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Team from the Rotman School’s Master of Financial Risk Management Advances to International Finals of the PRMIA Risk Management Challenge.

March 7, 2017

Toronto – A team of students from the Master of Financial Risk Management (MFRM) program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management has won the regional final in Toronto to advance to the international final of the PRMIA Risk Management Challenge.

The Professional Risk Managers' International Association Risk Management Challenge (PRMIA) is an annual international competition for students from multiple disciplines to use their critical and creative thinking skills to solve realistic business problems with a risk management focus.

The Toronto regional final was held on February 24 with seven teams competing for the title. Four of the teams were from the Rotman School’s first intake of the MFRM program – a new Master’s program which focuses on preparing students to work in the field of risk management. Team Synergy from the Rotman MFRM program, with students Carmen Quiroz Vazquez, Zach Wang, Meng Zhu and Ava Athari, placed first in the challenge and will advance to the international final of the PRMIA Risk Management Challenge in London, UK on April 7.  Another Rotman MFRM team, Team Rotmanagers, with students Judy Zhu, Zihan Liu, Jabir Sandhu, and Sijing Tao, placed second overall and also won the “most effective presentation” award. A third Rotman MFRM team, Team ‘The Invincibles’ with students Erica Wang, Jeffrey Du, Xuefei Yin, and Hanna Kalif, won ‘best strategy’ prize.

In the international final, Team Synergy will compete against the winners of regional rounds from London, Russia, Edmonton, Chicago, New York, Vancouver, Montreal, and Netherlands.

This win follows an earlier success for the program in November when another team of students from the MFRM program came out on top in the TD Securities Risk Management Case Competition. The TD securities competition tested students’ abilities to critically analyze and evaluate risk management scenarios and the winners were treated to a day job-shadowing analysts working in different areas of the bank.

An intensive eight-month program for recent graduates with solid quantitative skills from undergraduate university programs, the MFRM is designed to prepare students for careers in risk management and trading. The unique curriculum combines coursework, an applied project with a company in the field, workshops on leadership and communications skills as well as a speaker series featuring practitioners. Further information, including how to apply, is online.

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University of Toronto
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