Josie Hooks is a third-year Commerce student majoring in Finance. A Calgary, Alberta native, she came to Nova Scotia for the first time to attend school at Dal. “I chose Dalhousie because I was interested in the work experience that is provided through the co-op program, and I wanted to move to the east coast for school as I had never been here before!”
With tools and support provided by MCS to build up her resume and cover letter, Josie secured a co-op at Canoe Financial for this fall semester. Canoe Financial is an independent mutual fund company managing over $8.7 billion in assets across a diversified range of mutual funds, private energy equity products, and institutional mandates.
“I am currently an intern on the energy fund at Canoe Financial and have the opportunity to work on the sales team as well,” says Josie. “I have been working with Bloomberg to gather data about the industry and company specifics, research for new investments, and work with the portfolio managers. In the coming weeks I will be able to work alongside the sales team.” She shares that she has already been able to try a number of different tasks and projects at Canoe Financial. “I’ve also been doing research for potential future investments, looking into different types of energy sources. Recently I attended a conference that presented new energy innovations seeking investments.”
With the opportunity to work fully in-person for her co-op, Josie says, “I am most excited to be a part of this team and for the understanding of the finance industry that I will leave the job with. I work on a very small team, so I have been thrown right into the mix. This allowed me to learn more about the company as a whole and the energy fund specifically.”
Josie’s advice or you: Building up your network and staying in contact with industry professionals is the best thing you can do!