EY Challenge

 

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

 

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About EY Challenge

   

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 challenge.

 

   

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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

  

History

The event that was once just a thought in the back of our minds is now developed into a wide-spread national competition. The EY Challenge was first launched by the recruiting team back in 2015 and now has gained the attention of thousands of students across the country. From first meeting EY employees on campus, to an all-expenses paid trip to Toronto, and then being inches away from your favourite artist. Don’t you want to see where the EY Challenge could take you?

 

How You Can Get Involved

Students can get involved in one of three ways:

  1. Form a team of four and compete at the virtual pitch day
  2. Register as an individual participant
  3. Be an EY campus ambassador (If you work for EY already volunteer to help the campus team run the events!)

Click here to sign up!

 

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Rules

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

 

Pitch Days

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 and a winner will be chosen to represent your university. The Pitch Days 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.
 

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EY Challenge - Rule Book

Who can participate?

Ten winners, selected during the Pitch Days, from the following universities will compete in the EY Challenge National Finals:

  1. British Columbia: (1 from) UBC
  2. Alberta: (2 from) U of A, U of C, MRU, MacEwan
  3. Ontario: (5 from) Rotman Commerce, Queen’s, Western, Schulich, Waterloo
  4. Quebec: (2 from) McGill, HEC, Concordia, UQAM
     

   

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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

   

National Finals

Due to COVID-19 the EY Challenge National Finals is under review and participants will be updated on this portion of the conference at a later date.

 

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Key Dates and Updates

EY Challenge Info Sessions and Pitch Days are coming soon! See below for dates and details!

 

Information Sessions Dates
  • Session 1 – October 26 (English)
  • Session 2 - October 27 (French)
  • Session 3 - October 29 (English)
 
 
News

We are excited to host EY Challenge virtually this year, looking forward to see you all at the info sessions!
   

#AreYouReady
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Registration Deadlines for Pitch Days

The registration deadline for Pitch Days across Canada is Sunday, November 7 at 11:59PM.

   

   

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Participating in the EY Challenge was a unique way to team up with my friends and step outside my comfort zone in order to collectively problem solve in a fun and exciting way! The Challenge is an opportunity to utilize teamwork, creative thinking, and the willingness to have fun that you may not necessarily experience in ordinary university courses. I am forever grateful for the friends I made between the campus competition and national finals with students from across the country! EY Challenge was most definitely a highlight of my university career and something I will never forget!

Dawson Bergmann, 2017 National Challenge Competitor

   

Pitch Day Dates

See below for the date your region's Virtual Pitch Day will be held:

Vancouver: November 23, 2021 

University of Waterloo: November 23, 2021  

Queen’s University: November 24, 2021

Alberta: November 24, 2021 

Schulich: November 25, 2021 

Montreal: November 25, 2021

University of Toronto: November 29, 2021  

University of Western Ontario: November 30, 2021 

Note: Teams will receive mystery product two weeks ahead of Pitch Day. 

  

Results
  • 2016 National Final Winner:
    University of Alberta

  • 2017 National Final Winner:
    University of Toronto

  • 2018 National Final Winner:
    University of British Columbia

  • 2019 National Final Winner:
    University of Waterloo
     
  • 2020 National Final Winner:
    Western University
      

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Sign up to participate in the EY Challenge!

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

 

      

Can't decide how to get involved? Send us a note on Instagram and we'll help guide you!

@EYCampusCanada
 

EY Challenge

OPTION 1

Form a Team of Competitors

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Students per Team

Max. 12 Teams Per School

  • Access to Pitch Days
  • Build Presentation Skills
  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation to Events
  • Eligible For The Prize!
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!
       

   

 

OPTION 2

Individual Registration

Are you interested in participating in EY Challenge, but don't have a team? Not to worry! Sign up here as an individual participant and we will do our best to assign you to a team.

  • Access to Pitch Days
  • Build Presentation Skills
  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation to Events
  • Eligible For The Prize!
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!
      

   

 

OPTION 3

Already work for EY? Be a volunteer!

EY Challenge Ambassadors

Per School

  • Work with Recruiters
  • Get EY Challenge Updates
  • Invitation To Events
  • Networking Opportunities with EY Professionals!
      

  

 

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Your Campus Recruiting Team

   

Katie Wilson
Katie Wilson

National Assurance & Tax Campus Recruiting Leader

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.

 

Krystle Kong
Krystle Kong

Campus Recruitment Operations

Krystle joined EY in November 2016 as the National Campus Recruiting Coordinator. She’s a self-proclaimed (retired) all you can eat champ and can usually be found creating boomerangs for our campus Instagram. Krystle is looking forward to connecting with you all for EY Challenge!

 

Hortense Levard
Hortense Lavard

Eastern Canada Campus Recruiter, Montreal

Hortense has just joined the EY Montreal recruitment team in September but she already knows EY well as she had the same position for the past 2 years at EY Paris. She is thrilled to continue working for EY in this beautiful country which is Canada. Hortense is passionate about Horse riding and hopes to learn how to ride like a real Cowgirl. She looks forward to meeting you all at the EY Challenge!

 

Luc Comtois
Luc Comtois

National Campus Recruiting Coordinator

Luc Comtois recently graduated from Brock University as a Co-op student and joined the EY team in 2021. He has just transitioned into the National Campus Recruiting Coordinator role and is looking forward to connecting with the students and share his experiences.

 

The future is in your hands.
Jordan Barratt
Jordan Barratt CPA, CA

National Campus & Experienced Recruiting Leader

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.

 

Marianne Streete
Marianne Streete

National Consulting Campus Recruiting Leader

Marianne joined the UK firm in 2017 as a Student Recruitment Advisor before making the big move to join the Toronto Campus team in July 2019 as a Campus Recruiter for Consulting. Marianne is looking forward to meeting you all and seeing the EY Challenge for the first time!

 

Fady Youwakim
Fady Youwakim

Campus Recruiter, Toronto

Fady recently joined EY in March 2021 as the Assurance Campus Recruiter for Toronto. Fady has 3 years of experience working within Recruitment after finishing his BBA at Brock University about 5 years ago!

 

Keenan Antonipillai
Keenan Antonipillai

Campus Recruiting Specialist

Keenan first joined EY in 2018 as an assurance intern and has since become a Senior in our EY Private assurance service line. He loves cooking, watching movies, and above all else basketball! Keenan is extremely excited to hear your amazing ideas and make EY Challenge as fun as possible!

 

Andrea Webster
Andrea Webster

National Consulting Campus Recruiter

Andrea joined EY in May 2021. She has 12 years of experience in the energy industry, both in Supply Chain Management and Human Resources, and enjoyed living and working in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick during that time. She’s excited to be back in Campus Recruiting doing what she loves, and is looking forward to meeting students, whether virtually or in-person! "

 

Amanda Pearson
Amanda Pearson

National Assurance & Tax Campus Recruiter

Amanda graduated from Mount Royal University and joined the EY Campus Recruitment team in September 2019. She is stoked for the opportunity she has been given to work with the bright students in Alberta. Amanda is easy to spot, as she is always dancing (whether there is music or not!) and easy to hear with her "WOOs" to celebrate the small wins each day. She is extremely excited to meet all of the students that participate in this year's EY Challenge!

 

Lauren Fuerderer
Lauren Fuerderer

Campus Recruiter, Vancouver

Lauren graduated from SFU in 2021 and has since joined EY as Assurance Campus Recruiter in Vancouver. She is so excited to have the opportunity to help students kick-start their career and find their place at EY. Lauren grew up playing soccer at the Provincial, National, and NCAA levels and has since transitioned her passion into hiking with her new golden retriever puppy!

 

Ian Huang
Ian Huang

Campus Recruiting Specialist

Ian joined EY in 2017 and graduated from Schulich in 2019. He is a senior in the Toronto Assurance practice. He is currently doing a secondment in Campus Recruiting and loves sharing his passions. He is a foodie, a lover of music, anime and film, a gym junkie, and a bookworm. He is looking forward and super excited to see the amazing creativity and bring as much fun to the challenge as possible!

 

Ellie Lear
Ellie Lear

Campus Recruiter, Toronto

Ellie first joined EY Toronto as an Assurance Intern in 2016 before finishing up her studies at McGill University in Montreal. Ellie joined the firm full-time in October 2017 as a Staff Accountant and worked primarily on real-estate engagements throughout her three and a half years in audit. After completing her CPA designation, Ellie joined the Campus team as a Campus Recruiter and is looking forward to sharing her EY Experience with you on campus.

 

Gurpreet Dhillon
Gurpreet Dhillon

Campus Recruiter, Vancouver

Gurpreet graduated from BCIT and has been our Vancouver Campus Recruiter since 2012. She is looking forward to meeting you all and hearing your pitches at this years’ EY Challenge!

Note: Gurpreet is currently on Maternity Leave.

 

Laurence Bourgault
Laurence Bourgault

Eastern Canada Campus Recruiter

Laurence joined EY Montreal as a full time Staff Accountant in October 2020. She completed her bachelor’s degree in international business in Florida, where she played tennis within the NCAA, and then obtained her Accounting diploma at McGill University. Laurence's favourite part of working at EY is the amazing people she gets to interact with every day. She is excited to start her new role as campus recruiter since she loves meeting and helping students.

 

Emma Darmody
Emma Darmody

National Consulting Campus Recruiter

Emma joined the EY Campus team in January 2021 and will be working closely with students looking to join our Consulting service line. Emma has over 5 years' experience in university career development centres, working on student recruitment initiatives, in Dublin and Toronto, and is looking forward to continuing her work with students and graduates in her EY role.