CI inks experiential learning partnership

Firm commits 10% of annual internships to leading Canadian business school under three-year MOU

CI inks experiential learning partnership

CI Financial has committed to provide immersive learning opportunities and hold educational industry events to business students at one of Canada’s leading business schools.

Under a newly signed three-year memorandum of understanding, CI is offering 10% of its annual internships to students of York University’s Schulich School of Business.

Additionally, CI Financial will assign a minimum of four team consulting projects every year to students from Schulich's one-year professional Masters programs.

The MOU further specifies that CI Financial and Schulich will plan and hold two panel discussions each year with the subject of "Investing in the Future," one in the fall semester and one in the winter.

The first panel discussion that the two will host together, "Leading Change in the Financial Services Industry," will take place at Schulich on November 17th, 5:00 p.m., with a live forum at Schulich's McEwen Auditorium. Senior management and human resources representatives from CI Financial will also be present.

The event will include a panel discussion on the state of wealth and asset management as well as the financial sector's digital revolution.

The panel, to be moderated by Pauline Shum Nolan, professor of Finance and Finance Area Co-ordinator at Schulich at Schulich, will include:

  • Kambiz Vatan-Abadi, president & UDP, CI Direct Investing;
  • Darie Urbanky, president & chief operating officer, CI Financial;
  • Christopher Enright, executive vice-president & co-head Wealth, Canada, CI Financial;
  • Lisa Day, data scientist, IT Data, Analytics & Reporting, CI Financial; and
  • Martin Cheung, vice-president, Digital Transformation & Automation, Information Technology, CI Financial.

“CI Financial began its digital transformation almost four years ago and we’ve always understood that it’s a journey of continuous improvement and learning,” said Darie Urbanky, president and chief operating officer of CI Financial. “That’s why we believe it’s important to work with Schulich to support the education and experience of the next generation of business and financial professionals, who will play key roles in the ongoing growth and development of our industry.”

“Schulich is pleased to strategically partner with one of the Canada’s leading financial services companies,” said Detlev Zwick, Dean of the Schulich School of Business. “We’re especially excited about the real-world learning experiences provided to Schulich students, given the emphasis on experiential education in our curriculum.”