IWFSAS 2016: Victoria BC, August 26-27, 2016

The conference will be held in Victoria, BC

IWFSAS 2016: The Role of Cooperative Banks in Promoting Financial Stability and Sustainable Economic Development


The University of Victoria's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and Department of Economics, in collaboration with the European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) and the International Research Center on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) at HEC Montreal, are pleased to present the inaugural International Workshop on Financial System Architecture and Stability (IWFSAS).

IWFSAS aims at providing a forum for academic researchers and policy makers to discuss issues related to the structure and design of financial systems and their impact on growth and financial stability. While the specific theme may vary from year to year, the overall objective of this annual workshop is to facilitate discussions of high quality policy relevant research papers that inform our understanding of how various financial sector policies can affect the stability of the financial system and the overall economy, both nationally and globally.

The 2016 inaugural meeting of the IWFSAS is dedicated to discussing the role of Cooperative Financial Institutions (CFIs) that appear to have weathered the 2008 global financial crisis better than commercial banks. See the call for papers for further details. Submit your paper by email to  by May 16, 2016.

Thorsten Beck
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Thorsten Beck

Keynote speaker

The keynote speaker at the IWFSAS 2016 is Dr. Thorsten Beck, Professor of Banking and Finance, Cass Business School (City University London). Dr. Beck will be delivering a lecture entitled "Finance, Growth, Inclusion and Stability".

Public Panel Session

Rym Ayadi, James A. Wilcox, Don Wright, Tracy Redies and Frank Chong will be participating in a public panel addressing the future of the cooperative banking sector. The panel is free and open to the public (the rest of the conference is by registration), and will be held on Friday the 26th of August, from 3:30 to 5pm in room 105 of the Harry Hickman Building.

Journal Publications Opportunities

The conference organizers, in collaboration with the editors of the Journal of Financial Stability (JFS), will invite the authors of select conference papers to submit their manuscripts to the JFS. Although there is no special issue associated with the conference, the editorial team of the journal will ensure the selected papers undergo a fast-track review process while maintaining the otherwise regular editorial, refereeing, and revision standards of the journal.

Best Paper Awards

There will be two Best Paper Awards of $1,000 each sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable and Social Innovation (CSSI) at University of Victoria and the International Research Centre on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) at HEC Montreal.

We look forward to seeing you in August!

The Program Co-chairs,

Rym Ayadi

International Research Centre  on Cooperative Finance (IRCCF) 
& HEC Montreal

Basma Majerbi

Gustavson School of Business & CSSI,
University of Victoria

Paul Schure

Department of Economics, University of Victoria