Nicholas Klimchuk

Commerce, Queen's University, 2013

Nick is a fourth year Commerce student attending Queen's University on a full-ride scholarship. He is a self-taught web developer, a finance aficionado and a passionate proponent of free market economics. Nick's first startup was an ethically-sourced line of "spiritwear" that he sold to his school community. In its first year alone, sales exceeded $50,000. The venture has since become a model for highschool athletic programs across Ontario. As student council president, Nicholas went on to launch an alumni association and raise $1.6 million for the development of a football stadium in Hamilton.

Nicholas has work experience in both the finance and nonprofit advocacy sectors. In the summer of 2010, he worked as a research analyst for a $500 million private investment fund in Toronto. The following summer, he worked as a policy analyst at the Charles G. Koch Institute in Washington D.C. His research focused primarily on regulatory reform and monetary policy. This past May, he worked as an analyst in the private equity division of the CPP Investment Board with assignments in Toronto, London, New York and Sao Paolo.