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Rotman Online Trading Competition | January 12, 2024

Undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Toronto (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough campus) are invited to participate in the 2024 Rotman Online Trading Competition (ROTC) sponsored and organized by the BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab at the Rotman School of Management (Rotman FRT-Lab), co-hosted by The Bridge at University of Toronto – Scarborough, and the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre, at University of Toronto – Mississauga.

ROTC brings together teams of students to compete in a unique 1-day simulated market challenge where they test their skills in real-time from the safety of a structured learning environment. ROTC 2024 marks the 12th anniversary of this exciting tri-campus event competition.

The top 2 performing teams (4 students in total) will be invited to form the University of Toronto Team at the Rotman International Trading Competition 2024.

Registration Timeline


Competition Day Schedule

January 12th, 2024

Practice Sessions (Virtual)

Prior to the competition, please join us for any of the 3 optional virtual practice sessions on the following dates:

*Meeting link will be sent to you via email upon registration.


St. George Campus

BMO Financial Group Finance Research and Trading Lab

Rotman School of Management

Room 290, North Building

105 St. George St.

Toronto, ON M5S 3E6


Mississauga Campus

Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre

Innovation Complex

Room L1245, Lower Level

University of Toronto Mississauga

3359 Mississauga Road

Mississauga, Ontario L5L 1C6


Scarborough Campus

The BRIDGE Finance and Data Lab

Instructional Centre

Room IC 108

University of Toronto Scarborough

1095 Military Trail

Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4



Online – Join via Microsoft Teams Meeting

*A meeting link will be sent to you via email upon registration

*Competition Day is Hybrid.  If you plan to attend in-person, please attend the session at your home campus; space is limited.

Case Summaries

Sales and Trader Case

The Sales and Trader Case challenges participants to put their critical thinking and analytical abilities to the test in an environment that requires them to evaluate the liquidity risk associated with different tender offers. Participants will be faced with multiple tender offers throughout the case. This will require participants to make rapid judgments on the profitability and subsequent execution, or rejection, of each offer. Profits can be generated by taking advantage of price differentials between market prices and prices offered in the tender offers. Once any tender has been accepted, participants should aim to efficiently close out the large positions to maximize returns.

Algorithmic Trading Case

The Algorithmic Trading Case is designed to challenge participants’ programming skills as they are required to develop algorithms using RIT API to automate the market-making process and react to changing market conditions. Throughout the case, these algorithms will submit orders to profit from market-making and from any arbitrage opportunities that may arise. Due to the high-frequency nature of the case, participants will have to develop algorithms to adapt to changes in market dynamics.

Dress Code

ROTC is a professional business competition, so participants are expected to dress in business casual or business formal attire.

Health and Safety | COVID-19

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], who will promptly review, assess and implement measures to address the concern where appropriate.

Measure to reduce risk of exposure:

    • Individuals who are sick or who have COVID-19-related symptoms should stay home/hotel/accommodation.
    • Isolate until there is no fever and symptoms improve for 24 hours (48 hours for gastrointestinal symptoms), regardless of testing results or no testing.
    • Refer to: Ontario COVID-19 Self-Assessment and Procedures in the Event of a Confirmed Case and/or COVID-19 Symptoms.
    • Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Practice proper respiratory etiquette, such as sneezing and coughing into your elbow.
    • Face masks are encouraged, and we ask everyone always to respect the decisions of others, their comfort levels, and their health needs.

Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Excellence

Equity and Human Rights

The purposes of this statement are to express the University’s values regarding equity and diversity, and relate these to the institution’s unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

At the University of Toronto, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive community, rich with diversity, protecting the human rights of all persons, and based upon understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of every person. We seek to ensure to the greatest extent possible that all students and employees enjoy the opportunity to participate as they see fit in the full range of activities that the University offers, and to achieve their full potential as members of the University community.

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.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

Our teaching, scholarship, and other activities take place in the context of a highly diverse society. Reflecting the intersectionality in our community is uniquely valuable to Rotman, as it contributes to the diversification of thoughts, ideas, and perspectives that enrich our teaching, scholarship, and research activities. We will proactively seek to increase inclusion and feelings of belonging among our community members, with an aim to having a student body, teaching and administrative staff that mirror the diversity of qualified applicants.  For more information, please click here.