Geoffrey Poitras

Professor, Finance, Beedie School of Business

Areas of interest

Security analysis, corporate finance, international financial management


  • BA (Dalhousie)
  • MA (McMaster),
  • M Phil, PhD (Columbia)


After completing a PhD (Economics) at Columbia University, Professor of Finance, Geoffrey Poitras, began a four-year stint as a securities analyst with the Bank of Canada in Ottawa, where he served as Government of Canada treasury bill and bond auction manager. This background is well-suited for teaching courses in security analysis and risk management to undergraduate and graduate business students. His research interests focus on financial history, applied financial econometrics, security analysis, the use of derivative securities in financial risk management, and the history of financial economics. A prolific writer, Geoffrey has recently published books on security analysis and risk management as well as books on the histories of early financial economics and equity capital. His interest in the history of economic thought is useful for explaining the foundations of current business practices to students in the Graduate Liberal Studies program, where he also teaches. Geoffrey has extensive experience as a visiting professor in Thailand and Singapore and even considered making his life there. However, instead the Victoria native chose to return to BC, joining SFU Business in 1989. At home in Coquitlam, he has enjoyed hiking, gardening, golfing and coaching community sports teams.


Future courses may be subject to change.