Thompson Rivers University

Business students test their ethics in national team challenge

  Posted on: May 11, 2018

2018 CFA Ethics Challenge

TRU's entry in the national CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge. Clockwise from left to right: Kishlay Nikesh, Jose Carlos Rodriguez Jule, faculty supervisor Dan Thompson, Adejobi Adewori, Tyler Carson and Florence Oneneh Lyogun.

They put their investment ethics to the test and emerged a little weary, but unscathed.

Competing in the CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge on May 3 in Vancouver, five TRU Master of Business Education students went up against four other Canadian universities and came away with a richer understanding of their field. And that understanding should pay off for years to come.

“Students learned that working in teams is hard work, but it easily produces the best results and builds commitment to any decisions made,” said Dan Thompson, the TRU team’s faculty supervisor. “Also, thorough preparation—including trying to foresee possible questions and being ready to respond to them—is critical to a successful presentation.”

Making up the TRU team was Jose Carlos Rodriguez Jule, Tyler Carson, Adejobi Adewori, Florence Oneneh Lyogun and Kishlay Nikesh. And though they didn’t win—University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management did—the five can still call themselves champions.

“The team showed great commitment and demonstrated superior public speaking and critical thinking skills,” said Thompson.

Each team was given the same ethical dilemma and had three hours to prepare a response. Teams then did a 10-minute presentation to a panel of judges before the judges spent 10 minutes asking questions.

Mount Royal University, l’Université de Sherbrooke and Saint Mary’s University were the other finalists. To reach the Canadian championship, TRU edged out UBC and SFU earlier this year in the BC regional championship.