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Students from Dalhousie University in Halifax have won the fourth annual Student Financial Planning Competition, the Institute of Advanced Financial Planners (IAFP) announced on Friday.

The winning team consists of Tatum Freigang, Jessie Rankin and Kevin Vigneau.

The competition was open to teams of current post-secondary students interested in pursuing a career in financial services. This year’s topic was “The Appropriate Use of Social Media in a Financial Planning Practice.”

“I am looking forward to presenting and sharing our insight and ideas on how social media can play an integral role in the business development of financial planners,” says Freigang, in a statement. “Being able to provide an alternative perspective and hopefully expose the power of social media to the audience is one aspect that I am very much looking forward to.”

Three schools made it to the final submission round: Ottawa-based Algonquin College, Dalhousie University and New Westminster, B.C.-based Douglas College.

The winning team receives an expense-paid trip to give a 45-minute interactive presentation in front of more than 150 financial planners and industry representatives at the opening of the IAFP’s annual symposium in Gatineau, Que. on Sept. 27.