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UWindsor Business Team Ranked First In Canada

Wednesday February 25th, 2015, 12:00pm


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This past weekend, a team of undergraduate finance students from UWindsor’s Odette School of Business walked away with top honours among 300 student traders from around the world, at the 12th annual Rotman International Trading Competition.

The team, managed by Erdal Gunay, an associate professor and director of the Odette Financial Markets Lab, placed first among Canadian schools, second among North America schools and third in the world, among undergraduate and graduate students from such schools at the University of California, Berkeley; M.I.T.; University of Chicago; and Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business.

“They brought the difficulty level of the competition up this year which made it more challenging for all the teams,” says team leader Andrew Atkins, the only veteran member of the crew.

“RITC is the world’s largest trading simulation, so by doing well here we know that we’re getting top-level education at Odette. It really validates our program and the kinds of skills we are developing.”

Dr. Gunay says the introduction of a course in trading this past fall not only helped to teach the vital skills needed for the Odette team to shine on a worldwide scale, but brought together a team of four students dedicated to an unprecedented performance.

“The key is that these individuals worked very well together,” Gunay says. “They’re all different but they bring their talent and skills and hard work to the table. They joke around and they’re friends but they have success because each of them has something they are very good at.”


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