Five Queen’s School of Business scholars triumphed at the annual CFA Society Toronto and Ottawa Local final of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Toronto last week.

The student team — Robert Kaptyn, Yiliu (Joyce) Kang, Raghav Khanna, Aria Samarzadeh-Vajdehfar and Jakub Sulimierski — was awarded the title of Local Research Challenge champion.

The winning team members each received a prize of $1,000 and will go on to compete against teams from throughout the western hemisphere at the Americas Regional final of the Research Challenge, which will be held in Denver in March. The winner of the Regional level will then progress to the Global Final in April.

The local level of the Research Challenge provides students with the unique opportunity to develop and present an equity research report, this year on Canadian retailer Loblaw Companies Limited, and compete on a global basis. Students learn from leading industry experts and their peers from the world’s top business schools.

Competing universities assemble teams of three to five students who interact with Loblaw Companies Limited in researching and preparing a company analysis. Queen’s School of Business students competed against 10 other Ontario universities to earn this prestigious honour.

All five students are currently enrolled in Queen’s Master of Finance – Toronto program, a 12-month program offered in Toronto aimed at working professionals.