Graduate invests $1 million in alma mater

J. Sebastian van Berkom donates to John Molson School of Business

MONTREAL, Feb. 5, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia's brightest business students will have a rare opportunity to become elite investors — using real money — thanks to a $1 million donation from alumnus J. Sebastian van Berkom. The gift lays the foundation for the Van Berkom Small-Cap Investment Management Program at the John Molson School of Business.

The program will accept eight graduate students annually, initially as research associates who will transition to fund managers who run small-cap stock portfolios. Their goal: achieve returns above a small-cap North American benchmark. Small-caps are firms with market capitalizations between $75 million and $1.5 billion.

"Concordia accepted me as a student and I've done tremendously well ever since," says J. Sebastian van Berkom, president and CEO of Van Berkom and Associates Inc. "I believe in giving back. I want to give students the same kind of experience that I had."

The program targets MBA, doctoral, MSc Finance and CFA students. The program will run 18-24 months from 2016.

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SOURCE Concordia University

For further information: Scott McCulloch, Senior Advisor, Communications, Advancement and Alumni Relations, Concordia University, Tel: 514-848-2424, ext. 3825, Cell phone: 514-513-8535, Email: scott.mcculloch@concordia.ca; Website: concordia.ca/alumni-friends

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