International Student Case Competition

Poster Presentations in Front of a Team of Judges.

Thursday, 24 October

16:00 – 17:30

Rideau Canal Atrium

(level 2 of Shaw Centre)

Finalists Make Their Final Presentations.

Saturday, 26 October

19:00 – 20:15

Graduate Division, Shaw Centre, Meeting Room 202

Undergraduate Division, Shaw Centre, Meeting Room 203

Winners Announced at Closing Session.

Sunday, 27 October

12:15 – 13:30

Canada Hall 1

(level 3 of Shaw Centre)

Thank you to the University of Phoenix for being a Silver Sponsor and a sponsor for this event!

Register Your Team by 16 September 2019

The ILA International Student Case Competition provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to compete and showcase their knowledge about leadership through the analysis of a contemporary socio-political-economic problem on the global or national level. Teams compete in two divisions, undergraduate and graduate. Through a case executive summary, poster given at the conference, and a final presentation (finalists only), students demonstrate an understanding of their case’s underlying leadership issues while developing strategic recommendations for addressing key issues.

The top three teams in each division are recognized at the closing plenary of the ILA conference. The team in each division that takes top honors receives complimentary 1-year memberships in the ILA and a $1,000 cash prize to divide among team members. The International Student Case Competition is organized by the Leadership Education Member Interest Group.

“ILA’s annual case competition has been an important learning experience for undergraduate leadership students at Gonzaga for the past three years. It is an excellent opportunity to take leadership content and apply it to real world challenges…. A student recently told me that the ILA case study competition was one of the academic experiences that he was most proud of.” – Josh Armstrong, director of Gonzaga’s Comprehensive Leadership Program, reflecting on his participation as a case competition team advisor.

Students — Sign up for the International Student Case Competition!

The International Student Case Competition is an amazing opportunity to further develop your communication and leadership skills, expand your network of leadership colleagues, and make the most out of your ILA conference experience.

Start forming your teams now for this year’s competition – 24-27 October 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.

Important Dates and Times

  • Register teams by 23:59 (11:59pm) by 16 September 2019 (all times are EST).
  • Executive summaries are due 23:59 (11:59pm) 17 October.
  • Posters will be presented at the conference before a team of judges at 16:00-17:30 (4:00-5:30 pm) on 24 October.
  • Teams selected as finalists will make their final presentations at 19:00 – 20:15 (7:00-8:15 pm) on 26 October.
  • Winners will be announced and finalists recognized at the Closing Session at 12:15- 13:30 on 27 October.


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Judges Needed

Are you attending ILA’s annual global conference in Ottawa? Would you be willing to serve as a judge for the ILA International Student Case Competition? Leadership professionals from all sectors are welcome. Help play an important role in the development of leadership students. Judges will be asked to review teams’ written briefs prior to the conference as well as attend and judge the poster presentations on 24 October and the final presentations 26 October. Contact the LEMIG leadership team at to express your interest and engage in this fun, conference tradition!

Congratulations 2018 Winners!

Undergraduate Division: Jonelle Brown, Nathan Hotes, and Adam Stillabower (Christopher Newport University)





International Student Case Competition Graduate Winners


Graduate Division: Rebecca Barnes, Lynda Mayes, Sean Phelan, and Samantha Wockley (Robert Morris University)