Friday, February 2, 2018

Waterloo Student Venture Fund makes inaugural investment in Nicoya Lifesciences Inc.

by Patty Mah

During the 2017 Fall term, the inaugural Waterloo Student Venture Fund (SVF) team reviewed 30 company pitches, conducted due diligence on three of these companies and presented two investment recommendations to the SVF’s Investment Committee. The recommendations resulted in the SVF’s first investment of $25,000 in Nicoya Lifesciences Inc. in its financing round in January 2018.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

SAF Alumni Named to Ontario Honour Roll for CPA Common Final Exam

Group pose of CFE Honour Roll

Twelve graduates from the University of Waterloo’s School of Accounting and Finance are listed on the Ontario Honour Roll for the CPA Common Final Examination, a three-day exam required to become CPA designated.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

SAF partners with CPA Ontario to enhance performance management research and education

by Patty Mah

The current business landscape is highly dynamic with the emergence of disruptive digital technologies, rapidly changing economic conditions and the dramatic evolution of business models. To continue to add value in contemporary organizations, the role of professional accountants is also changing with the times. The broad accounting and finance expertise of a CPA, along with their ingenuity, judgement, and integrity allows them to thrive in the face of a constantly changing business landscape.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

RISE to the Top; SAF is 1st in Accounting

RISE Competition

By: Carrie Gilmour

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Alan Macnaughton receives Lifetime Contribution Award

Alan Mcnaughton
November 21, 2017
By: Patty Mah

SAF Tax Professor, Alan Macnaughton was awarded a Lifetime Contribution Award from the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF) at its annual conference in Toronto. This highly prestigious award celebrates individuals who have distinguished themselves through their contributions and dedication to the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Earnings Smoothing: Does It Exacerbate or Constrain Stock Price Crash Risk?

SAF professors Changling Chen and Jeong-Bon Kim had their research highlighted in the "Industry Trends, Research and Commentary" section of the CFA Institute's Selections publication.

"Do managers smooth earnings to inform investors about a corporation’s long-run performance, or to hide bad news for their own opportunistic purposes? SAF authors conclude that bad news hiding is the underlying incentive of earnings smoothing for managers of these weakly monitored firms." 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Co-op Connection

Qhalisa Khan's Blog

I am fortunate enough to be studying at one of the top co-op universities in the world- I can’t stress enough how important it is to get a feel of the ‘real world’, of what life will be after university and how this helps you really figure out what you want.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pitching to Harvard; Landing at 2nd

Talha Siddiqui, 4B AFM, Raj Patel, 4B AFM, Thinisha Gunasekera, 4B AFM and Uday Sandhu, 4A AFM

By: Carrie Gilmour

Soon to be SAF graduates travelled to Cambridge Massachusetts last week for their last stock pitch competition before embarking on their professional careers.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

University of Waterloo Student Venture Fund

Fall 2017 Student Venture Fund

By: Carrie Gilmour​

Waterloo Region is Canada’s top innovation hub. It is home to the second highest density of start-ups in the world after Silicon Valley, and is a top 25 innovation ecosystem in the world (Startup Compass 2015).

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stan Laiken, Professor Emeritus granted Honorary CPA

Stanley N. Laiken, BA, MBA, PhD - Professor Emeritus
by Patty Mah

Professor emeritus, Stanley Laiken was granted Honorary Membership at the Annual Meeting of CPA Ontario. For more than four decades, Laiken, affectionately known as uncle Stan by students and colleagues, provided distinguished service to the accounting profession as an educator specifically in the area of taxation.