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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.

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