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Ben Graham Centre's 2018 International Stock Picking Competition

April 24, 2018

Ivey Tangerine Leadership Centre, First Canadian Place, Toronto, ON

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The Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing held its 2018 Stock Picking Competition at the MBA level in Toronto on April 24, 2018.

Teams from MBA schools from around the world competed for $14,000 in cash prizes. Three finalist teams made presentations in Toronto to a panel of distinguished value investors. On April 25, the finalist teams were invited to attend the Ben Graham Centre’s Value Investing Conference where the winners were announced. On April 26, the finalists were also invited to attend the Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Annual General Meeting at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, ON.


Team Registration is now closed. 



Media Coverage

"Stock picking competition nearly too close to call"
Ivey News, May 4, 2018

"Ben Graham stock-picking contest results give insights on oil, coal"
The Globe and Mail, May 6, 2018

“Good value hunting”
Golden Girl Finance, August 21, 2018

Competition Winners

Three teams were selected to participate in the competition finals held on April 24th, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. The panel of judges was thoroughly impressed by all three presentations. The finalist teams were ranked as follows:

1st Place: Cass Business School at City University of London
Team members: Varun Venkatraman, Akane Vallery Uchida

2nd Place: Ivey Business School at Western University
Team members: Lauren Michell, Bobby Missar, Tyler Owen

3rd Place: Saïd Business School at Oxford University
Team members: Lema Kiasisua, Oluwatosin Ojo, Keith Wong


Team opened at 08:00 EST October 20, 2017. One team per school consisting of up to three students must register by 23:59 EST December 8, 2017.

1st Round
In the 1st round of the competition, a list of stocks to choose from was shared with participating schools at 08:00 EST on January 16, 2018. One team from each participating school submitted a research report of their chosen stock to the competition managers no later than 07:59 EST on January 30, 2018. Three teams chosen as finalists were notified on February 16, 2018. 

2nd Round
In the 2nd round of the competition, a new company to analyze and value was given to each finalist team at 08:00 EST on April 13, 2018.This stock was the same for all finalist teams. Each finalist team was required to submit their PowerPoint presentation no later than 07:59 EST on April 20, 2018 to the competition managers. Each finalist team was then invited to Toronto, Ontario, Canada to present their respective analyses on April 24, 2018 to a panel of distinguished value investors. The finalist teams were also invited to attend the Ben Graham Centre’s 2018 Value Investing Conference held on April 25, 2018 and the Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. Annual General Meeting held on April 26, 2018, both in Toronto. Each of the top three final teams were guaranteed a cash prize, with first place awarded $8,000, second place $4,000 and third place $2,000.



We would like to thank our sponsors Burgundy Asset Management Ltd., Bristol Gate Capital Partners Inc.Foyston, Gordon & Payne IncPeters MacGregor Capital Management and Robotti & Company for their generous support in sponsoring the competition.



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