hEDGE 2012, Waterloo's undergrad capital markets conference, gets underway in Toronto this Thursday

Monday, August 20, 2012

hEDGE conference speakerThe second annual hEDGE Finance Conference, organized by students at the School of Accounting and Finance gets underway this Thursday, August 23 in Toronto’s financial district. hEDGE is open to all Canadian undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in the capital markets. This year’s delegate pool includes students from a range of leading Canadian universities including the University of Waterloo, Ryerson University, Western University, York University, University of Guelph, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Brock University, Queen’s University and Wilfrid Laurier University. The conference has seen unprecedented growth and interest since its inception in 2011, and is now one of Canada’s leading undergraduate finance conferences. hEDGE 2012 is operating at full capacity with 100 delegates across Ontario.

Sponsors of the conference include:

  • Presenting Partner – BMO Capital Markets
  • Lead Sponsor – Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
  • Gold Sponsors – TD Securities, CIBC, Scotiabank, TD Asset Management, Alpha Group and Manulife Financial
  • Silver Sponsor – TMX Group
  • Bronze Sponsors – Burgundy Asset Management, the Toronto CFA Society and Wall Street Prep

hEDGE also acknowledges the support of various units at the University of Waterloo including the School of Accounting & FinanceCo-operative Education & Career Action department and Mathematics Endowment Fund. Senior representatives from the University of Waterloo, including Tim Jackson, Vice President – University Relations, University of Waterloo and Dr. Thomas Scott, Director – School of Accounting & Finance, University of Waterloo, will be on hand at the conference to welcome delegates and our industry sponsors.

Speakers at the conference are:

  • Sal Guatieri, Senior Economist & Vice President, BMO Capital Markets
  • Peter Myers, Executive Managing Director and Head of Investment & Corporate Banking, Canada, London & Melbourne, BMO Capital Markets
  • Dr. Jagdeep Singh Bachher, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
  • Patrick B. Meneley, Vice Chair and Executive Vice President, Global Investment and Corporate Banking, TD Securities
  • Robbie J. Pryde, Vice Chair and Executive Vice President, Head of Equities, TD Securities
  • Avery Shenfeld, Managing Director and Chief Economist, CIBC
  • Craig Shepherd, Managing Director, Risk Strategy, Global Banking & Markets, Scotiabank
  • Julie Sherratt, Vice President & Director, Risk Management, TD Asset Management
  • Randee Pavalow, Chief Listings Officer & General Counsel, Alpha Group
  • Jacqui Allard, Global Chief Operating Officer & President, Manulife Asset Management Canada

Key events during the conference include:

Thursday, August 23:

  • Opening Reception presented by BMO Capital Markets
  • An Evening with TD Securities

Friday, August 24:

  • Breakfast with CIBC
  • Lunch with Scotiabank
  • Networking Reception presented by TMX Group
  • Fireside Chat on Canadian Innovation presented by the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)
  • Dinner Gala presented by the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)

hEDGE differentiates itself from competing undergraduate finance conferences by offering a holistic exposure to the capital markets industry. Delegates choose to attend two of five workshop streams offered by our industry partners: Asset Management, Equity & Debt Research, Investment Banking, Private Equity, and Sales & Trading. Our diverse roster of speakers reinforces the differing career paths available in the capital markets, providing delegates a unique understanding of both the sell-side and buy-side. The conference features two bank economists, four senior broker-dealer executive, one senior stock exchange executive, and three senior executives from Canadian buy-side firms.

“hEDGE 2012 is the culmination of a year of hard work and would not have been possible without the dedicated hEDGE 2012 organizing team. On behalf of the team, I thank our industry sponsors for their invaluable support, encouragement and guidance throughout the past 12 months. We look forward to meeting all of our delegates on Thursday”, says Jonah Hu, Managing Director & Head, hEDGE 2012. The conference deepens the University of Waterloo’s connection to the Canadian financial services sector, and strengthens Waterloo’s internationally recognized co-op program.

Editorial: Jonah, hEDGE Managing Director & Head, 4th year CFM student

Photography: Terrance

About the hEDGE Finance Conference

hEDGE is one of Canada’s leading undergraduate finance conferences, organized by students of the School of Accounting & Finance at the University of Waterloo. We offer a holistic exposure to sell-side and buy-side finance, focusing on five cross-pillar areas of the capital markets: asset management, equity & debt research, private equity, investment banking, and sales & trading. hEDGE partners with major financial institutions, providing delegates the opportunity to network with top employers, and to hear from leading industry speakers. hEDGE 2012 takes place in the heart of Toronto’s financial district on August 23 & 24, 2012.

About the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance

The School of Accounting and Finance is the only English speaking professional school of its kind in Canada. We offer 2 undergraduate (Accounting and Financial Management and Computing and Financial Management) and 3 graduate (Master of Accounting; Master of Taxation; PhD in Accounting) programs to provide students with the technical, analytical, evaluative, and communication skills needed to prepare for successful careers in public accounting, finance, industry, government and not-for-profit sectors. In conjunction with the Faculties of Mathematics and Science, the School also administers 2 undergraduate programs (Mathematics/Chartered Accountancy; Biotechnology/Chartered Accountancy) and 1 graduate program (Master of Quantitative Finance).

About the University of Waterloo

In just half a century, the University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada’s technology hub, has become one of Canada’s leading comprehensive universities with 34,000 full- and part-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Waterloo, as  home to the world’s largest post-secondary co-operative education program, embraces its connections to the world and encourages enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. In the next decade, the university is committed to building a better future for Canada and the world by championing innovation and collaboration to create solutions relevant to the needs of today and tomorrow. For more information about Waterloo, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.

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