Alumni Success Stories

Madiha Hussain

Madiha Hussain, MFin 2016
Senior Risk Analyst
RBC
Toronto, ON

When Madiha started the program, she was an Analyst at RBC. Upon graduation she was promoted to Senior Analyst within the Chief Risk Data Office.

The MFin program has definitely allowed me to take my career closer to my ideal career path and along the way I have met great people that are willing to guide and help me move up. I would definitely recommend this program to ambitious people that would like to supercharge their career growth.

Calvin Kwong

Calvin Kwong, MFin 2016
Investment Banking Analyst
CIBC Capital Markets
Toronto, ON

When Calvin started the program, he was an Associate at Crescent Park Capital Partners. Upon graduation, he joined CIBC Capital Markets as an Investment Banking Analyst.

The program's focus on experiential learning and a curriculum geared to real-world applications allowed me to truly identify my strengths and weaknesses. By focusing my efforts on areas of improvement, I was able to excel in the program and ultimately land my dream job in investment banking.

Devan Sloan

Devan Sloan, MFin 2016
Senior Manager, Leasing
GWL Realty Advisors
Toronto, ON

When Devan entered the program, he was a Manager at GWL Realty Advisors. After graduation, he was promoted to Senior Manager with greatly expanded responsibilities.

The program brought together experienced and engaging faculty with a diverse and enterprising group of students. This created an environment where I was not only able to learn from the professors but also my fellow classmates. I built relationships and friendships in the program that will last a lifetime. This was a great stepping stone in my career.

Christopher Sy

Christopher Sy, MFin 2016
Private Equity & Venture Capital Analyst
Yorkville Partners
Toronto, ON

When Christopher entered the program, he was a Financial Planning Associate with TD Wealth Management. After graduation, he joined Yorkville Partners as a Private Equity & Venture Capital Analyst.

The program broadened my understanding of finance and provided valuable technical skills that could be used immediately on the job. For me, one of the highlights of the program was the National Investment Banking Competition, where I met a lot of students from different countries and made great connections.

Maria Zou

Maria Zou, MFin 2016
Assistant Vice President
Swiss Re
Toronto, ON

When Maria entered the program, she was Associate Actuary, In-force Business Pricing at Manulife. After completing the program, she took on the role of Assistant Vice President at Swiss Re, a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer.

The program broadened my knowledge in other areas of finance, especially on the asset side. I believe the friendships I've built during the program and the learning experiences will go a long way in helping me achieve personal and career growth. I would recommend this program to people at any stage of their career.

Rees Barnett

Rees Barnett, MFin 2015
Associate
Kensington Capital Partners
Toronto, ON

When Rees entered the program, he was an Attribution and Risk analyst at OMERS. Upon graduation, he joined Kensington Capital Partners where he assists in the investment of a $150 million pool of private equity investments, and a $50 million pool of hedge funds assets.

For me, the highlight of the program was the people – the students, faculty, and staff. It was a great learning experience and it helped me transition into a front office role which, as many people know, is difficult to do. I would definitely recommend this program and the Queen's Alumni network is a great resource to have as a financial professional.

Yolanda Chen

Yolanda Chen, MFin 2015
Vice President Finance Asia
Vexos
Markham, ON

When Yolanda began the program, she was a Manager of Finance at Bell Canada. After graduation, she was then hired by Vexos as Manager of Global Financial Planning and Analysis. She was subsequently promoted to Vice President Finance Asia.

I found the professors and the quality of education in the program to be amazing. Equally important, my fellow students were professional, driven, dedicated and supportive. The program helped me take a second look at my strengths and weaknesses, and revisit my career goals. As a result, I was able to move outside of my comfort zone and onto a different career path.

Greg Limburg

Greg Limburg, MFin 2015
Portfolio Analyst
1832 Asset Management L.P.
Toronto, ON

Greg entered the program directly from his undergraduate business program. Upon graduation, he joined BMO Capital Markets as an Associate, Equity Research. He recently joined 1832 Asset Management L.P. as Portfolio Analyst.

Pursuing the Queen’s MFin has been the most pivotal step in my career path thus far, and I can say with confidence that I would not be where I am today without it. The network of talented professionals I have made as a graduate of the program has connected me with countless leading financial institutions, on Bay Street and beyond.

Ariel Lubecki

Ariel Lubecki, MFin 2015
Institutional Relationship Manager
Burgundy Asset Management
Toronto, ON

When Ariel started the program, he was a Senior Investment Analyst at Fidelity Investments. Prior to graduation, he joined Burgundy Asset Management as an Institutional Relationship Manager.

The Queen’s MFin program pushed me to achieve my personal best. I was, and continue to be, truly inspired by my classmates as well as the professors and guest speakers that were brought in. The program provided a network with a wide range of investment industry professionals, including asset management, private equity and investment banking practitioners. I absolutely recommend this program.

Andrew Schrumm

Andrew Schrumm, MFin 2015
Advisor, Office of Domestic and International Affairs
Ontario Securities Commission
Toronto, ON

When Andrew entered the program, he was Policy Manager, Regulatory Coordination Branch, at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. Shortly after completing the program, he joined the Ontario Securities Commission in his current role.

I strongly believe my job change would not have been possible without the Queen’s MFin. This program has given me a stronger foundation professionally and personally. I am able to contribute at a higher level, providing technical and strategic guidance on real-world issues in securities regulation. I would recommend this program to anyone who is serious about advancing their career in finance.

Adler Sears

Adler Sears, MFin 2015
Investment Banking
BMO Capital Markets
Toronto, ON

When Adler entered the program, he was a Pension Analyst at Morneau Shepell. Shortly after graduation, he joined BMO in the Merchant Banking Group and now is an Analyst in Merchant Banking with Scotia Wealth Management.

The decision to pursue my Master of Finance degree at Queen's was an easy one for me. The program made it possible to obtain a challenging and rewarding position in a capital markets role. Queen’s does an excellent job in finding a balance between developing technical skill sets and essential soft skills that truly differentiates this program from all others.

Lamia Tasneem

Lamia Tasneem, MFin 2015
Customer Due Diligence Analyst
HSBC Commercial Banking
Toronto, ON

Prior to starting the program, Lamia was Regulatory Reporting Officer at Citibank in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She moved to Canada and entered the program in 2014. Upon graduation, she joined TD as Officer, Master Data Management. She subsequently moved to her current position at HSBC.

Queen’s MFin program improved my analytical, problem-solving, and team-building skills, which are essential to succeed in any professional discipline. In all, it really expanded my horizons. The career workshops, networking sessions with alumni and industry leaders, and numerous other resources equipped me with the tools I needed to advance in my career.

Rob Janson

Rob Janson, MFin 2013
Chief Investment Officer and Equity Partner
Westcourt Capital Corporation
Toronto, ON

When Rob entered the program, he was a Director- Switzerland and Canada at UBS Wealth Management. Upon completion of the program, he joined Westcourt Capital Corporation as Chief Investment Officer, where he is now an equity partner.

The Queen’s name and the MFin degree is recognized internationally for its pedigree and it carries a lot of credibility. Queen’s MFin, enabled me to think beyond the career path I was on and to seek out something outside the world in which I was working. It was extremely instrumental in allowing me to take a big step forward and take on my role at Westcourt Capital.

Frank Balazic

Frank Balazic, MFin 2012
Portfolio Manager
Scotia Wealth Management
Toronto, ON

When Frank entered the program, he was a Performance Analyst at Scotiabank. Shortly after completing the program, he was promoted to Manager, Managed Accounts - Centralized Portfolio Management, Scotia Private Client Group. A year later, he was promoted again to Senior Associate, Managed Accounts. He is now a Portfolio Manager with Scotia Wealth Management.

Simply put, the Queen’s Master of Finance program was great. Queen’s has an excellent reputation and the learning experience certainly lived up to my expectations. The faculty was very knowledgeable, experienced and obviously in tune with the markets. I enjoyed having the opportunity to meet and speak with many guest speakers and industry professionals that visited. More importantly I have made incredible connections that I’m sure will last a lifetime. The MFin program has definitely provided me an edge that will be essential for future advancement.

Elaine El Zeghayar

Elaine El Zeghayar, MFin 2012
Relationship Manager
TD Commercial Banking
Toronto, ON

Elaine entered the program as a Customer Service Representative at TD Bank. After completing the program, she was promoted to Business Banking Associate and, a year later, she was again promoted to Senior Analyst, TD Commercial Banking. She has recently taken on the role of Relationship Manager.

Queen’s Master of Finance is a well-rounded academic experience that offers amazing opportunities to meet and network with people within the industry. The faculty and staff were instrumental in accelerating my career. In fact, one of my professors believed in my potential enough to work with me one-on-one to elevate my soft skills to where they are today. For me, that was worth more than anything any other program could deliver.

Gaina Samarah

Gaina Samarah, MFin 2012
Associate
Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets
Toronto, ON

Gaina came to the program as an Investment Associate in the Investment Strategy Group at CIBC World Markets. After completing the program, she moved to Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets as a Sales and Trading Associate. A year later, she was promoted to Associate, Debt Capital Markets and is now Associate, High Yield & Leveraged Finance.

Never underestimate the value of the Queen’s brand. Although Queen’s Master of Finance is relatively new, it is already getting significant traction in the industry. This is a great program, and what makes it truly unique is its perfect balance of theory and practice. The professors are first-rate and bring years of experience to the classroom. Not only has the program developed my knowledge and skills, I believe that earning this degree has enhanced my personal brand.

Dipak Bipinchandra

Dipak Bipinchandra, MFin 2011
Junior Associate
Maybank Investment Banking
McKinsey & Company
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When Dipak entered the program, he was an Analyst for the Royal Bank of Scotland located in Toronto. After completing the program, he accepted the position of Assistant Manager, Debt Syndication at Maybank in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was subsequently promoted to Associate Director. He recently moved to McKinsey & Company where he is a Junior Associate.

The Queen’s Master of Finance program was a good blend of theory and application and, with a strong focus on communication and presentation, our credibility as finance professionals was enhanced. My decision to enroll in this program was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Ramy Farag

Ramy Farag, MFin 2011
Associate, Europe & MENA
International Financial Institutions
BMO Capital Markets
Toronto, ON

When Ramy entered the program, he was a Study Consultant at Towers Watson. Shortly after completing the program, he accepted the position of Senior Analyst, Capital and Balance Sheet Optimization at BMO Financial. He was subsequently promoted to Associate, IFI Europe and MENA, BMO Capital Markets.

The Queen’s Master of Finance program improved my personal marketability and enabled me to transition into a career in capital markets. I truly appreciated the curriculum’s practical approach. The professors were clearly experts in their respective areas, and had an impressive network of senior industry leaders who were often invited to sit in and critique our presentations. However, the highlight for me was developing a network of exceptional professionals with whom I am still in touch.

Roberto Honigman

Roberto Honigman, MFin 2011
Vice President
EFG Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd
Bahamas

Roberto entered the program as Manager in international banking at Scotiabank. After completing the program, he was promoted to Senior Manager – International Wealth Structuring, in the Scotia Private Client Group. In 2014, he accepted the position of Vice President at EFG Bank and Trust Bahamas. EFG is a global banking group headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

The practical approach of the Master of Finance program brought my career in Finance to a whole new level. We prepared several full corporate valuations, debt valuations, and derivatives pricing models. I believe this program prepared me well for advancing my career in Banking.

Daniel Yang

Daniel Yang, MFin 2011
Associate, Institutional Foreign Exchange and Commodities
TD Securities
Toronto, ON

When Daniel started the program, he was a Trading Risk Analyst at TD Securities. Shortly after completing the program, he was promoted to Foreign Exchange Product Specialist. He was subsequently promoted to Manager Foreign Exchange Sales, and is now Associate – Institutional Foreign Exchange and Commodities.

The Queen’s Master of Finance is an intense program that power-shifted my career into Sales & Trading. The instructors were extremely qualified and genuinely cared about the professional progress of their students. Many of them willingly shared their impressive networks of contacts. The mixed backgrounds of the instructors, from academia to Bay Street, broadened my perspective, from a knowledge point of view to a practical one. The curriculum had great balance, covering a broad spectrum of finance topics while providing the right tools to succeed in specific jobs.