Founder & Managing Director
Professor of Finance & Ben Graham Chair in Value Investing
Dr. George Athanassakos is a Professor of Finance and the Ben Graham Chair in Value Investing at the Ivey Business School, which he joined in July 2004. He is also the Founder and Managing Director of The Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing, which he launched in 2006, and the Founder and Managing Director of the Center for the Advancement of Value Investing Education, which he launched in 2008. Prior to joining Ivey, Dr. Athanassakos spent a number of years at various research-related positions with banking and trust companies in Canada and Greece, and taught at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was professor of Finance and Founder & Director of Laurier’s Financial Planning Program. He has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from The School of Industrial Studies of Thessalonica, Greece, and an MA in Economics, an MBA and a PhD in Finance from York University. The Financial Planning Standards Council has bestowed Dr. Athanassakos with the FP CanadaTM Fellow distinction for his outstanding contribution to furthering FPSC's mission and for advancing the financial planning profession.
The Fund is co-managed by two recent HBA and/or MBA graduates on a volunteering basis but chosen based on demonstrated excellence in their studies and passion for value investing. One co-manager’s term is for 3 years, while the other co-manager’s term is for 2 years. This will allow for continuity. A new co-manager will be appointed in year two and he will be trained by the continuing co-manager who will be replaced in year three by the new appointee and so on.
Matthew holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School where he graduated with distinction. In 2016, he was awarded both the Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd award given annually for the best value investing valuation report and the Robotti & Company Advisors LLC prize given to the group whose stock recommendation received the highest recognition by the Fund's Advisory Board, and ultimately added to the Ivey Value Fund. During his MBA, he was the Co-President of the MBA Healthcare Club and member of the Ivey ice hockey intramural team. Matthew is currently a Senior Consultant at KPMG within its Management Consulting practice focusing on digital health transformation.
Darren holds an HBA from the Ivey Business School where he graduated on the Dean’s Honor List and as an Ivey Scholar. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from Rotman Commerce. In 2017, his team was awarded the Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd award for the section’s strongest valuation report. During his HBA, he was the Co-President of the Ivey Accounting Club and an Ivey Teaching Assistant. Darren is currently pursuing his CPA designation as a Manager in KPMG’s M&A Transaction Services group.
Ivey Value Fund Fellows
Students whose stocks are selected for inclusion in the Ivey Value Fund, either as immediate buys or as watchlisted stocks, are given the title of Ivey Value Fund Fellows. Inclusion signifies that their work has gone through a rigorous selection process by the Fund's Advisory Board, Managing Director, and Fund Managers, as well as ranking at the top quartile in the Value Investing course. The Ivey Value Fund Fellow designation also signifies that these students have accepted responsibility for tracking and reporting on their stock picks after graduation.
Ivey Fund Fellows, as well as the Research Analysts named in the next section, are the top-performing students associated with the Ivey Value Fund. If you are in the investment management industry and would like to discuss recruitment opportunities, please feel free to contact us at the Ben Graham Centre.
In 2012, when the Fund was being established, the Research Analysts carried out much of the research work needed to launch a fund that invests in student-recommended stocks. Research Analysts in subsequent years carry out research related to the Value Fund. This includes, but is not limited to, verifying student analysts' valuation methodologies and company financials, as well as confirming intrinsic value and entry prices.
Research Analysts, as well as the Ivey Value Fund Fellows named in the previous section, are the top-performing students associated with the Ivey Value Fund. If you are in the investment management industry and would like to discuss recruitment opportunities, please feel free to contact us at the Ben Graham Centre.
HBA and MBA Student Analysts have been working with the Centre since the Value Investing course was first taught in 2005. Please note that the Ivey Value Fund began operations in 2013. Therefore, students from previous years were not eligible to be designated as Ivey Value Fund Fellows.
Thanks to Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. for their vision and generous support of the Ivey Value Fund, which benefits students and practitioners worldwide.