Preparing for the Future of Finance
Schulich recently hosted a Master of Finance (MF) event, titled Preparing for the Future of Finance. This was an opportunity for prospective students to hear about opportunities and challenges in this evolving industry and discover in concrete terms how our MF program is preparing students for success.
It was an evening of lively panel discussions, as industry experts shared their perspectives on the forces transforming finance. George Klar, Program Director of Schulich’s MF, led the panel, which featured Carrie Chai (MBA ’10), Director of Predictive Modelling, Anti Money-Laundering in Global Risk Management at Scotiabank; Husayn Hirji (MBA ’11), Competitive Intelligence Analyst at RBC Global Asset Management; Andy Thi (BBA ’12), Credit Analyst of Fixed Income at Foyston, Gordon & Payne Inc.; and Adam Johannsson (MF ’16), Analyst of National Accounts at TD Bank.
They discussed the challenges they are facing at work, the technological changes they are anticipating and the effects of globalization on their company. They all agreed that every day at work is a different challenge.
Afterwards, the panel switched gears and featured two current students, Cole Winston (MF ’19) and Shehnaz Julia Gul (MF ’19), an alumni, Adam Johannsson (MF ’16) and Schulich Instructor Gregory Pau. They shared what their typical day is like, how the MF program is preparing them for their CFA, how technology is integrated into their curriculum, and how they are gaining a global perspective in their studies.
“You grow a lot as a person and will make a lot of mistakes. It’s better that you make the mistakes earlier on in a controlled program with people in the same boat as you, instead of in your career,” said Winston. “The important thing is to grow from your mistakes.”
The panel ended with Klar reminding students that, “Schulich does much more than just teaching. Our faculty act as instructors, psychologists and career advisors. You don’t come to Schulich for just teaching, it’s just one part of a life-altering experience.”
Learn more about Schulich Master of Finance (MF) program.