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Justin Abraham

Status: Analyst

Profile: Justin is currently a third year student at the Telfer School of Management, specializing in Management Information Systems and Analytics (MISA) and finance. After moving to Ottawa, Justin took a notice for the astounding amount of diversity within in the city, which has opened up his perspective and ignited a passion to learn as much as possible, especially in regards to the global institutions that govern this world.

During his first year, Justin interned at a local wealth management firm called Exponent, where he was able to automate the conversion of client data to standardized pitch books which led to his passion in finance. His goal is to take his primary knowledge of the IT sector and blend it with the teachings of Mohnish Pabrai and Warren Buffet to become a better value investor. This has led him to join the Telfer Capital Fund as an analyst and to be a part of the Capital Markets Program.

Justin enjoys helping people and outside of school, his hobbies include longboarding, collecting coins, and playing chess.

Professional Experience: 

Infrastructure Support Analyst – Shared Services (Summer 2019)

IT Systems Developer – Bank of Canada (2019)

Associate Developer Intern – Exponent Investment Management (2018)

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Co-President – MISA (Current)

Finance Officer – Enactus (2019)

Student Ambassador – Telfer Career Centre (2019)

TICC Finance – 1st Place (2018)

Telfer Trading Competition 4th Place – Social Outcry (2018)

Data Management Agent – Liberal Party of Canada (Summer 2018)

Language Proficiency: English

Garrett Galvin

Status: Analyst, Financials

Profile: Born in and raised outside of Peterborough, Ontario, Garrett is a fourth year student pursuing his Bachelor of Commerce specializing in both Management Information Systems and Analytics & Finance. Garrett recently completed an eight month work term at Lumentum Holdings Inc. (LITE), a multibillion dollar telecommunications and technologies company, working closely with executive leadership. A strong set of communication, leadership, teamwork, and analytical skills have allowed Garrett to excel in his many academic, extracurricular, and professional experiences. With a knowledge base in Python, R, VBA for Excel, Tableau, FactSet, Bloomberg, Oracle and SAP, Garrett is equipped to not only utilize what it is that he has already learned but also to adapt and learn new job specific skills. Garrett is looking forward to pursuing learning opportunities in the various fields of high finance in which he can apply his differentiated work ethic to outperform expectations and seize opportunities.

Professional Experience:

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Analyst – Lumentum (NASDAQ: LITE), Ottawa (January 2019 – August 2019)

Financial Analyst and System Administrator – Department of National Defence, Ottawa (May 2018 – December 2018)

Teaching Assistant – Telfer School of Management, Ottawa (September 2019 – December 2019)

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Athlete – University of Ottawa Men’s Volleyball Team (Present)

Equity Analyst – Telfer Capital Fund (Present)

Operations and Logistics Case Competitor – Jeux du Commerce (Present)

Vice President of External Affairs – Telfer Law Society (2018)

Director of Student Engagement – Telfer Student Council (2017)

Founder – Mental Health Awareness Association (2016)

Vice-President – SPSS Student Council  (2016)

Language Proficiency: English (Full Proficiency), French (Limited Working Proficiency)

Karver Girgis

Status: Analyst

Profile: Karver is currently a third-year student, in the Bachelor of Commerce program, with a specialization in finance, at the Telfer School of Management.  He developed an interest in finance after taking an economics course in high school.  This interest led Karver to join the Telfer Capital Fund as an analyst.  Karver has completed the Canadian Securities Course, and worked at the Canada Revenue Agency as a Non-Resident Auditor last summer.  Karver hopes to use the skills he develops in the Capital Markets Program to get an internship this year that will hopefully lead to a career in the capital markets.  In his free time, Karver enjoys running, reading, and watching sports.

Professional Experience:

Non-Resident Dispositions Officer, Canada Revenue Agency

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Telfer Capital Markets Program

Language Proficiency: English, French

Nolan How

Status: Analyst

Profile: Nolan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) Degree from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. His interest in finance comes from his enjoyment of observing markets and reading financial news. Along with his schooling, Nolan is currently studying for the CFA designation. Last summer, Nolan worked as an Intern Analyst at Ex-Ponent Investment Management. Outside of the office, he is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time at the cottage.

Bashir Hussen

Status: Junior Analyst, Energy & Utilities

Profile: Born and raised in Toronto, Bashir is currently entering his 4th year in the Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in Finance. His passion for business and finance originates from his high-school days in Mississauga, and after long deliberation, he set his sights for the nation’s capital to pursue his post-secondary studies.  Bashir joined the Telfer Capital Fund to develop his financial skills, network with individuals that share the same passion, and to facilitate his transition to a career in private equity. Bashir is actively trying to learn, and improve the community around him. He plans on obtaining his CFA designating in the near-future. On his off time, he loves to read, spend time with family, and watch sports.

Professional Experience:

Assistant, Financial Research and Learning Lab (Fall 2019)

Supply Chain Management Officer – Canadian Border Services Agency (Winter  2019)

Procurement Officer – Public Services and Procurement Canada (Summer 2018)

Customer Service Representative –SCI Logistics (Summer  2017)

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Top 5 in the Telfer Trading Competition (2018)

Workshop Organizer and Host: Financial Literacy Workshop for ESL International Students (Fall 2019)

Partnered with Telfer Student Services to get Financial Planning Workshops integrated into the Faculty, in particular, ADM1100 (2019)

Tutoring ESL students by working alongside Professors at the EIP program (Summer 2019)

Member of the Liberal Campaign for the Minister of Immigration Refugees, Ahmed Hussen. (October 2015-Present)

Scrutineer (2015 Federal Elections)

Student Member – Intramural Basketball

Language Proficiency: English (Native), French (Native), Somali (Advanced), Arabic (Basic Level)

Philip Kaczmarczyk

Status: Analyst

Profile: Raised in Barrie, Ontario, Philip came to the University of Ottawa to specialize in finance. During his second year, he met the Telfer Capital Fund members at the annual Women in Finance event organized by the Capital Markets Program. The highly driven members and mentors in the Telfer Capital Fund convinced him to pursue a career in capital markets. In his spare time, he enjoys reading both fiction and non-fiction, and playing hockey and baseball.

Professional Experience:

Accounting Intern  ̶  Regional Municipality of York

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Telfer Finance Society


Language Proficiency: English 

Melanie Lock Son

Status: Junior Analyst, TMT  

Profile: Melanie is a 3rd-year student enrolled in a BCom with a specialization in Finance, at the Telfer School of Management. Born and raised in Mauritius (a little island off the east coast of Madagascar), she is fluent in English, French and Mauritian creole. It is her internship at MCB Capital Markets (Mauritius) – where she interned with the Fixed Income team that created the first multijurisdictional ETF in Africa – that sparked her interest in capital markets. She thus joined the Telfer Capital Fund a year later to expand her skills and knowledge. Melanie is highly involved within her community, where she gets the opportunity to give back, while developing transferable soft skills in different roles ranging from worker to leader.

Professional Experience:

Intern – MCB Capital Markets (Fixed Income)

Intern – IG Wealth Management

Intern – Accenture (Community Consulting Program)

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Junior Analyst – Telfer Capital Fund

Student Associate – Bridge to Capital MarketsB

International Coach – Telfer Mentorship Program

Senior Ambassador – Telfer Career Centre

VP Finance – Telfer MISA

Julia Magahey

Status: Junior Analyst, Industrials/Materials

Profile: Julia is a third- year finance student from London Ontario. As a transfer student to Ottawa, it wasn’t until she discovered the finance lab where her interest in finance truly began. She heard about the Capital Markets Program through colleagues and joining it became her goal. Julia sees this as an ideal opportunity to develop a deep understanding of all the intricacies and workings of capital markets, both nationally and internationally. To further her understanding and interest she is currently working on her Canadian Securities Certification. Outside of school Julia is a long time equestrian and spends much of her time running, cycling or planning her next scuba diving adventure.

Professional Experience:

Molson Coors- Sales Representative

Baytek Technologies – Administrative Assistant

Extra-Curricular Activities:

SARI Therapeutic Riding- Coach

Intramural Basketball- Student Member

Telfer Capital Markets Program

Jasdeep Punia

Status: Senior Analyst, Diversified Industries (Consumer Staples & Discretionary)

Profile: Born in Surrey, British Columbia and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Jasdeep’s introduction to finance occurred in the 8th grade, after completing a finance course through the Mini-Enrichment Program, offered at the University of Ottawa. This led her to pursue a finance degree at the University of Ottawa.

During her 3rd year, she was selected to join the Telfer Capital Fund as 1 of 7 incoming analysts for the 2018 – 2020 cohort. She is currently a Senior Analyst for the Consumer Staples and Consumer Discretionary sectors.  This past summer (2019) she worked at IJW & Co. in the M&A Division as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst. She is currently a Lab Assistant in the Financial Research & Learning Lab at the University of Ottawa, helping students use financial software such as Bloomberg, CapIQ and Factset.

During her undergrad, so far, she has completed the Canadian Securities Course and will be taking the CFA Level I exam in July. After her undergrad, she is hoping to obtain her Chartered Business Valuators (CBV) designation.

Professional Experience:

Public Sector Pension (PSP), Incoming Private Equity Intern, Fund Investments (May 2020 – August 2020)

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (OTPP), Incoming Investment Analyst –  Infrastructure and Natural Resources (January 2020 – May 2020)

University of Ottawa, Lab Assistant – Financial Research and Learning Lab (October 2019 – Present)

IJW & Co., Investment Banking Summer Analyst, (May 2019 – August 2019)

City of Ottawa, Environmental Operations Clerk (May 2018 – August 2018)

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Capital Markets Program (September 2018 – Present)

National Bank Financial – Young Women Mentorship Program (April 2019 – Present)

Bridge to Capital Markets (March 2019 – Present)

DECA – Provincial Case Competition 2018

Women in Capital Markets – Student Member

Aarun Senathirajah

Status: Analyst

Profile: Aarun is a third-year accounting student at the University of Ottawa. He was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. Aarun has experience working as a Staff Accountant at Ernst & Young and as a Border Services Officer for the federal government. On campus, Aarun serves as the Vice-President of Finance for the Telfer Marketing Association, a Teaching Assistant for financial accounting and is the Vice-Captain of the University of Ottawa cricket team. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, fishing and playing basketball.

Liam Woodside

Status: Analyst – Financials Sector

Profile: Liam started his journey at the University of Ottawa in the Engineering faculty, studying Computer Science with a Minor in Management. Upon realizing that most of his spare time and energy were being directed towards entrepreneurship and the finance industry, he changed his degree to a Bachelor of Commerce (Option in Finance).

 Now starting his third year of studies at the University of Ottawa, Liam’s continued passion for finance led him to apply for a position in the Capital Markets Program, where he will be starting as an analyst in the financials sector. Current academic/professional goals include securing a Capital Markets internship at a Canadian financial institution and passing the CFA Level I exam prior to graduation.

 For his first CO-OP work term, Liam worked as a Sales & Marketing Specialist at a startup named Kegshoe. During the upcoming semester, Liam’s role has evolved to Partnerships Lead as he continues working there part-time.

In his spare time, Liam works as a badminton coach and still occasionally competes in tournaments around Canada. Other interests include bouldering, entrepreneurship, real estate and building computers.

Professional Experience:

Partnerships Lead, Kegshoe (September 2019-Present)

Co-op Marketing & Sales Specialist, Kegshoe (May 2019-August 2019)

Assistant Badminton Professional, RA Centre (September 2018-Present)

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Analyst – Telfer Capital Fund

2019 GeeGees Badminton Assistant Coach 

2019 College-University Badminton National Championships Men’s Singles Champion

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

Joy Xu

Status: Analyst

Profile: Joy is a third year Accounting student at the University of Ottawa. She has experience working in procurement reporting for the Federal Government and recently completed an internship in Assurance at PwC. On campus, Joy is the President of the Telfer Accounting Club and a teaching assistant for various courses.

John Young

Status: Analyst, Diversified Industries

Profile: John was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Markham, Ontario. He began his journey at the University of Ottawa in Economics to pursue his interest for financial markets developed in high school. During his first year, he began to explore potential career paths, and found himself drawn to careers in capital markets and high finance. Seeking to lay the foundations for achieving these goals, he opted to change his field of study to focus on finance. He is now in the third year of his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance.

Pursuing his passion for finance and goal of working in capital markets led John to discover, and subsequently apply to, the Telfer Capital Fund. As a part of the Fund, John is now an Analyst with the Diversified Industries team and is eager to develop his valuation skills, understanding of financial markets, and be surrounded by passionate, like-minded individuals.

This past summer, John completed a CO-OP placement at the Trade Commissioner’s Service at Global Affairs Canada covering the Infrastructure sector. This experience introduced him to the intricacies of international trade, as well as developed his interest in infrastructure investing (and subsequently the private equity industry). Going forward, John is looking to leverage the industry and company research skills he developed as a Trade Commissioner, along with his experience on the Telfer Capital Fund, to pursue opportunities in various high finance careers.

Previously, John was a competitive swimmer for 11 years and maintained his spot as one of the Top 25 fastest in Canada for over 10 years. John enjoys weightlifting and building personal computers. He is also interested in all things automotive – including watching car reviews, keeping up to date on news, and is a fan of Formula 1.

Professional Experience:

Trade Commissioner – Trade Commissioner Service, Global Affairs Canada (May 2019 – August 2019)

Extra-Curricular Activities:

Capital Markets Program (September 2019 – Present)

University of Ottawa Varsity Swim Team (September 2016 – September 2017)

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

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