The Investors Club was founded in 1985 when some enterprising students from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Business sought to establish a club on campus dedicated to promoting a greater awareness and understanding of securities markets. From this inception, the Investors Club grew quickly to over 150 members in 1987, and eventually became the single largest business student group on campus, boasting a student membership of over 300 members. With annual events  including frequent speaker sessions, the mock market simulation and an investment career forum, the Investors Club served as a direct link between motivated students and Investment professionals throughout Alberta for over 20 years.

 In 2010, the Investors Club was broadened in scope to include the numerous areas of finance beyond that of pure investing, and the club was consequently rebranded as the Business Finance Association (BFA) to reflect this. We hope to educate students on the various career paths available to them within the vast world of finance, bridge communication between the student body and the finance industry, and provide a conduit through which like-minded students can expand their peer networks.​




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Josh Coogan

Josh is a fourth year student at the Alberta School of Business and a co-president of the BFA. He is majoring in finance and minoring in business economics and law. After graduating he is hoping to move to Toronto to pursue his passion for finance and investing.

Andrew Nestea 

Andrew is one of the Co-Presidents for the Business Finance Association for the 2019-2020 academic year, having previously been the Academic Director. He is passionate about ensuring that as many students as possible are exposed to the excitement of the financial world. Moving from Calgary to Edmonton nearly four years ago, he was pleasantly surprised at the number of interesting initiatives that the BFA and Alberta School of Business put on, such as the networking events. As a soon-to-be graduate, Andrew hopes to apply some of his favourite finance courses (FIN412 and FIN488) to the labour market. If you run into him at the UofA gym, be sure to stop and say hi!

Andrew Fast
VP Finance 

Andrew is in his final year of his BCom degree, majoring in Finance with a minor in Business Economics & Law. Previous to being VP Finance for the BFA, Andrew served as External Director the year prior.

Outside of the BFA, he has held internships with TD Canada Trust as well as Canadian Western Bank. For 2 years he has also been the Student Brand Manager for Red Bull Canada at the University of Alberta.

After graduation Andrew hopes to achieve his CFA designation and work in either a Commodity or Equity trading role.

Liam Vernon
VP Academic

Liam is a 4th year BCom student majoring in Finance and Minoring in NREE. He is a member of the University of Alberta's Rotman International Trading team and a Fund Manager for the energy sector in the Program for Research and Investment Management Excellence (PRIME) Fund. Outside of school, he likes to watch Hockey and Football, listen to music, and exercise.

Melania Antoszko
VP External

Melania Antoszko is a 3rd year finance student, pursuing the Real Estate Certificate and Cooperative Education Certificate. As the 2019-2020 VP External for the BFA, she hopes to connect finance students with industry professionals and develop helpful resources for the ASoB community. She is also the VP Art and Design for Lazy Faire magazine and a volunteer for CJSR campus radio. When she's not busy volunteering or studying, you can find her trying out the newest coffee shops in Edmonton, hanging out with her friends or spending some time outdoors.

Alexandra Israfilova
VP Events

Alexandra is going into her final year of her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Finance. This year she has joined the Business Finance Association as the VP Events and is looking forward to collaborating with her president to organize valuable events in the upcoming year . This summer, Alexandra has completed her 8 month co-op placement as a Derivatives Analyst at Alberta Investment Management Corporation. She is writing her CFA Level 1 exam in December 2020 and plans to obtain her full designation in the future. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys dining out, travelling and kickboxing.

Chester Topacio
VP Internal

Chester is in his final year of his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in finance. Outside of the BFA he has held internship positions as a Credit Analyst and an Assistant Bankruptcy Analyst. He has also passed the CFA level 1 and is looking forward to obtaining the CFA designation. After graduation, he hopes to work in trading.

Cody Schlosser 
External Director 

Cody is one of the two External Directors this year for the BFA. Cody is a third year Bachelor of Commerce student with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting. Cody hopes to obtain his CFA designation in the coming years and plans to pursue a career in Capital Markets. In addition to the BFA, Cody is a volunteer with SafeWalk, an Analyst for the PRIME Fund and enjoys spending time with friends, travelling and watching sports.

Isha Godara
External Director​

Isha is a third-year student at ASoB, majoring in Finance and minoring in Sociology. She is in her final year of Peter Lougheed Leadership College and Co-President of TEDxUAlberta. She is working to create a Careers in Finance guide with BFA to provide exposure to Finance students about various careers available in the Finance industry. She is engaged with various not-for-profits and eventually wants to work in the area of policy development to help mitigate social inequalities. In her spare time, she likes to read, play squash and binge-watch her favourite Netflix shows. 

Brodie Ukrainec
Internal Director 

Brodie is currently in his third year at the University of Alberta, pursuing a major in Finance and Accounting. He is proud to be serving as Internal Director for the BFA. where he hopes to further promote BFA opportunities and events to the student body. He is also part of the university's LGBTQ organization, OUTreach, as well as the Climbing Club. In his spare time, you can usually find Brodie tending to his chickens on his hobby farm in Stony Plain.

Winston Kian Javier 
Internal Director 

Kian Javier is a first-year business student, majoring in Finance with a minor in Marketing. In joining the Business Finance Association, he hopes to have an immersive experience where he can learn more about the faculty and share his ideas to serve his peers' best interests. He has always been passionate about marketing, and sees this role as a fantastic opportunity to explore a club as great as the BFA. Outside of school, he loves exploring the city, trying out new food and sports, and going to concerts.

He is very excited to be an Internal Director this year.

Calum Magico
Academic Director
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