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University of Waterloo students win the top prize at the Expand Your Empire Real Estate Case Competition

Pictured left to right: Samantha K., Matthew V., Kyson V., and Nathan L.

This January, a team composed of four undergraduate students in Accounting and Financial Management, Engineering, and Planning competed in the eighth edition of the annual Ryerson Real Estate Expand Your Empire (EYE) Case Competition, where their financially feasible and sustainable design won both the first place grand prize and the Most Feasible Design award for a total cash prize of $11,500.

An unexpected victory!

Photo of Eclipse competition team members: Janvi, Hufsah, Nicole, and Rohun

Hey School of Accounting and Finance (SAF)!

We are Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) students Janvi, Hufsah, Nicole, and Rohun and we are happy to announce that we emerged with a first-place victory in the accounting portion of the Eclipse Case Competition that took place earlier in February!

Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) or Sustainability and Financial Management (SFM)?

Photo of Cindy N.

AFM and SFM sound similar, right? They share more similarities than students realize. However, the key differences between the two programs distinctly separate them as unique educational pathways. As an incoming student, all the information available may appear overwhelming to the point where you may question what exactly the distinctions between the programs are. I’ll give a quick rundown of the similarities and differences between AFM and SFM, and provide some insight into the programs that may be of interest to them.

Equipping students to become investment banking savvy

Photo of students in the Fall 2019 Student Investment Fund

What started as a small initiative ten years ago has become a competitive student group with an established reputation. This year, the Student Investment Fund (SIF) reaches its 10th year anniversary and two of its faculty mentors, Ranjini Jha and Andrew Ecclestone, reflect on its growth through the past decade.

Reflecting on a successful journey in SIF with Isaac W.

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The Student Investment Fund (SIF) is where students receive hands-on training in investment management and work together to manage a portfolio of Canadian and American equities, with the guidance from faculty members and industry professionals. As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of this student-led initiative this year, we spoke to Isaac W. (4B AFM student) who was the chief executive officer (CEO) in the Fall 2021 term, about his experience being a part of the fund during multiple study terms.

Leveraging opportunities early on in our undergraduate career

AFM 112 Dashboard Competition team photo of Mads, Katarina, Kaitlyn, Leo and John

In December 2021, we competed in the second annual Interactive Business Dashboard Competition (IBDC), a competition sponsored by the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Information Integrity and Information System Assurance (UW CISA). Our task was to develop an interactive business dashboard for a toy store retailer, TTS, where the company can monitor their own performance.

How I am breaking gender barriers through Women in Finance

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Hi everyone! I’m Claire, a first-year student in the new Sustainability and Financial Management (SFM) program at the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF). I am also the communications executive for the Women in Finance (WIF) team. I was introduced to WIF as I was preparing for my first year at Waterloo, and I was immediately drawn to the idea of a team dedicated to educating and breaking barriers for women in the finance industry. As someone who would be directly affected by these barriers, I wanted the opportunity to tackle them head-on. It's been a few months now and I can happily say that WIF is one of my favourite experiences as a Waterloo student.

Discovering my passion in helping small businesses and non-profits achieve their goals

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Hi! My name is Bianca and I just completed my 4B term in the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program. Since spring 2020, I have been involved with the School of Accounting and Finance’s (SAF) Non-Profit Organization Consulting (NPOC) group where I work on multiple client projects helping non-profit organizations (NPOs) develop and grow their organizations. I have also been able to create learning tools, such as blog articles, to answer some common accounting and business related questions from start-up NPOs.

Women in Finance: A student initiative that strives to bridge the gender gap in the finance industry

A black-and-white photo of a group of female students having a meeting in a lounge

The School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) interviewed members of Waterloo's student initiative, Women in Finance (WIF), to learn more about the work they do, the services they offer, and the successful impact they have on students. SAF met with Queena and Puneet, the group’s co-heads, Momna and Caddie, branding executives, Claire, Ramneek and Sandra, communications executives, Megan, outreach executive, and Maryam, logistics executive.

Why I knew UWaterloo and SAF was the right fit for me

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How a rainy day changed my life

Hi, I’m Alex, and I am a student in the Accounting and Financial Management (AFM) program at the University of Waterloo. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, working on financial models, and walking my 10-year-old Bichon-Shih Tzu Ozzy (who can be seen in the photo below, proudly sporting his Waterloo bandana).

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