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Previous Guest Speakers

Julie Barker-Merz
President and Head of Direct Investing

Paul Bradley
CEO and Co-Founder
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Quentin Broad
Head of Equity Research

Andrew Dorrington
21st Avenue Partners

Jamie Feehely
Managing Director

Jim Fraser
Director, Product Management
Russell Investments

Sandeep Goel
Risk Management Lead

Robert Janson
Westcourt Capital

Rashay Jethelal
Managing Director and Head, Global Banks

Rene Lemesre
Senior VP Finance
Holt Renfrew

Jim Leech
Queen’s University, Former President and CEO, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Sue Lemon
CFA Society Toronto

Blair Look
Managing Director – Asset Management
Al Mal Capital

Neil MacDonald
Managing Director
Scotia Asset Management

Paul Musson
Senior VP – Team Leader
Mackenzie Financial

Chris Polson
Valuation & Corporate Finance Advisor
Duff & Phelps

Marlene Puffer
Align Investment Management

Jamie Purvis
Executive Vice President
Horizons ETF’s

Drew Ramsey
Associate Portfolio Manager
Coleford Investment Management

Marcel Schroder
Managing Director & CCO
Vault Circle Inc.

Robert Sedran
Managing Director
CIBC Capital Markets

Peter Slan
Managing Director & Head, Global Private Banking Relationship Management

John See
Former Vice Chair
TD Bank

Paul Tepsich
High Rock Capital

David Thomas
Managing Director
Resource Capital

Maryanne Wiley
Former Head
Ishares Canada


The MFin Experience

Lynettte Purda

Outstanding Faculty

To a large extent, the excellent reputation of Smith School of Business is due to the strength of our faculty.

In the Master of Finance program at Smith, you will be learning from an outstanding faculty team comprised of some of the best management educators in North America. In addition, several sessions are led by industry specialists and practitioners. This ensures that you are being briefed on current trends and practices from the perspective of people who are currently working in the industry.

Alumni Network

When you graduate from the Master of Finance program at Smith, you will not only have established an invaluable network of classmates, you will also join the impressive Smith School of Business alumni network which numbers over 20,000 graduates around the world.


As a graduate of Smith School of Business, you also become part of a much larger family – the alumni network of Queen’s University, with over 166,000 individuals in 154 countries around the world. In addition to 4 chapters in the USA, Queen’s maintains active chapters in many other countries around the world.

Our commitment to you continues long after graduation. You will be able to stay in close contact with Smith School of Business, your fellow alumni, and faculty in a variety of ways.
These include:

  • Access to job opportunities through the Smith School of Business Career Centre
  • The ability to speak to faculty regarding issues and opportunities you may be facing in your career
  • Thought-provoking white papers and webinars
  • Class reunions and special networking events
  • Smith Business Club events in cities across Canada, as well as New York, London and Hong Kong
  • Free subscription to our alumni magazine


Smith's Master of Finance is a proud partner of the CFA Institute (Chartered Financial Analyst) and the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association).

CFA Partner

The Chartered Financial Analyst charter is the gold standard for investment practice, demonstrating expertise, experience, current practice, timeless investment principles, and a commitment to exemplary ethical standards. CFA Program Partner status is awarded to high profile universities of global stature that embed a significant percentage of the CFA Program Candidate Body of KnowledgeTM (CBOKTM) into their degree programs.

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CAIA Academic Partner

The CAIA Charter is the educational benchmark for the alternative investment industry, which includes hedge funds, commodities and managed futures, private equity, credit derivatives and real estate. The CAIA Association® academic partnerships are awarded to accredited academic institutions whose curriculum covers a significant portion of the subject matter addressed in the CAIA program.

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