University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management Demonstrates High Financial Ethical Standards

Ethics Awards Winners 2019 - University of Ottawa

(Right to Left) Neil Koehane, Mourad Ben Rejeb, Denesia Nichols, Nabih El Masri, and Nicolas Tosi

On 14 February 2018, the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management was awarded the winning title of the 2019 CFA Society Toronto Ethics Challenge. This year’s local champions from the University of Ottawa were led by Faculty Advisor Pouya Safi and included team members: Neil Keohane (Team Captain), Nabih El Masri, Denesia Nichols, Mourad Ben Rejeb, and Nicolas Tosi. The team demonstrated their ability to expertly negotiate ethical dilemmas in a real-life investment scenario and presented their case to a panel of seasoned investment professionals.   

“It’s fun and rewarding whenever you can apply what you’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world scenario, and this competition was certainly no exception. Our team is grateful to have had this opportunity to put our skills to the test, and we are happy to see that all of our hard work and dedication has paid off,” said Neil Koehane, finance student at the University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management.

The CFA Society Toronto Ethics Challenge is designed to increase students’ awareness of the ethical dilemmas they may encounter as future investment management practitioners. Student teams are given an ethics case to study and evaluate. Each team then presents its analysis and recommendations, to a panel of judges. Following a question and answer period with each team, the judges then select a winner. Their decision is based on the quality of the team’s understanding of the ethical issues involved, quality of their analysis, presentation, and responses to the judges questions.

“It was a pleasure to see how prepared and thorough the entire team from University of Ottawa was in their compelling presentation. Their analytical skills in combination with their commendable presence on stage were very impressive. I look forward to seeing what how this team and its team members will succeed in the future,” said Anna Nepravishta, CFA, Partner at EdgePoint Wealth Management Inc.

This year’s competing teams include students from University of Ottawa Telfer School of Management, Ryerson University Ted Rogers School of Management, Queen’s University Smith School of Business, and George Brown College School of Accounting and Finance.

The University of Ottawa team will be advancing to the nation level of the competition at the 2019 CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge on 1 May 2019 in Calgary, Alberta.  The national level of the competition will include local winners from chapters of CFA Societies across Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Mai
CFA Society Toronto
Phone: (416) 366-5755 X 235
Twitter: @cfatoronto

About CFA Society Toronto
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