What is Ignite?
Ignite is an annual retreat for first year business students. It takes place over a weekend in September and gives new business students the opportunity to meet their classmates, senior business students, complete fun challenges, and get insight into your experience at the Alberta School of Business.
Where and when is Ignite?
This year Ignite will be hosted at Birch Bay Ranch just outside of Sherwood Park. It will take place Friday, September 14 to Sunday, September 16. Students will meet at the BSA Office at 3:15PM and depart from campus around 4:00PM. Students will leave Birch Bay on Sunday at approximately 2:30PM and return to the university around 3:30PM.
What is the cost to go?
Because the BSA subsidizes the cost of the weekend, the cost per participant is $85 which includes meals, accommodations, transportation, and all activities.
How do I sign-up?
Sign-up will take place outside of the BSA office from the 7th-12th from 11:00AM until 2:00PM. Traditionally, the spots sell out within the first hour of the first day. To guarantee a spot, we recommend lining up early. To confirm your spot, you will sign a participation form, give us your contact information, and pay $85.
What if all the spots are gone?
Ignite has a limited number of spots. Once all the tickets are sold, we will create a waitlist. If someone drops out, we will contact you via phone and/or email asking if you would like to replace them. If we do not get a response within a few hours, we will contact the next person on the waitlist.
How do I get there?
We have arranged buses to take all first year business students to Birch Bay and back.
Do I need to bring my own food?
Birch Bay will be providing our meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you think it is necessary, you may pack a couple extra snack that you can keep in your bag (non-refrigerated).
What if I have dietary restrictions?
When we do sign-up, the BSA will ask for basic information including dietary restrictions. Birch Bay can accommodate most restrictions like vegetarians and allergies. However, in extreme cases, Birch Bay may ask you bring your own meals that they can store and refrigerate. After sign-up, we will contact any people that Birch Bay feels needs to bring their own food.
How can I pay?
You can pay via cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard) only.
What should I pack?
You are allowed on overnight bag, one sleeping bag, one pillow, and one carry-on. You will need a sleeping bag and pillow for the cabins bunk beds. Bring outdoor clothing for various temperatures (e.g. shorts/t-shirts and pants/long-sleeves). Windbreakers and raincoats are recommended as many of the activities are outside. Bring closed toed shoes such as runners or sneaker as sandals would limit the activities you could do. Additionally, bring a toiletry bag, bug spray, sun screen and a towel for showers.
What type of activities should I expect?
There will be a tons of different activities throughout the weekend! Some will be business focused and therefore be indoors explained through a presentation while others will be fun focused where you get to explore the camp and do things like archery and ropes courses.
What if I don’t know anyone else going?
You are the perfect person to come to Ignite! Most people meet their first business friends at this retreat. You do not have to worry about trying to find someone to seat with at meals or do activities with because we divide you into teams for the weekend and you mostly stick with your team.
Can I request to be on the same team as my friends?
No. We make the teams randomly in hopes that everyone will meet new people. There will be free time activities where you can hang out with friends, however.
What if I can no longer go last minute?
If I can’t go last minute, can I get a refund?
It depends! If you give us enough notice where we can find a replacement on the waitlist to take your spot, then you can get a full refund. If not, unfortunately we cannot refund the $85.
What if I have more questions?