Occupation: The Artistic Banker
Philip is an enthusiastic Vancouver investment banker who founded the National Investment Banking Competition (www.nibca.ca, NIBC) in 2009, which has become the world’s largest investment banking event for graduate and undergraduate business students. NIBC attracts 1500+ participants from 100+ schools all over the world, and has featured several billionaires, CEOs and philanthropists. Philip’s personal passions are music, visual design and hosting events, as an award-winning pianist, wedding performer and event host for a boat reception and masquerade that raised $14,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. Growing up, he was also a highly-ranked table-tennis player in Germany.
What are your plans for 2015?
I want to create a sustainable platform for the National Investment Banking Competition that can be governed primarily by students and launch a hospitality project for the professional community.
What cause do you support the most?
Foster a mindset for the next generation of young professionals which promotes high performance, merit-based opportunity for both genders and empathy without prejudice.
What is your most interesting dating story?
As a fresh investment banker, I took a student to Five Sails for the first date, which is quite expensive, but I forgot my wallet. She paid the $250+ bill without question and didn’t ruin the atmosphere.
What do you look for in a potential partner?
Someone that sees the internal factors behind success or wealth – dedication, team commitment and competitive drive – and therefore would continue caring for you even if life took it all away.
One idea to improve Vancouver’s dating scene?
High-end lounges that act like an extension of your living room.
What is your Deal Breaker?
When they complain about their former partners in a way that I can tell is one-sided and unappreciative.
What is your Achilles Heel?
Beautiful eyes that express compassion
Favourite Vancouver hotspot on a Friday night?
Reflections at Hotel Georgia
How do you feel about books that teach women to play hard to get or not to approach men?
I think this advice generally attracts the most predators, but sometimes the person who is most suitable for you may not be the one that is used to chasing women as aggressively as possible despite barely knowing them.
Connect with Philip
Feature Image by Nick Raniga, instagram: @nikhil_raniga