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The Rotman School of Management and the Global Risk Institute bring SoFiE to Canada

May 13, 2014

TORONTO, ON  — The Glob­al Risk Insti­tute in Finan­cial Ser­vices (GRI) and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toronto’s  Rot­man School of Man­age­ment announced today that they will be co-spon­sor­ing the 7th Annu­al Con­fer­ence of the Soci­ety for Finan­cial Econo­met­rics (SoFiE). The con­fer­ence will be held in Toron­to at the Rot­man School from June 11 to 13, 2014.

The Soci­ety for Finan­cial Econo­met­rics (SoFiE) is a glob­al net­work of aca­d­e­mics and prac­ti­tion­ers ded­i­cat­ed to shar­ing research and ideas in the fast-grow­ing field of finan­cial econo­met­rics. It is an inde­pen­dent non-prof­it mem­ber­ship orga­ni­za­tion, housed at New York Uni­ver­si­ty and co-found­ed by Pro­fes­sor Robert Engle, Nobel Lau­re­ate and Pro­fes­sor Eric Ghy­sels who will both be attend­ing the con­fer­ence.  SoFiE is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing and expand­ing research and edu­ca­tion by orga­niz­ing and spon­sor­ing con­fer­ences, pro­grams and activ­i­ties at the inter­sec­tion of finance and econo­met­rics, includ­ing links to macro­eco­nom­ic fun­da­men­tals.

Pro­fes­sor Cather­ine Lubochin­sky, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Research at GRI, said: “SoFiE’s deci­sion to come to Toron­to shows this city’s inter­na­tion­al aca­d­e­m­ic rep­u­ta­tion. Experts from across Asia, Europe, North Amer­i­ca and South Amer­i­ca will gath­er to dis­cuss the lat­est devel­op­ments in econo­met­rics as they relate to finan­cial prac­tice in areas such as asset man­age­ment, high fre­quen­cy trad­ing and sys­temic risk.”

Peter Christof­fersen, Pro­fes­sor of Finance, Rot­man School of Man­age­ment and local orga­niz­er for the 2014 SoFiE Con­fer­ence said: “The Rot­man School is very pleased to host our col­leagues, both indi­vid­ual mem­bers and insti­tu­tions, from around the globe from the Soci­ety for Finan­cial Econo­met­rics. We are look­ing for­ward to pre­sent­ing a diverse and thought-pro­vok­ing pro­gram on finan­cial econo­met­rics.”

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the SoFiE con­fer­ence 2014 in Toron­to, please vis­it:

Found­ed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Canada’s pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors, the Glob­al Risk Insti­tute in Finan­cial Ser­vices enables finan­cial insti­tu­tions, pol­i­cy-mak­ers and reg­u­la­tors to bet­ter man­age the bal­ance between risk and oppor­tu­ni­ty. Its man­date is the pro­vi­sion of applied research and edu­ca­tion pro­grams that build risk capac­i­ty and stim­u­late evi­dence-based debate for all those engaged in risk man­age­ment in the finan­cial ser­vices sec­tor around the world. Over the past year, GRI has con­clud­ed research agree­ments with the Uni­ver­si­ties of Toron­to, Water­loo and Cal­gary; McMas­ter Uni­ver­si­ty, the Inter­na­tion­al Cen­tre for Pen­sions Man­age­ment at the Rot­man School of Man­age­ment, Toron­to and La Fon­da­tion du Risque/Institut Louis Bache­li­er in Paris, France. Researchers cur­rent­ly work­ing on GRI projects are drawn from around Cana­da, the Unit­ed States, the UK and Europe. In Risk Edu­ca­tion, GRI works with lead­ing edu­ca­tors and expe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als from across Cana­da and fur­ther afield to enhance skills and build risk man­age­ment capac­i­ty.

The Rot­man School of Man­age­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is redesign­ing busi­ness edu­ca­tion for the 21st cen­tu­ry with a cur­ricu­lum based on Inte­gra­tive Think­ing. Locat­ed in the world’s most diverse city, the Rot­man School fos­ters a new way to think that enables the design of cre­ative busi­ness solu­tions.  For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it


For more infor­ma­tion:

James Wood
Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Mem­ber Rela­tions and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion
Tel: 416–306-1175

Ken McGuf­fin
Man­ag­er, Media Rela­tions
Rot­man School of Man­age­ment
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Tel: 416–946-3818
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