen's Commerce Student
  • Ana Lopez, Third Year Queen's Commerce Student

    “This past year’s tech panel was an incredible new addition to the conference- to which I owe my summer employment. While QBET is the oldest conference in the game, it’s never stale!”

    Ana Lopez, Third Year Queen's Commerce Student
  • Megan Leon, Second Year Queen's Commerce Student

    “I was pushed to the limits at QBET 2014 during the merger mystery, where teams had to work not only with each other but also with their respective governments. I also had the opportunity to meet so many great people from Queen’s and from many other reputable Canadian Universities. QBET was my first conference of second year, and what a great start it was!”

    Megan Leon, Second Year Queen's Commerce Student
  • Reid Stewart, Fourth Year Queen's Commerce Student

    “I was very honoured to receive ‘The Lifetime Achievement Award’ at QBET 2014 this past year. QBET structures their conference in a way where it can keep up with the latest trends that are happening in the business world. Every year QBET has surprised me in bringing bigger and better things to the conference!”

    Reid Stewart, Fourth Year Queen's Commerce Student
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Events

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Merger Mystery.

An exclusive QBET event in which delegates are given a specific character to play, and must make choices based on information provided throughout the different rounds. Although all characters and companies are fictional, roles and information used are based on actual mergers and acquisitions that have involved the sponsoring company. The merger is an exceptional way to learn about what is occurring in a unique industry, and show-off your problem solving skills. This event typically considered to be a favourite amongst delegates.

Live Case.

A fast-paced, and challenging event, our sponsored Case Competition will see delegates engaging in a management consulting simulation. This event kicks off with the presentation of a business problem to delegates, who will work in small teams to generate possible solutions. The delegates are then given the opportunity to present their best option to our judges, who will pick their favorite teams to go head to head in our final presentation round. A conference staple, our case competition is not to be missed.

Workshops.

Workshops are interactive presentations designed to introduce you to the sponsoring organizations. This event will provide you with a premium opportunity to interact with sponsors one-on-one because of the small delegate to sponsor ratio. Following workshops there will be a networking session where you will have the ability to follow-up with representatives from all sponsoring companies.

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Sponsors

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Since our inception in 1976, QBET has endeavored to connect business students with the companies and professionals changing the face of global commerce for a weekend of unique learning and networking opportunities. QBET’s mission is to provide a niche opportunity for companies to network directly with business students from a variety of different specialties; generating a well-rounded delegate pool of future professionals, from the brightest finance minds, to the most creative marketing talents. We sincerely thank you for considering a corporate partnership with QBET 2015, and genuinely hope to see you in October.

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Our Sponsorship Package

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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    Speakers

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    The keynote speakers featured at QBET come from a variety of industries and backgrounds, with vast knowledge of their fields and the forces shaping the current business environment. As such, the foundation of every QBET conference lies in the unmatched passion and wisdom conveyed in our keynote addresses. On behalf of the entire Executive, we would be thrilled to have you speak at QBET 2015. Your insights and knowledge regarding the ever-changing business environment would be sincerely valued.

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    Past Speakers have included:

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    Shawn Mandel

    Shawn Mandel

    Vice President, Telus Digital, Telus
    Brennan Loh

    Brennan Loh

    Head of Business Development, Shopify
    Kim B. Mckenzie

    Kim B. Mckenzie

    Executive Vice President, IT and Solutions, ScotiaBank
    Paul Waldie

    Paul Waldie

    Report on Business Editor, The Globe and Mail
    Justin Erdman

    Justin Erdman

    Founder, Deezer Music
    John Stackhouse

    John Stackhouse

    Former Editor & Chief of The Globe and Mail
    Chris Kempczinski

    Chris Kempczinski

    President, Kraft Canada
    Karen Stintz

    Karen Stintz

    Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission
    Shawn Mandel

    Shawn Mandel

    Vice President, Telus Digital, Telus
    Brennan Loh

    Brennan Loh

    Head of Business Development, Shopify
    Kim B. Mckenzie

    Kim B. Mckenzie

    Executive Vice President, IT and Solutions, ScotiaBank
    Paul Waldie

    Paul Waldie

    Report on Business Editor, The Globe and Mail
    Justin Erdman

    Justin Erdman

    Founder, Deezer Music
    John Stackhouse

    John Stackhouse

    Former Editor & Chief of The Globe and Mail
    Chris Kempczinski

    Chris Kempczinski

    President, Kraft Canada
    Karen Stintz

    Karen Stintz

    Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission
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    Team

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    Megan Judges

    Megan Judges

    Co-Chair
    Bronwyn Valentine

    Bronwyn Valentine

    Co-Chair
    Matei Birladeanu

    Matei Birladeanu

    Sponsorship Coordinator
    Shirley Lin

    Shirley Lin

    Sponsorship Coordinator
    Jinny Im

    Jinny Im

    Sponsorship Coordinator
    Emma Herron

    Emma Herron

    Speakers Coordinator
    Tamara Chackeris

    Tamara Chackeris

    Speakers Coordinator
    Jacob Adams

    Jacob Adams

    Delegates Coordinator
    Natalie Prsa

    Natalie Prsa

    Marketing & Promotions Coordinator
    Meghna Nagpal

    Meghna Nagpal

    Logistics Director
    Charlie Benson

    Charlie Benson

    Logistics Coordinator
    Roni Zafarti

    Roni Zafarti

    Special Events Coordinator
    Katelyn Harder

    Katelyn Harder

    Special Events Coordinator
    Matt Boughner

    Matt Boughner

    BET Team Director
    Reid Stewart

    Reid Stewart

    4th Year Advisor
    Rohan Bassi

    Rohan Bassi

    IT Director
    Nikole Benson

    Nikole Benson

    Publications Coordinator
    Megan Judges

    Megan Judges

    Co-Chair
    Bronwyn Valentine

    Bronwyn Valentine

    Co-Chair
    Matei Birladeanu

    Matei Birladeanu

    Sponsorship Coordinator
    Shirley Lin

    Shirley Lin

    Sponsorship Coordinator
    Jinny Im

    Jinny Im

    Sponsorship Coordinator
    Emma Herron

    Emma Herron

    Speakers Coordinator
    Tamara Chackeris

    Tamara Chackeris

    Speakers Coordinator
    Jacob Adams

    Jacob Adams

    Delegates Coordinator
    Natalie Prsa

    Natalie Prsa

    Marketing & Promotions Coordinator
    Meghna Nagpal

    Meghna Nagpal

    Logistics Director
    Charlie Benson

    Charlie Benson

    Logistics Coordinator
    Roni Zafarti

    Roni Zafarti

    Special Events Coordinator
    Katelyn Harder

    Katelyn Harder

    Special Events Coordinator
    Matt Boughner

    Matt Boughner

    BET Team Director
    Reid Stewart

    Reid Stewart

    4th Year Advisor
    Rohan Bassi

    Rohan Bassi

    IT Director
    Nikole Benson

    Nikole Benson

    Publications Coordinator
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