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Telfer Capital Markets Mentorship Program

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Program Overview


What is the Telfer Capital Markets Mentorship Program (CMMP)?

The Telfer Capital Markets Mentorship Program (CMMP) is a three-year development program for Telfer School of Management high‑performing finance students. An intensive selection process is undertaken to choose 10 Telfer students who are entering in their second year (third year if they are in CO‑OP), of their Bachelor of Commerce program. These students will undertake weekly case-based extracurricular workshops facilitated by financial services professionals.

Topics covered in the workshops include venture capital, equity financing, and mergers and acquisitions, among others. You will also benefit from 10 to 15 practice interviews which include highly technical questions. These sessions simulate typical sales and trading or investment banking interviews. You are also required to complete the Canadian Securities Course in your second year, and the first level exam of the Chartered Financial Analyst or Financial Risk Management professional designation.

There are three different cohorts in the program at any one time totaling to 30 to 36 students. Workshops and presentations target one cohort at a time with the exception of networking events.

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Who do I Contact

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Program Structure

What will the Telfer CMMP do for me?

The recruitment process for high finance positions is quite competitive. To access capital markets rotational programs in the financial services industry requires a high CGPA and extensive knowledge of the financial markets. Some positions can receive hundreds of resumés. The Telfer CMMP was designed to give Telfer School students the credibility they need to compete for these positions.

Telfer Opening the Market

On October 17th, 2014, Anne-Marie Roy, Relationship Manager at the Telfer School of Management, joined Jean Desgagné, President and CEO, The Canadian Depository for Securities Limited, TMX Group to open the market in Toronto.

You will be able to take advantage of the following:

  • Participating in workshops facilitated by senior level financial services professionals at the big six banks, holding companies, as well as crown corporations located in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto to develop your network and your knowledge of the financial services industry;
  • Gaining practical experience within the investment and case competition environments;
  • Receiving individualized mentorship from senior executives working in capital markets;
  • Adding additional credentials to an already sound Bachelor of Commerce degree in the form of the Canadian Securities Course and the first level of the Chartered Financial Analyst professional designation;
  • Discovering the culture of the high finance industry, and securing the knowledge necessary to perform well in the recruitment process;
  • Eligible for scholarships (up to $1,300) upon successful completion of both the Canadian Securities Course and CFA Level 1.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Program Structure by Year of Program:
  • 20 Ottawa workshops
  • 3 Toronto workshops
  • 1 Toronto networking event
  • 1 Ottawa networking event
  • Canadian Securities Course (Limited number of $500 scholarship provided if successfully completed by August 30th)
  • 2 Ottawa-based workshops
  • 6 Ottawa interview clinics
  • 4 Toronto interview clinics
  • 1 Toronto networking event
  • 1 Ottawa networking event
  • 1st level of CFA Exam (Limited number of $800 scholarship provided if successfully completed by June 1st)
  • Executive mentoring
  • Conferences
  • Case competitions
  • Fund management




Application Process

How do I become eligible for the Telfer CMMP?

The selection process to participate in the Telfer CMMP is competitive. You must meet the minimum requirements below and pass the essay portion of the process to be considered for an interview.

The requirements:

  • Have completed the first‑year common core courses for your program option;
  • Have a CGPA of 6.0 or higher;
  • Have a B+ in all of the following courses:
    • MAT 1300 or MAT 1700
    • ECO 1102 or ECO 1502
    • ECO 1104 or ECO 1504
  • Be willing to dedicate an average of 15 to 20 hours per week which can include (but is not limited to) workshops, meetings, and email exchanges with mentors and professionals; there will be no time requirement during study week, exam periods and holidays;
  • Be willing to travel to Toronto once in the fall term;
  • Be fluent in English; bilingualism will be considered an asset;
  • Have a willingness to learn and to be an ambassador of the Telfer School of Management;
  • Will need to maintain full-time student status throughout the duration of the Program.

When do I apply for the Program? What are the dates and deadlines?

If you are eligible and are interested in participating in the Telfer CMMP, please forward your application to Chloé Watt, Relationship Manager and Coordinator of this Program, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Your application must include the following:

  1. The application form
  2. A cover letter
  3. A resumé
  4. A transcript 

Interviews will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018. Only 10 students will be selected. We would like to thank every candidate for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Team

Strength in Numbers

The Telfer School of Management has a number of young, dynamic and talented students. The ones who have chosen finance as their option are no exception. As Dr. Allan Riding, Deloitte Professor in the Management of Growth Enterprises, elegantly stated, “Our finance students are second to none as shown in our performance in case competitions”. For example, four Telfer School undergraduate students specializing in finance took on the following problem at the 2012 PRIMA Risk Management Case Competition: “The Big Dive in London: Opportunities from the Vocker Rule”. They outperformed teams from 13 other Ontario universities comprising of students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to claim second place.

CMMP 2014

Students in the Telfer Capital Markets Mentorship Program will continue this winning tradition.

Meet the Members

Information to come.

High Finance at Telfer

High Finance Recruitment Discussion Panel

Banking has become fast, furious and complex, especially for individuals taking on high finance positions. Considering the roles being this intense, the recruitment process for these roles are equally complicated. The Telfer School of Management Career Center organizes an annual High Finance Recruitment Panel to simplify the equation. The discussion is broken down into two panels with the first comprising executives in the financial services industry sharing the key knowledge, skills and experience they are looking for, and a second panel of recent graduates transitioning their career path into the banking field.

High Finance Recruitment Panel 2013

Case Competition Training

Case competitions are an excellent way for students to gain practical experience while having the opportunity to present in front of industry professionals. They are great learning and networking opportunities. Some competitions lead to internship and/or employment possibilities. The better you perform in a case competition, the better your chances to impress.

To help prepare for these case competitions, we organize an annual internal case competition preparatory event which simulates the environment of the real thing. An intensive lesson on how to prepare for such cases is delivered to 18 students by a member of the faculty before they are sequestered in teams of three to “crack” the case. The teams present in front of a panel of judges selected from the pool of CMMP mentors.  The member of the faculty provides the case solution at the end of the day.

Case Competition

Financial Research and Learning Lab

The Financial Research and Learning Lab is a high-quality and technologically advanced learning environment and data resource centre used to support research and experiential learning at the University of Ottawa. The Lab is designed to emulate a professional trading lab and houses real-time industry-standard products from public and private sector environments where finance is practiced, which includes access to Bloomberg. The Lab is a lively learning and social hub for students interested in translating classroom theory into practical skills they can leverage into a career in financial services. The Lab also provides access to a wide range of data that is company specific or that pertains to the capital markets as a whole. 

Bloomberg Terminals

  • 34 Computer terminals running industry standard financial research databases and real-time learning software (11 Bloomberg Terminals)
  • 6 TV's displaying news and business channels
  • A learning and teaching facility with training facilitated by the lab manager and faculty
  • Access to leading industry experts for seminars, training sessions and workshops

Bloomberg Assessment Test (BAT)

In partnership with the Bloomberg Institute, the Telfer School of Management is pleased to offer an opportunity to evaluate your financial aptitude. Twice a year, we host Bloomberg representatives to facilitate the two‑hour Bloomberg Assessment Test. The exam requires no preparation considering it evaluates aptitude rather than knowledge with questions assessing thinking and reasoning skills.

In addition to gaining an understanding of where you stand in relation to your peers regarding your financial aptitude, an advantage of sitting for the test is that you can be recruited directly from employers who can access the scores of all participants under a confidential system developed by Bloomberg.

Exam sections include the following:

  1. News Analysis
  2. Economics
  3. Math
  4. Analytical Reasoning
  5. Financial Statements Analysis
  6. Investment Banking
  7. Global Markets
  8. Chart and Graph Analysis


You will get to learn from mentors from the following organizations:

  • Brookfield Renewable Power
  • Business Development Bank of Canada
  • Caledon Capital Management
  • Canadian Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Exponent Investment Management
  • Export Development Canada
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • General Electric (GE) Capital
  • Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • HSBC World Markets
  • National Bank Financial Markets
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Raymond James Ltd.
  • Scotia Capital
  • Scotia Commercial Banking
  • Sunrise Securities
  • TMX Group
  • TD Securities
  • XRC Global Capital