Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

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  • MFin Class of 2019
  • Job title: Risk Associate, Leadership Development Program, RBC
  • Previous education: Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Toronto

Why did you decide to study the MFin program?

Career advancement is definitely the top reason that I decide to study the MFin program. I graduated from the University of Toronto with an accounting degree and has been in the area of operations for two years. I want to expand my knowledge base and switch into areas like investment, risk management or balance sheet management.

The part-time nature of the program is also valuable to me. I don’t have to quit my current job, and the opportunity cost is lower. I can instantly apply what I learned from the class into my daily work.

What was your main reason for choosing Rotman?

The top-ranked faculty is the main reason for me to choose Rotman. Courses are lectured by world-renowned academics and experienced industry professionals that bridge the gaps between the latest financial theories and real-world practices.

What was the highlight of the Rotman experience? 

We represented Rotman to attend the McGill International Portfolio Challenge last year and was placed as one of the top 5 teams. We got the chance to apply what we learned from the program to come up with a portfolio solution to help a severely underfunded pension plan. All the accomplishment cannot be achieved without the chemistry and the friendships that we built through the MFin program. It is, without a doubt, the memory of a lifetime.

Did Rotman and the MFin program meet your expectations?

Yes, the Rotman MFin program goes beyond the CFA curriculum with challenging projects, in-depth coverage and a wider range of topics. As a part-time program, I get the chance to work with my classmates who are working professionals from different areas in finance, they can provide great insights in their areas of expertise that greatly enhance my learning experiences.

What would you say to someone considering choosing the MFin?

There are a whole lot more than attending lectures every week as an MFin student. Personally, I found the Rotman speaker series a great platform to explore the areas I’m interested in, network with other professionals and get great insight from top executives. The speaker series covered a wide range of topics that go beyond finance. One of the recent speaker series I attended was a discussion on China/US/Canada relationships that delivered by former Australia Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

What are your future plans?

I've joined the Leadership Development Program at RBC where I get the chance to rotate in four different departments within the Group Risk Management functions. I got the job through on-campus recruitment and Rotman career services played an important role in the process, where the team set up effective action plans and provided constructive feedback for my applications.


This post was written while Julian was a student in the program.

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