About Computing and Financial Management

Computing and Financial Management (CFM) is made possible by the collaboration of two schools and two faculties: Canada’s premier School of Accounting and Finance, in the Faculty of Arts, and the World renowned David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, in the Faculty of Math. Add to this collaboration Waterloo’s expertise in cooperative education and the result is an educational experience that cannot be found at any other Canadian institution.

CFM is an innovative program developed to transform students into highly desired professionals: professionals who are forward-thinking and adaptable, professionals whose deep understanding of computer science and finance is complemented by a breadth of relevant experience. With the tech-speak of IT professionals and the money-speak of finance professionals, CFM graduates fill the gap that exists between these two disciplines

We need motivated people who can help develop the next generation of algorithmic trading systems. We are always on the lookout for graduates with a solid grounding in computer science and finance.

heath windcliff, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley, New York

From the very beginning, the creation of this program was influenced by an acute awareness of the connections between technology and finance. Technology impacts every aspect of day-to-day operations in many organizations, especially those in the financial services industry. Just think of the technology you'll find in a financial institution, such as a bank:

E-business Compliance Business intelligence
Banking applications Wealth management Document management
Risk management Customer relations management Portfolio management
Quality assurance Security Trading systems
Back office Web services Wireless

The financial services industry relies so heavily on the capabilities of its technology that some might argue this industry is really in the information technology business.

They've seen it many times

Two professors smiling at the camera.

Too often, information technology people scratch their heads over modern finance and accounting, while finance people don't know enough about computer science to gauge whether what they're asking their IT counterparts to do is technologically feasible.

"It was high time to create an innovative program to help students lead the way in both disciplines." -Peter Forsyth, Computer Science Professor and CFM Co-founder 

"The financial services industry needs professionals who can bridge that gulf and CFM graduates do just that." -Ken Vetzal, Finance Professor and CFM Co-founder