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Meet Carmen Quiroz, MFRM '17

Carmen is an incoming student to our newly launched Master of Financial Risk Management program. She tells us what interests her about risk management, and why she moved from her home in Mexico to come to Rotman.

Carmen Quiroz

The Rotman School is welcoming its inaugural cohort of students to the Master of Financial Risk Management program. Forty-five students will begin an intensive 8-month program designed to prepare ambitious young professionals for careers in risk management and trading. The unique curriculum will combine coursework, a company-sponsored applied project, workshops on leadership and communication skills, and speaker series events delivered by leading risk management practitioners. The students will learn from extraordinary finance faculty, including Dean, Tiff Macklem, Vice-Dean, Susan Christoffersen, the program's Director, Professor John Hull, as well as from Professors Peter Dungan, Bing Han, Tom McCurdy, and Alan White. Executive-in-Residence Anthony Peccia will also be teaching, and Adjunct Professor Richard Nesbitt will be a featured guest speaker.

We're pleased to introduce Carmen Quiroz, one of our inaugural students in the program this fall.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Carmen: I’m from Mexico, and the oldest daughter of three. I grew up in a close knit family where mathematical and analytical abilities are something we all enjoy, so this program seems like a natural fit for me. Outside of academics, my passion is swimming. I’ve been a swimmer for 14 years and I am the captain of a masters swimming team.

Why are you interested in Risk Management?

Carmen: In my case, I’ve been working in the credit and risk department of a microfinance company for 3 years now, so I felt that I needed to learn more about risk management in order to excel at my job.

Why did you choose the MFRM program? 

Carmen: I wanted to study in another country, so I began by exploring programs outside of Mexico. When I came across the MFRM program, I liked the approach that Rotman has taken with the curriculum and the overall structure of the degree. There aren’t too many programs focused on financial risks; most of them are finance management and have one or two subjects about risk. Fortunately, MFRM offers the specialized knowledge that I’ve been looking for.

What are you most excited about when you start the program in September?

Carmen: Personally, I’m really excited to meet new people from different cultures and to be able to learn about financial risk management from the perspective of another country. I can’t wait to learn from Rotman’s faculty and from the depth of understanding of financial markets that has developed in a country like Canada. I hope to be able to apply this new knowledge in my day-to-day career in the future.

What are your career goals?

Carmen: Ultimately, my goal is to work in an international bank in a capacity where I can create and analyze risk-based financial products. This program can help me get there.

Read more about the MFRM program here.