SAF professors elected co-presidents of Northern Finance Association

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
by Patty Mah, Associate Director, Communications & External Relations

Blake Phillips
Two finance professors from the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo have been elected co-presidents of the Northern Finance Association (NFA). Associate professors of finance, Blake Phillips and James Thompson were elected at the NFA annual general meeting held this past September. The NFA is a Canadian-based association of researchers in the field of finance.

Professor Phillips received his PhD in finance from the University of Alberta, where he also attained a master’s degree in forestry and an MBA in international business. Prof. Phillips is also the Co-Director of Canada’s first integrated Sustainability and Financial Management undergraduate program. He teaches undergraduate sustainability and finance courses and has research interests in wealth management and investor behaviour.

Professor Thompson received his PhD in economics from Queen’s University, where he also attained a master’s degree in economics, finance specialization. Prof. Thompson is the Co-Director of Canada’s first integrated Computing and Financial Management undergraduate program. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate finance courses with research interests in financial stability, banking, and financial contracting.

James Thompson
Research by both associate professors has appeared in top economics and finance journals such as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Asset Pricing Studies, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Corporate Finance. Their research findings have been profiled in popular media, including the Financial Times, Bloomberg Business, The Economist, CBC News, and CTV Provincewide.

“Our organization exists to grow and spotlight finance research in Canada, where we support academics in Universities, policy institutions and industry.  It is an honour to be elected to lead the organization at a time of heightened uncertainty and change, both from within our academic field, and within University education as a whole.” - James Thompson

The Northern Finance Association hosts annual meetings and conferences for finance academics, professionals, and PhD students from North America and around the world to hear and present the latest research in all areas of finance. The School of Accounting and Finance hosted this year’s virtual conference with a keynote on the need for US treasuries to be reformed presented by Darrell Duffie, a professor of finance at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.