2019 Calgary, Canada



X-Culture and Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary

are proud to present

THE 2019 X-Culture Global Business Week


Our partner corporations:


 icon-calendar DATES:
Sunday, July 14 – Saturday, July 20, 2019

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 24, 2019

 icon-location-arrow  LOCATION:
2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

Limited to 150 Students & 50 Faculty

The selection process is competitive. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrated excellence in past X-culture participation, but also with some consideration to maximize geographic and cultural diversity.


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The Selection Phase


FRIDAY, December 22, 2018

  • Initial invitation: Invitations sent to the best X-Culture graduates.
  • Students whose performance in X-Culture was rated highly receive these initial invitations.
  • Typically, we invite students whose peer evaluations were above 4.0 (“good” or higher), whose team’s reports were rated above 6.0 (“excellent” or higher); who did not miss any of the deadlines throughout the project, who provided thoughtful and insightful comments in the weekly and post-project surveys; and those recommended by their professors.
  • Normally, students ranked in Top 20% are invited to submit their applications.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

  • Application deadline. Students who received the invitations and want to attend the event must submit their applications.

FRIDAY, Wednesday, March 27, 2019

  • Selection of the 150 finalists, official invitations.
  • Selection: Not everyone who is invited will apply. We expect approximately 500 applications from the initial pool. The applications will be reviewed and 150 students will receive their formal invitation to the Symposium. The preference will be given to the students with the best performance records (highest peer evaluations, best reports, most insightful comments, best results on the tests), but other factors are also taken into account (e.g., strong recommendations, other achievements, etc.). We will also try to maximize the group diversity, so students from under-represented countries may be given a little preference.
    Members of winning teams and students who went through the Coaching Program will be given top priority and will be automatically included in the final group of 150.
  • Final Decision: The final list of 150 attendees (approximately Top 0.3% of all X-Culture participants) will be finalized on this date and the 150 applicants will receive their formal invitations and Canadian visa support letters (if needed). If requested, they will receive support letters that they can present to potential sponsors.
    Students not included in the final Top 150 group will be ranked and put on a waiting list. If any of the 150 finalists do not apply by the deadline, next person on the waiting list will be given the opportunity.


FRIDAY, April 5, 2019

  • Registration: The 150 selected attendees will have until 11:59 pm (EST), Friday, April 5, 2019, to register for the event (pay the registration fee). If any of the students from the group of 150 fail to register by this deadline, their spot goes to the next person on the waiting list.
  • An extension may be granted in exceptional cases, but the students must inform the event organizers in advance.

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

  • Teams formed


MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019 

  •  Company Challenges released


FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019

  • International teams formed and preparation for international challenge begins
  • Plan on communicating with your international team regularly during this month before the meeting in Calgary
  • Your team should be arriving in Calgary with a preliminary solution which will likely require 2-5 hours of work per week during this month


SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019

  • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM   Registration
  • 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM   Welcome Reception


MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Canadian Pancake Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   Welcome to Global Business Week
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM   Meet Your Ambassadors & Tour of Campus
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM   Meet the Challenge Companies (Students & Faculty)
  • 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM   Challenge Companies Breakout Session (Students)
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM   Faculty Development with Karen Lynden (Faculty Only)
  • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM   Xackathon with Vas Taras (Faculty Only)


TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019  

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Company Site Visit 1
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM   Company Site Visit 2
  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM   International Night with Poster Session with Faculty & Students.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2019  

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM   Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM   This is an all-day event. Lake Louis is a 3-hour drive from the University of Calgary. There will be scenic stops along the way.



  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Student Development Workshops (Concurrent Sessions)
  • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM   Faculty Lectures (Concurrent Sessions)
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch
  • 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM   Panel:  Oil & Gas
  • 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM   Panel: Entrepreneurship in the West
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM   Faculty Development with Karen Lynden (Faculty Only)
  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM   Xackathon with Vas Taras (Faculty Only)


FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2019

  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM   Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM   Faculty Development with Karen Lynden (Faculty Only)
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM   Xackathon with Vas Taras(Faculty Only)
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM   Lunch
  • 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM   Challenge Presentations
  • 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM   Gala



  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM   Farewell Canadian Pancake Breakfast

All participants must be checked out of dormitories by 12:00 PM.




MS Word versions can also be downloaded here.


For X-Culture Instructors only. By invitation only.

RESEARCH HACKATHON: Every day, a few hours will be devoted to the research activities. While the students are preparing their presentations, the instructors participating in the hackathon will brainstorm paper ideas and start working on developing papers.

The X-Culture data will be shared with the Research Hackathon attendees 1 month before the event so that they can start preparing and developing their paper ideas.


Workshop Duration: Total of four (4) hours of continuing education hours. The schedule will allow faculty to also participate in the Hackathon and other symposium activities.

Upon successful completion of this multi-day program, participants will be awarded X-Culture Faculty Certification status. This credential provides:

  • X-Culture-recognized status for use in your professional endeavors
  • Access to the X-Culture Certified Faculty Community
  • Networking and professional development opportunities

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 icon-money COSTS, STUDENTS

The X-Culture Symposium student participation fee is US$895, which covers:

  • Registration
  • 6 nights lodging at the University of Calgary 
  • Welcome dinner
  • Gala dinner at the Award Ceremony
  • 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts
  • Two full days of bus transportation to the local companies
  • The conference welcome and printed materials
  • X-Culture Symposium Participation Certificates and recommendation letters commenting on your completion of the career development workshops

icon-money COSTS, FACULTY

The X-Culture Symposium participation fee is US$895, which covers:

  • Registration
  • 6 nights lodging at the University of Calgary 
  • All meals, including:
    • Welcome dinner
    • Gala dinner at the Award Ceremony
    • 5 lunches and 5 breakfasts
  • Two full days of bus transportation to the local companies
  • The conference welcome and printed materials
  • X-Culture Symposium Participation Certificates and recommendation letters commenting on your completion of the continuing education workshops
  • There are a limited number of hotel rooms available as an out of pocket cost



US$5,000 Platinum sponsorship:

  • Official sponsor of Global Business Week Calgary 2019
  • Full page Ad in program
  • Logo on bag giveaway
  • Opportunity to set up a table at all event opportunities
  • Logo on X-Culture website and conference and symposium info page through July 20th, 2019
  • Social media recognition as applicable
  • Participate in all activities during the symposium in Calgary, Canada (value of US$895)
  • Everyone is staying at the University. Faculty and company reps can elect to be in individual rooms for an additional US$150
  • Serve as a judge for one or more of the business competitions and participate in panel discussions
  • If available, companies can reserve additional hotel rooms at their own expense


The students will be paying on their own for:

  • Travel to Calgary (airfare or other, could be cheap for students in Canada and US, up to a few hundred dollars for students in more distant countries, to over a thousand dollars for international travelers)
  • Canada visa processing fee (if required, costs varies by country)
  • Dinners (Sunday Welcome and Friday Gala diners included in the participation fee)
  • Other personal expenses (souvenirs, etc.)
  • Pre or post-conference sightseeing and other activities




 icon-check-square-o  APPLICATION

The event is open only for the people who have completed the X-Culture program. Any X-Culture alumni can apply, but the selection process is competitive. Strong preference is given to the highest-ranked X-Culture alumni. You are welcome to submit your application, but application does not guarantee invitation.





  1. I wonder that if applying for this event via website will have similar selection evaluation compare to apply via link from invitation letter in email or not?