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Wes Hall

Wes Hall Admission Scholarship for Black or Indigenous students

The Wes Hall Admission Scholarship for Black or Indigenous students is a new scholarship designed to inspire and enable. With this scholarship, two deserving students entering the Commerce program at the Telfer School of Management will be supported in accomplishing their goals through mentorship and financial support from Wes Hall, the founder of WeShall Investments.

By removing financial barriers and reducing the need for students to work during their studies, this scholarship will allow students to focus on their studies and engage in valuable extracurricular experiences. Through mentorship, students can seek advice and coaching to succeed in their education, student experience and future careers in finance.

Become a Wes Hall Scholar

The Wes Hall Admission Scholarship provides two Black or Indigenous students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce in finance at the Telfer School of Management $15,000 each per year (up to four years), a total of $60,000 per student. This can cover tuition, books and other living expenses.

Successful applicants will also have access to a range of services, which may include:

Mentorship from Wes Hall
Mentorship from senior Black and Indigenous Telfer students
Academic advising and career planning assistance
Professional development workshops and networking opportunities
Internships and the Co-operative Education Program


To be eligible, applicants must meet these criteria:

  • be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, a person with protected or refugee status, or an international student
  • be admitted and registered as a full-time student at the Telfer School of Management of the University of Ottawa
  • demonstrate an interest in a career in finance; and
  • identify as Black, or have Black ancestry, or provide documented proof of Indigenous identity in accordance with the requirements of the University of Ottawa Eligibility for Focused Admissions, Scholarships, and Bursaries for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis People administrative procedure

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About Wes Hall

Wes Hall Wes Hall comes from humble beginnings in rural Jamaica. Growing up in a plantation worker’s shack as one of several children supported by his grandmother, he learned the value of hard work, ambition and industriousness. In 1985, Wes immigrated to Canada, where he began his journey to become the businessman you see today. As executive chair and founder of WeShall Investments, Wes is one of North America’s most influential powerbrokers and Canada’s preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services. He is the founder of the highly successful BlackNorth Initiative, designed to help end systemic anti-Black racism in Canada. In addition, you can see him on the hit CBC series Dragons’ Den. Read Wes Hall’s full bio.

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Check out Wes’s memoir

No Bootstraps When You’re Barefoot

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Abigail Fabian Gonzalez and Louis Philippe Ariel Nanihio standing next to Wes Hall

The Life-Changing Impact of the Wes Hall Scholarship on Telfer Students

Dean Stéphane Brutus and Wes Hall at the The Entrepreneurs’ Club (TECDE Ottawa) Business Dinner in March 2022.

Telfer Hosts Wes Hall's book launch: No Bootstraps When You're Barefoot

Dean Stéphane Brutus and Wes Hall at the The Entrepreneurs’ Club (TECDE Ottawa) Business Dinner in March 2022.

The Entrepreneurs’ Club Hosts their 31st Annual Toast to Success Dinner with Keynote Speaker Guest, Wes Hall

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