Northern Finance Association Conference 2016
Fairmont Tremblant, September 16-18, 2016
Mont-Tremblant, Québec

We invite members and friends of the Northern Finance Association to submit research papers for the 28TH annual meeting of the NFA, which will be held on September 16-18, 2016, at the Fairmont Tremblant, in picturesque Mont-Tremblant, Québec. Papers on any topic related to finance will be considered, as long as they have not already been accepted for publication in a journal. Each author is restricted to one submission.

The deadline for submissions was March 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm (23:59 hrs) Eastern Time through OpenConf.

Papers will be reviewed anonymously by up to three members of the Program Committee, and authors will be notified about the outcome of the review process, by mid-May 2016. We are hoping to maximize participation opportunities in the conference, so corresponding authors will likely not be invited to serve as discussants or session chairs. Discussants and session chairs will be selected from our list of NFA contacts, which includes 5-year NFA members, Program Committee members, co-authors of accepted papers, and past presenters. If you would like to become a member of the Program Committee or serve as discussant/session chair, please contact us at Conference registration will open on May 11, 2016 and the early registration will end on June 14, 2016. Authors must be registered by this date in order to be eligible for paper awards. Conference registration and hotel booking details are available here.

Keynote Speaker:

Maureen O’Hara
Professor of Finance and Purcell Professor of Finance
Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

Special Session for Assistant Professors:

G. Andrew Karolyi
Professor of Finance and Alumni Chair in Asset Management
Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

PhD Students Session Chairs:

Reena Aggarwal
Professor of Finance and Robert E. McDonough Professor of Business Administration
McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Tom McCurdy
Professor of Finance and Bonham Chair in International Finance
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Papers authored exclusively by PhD students may be submitted using the standard submission procedure. Such papers should be marked “Student Paper” along with a comment requesting that the paper be considered for the PhD Session, which will be held on Friday afternoon, if they aren’t selected for the regular program. Our PhD Session Chairs will select papers from this group, and assign discussants who will provide constructive criticism and ideas to enhance the papers during the PhD Session.

Past Sponsors and Confirmed 2016 Sponsors:

Bank of Canada (confirmed for 2016)
Scotiabank (confirmed for 2016)
Royal Bank of Canada (confirmed for 2016)
Global Risk Institute
Stata (confirmed for 2016)
Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation (confirmed for 2016)
IIROC (confirmed for 2016)
Montreal Institute of Structured Products (IFSID)

Please, see the conference website for an up-to-date list of award sponsors.

Past Exhibitors (2016 exhibitors to be confirmed):

S&P Capital IQ
IOS Press

Planned Paper Prizes:

Asset Pricing
Canadian Financial System ($2,000, confirmed to be sponsored by the Bank of Canada in 2016)
Derivatives (confirmed to be sponsored by IFSID in 2016)
Empirical Finance (sponsored by WRDS in 2015)
ETFs in Asset Management ($5,000, confirmed to be sponsored by Canadian ETF Association in 2016)
Best Paper on FinTech ($2,000, confirmed to be sponsored by The Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab at Ivey Business School)
Market Microstructure ($2,000, confirmed to be sponsored by IIROC in 2016)
Best PhD paper ($2,000, confirmed to be sponsored by CFA Institute in 2016)

We hope to see you in Mont-Tremblant next September!

Louis Gagnon & Lynnette Purda
Smith School of Business at Queen’s University
NFA 2016 Program Co-Chairs


Maureen O’Hara is the Purcell Professor of Finance at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University. She holds degrees from the University of Illinois (B.S. Economics), and Northwestern University (M.S. Economics and Ph.D. Finance), and Honorary Doctorates from Facultés Universitaires Catholiques à Mons (FUCAM), Belgium and Universität Bern, Switzerland. Professor O’Hara’s research focuses on issues in market microstructure and in banking. She is the author of numerous journal articles as well as the book Market Microstructure Theory (Blackwell: 1995), and she is co-editor of the book High Frequency Trading: New Realities for Traders, Markets, and Regulators (Risk Books: 2013). Her most recent research looks at corporate governance issues in banks, with a particular focus on the role of risk committees, and she is also working on best execution issues in corporate bonds. She has served as President of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, and the Financial Management Association.


Andrew Karolyi is Professor of Finance and holder of the Alumni Chair in Asset Management at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is also Professor of Economics in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences.

His research specializes in the area of investment management with a focus on the study of international financial markets. He has published extensively in journals in Finance and Economics, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies, and has published several books and monographs. His research has been covered extensively in the print and electronic media, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, National Public Radio, The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, BusinessWeek, and CNBC. His newest book, entitled Cracking the Emerging Markets Enigma (Oxford University Press), was published in the Spring of 2015. Professor Karolyi currently serves as executive editor of the Review of Financial Studies, one of the top-tier refereed journals in Finance.


Dr. Aggarwal has held various positions including Interim Dean and Deputy Dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business; Distinguished Scholar at the Reserve Bank of India’s CAFRAL; Visiting Professor of Finance at MIT’s Sloan School of Management; FINRA Academic Fellow; Academic Fellow at the U.S. SEC; Visiting Research Scholar at the IMF; and Fulbright Scholar to Brazil. Currently, she serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Financing and Capital.

Professor Aggarwal specializes in global financial markets, market regulation, investment banking, initial public offerings, institutional investors, private equity, valuation, exchange demutualization, and corporate governance. She is a prolific scholar and has received several research awards including the 2015 BlackRock-National Association of Corporate Directors Award. She was honored with the Allan N. Nash Distinguished Doctoral Graduate Award by University of Maryland. She has been named among “Outstanding Faculty” in the BusinessWeek Guide to the Best Business Schools and has been voted an outstanding professor by Executive MBAs.


Tom McCurdy holds the Bonham Chair in International Finance and is Professor of Finance at Rotman (with a cross-appointment to the Department of Economics). He is the Founder & Director of the Financial Research and Trading Lab, and has been an Associate Fellow at the CIRANO Research Institute (Montreal), and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Financial Econometrics. Recent research includes forecasting correlations; real-time identification of structural breaks and model changes; model risk; jump and crash risk; and simulation-based learning. Tom’s research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Review of Economic Studies. He teaches in the Master of Finance, MBA, Masters of Mathematical Finance, PhD and Commerce Programs, and for the new Master of Financial Research Management. He is the co-founder of the RIT market simulator package which includes more than 40 simulation cases which are currently being used at international competitions and by many universities around the globe.