Title: How Engineers & Computer Scientists Can Rule the World ... of Finance
Speakers: The Global Systematic Investments (GSI) team at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)
In this seminar we will introduce you to a very exciting and intellectually stimulating career path in finance and investing, where you directly apply your technical engineering and computer science skills to create highly profitable trading systems.
GSI is OTPP's cutting-edge, world-class quantitative investing team. Quantitative investing is the art and science of trading markets using models, algorithms and technology to make investment decisions (as opposed to “discretionary” investing, where humans make the choices). Essentially, this field is about finding structure and logic amidst the highly complex and erratic world of financial markets and building the tools and technology to take advantage of this structure.
This is where your much needed and highly-valued engineering and computer science expertise comes in. Building profitable models is extremely difficult and challenging, but when successful, it can be extremely rewarding. In finance, more than any other industry, you will get instantaneous feedback, in terms of profit and loss, from what you have built.
Many of you may be aware of quantitative hedge funds and money managers in New York, Chicago or London. Maybe you are considering a job there. But before you do, you need to know that some of the biggest innovations in this space are taking place at OTPP, right here in Toronto. Please come to the seminar to learn more about this exciting opportunity that would be a perfect fit for your skills.
- GSI is a 15-year old team at Ontario Teachers’. Its current members are Matt Dragan, Shirley Miller, Inyoung Maeng and Imad Ferzli. We are looking to recruit a new member to the team.
- Matt holds a BA in economics from the University of Waterloo and has been with GSI since 2009.
- Shirley is a CFA charterholder and holds a PhD in Economics from Université de Montréal. Shirley joined GSI in 2010.
- Inyoung has a BASc in electrical engineering from U of T and a Master’s in Finance from MIT. He was a software engineer at Goldman Sachs, Blackrock and Oanda before joining GSI in 2014.
- Imad joined GSI at the beginning of this year from Ontario Teachers’ Fixed Income group. He started his career in the investment industry at CPP Investment Board. Imad holds a PhD in electrical engineering from U of T.