Fairy-tale ending for student in financial literacy competition

Congratulations to Daniel Svirsky on winning the 2017 Jr. Economic Club of Canada Financial Literacy Competition.
Daniel participated in the competition, hosted by the Jr. Economic Club of Canada, by submitting a video on financial literacy topics.
“I am a very new member of the Jr. Economic Club of Canada. I joined because finance is like a brick wall that hits everyone, but the earlier you learn about it the easier it is to climb across. Unfortunately, a lot of students are not aware of the concepts of finance so it drove me to help out in anyway I could,” Daniel says.
His video was judged by a panel of executives from corporations like Scotiabank and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada.
“The idea behind this video is that of a fairy tale. I feel that this approach disconnects the reality of finance with the concepts in order for it to be more digestible for younger students,” Daniel explains.
Daniel, in grade 10, has received a $5,000 academic scholarship and two round-trip tickets anywhere Porter Airlines flies—and he has been named the Jr. Economic Club student of the year.
Daniel was also given the opportunity to attend the Jr. Economic Club of Canada "Day on Bay” event Friday, Nov. 10. This field trip brings teens into the heart of Toronto’s financial district for a day of interactive learning. Students learn about making smart financial decisions, budgeting, compound interest, investing, trading, financial services, and portfolio management.
“The best part of the trip was when I got the award, because I finally felt that my work was awarded. Also, I got to take a picture with the president of the club, Rhiannon Traill, which was a great honour,” he says. “I hope that through winning this event it will inspire more Andreans to participate in finance-related classes, activities, and clubs.”
What does the future hold for Daniel? “I plan on attending a business school after graduating SAC, hopefully in a program such as the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.”
In the meantime, Daniel’s grandmother, who lives in Boston, might be in for a surprise visit, thanks to the pair of plane tickets.
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