The 3rd edition of the Défi professionnel de l’AEPC crowns 3 student teams
April 6, 2023
Three student teams won awards at the DPA or Défi professionnel de l’AEPC (Professional Challenge hosted by the Association des étudiants en programme de certificat [AEPC]), which was held at HEC Montréal on March 18 this year.
In this annually organized simulation, certificate program students get a chance to apply their knowledge of management by participating in a case study.
Les Audacieuses was the team that finished in 1st place, winning a cash prize of $4,500. It was made up of:
- Fanny Bisaillon;
- Nancy Karam; and
- Brenda Lécuyer.
The team that came in 2nd place with a prize of $3,000 was LPM consultants and it was made up of:
- Luc Di Fruscia;
- Marie-Claude Tellier; and
- Pascale Théoret.
Finally, in 3rd place, 3 students under the name of the agency La vie est belle won a prize of $1,500 for their performance. They were:
- Fresca Luna Joseph;
- Florence Pelletier; and
- Ghita Tazi.
1st place - Les Audacieuses
2nd place - LPM consultants
3rd place - Agency La vie est belle
Ekoklean: an actual case to be solved
The teams were handed a case relating to Ekoklean On Demand, a Montréal-based ethical and ecological housekeeping company. They had 10 days to prepare and present a growth strategy for this business. On the day of the finale, the first round consisted of each team presenting their solutions to a jury of HEC Montréal faculty members.
The 3 teams that made it to the finale competed in a final round at the end of which their rankings were declared by a second jury, comprising business people including the President of Ekoklean, Julien Vasseur.
This year, as many as 24 teams participated in the 3rd edition of the student competition. The DPA was established by the AEPC to provide a competitive event for certificate program
students. The event gives them access to feedback from a panel of business people, in addition to providing them with networking opportunities.
The AEPC was able to count on support from the University Competitions Service (SCU) for organizing the DPA. Anne Bourhis, professor, and pedagogical director of the SCU, contributed notably to the event by preparing the case that was handed out to the participants.