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Seminar Series

The Financial Services Research Centre (FSRC) organizes a seminar series that include a variety of speakers. Frequent this page for an updated listing of FSRC seminars and information on the speakers latest works. If you would like to receive an email notification when new speakers are scheduled, email M. Fabricio Perez at

Upcoming Seminars



Toni Ahnert

  • Date: Friday, February 7 2020, 10:30 AM
  • Location:  TBA

Toni Ahnert is a Research Advisor in the Financial Stability Department at the Bank of Canada. He is a financial economist with interests in financial intermediation theory and global games. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a member of the Finance Theory Group.


David Cimon

  • Date: Thursday, February 13 2020, 1:00 PM
  • Location:   Dean's boardroom 

David is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Previously, he  was a Senior Economist in the Financial Markets Department at the Bank of Canada. He completed my PhD at the University of Toronto.

His current research studies financial market structure and the impact of regulation. His recent working papers follow a broad range of topics, including: conflict of interests in financial markets, financial market design and regulation.



Aazam Virani

  • Date: Monday, March 9 2020, 2:00 PM
  • Location:  TBA

Aazam is an Assistant Professor of Finance at The University of Arizona, Eller Collegue of Management. His areas of expretise are Corporate finance, Corporate governance, Investor activism, Law and finance and Mergers and acquisitions

Stanislava (Stas) Nikolova

  • Date: Friday, March  13 2020, 10:30 AM
  • Location:  LH1009

Dr. Nikolova comes to CBA from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission where she was a Senior Financial Economist with the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. Prior to this, she was on the faculty of George Mason University. Dr. Nikolova's research focuses on fixed-income securities, credit risk, and regulation of the financial sector.

Andrew Karolyi 

  • Date: Tuesday, March  17 2020, 2:30 PM
  • Location:  TBA

Andrew Karolyi is Deputy Dean and College Dean for Academic Affairs at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. He is a professor of finance and holder of the Harold Bierman Jr. Distinguished Professorship in the College’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. He is also a professor of economics in Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Karolyi is a scholar in the area of investment management with a specialization in the study of international financial markets. He has published extensively in journals in finance and economics, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies, and has published several books and monographs. Karolyi recently completed a four-year term as executive editor of the Review of Financial Studies, one of the top-tier journals in finance. He has also served as an associate editor for a variety of journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Review of Finance and the Pacific Basin Finance Journal. He is a recipient of the Michael Jensen Prize for Corporate Finance and Organizations (2017), the Fama/DFA Prize for Capital Markets and Asset Pricing (2005), the William F. Sharpe Award for Scholarship in Finance (2001), the Journal of Empirical Finance's Biennial Best Paper Prize (2006), and Johnson School's Prize for Excellence in Research (2010).


Anusha Chari 

  • Date: Friday, May 22 2020, 10:30 AM
  • Location:  TBA

Professor Chari’s research is in the fields of open-economy macroeconomics, international finance and empirical corporate finance. Her most recent work uses firm-level data to examine the effects of financial globalization on topics such as outbound FDI from emerging-markets, cross-border M&A, the political economy of protectionism, the rate of return to capital in capital-poor countries and the evolution of India’s industrial composition following liberalization. Her earlier work on stock market liberalization uncovers new stylized facts about the interaction of real and financial markets using firm-level data. These facts complement a growing body of literature that documents the importance of financial development for economic growth.

In addition to teaching at the University of North Carolina, she has taught both international and finance courses at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, the University of Michigan, and The Haas School of Business at Berkeley. She was also a research associate at the Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance at St. Gallen, Switzerland and completed a summer internship at the International Monetary Fund. She is a Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s International Finance and Macroeconomics Program.