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Speakers 2011

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Sebastian Mallaby,
Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics
Neil Bearse,
Manager of Web-based Marketing, Queen’s School of Business
Daniel Altman,
Acclaimed Economics Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business and Originator of 3D Economics
SPEAKING FACULTY (in alphabetical order by last name)
Christopher J. Addy, President and CEO, Castle Hall Alternatives
Daniel Altman, Acclaimed Economics Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business and Originator of 3D Economics
Richard Atkinson, Founder & President, RA Retirement Advisors
Paul Battaglia, Managing Director, Canada Claims Management
Neil Bearse, Manager of Web-based Marketing, Queen’s School of Business
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Peter Bryant, Partner, Jones Brown Insurance Brokers
Jason Donville, President & CEO, Donville Kent Asset Management
Daniel Dorenbush, Partner, Merlin Securities
Steve Froese, Managing Partner, Alta Pacific Mortgage Investment Corp.
Frank Gesuale, Consultant
David Gilkes, North Star Compliance & Regulatory Solutions Inc.
Marty Gillespie, Director, RBC Capital Markets
Christopher Holt, Managing Director, Global Absolute Return Congress (Global ARC)
Thomas Kennedy, Managing Director, Kensington Capital Partners Limited
Ron Kosonic, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Jess Larsen, President & Senior Managing Director, Apollo
Francois Le Bel, VP – Exempt Markets, Optimus U.S. Real Estate Fund
Robert Lemon, Vice President, Global Equities Derivative Group, National Bank Financial
Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics
Eamonn McConnell, CEO, MANNA Asset Management
Jim McGovern, CEO, Arrow Capital Management Inc.
Christopher J. McKenzie, Director, Axcess Capital Advisors
William McNarland, Founder of ExemptAnalyst and Global Stock IQ
Dennis Mitchell, Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Investments
Tyler Mordy, Director of Research, HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.
David Munro, Research Analyst, DundeeWealth Private Client Research
Michael Newallo, Managing Director, Global Equity Derivatives, National Bank Financial
Ron Papanek, Executive Director, Alternative Investments Business, MSCI
Tim Pickering, President & CIO, Auspice Capital Advisors
Ingrid Pierce, Partner, Walkers
Mark Raes, Portfolio Manager, BMO ETFs
Yves Rebetez, Managing Director, Editor, ETFInsight
Jonathane Ricci, Barrister, Solicitor and Foreign Legal Consultant, Canada Claims Management
Claude Robillard, Executive Director, CIBC Prime Services Group
Wayne Robinson, Founder and President, W.A. Robinson & Associates
Greg Romundt, President, Centurion Apartment REIT
Jason Russell, President & Chief Investment Officer, Acorn Global Investments
John Schneider, Partner, KPMG
Gregory Smith, Managing Partner, Brookfield Financial Corp. and President, CVCA
Colin Stewart, Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder, JCClark
James Wauchope, Partner, Mourant Ozannes
Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing Inc.
Michael Yhip, President and Chief Investment Officer, Garrison Hill Capital Management Inc.

 

Christopher J. Addy
Christopher Addy, CA, CFA, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Castle Hall Alternatives. Castle Hall provides operational due diligence services to institutional investors, fund of funds, endowments and banks worldwide from offices in Montréal and Halifax.
Chris is one of the hedge fund industry's most experienced due diligence practitioners, having been involved in the analysis of hedge fund operations since 1994. He has completed significantly more than 1,000 due diligence reviews of hedge funds, fund of funds, managers and administrators worldwide. Chris has spoken regularly at industry conferences as an expert on operational risk and, in May 2008, was named a “Rising Star” of the hedge fund industry by Institutional Investor. More recently, Chris was appointed as a member of the CFA Institute’s Capital Markets Policy Council, which responds to global governmental, regulatory and policy issues impacting the financial services industry.
Chris was previously Principal and co-founder of Amber Partners, a Bermuda company providing operational certifications to hedge fund managers. Prior to forming Amber, Chris was Senior Vice President of UBP Asset Management (Bermuda) Limited (2001-2004), where he supervised a team of analysts responsible for operational due diligence on a large number of hedge funds and administrators.
Chris previously held the position of group financial controller of The Atlantic Philanthropies (Bermuda) Limited, a multi-billion dollar foundation, where his responsibilities included operational due diligence across a significant investment portfolio. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte in the United Kingdom before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in Bermuda, where he became lead manager in the firm's investment company audit group.
Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec. He is also a CFA (chartered financial analyst) charterholder and a member of the Montréal CFA society.
Daniel Altman
Leading the wave of important young economists who changing the way we think, Daniel Altman has created 3D Economics, a broader, clearer, and more intellectually honest economic focus. 3D Economics helps you see the markets and the world in a much different way which is Dynamic, Deductive, and Decisive. An excellent example of this is his newest book Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy, Dr. Altman looks at deeper factors - geography, culture, government policies - to challenge conventional wisdom: he predicts China's economic supremacy will be short, undermined by its own central government's heavy-handedness and Confucian cultural influences. He examines why capitalism will grow stronger and more consistently with government oversight and redistributive policies. Altman predicts global migratory shifts that will make today's world financial centers obsolete and foresees the pitfalls of a unified European currency. He sees that the United States will continue to grow as the world’s salesmen. Altman delivers more than mere analysis or foreshadowing: this is a revelatory presentation for even the most casual observer of economics, and invaluable for reconsidering how the world makes money. Dr. Altman is director of thought leadership at Dalberg Global Development Advisors and president of North Yard Economics, a nonprofit consulting firm serving developing countries. He is the author of four books and previously wrote economics columns for The Economist, the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times, where he was one of the youngest-ever members of the editorial board. He also served as an economic advisor in the British government.
Richard Atkinson
Richard (Rick) Atkinson, Founder and President of RA Retirement Advisors, is an expert in pre-retirement planning. Known for his practical, interactive and results oriented workshops, Rick has helped people throughout North America plan for a successful and fulfilling retirement. By offering insights, true to life stories, case studies and group discussion and exercises, Rick provides a pathway for making a successful transition from work to retirement. Rick’s clientele includes financial advisors and wealth managers throughout Canada and his workshops are popular with advisors’ clients.
Rick is author of Don’t Just Retire – Live It, Love It! The book and Rick have been featured on radio, television and newspapers. The book is on CARP’s (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) Recommended Reading List. Rick is a contributing writer to various publications and websites including the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA).
Before retiring, Rick was a human resources management specialist. He holds a CHRP (Certified Human Resource Professional) designation and is a CMC (Certified Management Consultant). He has a MBA from York University and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia.
Paul Battaglia
After 23 years in the investment and financial services industry, Paul Battaglia has retired to launch with his partners Canada Claims Management.
Paul’s designations include Personal Financial Planning (PFP), Society of Estate and Trust Planners (TEP), Canadian Securities Course and CPH (retired) and Insurance Licensed (retired) and a B.A. in Law from Carleton University.
Paul has international experience in offshore investing, banking and estate and trusts having worked and lived in Dubai, U.A.E. Paul was the Founder Chairperson of STEP Arabia. Paul brings his working experience from offshore jurisdictions such as Switzerland, London, Guernsey, Jersey, Cayman Islands, Bermuda,Barbadosand Hong Kong.
Since returning to Canada from Dubai in 2003, Paul was a successful Investment Advisor for the last seven years. During his tenure in the investment, banking and estate and trust industry, Paul has been awarded President Club status as an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, ranked in the top 25 of Financial Planners at RBC Royal Bank and ranked number one as a Senior Advisor with RBC Royal Trust. As an Investment Advisor, Paul advised his clients to exit the equity markets starting in the summer of 2007 protecting millions of dollars of capital for his clients.
Paul brings his knowledge and experience from the investment industry to help individual investors claim money they are entitled based on securities related class action settlements. He believes in helping Institutional Investors and Portfolio Managers meet their fiduciary duty to their investors.
Paul believes Canada Claims Management is the perfect partnership between Legal experience and Investment Industry knowledge to provide expertise to help individual investors and Institutions make claims for Securities Class Action Lawsuits and Settlements.
Neil Bearse
As Manager of Web-based Marketing for Queen’s School of Business, Neil Bearse is responsible for the web presence of four MBA programs as well as executive education initiatives in Canada, the Gulf Region and Europe. Neil combines his formal training as an educator with extensive marketing expertise specifically in the social media playground and an Award of Achievement in web analytics from the University of British Columbia. He is an active digital marketing consultant focused on making online communications clear and effective while ensuring creativity and innovation.
His pioneering work to market the music of independent artists on-line and through the word-of-mouth channels of podcasting and blogging has led to him representing artists from across North America including Black Lab, David Usher, Ingrid Michaelson and My Chemical Romance. In 2007, he was an architect of Bumrush The Charts, a global viral marketing campaign responsible for placing a Black Lab single on iTunes charts in 16 countries.
Neil has worked with corporate clients from a variety of industries to develop their understanding of emerging on-line ecosystems, build their brands and optimize the efficiency of web channels in achieving their business objectives. A list of his clients includes Kidrobot Inc. (Colorado), entrepreneur Paul Budnitz (Montana), Solar Lighting Inc. (Florida), jewelry design and manufacturers Gemvision (Iowa) and Stuller(Louisiana), furniture and appliance distributor Mega Group Inc. and Kingston Economic Development Corporation.
In 2010, he embarked on a cross-Canada speaking tour with Kerry Munro (former GM, Yahoo Canada), inspiring managers and executives in seven cities to Get Down To Business with Social Media.
In both 2008 and 2010, he was a guest speaker at the Symposium honouring Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, sponsored by Deloitte and hosting 500 managers from companies across Canada.
Neil is a regular session leader at Queen’s School of Business, with experience teaching on several programs, including the Queen's Marketing Program, the Queen's Executive Program and the Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA Program.
Pat Bolland
Pat is Senior Counsel at Veritas Communications advising on media training, crisis management and public and investor relations. Pat recently left his hosting duties at BNN; the leading source of business television programming in Canada. Pat is a Queen’s University graduate with a BPHE/BA(Mathematics). Pat worked his way up in the investment industry from floor clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange to Vice President of Equity Trading with a firm in the top tier of the industry in Canada. Pat then moved into broadcasting and became a leading business figure in Canada on TV and radio and included a stint at CNBC in the USA before returning to his roots in Canada.

Peter Bryant
Peter Bryant became a Partner of Jones Brown Inc. in May of 2005 after joining the firm as an Account Executive in November of 2003. He is involved in all aspects of client service, including risk exposure analysis, insurance program design and market placement for commercial clients in a range of sectors including financial services, real estate and manufacturing.
Peter is also involved in providing insurance consulting work as part of the due diligence for mergers & acquisition and project finance. Assignments have included coverage audits, contract compliance reviews and coverage specification drafting for investment dealers, private equity funds, pension funds, and real estate developers.
For three years prior to joining Jones Brown, Peter held a position with a global insurance brokerage where he focused on providing insurance risk management services to the financial and professional sectors, including Canada's major banks, life insurers, mutual fund companies, investment dealers and law firms.
Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Relations and Economics from McGill University in Montreal.

Jason Donville
Jason has had an illustrious career as an award-winning analyst in both Canada and Asia. Prior to founding Donville Kent Asset Management, Mr. Donville was consistently ranked as one of the top financial services analysts in Canada.
In 2004 and 2005, Mr. Donville was ranked in all three financial services research categories (banks, insurance and diversified financial services) in the annual Brendan Woods surveys.
Mr. Donville was also recognized as the Top Stock Picker in Diversified Financial Services in the 2004 and 2005 National Post/Starmine surveys. In addition, Donville Kent’s flagship fund, the DKAM Capital Ideas Fund, was awarded Best New Fund in Canada at the 2009 Canadian Hedge Fund awards.

Daniel Dorenbush
Daniel is currently a Partner at Merlin Securities and Chief Executive Officer of Merlin Canada Ltd. Merlin Securities is a leading mid Prime Brokerage services and technology provider.
Prior to Merlin, Daniel was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, where he joined in 1999 and soon became one of the youngest M.D.’s in the Firm’s history. He served as Global Head of Prime Brokerage in Toronto and later, relocated to New York as Global Head of Strategic Sales & Relationship Management across six business lines, including Electronic Trading, Professional Trading, Futures Trading, Prime Brokerage, Soft Dollar Services and RBC’s Hedge Fund-of-Funds.
Daniel is involved with several community organizations including Hedge Funds Care Canada and McGill University.
He has completed a MBA in Finance at McGill University, an Honors Degree in Economics at the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.
Frank Gesuale
Frank Gesuale is a senior management consultant to the investment and financial services industry. He has worked with and advised major insurance companies, banks, institutions, hedge funds, mutual funds, and segregated funds in the areas of tax, regulatory, process enhancement and tax-efficient investment strategies.
In the wake of the credit crisis, Frank worked with several Wall Street firms to unravel some of the most complicated strategies contributing to the meltdown on behalf of clients and investors. He has also been involved in gathering evidence to substantiate the deductibility of losses related to complex derivative products including Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) and Icelandic bonds.
Frank spent 5+ years with Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting to major investment funds before moving to industry for the next 5 years - first with AGF as Manager of Tax & Trust and later with Quadrexx Asset Management as Director of Finance. In 2006, he joined global consulting firm Jefferson Wells and since 2009 has been an independent consultant.
Frank has written a number of papers on such subjects as tax-efficient investment strategies using REITs, return of capital (ROC) strategies, stock-option deductibility, and on understanding complex derivative products including CDOs. He has also authored several tax columns and was a member of the working group that developed the AIMA publication, "Guide to Sound Practices for the Disclosure and Promotion of Alternative Investments in Canada". Frank is a CGA, has completed CICA In-Depth Tax Courses I, II & III and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.
David Gilkes
North Star Compliance & Regulatory Solutions Inc. provides regulatory and strategic consulting to firms in the securities and investment management industry. North Star focuses on matters relating to registration, compliance, business conduct, operations, finance, and enforcement. David Gilkes has over 25 years experience in regulating and investigating firms in regulated industries including 7 years at the Ontario Securities Commission.
David was the Manager of Registrant Regulation for the OSC, where he oversaw the registration and conduct of over 60,000 individuals and firms in Canada’s largest capital market. He led and participated in registration and compliance related policy initiatives by the OSC and the CSA, including leading the OSC team developing and drafting NI 31-103. David was also Chair of the CSA Standing Committee on Registrant Regulation.
David started his career regulating and investigating firms and markets working with the Competition Bureau of the Federal Government. David has also worked in a consulting capacity at Deloitte and Touche and SBG Regulatory Consulting.
David earned his B.A. in Economics from McMaster University and his M.A. in Economics from Carleton University.
Marty Gillespie
Marty Gillespie is a Director at RBC Capital Markets. After graduating with Honors from Wilfrid Laurier University, he began his career at TD Securities. Now, with over 12 years experience in ETF markets, he leads a team of professionals, which carry the responsibility of being designated broker and market maker on several products in Canada. In addition, Mr. Gillespie covers Index and Program trading accounts globally. He also spearheads a weekly ETF publication which aims to educate investors on market structure and dynamics of the ETF landscape.
Steve Froese
Steve Froese is partner and director with Alta Pacific Mortgage Investment Corp. In addition to Alta Pacific, Steve is co-founder and partner in Dominion Properties based in Edmonton Alberta. Dominion Properties acts as Alta Pacific's Manager in sourcing and administering mortgages for Alta Pacific MIC.
From 1993 to 1998, Steve was a Realtor and part owner of Windermere Realty in Abbotsford BC. He was the top selling real estate agent for the firm in 1996 and 1997. Steve has general contracted residential and commercial projects in BC and Alberta, owns and manages a commercial mortgage portfolio, has built 17 spa locations across Western Canada and the US, he's a part owner in a manufacturing company in Edmonton Alberta, and owns poultry farms in Western Canada.
Steve has over 15 years experience in residential and commercial real estate and brings great knowledge and wisdom to Alta Pacific.
Christopher Holt
Chris is the co-head of Global ARC, an independent global organization that convenes a network of the world’s largest pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and alternative investment managers in Boston, London and Singapore each year. Prior to this, he was head of industry relations in the Americas for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, a non-profit association of alternative investment professionals and the sponsor of the CAIA designation. He is also the founder of AllAboutAlpha.com, a website covering alternative investment research, analysis and opinion. He has written over a thousand articles on hedge fund industry research and trends and is also a regular speaker, moderator and chair at various industry events around the world.
Prior to founding AllAboutAlpha.com, Chris was head of institutional sales at JC Clark and a management consultant with several firms including Ernst & Young. Separately, he also served as a consultant to the Annual Meeting of the Swiss-based World Economic Forum for 10 years.
Chris holds an MBA from Duke University and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Alternative Investments.
Thomas Kennedy
Tom Kennedy is the founder of Kensington Capital Partners and Chair of the Investment Committee and Advisory Board. Tom serves on the Advisory Board of TriWest Capital Fund II, Kilmer Capital Partners Ltd., Tricor Pacific, Torquest Partners Inc., and on the Board of Directors of Crestline Coach Ltd., and is an observer on the Board of Turtle Island Recycling Corporation.
Tom’s previous experience includes 10 years in operational and management positions with Consolidation Coal Co. and Alberta Energy Company. He has investment banking experience as a senior executive with Bunting Warburg, Lancaster and TD Securities. Tom was Chairman of the Regent Park School of Music, and is a Director of the Toronto Central LHIN. He has served on the board of directors of Loft Community Services, Triax Growth Fund, as well as several public companies.
Tom holds a B.Sc.Eng. (Mining) from Queen’s University and a D.B.A. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and is a professional engineer.
Ron Kosonic
Ron Kosonic is a Partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, practising in the firm’s Investment Management Group. BLG is a leading, full-service, national law firm with more than 750 professionals in six Canadian cities. Ron’s practise is focused on the areas of domestic and offshore hedge funds, investment management firms, securities regulation and regulatory compliance. He assists portfolio managers in the creation of new investment fund products and on ongoing legal compliance matters and regulatory audits, and assists Canadian and foreign issuers and investors with respect to the private placement of securities. Ron is a current member and the former Co-Chair of the Legal and Finance Sub-Committee of the Canadian Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), an international hedge fund organization. He is a contributing author to the ISI Publication, ‘How to Start and Grow a Successful Hedge Fund in Canada’ and is a regular contributor to hedge fund periodicals. Ron is a frequent conference speaker on hedge fund structures, regulatory compliance and registrant audit and liability matters. He was selected by peers for inclusion in the 2010 and 2011 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Private Funds Law).
Jess Larsen
Jess Larsen began his finance career with Citigroup, where he served as a member of a mergers and acquisitions team working with CEOs at companies with revenues up to $500m per year. At the time Citigroup's mid-market M&A team was ranked number one in the world.
Following Citigroup, Mr. Larsen consulted in the US financial industry, assisting various private businesses sourcing development capital and later advising an energy private equity group and a multi billion dollar family office on acquisition targets. A serial entrepreneur, he has co-founded multiple businesses, including Katana Energy Fund and Apollo Energy Income Trust, where Mr. Larsen serves as President of each.
A “people person”, Mr. Larsen has built deep industry relationships through both his work in the sector as well as by attending private equity courses at Harvard, the CFA Institute and invitation-only events with Bloomberg New Energy Finance and the Canadian Institutional Investment Summit. Because of his broad knowledge of both renewable and non-renewable energy business models and financial structures, Mr. Larsen has been invited to speak at numerous events from New York to Hong Kong, including at the Oil Council's America's Energy Capital conference.
Mr. Larsen is a father of four and a passionate advocate and Chairman of ChildRescue.org, a non-profit group he co-founded with his wife to combat child trafficking.
Francois Le Bel
Francois has more than 20 years of experience in business development and sales in sectors ranging from privatization of public infrastructure to digital security for telecommunications and banking applications. Augmenting his extensive sales and business development experience with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering, Francois brings a balance between high level customer service and an analytical approach to providing client solutions.
Robert Lemon
Robert Lemon is a Vice President in the Global Equities Derivative Group at National Bank Financial (NBF). Robert heads the Prime Brokerage offering of NBF’s Prime Services; a fully integrated platform for hedge funds including prime brokerage, securities lending, electronic trading and structured products. Prior to joining National Bank Financial, Mr. Lemon was the Director of Prime Brokerage at RBC Dexia Investor Services and Risk Manager with Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Lemon holds an MBA from York University, and a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree from the University of Guelph. He also holds the CFA designation.
Sebastian Mallaby
Sebastian Mallaby is the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. His recent commentary has been published in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly, and his interests cover a wide variety of domestic and international issues, including financial markets, the implications of the rise of newly emerging powers, and the intersection of economics and international relations. His latest book More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite has been celebrated as “superb” by New York Times columnist David Brooks and “the definitive history of the hedge fund history” by Washington Post columnist Steve Pearlstein. Translated into seven languages, More Money Than God was the only economics or finance book to be listed by the Wall Street Journal among the top ten books of 2010. It was also the winner of the 2011 Gerald Loeb book prize, a finalist in the Financial Times/ Goldman Sachs book-of-the-year prize and a New York Times Bestseller.
Eamonn McConnell
Eamonn McConnell is a member of the Kensington Investment Committee and is the Manager’s advising representative. He is currently the CEO of MANNA Asset Management, a fund of managed accounts in the Canadian Emerging Hedge Fund sector, which is an affiliate of the Manager. Eamonn is also an equity partner of Gryphus Capital, a Private Equity firm he co-founded in 2002 based in Singapore and the Deputy Chairman of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Canada.
For over 20 years, Eamonn has been involved in the investment banking and the fund management business in Canada, the U.K. and Asia working for many large international institutions including Barclays Global Investors, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.
Eamonn’s areas of activity have ranged from capital markets work in both debt and equity products, the establishment of a mutual fund investment management company and the subsequent launch of several funds, to the establishment of a private equity fund investment management company.
Eamonn holds a B.A. (International Finance) from the American University in Paris, France; a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University, and a Diplome, from Ecoles des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, France, International Management Program. He also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA) designation.
Jim McGovern
James McGovern - Managing Director & CEO Mr. McGovern founded Arrow Hedge Partners in 1999 after working for over thirteen years at BPI Financial Corporation (Canada) (“BPI”), the company of which he co-founded, and where he ultimately held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McGovern was the founding Chairman (currently, Past Chairman) of the Canadian Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (“AIMA”). He is actively involved in the international hedge fund community and has spoken at conferences in Canada and globally.
Mr. McGovern graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree in 1985. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Fraser Institute, an independent Canadian economic and social research and educational organization.
Christopher J. McKenzie
Mr. McKenzie is a Director of Axcess Capital Advisors Inc. and a partner with the Axcess Group of Companies based in Calgary, Alberta.
Christopher co-founded and is President of Infuse Capital Corporation, a private mortgage syndication brokerage, created in 2005 in Alberta. In 2011, Infuse Capital created a strategic partnership with the Axcess Capital Group of Companies in response to new securities legislation where Christopher now is a Managing Partner and Director. Christopher is also a licensed mortgage associate and formerly a commercial real estate associate in Alberta.
Christopher currently is also a Director and a Managing Partner in six Mortgage Investment Entities (MIEs), also known as Mortgage Investment Corporations or M.I.C.s. Christopher has also created “White Label” MIEs for other exempt market dealers.
Christopher is a licensed exempt market registrant in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and a member of the Exempt Market Dealer’s Association.
William McNarland
Since his first position with Midland Walwyn in 1994, William McNarland’s passion for the global finance and investment arena has taken him to all five continents. For the last 16 years my career has focused on focus asset management, analysis, investment banking, private equity and trading with some of Canada’s most notable firms including; CIBC World Markets, Industrial Alliance, National Bank Financial and Investors Group Securities. With 9 professional financial designations and vast experience in Canada’s equity markets, he recently held the position of associate instructor of Finance at the University of Toronto’s faculty of continuing education. His specialties include: Research, Analysis, Exempt Market Securities, and Global Small Caps.
Dennis Mitchell
Dennis has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry, and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading authorities in real estate investing. He joined Sentry in 2005, and heads up the real estate and infrastructure team.
- More than a decade of experience in the financial industry.
- Back-to-back winner of a Brendan Wood International TopGun Award (2009 and 2010); given by the sell-side analyst community to those with the best grasp of the industries in which they invest and the most influence in the Canadian market; one of only 50 managers selected from over 400 individuals nominated.
- Honours BBA degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation
- A frequent guest speaker on BNN's popular Market Call Program
Tyler Mordy
Tyler Mordy is the Director of Research for Horizons HAHN Investment Stewards, a leading innovator in delivering “separate account”, ETF-only solutions, having achieved the world’s longest track record in managing active, globally-balanced ETF portfolios. Mr. Mordy is widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, writing the influential monthly publication, ETFocus. He is also an advisory board member of IndexUniverse’s ETF Analytics platform, a leading independent authority on ETF analysis. Tyler is widely quoted and interviewed by the financial media for his global investment strategy views as well as ETF trends.
David Munro
David Munro is a research analyst and ETF specialist for DundeeWealth’s Private Client Research Group. David joined DundeeWealth in 2007 as a key contributor to the build-out of the company’s retail research group, DundeeWealth Private Client Research. David was responsible for initiating coverage on the Canadian preferred share space as well as the North American exchange traded fund universe in which he publishes regular reports on ETF education and trading ideas. He is also a frequent contributor to a variety of market reports and presentations, including the Private Client Research Monthly Market Snapshot and Private Client Research Weekly Investment Call, where he provides updates on ongoing trends in the ETF space. In addition to his role in research, David serves as a member of DundeeWealth’s security risk review committee, for which he has been instrumental in developing the company’s current process for reviewing security risk. David received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph in 2005 and his MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics in 2008.
Michael Newallo
Michael Newallo is a Managing Director in the Global Equity Derivatives group at National Bank Financial. Michael is responsible for the electronic trading business as well as sales for the Prime Services group-an integrated service offering of Prime Brokerage, Securities Finance, Equity Derivatives and Electronic Trading for the alternative asset management space.
Prior to joining National Bank Financial, Mr. Newallo was the Executive Director of Prime Brokerage and Electronic Trading at CIBC World Markets and the Co-Head of Hedge Fund Services at RBC.
Mr. Newallo holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He also holds the CFA and CMA designations.
Ron Papanek
Ron Papanek leads the Alternative Investments Business at MSCI Inc., a publicly traded company (NYSE: MSCI) and a leading global provider of investment decision support tools, including indices and portfolio risk and performance analytics. MSCI has clients in over 60 countries, and more than 2,000 employees located around the world. His main focus has been on hedge fund risk management as well as investor risk transparency.
Previously, Mr. Papanek served on RiskMetrics Group’s risk advisory group; a team of risk professionals that helps clients execute active risk management strategies. He frequently provides industry insight to the financial media including CNBC, BloombergTV, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times.
Prior to joining RiskMetrics Group in 2000, Mr. Papanek spent a decade at J.P. Morgan Securities, as Vice President responsible for market making and proprietary trading. During his tenure at J.P. Morgan, he held trading posts in equity derivatives, mortgage-backed securities and treasuries.
Mr. Papanek’s career in finance began at Chicago Board of Trade, where he traded futures and options on treasury bonds and soybeans. He received his MSIA in finance from the Carnegie Mellon University Graduate School of Industrial Administration and his BA in economics from the University of Chicago.
Tim Pickering
Tim Pickering, Founder and President of Auspice Capital Advisors (Auspice), is the lead portfolio manager and CIO with over 15 years of commodity and financial trading experience. Prior to forming Auspice, Tim was Vice President of Options Trading at Shell Trading Gas and Power in the Houston and Calgary offices. Tim began his career at TD Securities in Toronto in their elite trading development program. He gained experience in a wide expanse of capital market products including foreign exchange, bonds, money markets and derivatives. Ultimately, Tim held the Senior Trader position for the energy derivatives portfolio. Tim has extensive experience trading OTC and exchange traded options, futures, swaps and quantitative trend following systems.
With partner Ken Corner, Tim has built Auspice Capital Advisors as a next generation CTA, offering strategies in active managed futures, passive ETFs, enhanced indices and custom commodity strategies. Most recently, Auspice launched the Auspice Broad Commodity Index and the Auspice Managed Futures Index (NYSE published) that support two new Claymore ETFs on the TSX. Additionally, Auspice launched the Auspice Energy Program, a multi-strategy, multi-time period quantitative approach to investing in the global energy futures markets.
Ingrid Pierce
Ingrid Pierce is head of the Cayman Hedge Fund Practice of Walkers and a partner in the Global Investment Funds Group. She has over 18 years' experience in advising fiduciaries and represents major institutions, fund managers, directors and trustees in all aspects of investment funds, including structuring and ongoing operations. Ingrid advises on directors' duties and responsibilities, indemnities, confidentiality laws and issues related to electronic communication. She has particular expertise in advising funds on managing distress in volatile markets.
Ingrid regularly advises some of the largest hedge fund managers and other fiduciaries on their stable of Cayman Islands funds and has recently acted as counsel to significant investors and managers in connection with the restructuring and winding down of various high profile funds.
Ingrid is a member of the Legal Peer Advisory Group of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and a frequent speaker at industry events. She is also ranked as a recommended lawyer in several leading legal directories.
Mark Raes
Mark is a VP & Portfolio Manager with the BMO ETFs. He is the manager of fixed income portfolios, assists with derivatives and equity portfolios, and serves as an operational specialist. He has spent more than two-thirds of his 13-year career in the financial services industry working with Exchange Traded Funds. His past work has involved overseeing performance measurement at Mackenzie Financial and fund operations for BGI Canada at Investor's Bank & Trust. He holds a BBA in Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MBA from York University, and is a CFA charter holder.
Yves Rebetez
Exchange Traded Funds and Closed End Funds specialist.
2004 - early 2011: Vice President, ETFs/Structured Products, RBC Dominion Securities.
1996 - 2004: Portfolio Advisor, Canadian Equities, Portfolio Advisory Group, RBC DS.
Earlier work experience in portfolio management, both in Fixed Income (for Institutional Clients), and in International Equities (for High Net Worth Individuals), with Credit Suisse Canada in Toronto, and prior to that with UBS in Switzerland. Yves is a CFA charterholder.
Jonathane Ricci
Jonathane attended Michigan State University College of Law from 1995-1998 and became licensed by the state bar of Michigan in 1998. From 1998-1999, he attended Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC and obtained an LL.M. in Taxation. He began his career at KPMG in 1999, and went on to co-found a cross border law firm in 2003, Juroviesky and Ricci LLP, where he partnered the U.S. side of the law practice for 6 years. This firm practiced heavily in the area of class actions. Jonathane's main case was as lead counsel in a cross border securities class action involving Michigan and Ontario (FMF Capital) and was an integral team member in achieving a lucrative global settlement for thousands of class members. He also attained experience with overtime, consumer products and price fixing class actions.
In addition to his legal experience, Jonathane began providing class action services to other lawyers and administrators in 2009. He had one chief goal - to increase take up / claims rates on class action settlements. Jonathane noticed that far too much money was being left on the table from class action settlements. Common reasons for this include class members either not knowing about the settlement proceeds (which goes to the merits of a good 'Notice' plan) OR they know about the settlement, but cannot be bothered on filling out the sometimes onerous and 'legalise' paperwork to make their claim. Starting the business of Canada Claims Management fully supports his chief aim - to get available funds into the hands of qualifying class members.
Claude Robillard
Claude’s focus spans business development, capital introduction, and contributing to CIBC’s cross-asset and equity finance capabilities in domestic and international markets. Prior to joining CIBC, he was Managing Director & Chief Marketing Officer of a multi-strategy alternative asset manager, and a founding partner of an asset management company launched in New York that subsequently expanded to Hong Kong and Toronto. Formerly he held senior roles within HSBC Bank, RBC Royal Bank, and CIBC, with a focus on alternative asset classes, equity structured products, and commodity products, and co-founded a European-based real estate investment group focused on infrastructure projects in eastern Europe. Mr. Robillard received his B. Comm. from McGill University, and his MBA jointly conferred by the London School of Economics, HEC Paris and New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Wayne Robinson
A designated Chartered Financial Analyst and Investment Fund Manager, Wayne Robinson is the founder and President of W.A. Robinson & Associates Ltd. and Pillar Financial Services Inc., based in Eastern Ontario.
W.A. Robinson & Associates Ltd. provides investment counselling and portfolio management services to families and businesses, and currently manages more than $100 million in assets. Pillar Financial Services Inc. is a mortgage brokerage and administration firm, administering more than $80 million in mortgages.
Wayne received his BA(Sc) at Queen's University. After a period of travelling and working abroad in Australia, Wayne became the first executive director of North Frontenac Community Services Corporation (NFCSC). In 1978, he started a construction company, eventually acquiring a growing ICG Propane dealership.
In 1983, Wayne began investing in mortgages on behalf of family and friends with self-directed RRSPs. This service eventually developed into the prospectus product known today as the Frontenac Mortgage Investment Corporation (FMIC), and was followed in 1995 by the Mortgage Investment Corporation of Eastern Ontario (MICEO), a product for accredited investors. Today, these two corporations are worth more than $80 million.
Greg Romundt
Mr. Romundt is the founder and President of the Asset Manager, the Property Manager and Centurion Apartment REIT. He has been engaged in investment in residential real estate since 1997 and investments and financial markets since 1991. He has real estate investment experience in Singapore, Britain, Australia, China and Canada. From 1991 to 1997, he worked for Citibank in Toronto, New York and Singapore as a financial derivatives trader in interest rate derivatives, major and emerging currencies and exotic derivatives. From 1997 to 2001, he worked for AIG International Group in Hong Kong, Britain and Singapore as head of emerging market derivatives and then as Senior Vice President and Partner (Emerging Markets). He was the group risk manager, overseeing all of the firm’s positions in emerging markets and was a member of the risk management committee. He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with an HBA in 1991.
Jason Russell
As founder of Acorn Global Investments, Jason Russell serves as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. Jason is a veteran portfolio manager who brings more than 19 years of industry and alternative investment management experience to the firm. Previous experience included roles at Bankers Trust, Merrill Lynch, CIBC, and Salida Capital where he was the portfolio manager for its Global Macro Hedge Fund. He has considerable expertise and experience in systematic trading and research and was highlighted as a systematic trading professional in the book titled Trend Following by Michael Covel. He also collaborates closely with several distinguished traders and founded two research groups focusing on system development and trading psychology. Jason is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts.
John Schneider
John is a Partner in KPMG’s investment management regulatory practice with over 23 years of compliance, internal audit, and risk management experience in the financial services industry. John is responsible for leading and developing KPMG’s investment management regulatory team of practitioners as well as driving all market development initiatives.
Prior to joining KPMG, John was a Managing Director and Head of the Investment Management Business Segment at Navigant Consulting (NCI). His experience at NCI included leading teams responsible for performing conflicts of interest studies, due diligence reviews, compliance program development and evaluation, and providing a wide-array of risk assessment services to over 150 Investment Advisers and Investment Companies. John has also assisted clients in responding to regulatory examinations and inquiries requiring forensic analyses and presentations to the regulators.
John’s experience prior to NCI includes evaluating portfolio management trading systems, investment finance products, and risk management programs for a wide range of products, including hedge funds, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative products, exchange traded funds, private equity and mezzanine trust offerings.
Gregory Smith
Mr. Smith has over 16 years experience in investment, operation, acquisition and financing of public and private infrastructure, real estate and power & utility businesses. Prior to joining Brookfield, he was President of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada Ltd. where he was responsible for the establishment, growth and operations of Macquarie’s unlisted and listed funds business in Canada.
He has held various positions on the Board of Directors and observer/advisor to Board of Directors for several reporting issuers including 407ETR International, AltaLink Management Ltd. and Leisureworld Senior Care GP Inc. as well as private companies such as Sea-to-Sky Highway Investment Limited Partnership and Erie Shores Wind Farm.
Gregory currently serves as the elected President of Canada’s Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (“CVCA”), an industry association founded in 1974 that represents Canada’s venture capital and private equity industry. A CVCA member since 1994, Executive Committee member from 2005 and now leading the CVCA with over 1,900 members engaged in venture capital and buyout activity who collectively manage over $85 billion.
Gregory is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator, and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.
Colin Stewart
Colin Stewart is the CEO, a Director and Portfolio Manager at JCClark. Mr. Stewart is responsible for the investment activities at JCClark. Colin holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mr. Stewart started his career in the Corporate Finance division of CIBC World Markets and then joined Connor Clark & Co. Ltd. as an analyst where he worked directly with the Chief Investment Officer. He manages the JCClark Focused Opportunities Fund, a concentrated long/short equity hedge fund focusing on the firm’s highest conviction investment ideas as well as managing the Preservation Trust the firm’s flagship fund which is a North American long/short equity fund.
James Wauchope
James joined Mourant Ozannes in 2009. He specialises in all areas of corporate/commercial work, with a special emphasis on hedge funds and private equity funds. James previously practiced with Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands and was a partner in their investment funds group for eight years. He started his career at Simmons & Simmons in London where he worked from 1986 until he moved to the Cayman Islands in 1993.
James was admitted as an English Solicitor in 1988 (currently non-practicing), and was admitted as a Cayman Islands Attorney in 1993. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and the Cayman Islands Law Society as well as being a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
IFLR ranks James as a leading lawyer. Chambers Global, 2011 notes that James "covers the whole range of corporate and commercial matters within his practice. He regularly works with hedge, hybrid and private equity funds, dealing with their inception, maintenance and restructuring".
Mark Yamada
Mark Yamada is President and CEO of P?R Investing Inc. (P?R) and he was named to the Investment Funds Product Advisory Committee_(IFPAC) of the Ontario Securities Commission. P?R combines software development with portfolio management delivering innovative solutions to defined contribution pension plans and disruptive strategies to investment advisors and their clients. P?R provides independent exchange-traded fund (ETF) analysis, risk-based portfolio construction and web-based tools including a multi-factor ETF screener and volatility drag calculator for use with leveraged ETFs. Mark lectures and writes about risk, volatility and portfolio construction in the U.S. and Canada and is a frequent speaker about the use of ETFs. He and his partners at P?R are dedicated to providing better investment solutions to individual investors.
Michael Yhip
Michael Yhip is the President and Chief Investment Officer of the Garrison Hill Capital Management Inc. He was a former debt and derivative banker employed with Canada’s largest investment banks. He is considered an expert in his field and has worked with Canadian governments, corporations and high net worth investors to provide a range of financial solutions over his career. Michael is a CFA charter holder.