Dean and CPA Manitoba Chair in Business Leadership
Room 314 Drake Centre
181 Freedman Crescent
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V4
Originally from Israel, Dr. Jacoby double-majored in Economics and Accounting at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he also received his Master’s degree majoring in Finance. Following this, Dr. Jacoby moved to Canada where he received a PhD in Finance from Shulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.
Dr. Jacoby began his career at Asper as an Assistant Professor in 1998. He left in 2009 to teach at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, but returned to Asper four years later. Since his return, he has served as the Bryce Douglas Professor in Finance, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Programs), the School’s Acting Dean, and now as the Asper Dean.
Dr. Jacoby has identified several priorities for his term as Dean. Prior to his Deanship, Dr. Jacoby spearheaded the creation of the Master of Finance program, the only program of its kind between Vancouver and Toronto. He carried on with graduate programs enhancement as Dean, boosting the reputation of the school by implementing new strategies that support graduate students and faculty research alike, as well as strengthening community outreach programs.
Dr. Jacoby is committed to improving the physical space in which Asper students, faculty and staff work in. Many updates to the Drake Centre took place since he has taken over as Dean, including updates to the Indigenous Business Education Program’s Student Lounge, classroom enhancements, upgrading faculty and staff workspaces, and the creation of gender-neutral washrooms throughout the building. More improvements are taking place and will continue throughout the next several years.
Dr. Jacoby believes that Asper should be a national leader in integrating Indigenous perspectives into the classroom and raising awareness of Indigenous culture in business. Recognizing that Indigenous awareness is an important part of business education, an Indigenous Awareness Infusion Committee has been created in order to integrate Indigenous perspectives in the classroom and raise awareness of Indigenous culture in the business context. This committee carries out initiatives such as the “Bringing Indigenous Matters into the Classroom” workshop and the creation of a resource portal for faculty members to use, including videos and teaching notes.
Under his guidance, and thanks to the generous donations from companies like Canada Life, IG Wealth Management and the Power Corporation of Canada, the James W. Burns Leadership Institute was created, which serves the entire university, but is housed in the Asper School of Business. The Institute helps students to be the leaders of today and tomorrow by considering social responsibility, ethics and social justice.
In addition to affecting positive change at Asper, throughout his career Dr. Jacoby has served as a visiting professor to universities such as New York University, the University of Melbourne, and the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China. He also taught for the Baruch College International Executive Program in Asia.
Dr. Jacoby is a prominent researcher in the field of asset pricing, fixed-income securities, market liquidity and behavioural finance. He has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, and Journal of Fixed Income. Dr. Jacoby is the co-chair of the Cross-Country Perspectives in Finance annual special-issue conference. He also currently serves as Subject Editor for Emerging Markets Review (SSCI), Journal of International Financial Markets and Institutions and Money (SSCI). He is an Associate Editor for Finance Research Letters (SSCI) and an Advisory Board Member for Risk Management (SSCI) and Financial Innovation.