NFA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021-22

VINCENT GLODE, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Vincent Glode is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania.  He joined the Wharton School in July 2009 after earning his PhD in finance from Carnegie Mellon University.  His research is mainly theoretical and studies how financial intermediaries create and allocate surplus in the economy.  His papers have been published in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies and have received best paper awards at multiple conferences, including the 2008 Northern Finance Association meeting.  He has served as associate editor at Management Science and the Journal of Empirical Finance and as elected board member of the Finance Theory Group. At Wharton, Professor Glode teaches Corporate Valuation at the undergraduate and MBA levels, for which he has won several teaching awards.  He has served on Wharton’s Teaching Excellence Committee, the MBA program’s Executive Committee, and the Dean’s Advisory Council.  He is a CFA charterholder.

YELENA LARKIN, YORK UNIVERSITY
SECRETARY

Yelena Larkin is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Schulich School of Business, York University.

Yelena’s primary interests are in the area of empirical corporate finance, with particular focus on product markets and financial policy. Through her research, she studies how the nature of firms’ products and services, as well as the competitive landscape of industries in which they operate, affect financial and investment decisions. During her career, Yelena has taught at the undergrad, MBA and PhD levels.

Yelena has published her research at the top finance journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Management Science, and Review of Finance, and has received academic awards for her work. Her research was cited by various media sources around the world, and Yelena was invited to present her work in front of policy makers and industry practitioners in the United States and Canada.

Yelena has joined York University in 2015.  She has previously worked at Pennsylvania State University and at the World Bank in Washington, DC. She has completed her PhD in finance at Cornell University.

ALFRED LEHAR, UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

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
PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

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.

LILIAN NG, YORK UNIVERSITY
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Lilian Ng is a Professor of Finance and holds the Scotiabank Chair in International Finance at the Schulich School of Business, York University. She earned her PhD in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Lilian held permanent positions at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Texas-Austin, and City University of Hong Kong, and visiting positions at the University of Southern California, University of California-Irvine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore, and Nanyang Technological University.

Lilian’s research focuses on global supply chains, corporate social responsibility, international financial markets, and institutional trading behavior. Her research has been published in leading finance journals, such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Review of Finance. She has won several best research paper awards at national and international conferences, including the 2019 Moskowitz Prize. Her research was featured in financial media, such as the New York Times, Smart Money Magazine, the Straits Times (Singapore), Business Times (Singapore), and Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets.

BLAKE PHILLIPS, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
CO-PRESIDENT

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.

JOSEF SCHROTH, BANK OF CANADA
DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Josef Schroth is a principal researcher at Bank of Canada. Prior to joining the Bank he was a Max Weber fellow at European University Institute. Josef received his PhD. in economics from University of California, Los Angeles.

His research interests are in the areas of macro-finance and corporate finance. Specific topics are macroprudential regulation of banks and firms’ voluntary disclosure decisions. Josef’s research has been published in the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Monetary Economics and the Review of Economic Dynamics. He has contributed to policy publications at Bank of Canada and the Bank for International Settlements and to the Duke Law School’s blog on financial regulation.

JAMES R. THOMPSON, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
CO-PRESIDENT

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
PROGRAM CO-CHAIR

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 2020-21

  • Vincent Glode (University of Pennsylvania), Director at Large
  • Yrjö Koskinen(University of Calgary) – Co-President
  • Alfred Lehar (University of Calgary) – Co-President
  • Nathalie Moyen (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Director at Large
  • Blake Phillips (University of Waterloo) – Program Co-Chair
  • James Thompson (University of Waterloo) – Program Co-Chair
  • Akiko Watanabe (University of Alberta) – Director at Large
  • Jason Wei (University of Toronto) – Treasurer

NFA BOARD 2019-20

  • Jan Bena (UBC) – President
  • Claudia Champagne (Université de Sherbrooke), Director at Large
  • Yrjö Koskinen(University of Calgary) – Program Co-Chair
  • Alfred Lehar (University of Calgary) – Vice-President and Program Co-Chair
  • Nathalie Moyen (University of Colorado at Boulder) – Director at Large
  • Blake Phillips (University of Waterloo) – Director at Large
  • Tatyana Sokolyk (Brock University) – Secretary
  • James Thompson (University of Waterloo) – Director at Large
  • Akiko Watanabe (University of Alberta) – Director at Large
  • Jason Wei (University of Toronto) – Treasurer

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