The Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC) is an annual event that brings teams of students and their faculty advisors from universities worldwide to participate in a unique 3-day simulated market challenge. RITC 2023 marked the 19th anniversary of this trading competition, currently the world’s largest.
Teams are invited to participate in various activities including electronic and outcry trading cases, seminars with industry practitioners, and social events with their fellow competitors from around the world. In past years, RITC participants have competed in a diverse range of cases including open outcry, options, liquidity and algorithmic trading. Faculty advisors are invited not only to coach and observe their teams, but also to participate in various workshops on the RIT Market Simulator, the software used to run the competition.
RITC is consistently innovating, bringing new developments to its own competition with each successive year. Each year classic cases are re-vamped and new cases are added.
The competition has grown not just in scope, but also in international exposure. Last year, RITC hosted 52 teams from 52 different universities from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. The global representation grants a valuable opportunity for like-minded future finance professionals to meet their peers from across the globe.
The BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab at the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) is pleased to announce that the 20th Edition of The Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC) 2024 will be held on February 21st, 2024.
RITC will feature an innovative set of RIT Decision Cases, delivered on the RIT Market Simulator platform, allowing participating teams to gather in-person and compete by identifying trading opportunities across a wide range of realistic simulated scenarios.
You will compete with peers from 50+ universities across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, using new and refreshed Decision Cases based on real-world conditions delivered on the industry-leading RIT Market Simulator platform.
RITC will enable enthusiastic participants from universities across the world to connect and engage in a competitive format, as well as to network with sponsors and each other.
The detailed activities schedule will be posted by December 31, 2023.
If you are interested in sponsoring RITC 2024, please contact us at financelab[at]rotman.utoronto.ca
Competition fees are approximately the same amount as last year; we have consolidated the registration deposit and competition fee into one payment link.
Team Member Profile Form includes:
Once your Registration Fee has been received, we will send a confirmation email, including access to the getting started competition page containing all information needed to participate in the competition.
Canada’s visa laws have been undergoing changes in recent years, making the process of acquiring a VISA longer than in the past. It is each individual competitor’s responsibility to inquire if they need a visa to enter Canada and to apply for one if necessary. Click Here to find out if you need a visa. It can take up to 12 weeks to receive a visa; please apply as soon as you can. It is also recommended that all competitors from outside of Canada purchase travel health insurance.
Note: Information Sessions are optional; #1 and #2 are identical so you are not required to attend both.
Stay tuned for more details!
Accommodation in Toronto is the responsibility of the teams. As a suggestion only, a selection of hotels near the Rotman School of Management are offering group rates. Group rates bookings must be made directly with the hotels on or before January 10th, 2024. Please, find below the list of hotels with preferred rates:
BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab
Rotman School of Management
Room 290, North Building
105 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6
RITC is a professional business competition, so participants are expected to dress in business casual or business formal attire. The exception is for the Quantitative Outcry case where competitors wear distinguishing clothing or uniforms (such as noticeable hats, jerseys, or trading jackets) in order to more easily distinguish team members in the trading pit.
Please note, that the average temperature in Toronto in February is -8 degrees Celsius (15 degrees Fahrenheit). We suggest that you bring appropriate winter clothing and that you check the weather forecasts before you pack for the competition.
Competition participants are responsible for following health and safety measures where applicable. Individuals should report health and safety concerns to the competition committee via email at financelab[at]rotman.utoronto.ca, who will promptly review, assess and implement measures to address the concern where appropriate.
Measure to reduce risk of exposure:
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Our support for equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment as defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code. In striving to become an equitable community, we will also work to eliminate, reduce or mitigate the adverse effects of any barriers to full participation in University life that we find, including physical, environmental, attitudinal, communication or technological.
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Location of Work
BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab
Rotman School of Management
105 St George St, Toronto, Canada M5S 3E6
For RITC 2024, we are looking for 35 volunteers to assist the FRT-Lab team with facilitating the trading competition and fostering a sense of community among participants, answering common questions and ensuring that the teams enjoy their competition experience.
What’s in it for you
For a volunteer, this would be an excellent opportunity to gain exposure to the BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab. Further, volunteers will have the opportunity to meet and network with participants from across the world. As most lab staff will be running cases behind the scenes, you will be representing Rotman to the participants. For more information about the competition, refer to this link.
Co-Curricular Record (CCR)
The Co-Curricular Record is designed to help students find opportunities at U of T beyond the classroom and to have their skills and experiences captured on an official document. For more details about this CCR position, CLICK HERE.
Submit a Single Page Resume via this link (submitting your application does not guarantee an interview).