By: Joe Ip

The Young Investor Program was created to educate youths from grades 10 – 12 on a range of topics that encompass financial literacy by two entrepreneurial UBC Sauder accounting students – Akaash Bali and Rohit Bali. Interactive workshops and case competitions led by local business professionals are just some of the many methods to create an engaging environment for high school students to apply classroom knowledge.

The inaugural team of professionals and speakers came with a wealth of experience, ranging from public practice accounting, wealth management, and investment management. With exceptional support from G&F Financial, the program’s official sponsor, as well as philanthropic professionals, the executive team’s persistent efforts resulted in the nomination for the “2014 Nova Star Award” for carrying out its objectives with creativity, innovation and responding to the needs of the community.

This coming year, the team has doubled its student capacity to 70 students from 35 previously and pilot a workshop centered on ‘Careers Exploration’. “We observed that in high schools, there is minimal discussions for students on career choices and exposure to real life professionals. This view was definitely reinforced when we spoke to our group of students”, said Founder Akaash Bali. Aside from focusing on the Vancouver program, the team has decided to expand beyond the limits of this city; Toronto, Canada’s financial capital, was next. The Young Investor Program (Toronto Chapter) is set to launch on January 2015 and follow a similar structure of workshops and case studies.

The Vancouver chapter is launching its second year at the beginning of 2015 with a new host of professionals. Applications are now live and the deadline is December 5th, 2014 at 11:59pm. High school students, grades 10 – 12, can apply on the organization’s website at

The Vancouver team is also hiring a Director of Visual Media to join their executive team.