MFin students & alumni stories
The program is designed for motivated finance professionals who are looking to make the most of their career potential.
At Rotman, our students are our key strength. Learn more about them in regularly updated profiles and feature stories.
Arvind Prasad, MFin '23
“If you're joining the program, get ready for an intellectual and transformative adventure.”
Hamza Obaid, MFin '24
“The program teaches through an applied lens. It allows us to better understand the practical applications of the theory.”
Brooke Biscoe, MFin '21, CFA
“The MFin program helped me refine my perspectives and understandings of markets. Throughout my graduate journey, there was a constant formative exchange of opinions and knowledge. The program helped me make strides toward achieving my professional goals and aspirations.”
Emily Halverson-Duncan, MFin '22, CFA
Associate Portfolio Manager, BMO Nesbitt Burns
“I’m excited to be working in a role where I am constantly learning. Every day is challenging and engaging,”
Brittany Miranda, MFin ‘21, CFA
Senior Associate, Credit Research - CDN Fixed Income, Manulife Investment Management
“This program will challenge you to grow and improve as a finance professional. A great amount of time is spent studying many types of investments, but you'll learn the most important investment is the one you make in yourself. The Rotman MFin's return on investment is second to none."
Robert Dionne, MFin ‘22, CFA, CPA, CMA, DMS, FCSI
"The Rotman MFin is a comprehensive program of high-quality instruction, hands-on applied learning and group collaboration."
Karen Steinmann, MFin ‘21, CFA
Investment Analyst, Mandeville Private Client Inc.
“Rotman has an incredible community. Everyone, from your peers, program managers and professors is always approachable. And the alumni are eager to connect with you due to their shared educational background.”
Jonathan Zhao, MFin '21
Senior Manager, Enterprise Strategy, Scotiabank
“I want to keep expanding my skillsets and interests into multiple fields rather than being strong in just one.”
Talal Alam-Eddine, MFin ’22, FRM
"In addition to covering traditional subjects such as corporate valuation and portfolio management, I liked that the program addresses some of the latest innovations in the industry – particularly fin tech."
Emma Liu, MFin '22
Senior Manager, Compliance Advisory, Scotiabank
“The MFin program not only offers a great academic curriculum but also provides us with the opportunities to enhance our leadership and management skills.”
Sarah Wang, MFin '22
Senior Business Analyst, Ninepoint Partners
“This program is helping me level up my leadership and team management skills and paving my road to joining the next generation of female leaders in finance.”
Penny Du, MFin '20
Equity Research Associate - US Software, Credit Suisse
“With job searching, you need a bit of luck, and luck is nothing without having the skills to capitalize on it.”
Laura Garzon, MFin '20
Director, CIBC Capital Markets
“Basic coding skills don’t cut it anymore, it’s the era of big data on Wall Street and Bay Street. Banks and financial institutions are after talent that has a grip on technology.”
Paul Heakes, MFin '21
Assistant Vice President, SCOR
"The MFin program is extremely valuable for those looking for a more in-depth professional and technical credential focused on the finance industry."
Stanton Strasser, MFin '20
Asset Manager, S&A Developments
“Rotman has an excellent faculty that is constantly keeping pace and addressing the most current topics in finance.”
Harsh Ruparelia, MFin '21
Associate Director - Corporate Finance, BMO
“I have a friend who I met during my engineering undergrad who graduated from the MBA at Rotman in 2018. His advice was clear – when it comes to finance, it’s Rotman. Don’t even give it a second thought."
Pei Wen (Steven) Lin, MFin '19
Research Associate, ABC Capital Management Inc
"Student associations often host case competitions that involve industry experts coming in as panel judges, and offer various interview prep/career advice sessions, which I have learned from past members to be incredibly useful and a great way to get your hands dirty."
Jack Zhu, MFin '20
"I did not expect to be able to take part in so many different activities and meet so many individuals outside of my MFin cohort."
Safiya Bannister, MFin '20
Assistant Vice President, HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan)
"The professors bring the perfect balance of academics and real-life experience to the classroom. Additionally, the recent changes to the program to include a focus of the impact of technological innovations within finance was another reason why I chose Rotman."
Flavia Carvalho, MFin '19
Commercial Account Manager - Real Estate and Construction, RBC
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some very senior people who I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.”
Frances Wu, MFin '20, P.Eng
"The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) Intro course has expanded my vision in the entrepreneurship and startup world – multiple paths can lead to value creation and value capture of tech startups, and entrepreneurship strategies and choices are made based on sophisticated analysis and various decision criteria."
Varun Chandra, MFin '20
Director, Cross Asset Strategies, OMERS Capital Markets
"A lot of traditional ideas about investment and risk management are being replaced by new tools and theories, and the program seemed like a great way to get real insight into the latest and most important developments in finance."
Sabrina Wu, MFin '17
Senior Trader, Bank of Canada
“The real value of the MFin program is that it teaches you how to think and how to ask better questions.”
Julian Gu, MFin '19
Senior Manager, Balance Sheet Risk, RBC
“I look at the program in terms of the return on investment. The work I put in — studying, building a network, preparing for career path — came together and really paid off.”
Sofia Chrysochoidou, MFin '18
Associate Banker, EBRD
“Have a clear vision of where you want to take your career, and communicate it with confidence.”
Jason LeBlanc, MFin '11
Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Yamana Gold Inc.
“My advice to students is to get a handle on leadership skills, ethics and governance in a corporate environments now, while they have access to professors and classmates with so much experience. In the long run, it will serve them.”
Manpreet Singh Sandhu, MFin '18
ESG Specialist, ISS | Institutional Shareholder Services
“What does it take for a startup to succeed? Work with one to find out.”
Ashley Warburton, MFin '17
Associate Portfolio Manager, Investment Solutions, RBC Global Asset Management
“Girls need to be fully aware of the opportunities that are open to them. They can achieve success in their careers if they speak up for what they want, have a direction and aren’t afraid to go after opportunities.”
Julie He, MFin '18, CFA
Director, Family Office Cross-Asset Solutions, BMO Capital Markets
“The experiences and perspectives that people bring to the table are what makes the classes so interesting.”
Richard Wong, MFin '12
“One of the important lessons I took away from the MFin experience was how much there is to know. There are new tools, techniques and concepts constantly being developed.”
Damani Thomas, MFin '18
Director - Global Markets, Real Estate Interest Rate Derivatives, CIBC Capital Markets
“When I researched Canadian business schools and looked at the quality of their programs, their professors and their campuses, Rotman was at the top of its class.”
Christina Alexander, MFin '17
Director, Corporate Derivatives, Citi
“It’s amazing to discover what your bandwidth really is. You stretch yourself.”