December 8, 2006      
 
A Bright Future

Each year, Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year awards program provides scholarships of $5,000 to ten exceptional students from select Business schools across the country to further their educational ambitions. These Future Funds Scholarships encourage and support the next generation of leaders. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic achievements, leadership qualities, and extracurricular activities.

Robb Schaefer, a fourth year Business student from Williamstown ON, is the deserving Bishop’s recipient of the Future Funds Scholarship this year. Robb has been on the Dean’s List for his four years at Bishop’s. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Robb has been involved in a myriad of extra-curricular activities: member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, academic tutor, participant in ICBC (Inter-collegiate Business Competition), Vice President of ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship), and Vice Chairman of the SEED Portfolio.

“Bishop’s offers an incredible experience,” says Robb. “The opportunities are endless. I would never have achieved the same at another university.” Both of Robb’s parents are Queen’s grads who were disappointed when he did not choose their alma mater; now Robb’s younger sister is enjoying her first year at Bishop’s. “My parents have grown to love Bishop’s as well,” he says.

Robb’s experience has not been confined to the campus. Last year he attended an international conference in Ohio for undergraduate universities with investment programs, participated in the ACE Competition in Toronto (where Bishop’s placed 2nd), and presented at a CEDEC Entrepreneurship Conference in Montreal. Robb also traveled to Toronto for the Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year/Future Funds Scholarship dinner where he met Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO of RIM. (pictured above)

“Robb is truly an exceptional student,” states Sylvie Bequet, Dean of the Williams School of Business. “He has a global perspective with a broad focus. Robb has gifted analytical capabilities. He is both qualitative and quantitative, excellent at seeing problems, tackling issues, and making points.”

Last year Robb developed a financial literacy curriculum for high school students. A $1000 grant from HSBC allowed him to develop the course material and test the program at BCS and the Entrepreneurship Conference in Montreal. The program was named one of the top 100 financial literacy programs worldwide. “I hope to develop the program further by bringing it into more schools,” says Robb. “We may develop a university level module as well.”

Robb graduates next Spring with a concentration in Finance and a Major in Economics. He plans to write his CFA exam in June and has already been hired by BMO Nesbitt Burns in Cornwall. “I have known since I was in Grade 7 that I wanted to be a CFA and manage money,” says Schafer. “The SEED Portfolio was a big reason why I chose Bishop’s and was also a factor in BMO hiring me. They could not believe the real world experience I have had as an undergraduate at Bishop’s.”
 
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