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Défi placements CNID 2023
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Akash Singhal, Finaliste du Défi placements 2023

(en anglais seulement)

Participating in the CNID Investment Challenge in Montreal was an enlightening and enriching experience, offering me invaluable insights into the world of investment decision-making. Organized by Canadian National Investment Division (CNID), the crux of the challenge was preparing a 20-minute stock pitch presentation which was followed by a 10-minute Q&A round. This task required me to dive deep into researching a specific stock, investing substantial time and effort. Through this process, I gained a nuanced understanding of various industry dynamics, learning to analyze market trends, financial statements, and the broader economic context impacting the stock. This phase was intellectually stimulating, pushing me to go beyond surface-level analysis and understand the intricate mechanisms driving stock performance.

The mentorship provided by CNID during the preparation stage was invaluable. Having access to an experienced mentor meant I could refine my pitch with guidance from industry expert. He helped me identify and focus on key areas crucial for an effective presentation, offering insights that only come with years of experience. This support was instrumental in elevating the quality of my pitch.

Presenting to CNID's portfolio managers was another highlight. The ensuing 10-minute Q&A session was particularly enlightening. I got a glimpse into the minds of seasoned investors. Their queries helped me grasp what aspects of a stock pitch capture an investor's attention and the critical factors they consider before making investment decisions. This interaction was not just a test of my presentation skills but also an opportunity to learn from experienced professionals.

An enjoyable aspect of this experience was its location in Montreal. The city's vibrant culture and welcoming atmosphere added an extra layer of excitement to the competition.

Advice for Future Participants

To students contemplating participation in future CNID Investment Challenges, I wholeheartedly recommend it. Not only does this competition offer a chance to win a coveted summer internship, but it also provides a platform to hone your analytical and presentation skills.

  1. Maximize Mentorship Sessions: Engage actively with your mentors. Even if you don't have specific questions, their insights can open new perspectives and enhance your understanding.

  2. Relevance and Impact: While preparing your presentation, continuously assess the relevance of each element. Ensure that every piece of information adds value and strengthens your case.

  3. Anticipate Questions: Once your presentation is ready, scrutinize it critically. Anticipate questions and challenges you might face and prepare your responses accordingly.

  4. Focus on Approach and Reasoning: Remember, the judges are more interested in your thought process and rationale for selecting a company than the actual stock pick. Your approach and analytical skills are what they are evaluating.


In conclusion, the CNID Investment Challenge is not just a competition; it's a journey of learning, growth, and professional development. It's an experience that challenges your intellect, broadens your perspective, and equips you with skills that are invaluable in the world of finance and beyond.

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