Queen’s Finance Association Conference descends on Bay Street

Posted on November 29, 2011

QFAC 2011 aims to forge and maintain lasting connection between today’s greatest financial minds and the leaders of tomorrow’s markets.

TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 – The Queen’s Finance Association Conference (QFAC) was held at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto’s financial district November 17th to 20th.

Delegates were exposed to all aspects of the financial services industry, from investment banking, to sales and trading, to private equity. Diverse topics were covered by speakers Dave Roland, CEO of Paradigm Capital, Howard Green, anchor of “Headline” on BNN, Jim Fasano, VP and Head of Principal Investing at CPPIB, and Mike Durland, co-CEO of Scotia Capital. The flagship event, co-hosted by Rotman School of Business, was the Desjardins stock trading simulation held on the trading floors of the old TSX that mirrored activity in trading pits without the use of computers. The winning team opened the Toronto Stock Exchange. Delegates also got the opportunity to experience first-hand the operations of their choice of one of ten Bay Street firms in addition to attending three unforgettable socials.

Echoing Tio Charbaghi, founder of QFAC and an analyst at Citadel Group, “Our generation needs to be constantly seeking to gain edge … to get ahead.” QFAC provided the perfect opportunity for delegates to gain an edge in their intended careers in finance.

QFAC is Canada’s first student-run conference focused entirely on finance and the capital markets. Its mission is to provide delegates with practical knowledge and tangible experience in order to facilitate their transition into careers within the financial services industry.