Virtual Options 

Education Day


Opening Remarks

Richard Ho will discuss the commitment that Montréal Exchange has towards investor education, the tools we provide, and our partnerships with various online brokers to educate investors

Richard Ho

12:00 p.m. 12:05 p.m.

Senior Manager Equity Derivatives, Montréal Exchange 


12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

Eastern Time


Tony Zhang is a specialist in the financial services industry with over a decade of experience spanning product development, research and market strategist roles across equities, foreign exchange and derivatives. As the current Head of Product Strategy for OptionsPlay, Tony leads the research and development of their OptionsPlay Ideas & Portfolio platform. 

He has leveraged his interest in financial technology and product development to provide innovative, reimagined solutions to clients and the users they seek to serve. Previously he spent 7 years at with a capital markets and research background as a market strategist specializing in equity and FX derivatives markets.

Edward J. Modla is Director of Retail Education for The Options Industry Council(OIC). In this role, he oversees retail education programs which promote the responsible use of listed equity options. He represents OIC by creating and presenting educational events in both online and in-person formats, serving as a guest speaker on panels, hosting a monthly podcast with industry personnel, and working with the media. Also, he has a lead position in the production of options curricula, Web content, advertising, and the development of strategic business partnerships. Mr. Modla has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry beginning as an options market maker with Hull Trading Company before moving into the futures brokerage business with MF Global and, in 2014, joining the OIC team.

Richard Ho, senior manager equity derivatives at TMX Montréal Exchange has been in the financial industry for over 15 years. Prior to joining TMX in 2006, he worked with a national brokerage firm in executing trades for active and high net worth clients. In his current role as senior manager equity derivatives, Richard leads various education initiatives and partnerships with brokerage firms. His aim is to help self-directed investors adapt to the use of equity options with a focus on developing and strategizing option portfolios for directional trading with predefined risk parameters. He also runs programs to show investors how to use option strategies to generate consistent income and to hedge their portfolios during times of high volatility.

Richard is a derivative market specialist (DMS) by designation and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®) charterholder. Striving to help investors elevate their knowledge about options, Richard is a proud member of the Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI®) and shows leadership through various speaking and 
academic contributions.

Options Basics: Core Concepts and Fundamentals

The options universe has its own special terms that are critical for investors to understand before they commit capital. Please join Edward J Modla of the Options Industry Council (OIC) who will lead off TMX Virtual Options Education Day with Options Basics: Core Concepts and Fundamentals. For new option users, this will be the core and essential building blocks to your options journey. In this presentation, Ed will discuss the following: Rights vs Obligations, Contract Terms, Calls vs Puts, Options Pricing, Simple Strategies

Edward J. Modla

Director of Retail Education for The Options Industry Council (OIC)

12:05 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Options in Action

Starting from scratch and interested in getting your feet wet into a directional or new trade? Learn how to put your option knowledge into action! Dive into a real live trade where you will decide which option series to use, how to manage the trade, and overall best practices. Specifically, develop a system in analyzing different strikes & expiration dates, and understanding the underlying volatility. Furthermore, understand how to use leverage to your advantage with limited risk.

Roli Jain

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Options Instructor, Montréal Exchange

Buying vs. Selling Options

All options strategies are formed on the back of 4 basic building blocks, of buying and selling calls and puts. During this session, take a deep dive into the nuances between buying and selling options to accelerate your options knowledge. Join Tony Zhang, Chief Strategist of OptionsPlay as he breaks down option strategies to its core and unlocks your understanding for more advanced strategies using OptionsPlay Canada.

Tony Zhang

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Chief Strategist OptionsPlay & CNBC Contributor, OptionsPlay

Get Tactical With Your Covered Call Writing

There’s more to Covered Call Writing than just selling options. Create a pre-strategy deployment checklist based on your investment objectives. Learn the mechanics of position entry, exit and adjustment. Adapt your approach to expectations for the underlying stock and market conditions and discover how to choose the right strike price and expiration date to generate consistent income, get paid to take profits or hedge downside risk.

Jason Ayres

1:45 p.m. -  2:30 p.m.

CEO and Director of Business Development at R N Croft Financial Group





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Visit the Online Library!

We are excited to announce the 2nd edition of the Virtual Options Education Day, hosted by OptionsPlay and the Montréal Exchange, on September 12th 2020. 

During this exclusive online event, you will learn from option industry professionals on how to take your options knowledge to the next level. If you are a self-directed investor looking to learn and unlock the power of options trading, our instructors will provide a complete walkthrough of how to set up an options trading plan, manage option positions and much more. 

You cannot afford to miss this half day of options training, courtesy of the Montréal Exchange. Sign up now to reserve your complimentary spot.


There will be prize draws throughout the event. All participants are automatically entered for a chance to win prizes graciously offered by our generous sponsors.


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Edward J. Modla

Director of Retail Education for The Options Industry Council (OIC)

Richard Ho

Senior Manager Equity Derivatives, Montréal Exchange 

Tony Zhang 

Chief Strategist OptionsPlay & CNBC Contributor, OptionsPlay

Jason Ayres

CEO and Director of Business Development at R N Croft Financial Group

Jason is CEO and Director of Business Development at R N Croft Financial Group, a member of the Croft Investment Review Committee and a Derivative Market Specialist by designation. In addition, he is an educational consultant for and an instructor for the TMX Montreal Exchange.


  • Leverage options effectively for any portfolio
  • Utilize the optimal strategy to match your outlook and investment objectives
  • Avoid the pitfalls before placing your first option trade
  • Manage an options strategy after you enter one
  • Generate an extra source of income using options

Roli Jain

Options Instructor, Montreal Exchange

Roli Jain has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry working with firms such as Credit Suisse, JPMorgan Chase, TD Securities and Deutsche Bank in New York and Toronto. Her diversified experience in capital markets includes options strategy, research, quantitative analysis and programming, trading listed equity derivatives, Advisory, and risk management.

Roli has a passion for options and how markets move. She leverages her experience in programming and data analysis to understand the ins and outs of options. Furthermore, she has experience in developing strategies for exchange-listed options.

Roli obtained her Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Toronto in Computer Science & Statistics and then earned a Master of Business Administration at City University of Seattle. She rounded off her education with a Master of Arts in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University.

Currently, Roli lives in Toronto and creates online courses, such as Advanced Option Strategies, and runs workshops on capital markets for M.B.A students at Rotman & Ivey, in order to help them reach their career goals and further their financial knowledge.

Registered attendees will receive a recording of this virtual event. We look forward to having you join us!