By: Carrie Gilmour
Over 500 university students from across Canada took part in the 7th annual Schulich School of Business RISE Conference & Competition. This exciting one-day event saw 29 student teams participate in the annual accounting category competition. AFM students Jessica Siew, 2A, Jasper Lam, 4B, Jacqueline Sue, 4B, and Anirudh Puri, 2A, deliberated over the Nortel business case where the team analyzed, qualified important information, presented it in a visually pleasing format to explain their case findings to a panel of industry judges. The depth of the team’s analysis and polished presentation of their findings catapulted them to first place. The 6 EY judges were Patricia Depante, Ellen Poon, Jason Pon, Alex Barnash, David Chen, and Amyna Amyna.
Jasper Lam spoke on behalf of the team, “Knowing the team and reading each other during the presentation was helpful, in order to ensure that the presentation went smoothly and all questions were answered with a high degree of effectiveness.”
The team applied concepts learned in their 2nd year core AFM courses such as Introduction to Applied Finance, Managerial Finance, and Business Context, which covers transferable skills necessary for integration and professional development as well as the teams combined experiences in other competition and conference settings, such as ACE and hEDGE.
Jasper Lam said the team strategized their plan before deliberating, which helped the presentation run smoothly. “We communicated as a group on our various strengths and weaknesses pertaining to case competitions, gaining a clear understanding of where we all stood in terms of experience with case writing and presentation skills ahead of the competition.”
The team took home a cash prize of $500 and the honour of claiming first place.