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Can students change a bank?

Student bloggers team up with RBC to tackle student financial issues


Students across Canada who are wrestling with financial questions can now easily tap into a database of information through a team of student bloggers writing daily blogs -- all part of RBC's new student-led online community accessible through Facebook via our fan page "RBC Bankbook," or directly through our student blogs at www.rbcp2p.com.


March 17, 2008


Six full time post-secondary students, selected by their peers, whittled down from 130 online auditions, made the final cut to become the first RBC p2p student bloggers. While these pioneers come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, they all share a conviction to give students the financial know-how in a way that makes sense for them. Using their unique personalities and perspectives, RBC's p2p bloggers aim to create an open forum for students to share financial problems and solutions.

The p2p bloggers, including their first blog topics, are:

  • Henry Gordon-Smith, 21, University of British Columbia -- "How not to throw your identity down the trash"

  • Kate Longmoore, 20, University of Ottawa, -- "I want a cooler phone for my hard-earned money!"

  • Zachary Pedersen, 21, Ryerson University -- "Debt repayment from a procrastinator's point of view"

  • Nathan Jenkins, 19, York University -- "So how do you prove your worth?"

  • George Panayotou, 29, York University -- "Guitars and Amps and Microphones...oh my…how to buy what you want"

  • Nick Simard, 27, from St. Mary's University -- "Shopping notes from a frugalitarian"


Visit the RBCp2p site at www.rbcp2p.com or check out our Facebook fan page "RBC Bankbook."


RBC talked to students at length and learned that they care very much about their financial well being, and want to make smart informed decisions but felt that approaching a bank was intimidating; students too don't want to be in a financial mess. Through RBCp2p blogs students are given a space and voice to say what they need to say, ask the important questions and get relevant answers.


Log on www.RBCp2p.com, see what the bloggers are talking about, and choose one you think can best understand your situation and ask them to go to bat for you… seeing as how RBC p2p bloggers have been given access to RBC experts. RBC p2p host Michel Savoie, not long out of school himself, leads the team and keeps the topics and camaraderie flowing. Visit the site often to learn from the experiences of others, and share your own thoughts and burning questions.

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For some personal phone or face time with our RBC p2p Host or a member of the student blogging team, please contact:

Michel Savoie, Host, RBC p2p @ http://blogs.rbc.com/rbcp2p/msavoie.html
Jackie Braden, Media Relations, RBC at (416) 974-2124


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