• PhD in Finance, Schulich School of Business, York University
  • Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA, Cornell University & Queen’s University
  • Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Queen’s University


A maxim in the business world is that people are what matter most in business. Consequently, Dr. Au’s research focuses on the impact of intangibles, such as corporate culture, innovation and ethics on corporate outcomes. His research shows that a business is much more than the sum of its debt and equity.

Dr. Au completed his Ph.D. in Finance at York University where he won a large variety of scholarships and other awards. He also holds an MBA from Cornell University, an MBA from Queen's University and a CFA charter. Prior to his academic life, he worked as a consultant and investment analyst for 12 years.

Dr. Au is also active in the financial and local community. He sits on the Board of Directors overseeing the University of Manitoba Pension Plan, the Investment Committee of the Teachers’ Retirement Allowances Fund (TRAF) and a few non-profit organizations in the Winnipeg area. 

Research Interests

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Culture
  • CSR and Gender
  • Ethics
  • Innovation
  • Social Finance


Au, S., Dong, M., and Zhou, X. " Does social interaction spread fear among institutional investors? Evidence from Covid-19." Management Science (forthcoming)

Au, S., Tremblay, A., and You, L. " Does Board Gender Diversity Reduce Workplace Sexual Harassment?" Corporate Governance: An International Review (forthcoming) 

Au, S., Dong, M., and Tremblay, A. "Employee Flexibility, Exogenous Risk, and Firm Value." Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 56.3 (2021): 853-884.