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The Canadian Association of Business Students (CABS) is a not for profit organization that represents over 70,000 business students from 27 universities in Canada. Our purpose is simple: we exist to advance the interests of Canadian business students and improve their undergraduate experience through the development of their respective student groups. We provides the nation’s business students with more opportunities outside the classroom – it also advocates for and represents these students to businesses, government, and the general public.
Membership is held by the business student association of each member university, who form an integral part of the university experience for all undergraduate commerce students. At once providing academic, social, networking, and charity services and initiatives to the students of these programs, business student associations also serve as the voice of students in regards to their education. By working with program faculty, staff, corporate partners, and external stakeholders, student government plays an important role in shaping the future of education.
I have partaken in a variety of extra curricular activities thus far in my university career, including Chairing the OC for EBSC 2014. All of my experiences and particularly my role through CABS have provided me with a diverse skill set and allowed me to meet an incredible group of student leaders and expand my network nationwide! After an experience unlike any other, I would recommend that every business student takes advantage of the opportunities offered by CABS and its member schools.
Almost five years after graduating, I consider managing ECLR 2009 and JDC Central 2011 to be some of the biggest highlights of my student career. I learned an incredible amount leading teams to make these events a reality. If you are looking for serious business management experience while you’re still in school, plan a conference or competition. From initial planning through execution, you’ll gain practical experience in all areas of business. Most importantly, and I cannot understate this, these events give you an incredible amount of experience with stakeholder, customer and employee/volunteer management. The opportunities for students to lead teams on projects of this scale are very rare. I use the skills developed while planning ECLR and JDC Central everyday and they have given me a big advantage early in my career. My advice? Jump in and don’t look back! Planning a CABS’ conference will one of the best things you can do during your time at university and there are very few other opportunities that are as professionally, and personally, enriching.
Experience is the best teacher, and we all are at university to learn. Becoming a part of my student society was, in many ways, one of the best decisions that I made during my education. I think it is one of those experiences that can change your life if you want it to. I learned more in that year than I thought I could have; about business, relationships, and myself. And never, had I been part of something that offered the chance to make such an impact. It was a hell of a ride, with it’s fair share of bumps in the road, but I know that it was an amazing experience that is going to pay off for years to come.