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Meet Your Faculty – Dr. Pascal Letourneau

Department:  Finance and Business Law

What was your favorite subject in school & why? 

My favorite subject in school was Options and other derivatives. This class was challenging, math intensive, and it was very motivating for me.

 

What was your least favorite subject in school & why? 

Anything related to accounting. I have a hard time following specific rules, just because the rules exist. What I need to know is the real market value, not the book value.

 

What were you doing before you came to Whitewater?

Before coming to Whitewater, I was finishing my Ph.D. at HEC Montreal, the business school of the University of Montreal. I was also on the Board of Directors of a Financial Corporation.

 

What made you want to teach?

Apparently, I am good at teaching. I like to help students understand and I have done it since high school. In fact, friends would come to my place to do their homework and I would re-explain what we saw in class using different terms and examples. I would never give them the answer, but made sure they understood. I kept the habit of helping others, because I know it is helping me as much as it is them. I’ve always helped others in class and I intuitively carried that into the classroom the first time I taught.

 

What professional experience do you bring into the classroom?

I did a plethora of different jobs: salesman, door-to-door solicitation, construction worker, software programmer, network technician, and IT department director.

 

What do you like to do outside of the College of Business & Economics?

I like working with my hands and I like working with my brain. I would continue doing research in Finance, and then I would build furniture “sur mesure”.

 

What is something that students would be surprised to learn about you?

I am very good at putting nail polish (on other people). I do more than put on a single color. I can do shades, lines, patterns, faux nails, etc.

 

What is something about teaching that was unexpected when you first began?

As a student, I always found traditional lectures irrelevant and boring. Staying away from those is more challenging than I thought. It requires much more preparation and effort.

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One Response to Meet Your Faculty – Dr. Pascal Letourneau

  1. barandbench says:

    Fali Nariman is an Indian Senior advocate in Supreme court of India and also a Constitutional jurist from 1971. His inspiration is Jamsetjee Kanga.

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