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Neil Withers

Status: Analyst – Financials

Profile: Originally from Espanola, Ontario, Neil is a third-year Commerce student specializing in Finance at the Telfer School of Management.  Within the Telfer Capital Fund, he is an analyst in the Financials sector. Neil’s interest in finance grew while working in the accounting department of the Domtar Espanola division during secondary school.  This past summer, he completed an internship with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Neil looks to gain more exposure to capital markets by pursuing an internship in the field this year. Outside of academics, Neil enjoys keeping fit, following and playing sports, as well as enjoying the outdoors through camping, fishing and hunting.

Professional Experience:

Program Administrator – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Accounts Payable – Domtar Co.

Language Proficiency: English, French (Conversational)

Extracurricular Activities:

Student Member – Intramural Hockey

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Rushika Khatkar

Status: Analyst – Consumer Discretionary

Profile: Rushika is a third-year finance student at the Telfer School of Management and one of the newest members of TCF. Born in Australia but raised in Winnipeg, Rushika has found her way to Ottawa for her education and to pursue her passion for finance.  When she’s not busy with school, Rushika spends her free time pursuing her interests in travel, literature, and photography.


Professional Experience:

Business Analyst- Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Summer 2018

HR Assistant-Parks Canada, St Andrews, Manitoba, Summer 2017

Language Proficiency: English (Advanced), Hindi (Conversational)

Extracurricular Activities:

JDCC Finance Team Member, Women in management Finance Outreach Director


Pierre-André Smith

Status: Analyst – Materials

Profile: Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Pierre-André continued his studies in his home city and is currently a third-year student at the Telfer School of Management, pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce specialized in Finance.

With a long-standing interest in business and no outlet to develop his passion in high school, Pierre-André has enjoyed what the Telfer program has had to offer. He actively works towards growing his knowledge, sharpening his skills in finance and looks forward to continuing to do so while contributing to the Telfer Capital Fund.

In addition to the fund, Pierre-André holds the position of Vice-President of finance with the Telfer Law Society. Outside of his studies and extracurricular activities, during his spare time, Pierre-André enjoys a good non-fiction book, outdoor (backcountry) activities and spending time with family and friends.

Professional Experience:

Portfolio Analyst – Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Ottawa (May 2017 – Aug 2017)

Language Proficiency: English (Fluent) , French (Native)

Extracurricular Activities:

Member – Telfer Capital Markets Program (CMP)

VP Finance – Telfer Law Society (TLS)


Nourhan Mohamed Gamaleldin Mohamed

Status: Analyst – Information Technology Sector

Profile: Nourhan is a third-year Finance student. She was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and came to Canada for her first year of university.

Nourhan heard about the Capital Markets program from her peer mentor in her first year and it immediately captured her interest. She since has been researching and learning about finance which led her to start working on her Canadian Securities Course that she is currently pursuing. It also pushed her to learn more about the industry by seeking mentors who pursue different careers in finance.

Other than her passion for finance, Nourhan is interested in languages. She hopes to speak 4 languages by the age of 40. She is also a fan of extreme sports; she has been skydiving and zip lining this year.

Professional Experience:

Accounts Receivables Summer Intern – Harris Computer Systems, Ottawa (May 2018 – August 2018)

Financial Accounting Teaching Assistant – University of Ottawa, Ottawa (January 2018 – April 2018)

Language Proficiency: Arabic, English, French (Beginner Level )

Extracurricular Activities:

VP Administration – Telfer’s Women in Management Network (November 2017- Present)

Head Ambassador – Telfer Career Centre (May 2018 – Present)

Finance Team Delegate – Jeux Du Commerce Central (JDCC January 2019)

Post-Secondary Ambassador (PSAP) – CPA Ontario (August 2018 – Present)

Participant in Women in Capital Markets Mentorship Program (2018/2019)

Participant in National Bank’s Women in Wealth Management Mentorship Program (2018/2019)

Participant in The Telfer Executive Mentorship Program (2017/2018 & 2018/2019)

Participant in the International Mentorship Program (2018/2019)

Participant in the Capitalize for Kids Trading Competition (2018/2019)

Telfer Peer Mentor (2017/2018) – Telfer Students Services Centre

Top 10 DECA Accounting Case – DECA Provincials (January 2018)


Jasdeep Punia

Status: Analyst – Energy and Utilities

Profile: Jasdeep is currently a third-year student of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce program with a specialization in finance. Jasdeep’s interest in finance arose in the 8th grade after completing a finance course through the Mini-Enrichment Program at the University of Ottawa. This led her to join the Telfer Capital Fund as an analyst for the Energy/Utilities sector and to be a part of the Capital Markets Program. During the Summer, Jasdeep completed her Canadian Securities Course (CSC) and worked as an Environmental Operations Clerk in the Public Works and Environmental Services Department, at the City of Ottawa. Jasdeep is an avid reader and is always looking to learn something new.

Professional Experience: 

Environmental Operations Clerk, Public Works and Environmental Service Dept. – The City of Ottawa (Summer 2018)

Language Proficiency: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu

Extracurricular Activities:

Analyst – Telfer Capital Fund

Participant – Telfer Trading Competition


Jiacheng (Jack) Tan

Status: Analyst – Telecommunications

Profile: Born and raised in Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China, Jiacheng’s solid academic background and strong interests in Economics and Business during high school in Toronto led him to pursue a finance degree at the University of Ottawa. Unsure of what his future career path should look like, he joined DECA and Telfer Finance Society. After participating in a number of case competitions and networking events during the first and second year, he decided to get involved with equity research and potentially risk management at Telfer Capital Fund.

This last summer, Jiacheng passed his Canadian Securities Course while completing a 5-week teaching assistant internship in Beijing, China. He is covering the Telecommunication Sector as well as assisting with the re-evaluation of current holdings in Energy and Utility sectors this semester. In his spare time, Jiacheng would learn new recipes in his kitchen, play video games, or travel to a different city.

Professional Experience:
Teaching Assistant, Seminole State College of Florida (Summer Abroad Session), China
(Summer 2018)
Telephone Interviewer, EKOS Research Associate, Ottawa (Jan. 2018 – Mar. 2018)
Tax Clinic Assistant (Volunteer), Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, Ottawa
(Winter 2017)

Language Proficiency: English, Mandarin (Native)

Extracurricular Activities:
Analyst, Telfer Capital Fund (Sep. 2018 – Current)
Violinist, Ottawa Pop Orchestra (Sep. 2016 – May. 2018)
Telfer Portfolio Management Competition (Winter 2017)
Broadview Garden’s Project Participant, Ottawa’s Mission (Jan. 2017 – June. 2017)

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