On December 1, ENCS happily hosted members of Montreal-based financial company, Vigilant Futures
, for a very special event: the announcement of a $20,000 donation in support of international graduate scholarships.
On-hand to express their thanks and welcome the Vigilant Futures team were ENCS Dean Robin Drew
, CSE Department Chair Sudhir Mudur
, who both expressed their deep gratitude for the gift. Said Dean Drew, ""The gift will help increase our credibility and help us attract high calibre students." Dr. Mudur supported this statement, warmly noting that, "our students come from all around the world and these new scholarships will help ease the financial burden of graduate studies."Arvind Ramanathan
, co-founder and co-director or Vigilant Futures also addressed the enthusiastic audience, which was mainly made up of international ENCS graduate students eager to hear about the new funding opportunities the scholarship would bring. Ramanathan, himself a Concordia Alum (BComm '01), reported that about 25 percent of the company's employees are Concordia computer science graduates. "Financial markets are looking for people like you," Ramanathan said to the 25 computer science students on hand, who he hoped might one day become Vigilant Futures employees. He said he was proud to be able to give back to the university that helped him launch his career. "I had a great time at Concordia, a wonderful experience," Ramanathan said.
In just four short years, Vigilant Futures has grown from a team of 3 to 50, with a staff dedicated to the company's mission of eliminating market inefficiencies wherever and whenever they exist. To learn more about the company, please visit their website