Executive

, President, started teaching in the finance department at Concordia University in 1993 after extensive industry experience. He received his BSc degree from McGill University where he majored in mathematics and his MBA degree from Concordia University. He earned his PhD from Concordia in 2000. In 1997-1998 he taught at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario where he received a commendation for teaching excellence. He regularly teaches courses at undergraduate and graduate levels in corporate finance, fixed income securities, equity valuation and derivatives. He has also taught courses in business statistics and in operations research. His research interests are in the microstructure of new and secondary equity offerings as well as the efficiency of Canadian capital markets. He has recently added sustainable investing to his list of research topics. He has published articles in the Journal of Banking and Finance, Multinational Finance, Engineering Economist, The Canadian Investment Review and the Journal of the Operational Research Society. He is the only two-time winner of the Gold Prize for outstanding paper awarded in an annual contest sponsored by the Montreal Society of Financial Analysts where he also served on the society’s board of directors. He completed the requirements for the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001.  He directed the Investment MBA Program at Concordia University’s Goodman Institute of Investment Management for over ten years. This specialized MBA Program links the requirements of the CFA curriculum with the academic requirements of a traditional MBA degree. Since 2018, Dr. Rakita has been President of the Concordia University Faculty Association and has helped navigate the union through challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Telephone: 514-848-2424, extension 2786

, Vice President, is a Professor in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Concordia University, Ted worked as Structural Design Engineer in Athens, Greece. He then worked as Teaching and Research Assistant at the University of Western Ontario, where he also earned both his M.E.Sc and Ph.D. His research in the area of wind effects on buildings and their codification has been influential in the development of codes and standards around the world. Ted is a professional engineer registered in Québec, Ontario and in Greece; he is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and its Structural Engineering Institute. He is the Editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. Ted Stathopoulos has been serving as Vice-President of CUFA since 2013 and recently took the helm as President. He has been a member of the Executive since 2011, as well as having served over the years on the Joint Grievance committee, the University Appeals Board, the Liaison committee and the Negotiating committee for the CUFA Collective Agreement. He has also served as a member of CUFA Council and as President.

Telephone: 514-848-2424, extension 3186

, Treasurer, is an Associate Professor in the Accountancy Department at the John Molson School of Business. She received her Ph.D. from Baruch College-City University of New York in 2011 and joined Concordia in the same year. Elisabeth’s research interests are in the areas of financial statement audit quality and determinants of public company audit fees.

Telephone: 514-848-2424, extension 7591

, Secretary, is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  He was appointed to his current position in 2000. Prior to 2000, he taught at Concordia as a part-time instructor and also worked as an analyst in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Aaron Brauer teaches statistics in traditional face-to-face classes and in an online format, and has a particular interest in using technology to foster student engagement. He is currently serving as Member-At-large of the CUFA Executive (2019-21), after having completed two term as Secretary (2017-19; 2015-17) and Member-At-Large (2013-15). He is also serving as a Trustee of the CAUT Defense Fund (2012-present). He was Secretary of the CUFA Executive (2009-11; 2011-13), a member of the FQPPU ad hoc committee on e-Learning (2010-2013), a member of the CUFA negotiating team (2006-09), an alternate member of the University Salary Committee (2005-09), and a Member-at-Large of the CUFA Executive (2004-06).

Telephone: 514-848-2424, extension 7333

Member-At-Large, joined the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2006. Prior to earning his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2003 and 2006, respectively, he worked as an Assistant Lecturer in the Transportation Faculty at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest between 1997 and 2001, where he also earned a B.Eng. degree in transportation and an M. Eng. diploma in the same field. Since joining Concordia University his area of research has focused on traffic operations and safety, with an emphasis on using computational intelligence and traffic simulation models. He is a professional engineer registered in Ontario and his work with CUFA spans over more than a decade, serving as a member of the CUFA Council (2010-2018), the Joint Grievance committee (2015-2017), the CUFA negotiation team (2014-2015, 2017-2018), the CUFA executive since 2018.

Telephone: 514-848-2424, extension 8769

, Member-At-Large

Telephone: 514-848-2424, extension 7539

, Member-at-large

Telephone: 514-848-2424, extension 2795