2018/2019 ASPIRE Challenge Innovation & Industry Insights Weekend: One Student’s Experience

In October 2018, we launched our first annual ASPIRE Challenge – a multi-level, progressively rewarding industry-led innovation competition designed to attract second year post-secondary students to Financial Services. The Challenge culminated in February 2019 with a first-of-its-kind Innovation and Industry Insights Weekend during which 48 Challenge winners participated in a highly interactive 3-day conference featuring employer presentations on disruption and innovation in the sector, office tours, innovation skills development workshops, business case presentations and speed interviews, all designed to showcase the variety of opportunity in Financial Services to a new generation of talent. Participating employers – Aviva, BMO, CIBC, OMERS, RBC, Scotiabank, Sun Life and TD Bank – gained access to an untapped student pipeline learning in-demand skills, and numerous students were awarded summer placements with the businesses. The ASPIRE Challenge is a new innovation in work-integrated learning, and our newest component of ASPIRE.