Keynote Speakers

The CAAA is pleased to welcome a wonderful lineup of keynote speakers for the 2021 Annual Conference.

Patricia C. O'Brien 201217 5x 7 (2)

Friday Keynote
Delivered by Patricia C. O'Brien, 
Professor Emerita, University of Waterloo

Patricia C. O’Brien is Professor Emerita at the University of Waterloo. Her research, on topics concerning financial analysts, financial reporting standards, and information in capital markets, is published in many of the premier accounting journals. In 2009, the Canadian Academic Accounting Association honoured Professor O’Brien with the Haim Falk Award for Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought. She served as Editor-in-Chief of Contemporary Accounting Research (CAR), and on the editorial boards of CAR, the Journal of Accounting ResearchThe Accounting Review, and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. She holds an A.B. degree cum laude in mathematics from Cornell University, and earned her MBA and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago. From 2005 to 2020, she served on the Academic Advisory Council to Canada’s Accounting Standards Board. Prior to joining Waterloo, Professor O’Brien was a faculty member at the University of Rochester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Michigan, London Business School, and York University. She held visiting appointments at the Helsinki School of Economics, the University of Chicago, the University of Amsterdam, and Stanford University, as well as in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Ontario Securities Commission.  


Pal Fisher

Yuji Ijiri Memorial Lecture on Foundations of Accounting
Delivered by Dr. Paul Fischer, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Professor Fischer’s research spans two areas of interest: the acquisition and dissemination of information in capital markets, and the design of incentive systems within and between firms. His capital market research has considered the impact of accounting disclosures on security prices, manager disclosure behavior, investor information gathering strategies, pricing bubbles, and the economic determinants and consequences of heuristic behaviors. His research on the design of incentive systems has examined the roles played by insider trading restrictions, risk management activities, peer evaluation systems, monitoring systems, and social norms. His research has appeared in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Finance, Management Scienceand The American Economic Review.

Professor Fischer is currently serving as an editor for Review of Accounting Studies, where he previously was the managing editor. He has also served as a special editor for The Accounting Reviewan associate editor for Management Science, and been a member of the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and the Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Professor Fischer teaches Financial Accounting and Financial Analysis. He is currently a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.  Previously, he was a Professor and Department Chair at Penn State University.  He has also previously taught at the University of British Columbia, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Stanford University.  He received his PhD from the University of Rochester and his BS degree from Duke University.

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