Jennifer Schillaci

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Jennifer Schillaci, BCom ’03

Jennifer Schillaci (BCom ’03), Investment Director, Real Estate at Manulife Financial, credits the Commerce program for teaching her the importance of hard work and perseverance in achieving her goals. “The Commerce program wasn’t easy, but it was also fun, challenging, and collegial,” she says.

One of her more memorable moments occurred during the Undergraduate Business Games, when the 36-member UofT team dressed up like cavemen, and were surrounded by 900 students from other business programs across Canada all of whom were also sporting weird and wacky costumes. “We didn’t win the costume award that year, but the pictures are priceless,” laughs Jennifer.

Schillaci chose the Commerce program because she wanted to learn business in the heart of Canada’s financial capital at a world-class university. This led her to pursue a career in finance. “I found finance the most interesting and intellectually challenging with lots of opportunity to travel,” she says. Following graduation,  Jennifer obtained her CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.

Since she is a former President of the Finance Association, member of the FACS Day executive committee, Leader at Frosh Orientation Weekend, member of the Commerce women’s basketball team, and member of UofT’s UGB team, it’s not surprising that Jennifer is still active in the Rotman Commerce alumni community. Currently, she serves on the Alumni Steering Committee, mentors current Rotman Commerce students in the Mentorship Program, and attends alumni social events. “I enjoy the casual atmosphere of the social events and being a part of the committee allows me to help build the vibrant alumni community,” she says.

Jennifer advises new grads to take initiative, stretch themselves to try new assignments, and not be afraid to bite off more than they think they can chew. “You will surprise yourself at what you can accomplish,” she says. She also stresses the importance of staying engaged with the Rotman Commerce alumni community. “You never know who you are going meet and where your next opportunity is going to come from. A simple conversation with a former classmate at a pub night could open a door that you never thought was possible.”