Friday, February 4, 2011

YCIF – London Chapter Inaugural Event

Yesterday, the Young Canadians in Finance organized their inaugural event in London at the Royal Automobile Club. The guest speaker was from the Canadian High Commission and spoke on the strong relationship between the UK and Canada and how Canada’s focus on increasing value added exports such as talent in the financial services sector was helping to improve Canada’s name abroad, especially in the light of our strength in the recent financial crisis.

The RAC was a beautiful club and it was nice to meet with fellow Canadians on this side of the pond. It was also surprising what a small world it is, as some of the people I had met had worked with some of my fellow Rotman students back on Bay Street at Canadian banks as recently as this summer.

My friend, Mathieu Bouthillier, has been a driving force for organizing YCIF’s presence in London, the first chapter outside of North America. He’s got a great line up of events including a series of guest speakers and social events which will be happening later this month and in March which I am looking forward to and will certainly attend.

It’s amazing some of the contacts you make and what you can learn just by having conversations with intelligent hardworking people with similar interests and it was a pleasure to be a yesterday’s event.

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