Nominations for the NFA Board of Directors

The NFA Articles of Incorporation specify a Board with 4 to 10 members. The NFA Bylaws state:

“The incumbent board normally proposes a slate of names for the election of directors to stand for election by the membership to fill vacant positions. In addition, subject to the Regulations under the Act, the board also accepts nominations from the broad membership, and any proposal submitted at least 30 days prior to the annual members’ meeting may include nominations for the election of directors if the proposal is signed by not less than 5 members entitled to vote at the meeting at which the proposal is to be presented.”

The Bylaws also specify that Directors are elected for terms of one or two years. Our Articles of Incorporation specify that we must have 4 to 10 Board Members.

The board normally proposes a slate of candidates for the members to consider for election. These nominees will be posted on the NFA web site in advance of the annual general meeting. (Candidates for the upcoming election would appear below if the annual general meeting is approaching.)

Separately from the nominees proposed by the board, NFA Members may also nominate Members for these positions at least 30 days before the Annual General Meeting. Please use this form for the nomination, as it provides for information that we can post on the website to support the nominee. It also requires the signatures of 5 nominating members. The form can be scanned and emailed to the board member currently serving as Secretary. (The names of such candidates would also be posted below, once nomination documentation has been received and confirmed.)

2018 Board Nominee: Jan Bena

Jan Bena is an Associate Professor in the Finance Division at the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. He earned a Ph.D. in finance from the London School of Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute. He is the director of the Ph.D. program in Finance at the Sauder School of Business.

Jan’s research focuses on corporate finance and governance, corporate R&D and innovation, and finance and product market competition. He has published in major journals including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. He regularly presents his research in seminars and major international conferences.

Jan’s teaching covers a variety of finance courses for students in the Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Management, MBA, and Ph.D. programs. He focuses on advanced courses where students apply key finance concepts and theory in real world situations in both investment and corporate contexts.

2018 Board Nominee: Yrjo Koskinen

Yrjo Koskinen is the Associate Dean of Research and an Associate Professor of Finance at the Haskayne School of Business. Previously he has served on the faculties of Stockholm School of Economics, Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an MSc degree in Economics from the University of Helsinki, and a PhD in Management (Finance) from INSEAD. Prior to his academic career, Koskinen worked as a financial journalist and as an economist at the Bank of Finland.

Koskinen’s main research areas are corporate finance, corporate governance, and international finance. His current research focuses on corporate social responsibility and its relationship to firm risk, entrepreneurial finance and incentives, and financial crises. His research has been published in the leading finance journals, such as the Journal of Financial EconomicsReview of Financial StudiesJournal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Review of Finance. He is the recipient of the prestigious Standard Life Investments Finance Prize for his research on corporate social responsibility and firm risk.

2018 Board Nominee: Jason Wei

Jason Wei is Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto, which he joined in 1998. Prior to 1998, he was Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Saskatchewan. His early research focuses on derivatives valuation and applications. His recent research is on empirical asset pricing, focusing on liquidity and investor behavior. Professor Wei’s work on theoretical option valuation and risk modelling appeared in field journals such as Journal of Derivatives, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Risk and Insurance, and Mathematical Finance. His work on liquidity and general asset pricing appeared in mainstream Finance journals such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Empirical Finance, Financial Management, and Review of Financial Studies. He served as the Finance Division Editor of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences from 2005 to 2011, and he is currently on the editorial board of The Journal of Derivatives.

Professor Wei has taught a wide range of finance courses at the undergraduate and masters levels, including intro finance, intermediate finance, advanced finance, investments, international finance, derivatives, risk management, and fixed income. He has also taught PhD topics courses on liquidity at Rotman School of Management and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.