Founded in 2014, the McGill Students’ Trading Society has grown to become McGill University’s largest economics and finance student group.

The McGill Students Trading Society (MSTS) looks to raise awareness on stock market facts, investment strategies, and healthy investment mentalities. By building a platform that allows students to exchange relevant opinions about finance, network with current professionals, and participate in real-life based simulations, we hope to prepare students to navigate the stock market.

Building on the success of last year’s events, ranging from our annual stock simulation (where the winner received tickets to the prestigious Mergers and Acquisitions Club Annual Gala), to hosting a VP and Investment Advisor from TD Wealth, to our Clash of the Professors debate, the MSTS is looking forward to another great year with our members.

Executive Team

Tyler Baessler (CEO):


Tyler is in the last year of his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in finance. He worked last summer as a financial analyst for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada in its Ottawa office. Tyler is particularly interested in the areas of behavioural economics and government economic policy, as well as their relation to investor habits and financial markets. Outside of business, Tyler’s main passion is hockey and he continues to be an ardent supporter of his hometown Winnipeg Jets.

Michael Nnamchi (COO):


Nigerian and Canadian, Michael was born and raised in Singapore before going to Montreal for his studies. A finance and economics student, he saw it as a natural fit to join MSTS as general member in 2015 and later on as an executive in 2016. When he is not studying, Michael likes to play new songs on the piano and the ukulele, as well as snowboard and occasionally manage his Fantasy Premier League team. A passionate teacher, Michael believes in presenting complex ideas with simplicity, and looks forward to meeting the new faces of MSTS.

Graham Fleming (CFO):


Graham is a 3rd year Bachelor of Science student, majoring in Software Engineering with a minor in Finance. He is also the recently appointed CFO of the McGill Students’ Trading Society. In the summer of 2017, Graham worked as a ground service agent at Vancouver International Airport, so talk to him about airplanes (he gets excited). Graham also likes to ski, play hockey, and dominate drop-in badminton. Graham knows his way around a stock or two, so challenge him at Wall Street Survivor at your peril.

Nathan Lautens (CBO):


Nathan is a third year student majoring in Economics and Political Science. During summer 2017, he worked at ScotiaMcleod in Wealth Management in Toronto. Working as Chief Business Officer, this will be Nathan’s first year on the MSTS executive. Nathan can be found working at BdA most Thursdays and is always open to talking about current events!

Omar El-Sharawy (CMO):


Before joining the MSTS executive team, Omar amassed a wide range of experience. He sat on the board of the student union for 3 consecutive years before acting as Vice President of Internal Affairs of the SSMU and has also served as sponsorship coordinator for McGill’s Frosh and Orientation week. Between his Economics and Political Science classes, Omar has spearheads the MSTS Marketing and Events portfolio. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to him!


Ben Merrell (CCO):


Ben Merrell is a third year Economics student minoring in East Asian Studies. He hopes to pursue a law degree specializing in immigration and refugee work. Ben also enjoys going to concerts and has an interest in journalism.

Karim Issa (Manager):


Karim is a third year Bachelor of Commerce student majoring in Finance. His field of interest is the stock market, behavioural finance, and economics. Outside of school, Karim enjoys reading philosophical novels, playing the guitar, going to drop in football (soccer), and learning about new cultures. This is Karim’s first year with the MSTS executive team.

Khoi Pham (Manager):


Khoi is a third year student majoring in Finance with a concentration in Strategic Management. French of Vietnamese origin, he grew up in Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City, and Singapore. Last summer, he worked as a financial analyst for Tetra Pak in its Singapore office. This will be Khoi’s first year as a board member with MSTS.


Calum Welstead (Manager):

Calum is a third year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Economics, and minoring in Finance and Psychology. He worked during summer 2017 as an intern financial analyst for 8 Advisory in Paris, working in financial restructuring and acquisitions. This will be Calum’s first year as an executive for MSTS. Outside of Economics and Finance, his personal interests are swimming and politics, and can be approached to talk about any current issues or philosophical tirades.

Founder and Chairman

Archie Meng, CFA Level 2 Candidate, MSc Finance HEC Paris