EY Challenge

Welcome to the EY Challenge. A three day Canada-wide challenge for university students interested in a career in professional services. We’re looking for students that hear “challenge” and think “opportunity”.

About EY Challenge

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Key Dates

Individual campus info session dates are now available on our Key Dates & Updates section!

About EY Challenge

What Is It?

EY Challenge is a new, dynamic, winner-take-all business competition unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. The competition brings together the best and brightest students from across Canada to compete in an interactive and exciting three day challenge. Winning teams from each region will be selected during the Campus Finals to travel to Toronto for the EY Challenge National Finals held on February 22nd – 24th 2018.

Participating in EY Challenge was one of the highlights of my year. From the campus competition to the national finals, EY Challenge provided me with the opportunity to meet a lot of people from EY as well as students from other universities, all while having lots of fun! Mohammed Surti, 2017 National EY Challenge Winner, University of Toronto


Our teams have been developing this national event over the last few years and even tested a smaller version of the competition during one of our regional programs. The inaugural EY Challenge kicked off on over 10 campus across Canada in November 2015. Regional winners from this campus finals travelled to our EY Toronto office in February 2016 for a 3-day business challenge unlike anything of its kind.

How You Can Get Involved

Students can get involved in one of three ways:

  1. Form a team of four and compete at your campus finals
  2. Be a participant (cheer on teams, join in networking sessions, and be eligible for the grand prize)
  3. Be a volunteer (participate in the EY Challenge finals as volunteer, not a competitor)

To participate in the prize (if the winning team is from your school), you need to fall under one of the above three categories.

Click here to sign up!


Read below on how to sign up and how you can participate!

Campus Finals

Register as a team of four, and work within your team to prepare a business pitch for a mystery product. You will present your pitch to a panel of EY judges and your peers on campus and a winner will be chosen to represent your university. The Campus Finals act as a round robin to choose one team to represent your campus. Ten campuses across Canada will be represented at the EY Challenge Final in Toronto in late February.

EY Challenge - #AreYouReady
EY Challenge - Rule Book

EY Challenge

Ten winners, selected during the campus finals, from the following universities will be competing in the 2018 EY Challenge held in Toronto over three days from February 22nd – 24th 2018 (from West to East):

  1. Vancouver (1 from) UBC
  2. Alberta (2 from) U of A, U of C, MRU, MacEwan
  3. Toronto (4 from) U of T, Queen`s, Western, Schulich
  4. Montreal (2 from) McGill, HEC, Concordia, UQAM
  5. Waterloo (1 from)

EY Challenge will encompass four main pillars of performance:

  1. Quality and Values
  2. Winning in the Market
  3. People Engagement and Highest Performing Teams
  4. Operational Excellence

Teams will compete in different challenges that represent each of these four pillars to demonstrate their overall excellence and capabilities. The winning team will be the one with the most points and will be awarded the ultimate prize. There are no cases in this competition.

Students are participating in case competitions all throughout university. We wanted to create something completely different where they could make their own rules and decisions but still apply all of their business knowledge from classes. From this simple idea, the EY Challenge was born. Katie Wilson, Assurance Campus Recruiting Leader


Click on the links and sign up as a team, participant, or volunteer!

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Option 1

Form a Team


Students per Team

Max. 12 Teams Per School

  • Access to Campus Finals
  • Assigned EY Mentor
  • Build Presentation Skills
  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation to Events
  • Eligible For The Prize!
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!
  • Winners Travel to Toronto!
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Option 2

Be a Participant

I ♥ EY

Cheer, Follow, Support Teams!

  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation To Events
  • Eligible for The Prize!
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!
Sign up
Option 3



EY Challenge Ambassadors

Per School

  • Free Volunteer Swag
  • Work with Recruiters
  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation To Events
  • Eligible For The Prize!
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!
Sign up

Key Dates and Updates

EY Challenge Info Sessions and On-Campus Semi-Finals coming to a campus near you soon!

Broad Timeline

Information Sessions: Late October – Early November

Campus Semi-Finals: Late November – Early December

National Finals: February 22nd – 24th, 2018


We’re getting ready for our 3rd EY Challenge! Check back often for updates

EY Challenge - #AreYouReady
EY Challenge

Registration Deadlines

  • Vancouver (UBC): November 7th
  • Ontario (Schulich, U of T, Queen’s, Western & Waterloo): November 9th
  • Calgary: November 10th
  • Edmonton (UofA, MacEwan): November 16th
  • Montreal (McGill and Concordia, HEC & UQAM): November 17th

Campus Final Dates

  • Western: November 27th
  • UTSG: November 30th
  • Schulich: December 4th
  • Queen’s: November 28th
  • Waterloo: November 29th
  • Edmonton (UofA, MacEwan): December 4th
  • Calgary: November 28th
  • UBC: November 27th
  • McGill and Concordia: November 29th
  • HEC and UQAM: November 29th


  • 2016 National Final Winner: University of Alberta Prize: Kanye West concert in Edmonton
  • 2017 National Final Winner: University of Toronto Prize: The Weeknd concert in Toronto
EY Challenge

Your Campus Recruiting Team

EY - Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson

Assurance Campus Recruiting Leader, Toronto

Katie first joined EY in 2008 as an assurance co-op student and transferred to the campus recruiting team later in 2011. Katie is now our Assurance Campus Recruiting Leader in Canada and proud to be a key member in the creation of EY Challenge.

EY - Pharryn Molyneaux

Pharryn Molyneaux, CPA, CA

Campus Recruiter, Edmonton/Calgary

Pharryn started her career at EY Calgary in 2009 through Assurance where she obtained her CPA, CA. Two years ago, she transferred to HR as a People Consultant and Campus Recruiter and has spent her time working with both the Calgary and Edmonton offices.

EY - Spencer Trentini

Spencer Trentini

Campus Recruiting / Assurance Manager, Vancouver

Spencer first joined EY in 2012 as an assurance staff. Spencer is now an assurance manager specializing in the Banking and Financial Services industries. In 2017 he temporarily stepped in as the Vancouver Campus Recruiting Manager and is looking forward to his first EY Challenge!

EY - Jack Kalb

Jack Kalb

Campus Recruiting Specialist, Toronto

Jack has been at EY since October of 2015 after graduating from the Ivey Business School. He is currently doing a three month secondment on the Campus Recruiting Team and is loving it!

EY - Jordan Barratt

Jordan Barratt CPA, CA

National Campus Recruiting Leader, Toronto

Jordan began his career at EY as a co-op student WAY back in 2004. He spent the majority of his career in the Assurance practice and was a Senior Manager in the Financial Services Organization prior to working at RBC for 3 years before becoming an “EY Boomerang” and re-joining EY as the National Campus Recruiting Leader.

EY - Marie-Andrée Dupuis

Marie-Andrée Dupuis, CHRP

East Campus Recruiter, Montréal

Marie-Andrée has been at EY since October 2016 as our Montreal based Campus Recruiter. After graduating from Law school, she changed career path and chose to work in recruitment because of her passion for human relations. Talk to her about desserts or water skiing, she loves both!

EY - Catherine Thibodeau

Catherine Thibodeau

Campus Recruiter, Calgary

Catherine joined EY in 2005 as a Staff Accountant in the Audit practice. After 6 years in Audit, she transferred to the Campus Recruiting team in 2011. She also serves as the People Consultant for the Calgary Audit practice.

EY - Samantha Landy

Samantha Landy CPA, CA

Campus Recruiting Specialist, Toronto

Samantha Landy started her EY career as an intern in 2013 and is currently entering her second year as a senior. Sam is currently a Secondee on the recruiting team fulltime and is extremely excited to help out with EY Challenge this year.

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EY - Alexandra Famiglietti

Alexandra Famiglietti

Advisory Campus Recruiting Leader, Toronto

Alexandra joined the firm in 2015 as an Experienced Hire Recruiter before joining the Campus team in 2017 as the National Advisory Campus Recruiting Leader. Alexandra is extremely excited for this year’s EY Challenge!!

EY - Sabrina Swinden

Sabrina Swinden

Advisory Campus Recruiter, Toronto

Sabrina joined EY in June 2017 as an Advisory Campus Recruiter. She loves to travel and is looking forward to her first EY Challenge!

EY - Krystle Kong

Krystle Kong

National Campus Recruiting Coordinator, Toronto

Krystle joined EY in November of 2016 as the National Campus Recruiting Coordinator. She loves trying EVERTHING at all you can eat restaurants with friends and listening to music!

Key Recruiting Events

The Emerging Leaders Program (Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver) – Summer 2018

#EYHeadStart (Toronto) – Summer 2018

EY - Quynh Dinh

Quynh Dinh

Assurance Campus Recruiter, Toronto

This Campus Recruiter is a UTSG alum, a three-time EY boomerang, and a lover of all things poutine! Quynh is so excited to be WOW-ed by your pitches.

EY - Gurpreet Dhillon

Gurpreet Dhillon

Campus Recruiter, Vancouver

Gurpreet graduated from BCIT and has been a campus recruiter with EY for over 4 years. She is currently on maternity leave looking forward to hearing all the stories from this years’ EY Challenge.

EY - Cassandra Wardrope

Cassandra Wardrope

Campus Recruiting Coordinator, Toronto

Cassandra Wardrope studied painting and business in her undergrad and joined EY in February 2017 as a Campus Recruiting Coordinator. Cassandra’s main focus is supporting the recruiting efforts for the Vancouver office.