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A busy October

October in the MFRM program has been very exciting, challenging, and gratifying. We received our placements for our industry projects and celebrated with a huge MFRM dinner and karaoke, but that is a story for another day. Today I will be speaking to you about the Rotman Finance Masters Open House.

What probably caught my eye wasn’t the almost perfect placement rate but rather the genuine interest in the wellbeing and career development of the students.

Pictured: Open House at Rotman

A year ago, I attended the Rotman Open House hoping to learn more about graduate programs that could help me reach my career goals. It was the first semester of my final year and I knew I wanted a career in finance in an emerging field. I was also aware of my, perhaps overly-risk-averse (and then too bold) personality, where I tend to hold off on a decision until I know exactly what to expect… and then go all in. Mentioning this to Katarina (Associate Director, and one of the awesomest people around) and Prof. Heather-Anne I gained a strong interest in the MFRM. What probably caught my eye wasn’t the almost perfect placement rate but rather the genuine interest in the wellbeing and career development of the students.

Volunteering for the Open House

As a person who works best with others and who gains enjoyment from helping others, this year, I took it upon myself to volunteer at the Finance Masters Open House to provide prospective students guidance, advice and to help answer questions. I was joined by some of my classmates (some of whom have graced the included photos) along with numerous staff and faculty. 

I was thrilled to see the MFRM gaining popularity from around the world; I was contacted by some applicants from India and someone even flew in from Boston!

Pictured: Professor John Hull

Professor John Hull gave one of his hallmark lectures on the widespread adoption of machine learning in the finance industry and was followed afterwards by a panel talk by the Program Directors of each respective program. 

All in all, it was an exciting day, a ginormous shout out to Orianna Barros who organized the event, rallied us MFRM students together and executed an amazingly successful open house and to everyone else I did not mention for doing all the unseen painful work to keep everything on track.


The Master of Financial Risk Management is a full time program designed to prepare ambitious young professionals for careers in risk management and finance. 

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