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On Thursday, the university unveiled a new trading lab for TRU’s School of Business and Economics. The lab will provide hands-on experience for business students to learn stock trading.
TRU School of Business and Economics students Adam Burke and Jacob Lawrence spoke at the opening of the Raymond James Trading Lab at TRU.

Thompson Rivers University business students will get a unique opportunity to learn the fine art of stock trading, courtesy a significant donation and unique idea by some of its students. 

On Thursday, the university held a press conference to unveil the new trading lab for TRU’s School of Business and Economics. 

“The new trading floor will elevate the experiential learning by providing professional training and research experience for our students,” TRU School of Business and Economics Dean Mike Henry said in a press release. “Having access to specialized tools used in the finance industry and mentoring from a finance professional are incredibly valuable ways to better prepare them for their careers.”

Raymond James Canada Ltd. contributed $550,000 for five dual-screen trading stations and research and analysis software and training over the next five years. The lab will be used primarily by finance students. 

According to the university, the idea stems back to a pair of TRU business students, Adam Burke and Jacob Lawrence. In 2019, the students, together with the university, Raymond James and the Chartered Financial Analyst Society, created an investment fund allowing students to manage a portfolio of Canadian and U.S. equities. 

“The new trading floor will provide TRU students the advantageous opportunity to practice with professional resources,” Burke said in a press release.