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ATB 101 students tackle business challenges

It’s safe to say if you get an ATB 101 summer position, you’re the cream of the crop, baby! This year, 95 post-secondary students made the final cut for paid positions at ATB Financial. With backgrounds in finance, legal, marketing and computer science, this year’s class was a great representation of ATB’s diverse needs.

Along with assisting their leaders with meaningful work, the students were grouped into squads and tasked with a Capstone project. Each team was asked to propose solutions to real-life business problems that ATB is facing. Topics ranged from promoting diversity and inclusion, to improving the efficiency of branches, to enhancing digital banking for customers. Ten squads—five in Calgary, five in Edmonton—presented their solutions in a final day of presentations with each city declaring a winner.

Top team in Edmonton branches out to rural Alberta

The winning team in Edmonton was asked for a plan to incorporate arts and culture into ATB’s rural branches. They proposed a contest for Albertans to create unique stories for their communities. The stories would be passed on to local artists commissioned to create new works of art to be displayed permanently in the branches.

One of the highlights for Jenny Wang, an accounting student at U of A, was road tripping to the locations in Consort and Forestburg.

“Being able to collaborate with a diverse network across ATB was an eye-opening experience,” she said. “We got incredible insight on the unique town history and culture.”

The team took inspiration from ATB’s Branch for Arts + Culture, and looked for a meaningful way to engage the creative community.

“It would have been easy to propose a band-aid solution like putting a painting on the wall,” said Phedra-Lyn Andrew, a public relations student at MacEwan University. Incorporating the storytelling element into the solution was key.

The winning team from Edmonton is pictured above. L to R: Collin Chow (Mentor), Mark Puszczak, Brent Nordhagen, Jonathan Purdon, Claudia Glasspoole, Jenny Wang, Phedra-Lyn Andrew, Emma Wickenheiser, Arun Woosaree. (Missing: Aphia Ward)

Calgary winner looks to the future

The top team in Calgary was tasked with figuring out how to prepare ATB team members for careers of the future. Their solution was to develop a platform that would allow team members to network, discover and learn about new careers.

The team put many hours into imagining how the platform would function. But it was the collaboration that was eye-opening for Ana Cherniak-Kennedy, a University of Calgary law student.

“Capstone brought together students from all different areas of ATB. I wouldn’t have gotten as much of an understanding about the business if I didn’t have the chance to hear about the experiences of other students,” she said.

Calgary ATB 101 Capstone winners

Calgary Capstone winners. Back row, L to R: Sam Lokman, Ana Cherniak-Kennedy, Kunjan Upadhyaya, Madison Healing, Shelby Harapiak, Joel Johnson Front row, L to R: Tabitha Bruins, Marissa Gruenke, Samantha Cheung, Megha Singh

Dean’s list

This year, ATB recognized 10 students for their outstanding work. Congratulations to all who made the Dean’s list, based on peer nominations and recognitions received during their tenure.

Phedra-Lyn Andrew
Caleb Braun
Tabitha Bruins
Hailey Rose Hoggard
Gwendoline Hunka
Lumin McCutcheon
Brock McKillop
Braun Patton
Madyson Schmidt
Benjamin Wagner

Thanks to the entire Class of 2018 for all of your hard work!

Interested in becoming an ATB 101 student?

We’ll be recruiting in October and January for Winter (January start date) and Summer (May start date) terms. Look for details at atb.com/careers

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