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 case competition is the only JSGS event where you get the opportunity to convince a panel of senior leaders why YOUR recommendation is the best course of action. It's your chance to square off against your peers and to test your knowledge, in a risk-free environment! Also, the direct feedback you receive from the panel is critical in knowing how best to present information and recommendations to the senior leaders and decision-makers that you’ll one day answer to. It’s a great experience that ends all too soon."
Michael Horvath, MPP alumnus
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
|Past Winners||Case Study|
|(2021-22) Iryna Bajraktari, USask MPA student; Doyin Jibod, U of R MPA student; Stephanie Onokwai, USask MPA student; and Sushant Sharma, USask MPA student||
The “nation” of Saskatchewan
|(2020-21) Cameron Symon, U of R MPA student; Catherine Cullen USask MPA student; Ade Ajayi U of R MPA student; and Brady Kroeker, USask MPA student||"The South Saskatchewan River Project"|
|(2019-2020) Hisham Ekemekki, Merdad Safeaie, Martin Glazebrook, and Zi Ling||Universities in Saskatchewan. What is the best model|
|(2018-2019) Jared Dunitz, Bianca Jamal, Ragini Prabhakar, and Moises de Jesus Ferreira Silva||Highway Safety in Saskatchewan|
|(2017-2018) Ruslana Krasivska, Isaac Mpinda, Michael Horvath, and Anna Lozhinka||-|
|(2016-2017) Griffin Wild, U of R MPA student; Elizabeth Amoah-Darko, U of R MPA student; McKenzie Kibler, U of S MPP student; Ablodun Oyelami, U of R MPA student||Reducing GHG|
|(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|
|(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|
|(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.
National Public Administration Case Competition
The National Annual Public Administration Case Competition is a joint project of CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). Canadian universities that have programs in public administration may compete. It is designed to highlight the excellence of Canadian public administration programs and students, and to provide a valuable learning experience for students. For more information, please click here.
Members of the JSGS national team are selected by the Internal Case Competition judges, coaches and faculty based on performance while working with their team and during the presentation. The national team will be announced following the school's internal case competition.
The 2022 National Public Administration Case Competition will be hosted online in February. Format and details to be confirmed.
When the Case Competition is hosted in person, travel and accommodation expenses for the National Team are covered by the school.
Past National Teams
|Past National Teams
|(2021-22) Sushant Sharma, Heather Barlow, Iryna Bajraktari, and Abimbola Ojo|
(2020-21) Catherine Cullen, USask MPA student; Melissa From, USask MPA student; Cameron Symon, U of R MPA student; and Parvin Yazdanparast, U of R MPA
|A National Disgrace: Long-Term Care and COVID-19|
(2019-2020) Nathalie Atanasova, MPA student; Hisham Elmekki, MPA student; Martin Glazebrook, MPA student; Katie Sahlu, MPP student
|(2018-2019) Ragini Prabhakar, MPA student; Bianca Jamal, MPA student; Jared Dunitz, MPA student; and Aaron Hertes, MPP student|
(2017-2018) Michael Horvath, MPA student; Jared Dunitz, MPA student; Libbey Morin, MPA student; and Lori Wareham, MPA student
|(2016-2017) Derrick Lepine, U of R MPA student; Greg Whitelaw, U of R MPA student; Paul Thompson, U of S MPA student, and McKenzie Kilber, U of S MPP student||F-35 Procurement issue|
|(2015-2016) 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||The Impending Grey Storm|
|(2014-2015) 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"|
|(2013-2014) 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"|
|(2012-2013) 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"|
|(2011-2012) 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"|