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Rotman Finance Professor Honoured as an Outstanding B‑School Professor

March 27, 2017

Toron­to, ON – A finance pro­fes­sor who excels in the class­room as well as in his research on finan­cial eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s Rot­man School of Man­age­ment has been named as one of the Most Out­stand­ing Top 40 Under 40 B‑School Pro­fes­sors in the annu­al fea­ture pub­lished by the busi­ness edu­ca­tion site Poets&Quants.

Mikhail (Mike) Simutin, an assis­tant pro­fes­sor of finance, teach­es a first-year finance course in the Rot­man Full Time MBA pro­gram, while also con­duct­ing world-class research.

“The MBA course is wide­ly regard­ed as a dif­fi­cult and chal­leng­ing course by stu­dents but also a high­ly valu­able learn­ing expe­ri­ence – for both stu­dents inter­est­ed in pur­su­ing a career in finance and those who want to do some­thing else,” says Prof. Craig Doidge, “Com­ments by stu­dents con­sis­tent­ly high­light the learn­ing expe­ri­ence, the prac­ti­cal val­ue of the course, and Prof. Simutin’s excel­lent instruc­tion and ded­i­ca­tion to teach­ing.”

“Prof. Simutin’s teach­ing style allowed me to quick­ly grasp even the most com­pli­cat­ed con­cepts and build fur­ther inter­est in learn­ing more about this field. His pas­sion for finance and teach­ing was evi­dent through­out the course, and he always ensured that all ques­tions were wel­comed and stu­dents felt inspired,” says Dina Nikiti­na, MBA’17.

In his research, Prof. Simutin pri­mar­i­ly focus­es on study­ing insti­tu­tion­al mon­ey man­age­ment and under­stand­ing risks that affect asset prices. His cur­rent work extends to the area of cor­po­rate finance, where he is study­ing gen­der pay gap in a cor­po­rate set­ting. Specif­i­cal­ly, he is using a nov­el data to under­stand the impact of CEO’s expo­sure to gen­der imbal­ance in his/her for­ma­tive years. Prof. Simutin’s research has been pub­lished in lead­ing finance jour­nals, includ­ing the Jour­nal of Finance, the Review of Finan­cial Stud­ies, and the Jour­nal of Finan­cial Eco­nom­ics.

He has been the recip­i­ent of sev­er­al grants and awards. His recent research was hon­oured with a 2016 Best Paper Award by the Review of Asset Pric­ing Stud­ies. Each of the last three years, Prof. Simutin was vot­ed MBA Core Instruc­tor of the Year by the Rot­man School’s grad­u­at­ing class. His research has been pre­sent­ed at numer­ous aca­d­e­m­ic con­fer­ences, and he has been fre­quent­ly invit­ed to speak to pri­vate sec­tor finan­cial firms.

Prof. Simutin holds a PhD in finance from the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Columbia’s Saud­er School of Busi­ness. He grad­u­at­ed Magna Cum Laude from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton in 2004, with a BA in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion and a con­cen­tra­tion in finance and account­ing.

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment is locat­ed in the heart of Canada’s com­mer­cial and cul­tur­al cap­i­tal and is part of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, one of the world’s top 20 research uni­ver­si­ties. The Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables our grad­u­ates to tack­le today’s glob­al busi­ness and soci­etal chal­lenges.  For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


Amy Fong
Coor­di­na­tor, Media Rela­tions and Events
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
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