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Check out some examples of the events we held last year. Click the cover photo to go to the Facebook event page for more information.
Laurier Economics Conference brought together individuals from academia and the industry at all levels. The conference looked to answer the question: Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the Canadian, and more generally the Global Economy, in the next 2-3 years? The conference consisted of two panel discussions,catered lunch by Wilf’s Restaurant and Bar held at the Hawk’s Nest and ending with networking at Wilf’s.
The Wing King Challenge consisted of 20 contestants competing to consume 20 hot wings as fast as is humanly possible, followed by eating as many wings as they can in 3 minutes. First prize winner got to name Wilf’s new wing sauce flavour and take home a Wilf’s gift card. Spectators were also able to taste and vote on which wing flavour should be added to the menu. In the Suicide Wing Challenge, 6 contestants are picked from the crowd with the fastest contestant to consume 10 HOT wings at Wilf’s wins a special prize.
Network and Chill was a networking event held at Shoeless Joe’s where students could chat and mingle with successful alumni and WLU professors. The attendees also enjoyed a range of free appetizers including flatbreads, potato skins, pulled pork sliders, and pretzel bites. The Laurier Alumni held various backgrounds from Assistant Vice President of Corporate Finance at PWC to Investment Compliance Analyst at Fidelity Investments. The Undergraduate Economics and Business Programs Director, Ken Jackson and Associate Professor Logan McLeod also made an appearance.
This speaker event was a collaboration between LEC and the Laurier Investment and Finance Association (LIFA). As a BA Economics and Financial Management WLU graduate of 2005, Mr. Niles participated in multiple M&A transactions with an aggregate value of more than $500 Million. Phil Niles, “The Hedge Fund Guy” discussed the structure of hedge funds and the various investment strategies they pursue. Wilf’s catered the event with some amazing appetizers to compliment the insightful words by Phil Niles.
LinkedIn Headshots was a very popular event. LEC brought in a photographer to take professional head shots of individuals to use as their profile picture on LinkedIn. The event took place on top of the stairs in the Schlegel Building and students from all years signed up to be photographed.
The Graduate Information Session addresses the concerns that many 3rd or 4th year Economics students worry about: which institution to attend, what are the costs, admission requirements, or perks such as co-op or research opportunities. LEC brought in Brian McCaig to speak about WLU’s MABE Program, Ana Ferrer to represent University of Waterloo, Kate Cuff from McMaster and Ross McKitrick from University of Guelph. Former WLU BA Economics and McMaster MA Economic Policy graduate, Mitchell Steffler also came to talk about his experience in the masters program. Ken Jackson, the Undergraduate Economics Program Director & Undergraduate Business Programs Director attended the event to talk to students about the frequently asked questions about transition, course requirements and grades.