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Wednesday Update, November 4, 2020

Posted on: Nov 4, 2020

Dear CUE Community,

I hope that you are all well and that my Wednesday update this week provides a welcome distraction from the election south of the border.

First, given that most people like money, you may be interested to know that November is Financial Literacy Month in Canada. Financial Literacy Month is recognized annually in Canada in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach citizens how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. Healthy financial habits are even more important during these challenging times and there are many resources available to build knowledge and skills.  The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has services and tools available to help Canadians improve their financial knowledge, skills and confidence.  The CSA Health and Dental Benefits plan also has a financial wellness component called KOFE (Knowledge of Financial Education) with free online learning, webinars and seminars.  Concordia’s Financial Aid and Awards Office can also connect you with resources so check out their webpage for upcoming webinars and other financial information.

I also want to tell you about a terrific opportunity for our undergraduate students. The Ted Rogers Management Conference (TRMC) is organized by a team at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. It is one of the most prestigious undergraduate student conferences in North America and typically takes place in Toronto during the month of March. In 2021, however, the TRMC will be taking place virtually from March 4- 6, 2021. You can join the world’s brightest undergraduate students and many high-profile professionals who come together for 3 days of workshops, networking, keynote speaker events, a case competition, and other exciting activities. CUE undergraduate students from all faculties are welcome to apply regardless of their program of study as long as they will be at least 19 years of age at the time of the conference. Delegate applications are open from November 1-30 through the following link: https://ryersontrmc.ca/apply/  When applying, it will ask you to indicate an External Campus Ambassador referee in the drop-down menu. Select “Christian Potolicki”, as he is CUE’s External Campus Ambassador for TRMC 2021. There are a limited number of delegate positions available for the conference, and all applications will be evaluated through a blind application process to remove any biases in delegate selection. The quality of your application will be the only thing that the 3rd party application reviewers will be considering, not who you know or your school.

If you are successful in your application for a delegate position, the cost for the conference will be approximately CAD $45 for students residing in Canada, or US $25 for students living abroad. It is rumoured that the delegate packages TRMC is preparing for domestic delegates will surpass this dollar amount in terms of value, so the conference will definitely be worth it in that sense, never mind the unique activities and networking opportunities involved in the conference itself. Applying is FREE, and if you are a successful applicant but change your mind about attending the conference later on, acceptance can be declined without penalty. Partial reimbursement of the conference fee may also be available through the CSA. Please contact Christian Potolicki for further information on this, or with any other questions about the application process or the conference itself, via the following email: managementreps@student.concordia.ab.ca  Christian is also available to answer any questions on Google Meet from 4 – 5 PM every Tuesday and Thursday for the remainder of the Fall semester using the link provided here: https://meet.google.com/btm-frbg-tzw Best of luck and we hope to see you there representing CUE at TRMC 2021.

Wishing you all another wonderful week,

Stay safe, stay healthy, and please wear your mask.

Tim Loreman, PhD.

President and Vice Chancellor.