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Sponsored by CN Investment Division (CNID)
Attention Students:


The CNID Equity Challenge gives you a unique, real world chance to boost your skills as an equity analyst covering high quality stocks.  Working with our team of professionals, finalists will gain on-the-ground experience to help prepare for life after graduation.

Sign up for this year's competition and:

- Learn from the mentorship and real-life experience of buy-side investment professionals.

Hone your skills by doing deep-dive stock analysis.

- Pitch your stock ideas to CNID's expert investors.

- Win a summer internship at CN Investment Division (we're the pension fund manager for CN).



Round 1

- Choose one company from the pre-selected list below.

- Submit a two-page report detailing where you see the stock in 10 years - and why.

We'll pick up to 3 winning reports from each school - those students will move on to the next round of the challenge...

Round 2

Participate in a CNID Training Day that will help you better analyze companies from the bottom-up.

- Choose a stock from a list of 10 companies and prepare a 20-minute pitch to present to our panel of CNID portfolio managers.

- We'll assign you a CNID mentor from our investment team to help you prepare your pitch.

The winner of the challenge gets a summer 2020 internship at CNID

Companies for Round 1

  1. Restaurant Brands International Inc.

  2. MSCI Inc.

  3. SVB Financial Group

  4. Pembina Pipeline Corporation


- Sign up by submitting your two-page report - it's due November 3, 2019.

- Winners of Round 1 will be notified by November 8, 2019.

- The Training Day is on November 15, 2019.

- Pitch Day is on January 17, 2020.


Email your two-page report for Round 1 of the challenge in PDF format by 11:59 p.m. on November 3, 2019, to cnidequitychallenge@cnid.ca - Make sure to include your name, email address, name of the university.
About CN Investment Division (CNID)
Established in 1968, CNID, based in Montreal, manages one of the largest single-employer defined benefit pension funds in Canada, Canadian National Railway (CNR.TO), and holds a long track record of solid performance.  CNID also manages the assets of the CN Pension Plan for Senior Management and the BC Rail Pension Plan. CNID's culture is nimble, innovative, collaborative and risk-aware.  Pensioners are always at the heart of what we do. Approximately C$18 billion is actively managed in-house by about 80 employees, including some 35 investment professionals.  Equity investments make up approximately 40% of the Fund.  Managed by talented managers and analysts combined into one team, these global equity investments are organized by industry clusters: consumer, cyclical, finance, and information technology/communication services.  CNID is a long-term shareholder.  We believe that buying and holding sound, growing businesses run by focused management will produce consistent, above-average returns.  Emphasis is on companies with strong fundamentals, sustainable competitive advantages and good financial positions that will allow them to be successful for many years to come.  Our average holding period is three to five years, but there are several companies in which we have had investments for over 15 years. 

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