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2019/2020 ASPIRE Challenge Innovation & Industry Insights Weekend: Uncovering Opportunities in Financial Services

In September 2019, TFI launched our 2nd annual ASPIRE Challenge – a multi-level, progressively rewarding industry-led innovation competition designed to attract 2nd year post-secondary students to Financial Services. The Challenge culminated in February 2020 with an Innovation and Industry Insights Weekend during which Challenge finalists participated in a highly interactive 3-day conference featuring employer presentations on disruption and innovation in the Financial Services sector, office tours, innovation skills development workshops, a team-based idea showcase and a speed interviewing session with employers, all designed to showcase the variety of opportunity in Financial Services to a new generation of talent. Participating employers – ALT5, BMO, CIBC, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, RBC, Scotiabank, Sun Life and TD Bank – gained access to an untapped student pipeline learning in-demand skills, and numerous students were awarded guaranteed interviews for summer placements with the businesses. The ASPIRE Challenge is a new innovation in work-integrated learning, and one of ASPIRE’s flagship initiatives.