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John Molson School of Business partners with Fiera Capital for a paid internship program

Van Berkom Investment Management students will gain hands-on learning and work experience with leading industry professionals
November 17, 2020
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By Katie Malazdrewicz

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Students in the John Molson School of Business Van Berkom Investment Management Program will have the chance to work and learn alongside some of the top industry professionals in small-cap investing. Fiera Capital has partnered with John Molson to hire two students, each for a four-month period, throughout 2021. The commitment will extend into 2022 and beyond.

“I was very impressed by the calibre of the students that we interviewed from John Molson,” explains Marc Lecavalier, vice-president and senior portfolio manager for Canadian small-cap equities at Fiera Capital. “Their passion and knowledge about small-cap stocks is exactly what we are looking for.”

Anne-Marie Croteau, dean of the John Molson School of Business, says she is very proud of this partnership with Fiera.

“Both their values and those of our school are very well aligned, with a strong focus on collaboration, innovation and excellence. As part of our strategic plan, we aim to enhance partnerships with our business community and adopt innovative and immersive teaching methods,” she notes.

“By having our students work and learn alongside the world-class team at Fiera, they are gaining invaluable experience, both in terms of education and work.”

What is small-cap investing?

With more than $171 billion in assets under management, Fiera Capital is one of Canada’s leading investment managers.

“Small-cap investing entails the construction of an equity portfolio that is made up of small-capitalization stocks. In broad terms, this means stocks with a market value of equity between $100 million and $5 billion,” explains Amr Addas, adjunct professor and director of the Van Berkom Investment Management Program.

“Small-cap investing is generally considered more challenging because most small-cap stocks have fewer analysts following them and therefore have less information available. However, this also means there are more opportunities for talented analysts to find diamonds in the rough.”

With the first internship set to begin January 11, the next year is bound to be an exciting one for both the students and Fiera.

“They already seem very well prepared to make the transition into the work environment,” Lecavalier says. “We look forward to working with them and future students from the program.”


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