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Rotman students win the RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge and the CFA Master of Finance Ethics Challenge

January 22, 2014

TORONTO, ON – Teams of stu­dents from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment have tak­en home first prize in two dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions held this month.

On Jan­u­ary 17, a team com­posed of stu­dents from the Rot­man School’s MBA pro­grams won the 2013 RBC Next Great Inno­va­tor Chal­lenge. This was the eighth year for the com­pe­ti­tion for busi­ness stu­dents from Canada’s largest bank. This year par­tic­i­pants were asked to “Sug­gest an inno­v­a­tive con­cept that will enable RBC’s busi­ness­es to use big data to cre­ate a com­pet­i­tive advan­tage.” The team of Ane­ta Fil­i­ci­ak, Evening MBA 2014; Katie Wig­more, Full Time MBA 2014; She­han De Sil­va,  Evening MBA 2014;  and Leon Smith, Morn­ing MBA 2014;, pro­posed that RBC could use big data to improve the client expe­ri­ence and effec­tive­ness of com­mer­cial lend­ing to small and medi­um size enter­pris­es. While Rot­man stu­dents reg­u­lar­ly reach the finals of the chal­lenge, this was the first Rot­man team which man­aged to win the $10,000 first place prize.

Ear­li­er in the month on Jan­u­ary 10, a team from the Rot­man Mas­ter of Finance pro­gram won the inau­gur­al CFA Mas­ter of Finance Ethics Chal­lenge. This event was cre­at­ed by the CFA Insti­tute, the CFA Soci­ety Toron­to and the three Mas­ter of Finance pro­grams in Toron­to to pro­mote ethics in the finance pro­fes­sion and to raise aware­ness of the MFin degree. Win­ning the chal­lenge were Tony Chan, Akshat Gup­ta and Angel Liu who are all from the MFin class of 2015.

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is redesign­ing busi­ness edu­ca­tion for the 21st cen­tu­ry with a cur­ricu­lum based on Inte­gra­tive Think­ing. Locat­ed in the world’s most diverse city, the Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables the design of cre­ative busi­ness solu­tions. For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


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Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
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