Internal Case Competition

Case competitions provide students with valuable experiential learning opportunities where they can test their knowledge and expertise, think critically on their feet, and develop self-confidence presenting in a team setting.

Within a 1.5 hrs period, each team is required to analyze and evaluate a real-world scenario, using the skills, knowledge and experience they have acquired from their studies. Students must rely on their own abilities, plus the use of Microsoft offices software and the internet. Each team is responsible for crafting a set of plausible policy options and one recommendation, creating a PowerPoint presentation, and delivering and defending their recommendation to a panel of judges, typically comprised of senior public servants.

The JSGS Internal Case Competition is open to all current JSGS students. Only those who participate in the Internal Competition are eligible to be selected for the National Public Administration Case Competition

SaskTelThe JSGS would like to thank its sponsor, SaskTel, for its continued and generous support in the school's Internal Case Competition.

Past Winners

Past Winners Case Study
(2015-2016) Alison Kimbley, U of R MPP student; Derrick Lepine, U of S MPA student; Ting Nie, U of R MPA student; Augustina Osaseri, U of R MPA student; and Kristina Rissling, U of S MPA student

Marijuana Policy in Canada

Supply Management of Dairy in Canada

(2014-2015) Evan Horbay, U of R MPP student; Mariia Koropetska, U of R MPA student; Eric Neudorf, U of S MPP student; and Brenda Schurr, U of S MPA student

Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Ebola Threat in Saskatchewan

(2013-2014) Caroline Beck, U of R MPP student; Scott Elliott, U of R MPA student; Natasha Kikot, U of S MPA student; and Zixuan Zhao, U of S MPA student The Case of the Itinerant Institutes
(2012-2013) David Cundall, U of R MPA student; Luis Mata, U of S MPA student; Jo-Anne Relf-Eckstein, U of S MPA student; and Nikolina Vracar, U of R MPA student The Case of the Languishing Libraries
(2011-2012) Carla Hale, U of R MPA student; Oleksandra Kravets, U of R MPA student; and Travis Reynolds, U of S MPP student The Case of the Minister Asks
(2010-2011) Andrew Coffin, U of S MPA student; Stephanie Grant, U of S MPA student; Golam Munir, U of S MPA student; Juliet Nmezi, U of R MPA student; and Michael Oram, U of R MPA student   Responding to the Crisis: Canada and H1N1
(2009-2010) Alicia Miller, U of S MPA student; Gillian Borys, U of R MPA student; Rezvan Ostadali, U of S MPP student; Che-Wei Chung, U of R MPA student; and Brett Zoerb, U of S MPA student -

How does it work?

Usually held in November, the Internal Case Competition brings students from both campuses together for a friendly competition to test their knowledge, expertise and presentation skills.

Each team (made up of students from both campuses) is announced at the start of the day and is given a laptop and office supplies. Teams are then asked to review and provide recommendations on two policy-related case studies. Teams 1-4 are given 1.5 hrs to prepare a briefing note on case A, while teams 5-8 are required to prepare a PowerPoint presentation (staggered start times). At the end of the 1.5 hrs deliberation period, teams 1-4 are required to submit their written briefing note, and can then watch teams 5-8 present their policy recommendations to a panel of judges. Each presenting team is given 20 minutes to deliver and defend their recommendations. Once all the morning presentations are done, team 5-8 are given the opportunity to review the briefing notes prepared by teams 1-4.

Following lunch, each team is given Case B to examine and analyze. Teams 5-8 are required to prepare a briefing note on Case B, and teams 1-4 are asked to prepare a PowerPoint presentation detailing their policy recommendations (staggered start times). Again, each team will be given 1.5 hrs to deliberate, and those teams that write and submit their briefing notes are allowed to watch the other teams present. The judges deliberations will begin once all teams have presented. During this time, teams 1-4 are given the opportunity to review the Case B briefing notes prepared by teams 5-8.

The winners of the case competition are announced during the cocktail reception, following the deliberations.

Sample briefing notes and presentations

Sample Briefing Notes Sample Presentations
Team 1 - Marijuana Legalization in Canada Team 1 - Elimination of Dairy Sector Supply Management System in Canada
Team 2 - Marijuana Legalization in Canada Team 2 - Elimination of Dairy Sector Supply Management System in Canada
Team 3 - Marijuana Legalization in Canada Team 3 - Elimination of Dairy Sector Supply Management System in Canada
Team 4 - Elimination of Dairy Sector Supply Management System in Canada Team 4 - Marijuana Legalization in Canada
Team 5 - Elimination of Dairy Sector Supply Management System in Canada Team 5 - Marijuana Legalization in Canada
Team 6 - Elimination of Dairy Sector Supply Management System in Canada Team 6 - Marijuana Legalization in Canada

Transportation and refreshments

The JSGS provides same-day round trip transportation by charter bus to the hosting campus for competing students from the visiting campus, and those who wish to view the team presentations. Lunch is provided for all competitors, judges and volunteers.

How do I get involved?

If you are interested in participating in the case competition, either as a participant or volunteers, please contact:

National Public Administration Case Competition

The National Public Administration Case Competition is a joint project of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA) The members of the national team are selected by the Internal Case Competition judges, coaches and faculty.  The national team will be announced following the case competition.  The 2016 National Public Administration Case Competition will be hosted by Queen's University in February, format and details to be confirmed. Travel and accommodation expenses for the National Team are covered by JSGS.

Past National Teams

Past National Teams
Case Study
(2016) Moses Gordon, U of R MPP student; Moshe Kutnowski, U of R MCert Student; Iwona Mazurek, U of S MPA student; Myron Soloduk, U of R MPA student  To be announced.
(2015) Evan Horbay, U of R MPA student; Eric Neudorf, U of S MPP student; Paul Thompson, U of S MPA student; Tara Todd, U of R MPP student "If you build it"
(2014) Ben Sipple, U of R MPP student; Claire Gosselin, U of S MPA student; Anna Krutova, U of S MPA student; and Caroline Beck, U of R MPP student "Don't Advocate on my Lonnie"
(2013) Nicole Callihoo, U of S MPA student; David Cundall, U of R MPA student; Dominic French, U of R MPA student; and Julene Restall, U of S MPA student "Canada Made Me Do This"
(2012) Carla Hale, U of R MPA student; Oleksandra Kravets, U of R MPA student; and Travis Reynolds, U of S MPP student "Gulf Oil Disaster"