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Hello! I'm Olga

My broad research interests are in the areas of empirical corporate finance,  risk management and insurance. My current research aims to understand how culture affects corporate decisions and financial outcomes. My teaching interests are in corporate finance, risk management, insurance, financial institutions and banking.

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Olga Kanj, PhD

 

Phone:

+1.647.920.2319

Email:

okanj@uwaterloo.ca

Address:

M3 2138 

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1

Citizenship:
Canadian, Russian, and Lebanese
Languages Spoken:
English, Russian, Arabic and French
EDUCATION
 
2014-2020

PhD in Finance

Wilfrid Laurier University

2010-2012

MBA - Finance and Economics

Notre Dame University - Louaize

2006-2009

BBA - Banking and Finance

Notre Dame University - Louaize

 
RESEARCH
October 2020
Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance -Issues and Practice

with P. Carayannopoulos and M.F. Perez

Working Paper
with M. Kelly and M.F. Perez

Board Ethnic Diversity and Risk Strategies

Working Paper

with E. Eastman and M. Kelly 

Personal Background and Accounting Estimates: Cultural Origin, Gender and Reported Loss Reserves

Work in Progress
with M. Kelly, F. Neale and L. Jin

Board Composition and Investment in Technology

Work in Progress

with M. Kelly and M.F. Perez

The Effects of Cat Bonds in the Insurance Market

Work in Progress

with M.F. Perez and S. Li

Board Diversity and CEO Compensation

December 2013

International Journal of Economics and Finance

with R. El Khoury

March 2013

Journal of Money, Investment and Banking

with R. El Khoury

CONFERENCES
 

Personal Background and Accounting Estimates: Cultural Origin, Gender and Reported Loss Reserves

  • World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress, virtual, 2020

  • Southern Risk and Insurance Association annual meeting, Charleston, 2019

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Brown Bag, 2019

Board Ethnic Diversity and Risk Strategies

  • Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Denver, 2021

  • Paris Financial Management Conference, Paris, 2019

  • American Risk and Insurance Association annual meeting, San Francisco, 2019

  • Ph.D Student Symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, 2019

  • Southern Risk and Insurance Association annual meeting, Orlando, 2018

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Brown Bag, 2018

Pricing Dynamics in the market for Catastrophe Bonds

  • Southern Risk and Insurance Association annual meeting, Orlando, 2018

  • Financial Management Association annual meeting, San Diego, 2018

  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Brown Bag, 2018

 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Fixed Income Securities

This course is designed for advanced financial risk management students. It course advanced quantitative topics of fixed income including bond valuation, embedded options, interest rate models, interest rate and credit risk, structured fixed income products.

Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation 

A course designed for advanced math students who want to learn how to lead startups. A study of the spirit of entrepreneurship in the technology industry, opportunities emerging in the new information economy, and the implementation issues associated with starting an entrepreneurial venture in today's rapidly changing environment.

Corporate Finance

Multiple courses covering corporate finance including Introduction to Corporate Finance, Introduction to Financial Markets, and Financial Management. These courses cover the corporate financial manager's role in the firm as it relates to long-term issues in investing and financing. Specific study is given to the theory and practice of capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, valuations, mergers and acquisitions.

Risk Management & Insurance

This course is designed for 4th and 5th year students. It examines techniques and policies used by organizations and individuals for managing insurable risks. It focuses on the analysis of insurance markets and the incentives conveyed by these markets for managing risk.

MEMBERSHIPS
 
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