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BMO Professor of Finance, Queen's University, Ontario

Dr. Sean Cleary is the BMO Professor of Finance, Smith School of Business, Queen’s University. He is the Executive Director of the newly-established Institute for Sustainable Finance based at Smith, as well as the founder and Director of the Master of Finance program. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Toronto, an MBA, and the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) designation. He is a CFA charter holder, is a current member of the CFA Society Toronto Advisory Council, and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Toronto CFA Society and the Atlantic Canada CFA Society (where he served as President).

Dr. Cleary has authored 14 finance textbooks and has published more than 30 research articles, including several in top tier finance journals. His publications have been cited over 3,400 times and he has received several major research grants. His most recent research and educational interests focus on the field of sustainable finance. He is an Associate Editor for two finance journals and frequently serves as a reviewer for many of the top finance journals. Dr. Cleary regularly serves as an expert witness on cost of capital and capital markets.


  • –present
    Professor of Finance, CFA, ICD.D, Queen's University, Ontario
  • 2008–2019
    BMO Professor of Finance, CFA, ICD.D, Smith School of Business at Queen's University


    Smith School of Business , Finance
  • 1998 
    University of Toronto, Ph.D. FInance


  • 2019
    , Numerous

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    Funding Source:

Professional Memberships

  • CFA, ICD.D