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June 6, 2018

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On the evening of May 29, more than 120 current, former and future Lazaridis School students came together in Toronto for the 1st Laurier Finance Meet-Up. The event was co-hosted by the Lazaridis Master of Finance program, the Laurier Graduate Student Investment Fund and the Laurier Student Investment Fund.

Designed to be a casual social event, the meet-up focused on bringing together current and future leaders within the Toronto finance industry with the aim of creating new connections, re-establishing old ones and sharing ideas about the future of the financial services sector.

“This is a great opportunity for past, present and future students to connect and to meet with established industry professionals,” says Shane Obata-Marusic (MFin ’17). “Laurier is a reputable name in Toronto finance. It’s up to us to do our best to work together and to keep it that way.”

Masters of Finance Program Director, Tony Tang says the first meet-up was a success and that the network of alumni, industry partners and the Lazaridis School will continue to grow with events like these.

Among the assembled guests, the stars of the event were those alumni who have made significant impacts on the Canadian business landscape, including Greg Dean (BBA ’08), Principal and Portfolio Manager, CI Investments Inc., Cambridge Global Asset Management, John McKenzie (BBA ’95), CFO, TMX Group Ltd and Joe Overdevest (BBA ’02), Director of Research and Portfolio Manager at Fidelity Investments who thinks very highly of the chance to meet up with fellow Golden Hawks.

“I for one am very thankful to be spending time having great discussions with past, present and future students. It reminds me of how much I valued by time at Laurier and inspires me to look for ways to give back to the school.”

“I agree with that,” adds John McKenzie (BBA ’95) “and think that these kinds of events provide an opportunity to influence each other in ways we aren’t always able to at work. In the end, we all have the same goal, supporting the finance industry. And if we can keep these networks growing, I think we will have an easier time achieving that goal.”

Pictures of the event have been added to the public Lazaridis School Facebook page.

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