McGill Desautels Accounting Ethics Case Competition

McGill Desautels Business Ethics Case Competition

The Laidley Centre for Business Ethics is pleased to announce its 2024 Business Ethics Case Competition. The topic for this year’s competition falls at the intersection of business ethics and sustainability and the case will be based on a real issue facing a Canadian company. The competition will be held at McGill University on March 22, 2024. On March 21, the participating teams will be welcomed with an evening panel discussion and networking reception.

The main objectives of the competition are:

  1. To increase students’ awareness of the importance of ethical decisions in business with an emphasis on sustainability.

  2. To expose students to real-world scenarios that they may encounter in their future careers.

  3. Provide students with the opportunity to enhance their critical thinking and presentation skills related to business ethics and sustainability.


The McGill Desautels Business Ethics Case Competition is open to current upper-level undergraduate students in good standing registered in the business program at North American Universities. For the competition, a current upper-level undergraduate student is defined as one who is enrolled in the final two years of their program in the current academic year. Each team should consist of four current, upper-level, undergraduate students. This case will encompass multiple disciplines in management. Therefore, we strongly encourage each team to be comprised of students from multiple business majors.

Registration Details 

There is a $500 registration fee for each team.

This registration fee provides for refreshments at the Thursday evening pre-case reception, as well as breakfast and lunch during the case on Friday. Teams will be responsible for all transportation costs to and from Montreal, local accommodation in Montreal, and all meals apart from those provided from the registration fee. McGill University has negotiated rates with a range of hotels in the area, which will be shared with registered teams.

Universities interested in participating in the event must complete the Expression of Interest Form by December 5, 2023. Our selection committee will choose the teams invited to the 2024 competition and send out invitations. If selected, your team must submit the $500 registration fee by December 15, 2023. 


$3000 for first place
$2000 for second place
$1000 for third place 

Additional Information

  • Each team should be comprised of 4 students. Teams with fewer than 4 students will not be allowed to compete.

  • Technical knowledge of sustainability and ethics is not required.

  • The case will be made available on the morning of Friday, March 22, 2024. The case will be released to the participating teams in a staggered manner, which will be decided by a random draw in the late afternoon of Thursday, March 21, 2024. 

  • Each team will have exactly five hours (from their start time) to work on the case and prepare their presentation.

  • The presentation will be 12–15 minutes long followed by an 8–10-minute Q&A.

  • The top teams will proceed to the final round, which will be held on the same day: Friday, March 22, 2024.

Organizing Committee

Lindsay Holmgren, Director of the Laidley Centre for Business Ethics & Associate Professor in Strategy and Organization at Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

nikita.bostonfisher [at] (subject: Accounting%20Ethics%20Case%20Competition%20) (Nikita Boston-Fisher), Associate Director of the Laidley Centre for Business Ethics

Preetika Joshi, Assistant Professor of Accounting at Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Brian Wenzel, Associate Professor of Accounting at Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University  

Contact Information

If you have any questions about Desautels Accounting Ethics Case Competition, please contact Preetika Joshi

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