December 13, 2013
Three HEC Montréal students have won 2013 University Partnership awards from the Montréal Exchange, through the Canadian Derivatives Exchange Scholars Program and the Options Trading Simulation. They are Jean-François Bégin (PhD), Delia Alexandra Doljanu (MSc) and Samuel Brière (BBA).
Under the 2013-2014 Canadian Derivatives Exchange Scholars Program, PhD student Jean-François Bégin received the $20,000 postgraduate award for his research into the modelling, pricing and hedging of credit derivatives in the context of plans. Delia Alexandra Doljanu received a $15,000 graduate scholarship for her research into credit risk management. The two were selected on the basis of their leadership and initiative in academic and professional activities.
Samuel Brière, by achieving the best return (256%) after 9 weeks of trading, took first place in the Options Trading Simulation and won a $10,000 prize. The contest, with participants from almost 20 Canadian universities, gives students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with or hone their knowledge of Canadian options.
The Options Trading Simulation and Canadian Derivatives Exchange Scholars Program were launched in February 2012 as part of the financial education initiatives of the Montréal Exchange (MX). They were created to support finance students interested in derivatives and to strengthen the Exchange’s position as a centre of excellence in the Canadian derivatives market.