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Gordon Sick
Professor of Finance in the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary

Finance Research Seminars at the Haskayne School

I am organizing the Finance Research Seminar series for 2016-17. A calendar of events (and a link to subscribe to the calendar) and more information is here.

Finance Trading Lab and Competitions

I use the N Murray Edwards Trading and Finance Lab to support enhancements to the Haskayne Finance program related to trading.

In February 2017, our Haskayne Team placed 2nd out of 52 teams at the Rotman International Trading Competition (RITC). Although our team only had undergraduate students, most of the teams consisted of graduate students. Indeed, 19 of the teams were from specialist masters programs in finance with names like "Masters of Financial Engineering" and "Masters of Quantitative Finance".

In 2016, our Haskayne Team placed 3rd out of 52 teams in the Rotman Interneational Trading Competition (RITC). We beat all 18 Canadian teams, as well as teams from strong schools, such as MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Princetion, Columbia, New York University, Duke, Chicago and Berkeley.

In 2015 our Haskayne Team Gold placed 4th and the all-rookie Team Red placed 10th, out of 40 teams. I'm very proude of them.

Our 2014 team placed 5th out of 52 teams, beating teams from MIT, Princeton, Cornell, Duke, Stanford and Berkeley, as well as Waterloo, Toronto and the University of Alberta.

BP Canada Trading Competition, which will be held again for all University of Calgary students on Saturday October 1, 2016.

I am also organizing a Western Invitational Trading Challenge (WITC) on November 11-12, 2016. Teams from Western Canadian schools that have Rotman RIT licences are invited. Contact me for more details. I believe that I have already contacted representatives of all the eligible schools, and I believe that they are all sending teams.

Information Session for Students

On September 10, 2015, we held an Information Session in Scurfield Hall to discuss various program enhancements we have in the Finance Area. While this is dated information, the programs are unchanged.

Slides from these presentations will also be available on the Finance Area Website.

Trading and Finance Lab Access

The Trading Lab is a premium facility for working on projects that use financial data or involve trading simulations. It is not for general use, so access is restricted to students who demonstrate a need to use lab facilities.

The equipment in the Lab is expensive and it can be damaged by students drinking and eating in the lab. The simple rule is: Don't eat or drink in the Lab.

We have an online application form for using the lab to emphasize that University personnel can examine access logs for the Lab and the Lab computers to determine the cause of damage to lab facilities from misuse and that this can result in loss of Lab access privileges or discipline such as under the Non-Academic Misconduct Policy.


Trading and Market Data Management FNCE 449 for Haskayne Finance Undergrads, although I will accept MBA students in a directed study. It is offered in the September Block Week of 2016. I plan to offer the course again in September 2017. The application process wil commence in late April, after students have had a chance to get their transcripts for Winter 2016 grades.



Research Papers

Academic associations that I help organize:

International Real Options Annual Conferences

Northern Finance Association I was the Vice-President and Program Chair for the NFA 2014 Conference in Ottawa.


I do a variety of consulting, including expert testimony and management consulting. Recent projects have included valuation of union merger gains and losses under various seniority rules, valuation of illiquid (restricted) stock holdings, real options analysis and valuation of spark spreads, real options analysis and valuation of mine development strategies, and valuation of liquidated damages on a long-term gas purchase contract (including Kalman filter analysis of forward curves). Contact me or call my office at +1 403 220-7165 for details.

Personal Interests

I'm an amateur photographer. I particularly like the challenge of bird photography, but I also shoot scenery, cityscapes and candid people. I am currently reconfiguring my photography website and will post a link here when it is finished.

I'm a past president of PLAN Calgary, also known as The RoadAhead Society of Calgary, which helps people with developmental disabilities and their families work out a plan for living without the support of parents.

Some interesting Science Fair work in astronomy was done by my son, Jonathan Sick, when in Junior and Senior High School. He graduated in astrophysics from Rice in 2008, after working two summers at the Space Telescope Science Insitute in Baltimore. He is now doing a PhD in astrophysics at Queen's. While finishing his PhD, he is a software engineer for the Large Scale Synoptic Telescope (LSST), which is being built in Chile.