MFin students & alumni stories
The program is designed for motivated finance professionals who are looking to make the most of their career potential.
At Rotman, our students are our key strength. Learn more about them in regularly updated profiles and feature stories.
Penny Du, MFin '20
“With job searching, you need a bit of luck, and luck is nothing without having the skills to capitalize on it.”
Laura Garzon, MFin '20
“Basic coding skills don’t cut it anymore, it’s the era of big data on Wall Street and Bay Street. Banks and financial institutions are after talent that has a grip on technology.”
Paul Heakes, MFin '21
"The MFin program is extremely valuable for those looking for a more in-depth professional and technical credential focused on the finance industry."
Stanton Strasser, MFin '20
“Rotman has an excellent faculty that is constantly keeping pace and addressing the most current topics in finance.”
Harsh Ruparelia, MFin '21
“I have a friend who I met during my engineering undergrad who graduated from the MBA at Rotman in 2018. His advice was clear – when it comes to finance, it’s Rotman. Don’t even give it a second thought."
Pei Wen (Steven) Lin, MFin '19
"Student associations often host case competitions that involve industry experts coming in as panel judges, and offer various interview prep/career advice sessions, which I have learned from past members to be incredibly useful and a great way to get your hands dirty."
Jack Zhu, MFin '20
"I did not expect to be able to take part in so many different activities and meet so many individuals outside of my MFin cohort."
Safiya Bannister, MFin '20
"The professors bring the perfect balance of academics and real-life experience to the classroom. Additionally, the recent changes to the program to include a focus of the impact of technological innovations within finance was another reason why I chose Rotman."
Flavia Carvalho, MFin '19
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some very senior people who I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.”
Frances Wu, MFin '20, P.Eng
"The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Intro course has expanded my vision in the entrepreneurship and startup world – multiple paths can lead to value creation and value capture of tech startups, and entrepreneurship strategies and choices are made based on sophisticated analysis and various decision criteria."
Varun Chandra, MFin '20
"A lot of traditional ideas about investment and risk management are being replaced by new tools and theories, and the program seemed like a great way to get real insight into the latest and most important developments in finance."
Sabrina Wu, MFin '17
“The real value of the MFin program is that it teaches you how to think and how to ask better questions.”
Julian Gu, MFin '19
“I look at the program in terms of the return on investment. The work I put in — studying, building a network, preparing for career path — came together and really paid off.”
Brandon Greer, MFin '19
"The material was challenging, and the process often led to interesting in-class discussion, especially during trading labs, which turned into a competition to familiarize ourselves with the mechanics of the scenario, then implement it faster than everyone else in order to succeed."
Sofia Chrysochoidou, MFin '18
“Have a clear vision of where you want to take your career, and communicate it with confidence.”
Jason LeBlanc, MFin '11
“My advice to students is to get a handle on leadership skills, ethics and governance in a corporate environments now, while they have access to professors and classmates with so much experience. In the long run, it will serve them.”
Manpreet Singh Sandhu
“What does it take for a startup to succeed? Work with one to find out.”
Ashley Warburton, MFin '17
“Girls need to be fully aware of the opportunities that are open to them. They can achieve success in their careers if they speak up for what they want, have a direction and aren’t afraid to go after opportunities.”
Julie He, MFin '18
“The experiences and perspectives that people bring to the table are what makes the classes so interesting.”
Richard Wong, MFin '12
“One of the important lessons I took away from the MFin experience was how much there is to know. There are new tools, techniques and concepts constantly being developed.”
Damani Thomas, MFin '18
“When I researched Canadian business schools and looked at the quality of their programs, their professors and their campuses, Rotman was at the top of its class.”
Christina Alexander, MFin '17
“It’s amazing to discover what your bandwidth really is. You stretch yourself.”