Mathieu Boudreault Awarded a Desjardins Foundation Bursary

October 30, 2008

The only bursary under the Girardin-Vaillancourt program of the Desjardins Foundation in the field of economics, finance, administration and management has been awarded to HEC Montréal PhD student Mathieu Boudreault. The doctoral student in administration received $7,000 to allow him to complete his thesis, which he plans to defend in July of next year.

His thesis, begun in 2005 under the direction of Professor Geneviève Gauthier of the Department of Management Sciences, looks at the modelling of organizations’ credit risk and also includes risk management and financial engineering applications. “I am presenting a model that will make it possible to assess a firm’s debt and determine the risk of non-payment (bankruptcy),” he explains. “The model can also be used to establish rates for derivatives and manage asset portfolios.”

Mathieu Boudreault has been a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries since 2007, and holds a Master’s in Mathematics, Actuarial Science option, from Université Laval and a Bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science, also from Laval. He won first prize in the Canadian SCOR actuarial competition in 2003, and has received a number of other scholarships, including two from HEC Montréal: the Henry Laureys and J.A. Bombardier scholarships.

Starting December 1, Mathieu Boudreault will be an Assistant Professor of Actuarial Science at UQAM.

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