2017 Call for Papers is now closed

Northern Finance Association Conference 2017
Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, September 15-17, 2017
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Northern Finance Association is pleased to invite submissions for its 29th Annual Conference, to be held on September 15-17, 2017, at the Marriott Harbourfront Hotel in Halifax, Atlantic Canada’s premier meeting destination. Papers on any topic related to finance will be considered, as long as they have not already been accepted for publication in a journal. Each author is restricted to one submission.

Papers should be submitted electronically at www.openconf.org/nfa2017/. The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2017, at 11:59 pm (23:59 hrs) Eastern Time.

Papers will be reviewed anonymously by up to three members of the Program Committee, and authors will be notified about the outcome of the review process, by mid-May 2017. We are working to maximize participation opportunities in the conference, so presenting authors of accepted papers will generally not be asked to discuss papers. Instead, discussants and session chairs will be selected from our list of NFA contacts, which includes 5-year NFA members, Program Committee members, co-authors of accepted papers, and past presenters. If you would like to become a member of the Program Committee or serve as discussant/session chair, please contact us at nfaprogramchair@northernfinance.org.

Conference registration will open on May 10, 2017 and the early registration will end on June 14, 2017. Authors must be registered by this date in order to be eligible for paper awards.

Sessions for PhD students
Papers authored exclusively by PhD students may be submitted using the standard submission procedure. Such papers should be marked “Student Paper” along with a comment requesting that the paper be considered for the PhD Sessions, which will be held on Friday afternoon, if they aren’t selected for the regular program. Our PhD Session Chairs will select papers from this group, and assign discussants who will provide constructive criticism and ideas to enhance the papers during the PhD Session.

Special Session for Assistant Professors (session is now full, you may request to be wait-listed at the time of registration)
The conference will include a special session for assistant professors on Friday afternoon.

2016 Sponsors (2017 sponsors to be confirmed)
Royal Bank of Canada (confirmed for 2017)
Bank of Canada (confirmed for 2017)
CETFA (Canadian ETF Association)
Stata (confirmed for 2017)
Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation
CFA Institute
Montreal Institute of Structured Products (IFSID) (confirmed for 2017)
UBC Sauder School of Business (university sponsor, 2017)
Dalhousie University Rowe School of Business (university sponsor, 2017)

Past Exhibitors (2017 exhibitors to be confirmed):
CFA Institute
Rotman Interactive Trader
S&P Capital IQ
Thomson Reuters

Planned Best Paper Awards:
ETFs in Asset Management ($5,000, sponsored by CETFA in 2016)
Derivatives ($2,000, sponsored by IFSID in 2016)
Market Microstructure ($2,000, sponsored by IIROC in 2016)
FinTech ($2,000, sponsored by Ivey Scotiabank Digital Banking Lab – confirmed for 2017)
Corporate Finance ($2,000, sponsored by the CFA Institute in 2016)
Best PhD paper ($2,000, sponsored by the Bank of Canada – confirmed for 2017)
Firm Growth and Innovation ($2,000, sponsored by the Lazaridis Institute at Laurier – confirmed for 2017)
Empirical Finance
Asset Pricing

We hope to see you in Halifax next September for a stimulating conference and some Maritime hospitality!

Murray Carlson (UBC Sauder School of Business)
Maria Pacurar (Dalhousie University Rowe School of Business)
NFA 2017 Program Co-Chairs

Keynote Speaker

McDonald_Robert_0008_10RGBRobert L. McDonald
Erwin P. Nemmers Professor of Finance
Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


Robert McDonald is Erwin P. Nemmers Professor of Finance. He has been a faculty member at Kellogg since 1984 and also served as Finance department chair and and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research. Before joining Kellogg, he was a faculty member at Boston University and has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago. He has taught courses in derivatives, corporate finance, and taxation.

Professor McDonald’s research interests include corporate finance, taxation, derivatives, and applications of option pricing theory to corporate investments. Several of his papers have won research awards, including the Graham and Dodd Scroll from the Financial Analyst’s Federation, the Iddo Sarnat Prize from the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Smith Breeden Prize from the Journal of Finance, and the Review of Financial Studies Prize from the Review of Financial Studies.

Special Session for Assistant Professors

Dumas_Bernard_2008Bernard Dumas
Emeritus Professor of Finance
INSEAD, Fontainebleau


Bernard Dumas is Emeritus Professor of Finance at INSEAD, which he joined in September 1999. Prior to joining INSEAD, he was Professor at HEC, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and ESSEC. He has also taught at the Faculté des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as the Swiss Finance Institute.

Professor Dumas specializes in International Finance and Finance Theory in Continuous Time. He is or has been Editor of various academic journals including The Review of Financial Studies. Professor Dumas’ research has been published in prestigious journals. Professor Dumas has been a Member of the Board of the American Finance Association, is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research.

PhD Student Session Chairs

Adlai Fisher
A. E. Hall Professor of Finance
Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia


Adlai Fisher is the A. E. Hall Professor of Finance at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia.  He holds an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Yale University.  His interests include the relation between macroeconomic news and stock returns, cross-sectional and time-series properties of stock and bond returns and their economic foundations, the relation between industry competition and required returns, performance evaluation of investment strategies, frictions in financial markets and their impact on arbitrage trading strategies, and parsimonious models of the tails, persistence, and volatility of financial returns.  His research has received awards including the Smith Breeden Prize at the Journal of Finance and faculty awards for research excellence at Sauder.  Professor Fisher has served as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Finance and the Review of Finance, and as Council Chair of the Society of Financial Studies.

Christine A. Parlour
Sylvan C. Coleman Chair in Finance and Accounting
Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley


Christine A. Parlour is the Sylvan C. Coleman Chair in Finance and Accounting at the Haas School, UC Berkeley. Her research spans microstructure, fixed income markets and asset pricing. She has published in various scholarly journals in Finance and Economics, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies and the American Economic Review. She has served on various editorial boards including the Journal of Finance. She is currently a director of the Financial Intermediation Research Society and the Finance Theory Group.