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Leadership Case Competition

Our inaugural competition in 2021 was a success! Congratulations to the winners and all 15 teams for their efforts and creative solutions. Read on for details of the competition and stay tuned for the next one. 

As the worldwide news shares updates on crises, successful interventions and even leadership failures, we continue to believe the next generation holds solutions to the world’s wicked problems. Undergrads here at UAlberta are passionate and creative problem-solvers, and we know you’re following the media thinking that you’ll leave the world better than you found it. The Peter Lougheed Leadership College welcomes students to challenge their skills in a Leadership Case Competition, where teams of undergrads will offer policy responses to a hot-button topic using big-picture thinking, multi-stakeholder engagement, empathy and creative problem-solving. 

Team up in a group of 3-4 students from at least two different faculties to harness perspectives from different disciplines, review the case's issue from every angle, and respond to it with integrity in a ten-minute presentation to a panel of judges. Present the most creative and comprehensive solution, and you could emerge victorious. There's over $1,000 in prize money to be won by the top teams! 

The entry fee is $25 per team or $9 per individual. 


  • Deadline to sign up:
    • Individuals have until Wednesday, March 3 to sign up and be matched with a team
    • Teams have until Friday, March 5 to sign up
  • Teams receive the case study on: Saturday, March 6
  • Competition day, including all presentations and results: Saturday, March 13 from 10 am - 2 pm MST

Competition Format

  • The case will be emailed to registered teams one week in advance, allowing seven days to analyze the case and prepare a 10-minute presentation.
  • In the first round, each group will give their ten-minute presentation in their assigned Zoom breakout room, followed by a 5-minute Q&A. Depending on the number of teams in the competition, up to three rooms with judges will be created for first-round presentations. Teams will be randomly assigned to a room. 
  • The top team from each room will be invited to present again to the entire panel of all judges.
  • The judges will deliberate briefly then announce the three highest-scoring teams as the prize winners at the conclusion of the event.
    • The first-place team will be awarded $750.
    • The second-place team will be awarded $500.
    • The third-place team will be awarded $250.

What's in it for competitors? 

This unique event is not your average case competition. In this interdisciplinary leadership event, participants will:

  • collaboratively work with teammates from other faculties,
  • practice their problem-solving and presentation skills
  • receive feedback from judges from the PLLC Mentor Team and other industry professionals,
  • gain experience for their resumes or CVs, and
  • be eligible for a cash prize. 

Will your team win PLLC's first Leadership Case Competition? Sign up to accept the challenge and let your resourcefulness, knowledge and collaboration shine. 

Questions about this event can be directed to PLLC's Events Coordinator at