Academic Directors

Najah Attig, PhD, Associate Professor of Finance

Co-Academic Director, IMPACT Fund

Dr. Najah Attig, is Canada Research Chair in Finance, associate professor of finance and the co-Academic Director of the IMPACT Fund. He earned his PhD in Finance at Laval University. Dr. Attig is one of the leading experts in corporate governance and a frequent speaker at academic, business and government conferences, seminars, and workshops. His research is published in mainstream academic finance journals such Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and Journal of Business Ethics (FT List), among others. Dr. Attig research focuses on the interaction between corporate governance, corporate policies, and stock market liquidity. His research multidisciplinary reach aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the financial markets and the decision making processes in order to optimize the interaction of corporations with their environment and enhance investor’s education. Dr. Attig research was awarded many best paper prizes, with unprecedented two-time Barclays Global Investors Canada Research Award and Toronto CFA Society Award of Best Paper for Original Research on Canadian Capital Markets. His research was featured in the Toronto Star, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, and the Canada NewsWire.

Impact Team 2014
Ross Hallett, MBA, FCSI, CFA, CFP

Co-Academic Director, IMPACT Fund

An investment and finance professional for nearly 40 years, Ross Hallett brings a wealth of experience and a network of contacts to IMPACT participants. Currently, in addition to teaching finance part time at Saint Mary's University's Sobey School of Business, Ross serves as a Portfolio Manager and Investment Advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc in Halifax. In addition to his MBA, Ross has a BA and BSc from Dalhousie university and has achieved professional designations of Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner. He has been involved with the CFA Institute, serving in in various capacities on the CFA Society and as a member of the Standards and Practise Council. Ross has been involved with the IMPACT team since 2005. 

Board of Directors (2013-2014)

  • Najah Attig, Associate Professor of Finance, IMPACT Fund Academic Co-Director
  • Ross E. Hallett, CFA – Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager, IMPACT Fund Academic Co-Director, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc.
  • David Grace – Sobey School of Business Advisory Board, Retired Chairman of the Board, Nautel Limited
  • Gabe Morrison – Vice President, Saint Mary's University
  • Craig Prall, CFA – Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager, RBC Private Counsel Inc.
  • Patricia Bradshaw – Dean, Sobey School of Business


The IMPACT Fund serves to provide practical experience for finance students at Saint Mary's University in the management of an investment fund. The lessons that the students take away from working hands-on in the investment community is invaluable. However, the program's success is due to the guidance, tutelage and support of the program mentors.

Mentors aid students in their asset allocation, sector weighting and security selection decisions as well as providing the final stamp of approval for any trades. The IMPACT Program wishes to thank our mentors for their time and expertise and we look forward to their continuing support as the IMPACT Fund continues to grow in the future.