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Rotman Commerce Students Win Finance Competition in Shanghai

September 13, 2016

Toron­to, ON – A stu­dent and a recent grad­u­ate from the Rot­man Com­merce pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to par­tic­i­pat­ed in the annu­al Youth Lead­er­ship Finance Sum­mit at Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­si­ty tak­ing home a top prize for their pre­sen­ta­tion on small and medi­um enter­prise finance in Chi­na.

Fred­dy Tang, BCom’17, and Christo­pher Morel­lo, BCom’16, joined forces with two stu­dents from the Whar­ton School at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia to win one of four first prizes of $1500 USD and CFA schol­ar­ships.

A total of 21 teams with stu­dents from 26 uni­ver­si­ties around the world par­tic­i­pat­ed in the week­end long Sum­mit which took place in August which pro­vid­ed stu­dents with edu­ca­tion­al, pro­fes­sion­al, net­work­ing and cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences in Shang­hai, which cul­mi­nat­ed in the pre­sen­ta­tions on four dif­fer­ent top­ic areas. The com­pe­ti­tion was host­ed by the he Shang­hai Advanced Insti­tute of Finance (SAIF) Mas­ter of Finance (MF) pro­gram at Shang­hai Jiao Tong Uni­ver­si­ty.

“It was a priv­i­lege to be admit­ted to this sum­mit amongst the top uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents across Chi­na and the world. Each team brought for­ward intel­lec­tu­al­ly stim­u­lat­ing pre­sen­ta­tions sur­round­ing finance issues and oppor­tu­ni­ties in Chi­na, which gave me many new per­spec­tives on the region.  My year in the Rot­man School’s Cre­ative Destruc­tion Lab work­ing amongst top inter­na­tion­al investors gave me an in-depth under­stand­ing of SME Finance, and my two exchanges at Fudan Uni­ver­si­ty and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hong Kong allowed me to apply these learn­ings in a Chi­na spe­cif­ic con­text,” says Christo­pher Morel­lo.

“It was the expe­ri­ence of a life­time to meet so many out­stand­ing stu­dents from across Asia and North Amer­i­ca. I was hum­bled to be part of a win­ning team giv­en the qual­i­ty of every oth­er pre­sen­ta­tion. I would like to thank Prof. Lau­ra Doer­ing and lec­tur­er William Hug­gins for teach­ing me social entre­pre­neur­ship and Chi­nese finance, respec­tive­ly. These top­ics were cru­cial to our per­for­mance in the sum­mit,” says Fred­dy Tang.

Anoth­er two stu­dents from the Rot­man Com­merce pro­gram also par­tic­i­pat­ed in the sum­mit.

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment is locat­ed in the heart of Canada’s com­mer­cial and cul­tur­al cap­i­tal and is part of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, one of the world’s top 20 research uni­ver­si­ties. The Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables our grad­u­ates to tack­le today’s glob­al busi­ness and soci­etal chal­lenges.  For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


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Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
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