NFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2018-2019

JAN BENA, UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
PRESIDENT

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.

CLAUDIA CHAMPAGNE, UNIVERSITÉ DE SHERBROOKE
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

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.

YRJÖ KOSKINEN,  UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

Yrjö 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.

ALFRED LEHAR, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
VICE-PRESIDENT AND PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

Alfred Lehar is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Vienna. Prior to Joining Haskayne, Alfred was at the University of Vienna and visited the University of British Columbia.

His research interests include fintech and crypto-currencies, financial intermediation and systemic risk, and corporate finance. He published well cited papers in widely respected journals including papers in Review of Finance, Management Science and the Journal of Financial Intermediation. Alfred teaches introductory finance for MBA students, a class on fintech and a PhD course in corporate finance.

NATHALIE MOYEN, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

 Nathalie Moyen is an associate professor of finance at the Leeds School of Business and an affiliated faculty at the Department of Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also enjoyed positions as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Wharton School and a Visiting Scholar at INSEAD. Nathalie earned her PhD the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Yes, she did follow the Quebec Nordiques to the Denver area.

Nathalie investigates the financial decisions that corporations make and how these financial decisions can influence economic decisions such capital investments. Her research has been published in several journals, including the International Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Finance.

Nathalie primarily teaches in the MBA and PhD programs, but she previously taught courses at the undergraduate level. Her courses have focused on corporate finance and derivative securities.

BLAKE PHILLIPS, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Blake Phillips is an Associate Professor of Finance and the Associate Director of Student Experience and Programs in the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo. Blake’s research focuses on investor behaviour, managerial incentives in investment products and mutual funds. His research has been published in top academic journals such as the Review of Asset Pricing Studies and the Critical Finance Review and has been featured in the international media including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Bloomberg Business. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Banking and Finance. Blake teaches derivatives and capital markets in the undergraduate program.

TATYANA SOKOLYK, BROCK UNIVERSITY
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

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.

JAMES R. THOMPSON, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

James Thompson is an Associate Professor of Finance in the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Economic Studies in Munich in 2010, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2012, and a Visiting Researcher at both the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the University of Auckland in 2013.  He is currently the Finance Director for the Computing and Financial Management program at the University of Waterloo.  His PhD is in Economics from Queen’s University.

James researches non-standard risk in financial markets, with a particular interest in designing policies that take into account the incentives of market players. Recently, he has also begun researching in the field of corporate finance, specifically on the relationship between workers and the risk within the firm.  His research has been published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Financial Intermediation and the Journal of Corporate Finance.

James has taught at the undergrad, MBA and PhD levels, with most of his teaching in corporate finance.

AKIKO WATANABE, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Akiko Watanabe is an associate professor of Finance at the University of Alberta School of Business. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Her research focuses on the role of financial market liquidity and the asset pricing anomalies in international equity markets. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies and presented at conferences in North America, Europe, and Asia. Akiko is the 2009 recipient of the Jensen Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics. She currently serves as an associate editor of the International Review of Finance and teaches investments to undergraduate students.

JASON WEI, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
TREASURER

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.

NFA BOARD 2018-19

  • Jan Bena (UBC) – Program Chair
  • Murray Carlson (UBC) – Director at Large
  • Francesca Carrieri (McGill University) – Co-President
  • Claudia Champagne (Université de Sherbrooke), Director at Large
  • Jan Ericsson (McGill University) – Co-President
  • Yrjö Koskinen(University of Calgary) – Director at Large
  • Tatyana Sokolyk (Brock University) – Secretary
  • Andriy Shkilko (Wilfrid Laurier University) – Treasurer
  • Jason Wei (University of Toronto) – Director at Large

NFA BOARD 2017-18

  • Jan Bena (UBC) – Director at Large
  • Murray Carlson (UBC) – Director at Large
  • Francesca Carrieri (McGill University) – Program Co-Chair
  • Claudia Champagne (Université de Sherbrooke), Director at Large
  • Jan Ericsson (McGill University) – Program Co-Chair
  • Louis Gagnon (Queen’s University) –  Director at Large
  • Maria Pacurar (Dalhousie University) President
  • Andriy Shkilko (Wilfrid Laurier University) – Treasurer

NFA BOARD 2016-17

  • Murray Carlson (UBC) – Program Co-Chair
  • Francesca Carrieri (McGill University) – Director at Large
  • Jan Ericsson (McGill University) – 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 (Wilfrid Laurier University)- 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