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: June - September
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
Register by: June 14
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.
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
Date & Time: September 13, 6-9 PM
Register by: September 10, 11:59 PM
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. While Networking Night is traditionally hosted in an intimate pub setting, the RCIG team partnered with the IBI Group in 2020 to deliver the event through an immersive virtual venue experience, modeled using the HIVE platform.
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
Date & Time: November 4, 6-9 PM
Register by: November 3, 11:59 PM
Innovation Forum: Social Impact Challenge
The Innovation Forum is RCIG's flagship case competition, attracting hundreds of undergraduate students across Ontario annually to solve a live innovation-focused problem faced by our case partner. Previous partners include Uber, VIA Rail Canada, Google, and CIBC. This year, the Innovation Forum will be delivered in partnership with a major organization grappling with a sustainability challenge, in line with RCIG's growing social impact pillar.
Date & Time: January 22, 9-3PM
Register by: January 15, 11:59 PM (Case Comp)
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
Organized in collaboration with Rotman Commerce Consulting Association (RCCA), Consulting Expo is a workshop-based event geared at introducing students to unconventional consulting careers beyond strategy. Students have the chance to solve live case prompts and learn from niche consulting firms spanning UI/UX design, sustainability, blockchain, and a host of other practices.
The Consulting Expo was 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
Date & Time: January 25, 6-8 PM
Register by: January 24, 11:59 PM
Location: Hart House Music Room
Breaking into Tech
Breaking into Tech is a new event designed to help business students demystify how to build careers at some of the world's most influential tech companies with non-technical backgrounds. Highly customized workshops will expose students to challenges in marketing, sales, strategy & operations, and product management roles, as seen through the lens of business leaders who have walked in the students' shoes.
I'm really excited to bring Breaking into Tech to life for the first time this year with the help of RCIG's outstanding Events portfolio. Our decision to launch the event is motivated by a clear knowledge gap about technology careers in the commerce community, and feedback we collected through a student survey which exposed interest in data and analytics related topics.
Gloria Yang, Class of 2024
Date & Time: March 10, 5:30-8 PM
Register by: March 9, 11:59 PM
Location: Hart House Music Room