Murray Carlson has been at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia since 2002 and currently holds the Advisory Council Chair in Finance. He received his B.Sc. (Chemical Engineering) from Queen’s University in 1984, and his MBA (Finance) in 1988, and Ph.D. (Finance) in 1998 from the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the empirical study of corporate decisions, such as investments and capital structure, and his papers have been published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Review of Financial Studies. He previously worked as a Field Engineer for Canadian Fracmaster, as a Financial Analyst for Chrysler Canada, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Carlson was awarded the Alex Wilson Faculty Research Prize in 2008, the American Finance Association’s Smith Breeden Prize in 2005 for his work on the book-to-market effect in returns, and was a Brattle Prize Finalist in 2006. In 2009 he was awarded the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia Graduate Master Teacher Award. Professor Carlson has given numerous talks at international conferences and he currently serves as a program committee member for the Western Finance Association. Professor Carlson’s current teaching focuses on combining current finance theory with financial data to facilitate decision making in both investment and corporate contexts.


Francesca Carrieri is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University in Montreal. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Southern California and a degree in law from the University of Bari, Italy. Her research interests include Asset Pricing and International Finance. In particular, her current research focus is on issues such as financial integration, currency risk and the role of industries in developed and emerging markets. During her sabbaticals, Francesca has been a visiting fellow to universities around the world, from New York to London, Singapore and Sydney. Francesca has published her research in journals like the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and Management Science and has participated in many conferences in North America, Europe and Asia. She is the recipient of the William H. Sharpe Award for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis in 2007 and the Emerald Citation of Excellence Award for the same paper.


Claudia Champagne is a Professor of Finance at Sherbrooke University in Canada. She is the main researcher for the Desjardins Chair in Responsible Finance and a member of the Research Group in Applied Finance (GReFA) where she is responsible for the financial institutions management research theme. She is a member of the editorial board for the IEB International Journal of Finance. She has published her work in academic journals, such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Asset Management and Financial Management, and in professional journals such as Canadian Investment Review. She regularly presents her research in international scientific conferences. She collaborates on research projects with different financial institutions in Canada and acts as expert evaluator for the SSHRC (Canada). Her current research interests include responsible finance, corporate social responsibility, financial network analysis, risk management and financial institutions management.


ericsson_090424-103612-3819_web_0Jan Ericsson joined the Desautels Faculty of Management in the autumn of 1999 with a PhD from the Stockholm School of Economics (1997). A former Marie Curie Fellow at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, he is now an associate professor, coordinator of the finance group, and a fellow at the Stockholm Institute for Financial Research (SIFR).

Jan’s current research focuses on risk premia in corporate bond and credit derivative markets, and has been published in, among others, the Journal of Business and the Journal of Finance. Recently, his paper “Can Structural Models price Default? Evidence from Bond and Credit Derivative Markets,” joint with Hao Wang and Joel Reneby, was recipient of the Best Fixed Income Paper prize at the 2006 FMA. His work has been presented more than 60 times at conferences and seminars across North America, Europe and Asia.

At McGill, Professor Ericsson has given derivatives, and fixed income courses at BCOM, MBA and PhD levels. Currently, he teaches introductory finance in the undergraduate and the MBA Japan programs. Additional pedagogic experiences are under the auspices of the Norwegian School of Management, the Stockholm School of Economics, and the Catholic University of Louvain.


LouisGagnonLouis is a Professor and Distinguished Faculty Fellow of Finance at Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business. He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, as well as an MSc in Finance and a BBA (Finance) from the Université de Sherbrooke.

Louis’ research lies at the intersection of asset pricing, corporate finance, and risk management. His research is published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Louis’ private sector experience includes a stint in senior management at the Royal Bank of Canada, where he oversaw the bank’s global interest rate derivatives exposures and developed risk-management methodologies and policies.

In recent years, Louis has been featured extensively in the national media, commenting on major market developments and writing open editorials in the Globe and Mail and the National Post.

Louis teaches in Queen’s Commerce, Full-time MBA, and Master of Finance programs. The Master of Finance Classes of 2013 and 2015 elected him Professor of the Year. He is also actively involved in executive education at Queen’s and abroad.

Louis’ Twitter: @lgqsb


M.PacurarMaria Pacurar joined Dalhousie University in 2005 and is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Rowe School of Business. She is currently the coordinator of the finance department and was the School’s Research Co-lead from 2013 to 2016.

Maria received an MBA from the University of Nantes and a PhD in Finance from HEC Montréal. Her research interests are in the fields of financial econometrics, intraday risk management, asset pricing and market microstructure. She has published in journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance and the Journal of Empirical Finance. Her doctoral research was awarded the Mercure Award for the best doctoral thesis at HEC Montreal. With her co-authors, Maria received the Bank of Canada Award for the Best Canadian Financial Market Paper and the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA) Institute’s Best Paper in Risk Management Award. She is regularly invited to act as a reviewer for various academic journals, conferences, textbooks and federal granting agencies. Maria has been a member of the SSHRC Insight Grant national adjudication committee for business and management for 3 consecutive years.

Since joining Dalhousie, Maria has been teaching courses in corporate finance and risk management for financial institutions. She has also taught at HEC Montreal, Saint Mary’s University and the École Supérieure de la Francophonie pour l’Administration et le Management (ESFAM) in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her dedication to teaching earned her the Faculty of Management Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 and the 2015 A. Gordon Archibald Award at Dalhousie University.


faculty_sbe_andriy_shkilkoAndriy Shkilko is an Associate Professor of Finance and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Financial Markets at Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics. Andriy’s research focuses on securities trading and the structure of financial markets. It has appeared in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Management Science, Journal of Financial Markets, among others.

Andriy’s recent work has received awards from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the American Association of Individual Investors, Toronto CFA Society and Auckland Centre for Financial Research. He has taken part in regulatory initiatives conducted by the regulators in Canada and the United Kingdom. His work has been profiled in various outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, the National Post, the Toronto Star and Canadian Business.

At Laurier, Andriy teaches financial markets and corporate finance courses at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.



Tatyana Sokolyk is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Goodman School of Business, Brock University. She received her PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests are in international investments, entrepreneurial finance, and corporate governance. Tatyana’s research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Financial Stability, among other journals. Her work has been presented more than 50 times at professional meetings and seminars in North America, Europe, and Asia and received three Best Paper Awards at academic conferences. Tatyana’s co-authored research was highlighted in financial press, such as The Wall Street JournalFinancial Times, and Boston Globe and has been referenced in policy proposals to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and international Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. At Goodman, Tatyana teaches corporate finance at the undergraduate and MBA levels and financial markets and institutions.

NFA BOARD 2016-17

  • Murray Carlson (UBC) – Program Co-Chair
  • Francesca Carrieri – Director at Large
  • Jan Ericsson – Director at Large
  • Louis Gagnon (Queen’s University) –  President (Mar. 20, 2017 – Sept. 17, 2017)
  • Ranjini Jha (University of Waterloo) – Treasurer
  • Katya Malinova (University of Toronto)- Secretary
  • Vikas Mehrotra (University of Alberta) – Director at Large
  • Maria Pacurar (Dalhousie University) Program Co-Chair
  • Lynnette Purda (Queen’s University) – President (Sept. 18, 2016 – Mar. 19, 2017)
  • Andriy Shkilko – Director at Large

NFA BOARD 2015-16

  • Martin Boyer (HEC Montreal) – Director at Large
  • Murray Carlson (UBC) – Secretary
  • Louis Gagnon (Queen’s University) – Program Co-Chair
  • Ranjini Jha (University of Waterloo) – Treasurer
  • Michael King (Western University) – Director at Large
  • Lisa Kramer (University of Toronto) – Past-President
  • Vikas Mehrotra (University of Alberta) – President
  • Lynnette Purda (Queen’s University) – Program Co-Chair

NFA BOARD 2014-15

  • Martin Boyer (HEC Montreal) – Director at Large
  • Stéphane Chrétien (Université Laval) – Past President
  • Louis Gagnon (Queen’s University) – Director at Large
  • Ranjini Jha (University of Waterloo) – Treasurer
  • Mark Kamstra (York University) – Director at Large
  • Lisa Kramer (University of Toronto) – President
  • Vikas Mehrotra (University of Alberta) – Program Chair, 2015
  • Lynnette Purda (Queen’s University) – Secretary

NFA BOARD 2013-14

  • Stéphane Chrétien (Université Laval) – President
  • Ron Giammarino (University of British Columbia)
  • Ranjini Jha (University of Waterloo) – Treasurer
  • Mark Kamstra (York University)
  • Lisa Kramer (University of Toronto) – Secretary
  • Vikas Mehrotra (University of Alberta)
  • Gordon Sick (University of Calgary) – Program Chair
  • Brian Smith (Wilfrid Laurier University) – Past President

Inaugural NFA Board 2012-13

  • Ron Giammarino (University of British Columbia)
  • Mark Kamstra (York University)
  • Lisa Kramer (University of Toronto)
  • Vikas Mehrotra (University of Alberta)
  • Gordon Sick (University of Calgary) – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Brian Smith (Wilfrid Laurier University) – President
  • Issouf Soumaré (Université Laval) – Vice-President