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CFA Ottawa Society is a local chapter of the CFA Institute​ - a global association of investment professionals. Consisting of portfolio managers, security analysts, investment advisors, and other financial professionals, we support the CFA Institute in promoting:

  • ethical and professional standards within the investment industry,
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Financial Modeling (2 Day Course) - 1 spot available

Ottawa Conference and Event Centre



Parking is complementary

Start Time: 3/5/2018 8:30 AM
End Time: 3/5/2018 4:30 PM
All Day Event:

Financial Modeling (2 Day Course) – Building a Financial Model and Valuation Analysis


Event details:


CFA Society Ottawa is partnering with The Marquee Group to offer financial modeling training courses in 2018.  The Marquee Group's training mission is to ensure that everyone preparing financial models has the skills to do so in the most efficient and effective way possible. Professionals trained by Marquee provide their companies with greater financial insight and more accurate decision-making tools.


Session 1: Monday, March 5th and Tuesday, March 6th

Sessions will run from 8:30AM to 4:30PM each day.


Participants will be required to bring their own laptops with Microsoft Excel installed



Ottawa Conference and Event Centre



Parking is complementary

Morning snack will be provided; no outside food or beverages permitted



Members/candidates/students:  $1,100

Non-members: $1,300

Only one spot available.  REGISTER HERE​


Day 1 – Building a Financial Model

This hands-on course focuses on the skills required to design and create an interactive financial model of a company that adheres to the highest industry standards. 

The course material includes model design, logic, construction, financial concepts and accounting treatment.  Various intermediate Excel tools along with helpful keyboard shortcuts will also be covered throughout the day.

Learning Topics:

  • Design and layout a financial model clearly and logically
  • Develop useful inputs and assumptions schedules
  • Use switches to create effective scenarios and value drivers
  • Forecast and build-up a company's revenues and expenses
  • Design and incorporate a company's income statement, balance sheet
  • and cash flow statement
  • Construct all necessary schedules, including:
  • -  Depreciation / CAPEX, Working Capital, Income Tax, Debt and Interest, Shareholders' Equity
  • Use Lookup functions within the model to effectively extract information
  • Properly incorporate Senior Term Debt with an amortizing repayment schedule
  • Create a robust Bank Operating Line (Revolving Credit Facility)
  • Design and incorporate a cash sweep for a company's Revolver
  • Balance the company's balance sheet
  • Rid a model of undesirable error messages


Day 2 – Valuation Analysis

This hands-on course is focused on the practical implementation of a Discounted Cash Flow ("DCF") analysis.  The skills required to build a DCF analysis will be discussed and incorporated into a financial model.  Participants will learn to recognize and avoid the most common errors that finance professionals make when creating a DCF analysis.

Learning Topics:


  • Discuss various valuation methodologies and the appropriateness of using a discounted
  • cash flow methodology to value a business
  • Properly calculate a company's levered or unlevered free cash flows
  • Build a terminal year in the model to create a steady-state perpetual cash flow
  • Calculate the tax impact of unlevering a company's cash flows
  • Use two common styles to create a discounted cash flow analysis
  • Calculate the company's cost of capital and choose an appropriate weighted average
  • cost of capital (WACC) range
  • Discount the cash flows in the forecast period and ensure that the cash flows are
  • discounted to the correct period
  • Discuss various methodologies to value the terminal period
  • Discuss common discounting errors and review the magnitude of discounting the cash
  • flows to the wrong time period
  • Use a number of powerful Excel tools to sensitize the outputs
  • Incorporate appropriate credit ratios that impact a company's covenants
  • Create "flags" to warn the user when a covenant has been tripped
  • Conditionally format output tables to highlight specific results 


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