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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 17, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Laurier Finance Area

About Laurier:

Wilfrid Laurier University is located in Waterloo, the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle and home to Research in Motion (RIM), the inventor of the BlackBerry®. 

Waterloo (approximately a one-hour drive West of Toronto) was voted the world's most intelligent community for 2007.

Laurier consistently ranks among Canada's best universities.  In 2006, in Ontario it was at the top of MacLean's Annual rankings of Universities, primarily in the undergraduate category.  It was also at the top of four reputational categories:

  • best overall

  • highest quality

  • most innovative

  • leaders of tomorrow

The Laurier School of Business & Economics is one of Canada's leading business schools.  With more than 100 full-time faculty and 3,000 students enrolled in full-time, part-time, PhD, MBA, MS Finance, MABE, and BBA (Honors) programs, it is also one of the largest.

About Laurier Finance:

Note from the Finance Area Coordinator: Dr. Brian Smith

"Through judicious hiring, focused effort and teamwork, Laurier’s Finance Area has become a leader in research and teaching. Our faculty address some of the most pressing issues in Finance today in their research and publish in the discipline’s leading journals. The expertise of our faculty includes issues in corporate finance, options pricing, fixed income securities, market microstructure and insurance. Through the Financial Services Research Centre, the Area attracts outstanding academics as guest speakers to the school.

Laurier offers undergraduate, masters and PhD students an excellent offering of Finance courses. The undergraduate and masters courses are designed to be both conceptually rigorous and sufficiently applied so that our students will be ‘job ready’ for Bay Street. Further supporting this education is the country’s largest business co-op program. At any one time there are approximately 40 Laurier students in Finance co-op positions. Our graduates are sought after by leading finance companies including Fidelity of Boston that has more investment professionals from Laurier than any other Canadian school."

Laurier Finance Rankings:

The Laurier Finance Department has been ranked:

  • number two in Canada, and 48 out of 330 Business Schools for research productivity (Journal of Finance, Dec 1995, 5, pp 1697-1717).

  • number two in Canada, and 71 out of the top 100 Business Schools world-wide, for research productivity based on publications in the top sixteen finance journals during 1990-2001 (similiar rankings were 72, 73 and 74 respectively for Rice, Utah and UC-Irvine Universities).  (Financial Management, Winter 2002, pp 131-156).
  • number five in Canada and 98 out of the top 100 Business Schools world wide, in terms of research productivity based on publications in the top twenty-one finance journals during 1990-2004, (Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting , 2007, 28, 417-39).