Pamela Yoon Award in Economics

Founded by SFU Economics alumnus Pamela Yoon, the award (valued at $1,000) is granted annually to a full-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in finance after graduation. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as a full-time undergraduate student during the term of eligibility (the term after applications are due)
  • Declared major in Economics
  • Completed at least 60 SFU units
  • Is in good academic standing
  • Has demonstrated interest in pursuing a professional designation in finance such as a CFA or CMT after graduation

2020 - Mason Taykandy 

My name is Mason Taykandy, and I joined Simon Fraser University in the Fall semester of 2016. Upon graduation, I hope to pursue a career in the area of thematic investment analysis, or perhaps in macroeconomic policy analysis. Since being accepted into the Economics Honors Program at Simon Fraser University, I have had the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge of the economy from an individual’s perspective, as well as from a collective perspective. Enrolling in various courses pertaining to Macroeconomics is what really sparked my interest in Finance. Specifically, being aware of how different macroeconomic policies impact certain industries, how macroeconomic forces impact individual firms, and which theories or technical analysis tools are useful in painting a clear image of what exactly is dictating certain trends in various business sectors. My hobbies include political economics, portfolio management, hockey, and hip-hop culture. In the future, I would love to pursue a career in politics and empower as many people as I possibly can!

Past Winners

  • 2019 - Audrey Radstake

About the Donor

Pamela Yoon 

Pamela Yoon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University. She is a 25-year veteran in the investment industry, having worked at three major Canadian brokerage firms serving the wealth management needs of high-net-worth clients. She is currently Portfolio Manager with RBC Wealth Management. Pamela is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and has obtained the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designations. Pamela strongly believes in the importance of educating the next generation on financial matters, as such, she has been involved with Junior Achievement of BC and the SFU Career Mentorship Program. She has also been called upon to guest lecture in Economics at SFU. Active in the community, she has participated on many boards including the Rotary Club of Burnaby, President of the Malaysian Association of BC, and Director of the FCSI National Council. Pamela resides in North Vancouver with her two teenage sons.