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L. Jacques Ménard BMO Centre for Capital Markets

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L. Jacques Ménard

Founded in 2021 through a generous $2.5-million donation by the Bank of Montreal (BMO), the L. Jacques Ménard BMO Centre for Capital Markets is dedicated to knowledge creation and applied practice while providing an environment for students and faculty to cultivate ties with the capital markets community. More specifically, the Centre's purpose is to:

  1. set the standard in teaching and research in capital markets;
  2. provide the next generation of capital markets professionals with an education grounded in theory and practice; and
  3. advance scholarly research and practical approaches that respond to the current challenges faced by the banking industry.

About the Centre

The L. Jacques Ménard BMO Centre for Capital Markets aims to foster out-of-the-box thinking for the next generation of talent, through dialogue between academics, practitioners, and regulators who work in the capital markets field.

The Centre is funded through a $2.5-million gift by the Bank of Montreal (BMO). The donation honours the late L. Jacques Ménard, former President of BMO Quebec, who had strong ties to Concordia. He was an alumnus and served as the chancellor of the university from 2011 to 2014.

Long before BMO declared [its] purpose — to boldly grow the good in business and life — Jacques Ménard was living it. A proud Concordia alumnus, his legacy endures today at BMO, engrained in the way we work: growing businesses and communities for a thriving economy, and supporting access to education that helps young people develop careers and fosters creativity.

Darryl White, CEO, BMO Financial Group

Who we are

Get to know our director and meet the leadership team.

Research and Activities

In support of its mission, the Centre regularly organizes workshops and conferences, offers faculty grants to support next generation research and teaching activities, provides a series of student scholarships, and invites collaboration within the stakeholder community via joint publication opportunities through a BMO Centre book series.

Our book series

The Centre has established a book series, published with Palgrave-Macmillan, that focuses on advances in the fields of big data, block chain technology, cryptocurrencies, emerging risk management, and sustainability.

The Centre invites expressions of interest from practitioners, academics, and regulators who would like to contribute to the book series with a chapter. Please consult the current calls for submissions below for contribution guidelines.

Funding opportunities
for faculty members

The Centre welcomes applications for research funding. In total, up to five research projects will be funded per year, with a maximum funding envelope of $10,000 each. The purpose of the research awards is to facilitate both practical and theoretical research on the capital markets, preferably with a focus on how current developments (e.g., fintech) affect them. Please consult the latest call for funding proposals.

Student scholarship
and award opportunities

Each fall term, the Centre welcomes applications for one PhD scholarship and four MSc scholarships valued at $20,000 and $6,000, respectively. The purpose of the scholarships is to facilitate research on capital markets and to provide support to graduate students interested in empirical and/or theoretical capital markets research. Please consult the latest calls for PhD scholarship applications and for MSc scholarship applications.

In addition, the Centre provides funding for six renewable annual in-course undergraduate bursaries valued at $2,250 each. The awards are administered through Concordia’s Financial Aid and Awards Office (FAAO). Please contact the FAAO for information on how to apply for one of these awards.


Every fall, the BMO Centre hosts an academic/practitioner workshop aimed at sparking critical discourse on current challenges and related opportunities affecting the capital markets.

The fall 2022 meeting was devoted to different aspects of technology-enabled innovation in financial services (fintech) and new developments in sustainable finance. Academic papers and practitioner presentations in all areas of fintech, sustainable finance, and related risk management (e.g., environmental, social, and governance risks) were invited. Please consult the conference program here.

N.B.: Future conferences will be announced on this website.

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