The Student Initiative Development Program

About Us

Who we are

An opportunity for first and second year commerce students at DeGroote to participate in experiential learning to advance their analytical ability, problem solving, creative thinking and collaboration skills

Our mission is to provide a forum for lower year undergraduate students to experience industry-partnered learning and gain perspective on the practice of business. 






Focus on the motivated, the ambitious and the driven. Methodically select the best matched students to take this journey


Leverage bi-weekly workshops conducted by industry experts, to give these students foundational knowledge that connects classroom to practice


A case a month. Work with industry partners to provide a real world business case which allows students to work in teams and develop solutions


The teams create solutions by applying knowledge and skills developed from workshops to deliver a final presentation of their proposal for the industry partner


After thorough evaluation of each proposal, one team will be chosen by the industry partner and awarded for their proposal

Analytical Ability

Elite Seat champions the ability to pay close attention to detail and conceptualize information, culminating in higher quality learning and results.

Problem Solving

Elite Seat champions the value in employing all resources to create solutions and overcome challenges.

Creative Thinking

Elite Seat champions the art of thinking creatively as it advances the mind to uncover and interpret hidden patterns, draw connections, and generate solutions.


Elite Seat champions the power in collaborative learning that enhances results, escalates growth, and enriches students with versatile knowledge.

What makes us different

How we do it

Elite Group of 1st and 2nd year Commerce Students

Elite Seat offers the opportunity to have fifteen innovative and creative students analyze your case and collaborate in teams to present five well-thought out and detailed proposals.

Specified weekly Workshops

 Our workshops develop curiosity, analytical ability, problem solving skills, collaboration skills, and creative thinking.

Monthly Case Competitions

Each of these proposals will bring unique ideas to the table that will give you the possibility to not only obtain a variety perspectives and suggestions, but as much as exploiting one of these schemes into your business.

Powerful Industry Professional Speakers

Funding bi-weekly workshops conducted by industry professionals who educate students on a variety of disciplines.

Real World Problems

Each of these proposals will bring unique ideas to the table that will give you the possibility to not only obtain a variety perspectives and suggestions, but as much as exploiting one of these schemes into your business.

Real Rewards

Winning teams of the case competition will be rewarded for their accomplishment.

Our 2018 Calendar

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Some facts about us

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Case Solutions


Our portfolio

Our awesome works

Our Alumni

What they have achieved

Navjit Dillon

Business Development Intern

Volaris Inc.

Komal Gulati

Marketing Associate

Rogers Communications Inc.

Alex Keller

Merchandising Coordinator

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Phil Ponikver

Project Management Intern

Siemens AG.

Our best partners

Who love to work with us


Our Satisfied Alumni

Elite Seat was exactly what I was looking for! A program that would always challenge my critical thinking, analytical and improvisational abilities. I can say without a doubt, this program always kept me on my toes which helped me grow both as a person and a professional.

Stephan MatrakchineB.Com Candidate 2020

I would like to attribute most of my success in first year to Elite Seat, as it helped me gain invaluable experience with cases, networking and presenting. I definitely recommend becoming a part of the team if you want a fun challenge that produces tremendous growth!

Catherine LinB.Com Candidate 2021

Elite Seat has introduced me to real life business and cases that we do not experience in our traditional educational setting, and it has offered me the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest and ambitious students at DeGroote.

Yael MorrisIBH Candidate 2021

Our address

Where you can find us


1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

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Working Hours

Monday – Sunday 9:00 – 16:00

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