January 18-21, 2018

MMF Symposium






Smart Villages Theme Park


Beyond the bank, the entire village goes digital

Jim Helik

Jim Helik will be speaking on the technology changes that have affected villages and cities over the past hundred years.

For the past twenty years he has been a Contributing Editor for Benefits and Pensions Monitor, the magazine for Canadian pension plans and institutional investors. Previously he was the editor of the Canadian Investment Review (a quarterly peer reviewed journal for Canadian institutional investors). He has served on the Editorial Board for The Financial Journalist, a publication of the CFA Institute.

He has taught business and management at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University in Toronto for over a decade. He has also authored numerous chapters (covering portfolio management, derivatives, technical analysis and investment management techniques) in the many textbooks published by the Canadian Securities Institute.

He has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning, and was a Senior Planner with the City of Toronto for many years.

Kumar Murty is an Indo-Canadian mathematician who obtained his BSc in 1977 from Carleton University and his PhD in mathematics in 1982 from Harvard University.

He is currently a professor in the mathematics department at the University of Toronto and was recently the department Chair. His research area is number theory. He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1995. In 1996, he, along with his brother, M. Ram Murty, received the Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize for the book “Non-vanishing of L-functions and their applications.” The Murty brothers have written more than 20 joint papers In a book edited by Alex Michalos, there is a description of how the Murty brothers learned mathematics in their teens. Murty received the Coxeter–James Prize in 1991 from the Canadian Mathematical Society.

His research fields are Analytic Number Theory, Algebraic Number Theory, Arithmetic Algebraic Geometry and Information Security. He is the founder of the GANITA lab, co-founder of Prata Technologies and PerfectCloud. His interest in mathematics ranges from the pure study of the subject to its applications in data and information security.

Kumar Murty




Tony Hernandez

Tony Hernandez is the Director and Eaton Chair in Retailing at the Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity, Ryerson University.  e Centre, found- ed in 1992, is a not-for-pro t academic research unit that works with a broad spectrum of stakeholders interested in the retail and service sectors.

He is a Professor in the School of Re- tail Management with a cross-appoint- ment to the Department of Real Estate Management within the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson. His research interests include retail loca- tion strategy, retail and service sector innovation, commercial real estate and data science.