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ReLeaf Financial Student Finance Launchpad

We invite students to the ReLeaf Financial — Student Finance Launchpad course.

Managing your money means you can reach your goals sooner. When you have better control of your finances you can focus on your studies and succeed. When you graduate with more resources, you will have more opportunities to achieve what you want.

The ReLeaf Financial Student Finance Launchpad course organized by the student staff at Waterloo Banking Project will help you set goals, prepare a plan, and manage your money throughout your time at university and succeed after graduation.
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Welcoming our new Spring 2013 Staff

New project staff for Spring 2013: Henry, Dean, Harsh, Bram, Angela, Ben

This Spring, we are welcoming six new staff members to the Waterloo Banking Project team.

We would like to introduce Dean, Ben, Angela, Henry, Bram, and Harsh!

These students come together from both Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo, each possessing strong qualities and relevant experience that will help them excel in their respective departments.

The Waterloo Banking Project has been growing since its initiation in 2009, and our team has reflected this growth through an increasing number of dedicated and qualified staff. Our staff will not only be adding value to the organization through their expertise, but they will also be gaining valuable experience to help them graduate with more confidence and to better prepare them for their professional lives.

If you’re interested in working with a motivated team in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, be sure to keep an eye out for our recruitment updates near the end of this term. We are always looking for excited individuals who are self-motivated and looking for opportunities for growth.

Check our About page for more information about the Waterloo Banking Project and our initiatives.

And feel free to say “Hi” to any of our friendly staff members if you ever see them around campus!

To find out more about the Waterloo Banking Project team, please visit our Team page.


We at ReLeaf Financial are continuing our student contest with #YourFinanceAnswer to answer student questions about managing their money. We are working to start a campus conversation about student finance.

Over the coming two months, we will be discussing the questions that students have about their money. Students asked these questions in the #MyFinanceQuestion social media contest that we held in March.

Every week we will post these questions on Twitter and Facebook and we invite you all to share your thoughts.
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Sally, Ryan, Helena, Vinson, Maaz at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Social Enterprise Student Competition  2013

In Winter 2013, we further developed our plans, clarified the path to setting up our regulated operations over the next year, and continued our financial education events.
One highlight was when we won prize money in a social enterprise competition. Read on to learn more about what we did last term.
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Helena Cao during Waterloo Banking Project / ReLeaf Financial interview with CTV

CTV Kitchener reporter Frank Lynn contacted us at the end of March. He interviewed Helena and Ryan in the morning of Thursday 28 March. CTV broadcast the piece on Waterloo Banking Project / ReLeaf Financial on News at Six with Meghan Furman.

CTV Kitchener interviews Helena Cao and Ryan Chen-Wing about Waterloo Banking Project and ReLeaf Financial
Student credit union taking root in Waterloo CTV Kitchener 28 Mar 2013

Transcript of CTV Kitchener video on WaterlooBanking/ReLeaf Financial

CTV  News at Six with Meghan Furman

Meghan (CTV News Anchor):
Students at Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Waterloo are working on a first for Canada: a student run credit union. It’s called the Waterloo Banking Project for now, with the goal of opening for business within the year under a new name and as a full service financial institution. CTV’s Frank Lynn is here with more on this project. Frank?

CTV Frank Lynn

Frank Lynn:
Megan, this credit union will work for example in the same way as PC Financial’s services operates through the bank of commerce.
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Former Imprint editor Ron Kielstra interviewed Ryan for the last issue of the term.

Waterloo Banking Project article in Imprint

The group has already launched its financial education program, holding sessions for students from both UW and WLU on a variety of topics, including filing tax returns and monthly budgeting. Chen-Wing said that the program is the first step in accomplishing [Waterloo Banking Project]’s mission of helping students graduate with more money, less debt, and better financial skills, noting that introducing financial planning will help students manage the cost of getting an education and, by extension, succeed at school.
Student-run banking initiative wins $20,000 social enterprise award Imprint 5 Apr 2013


Ryan Chen-Wing, Helena Cao with CBC K-W The Morning Edition with Craig Norris

Craig Norris from CBC K-W’s The Morning Edition interviewed Project leader Ryan Chen-Wing and Senior Director Helena Cao on 25-March, the Monday following our OCE competition win.

CBC K-W The Morning Edition | First Canadian student-run credit union to open in Waterloo

First Canadian student-run credit union to open in Waterloo

Releaf Financial is a burgeoning student-run financial institution that serves post-secondary students in Waterloo. The retail banking and financial planning service will help students manage the cost of their education.
— THE MORNING EDITION – K-W | Mar 25, 2013 | 7:15

Transcript of CBC ReLeaf Financial Interview

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Our social enterprise startup requires a broad range of talents and perspectives. We are seeking applicants who are enthusiastic, diligent, resourceful, and good communicators.

Staff will be expected to commit a minimum of six hours per week, deal with unique challenges, and work effectively on individual and group projects.

We will consider candidates who are on school term at both WLU and UW, in any program, and in any year, for roles in all our departments.
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Helena Cao, Ryan Chen-Wing from Waterloo Banking Project and Emily Peat from EP Organics

Waterloo’s Daily Bulletin covered the Ontario Centres of Excellence competition wins by Waterloo-led social enterprises Waterloo Banking Project and EP Organics today.

A project involving University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University students won $20,000 in a province-wide business competition last Thursday. The team was one of four across the province to win top prize at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Social Enterprise Student Competition. Five judges assessed each team’s venture on criteria including innovation, feasibility, marketing, social, or environmental values.
Students win business plan competition UW Daily Bulletin 28 Mar 2013

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Ryan and Helena answering questions after the pitch at OCE - video still

We won $20,000 in a social enterprise pitch competition last week. A panel of five judges chose us an three other teams to take the top prizes out of 10 finalists.

Our Waterloo Banking Project team had entered a video back in January. We advanced from that round to submit our business plan and pitch on Thursday 21 March. Along the way OCE in conjunction with MaRS Discovery District held workshops from their Entrepreneurs Toolkit courses, which for us covered customer development, business strategy and pitching.
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