North America's top finance students
QFAC 2017 Delegate Applications Will Be Open October 2017
Taster Event: Thursday, September 28 @7:30pm
Applications due: Friday, September 29 @11:59pm
November 2nd to 5th, 2017
Fairmont Royal York, Toronto
M&A case competition
Day on Bay
The Commerce Program at the Smith School of Business (SSB) has been ranked as one of the top undergraduate business programs in Canada for 2017. In addition to SSB students, QFAC attracts many passionate finance students from all the leading business schools across Canada. Each year we host delegates from the Richard Ivey School of Business, Schulich, Laurier, McGill, Rotman, HEC Montreal, Sauder, Dalhousie, as well as many others. This year, we are committed to expanding and diversifying our delegate base and hope to achieve a 50/50 internal (Queen’s Commerce) vs. external (other) delegate split, with representation from several Canadian & U.S. universities as well as Queen’s students from other faculties with a passion for finance.
To offer our corporate partners exposure to the brightest and most motivated students, we screen and select delegates on criteria similar to those used by our partners when evaluating summer and full-time recruits. Last year, 100 top business students were selected from a pool of over 300 applicants based on written applications and resume screens, gauging interest and knowledge of the financial services industry and ensuring that we select a diverse set of individuals who we are confident will add value to QFAC 2017. Approximately half of the delegates attending QFAC will be third-year students, along with a significant number of second-year students, sharing a common interest of pursuing careers (seeking summer or full-time positions) in the financial services industry. Further, QFAC remains committed to fostering an inclusive environment with representation from universities across North America, as well as promoting women in finance. Prospective delegates are encouraged to attend the QFAC Delegate Taster to learn more about the application process and ensure that your resume has been updated and reviewed as a QFAC Resume Book featuring all delegates will be shared with our corporate partners.
Taking place the first weekend of November, QFAC provides the ideal opportunity for delegates to interact with our corporate partners, expand their network, and gain valuable insights into the financial services industry leading up to first-round interviews and summer and full-time recruiting season. QFAC brings together exceptional students from across North America with a common passion for finance, providing delegates with an invaluable opportunity to learn from one another as well as industry leaders. Above all, QFAC acts as an important link between financial theories taught in the classroom and the industry-wide application of those concepts, providing a first-hand glance into a career in the financial services industry and facilitating the transition into summer and full-time roles.
The M&A simulation, Day on Bay excursions, industry workshops, speaker panels, networking sessions, and socials planned for QFAC 2017 will ensure that delegates have an unforgettable experience that closes the gap between the classroom and the financial services industry. QFAC brings together exceptional students and industry leaders, allowing delegates to form valuable connections and learn more about the variety of opportunities available. Delegates can experience “a day in the life” of an investment banker, an equity trader, a private equity investor and many others by visiting the Toronto offices of several top financial institutions during the Day on Bay excursions and speaking with company representatives at our sponsored dinners. Delegates will also be challenged to hone their stock picking and financial modeling skills with our newly revamped M&A simulation and will gain valuable insights from our keynote speakers. Further, delegates can tailor their experiences at QFAC to the areas of the financial services industry that are of greatest interest to them and take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions, build valuable connections, and showcase their learning beyond the classroom.
As a delegate for QFAC for the past two years, I have been fortunate to experience some incredible exposure to the finance industry. In first year, QFAC provided me the opportunity to learn about the various areas of finance and really helped me discover my career aspirations. This past year, I was able to meet many sponsors and company reps and connect with them. QFAC offers opportunities to connect with professionals beyond the formal networking sessions, which is truly an irreplaceable experience.
Attending QFAC 2014 gave me the opportunity to network with many professionals with various backgrounds and provided me with a better understanding of the finance industry. I was able to learn about specific areas of finance through workshops, simulation and office visits, giving me a thorough understanding of the opportunities available in finance. Prior to the conference, I was uncertain about entering the finance stream. After attending QFAC 2014, I am certain that the finance industry best suits my career goals and aspirations.
My time on QFAC was invaluable. Being on the executive for three years helped me develop strong relationships with peers and gain a stronger sense of leadership and teamwork. From a delegate’s perspective, the conference offers a wide breadth of events to suit any level of prior finance knowledge. The workshops, simulation, networking events can help a first or second year better understand the various roles that exist within the industry. For a third or fourth year student, QFAC can directly allow you to take the next step in your career by finding a job through contacts made at the conference. I would recommend QFAC to anyone interested in Finance.
As an executive on QFAC for three years, I got to see the conference first-hand on a number of occasions. Over this time, I was able to witness the incredible engagement between delegates and the conference’s sponsors. These formative contacts proved to be extremely useful for me as I went through the summer internship recruiting process. I was able to meet representatives from a range of financial firms which interested me, and I was able to learn a great deal about many industries. I would highly recommend any students interested in pursuing a career in the finance industry to attend QFAC!
Attending QFAC in the fall of 2014 was an unparalleled experience. QFAC offers an engaging experience that is ideal for an undergraduate student as it extends learning outside of the classroom setting. The networking sessions provided a great opportunity to connect with industry professionals who shared fantastic insight into what it’s like to work in finance. For me, I had a great opportunity to interview with a firm who I had connected with at QFAC and was fortunate enough to land a competitive summer placement. QFAC really opened the doors necessary for me to pursue a career in finance and with that I couldn’t be more pleased with the experience.
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