PANEL ON FINTECH INNOVATION AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH

(Sponsored by Rotman Finhub)

Friday, September 13th, 5:15-6:30pm
[Pinnacle Ballroom]

This year’s meeting will feature a panel on FinTech Innovation and Academic Research. Over the last decade, FinTech startups have disrupted the business models of the core areas of the legacy financial industry such as lending, financial advice, and payment processing. Academic research has also benefited from these developments: Data from online lending platforms have proven to be a treasure trove for empirical research, advances in blockchain technology brought crypto-assets as a new type of security and spurred the emergence of an entire research area, and machine learning techniques provide a whole new tool box for empirical analyses. Panelists from academia and industry will explore the effects of FinTech innovation on academic research in traditional areas of finance, they will analyze how academia and the FinTech industry can benefit from each others’ work in the future, and they will discuss why FinTech may be a promising research field for emerging scholars in finance.

Confirmed panelists are

Francesco D’Acunto, Carroll School of Management at Boston College
Cam Harvey, J. Paul Sticht Professor of International Business at Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Michael King, Lansdowne Chair in Finance, Gustavson School of Business, Univ of Victoria
Pauline Shum, Wealthscope and Schulich School of Business at York University
Davyde Watchell, Responsive AI

Moderator: Andreas Park, University of Toronto and Rotman FinHub

FinTech Panel Lead Organizer

Andreas Park
Associate Professor of Finance
University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

Andreas Park is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Toronto, appointed to the Rotman School of Management, the Institute for Management and Innovation, and the Department of Management at UTM, where he is the department’s associate chair. He currently serves as the Research Director at Rotman’s Financial Innovation Hub in Advanced Analytics, he is the co-founder of UTLedgerHub, and a lab economist for blockchain at Rotman’s CDL. Andreas teaches courses on FinTech and financial market trading, and his current research focuses on the economic impact of technological transformations such as blockchain technology.