Creating a world 🌎 where everyone is empowered to pursue any finance career opportunities 🙏
36paths is an online career accelerator that helps students launch their finance career in Canada 🍁 by having experienced finance professionals coach them. We provide personalized 1-on-1 coaching services to help you gain industry insights, create actionable job search strategies, craft perfect resume & cover letter, and improve networking & interview skills.
Who created 36paths?
From December 2013 to December 2015, I got over 50 interviews and landed 4 job offers in Canada, ranging from Investment Banking and Debt Capital Markets to Risk Management and Financial Planning & Analysis. How did I do it?
First, let me tell you my story. In July 2013, I left China to pursue my Master of Management & Professional Accounting degree at University of Toronto. My main goal was to leverage this degree to launch my finance career in Canada. But after receiving more than 200 “Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately...” auto-rejection emails, I realized that, as an ESL international student without any Canadian work experience, applying online just couldn’t cut it.
Being a newcomer with no connections in Canada, I made many mistakes and wasted a ton of time trying things that didn’t work. But in this trial and error process, I stumbled on a system that did work. In fact, it worked extremely well. Every student at 36paths who implemented my finance job search system has succeeded in landing a great finance job offer in Canada.
In August 2017, I started 36paths (which stands for all kinds of career paths in ancient China) because I realized that millions of students are facing the same challenge I faced and that existing career coaching services are generic, outdated and ineffective. Today, 36paths has helped hundreds of students in Canada get started on a finance career path they love.
Shawn Huang, CFA, CPA
Founder & CEO of 36paths
Some of our coaches 👨🏫
Shawn Huang, CFA, CPA
Shawn is the Founder & CEO of 36paths. Previously, he worked at Scotiabank as a Product Manager. Prior to Scotiabank, he was a "wearer of many hats" at a Toronto-based FinTech startup called Overbond, which raised $7.5MM in seed financing to digitize the Canadian debt capital markets. As an early employee at Overbond, Shawn worked on everything from product and marketing to recruiting and sales. Before that, he was an Investment Banking Analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald, helping clients in the metals and mining sector execute M&A and financing transactions. Shawn started his career in Canada with Scotiabank - Global Banking and Markets back in 2014.
Shawn completed the Masters of Management and Professional Accounting (MMPA) program at the University of Toronto. He holds the CFA designation and CPA (Ontario) designation.
In his spare time, Shawn enjoys reading, travelling and watching NBA.
Westley Nixon, CFA
Westley Nixon works in the Fixed Income group at National Bank out of their New York office, reporting directly to the Head of the desk.
Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Nixon served as an Analyst for long and long/short equity strategies at CPP Investment Board and CI Investments, two prominent Toronto-based funds.
In his current role, Westley manages strategic relationships with Canadian and US accounts focused on growing the sales and trading business, and he publishes a daily market letter circulated to over 100 global investors. Westley first joined National Bank in 2015 in the Equity Research division, after studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo.
In his spare time, Westley enjoys spending time in nature, 20th century history and the fine arts. He volunteers at Baruch College as a Mentor in the Executives on Campus program.
Tina works for Scotiabank - Global Banking and Markets on the Derivatives Structuring team. Prior to that, she was in the Global Capital Markets Rotational Program at Scotiabank. She has accumulated experience in primary and secondary markets in both North America and Asia, including Sales & Trading, Equity Research and Debt Capital Markets. Previously, she interned at BMO Capital Markets as an Equities Sales & Trading Summer Analyst, as well as RBC Global Asset Management in the Investment Product Advisory Group.
Tina completed the BBA in Finance program at University of Toronto in 2017.
In her spare time, Tina is actively involved in charity initiatives. She was also a professional ballet dancer.
Ken Adams, MBA, CFA
Ken works for RBC in the Special Loans and Advisory Serices group as a Senior Analyst. He is primarily responsible for analysis and forming strategies for large high risk loans which are in breach of covenants or have triggered early warning signs. Previosuly he was a Senior Relationship Manager in RBC's Media and Entertainment practice. He was also a Project Manager in Business Projects and Solutions for Group Retirement at Sun Life Financial and began his career as an Infantry Officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment.
Ken graduated from The Royal Military College with a BA and graduated with an MBA and Master of Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is also a CFA charterholder.
When he is not working or socializing, Ken is an avid skier, recreational boxer, and spends time with his dog.
Jason works in the Strategy/M&A - Global Wealth & Asset Management team at Manulife Investment Management.
Previously, he was a Strategy Consultant at EY and Novantas with industry focus in the financial sector where he advised on corporate strategy planning, commercial due diligence, and data analytics.
He also has internship experiences at BlackRock (strategy), Capco/KPMG (consulting), RBC Capital Markets/UBS Securities (sales & trading), and CIBC (risk management).
Jason graduated from the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in their double degree program (B. Math & BBA).
Hirsch established the Product function at FIlament AI, where his goal is helping enterprises maximize their AI capability, through defining product portfolio strategy and development.
Previously, as Senior Product Manager at a Deloitte Venture, he grew the product management team to 5 while leading their B2B SaaS audit product from MVP through public launch.
Prior to that, Hirsch was a Product Owner at CaseWare International, a 30+ year-old Toronto-based software company where he scaled the userbase of its first cloud product 51% YoY.
Hirsch started his career in audit at PwC. He holds a Bachelors of Commerce in Accounting from the Sauder School of Business at UBC.
Other coaches 👩🏫
The rest of our coaches come from the following industry leading companies in Canada