‘Economics’ Panelists & Moderator

Dr. Mark Lovewell

marklovewellProfessor Lovewell grew up in Newfoundland and Bermuda, before moving to Red Deer, Alberta, to attend high school. He discovered a passion for economics during his undergraduate years at the University of Alberta. After earning his M.A. in the history of economic thought at the University of Toronto, where he was a resident at Massey College at the time when Robertson Davies was its Master, he spent several years at Balliol College, Oxford.

In 1981, Mark Lovewell began teaching economics at Ryerson University, and has enjoyed witnessing the institution’s evolution since then. His own professional evolution has turned him into a rather eclectic-minded economist. Besides teaching at Ryerson, he was for several years a senior tutor at the University’s distance education arm, Open College, and worked intermittently as a broadcaster on Toronto’s classical, jazz, and education radio station (now JAZZ-FM).

Between 2003 and 2007, Professor Lovewell was Director of Ryerson University’s humanities-based Arts and Contemporary Studies program, and participated in teaching two of the degree’s foundation courses: Learning and Development Strategies (ACS 102), and Ideas that Shape the World I (ACS 100). His journalistic interests continue unabated – though now in the medium of print rather than in radio. He is a contributing editor at the Literary Review of Canada (the LRC), this country’s answer to the New York Review of Books. Besides his editorial work, he is the author of an economics textbook, Understanding Economics (published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson), now in its seventh edition. Before his retirement from Ryerson in 2015, he served interim stints as Chair of Ryerson’s Department of English, Director of its School of Occupational and Public Health, Dean of Arts and Secretary of Senate.

Dr. Michel Serafinelli

Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Toronto

michelOriginally from Italy, Professor Serafinelli completed his PhD in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.  His work focuses on regional differences in economic prosperity, and the relationship that technological innovation and human capital flows has on regional economic prosperity.  Professor Serafinelli will bring a more global perspective on the effects of technological innovation on economic prosperity.

Jos Schmitt

President & Chief Executive Officer Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc.

unnamed-1Jos Schmitt has more than twenty-five years of experience in the financial services industry both internationally and in Canada, with particular expertise in the market infrastructure space, across asset classes and across geographies. Prior to joining Aequitas, Jos served as CEO of the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Exchange; and as EVP Head of the Americas and Global Head of Capital Markets for a global professional services company focused on the financial services industry. During his tenure at this professional services company, he acted as strategic advisor and director of operational and/or technology programs for some of the largest market infrastructure organizations and broker-dealers around the globe.
Some of his previous roles include: President and CEO of a European Derivatives Exchange and Clearing House, President and CEO of a pan-European Indices Publisher, Chairman of a Derivatives SRO, and Head of Strategy and Business Operations at a European Stock Exchange.

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