Financial Services Challenge Cup


Every cent matters and the books must balance. On the water every fraction of a second counts and a well balanced boat will add up as the winning team. Take your mastery of numbers and test them on the water in our Financial Services Challenge Cup. Calculate the number of strokes it takes to be the first across the finish line and proudly display the trophy in your office!

The Financial Services Challenge Cup races are designed to increase competition among teams representing companies or institutions providing financial services (Banks, Trust Companies, Investment, Insurance, Mortgage Brokers, etc).


Past Participants include:

Real Time Dragons (Payments Canada)
Scotiabank Spitfires (Scotiabank)
Intact Express (Intact Insurance)
Fire-Breathing Penguins (CIBC)
MD Mad Dragons (MD Financial Management)
Paddlers (CIBC)
Meridian CU Imagine Dragons (Meridian Credit Union)
Team BMO (BMO)
MDS AeroFlash (MDS)
EY Beamers (EY)
RBC Ignition (RBC)
CIBC Penultimate Paddlers (CIBC)



Team Rate: $1400
Out of Town Rate: $995 *Outside 100km radius of Ottawa
Individual Rate: Cost determined by team paddling with.



Early Bird Rate: $1300 (50 spots available)
Teams registered in the following divisions: $850 (25 spots available)

Teams outside North America: FREE


Registration includes:

  • Entry into the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival
  • Two team practices with certified coaches
  • Opportunity for top fundraising teams to qualify to race in the Charity Challenge Cup 
  • Access to free concert series and onsite activities
  • Opportunity to compete in various community and corporate divisions
  • Team site to hang out between races; decorate to have fun or promote your business/organization
  • Invitation for all team members to the Opening Ceremony and Parade of Champions
  • Entry into team t-shirt, team site and team spirit competitions 
  • All equipment provided (boats, paddles, PFDs)
Team Details:

Mixed - must race with a minimum of 8 female paddlers.
Women - must race with all female paddlers, but can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.
Open - teams are often comprised of primarily male paddlers, but females may also paddle. Open teams can have a drummer and/or steersperson of either gender.

Teams may be comprised of 16-20 paddlers, 1 drummer, 1 steersperson and up to 6 spares (maximum roster of 28).