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March 27, 2015

As part of Ontario Research Week, Wilfrid Laurier University Professor Andriy Shkilko will present his high-frequency trading work at this year’s Ontario and Canada Research Chairs Symposium.

University researchers who examine regulation will be responding to investor and public concern about preventing another 2008-style crash and associated recession. Some experts propose more regulation of stock markets and trading to prevent another crash that would pull down the entire economy, others disagree that regulation is the answer. Moderated by Wendy Cukier, vice-president: research, Ryerson University, the panel discussion will focus on exploring the question “Is there a right amount of regulation?” to ensure stability in this very volatile sector, as well as the energy sector.

Shkilko’s work, which focuses on the electronic high-frequency trading that dominates today’s markets, provides insight into computer-controlled trading and how to address worries about its effect on markets.

“Concerns with high-frequency trading are exaggerated,” said Shkilko. “Often no additional regulation is required to maintain market stability.”

The regulation discussion panel includes:

  • Douglas Cumming, Ontario Research Chair in Economics and Cross Cultural Studies, York University.
  • Theodore Noseworthy, Canada Research Chair in in Entrepreneurial Innovation and the Public Good, York University.
  • Nic Rivers, Canada Research Chair in Climate and Energy Policy, University of Ottawa.
  • Andriy Shkilko, Canada Research Chair in Financial Markets, Wilfrid Laurier University.

“This symposium will feature current research affecting our lives in the area of health, economy, borders, ethics and education,” said Donna Kotsopoulos, associate vice-president: research (acting) at Laurier. “This is an amazing opportunity to learn from Ontario experts all focused on answering a particular question.”

The event is presented by the Council of Ontario Universities in partnership with Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Mitacs, Let’s Talk Science, Partners in Research, Virtual Researchers on Call and the Ontario Genomics Institute.

The event also features panels discussing whether or not "being green" is sustainable and how to ensure Ontario has the best education system, the latter of which Kotsopoulos will moderate. The symposium is being held April 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto. Panels run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature Pecha Kucha-style presentations followed by Q&As. The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit YourOntarioResearch.ca.

About the Research Chairs Symposium

The Research Chairs Symposium showcases the important contributions that Ontario researchers make to issues affecting the prosperity and well-being of Ontarians. Research chairs are featured in panel discussions highlighting the value of Ontario university research in areas related to the economy, health, sustainable economies, borders, ethics and education.

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