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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

St. Patrick's day approaches

St. Patrick's day approaches, and it's the last time it'll be on a "non-school night" until 2012, so everybody better have some interesting plans.. My plans take me to Toronto for partying with friends (one amongst them is straight from Dublin!, so it should proove to be a rousing good time).

Monday, March 12, 2007

London Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge 2007

I attended the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge at the Lamplighter Inn here in London this past Thursday March 8th. I wasn't quite sure what I was getting myself into when I half volunteered to help out (my office, CIBC Wood Gundy London (Larry Myny), was the title sponsor). It was the funnest time I had since my last weblog entry! I was a mock floor trader armed with a PDA and the students (grade 11 and 12) had teams of 4 from all over the Thames Valley District Schoolboard area. I asked to be assigned to my old school (SDCI). They had 5 tables of 10 teams. As it turned out, people noticed that I was a faster than average order enterer (being as that's why I was hired here at Wood Gundy back in the day), so I was being swarmed with people from all over the crystal ballroom. About 300 kids participated. One of the 4 teams that I was the primary floor trader for got 2nd place! One of the 'fancy London schools' took first place (College Avenue, I believe).

I plan to attend next year!

Stock Market Challenge provides an opportunity to learn, firsthand, about the trading floor in a fun-filled, fast-paced setting.It also provides an opportunity to build rapport among team members as well as promote our corporate sponsors and participants. Two separate events were held: high school students participated in the afternoon and the adult teams competed in the evening.