AIMS on Campus Op-Ed Competition

AIMS on Campus will be introducing an Op-Ed competition for the 2016-17 school year. Students will be invited to submit an opinion piece, and the best pieces will receive both a cash prize as well as regional exposure through various media outlets. The contest will be held early in the fall semester. Interested students should subscribe to our student mailing list and check back to this page for details!


Details on the former AIMS on Campus Essay Competition:

The AIMS on Campus Essay Competition 2015 has ended! To keep informed of future student opportunities including the AIMS Student Fellowship and on site internships please. Like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to stay fully up to date. As a reminder of what was at stake, the prizes, theme and winners are outlined below:

First Place: $1000 Matthew Lau
Second Place: $750 – Meagan Campbell
Third Place: $500 – Justin John Baird

The Theme: Righting The Ship


The Atlantic Canadian economy is stagnating. Low productivity and out-migration have conspired with aging demographics to put immense fiscal pressure on local and provincial budgets. Meanwhile, politicians continue to pour money on the problem. This is your chance to make a difference. Imagine you work at a think tank dedicated to righting the ship. You’ve been tasked to develop a policy report that analyzes a particular aspect of this crisis, followed by an Op-Ed written to get the word out. The clock is ticking.

About this year’s winners:

matthewMatthew Lau is a finance and economics student at the University of Toronto. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce in April 2016.

“Governments should prohibit actions that harm others, but too often government regulations do not meet this criteria.  Minimum wage laws, for example, are a ban on low-paid employment contracts – even though these contracts benefit both the employer and the worker.  If this were not the case, one or the other would not have agreed to the contract.  Minimum wage laws and similar regulations are therefore not only damaging to the economy, they are also immoral because they restrict the freedom of individuals.”

— Matthew Lau

After finishing three years of journalism school at the University of King’s College, Meagan Campbell is currently writing for Maclean’s magazine in Toronto. She has also freelanced with The Atlantic Monthly and CBC Radio. Among her hobbies are learning Mandarin and teaching scuba diving.Meagan Campbell Headshot

“Because money is often a necessary tool, I hold economic liberty as critical to a healthy society and advocate for a government that promotes economic agency across ages and social divides.”

— Meagan Campbell

Justin John Baird is a First Class Honours History graduate of Saint Francis Xavier University and is currently enrolled as a student in the Bachelor of Education program. He hopes to one day become a teacher and to teach English in Nova Scotia and abroad, and expects to graduate in 2017.Profile Photo

“The ability to invest and profit from the work that one does is just as important as the ability to vote and elect your own government officials. If a Canadian man or woman is not entitled to the sweat of their brow and the calluses of their hands, then how can anyone expect democracy and the democratic process to flourish and take root in the hearts and minds of citizens?”

— Justin John Baird

AIMS on Campus (AOC) is a project that introduces ideas of liberty, free markets, and individual responsibility to post-secondary students across Canada. Canadian colleges and universities should be havens for intellectual freedom, where all students feel comfortable expressing their ideas and everyone benefits from the exchange. AOC provides a forum for students to communicate their ideas, as well as opportunities to network with some of Canada’s leading policy experts.

The project is made possible through the generous support of the Lotte and John Hecht Memorial Foundation (

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