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I joined the Finance area of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Laurier in 2015 following the completion of my PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. I also hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Applied Economics and Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Economics from Queen’s University (at Kingston). My research focuses on the design and operation of securities markets. In recent years, my interests have focussed to innovations in financial markets: high-frequency trading, dark pools, speed bumps, and exchange access fees. Currently, I am exploring the areas of FinTech and the Economics of Cybersecurity.
I currently hold an Insight Development Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, joint with David Cimon (WLU). In 2011, I was invited to attend the 4th Nobel Laureates Meeting at Lindau as a member of the Canadian delegation of Young Economists.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
My general research interests are in theoretical financial economics, with a focus on market microstructure. Recent projects focus on studies of financial market innovations, specifically maker-taker fees, dark trading, and high-frequency trading. Currently my interests lie in the area of FinTech and the impact of cyber risk on financial infrastructure. On-going projects include:
Cybersecurity and Financial Markets (with David Cimon).
Maker-Taker Fees and Liquidity: The Role of Commission Structures (withK. Malinova)
Awards and Achievements
SSHRC Insight Development Grant (with David A. Cimon), "Does it Pay to be Secure? Cyber Risk and the Competition for Clients in Financial Markets" ($37,652).
SSHRC Connection Grant (with Andriy Shkliko), Bank of Canada - WLU Market Structure Workshop.
SSHRC Insight Development Grant, "Financial Information Acquisition and Dissemination in a High Frequency World" ($53,242).
NASDAQ OMX & CQA EFA Doctoral Tutorial Best Paper Prizes, 2014.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
I am willing to supervise graduate students who are interested in working on topics in the area of financial economic theory and its applications. In past years, I have supervised graduate students in the MABE program for EC681, and PhD students in Finance. I also occasionally take on undergraduate students in Business (finance specialization), Economics, or Mathematics to assist with research projects.