Thursday, January 21, 2010

Learn about stocks and investments

image from Lucid Markets

Want to invest your dollars but unsure of where to start? The Student Investment Club is offering an Investment Orientation Session next Wednesday, January 27 from 4:30-6:30pm in room 1614 at the New West Campus. It’s open to all Douglas students. To learn more, read on for details, courtesy of its founder.

By Aiko Yao

I first came up with the idea of starting a Student Investment Club during the Summer semester. I was working on New Student Orientation with Kyle Baillie, Eric Glanville and Melody McKiernan from the Office for New Students. I was inspired to make a change on campus – in particular, I wanted to offer more student clubs to Douglas College students. I was in the Financial Services Management Program (I recently shifted to Accounting) and came up with the idea of combining finance and event planning.

I talked to William Archibald, coordinator of the BBA-Finance Program, about the idea. He encouraged me to start on it and helped me in every way. Joe Ilsever agreed to be the club’s faculty advisor and has been really great in giving me advice and information to better develop the club. And I couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of Student Investment Club officers Sonika Jhajj, Kyle Kozma, Andrei Tchourakov, Arthur Messakh, Christopher Paik and Sophia Han – they are major contributors to the club and a big reason for its successful launch.

The first part of the Investment Orientation next Wednesday will include an introduction and an explanation of investment terminology. The second part will be a presentation on portfolio management by Business instructors Joe Ilsever and George Stroppa. After the orientation, we will have monthly meetings starting in March, where we’ll get into more detailed topics relating to the field. We are planning to get some outside speakers from banks or investment companies.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at or call 778-318-9308.