He shoots, he scores- Visa #Financial Soccer

photo (3)We’re taking it back to the FIFA World Cup with Visa Financial Soccer!!! This amazingly fun, interactive game, which not only informs students on financial literacy but is also connected to the world’s most famous sport – soccer. Honestly, as team captains, it was a pretty hostile environment in the room! LOL! Put together finance and soccer, and you pretty much have a civilized riot… if that made any sense! Today, students got the exhilarating experience of the world cup whilst learning and teaching one another.

We, Talal (Team Canada) and Vishal (Team Germany) led the two teams of students as they went head to head for world cup supremacy! It was an exciting match as Germany started by winning the toss but soon Canada took control of the game. To make things more heated, regulation time was not enough for this match. The “soccer” aspect of things really made the game a lot more fun! Team Canada was just about to score and then it became halftime… We actually thought Team Canada was going crazy LOL!

Visa Financial Soccer really tested our personal money management skills-it had been a while since we played the game at “Day on Bay.” It was hard because the only way we could go down the field to try and score was if we answered the question correctly. The questions were about saving, spending, budgeting and credit… I guess we should learn about those things before going to UWO eh Vishal?

In the end Canada came down from a 2-0-penalty shootout deficit to win the game. The match was extremely heated and ended in a 4-3 win for Canada. #OhCanada.

The winners got awesome iPhone cases as well as comic books as prizes! LET’S GO CANADA!! Many students gained so much more awareness about Visa’s #PracticalMoneySkills activities and apps such as the Plan’ It Prom app! I’m sure many of these seniors will be using the app as they budget for their prom next summer! #FinLit

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Suits, pencil skirts, beautiful young individuals, and Starbucks… all seen on Bay street (Whoops, I meant BAE Street) but lets be real here, there’s also those old dudes always carrying these really heavy looking briefcases around… yep, they are probably investment bankers and making some serious money!

Day three kicked off with a wonderful LADY, who was a TRADER on Bay Street. Let me just repeat that… a LADY being a TRADER…Wow, pretty cool and impressive. But seriously, Meaghan Daly was amazing. Her presentation on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Financial markets in general was so informative.  Who knew there were over a billion shares of Scotiabank outstanding?! The delegates learned all about stocks and bonds and other financial products. We were surprised with all the prior knowledge that the students had. So many great questions were being asked… and the students got really into this workshop! Definitely one of the most popular ones thus far! #FinLit #MoneyMoneyMoney

It was also so cool to meet Warren, the first ever Jr. EC ambassador! Filling his shoes and doing what he used to do for more than four years has really been an amazing experience thus far… the guy is 25 and is making some serious $$$. That is the motive boys… that is the motive. But honestly, the students could really relate to Warren because he was the ideal story of a man working really hard in order to pursue his goal and dreams! Not sure what I think about the 132-hour weeks though… :/ #InvestmentBanking

All this “big boy” talk made a pretty smooth transition into Rhiannon’s Q&A talk with the former CEO of CMA Accountants… Merv Hillier! One thing that really caught our attention was when Merv said, “Being the CEO is where the puck stops. When the company is doing well, the board takes all the credit. When things are downhill, the first finger gets pointed at the CEO”. Just goes to show how unexpected the business world can really be.

Honestly though, the big message out of this one was #Ethics. I know it’s a pretty random hash tag, but after this session, Merv gave the students so many reasons why it’s so important to act ethically everywhere you go… unless you get a turkey sent to your door for Christmas by a client 😉 LOL! A lot of delegates found it impressive how Rhiannon looked up to Merv as a mentor, kind of like how we look up to our own dads! #PayingItForward

We were told to dress down tomorrow to get ready for the health and wellness day, can’t wait!

You’re Hired! The power of sticktoitiveness!

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When you wake up before 7 a.m. on a Tuesday morning during summer vacation, you begin to re-think your life and why you’re awake so early. But when you’re dressed in a suit and rubbing shoulders with Bay Street VIPs you start feeling better about yourself. Yesterday was the 2nd day of Bay Street Boot Camp, here in downtown Toronto presented by the Junior Economic Club of Canada (JrEC) and Porter Airlines provided us with a special challenge.

The challenge consisted of creating your own profile and applying for a common job between 40 other participants. Each group of five was instructed to pick the best amongst themselves and then their representative would go head-to-head against others in a challenge to land the job as a marketing analyst for Porter Airlines. I was proud to be chosen by my peers to represent our group but as my turn approached I began to feel extremely nervous, to the point where I wanted to give up the opportunity. But that’s when I realized that I was meant to feel these feelings. If I wasn’t nervous and if I felt over confident then I wasn’t believing in the scenario. I felt as if the nervousness helped me perform better.

With sweaty palms I approached the desk and began my mock interview in front of everyone. As I began talking and gaining my confidence I felt more at ease with every other question. After finishing, I personally felt that I did alright and felt bad for letting my team down. I didn’t perform with as much confidence and panache as I did within my group of five. Little did I know, that I actually had done pretty well. At least well enough to win the mystery grand prize.

I expected a $20 gift card but I was ecstatic to find out that my prize was two round-trip tickets to anywhere Porter Airlines flies. I want to thank our Bay Street Boot Camp mentors for not only accepting us but for giving us life tips that will credit to our future success. I want to thank Porter Airlines for their amazing gift and contribution to the Junior Economic Club of Canada. Lastly, I would like to thank my group for not only nominating me but giving me support when I felt like backing down. This was truly an amazing experience that I’ll never forget.

Sincerely,

Raun Damani

 

STARTED AS STUDENTS, NOW WE HERE: Ambassadors Ting from Time G

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For the last week of August students take part in a fun-filled business camp hosted by Jr. EC. Some of you might be thinking… “Uh, why would I ‘waste’ a week learning when I can just play Xbox and watch movies all day”, but after you see what it’s like to potentially win $10k in scholarship money, you should be drooling all over your keyboard. Last year we both took part in this camp’s inaugural year and absolutely loved it. LOVED IT. It opened up countless opportunities and rewarding moments so it goes without saying why we would want to come back and help others as they get involved this week! YOU NEED TO EXPERIENCE IT TO BELIEVE HOW GREAT THIS CAMP REALLY IS! As ambassadors, we’re just #PayingitForward.

Taking place in the Telus Tower at CPA Ontario’s York St Facility in “The 6” (previously referred to as the 416… Coined by the very eloquent and lyrical genius, Drake) students experience what it’s like working in Canada’s main financial district known as Bae Street… We mean BAY STREET!

The first session started with the awesome Jennifer Diebolt from CPA Ontario who gave insight into the world of Accountancy in Canada. You would love to get to know her – she goes from high school to high school guiding students on the path of becoming a #CPA. She is very entertaining with all of her hysterical jokes and bubbly personality. She definitely breaks the stereotype of people thinking that accountants sit in an office all day dreading their lives…Totally not the case.

After, students learned how to interact with one another in the business world by understanding and analyzing the different personality profiles colour wheel – blue, green, red; which colour are you? Blue’s focus on personal relationships; red’s are direct and assertive; green’s are neutral and use technical references when implementing business ideas. Talal personally takes pride in being a blue. In fact, Drake is also a blue, in other words, Talal thinks he’s a multi-million dollar recording hip-hop artist. #TalalIsTheBaeOnBay #SaugaCityComeUp

Students ended the day by working on their business plans for their upcoming big pitch where they showcase their ideas to the top CEOs/political personalities in Canada. Reflecting back to a year ago, it was hard sticking to one idea when we had so many popping up in our heads every other minute. Luckily these students don’t need to worry at all – they’re brilliant! We’re here to guide and mentor them, but we just seem extra because they don’t need any of our help. One of our good friends, Bilal Mufti, is also here to help out this week as well. The dude lives in Kingston and still made it out here for the second straight year. Just goes to show you the kind of quality people you meet at this camp. #OutHere

Who provides students in our age group with these opportunities? Jr. EC– GET INVOLVED! #FinLit

Introducing…Your Jr. EC Ambassadors Talal & Vishal!

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The Jr. EC ambassadors are here to say

We’ll be blogging from Boot Camp every day.

 

Born and raised, in Mississauga, Ontario,

We’re here to break down the scenario

 

After coming down to the heart of Bay,

Last year’s Boot Camp was not a field day.

 

We learnt what it meant to save and invest,

And how debt can gain lots of interest.

 

After Boot Camp, the ambassadors we became,

Day on Bay is where we gained our fame.

 

It was Money, Money, Money we presented,

The Jr. EC we proudly represented.

 

From Gordon Graydon to UWO,

Studying business it’s to the top we go.

 

In the CPA building, Boot Camp’s home base,

on Monday personality profiles will take place.

 

Tuesday with Porter we’ll get the position,

With social media, interview skills and lots of ambition.

 

Scotiabank on Wednesday is where we’ll see,

how important banking and investing can be.

 

We’ll lead Financial Football, a goal you’ll score,

Personal Money Management with VISA, we’ll explore.

 

The link between health and wealth is not a cliché,

Sun Life’s “Your Money, Your Wellness” we’ll play on Thursday.

 

On Friday with IFIC and FunData we’ll invest,

Time into our business plans, to win the contest.

 

Pitching the “Mega Minds” is the main event,

Our entrepreneurial ideas we will present.

 

So here you have it, just a little sneak peak,

into the Jr. EC’s BSBC week.

Bay Street Boot Camp

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Bay Street Boot Camp is a five day summer course that brings lucky students, from across the province of Ontario down to the heart of the financial district for a week they will never forget. The course teaches everything from financial literacy and personal money management to personal marketing and interview skills with a special focus on entrepreneurship and business plan writing. Students who attend compete for a chance to win tons of amazing prizes and scholarships when they pitch their business plans at the end of the week to our Meg Mind Panel of CEO’s and Government Officials. It’s a week they will never forget.