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Bissett School of Business students participate in a town hall consultation with the Federal Minister of Finance

In its budget consultation process (#budget2017), the Federal Government presented students the opportunity to discuss and share ideas with the Federal Minister of Finance, Bill Moreau. A number of our own Bissett business students tool the opportunity to particiapate in the Google town hall consultation.

The video is available on online at the following link:


Finance Students looking forward to upcoming events

The 12th Annual ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge, otherwise known as the Bissett Stock Market Competition, is up and running. Students in teams of three have until March 31, 2017 to maximize their returns in a real-time simulation. The members of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams win cash prizes and a luncheon with members of ATB Investor Services. The 1st place team is also immortalized on the Stock Market Competition trophy. The competition is grateful to ATB for their support of this competition. For more details, contact Jim Fischer.
The Financial Students Organization (FSO) has undertaken some fund raising initiatives this semester. On a challenge from Jim Fischer, the FSO is attempting to raise $2,000 to be split evenly between the Terry Fox Foundation and the United Way. If they are successful, the stakes are a public shaving of Jim’s beard on October 25! This much anticipated event will take place in the Bissett 2nd floor atrium at 12:00 noon. Refreshment will be provided. 

Bissett Finance students compete in the CIFP Case Challenge

Mount Royal - CIFP Case Challenge 2016The Bissett School of Business wishes to congratulate our students, coached by financial services contract faculty member, Sean Bjorkland, who competed in the annual CIFP Case competition, western edition, hosted by SAIT on March 12th.
“After a sequestration period where the students analyzed a personal financial planning case, the students presented and answered questions from industry leaders.  It is a challenging, if not daunting task.   I was extremely impressed with our team’s bold, yet reasoned and comprehensive recommendations.- Cathy Roy-Heaton
The CIFP Case Challenge was the largest Western edition to date with 8 teams, from 4 business schools, competing.  Representing Mount Royal University were:


Sean Bjorkland, VP, Financial Planning, BMO Group & Contract Faculty, Bissett School of Business

 Student Team:

Uyen Nguyen
Jared Salekin
Carmela Salvador

Student Understudies:

Simar Bedi
Adam Szafraniec
Congratulations to the students and their coach, Sean Bjorkland,  for their dedication and professional representation of  the Bissett School of Business.

Bissett School of Business, Associate Professor, Allan Dwyer comments on the future of Alberta’s Oilsands.

A recent article by Kyle Bakx,  CBC News Reporter,   discussed the future of the Oilsands beyond the year 2020, with Bissett School of Business, Associate Professor, Allan Dywer providing comment. Allan’s concern is that there has not been enough research and development to keep pace with the increasingly competitive oil market and that the opportunity to decrease production costs through technological advancements has been lost.

‘The report confirmed my main concern, which is long term, the oilsands are not viable’– Allan Dwyer, Mount Royal University

To read the article in its entirety, please follow this link:

Carlton Osakwe, Associate Professor at Bissett School of Business, is published in October issue of Journal of Futures Markets

Carlton Osakwe published a paper in the October issue of the Journal of Futures Markets  entitled: “Heston-Type Stochastic Volatility with a Markov Switching Regime”
His coauthors on this paper are Robert J. Elliott (University of Calgary) and Katsumasa Nishide (Yokohama National University)
“The Journal of Futures Markets chronicles the latest developments in financial futures and derivatives. Coverage ranges from the highly practical to theoretical topics that include futures, derivatives, risk management and control, financial engineering, new financial instruments, hedging strategies, analysis of trading systems, legal, accounting, and regulatory issues, and portfolio optimization written by leading finance academics and professionals.”

Former Bissett Student, Tasha Taylor appointed Assistant Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister’s Office, Finance Canada

Bissett School of Business wishes to congratulate alumna, Tasha Taylor on her appointment to Assistant Chief of Staff for the Deputy Minister of  Finance Canada, in Ottawa.

Tasha graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance/Financial Services from Mount Royal University in 2012. While in her final year at the Bissett School of Business, Tasha captained the Bissett CFA Institute Investment Research Challenge team, where she demonstrated excellence in research, writing, presentation skills and analytical work. Upon graduation Ms. Taylor continued her education at the University of Calgary, obtaining a Master’s of Public Policy, International Trade and Investment in 2014. Prior to this appointment, Tasha served as an Economist with Finance Canada in the Capitals Markets Division, Market Policy Section.

Congratulations Tasha!

2015 ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge Winners

Stock Market Competition Winners 2015

Winners of the 2015 ATB Investor Services Investment Challenge, otherwise known as the Bissett Stockmarket Competition, were treated to a lunch with representatives of ATB on September 30. Pictured here are ATB Senior Manager Dan Smith with first place team winners Ken Ambrose and Aaron Harrington. Ken and Aaron and their partner Jordan Lazic managed to post a 34% annualized return in the six month competition which ran from September to March in the last academic year. It was the 10th edition of the annual competition, which has cash prizes for the members of the top three teams. The 11th edition of the competition got underway last week.

Congratulations to Catherine Roy Heaton on her reappointment to the CFA Institute DRC Committee

On September 1, Catherine Roy-Heaton was reappointed to to the Disciplinary Review Committee (“DRC”) of the CFA Institute for a fourth year.  This global committee of 30 CFA charterholders, hears and decides disciplinary matters related to the CFA Institute Code of Ethics, Standards of Professional Conduct and rules and regulations of the CFA Program.  In addition Cathy sits on the DRC Executive Team, with specific responsibility for the training function of the committee.
Further detail regarding the work and composition of the DRC may be found at the following link: