Hosts and Themes
Each year, the a new host school or organization must compete to secure a winning bid to host the event. As such, in more recent years, CABS mandates that each bid consist of a unique theme. The archives of these are provided below.
Roundtable 2019 Host School
The DeGroote School of Business is one of six faculties at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The School of Business was founded in 1952 but was renamed in 1992 in honour of successful Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael G. DeGroote. The DeGroote school offers (Hon) B.Commerce, MBA and Ph.D. degrees.
The school offers a Bachelor of Commerce degree. The program’s first two years provide a foundation of business, while the latter two years are for specialization in a functional business area. Once students have completed their second year at the school, they are then admitted to either the honours commerce program or to the regular B.Comm program. After the third year, DeGroote Commerce students have an internship option, with a term of 12 to 16 months. Partners for the internship program include Procter & Gamble, RBC, CIBC, CPPIB, Dofasco, Manulife, Deloitte, IBM, Microsoft, Ford and others.
The DeGroote Commerce Society is a student organization comprised of every current, full-time undergraduate student at the DeGroote School of Business. The purpose of the Society is to advocate on behalf of its membership, and provide value added academic, social, and degree enhancing experiences for its members to add to their tenure at McMaster University.
Business without Borders: Being a border city, we recognize the importance of using our neighbouring country for opportunity, growth, and inspiration. Detroit and Windsor are very different yet complement each other very well. Another thing to consider is the astonishing statistic that 1 in 4 people in Windsor are immigrants. We can emphasize the power of diversity and culture within a city, a country, and the world. It is something to celebrate and to recognize especially in business settings, regardless as to where you are employed in the world.”
Roundtable 2018 Host School
The Odette School of Business was founded at the University of Windsor in 1953, by Dr. Gilbert Horne who later became the first ever Dean of Business. The first undergraduate class was composed of 16 people who graduated in 1955. The School was renamed the Edmond and Louis Odette School of Business in 2000 to honour the two business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Fast forward to 2017, there are approximately 1800 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the Odette School of Business, and it is now the proud Alma Mater of 1600 alumni, including; Richard Peddie, the former President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment; Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Group; and Joe Mimran, the creator of Joe Fresh Style Clothing Line. This just names a few of the very notable alumni that have attended the Odette School of Business.
The goal of the students at the Odette School of Business is to quickly discover that education is not just about taking classes, rather to focus on your personal growth and career preparation. While the faculty at Odette take the lead on academics, our region’s business community plays a key role in helping our students learn beyond the classroom. A distinct part about Odette is how closely tied extracurricular events are to the Odette experience. We learn transferrable job skills and are provided with unique mentoring opportunities as soon as our Odette Experience ensues.
At the Odette School of Business, you will also find a dynamic social environment that celebrates and fosters diversity, it’s one of our greatest strengths! To put it simply, at Odette you don’t just learn about business, you experience it!