Experience Matters

At the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF), we're not training accounting and financial professionals. We're inspiring the next generation of leaders who will help drive change in all areas of society by redefining what it means to be an accounting and financial professional.

SAF's world-class faculty, standard-setting curriculum and research, wealth of experiential learning opportunities attract inquisitive and agile minds who think like an entrepreneur to identify new opportunities, solve complex problems and make courageous business and financial decisions. SAF offers four distinct undergraduate programs to bring unique perspectives to business problems. SAF students and graduates create value by combining a management, mathematical, scientific, or computer science mindset to their financial expertise.

Embedded in Waterloo's culture of innovation, SAF students and faculty tap into and contribute to the resources that inspires cross-disciplinary collaboration to push their expertise into new territories. Our alumni and faculty reach the top of their fields and shape the industry through a global perspective that champions innovation and courage. Our close ties with governing bodies and business allows us to lead the professions forward while transforming them.

At SAF we're always moving forward. We don't wait for change to come or react to it. We create it to turn opportunity to reality. 

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of AFM, Biotech/CPA, CFM, Math/CPA, and MAcc grads are employed full-time within 6 months of graduation

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CPA CFE National Gold Medals in the last 9 years

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Canadian team to capture the Global Championship at the CFA Investment Research Challenge

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Students on the second floor of Hagey Hall

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  1. Sep. 17, 2020A budding career: Alum Hanoz Kapadia
    Hanoz Kapadia

    Hanoz Kapadia, BA-Accounting '02, MAcc ’02 utilizes his SAF education to lead the change in the cannabis, consulting and AI industry.

    The cannabis industry is booming and Hanoz Kapadia credits the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) for giving him the confidence to not only be part of the decision-making, but to own it.

  2. July 7, 2020Engaging Your Newly Remote Workforce
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    By: Leslie Berger-Associate Professor Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University & Adam Presslee-Assistant Professor School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo.

  3. July 6, 2020Facing a crisis, fundraisers follow a new script
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    Philanthropy is an incredibly personal decision and Sheilaah Guthrie, the Associate Director of Advancement at SAF believes valuable networking opportunities and donations warrant in-person interactions. However, what do you do when that option is no longer possible or even safe?

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  1. Aug. 3, 2020CFA Institute Research Challenge (IRC)
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    Reprinted from LinkedIn with permission

  2. July 8, 2020The road to regionals
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    Mitchell, a 4th year AFM student met with SAF to talk about his experience with this program and how it prepared him for the recent CFA Institute Research Challenge (IRC). "It was the hard work and commitment that our team put in which ultimately made the difference. Our team members during that time were either on co-op or exchange and so it took a lot of planning and dedication for us all to stay connected."

  3. May 6, 2020From the office to home, a new working reality
     Aravinth K

    We’ve all heard on many occasions that co-op work terms are a great representation of the real world. It gives students a perspective on how our lives will be after we graduate.

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Meet our people

Adam Presslee, Assistant Professor

Adam Presslee

Assistant Professor, Managerial Accounting; Approved Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor

Office: 3161 Hagey Hall

Phone: 519-888-4567 x31088

Email: capressl@uwaterloo.ca