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About Us

Our History

Founded in 2006, QCIB was created to fill a gap in the Commerce curriculum.

Our founder, Jack Liu sought to highlight the international opportunities available to students looking to begin their careers. With this idea, the Queen's Conference on International Business was born. From humble beginnings in Kingston, QCIB has grown to become the largest student international business conference in the country, this is the QCIB story.


After several years of growth within Goodes Hall, QCIB graduated to Toronto in 2010. It was here  that the conference became the powerhouse that it is today. Initially held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, QCIB worked on developing it's brand and maturing as an organization. Moving to Toronto presented new opportunities in corporate office visits, sponsors and a broader speaker base.

In 2015, under the guidance of Casey Paterson and Andrew Vettesse, QCIB made a monumental move to the Trump International Hotel and Tower (currently under the name of The Adelaide Hotel). For the next 3 years, QCIB continued to grow and became one of the most prestigious students conferences both at Queen's and within Canada. With the case simulation being introduced, which has become a staple of QCIB, and Deloitte leading the way as title sponsor, the conference cemented its status within the Queen's Commerce community. 

Most recently, in 2018, QCIB officially moved to our current location, the Omni King Edward Hotel. Under the leadership of Brooke Sanderson and Scott Oakes, QCIB's first year with this new hotel partnership lead to the most successful conference in QCIB history, with record delegate application numbers and a brand new title sponsor, HSBC. QCIB 2018 would then be awarded in the spring of 2018 Conference of the Year by the Queen's Commerce Society. After two years of online conferences due to the pandemic, QCIB hosted its first in-person conference since the beginning of COVID-19 in Janu ary 2023. We are pleased to be planning another in-person conference on January 25th-28th 2024.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the leaders of tomorrow with the opportunity to expand their knowledge regarding the changing dynamics of global interaction and integration. All while uniting students from varying backgrounds and cultures to connect with their peers and leading firms. By bringing young and innovative minds together, organizations can rebuild the human capital that they have lost since the pandemic.


What Makes QCIB Unique?

QCIB provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to gain hands-on experience within the four core industries in commerce: technology, marketing, finance, and consulting. In stream-based groups, students will become immersed in the day-to-day experience of these four industries through office visits, case competitions, and networking lunches. This enables like-minded students to learn from one another and network within their industry, while full group events also foster the diversity of perspectives and strengths.


Case Simulation

The QCIB Case Simulation serves as an interactive business case. The challenge is designed to test various aspects of business acumen in pseudo-real world situations. Past years’ competitions have included trading, risk analysis, business relations, and communication – all stemming from a computer-based, interactive business simulation.


The Toronto Experience

QCIB takes place over 4 days and 3 nights in the heart of downtown Toronto – the Omni King Edward Hotel. Its longstanding history, luxurious accommodations, and convenient downtown location make this iconic Toronto fixture the perfect fit for QCIB. We bring our delegates an authentic Toronto experience, and the Omni King Edward plays an integral role in this.

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