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LETTER FROM THE CO-CHAIRS
Dear Potential Partner,
The ninth annual Queen’s Finance Association Conference (QFAC) was held in downtown Toronto at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in November 2015. The generous support from our dedicated partners and inspirational speakers allowed us to present a four-day experience for delegates. Each year, we welcomed 28 returning and new sponsors, allowing us once again to surpass previous sponsorship records. We also held our fourth annual New York City Stock Pitch Competition. Six finalists from four universities were flown to New York City to present their pitch to a panel of industry professionals. In addition, we hosted the second annual Merger and Acquisition Simulation. The simulation provided delegates with the unique experience to work on a live M&A transaction, beginning with valuations, working through negotiations, and finally accepting a tender offer.
2016 is an exciting milestone for our conference; it marks the Queen’s Finance Association Conference’s (QFAC) 10th year anniversary and we hope to set a new standard for student-run conferences not only at Queen’s, but also across the country. QFAC has always been unique: it was the first student-run conference in Canada focused solely on the financial markets and was the first conference from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University to be held in Toronto.
Our mission is twofold: to help transition students from what is taught in the classroom to a professional working environment, and to be regarded as the networking opportunity of the year. Moving forward, we will continue to bridge this gap through our relationships with the alumni and Business Career Centre of the Smith School of Business.
The strength and success of this conference is a reflection not only of the dedicated student body who run and partake in QFAC, but also the continued commitment of our corporate sponsors. Due to the continuous support of our corporate sponsors, we have had the opportunity to host events such as a conference taster, Day-on-Bay networking sessions, five star dinners, renowned keynote talks, and informative tutorials. Our corporate partners represent the leaders of the finance industry and provide our delegates with an informative and inspirational experience. Each and every year, we go beyond expectations to be the best and QFAC 2016 will be no different.
On behalf of our executive committee, we would like to express our gratitude for reviewing our proposal. We are very excited about the prospect of having your firm partnering with QFAC 2016, which will surely be an another extraordinary and unforgettable experience.
Josh Bitonte, Nerissa Chan