The SIAS Fund

Manage a real-life portfolio

The MSc Finance provides a unique opportunity to acquire real world investment, risk management and compliance experience through the Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS) Fund.

Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS Fund) manages over $16.9 million (as of Feb 28, 2017) of the university’s endowment portfolio, funded by contributions from HSBC Bank Canada and Lohn Foundation. SIAS fund follows a value investing mandate set by the client (SFU) through a conservative investment policy statement. The fund is composed of four semi-actively managed asset classes: Cash, Canadian Equity, Global Equity and Fixed Income. SIAS fund reports monthly compliance and performance to the client and faculty advisors. Additionally, review presentations in front of an Industry Performance Review Committee are held on quarterly basis.

Visiting industry professionals

Guest speakers from financial institutions around the globe share their knowledge and stimulate interest in a wide variety of topics for research projects. We encourage visitors to work with promising candidates on research projects. Successful research cooperation often leads to an offer of employment. Visitors to the Master of Science in Finance program include:

  • Alliance Bernstein, New York
  • Bank of America / Merrill Lynch, New York
  • Bank of Montreal Financial Group, Toronto
  • BlackRock, New York
  • Cairn Capital, Greenwich
  • Citibank Canada, Vancouver
  • Deutsche Bank, New York
  • FINCAD, Vancouver
  • KPMG, Vancouver
  • QuIC, Vancouver
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Securities, Greenwich
  • SGS Asset Management, Toronto
  • Swiss Re, New York
  • ZE PowerGroup Inc., Vancouver

“The experience gained with SIAS became invaluable when I started looking for work after graduation. It’s a real fund and it’s run that way.”

Eric Lanoix, Program Alumnus ’13
Senior Analyst - Portfolio Risk Management, Coast Capital Savings

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