Deadline for submissions:
APRIL 3, 2017 at 11:59pm EST

6 Steps to Win!

STEP 1: Grab a Team!

  • There is a maximum of 4 undergraduate students per Team.
  • Students must be attending a Canadian University in any discipline at the undergrad level. Sorry Master students are not permitted to enter.
  • Although it would be great if at least one Team member was enrolled in a hotel, hospitality, or tourism program from a Canadian University, it is not mandatory.
  • Multiple Teams are allowed from one University.
  • Team members can be from the same or different Canadian Universities.

STEP 2: Brainwave your vision for the hotel renovation.

To get started, read the case HERE, choose a market, review the operating history, make renovation recommendations and present a capital plan in 25 pages.



STEP 4: Contact a Mentor.

We have gone out to the industry and asked a group of people to help with your project.  Feel free to contact one, or all to help the Team. We have specifically chosen these mentors because they are kind, friendly, approachable people who want to help you out! Don’t underestimate this fantastic resource of industry professionals! Click here to see who our Mentors are!

One mentor must be contacted to get their sign off on the application form.

STEP 5: Fill out this form.

  • Get a Mentor to sign off on your project. To qualify, each Team’s project submission must receive an endorsement by a Mentor before it can be entered into the contest.

STEP 6: How to submit.

Read these steps carefully:

  • Fill out form in step 5, scan it and label with your TEAM NAME + hotelNEXT
  • Go to Dropbox  and create a folder labelled with your TEAM NAME + hotelNEXT
  • Upload your completed form that is signed by a Mentor
  • Upload your full presentation to Dropbox in any one of these formats and note the following size restrictions;
    • if sending WORD document/ PDF, no more than 25 pages
    • if sending a POWERPOINT or PREZZIE, no more than 25 slides
  • Share your Dropbox folder via email to Enney Hoang {enneyhoang@bigpictureconferences.ca} before WEDNESDAY MARCH 28, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.


  • In April of 2018, a Selection Committee will meet and review all submissions.
  • The top 3 projects will be selected and Team members will be contacted on April 4, 2018 by Big Picture Conferences.
  • Each Team member will have an all-expense paid trip to Toronto where they will present their project in front of delegates attending the Canadian Hotel Investment Conference (APRIL 24, 2018).


On April 24, 2018 the top 3 Teams will present on stage at the Annual Canadian Hotel Investment Conference!

  • Each Team will have 10 minutes to present on stage in front of the Judging Panel
  • Voting by the judges and the audience will take place after each presentation
  • At the end of the session, our MC, will bring the 3 Teams on stage and announce the winning Team—there will be awards… and cash!