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Economics Matters: Innovation, Investment, Risk

'Economics Matters' is a yearly event with a theme in the context of economics where the ESA organizes a panel of distinguished individuals who are relevant to the theme of event. The event is then followed by a reception with great catering and insightful discussions.

'Economics Matters' is designed to foster discussion between students and seasoned professionals within the industries at focus, and deepen the students' understanding of how economics is at play within the different industries. 

This year, the ESA is proud to present to you 'Economics Matters: Innovation, Investment, Risk'. For this event, three decorated professionals in three different areas of finance will provide their insights into the financial sector.

Here are brief biographies of our panelists:

Louis Durocher
Chief Risk Officer
AVIVA Canada

As Chief Risk Officer, Louis leads Risk and Corporate Actuarial, including Economic Capital and Reserving. He's held the position of VP, Actuarial Services and is heavily engaged in Actuarial Committees. Louis earned his Bachelor's in Mathematics, specializing in Actuarial Mathematics.

Mike Woollatt
CEO & President
Canadian Venture Capital & Private Equity Association

Mike has held several senior executive roles in the private sector. He's also worked for the Gov. of Canada as an Economist in the Department of Finance and as a Policy Advisor to the Minister of Finance. Mike has also worked overseas as an Economist on World Bank-funded projects. He holds a BA & MA in economics from UBC.

Amie Sergas
Director, Venture Programs
Mars Discovery District

Amie develops and manages funding programs and support services for the Ontario innovation entrepreneurship ecosystem. She held roles in marketing and business development in both telecom and biotechnology companies. She holds a BSc in biotechnology and chemistry from Brock University and an MBA from Queen's University.


Earlier Event: January 12
Ethical Decision Making - Session II
Later Event: February 2
ESA Networking Workshop