Fall 2016

The purpose of the Excellence scholarship program is to increase knowledge in all areas associated with the AMF's mission and to enhance the AMF's visibility.

The Assessment Committee of the Education and Good Governance Fund (EGGF) reviewed the applications for the AMF Excellence Program submitted by April 15, 2016. The President and CEO has given his consent to the Committee’s recommendations to grant excellence scholarships to the following four recipients:

$8,000 scholarships – Masters programs

From Concordia University

Ryan Amsden
Master of Science in Finance

Mr. Amsden started his undergraduate academic career in the Supply Chain and Business Technology Management program and received the best student award in 2014-2015. His GPA of 4.2 was the highest in the program. He was also the champion of the inaugural John Molson School of Business Project Management Case Competition. His research project will provide valuable insight into the benefits of derivatives and examine the consequences of hedging during recessions. Starting in September 2018, he plans to pursue a PhD in finance.

From the University of Québec at Montréal

Meriem Ayat
Master’s in Accounting, Control and Auditing

Ms. Ayat holds an undergraduate degree in finance and accounting. She was considered an “excellence” student throughout her five years of study for her outstanding academic results. Her research project deals with the impact of non-GAAP disclosures on the market valuation of Canadian corporations and the integration of governance components. Ms. Ayat intends to continue her research at the doctorate level.

$20,000 scholarships – Doctoral programs

From McGill University

Ksenia Kordonsky
Doctorate in International Business Administration

Ms. Kordonsky is a PhD student in Administration in the International Business department at HEC Montréal. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from McGill University and she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Suffolk University in Boston with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the role of markets as instruments of corporate governance and regulators of illegal corporate behaviour. Upon graduating, she hopes to provide policymakers with meaningful and impactful recommendations that help improve economic and financial systems.

From Laval University

Jérôme Deschênes
Doctorate in Business Administration, Accounting

With a Bachelor of Education, Secondary Science, from Laval University, Mr. Deschênes undertook a Master’s in Social and Economic Responsibility. While studying in this program, he was on the university’s faculty of graduate studies honour roll. As part of his doctoral studies, he is pursuing his research under the direction of the Chaire de recherche en gouvernance de sociétés [corporate governance research chair]. He is exploring the impact that individual directors and investors have on the societal performance of corporations. He aspires to a career as a university professor, a role that would call on both his intellectual curiosity and his passion for teaching.