Ivy League Investment Simulation: Public Speaking & Finance

Available Winter & Summer 2024!
Summer Schedule COMING SOON!


Investment Simulation is a first-of-its-kind business and public speaking program. Led by Brain Power CEO, Vanessa Iarocci, students will be presented with an Ivy League caliber case study, featuring a potential client with a set of specific financial goals.  Working in teams with their faculty coaches (including professional investors and CEOs), students will be guided to build a strategy to meet their client’s short-term and long-term investment goals, culminating in a persuasive investor presentation.

Participating in this program can also prepare students to compete in The Wharton Global High School Investment Competition, a prestigious online investment simulation for high school students (Grades 9-12) that attracts high-caliber students from over 90 countries.

In this course, students will gain exposure to:

  • foundational investing concepts
  • critical thinking skills relating to risk, diversification and financial decision making
  • company and industry analysis methods
  • public speaking and persuasive presentation techniques

Vanessa Iarocci, Brain Power CEO, earned her Bachelor of Commerce, CPA designation and was selected to complete a post-graduate certificate in innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  Following this, Vanessa spent over two decades in increasingly senior positions at PwC and TD Bank Financial Group. She then honed her entrepreneurial skills as the CEO of a national school apparel company, where she led an innovative turnaround and growth strategy. As an Executive-In-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Vanessa has developed curricula, case studies and mentorship programs for MBA students, including the world’s first MBA course exploring social innovation. She also recently designed the ‘Scale-Up’ Program for the MaRS Discovery District, a playbook for Canadian CEOs seeking to scale companies globally. Vanessa has also authored multiple thought leadership papers that have been featured in major media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Globe and Mail.


Classes are held in the given timeframes, excluding scheduled holidays.

Winter 2024
4 lessons (1x per wk.)

Mon., Feb 5-Mar. 4, 5:00-7:00 (Vaughan)

Summer 2024
4 lessons (1x per wk.)

Summer Schedule COMING SOON!

Email info@brainpower.ca with your child’s/children’s age(s) and area(s) or interests, and we will help get you registered!

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