Many opportunities exist in post-secondary education, but few seldom reach the level that Jeux du Commerce Central did at The Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto. JDC Central is a three-day event that showcases academic competitions, athletic challenges, and social competition as well as a charity initiative. Business students from about nine Canadian universities from three provinces competed in this competition. JDC Central has been a long time in the making: the original Jeux du Commerce were established in Montreal in 1989, followed by Jeux du Commerce West in Vancouver in 2006. Finally, in 2010, the JDC Central dream became reality.
From its inception in the Dean’s office at the Ted Rogers School of Management to the first day of competition, the JDC competition has been one experience that I will never forget. I am honoured to have been a part of the amazing JDC legacy that has spanned 21 years through JDC, JDC West and now JDC Central.
Our premier sponsor, Scotia Bank, provided gear that all the delegates still wear to this day. The whole weekend was filled with cheers like, “You’re richer than you think” and songs like “Happy Birthday,” which we sang to the Ryerson University president in the middle of Yonge-Dundas Square. With a combination of loud cheers, dance parties, and school spirit, we let all of Toronto know who we were.
I was thrilled to have the delegates participate in a fun-filled weekend of academic cases, athletic challenges, social competition and “Groovin’ for Charity.” The delegates experienced the best of what Toronto has to offer with events hosted at Yonge-Dundas Square, themed party nights at Berkeley Church and Atlantis Pavilions, and the competition gala hosted at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel.
The theme of the conference was “Learning from the past, Changing for today, Growing for tomorrow,” and as part of the organizing committee I was able to experience that too. From the trips to Jeux du Commerce in Montreal and to JDC West I was able to gather knowledge and expertise and apply it to improve JDC for the central schools. Moving forward, I believe that this competition is ready to continue to take on new growth, as it will with JDC Central 2011 being hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life; I’ll never forget it.
Here is the sponsored video from JDC Central 2010.