Waterloo Region is Canada’s top innovation hub. It is home to the second highest density of start-ups in the world after Silicon Valley, and is a top 25 innovation ecosystem in the world (Startup Compass 2015).
Professor emeritus, Stanley Laiken was granted Honorary Membership at the Annual Meeting of CPA Ontario. For more than four decades, Laiken, affectionately known as uncle Stan by students and colleagues, provided distinguished service to the accounting profession as an educator specifically in the area of taxation.
It’s been a year since School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) students took the world stage by storm at the CFA Institute Research Challenge and a lot has changed in that short period of time.
In 2016 five students from the SAF (l-r), Kamaljot Dhaliwal, Daniel Zhang, Brent Small, Rudder Zhang and Adnan Khan, used their diverse co-op and program backgrounds to beat out over 1,000 teams from 70 countries to become the World Champions in a business valuation competition.
The team spent months preparing to present and defend detailed equities research report on a publicly traded company to a panel of industry experts. The SAF team advanced through several rounds over eight months to reach the Global Finals in Chicago, where they competed against University of Georgia, Ateneo de Manila University, and Politecnico di Milano, to capture the championship and a $10,000 prize.
So where are they now?
Brent Small, an Accounting and Financial Management (BAFM 2017) graduate was appointed as the CEO in winter 2017 for the SAF Student Investment Fund, managing a team of 30 students with $250K in assets under management. He is currently working as an Investment Analyst at Polar Asset Management Partners in Toronto.
I landed my dream job right out of school. I couldn't imagine a better job or workplace, and this is due in no small part to my experience at SAF.
This past weekend, six finalist teams in the 2017 global Hult Prize pitched social enterprise solutions to the refugee crisis as part of the 8th Annual Hult Prize and Awards Gala event at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York. This year's Hult Prize Global Finals served as the official opening event for the 2017 United Nations Global Goals Week for the UNGA.
Two student teams comprised of SAF students headed to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Connect Conference, held in Oshawa, for 2 days of networking and presenting, and brought back 1st and 3rd place.
Master of Accounting (MAcc) students, Andy Lau, Lacsy Panchalingam , Anna Zuo, and Adnan Khan, at right, took home $4000 and first place at McMaster University's Fast Pace to the Case Competition (FPC).