Sasha Ghafir

Studying abroad allowed me to fully immerse myself in a different culture and experience the world from a completely new perspective. At the same time Queen’s Master of Finance program taught me the skills and knowledge necessary to compete in the global financial markets. While enrolled in the program I took on a non-profit volunteer role as Chief Financial Officer for the newly formed Canada-China Youth Association (CCYA). We focused on Canada-China relations and organized events for locals, foreigners and expats in the Beijing community.

Sasha Ghafir, MFin
Senior Portfolio Analyst
Real Property Branch
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Christine Wang

This program enhanced my finance skills from a practical point of view and I’ve been able to implement what I learnt while working in the social impact space. Many of the faculty have professional experience and the curriculum was designed using real-life case studies. There’s a very integrated, close-knit quality to the social dynamic here. The alumni and school resources provided me access to top-caliber executives and events organized by both foreign and local societies.

Christine Wang, MFin
Financial Analyst
China Hua Neng Group Hong Kong Ltd
Rong (Candice) Chen

I gained very practical financial knowledge and skills through this program and it has expanded my knowledge of the financial sectors in both Canada and China. Professors come from diverse backgrounds and have given us career advice apart from teaching which has helped shape my career goals. Some courses such as Corporate Finance and Financial Modelling solidified our finance knowledge and helped me secure several internship opportunities. For example, valuation methods and financial modelling were requirements for my role at the Bank of China International. My involvement as a market neutral analyst in the Queen’s University Alternative Asset Fund exposed me to Canadian financial markets especially in the hedge fund sector. These experiences gave me hands-on learning opportunities of various finance roles, which will reassure employers that I am a qualified candidate. Overall, this program's strong industry-focus supported by the abundance of advanced financial knowledge has helped me build a solid foundation for a career in finance.

Rong (Candice) Chen, MFin
Credit Rating Analyst
Dagong Global Credit Rating Co.,Ltd
Shannon Gong

The MFIN program served as a platform for me to make a smooth transition from my legal background into the financial industry. Some courses, such as equity analysis, instilled in me a deep interest in equities and is the reason I am working in the related area today. In addition, the program gave me the opportunity to take on multiple leadership roles where I could not only apply my financial knowledge but also enhance my interpersonal skills. I was the Class President and also the founder of the Beijing team of Queen's Alternative Assets Fund. Both roles helped me in my career development because it has enabled me to show employers my ability to exceed beyond expectations. During the program, I actively networked within Beijing and also worked at the Embassy of Canada as a finance and economics intern which gave me significant exposure to the Chinese economy and markets. Overall, I was impressed with the passionate teaching of the Faculty members who always pushed us beyond our limits and prepared us to tackle the challenges present in the industry today.

Shannon Gong, MFin
Global Equities Associate
UBS Financial Services
Gaina Barkudarov

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.

Gaina Barkhudarov, MFin
Investment Associate 
Investment Strategy Group
CIBC Wood Gundy
Frank Balazic

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.

Frank Balazic, MFin
Centralized Portfolio Management
Scotia Asset Management
Kimberly Richards

I chose Queen’s not only because of its reputation for high quality education, but also because it provides real-world experiences within the program. The instructors were great. When I was struggling with where I wanted to go in my career, one of them sat down with me and walked me through the process of understanding my strengths and really helped get me on the career trajectory I’m now on. The program has also provided me with an invaluable network that I’ll have throughout my life.

Kimberly Richards, MFin
Senior Financial Analyst
John Hancock Insurance
Dipak Bipinchandra

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 enrol in this program was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Dipak Bipinchandra, MFin
Assistant Manager
Maybank Investment Banking
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Mike Cunningham

The Queen’s Master of Finance program provided me with truly superior technical skills that have paid immediate dividends, and the quality of my fellow students has provided a first-class professional network that will last throughout my career. 

Mike Cunningham, MFin
Vice President
Corporate Development
Arctic Fibre
Roberto Honigman

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.

Roberto Honigman, MFin
Senior Manager,
International Wealth Structuring