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By Michael Keegan
To hear Evelyne L’Archevêque tell it, she had a lot to learn when she began in the Finance Co-op program.
“I didn’t know a lot about finance,” she admits.
But earning a Normand D. Hébert Scholarship on admission to the program and getting paid on her work terms freed her financially to dive into some very educational extracurricular activities.
From the start, L’Archevêque took part in case competitions and joined the executive of the Finance and Investment Students Association (FISA).
“I made good friends and learned a lot from them,” she says. “And with FISA, I learned a lot about finance from my peers.”
By her third year, she’d gone from learning to leading, becoming President of FISA and mentoring newcomers at case competitions.
L’Archevêque’s advice to new students is to explore related pursuits early on.
“People don’t realize how many skills we learn that way, and employers really look at these things,” she says.
These projects also taught her a work ethic she knows will serve her well professionally.
“As part of all these extracurricular activities and school, I really had to be on the ball.”
And she was, spending three consecutive years on the Dean’s List.
But perhaps L’Archevêque’s most valuable accomplishment was earning a coveted spot in the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program.
“It’s one of the best programs at Concordia,” she insists. “You’re really put out there in the business world, you meet people, and get great experience.”
“Without the Kenneth Woods program, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
Where she is today is graduating “with great distinction” with her BComm (Finance), working toward her Chartered Financial Analyst certification, and beginning a full-time position as an investment banking analyst with National Bank Financial, where she interned during her third work term in August.