Tom ColemanProfessor Thomas F. Coleman holds the Ophelia Lazaridis University Research Chair at the University of Waterloo. The focus of this chair is on the design of efficient optimization methodologies targeted to a variety of scientific and industrial applications. Coleman is the director of WatRISQ, an institute comprised of quantitative and computational finance researchers – over 40 faculty members and their associated graduate students – spanning several Faculties at the University of Waterloo. Coleman has published widely in computational finance, optimization, and quantitative risk management and participated in extensive industry consulting.  Prior to 2005 Coleman was a professor of computer science at Cornell University.

Ken Seng TanProfessor Ken Seng Tan is University Research Chair Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, University of Waterloo, and the Associate Director of the Waterloo Research institute in Insurance, Securities and Quantitative finance (WatRISQ). Formerly he held the Canada Research Chair Professor in Quantitative Risk Management (2005-2010). His research interests lie at the intersection of actuarial science, finance, mathematics, and statistics. Much of his work relates to the development and implementation of innovative approaches to risk management, scientific computation, longevity risk, and optimal reinsurance. Dr. Tan has received several awards, including the 1996-97 Redington Prize, the NAAJ Annual Prizes 2001 and 2003, and the 2012 Charles A. Hachemeister. In 2007 he was among the few actuaries to be granted the first Chartered Enterprise Risk Analyst (CERA) credential by the SOA, based on his years of leadership in the field of enterprise risk management.

Carole BernardProfessor Carole Bernard joined the University of Waterloo in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science where she had previously been a postdoctoral fellow. In 2005, she obtained her PhD in Finance from the University of Lyon in France on the subject of “Valuation of Guarantees in Insurance and in Finance using the Option Theory”. It received the award for the best PhD in Finance (2005) in France. Since then, Dr. Bernard has published in many journals in actuarial science, risk management, mathematics, economics and finance. She received the 2011 EGRIE Young Economist Best Paper Award, the 2012 Johan de Witt prize from the Dutch Actuarial Society and the 2014 PRMIA award for Frontiers in Risk Management at the 2014 Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) symposium.

David SaundersProfessor David Saunders is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of many articles on the subjects of risk management, portfolio optimization and derivatives pricing. Dr. Saunders holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Toronto, and is a Research Fellow of the HERMES European Center of Excellence on Computational Finance and Economics at the University of Cyprus, and the Waterloo Research Institute in Insurance, Securities and Quantitative Finance (WatRISQ) at the University of Waterloo.

Peter WoodProfessor Peter Wood is a lecturer and the former Director, Undergraduate Business and Accounting Program in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. After studying accounting as an undergraduate student, Peter completed his PhD in Pure Mathematics at the University of Waterloo in 1999.  Peter completed the PRM program in 2008 and was finalist for the PRMIA Candidate of the Year award.  Peter currently teaches finance in the Math Faculty.


RanjiniProfessor Ranjini Jha is an Associate Professor at the School of Accounting and Finance at the University of Waterloo. She earned her PhD in finance from the University of Alberta, MBA from Temple University, Philadelphia, and her Masters in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. She is a CFA charterholder. Her research interests include empirical asset pricing and corporate finance and her work has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. She is currently also serving as a Faculty mentor for the School’s Student-run Investment Fund team.

Surya BanerjeeProfessor Surya Banerjee is a Lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences at the University of Waterloo. He is also the Program Director of Mathematical Economics at UW and an Adjunct Lecturer in the M.B.A. program of Davanport University (online), Michigan. Previously he taught at McGill University, Vanderbilt University among other places. Currently, he lives in Kitchener with this wife.