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A student project from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University won $20,000 on Thursday, March 21 in a province-wide business plan competition. The money will accelerate the students’ plan to open their student-run financial institution for Waterloo and Laurier students.

Waterloo Banking Project is creating a retail banking and financial planning service called ReLeaf Financial to help students manage the cost of their education so that they can focus on their studies and succeed.
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We are holding a MyFinanceQuestion social media contest


Want to learn something related to student finances or managing money in general? We want to know what you want to learn about. The Waterloo Banking Project will be running a contest through our Facebook and Twitter pages asking students what they would like to learn about when it comes to student finances and managing money. We are giving away a $20 Conestoga Mall Gift card to the winner of the contest.
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Waterloo Banking Project will help students make better tax decisions and plan their financial lives after graduation with two informative sessions. For the convenience of students, we are offering each roundtable event on both campuses.

Be sure to fill out our survey to tell us what you want to learn about each of the topics. Also be sure to register at the links below.

Student Tax Planning:

  • Thursday, March 7 – 5:30pm @ UW DC1301 (Fishbowl)
  • Thursday, March 14 – 5:30pm @ WLU BA209

Tax Season is coming up! Lost? Don’t know where to start? Waterloo Banking Project, partnering with AFSA, will be hosting round-table discussions on Tax Planning for Students. We will be going through the tax filing process, educational credits, tips for students, and online tools that are available. Register for Student Tax Planning

Finances After Graduation:

  • Thursday, March 21 – 5:30 p.m. @ UW RCH308
  • Thursday, March 28 – 5:30 p.m. @ WLU BA211

Graduating? Going into Co-op? Waterloo Banking Project will be holding round-table discussion on Finances after Graduation. We’ll touch on sensitive issues such as student loans, career and salary decisions, as well as, managing finances when there’s a steady income. Register for Finances After Graduation


Apply to join our staff for Winter 2013

Join our team to gain great experience and to help your fellow students. Apply to become a staff member at Waterloo Banking Project for this winter term.

We are building towards the launch of our regulated banking services in 2013 and we require student staff to help realize our vision.

Waterloo Banking Project is creating a co-operative, student-focused financial services in partnership with a large, established financial institution. We are a startup and a social enterprise working to help students graduate with more money, less debt, and better financial skills.
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Recently, Waterloo Banking Project was mentioned on by the University of Waterloo’s renowned Environmental Finance professor Olaf Weber. is blog-based website that acts as a platform for articles and blogs aimed at socially responsible investing.

In his blog post, Professor Olaf Weber summarized the vision and goals of the Waterloo Banking Project and talked about how our Project fits in line with the principles of socially responsible investing. He also made the case for student-centric finance services saying that debt and managing finance while studying “has become an important issue because students are increasingly in debt. Professor Weber also mentioned that the Project’s philosophy of helping “serve the underserved” is shared by many successful banks including Raiffeisen and Desjardins.

Professor Weber’s blog post can be found here:


Professor Olaf Weber is an Associate Professor at the School for Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) at the University of Waterloo. He is the co-editor and contributing author of “Social Banks and the Future of Sustainable Finance” published in 2011. He is also an advisor for the Waterloo Banking Project.


Roundtable #2: Finances After Graduation

The second round table discussion will be focused on Finances After Graduation. We’ll touch on sensitive issues such as student loans, career and salary decisions, as well as managing finances when there’s a steady income.

Please RSVP the following times:


University of Waterloo Session
Thursday Nov 8th, 2012
MC 4041

Wilfrid Laurier University Session
Tuesday Nov 13th, 2012
P3027 (Peters building)

The Waterloo Banking Project will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions on student financial issues. During the roundtable session, students will be introduced to concepts to better structure their finances, as well as opening up the floor for students to collaborate and discuss on personal financial perspectives and problems. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

A special thanks to the Math Endowment Fund for funding for these sessions.



Waterloo, Laurier, and Conestoga students registered in Waterloo Region are eligible for a $100 draw for filling out a survey that takes less than five minutes. By filling out the initial round survey students will join our survey panel and may be chosen to fill out the full survey for a chance to win an additional $300.

The survey asks questions about students’ finances to help guide Waterloo Banking Project in its planning for financial services.

Students can join the survey panel and opt not to enter the draw. To enter, students must enter their name and contact information at the end of the survey. Any personal information entered will be separated
from the survey responses and be used only for the purpose of administering the draw.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. Further, all information you provide will be considered confidential. There are no known or anticipated risks to participation in this study.

To fill out the survey, go to:


Round Table #1: Delicious food, student budget


Healthy good meals as a student?

Sometimes that’s pretty difficult with all the assignments and exams. 

The first round table discussion will be about Delicious Food on a Student Budget. We’ll cover tips and strategies to eat well and save money. Snacks and drinks (free food!) will also be provided.

Waterloo Session
5:30 pm
Thursday October 11th, 2012
UW RCH 208
Register for the Waterloo Session

Laurier Session
7:00 pm
Thursday October 18th, 2012
DAWB 3-105
Register for the Laurier Session

The Waterloo Banking Project will be hosting a series of round table discussions on student finances and related issues throughout the Fall 2012 term. During the session, students will be introduced to concepts that will help them better structure their finances. The floor will be open for attendees to collaborate and discuss their personal finance perspectives and problems.

A special thanks to the Math Endowment Fund for funding for these sessions.


Personal Finance Kickoff | Fall 2012

Join the Waterloo Banking Project for its first event of the Fall 2012 semester- Personal Finance Kickoff. Get informed about ways to save money and receive helpful tips on how to create a proper budget!

When: Thursday September 27th, 2012 from 5:30-7:20pm
Where: University of Waterloo, room RCH 204

Student finances can be a stressful part of university, but they don’t have to be with the right guidance and education.

All are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Sign up to attend by filling out the event form.

(Shown in picture: Sally, Development staff)


We shot and edited this video in June and July to give people a brief introduction to the project and to encourage interested students to apply for our staff positions.

Laurier and Waterloo students, Staff Applications for Fall 2012 are due Wednesday 12 September.

Laurier and Waterloo students, Complete a Staff Application for Fall 2012 by Thursday 23 August to be considered in the first round.

Find out more about Waterloo Banking Project
Video directed and produced by Karolina Deoniziak
Editing by: Tian Lei
Featuring: Tian Lei, Ryan Chen-Wing, Karolina Deoniziak, Ian Pillai, and Julia Kavuma
Also appearing: Nicole Covello, Helena Cao, Jennifer Harvey, and Tara Flynn
Song: “Be nice” by Jahzzar

Tian, public relations: Waterloo Banking Project is a student-run organization that is working to bring banking service and financial education to students at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. Students will be the focus of our specialized products, and our members as well as staff management and directors.

Ryan, project leader: We take inspiration from the quotation that we can enjoy the shade now because someone planted a tree a long time ago. The strength of our plan is that it is self-sustaining. It takes our work to start the initiative now, but it will grow and continue to help students succeed in the future.

Karolina, public relations: We have a preliminary agreement with one of the largest credit unions in Canada to be our partner financial institution, so we are able to serve students more effectively. Our unpaid staff will be rewarded with the professional and personal experience they gain as well as the knowledge and skills they develop.

Ian, human resources: Working with HR, I realized the important of a having a good team and a quality staff. Over the last term we hired five new staff members and we couldn’t be more excited about the growth of our team. As a member of our staff, I value the experience that I have received and I encourage others to apply next semester.

Julia, development: I am excited to have joined the Waterloo Banking Project this term. Interacting with a diverse staff highlights the fact that despite our differences, money is something all student have to deal with. The services that the project is working to provide will enable us as students to make financial choices that are aligned with our success.

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