Connor Buss may have arrived late at the Beedie School of Business, but in just a few years he has crammed a wealth of experience into his journey – experience that has led to a full-time job offer in the finance sector before he even graduates.
After two years studying at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Connor was swayed by the volume of opportunities available at Beedie, such as case competitions, student clubs and internships, and made the decision to transfer.
He was immediately attracted to the multitude of finance-related initiatives designed to help students gain a foothold in a competitive job market. Opting to begin with the SFU Finance Club, he initially organized their signature networking event, before serving as Club President for a year.
The highlight of Connor’s time at Beedie, however is undoubtedly the two years he has spent in the Beedie Endowment Asset Management (BEAM) Fund, the largest undergraduate student-run investment fund in Canada. He spent his first year working as an analyst in the diversified sector, before being appointed portfolio manager, where he held responsibility for the overall direction of the fund’s portfolio.
BEAM not only provided Connor with invaluable industry knowledge and real-world experience, but also helped him secure a summer internship as an investment banking analyst at CIBC last year – which led to a full-time position with CIBC’s Global Mining Group in Toronto upon his graduation.
“BEAM was a tremendous amount of help in securing my position,” he says. “It was very attractive on my résumé during interviews, and the networking experience I gained, particularly through the fund’s annual trips to visit financial institutions in Toronto, allowed me to differentiate myself from other candidates.”
He also competed in Case Competitions, winning first place at SFU’s Elite Case Competition in 2012, and then representing Beedie at the National Investment Banking Competition 2012, where his team reached the final round.
With such a wealth of experience managing teams and events, it stands to reason that Connor has it within him to mentor others – a role he formally held for more than a year when participating in the BASS Mentorship Program.
“Although I hadn’t had an official mentor I realized that I had received invaluable advice from many different people here,” says Connor. “Through the program I have gained experience as a mentor, but the main reason for doing it was to repay Beedie for giving me so much – I felt obligated to do one little thing to give something back.”
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