Events & Initiatives
RCIG offers a comprehensive lineup of yearly initiatives including mentorship programs, networking events, skill-building workshops, and case competitions. We help students discover valuable professional development opportunities across diverse industries and streams of innovation.
Summer Mentorship Program
For the second year in a row, RCIG’s tight-knit summer mentorship program is engaging 50+ incoming first-year Rotman Commerce students who are looking to gain valuable advice from upper-year mentors at RCIG. This opportunity will allow first-years to meet peers and navigate their transition from high school to university through topics such as course selection, student life opportunities, and much more.
Date & Time: June to September 2022
Register by: June 14, 2022
Location: In person and Online
The RCIG Summer Mentorship Program was a great opportunity for first-years like myself to make new connections, get to know upper-year students, and learn more about the program in general. I enjoyed the small groups and regular zoom calls, and also liked the combined calls with other mentors and mentees. I would highly recommend this program to any future incoming first-year.
Grace Ke, Class of 2024
The Catalyst is RCIG's annual kick-off event exclusively for first-year students, designed to introduce the RCIG team and the intern program. Participants have the opportunity to rotate through a series of challenges centered on innovative thinking and professional skill development critical to studies at Rotman Commerce, unified through a yearly event theme.
Date & Time: September 13, 6-9 PM
Register by: September 10, 11:59 PM
Location: Munk School
I remember going to all the zoom club open houses as a first-year, trying to scope out the Rotman community. RCIG's Catalyst undoubtedly stood out amongst the others with its engaging activities, fun executives, and exciting energy. Come out to the Catalyst and you'll see what I mean!
Julia Li, Class of 2024
One of RCIG's most celebrated events in the heat of recruiting season, Networking Night is designed to connect Rotman Commerce students with dozens of industry professionals and UofT alumni driving innovation in sectors such as financial services, CPG, media, and technology.
Date & Time: November 17, 6-9 PM
Register by: November 3, 11:59PM
Delivery: In Person
"Networking Night is designed for students to make meaningful connections year-in-year-out. Every year I hear plenty of amazing stories about connections created at the event and how it helped some land a job! The event is also set up for students to feel at ease when networking, allowing for an evening of banter to take shape."
Itamar Zaltzman, Class of 2022
Instant Innovator Bootcamp
The Instant Innovator Bootcamp offers a stimulating learning experience to curious students, supporting the development of innovative thinking through hands-on activities in an intimate environment. This event also familiarizes students with innovation-related careers, such as product management, thus aiding them in accelerating their professional development.
Date & Time: January 12 & January 19, 2023, 5-7PM
Register by: TBA
Delivery: Hart House Music Room
Partnering with VIA Rail through the Innovation Forum in 2020 has been a remarkable experience because RCIG had a chance to work closely with an organization to solve a pertinent problem: re-imagining the station waiting experience to improve customer satisfaction nationwide. The Innovation Forum attracted over 100 students from four universities and various disciplines to build recommendations for VIA, which took away some exceptional ideas to their innovation team at the Montreal office.
Max Baevsky, Class of 2022
Innovation Forum is RCIG's trademark annual case competition! We aim to partner with a firm to offer a real-world business problem for students to tackle, with potential themes of sustainability or social responsibility. The case competition will be accompanied by a panel of experts that will discuss topics pertaining to the chosen theme. Innovation Forum will enable students to foster their innovative problem-solving, while offering an opportunity for business professionals to engage with future leaders.
Date & Time: February 11, 2023 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Register by: TBA
Location: Hart House Music Room
The Innovation Forum is a unique opportunity for students to expand their thinking about what a career in consulting might look like. Additionally, the small student to rep ratio helped facilitate some really engaging conversations and connections.
Daniyal Ahmed, Class of 2021
Ventures and Visionaries, RCIG x RCWIB
Ventures & Visionaries aims to inspire the next generation of innovative leaders in an immersive and interactive environment. Entrepreneurs and innovators will set up booths showcasing their brilliant work, and enable students to interact with their products, complete challenges, and learn more about their innovative journey. We will also feature relevant keynote speakers who will share their inspiring ideas and stories.
Date & Time: March 5, 2023 @ 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Register by: TBA
Location: Hart House Great Hall