NFA 2021

The 2021 NFA conference was held virtually, September 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday), 2021. Thank you to all who attended!

View the Conference Program Here.

View the NFA 2021 Keynote Speech Here.

The conference was hosted by the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo.

Blake Phillips and James Thompson served as program co-chairs.

NFA Mandate

The mandate of the NFA is to provide high-quality academic finance conferences for Canadians and our friends and colleagues from abroad.

Broad Participation

NFA conferences are designed to provide participation opportunities for as many attendees as possible. We try to minimize the number of researchers involved in more than one role at the conference so that as many members as possible have a chance to actively participate either as a presenter, discussant, or session chair.

We are working to get more people involved with the NFA.

Discussants and Session Chairs

We are working to maximize participation opportunities in the conference, so corresponding authors of accepted papers will generally not be asked to discuss papers. Instead, we will select discussants and session chairs from our list of NFA contacts, which includes NFA 5-Year Members, reviewers, current authors and prior authors.

Five-Year Memberships

We offer 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year NFA memberships. The 5-year memberships have a higher annual cost, and they provide members an opportunity to support the enduring value of the NFA’s work.  Accordingly, we prioritize the 5-year members when we select session chairs and discussants. Our membership page is here.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We invite support from two kinds of sponsors:

  1. Association Sponsors: Association sponsors support the NFA to create value for the finance profession. They include most of Canada’s leading universities. We appreciate the support of these Business School Gold Sponsors.
  2. Annual Conference Sponsors: Conference sponsors make it possible for us to put together a world-class conference. Their sponsorship is vital, and we encourage you to follow the links to their sites and see the innovative services they provide to the finance profession. Each year, they sponsor the conference in general, including special sessions, awards for outstanding papers, meals, and receptions. We acknowledge these sponsorships on our website, in our program, and at the events they sponsor.

When we are not virtual, we also offer space for exhibitors to meet our conference participants and market their products and activities.

For more information on Annual Sponsorships and Exhibition, please contact