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The John Molson School of Business Sustainability Case Competition is the very first sustainability case competition that will primarily focus on the intersection of business and sustainability. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in sustainability. This competition is designed to promote interaction between business schools and raise awareness about the benefits of integrating sustainability into a company’s strategy and decision-making process. It allows students to experience a real-world experience and get feedback from a panel of the sharpest minds. The total value of the prize comes to $10,000.

Application deadline

  • Registration for this challenge is now open and will close on February 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).
  • On February 2, 2022 you will be sent a qualifying case, which will be due at 11:59 p.m. (EST).
  • Successful teams will be notified on the week of February 7, 2022.


  • Giving students the opportunity to solve real-world problems that corporations are facing
  • Support Concordia’s Sustainability plans
  • Build bridges across different universities interested in institutionalizing sustainability
  • Helping students build a vast network with like-minded individuals

Eligibility & value


Must be a current undergraduate or master's student at any Canadian University


  • 1st place prize $5,000
  • 2nd place prize $3,000
  • 3rd place prize $2,000

Scoring process

Students will be scored based on the quality of their presentations and recommendations, whether their solutions help address Sustainable Development Goals, and whether their solutions take a systems approach (environmental, social, and economic).

How to apply

  1. Create a team: The Sustainability Challenge is open to teams of four to six members, ideally from different disciplines or faculties. We encourage your team to bring together individuals from diverse backgrounds or areas of study. To be an eligible team member, you must be a current University undergraduate or graduate student, full or part-time in the 2021–2022 school year.
  2. Apply: Teams will be asked to complete an application including basic information about each member which includes resumes and cover letters and submit the application by February 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

  3. Submit qualifying case: Teams will be sent a qualifying case, on February 2, 2022 at 9 a.m. (EST) and it must be submitted at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

  4. Selection of proposals: Our advisory committee will select eight teams, which will be announced on the week of February 7, 2022.

  5. Deposit: Teams will be asked to send a $200 deposit if they are chosen to compete, that will be returned once they complete the case competition.*

*This competition will take place in person at the John Molson School of Business, and will follow all public health guidelines provided by the government. There will be an online option, but participants are encouraged to come in person to have the best experience and be able to grow their network.

Application form

Complete the online application including basic information about your team and submit by February 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Key dates

N Action Deadline/key date (EST)
1 Application due February 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
2 Qualifying case sent February 2, 2022, 9 a.m.
3 Qualifying case due February 2, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
4 Selection of proposals February 7, 2022, 9 a.m.
5 Deposit due February 14, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
6 Case competition starts March 18, 2022, 9 a.m.

Case competition structure

Breakfast 9 – 9:45 a.m.
Case cracking 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch break 1 – 1:45 p.m.
Presentations 2 – 4 p.m.
Break 4 – 5 p.m.
Winner announcements & networking cocktail 5 – 7 p.m.

Please email if you have any questions.


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For more information

Telephone: 514-848-3960

*This Sustainability Ecosystem initiative is powered by the John Molson Executive Centre.

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