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UTM grad students take first place in Canada-wide finance case competition

Ali Raza

Graduate students from University of Toronto Mississauga's Sustainability Management Program won first place in the fourth annual RBC x Rotman Sustainable Finance Case Competition, held on March 11.

Taylor Ball, Ana Laura Calleja, Hannah MacRae, Tushar Nellampani Pisharam and Masato Webb placed first in the competition as the student group representing UTM’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management (MScSM) program. The financial case the students presented was a “Proposal for Ontario First Nation Trust.”

Program director and Institute for Management & Innovation professor Shashi Kant praised the achievement.

“The first position of our group is a direct reflection of the incorporation of our MScSM values in the finance sector which give me extra happiness,” he says.

“This shows that there is a hope for positive change and a complete transformation of the traditional sectors, including finance.”

Many students in the class of 2023 have successfully completed their exchange programs, Kant says, among other achievements.

The RBC x Rotman Sustainable Finance Case Competition invites graduate students from a range of Canadian business programs to compete by presenting finance case studies. The challenge for 2023 was “build an investment portfolio for a First Nations Trust.” The dozens of teams from across Canada are whittled down and the top five teams are invited to compete in the finals.

The top team receives a cheque for $10,000 and an opportunity to speak with key RBC staff about internships, rotational programs and other positions.

Students during their final presentation