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Off to the Races

New in 2021 - A Signature CFA Society Minnesota Event
May 20, 2021 | 2:00 – 9:00 PM

It's probably no surprise that we are announcing our 2021 Annual Dinner will not happen as planned in February. To ensure the safety of our sponsors, members, and friends, we're pushing this gathering back to February 2022 at Marriott City Center in Minneapolis. Instead, we have created a new, signature event – "Off to the Races" at Canterbury Park. We're excited to be working with Canterbury, which is following all state guidelines and providing an extra level of precaution.

The event will feature:

  • Indoor/outdoor spaces "open airflow concept"
  • Health screening for all guests (temperature checkpoint, unique entrances, etc.)
  • VIP experiences – private reception, behind the scenes tour & gather in the Winner's Circle
  • Entertaining society program
  • Great food and refreshments

At this point, capacity is limited to 250 people in order to comply with Minnesota's Stay Safe guidelines. We hope we'll be able to open it up to a larger crowd by the time the event launches. Don't miss out on the chance to reserve your space now by signing on as an event sponsor (details below). 

We look forward to seeing you at the finish line!

Canterbury Park
1100 Canterbury Rd
Shakopee, MN 55379

Ways to Attend
Event Sponsorship – Available now
(See Event Sponsorship Info to the right for more information)

Winners Circle - $10,000 - 1 available (20 spots)
Win $7,500 - 0 of 1 available (20 spots)
Place $5,000 - 2 available (10 spots each)
Show $2,500 - 3 of 4 available (5 spots each)

Table Sponsors ("Team" sponsorship with 4 spots per team available beginning March 1,2021)
 $1,000 for 4 spots
14 Sponsorships Available
Includes: food, drink tickets, program
Individual tickets (Limited amount available beginning April 1, 2021)
$99, Members only
Includes: food, drink tickets, program

2 - 3 PM – Registration

3 - 4 PM – Presentation by Matthew Rousu, P.h.D, Dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University
                "Game Theory, Prediction Markets, and the 2020 Election: Lessons for Finance Professionals"

5 - 6 PM – Receptions / Live racing begins
  • During this time, Canterbury has replays from previous races on the track big board and Paul Allen talking about who is racing that day & upbeat music & a little pre-race video along with the national anthem.
  • VIP - "Longshots" on second level
  • Mark Irving (Canterbury jockey) will be mingling to answer all your racing questions.
  • General reception to be held in the same space as the program

5:30 - approximately 9 PM – Food in "Silks" for everyone - primarily high tops inside with some seating outside.

Program Description
Game Theory, Prediction Markets, and the 2020 Election: Lessons for Finance Professionals
Prediction markets and finance – what do they have in common? In this presentation, Dr. Rousu will lead us through a background on prediction markets and their origins within game theory. With a focus on the 2020 elections, we'll see what the prediction markets got right, what they got wrong, and the lessons finance professionals can learn from them.

Rousu-Matthew-09102019-lg.jpgMatthew Rousu is Dean of the Sigmund Weis School of Business at Susquehanna University, where he is also a Professor of Economics. From 2004-2011, Dr. Rousu was also a semi-professional poker player and currently is a semi-professional sports and daily fantasy sports better. In addition to his duties as dean, he teaches game theory, where he has students participate in and analyze prediction markets as part of the course. 

A prolific writer, Rousu has published more than 50 scholarly articles and his research has been cited over 2,500 times. Dr. Rousu's book Broadway and Economics: Economic Lessons from Show Tunes was published in June 2018 by Routledge. He also created and maintains the websites and Rousu's research and expertise has been featured by many media outlets, including the Associated Press, Barron's, BBC World News, /Bloomberg Business Week, Forbes, Fox News, USA Today, and The Washington Post. 

A native of the Twin Cities, Rousu earned a bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. in Economics from Iowa State University.


Talking points for clients/FAQ

  • Who's attending Off to the Races?
    • As with the Annual Dinner, attendees will be a mix of sponsors and members. The current capacity for this event is following Fall 2020 safety guidelines of 250 people.
  • What safety measures are in place?
    • One of the big factors in choosing Canterbury Park for our event was its COVID-19 preparedness plan. At each entry point, Canterbury Park has temperature screening. We will also have our own entrance and reserved area for this event so we will not be mingling with the general public.
  • What special activities are planned?
    • Clients are welcome to join sponsors on the paddock prior to their sponsored race, to watch the race from the Winners Circle, and to get their photo taken with the winning horse.
    • Dr. Matthew Rousu will be speaking on "Game Theory, Prediction Markets, and the 2020 Election: Lessons for Finance Professionals."
    • Mark Irving (Canterbury jockey) will be mingling in the VIP section to answer all your racing questions.
    • Reception in "Silks" to begin around 6 pm with seating available outdoors. 

 Thank You Sponsors

​Event Sponsors




2021 Annual Sponsors


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General parking is free; valet parking and designated tour bus parking is also available.

​Attire | Casual