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 CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge

The CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge embodies the mission of CFA Institute by promoting "the highest standards of ethics, education, and professional excellence." In addition, it focuses on many of the elements of CFA Institute's Future of Finance initiative. Equally as important, it helps prepare those entering the investment profession for the ethical challenges that they will face in the workplace.

The first Ethics Challenge was started by a CFA Society Toronto volunteer in 2014 where three teams participated, each from a CFA Institute University Affiliation Program in Toronto. In 2017, the 12 member Societies hosted the first CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge.

The CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge is designed to increase students' awareness of the ethical dilemmas and issues they may face when they enter the investment management industry. Teams consisting of students from finance or business programs (preferably from CFA Institute's University Affiliation Program) are given an ethics case to analyze and evaluate. Each team then presents its analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges, selected by the host CFA Society. Following a question and answer period after each team's presentation, the judges then select a winner. To determine the winning team, the judges use a grading rubric that is based on the identification and understanding of the ethical issues in the case, the recommendations provided, the depth of the analysis, quality of the presentation, and responses to the judges' questions. This rubric is then used to provide feedback to each team at the end of the competition.

The CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge can:

  • Improve your professional presentation skills
  • Help you gain ethical decision-making experience
  • Expose you to real-world ethical dilemmas
  • Train you to work with a team
  • Extend your professional network​

How It Works

Local Competitions will be hosted by a local CFA Society (held in British Columbia, Alberta, Prairies, Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada).

A faculty advisor acts as the link between the local host Society and the student team. The faculty advisor assembles the team and guides them throughout the process.

Students will have approximately four weeks to work on the case study provided by the host Society. Teams then present their analysis and recommendations to a panel of judges. The competition is 100% presentation based, which includes a 10-minute presentation, and an additional 10 minutes to respond to questions from the judges. 

One winning team from each Local Competition will advance to the CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge, being held virtually on May 6th, 2022.

In the national round, students will have three hours to work on a new case and then present to a live judging panel of CFA charterholders. A reception will follow, where one team will be designated the ultimate CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge winner!

Teams are judged based on their recommended course of action and their ability to identify the violations to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics & Standards of Professional Conduct.

For more information or to register your team contact Jade Marage​.


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Congratulations to the winners of the local CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge, the team from Mount Royal University! They will now be moving onto the final round, competing against all the finalists from across Canada.

 2021-2022 Timeline

​October 31, 2021
​Competing universities must confirm participation in the CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge with the local host (CFA Society Calgary).
​November 30, 2021
​Registration deadline for students and faculty advisors.
​January 2022
​The host Society will distribute an identical ethics case study to all registered competing universities.
​January 16, 2022
​Deadline for all participating students to have completed the Ethical Decision Making online program.
​February 11, 2022
​2022 Local Ethics Challenge
​Early May 2022
​Virtual Student Symposium
​May 6, 2022
​2022 CFA Societies Canada Ethics Challenge final held virtually, where finalists from across Canada compete for the national title.