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724Learning.net is an IT solutions company providing Web-centric and E-learning solutions to its clients. We specialize in Web-based custom application design and integration, E-learning platforms and content, general project management and network planning, design and implementation. 724Learning has clients in the financial services, education and academic, distribution sectors.

AIMA Canada, a National Group of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), was formed in March 2003 to act as the voice of the alternative investment industry in Canada.
Founded in 1990, AIMA is an international not-for-profit trade association whose objectives are: to increase investor education, transparency and promote due diligence and related sound practices; and to work closely with regulators and interested parties in order to promote the responsible use of alternative investments.
AIMA has more than 1,250 corporate members in over 40 countries around the world. Its members cover the entire spectrum of the industry including single fund managers, fund of hedge fund managers, administrators, lawyers, brokers, consultants and other service providers.
AIMA Canada has over 70 corporate members including hedge fund managers, institutional investors, pension fund managers and consultants, administrators, auditors, lawyers, prime brokers and other service providers.
In addition to working with regulators, holding luncheons and information sessions in Toronto and Montreal, AIMA Canada has developed two publications in 2004 - The Canadian Guide to Sound Practices and The Hedge Fund Primer ; two publications in 2005 - Guide to Sound Practices for the Disclosure and Promotion of Alternative Investments in Canada and AIMA Canada's Hedge Fund Investor Checklist; and most recently, a series of strategy papers.
Gary Ostoich, President of Spartan Fund Management, serves as Chairman of AIMA Canada and heads its five-member Executive Committee which includes: Andrew Doman of Man Investments Canada Corp.; Eamonn McConnell of Manna Asset Management;Christopher Pitts of PriceWaterhouseCoopers; and Mike Burns of McMillan. James Burron is Chief Operating Officer. Additional information on AIMA Canada can be obtained by emailing info@aima-canada.org.

Jess Larsen leads a management team responsible for a number of energy-based private equity funds, including the Katana Oil and Gas Fund, and Apollo Energy Income Trust. The group has the ability to source both growth and income projects in the renewable and non-renewable energy spaces in Canada, the United States and internationally, including in Asia. Current areas of focus include conventional oil and gas, hydroelectric including micro-hydro and underground coal gasification (UCG).

Aviva Investors is a global asset management organization dedicated to building and providing focused investment solutions for clients, which include local government organizations, foundations and endowments, insurance companies, and corporate pensions.
With assets under management in excess of $400 billion across a range of fixed income, real estate, equity, money market and alternative funds, our clients benefit not only from our unique access to, and experience of, local markets but also from the availability of considerable global resources.
Aviva Investors combines the resources of several long-established asset management businesses owned by Aviva plc, bringing them together in a unified, global management structure. Aviva plc is a corporation headquartered in the UK, with shares publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange and corresponding American Depository Receipts (ADRs) traded on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker symbol AV). Aviva plc was created following the merger of CGU (Commercial General Union) and Norwich Union in May 2000 but its roots can be traced back over 300 years.
We are a significant business, employing over 1,380 people, including 439 investment professionals, in 14 countries and 22 locations around the world.

The Axiom Legal Financing Fund provides case finance to UK law firms to cover the costs of litigation for no?win, no?fee cases and for matters of a non-litigious nature, such as divorce with an expectation that the cases will settle in an average of 12 months. Axiom does not finance “ambulance chasing cases” and only provides loans in respect of cases that can be insured by FSA regulated insurance companies against non-recovery.
Axiom does not share in the court awards but charges a fixed interest of 15% or more to the law firms, win or lose. The target minimum annual growth rates (which have been consistently exceeded since launch 2 years ago) are:
• 11% (Sterling)
• 10% (US Dollar)
• 10% (Euro)
It is an open ended fund with low volatility regulated in the Cayman Islands with independent administrators and has no lock?in, no entry or exit fees and no management charge, but has a performance fee.
There are 3 classes of shares. The fund is denominated in GBP and hedges to USD & EUR. New funds in CAD, AUD & NZD are being launched to feed into the existing fund (with hedging) and to lend into their local markets.

With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is the largest Canadian full-service law firm focusing on business law, litigation and intellectual property solutions. BLG provides bilingual services in virtually every area of law, and represents a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations. For further information, visit blg.com.

BMO Exchange Traded Funds is a diversified family of ETFs that includes a broad range of domestic and global investment solutions, which cover a full array of asset classes, sectors and regions. With more than 100 years of combined experience in managing institutional indexing and retail ETF strategies, BMO's team of ETF experts scours the global marketplace for opportunities to strategically design and build a broad range of ETFs - from core broad index to precise sector and regional offerings - to meet a variety of investment needs. BMO ETFs are managed and administered by BMO Asset Management Inc., a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Bank of Montreal.
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization. With total assets of $413 billion as of April 30, 2011, and more than 45,000 employees as of July 6, 2011, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions.

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider, with over 2,000 employees operating in 15 North American offices and 27 worldwide, offering corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services.
BMO Capital Markets is a part of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US$437 billion total assets as of April 30, 2011, and more than 45,000 employees as of July 6, 2011.

Experience, knowledge and understanding of client strategies are what define a leading prime broker. BMO Capital Markets is Canada’s first and most experienced prime broker, serving start-ups and established international funds. We are committed to understanding your business needs and delivering results.
Take advantage of global securities lending capabilities, solid risk management, leading capital introduction and a wide array of hedge-fund services.
With North American expertise and a wide array of hedge fund services, BMO Capital Markets is the logical choice for ambitious fund managers.

The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association® is an independent, not-for-profit global organization committed to education and professionalism in the field of alternative investments. Founded in 2002, the Association is the sponsoring body for the CAIASM designation. Recognized globally, the designation certifies one’s mastery of the concepts, tools and practices essential for understanding alternative investments and promotes adherence to high standards of professional conduct.


"Canada Claims Management is the first of its kind in Canada. We intend to change the Class Action Lawsuit landscape by focusing our attention on increasing the number of claims made by investors and institutions.” Jonathane Ricci, JD. LLM. LLB (EQ). Managing Director, Canada Claims Management “We believe Canada Claims Management is the perfect partnership between Legal experience and Investment Industry knowledge to provide expertise and help Individual Investors and Institutions get more for their claims from Securities Class Action Lawsuits and Settlements." Paul Battaglia, TEP, PFP. Managing Director, Canada Claims Management. Canada Claims Management partners to reinforces the Institutional Investor's Fiduciary Duty Obligations to Monitor Portfolios to Reclaim Funds on behalf of their Clients. Canada Claims Management helps the Institutional Investor fulfill its fiduciary duty by effectively managing claims of the Institutional Investors assets and maximizing recovery of assets on securities settlement claims. We provide Class Action Consulting to Develop Procedures for Monitoring Litigation and Settlements in Canada and the United States. We partner with Brokerage Firms and Investment Advisors to keep their Obligation to Monitor and Pursue Claims on behalf of their Clients. We provide Independent Portfolio Monitoring and Claims Filing Services to claim funds from securities settlements. Canada Claims Management notifies potential class-members of the Class Action Settlement and collects and submits documentary evidence of class eligibility to participate in the settlement and disburses the settlement funds to authorized class members. Canada Claims Management as an independent entity, monitors securities litigation according to established security's industry and legal standards. Canada Claims Management utilizes our legal and securities industry knowledge and experience (see biographies) to protect your rights and best interest.

Centurion Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), is an investment fund which provides an opportunity for individual and institutional investors to invest in a diversified portfolio of rental apartments in Canada and participate in the profits derived from them. With a current portfolio of 1,160 apartments located in 22 separate apartment properties, Centurion Apartment REIT (which is RRSP, RESP and TFSA eligible) is perfectly positioned to provide consistent, tax-efficient returns to its investors without exposing them to the volatility of the stock market. The REIT currently yields 8.00% per annum (paid monthly).
Centurion Apartment REIT is run by an experienced management team and has an independently controlled board of trustees to provide independent oversight on behalf of all investors. Centurion Apartment REIT units are sold by Offering Memorandum to qualified investors only. Investors may purchase units in the fund directly or through their Investment Advisor.

CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company currently provides custody services to 32% of the Canadian marketplace. Our client base is comprised of approximately 1,100 relationships representing 1,000 domestic clients and nearly 100 foreign financial institutions with assets under administration of more than CAD $980 billion, as at March 31, 2010.
Our clients include Canadian pension funds, mutual funds, corporations, government, insurance companies, foreign insurance trusts, foundations and foreign financial institutions whose clients invest in Canada. We work in partnership with our clients to increase operational efficiencies, manage risk, and increase performance.
Built on the strengths and traditions of our two parent companies: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), CIBC Mellon strives to design and deliver reliable asset servicing solutions to institutional investors operating in Canada. We first began offering asset services to institutional investors in 1996, when CIBC joined forces with Mellon Financial Corporation (Mellon) to form a 50/50 joint venture—CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company. On July 1, 2007, Mellon—our U.S. parent company—merged with The Bank of New York Company Inc. to form the 11th-largest financial services company in the world. As a result of this merger, BNY Mellon is now the global leader in asset servicing with more than US $22 trillion in assets under custody and administration.
For further information about CIBC Mellon, please visit cibcmellon.com.
Copyright 2010. A BNY Mellon and CIBC joint venture company. CIBC Mellon is a licensed user of the CIBC trade-mark and certain BNY Mellon trade-marks.

CIBC (TSX, NYSE: CM) is a leading Canadian-based financial institution with a market capitalization of $30.7 billion and a Tier 1 capital ratio of 13.9% (as of Oct 31, 2010). With over 140 years experience and more than 42,000 employees, CIBC provides a full range of financial products and services to almost 11 million clients in Canada and around the world. CIBC World Markets Inc. is the wholesale banking arm of CIBC. Wholesale Banking provides a wide range of integrated credit and capital markets products, investment banking, and merchant banking to clients in key financial markets in North America, Europe and Asia. We provide innovative capital solutions and advisory expertise across a wide range of industries as well as top-ranked research for our corporate, government and institutional clients. Our Prime Services Group within Wholesale Banking is a leading provider of Prime Brokerage services for alternative investment managers. From our robust prime brokerage accounting and reporting platform to our experienced customer service staff, we provide hedge fund clients with an integrated suite of services in trade execution, securities lending, reporting, research and capital introduction.

In 2002, The Canadian Institute of Financial Planners (“CIFPs”), a professional association, was started by financial planners to provide industry practitioners with the highest quality professional continuing education and support services. CIFPs has now grown to over 4,000 members and hosts the only national financial planning conference in Canada that attracts over 30 sponsors including the top financial services firms in Canada and six hundred participants.
In 2007, CIFP and CIFPs came together as one organization to provide a complete training and practitioner support offering for financial planning students and their employers. By combining the strengths of both organizations, we are now well positioned to provide a total solution from initial qualification through to post-qualification support. As we are non-profit in the interests of financial planning and the industry, we can provide your firm with the best value proposition including substantial corporate discounts and customized solutions. This means substantial cost savings in today’s difficult times for your training and support budget.

The CSX is a well established and internationally recognized stock exchange located in one of the world’s largest financial services centres. The CSX provides a specialized and well-regulated listing and trading facility for investment funds, debt and equity. A CSX listing is an inexpensive, efficient and effective way to add credibility, marketing value and a higher profile to a fund offering. Advantages to listing a fund on the CSX include: * enhanced access to institutional capital in a tax neutral jurisdiction; * listing rules that are tailored to accommodate the latest structures and products, do not impose unnecessarily onerous conditions and restrictions and are not bound by the EU Prospectus Directive; * UK HMRC recognized status that qualifies CSX listed securities for investment by UK personal pension plans; and * a listing process that is streamlined and cost competitive.

CVC Market Point Inc. is an Exempt Market Dealer and a CareVest Group Member Company. From our offices across Canada, our team offers investment opportunities to qualified investors looking for products that are not otherwise available in the general marketplace.
Our Dealer division team works with Exempt Market Dealers (EMDs) to establish relationships allowing those approved EMDs to offer the investment opportunities we have available, to their qualified clients. Current investment opportunities include Canadian Horizons™ mortgage investment corporations (MICs) and from time to time, Canadian Horizons land projects.
Canadian Horizons MICs should be of interest to investors seeking an income producing investment with the following features:
• Targeted yield of 8 - 11% per annum with the availability of compounding through the election of stock dividends
• MIC mortgages secured by real property
• Monthly distributions
• Minimum initial subscription amount of $5,000
• Geographical diversification
• Highly experienced management at all levels
• Regularly scheduled closings
Contact us at:
Toll Free: 1-866-718-5193 OR visit our website for further information: www.cvcmarketpoint.com

Dow Jones Indexes (www.djindexes.com) is a leading full-service index provider that develops, maintains and licenses indexes for use as benchmarks and as the basis of investment products. Best-known for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Dow Jones Indexes offers more than 130,000 equity indexes as well as fixed-income and alternative indexes, including measures of hedge funds, commodities and real estate. Dow Jones Indexes employs clear, unbiased and systematic methodologies that are fully integrated within index families. Dow Jones Indexes is part of a joint venture company owned 90 percent by CME Group Inc. (www.cmegroup.com) and 10 percent by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. (www.dowjones.com), a News Corporation company (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV; www.newscorp.com).

IFSE Institute established www.ifse.ca to deliver one-stop financial services education, in both official languages, to students and organizations across Canada. Most IFSE students work full time in financial services organizations and have limited time to study during the business day. Our courses and study tools are designed to fit into busy schedules, and are available through a variety of delivery methods. For example, our extremely popular Mutual Fund and Life Insurance Licensing courses are available online.
IFSE Institute is proud to announce the inclusion of the Exempt Market Products Exam as a proficiency requirement for Exempt Market Dealers – Dealing Representatives and Chief Compliance Officers in NI 31-103. This paper-based course focuses on topics such as the capital markets, the exempt market, know your client and know your product rules, ethical conduct, and features of common exempt securities. The course has been developed to ensure that those individuals operating in this market have the knowledge necessary to offer advice to clients on these complex financial instruments. We encourage you to visit our booth for more information. Please do not forget to ask us about our new job board: careerlink.ifse.ca Have a great conference!

Interactive Brokers Successful traders and investors understand that superior technology and lower trading costs can result in greater returns. For 31 years we have been building direct access trading technology that delivers real advantages to professionals worldwide. With consolidated equity capital that exceeds US $3.5 billion, IB and its affiliates process in excess of 700,000 trades per day. In addition, our prudent and conservative risk policies make Interactive Brokers a safe haven for your money. Discover some of the reasons why IB is the professional traders' and investors' choice. IB offers direct access to stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds and funds on over 70 market destinations in 17 countries from a single screen. The IB SmartRoutingSM is designed to search for the best price available at the time of your order, and unlike other routers, dynamically routes and re-route all or parts of your order to achieve optimal execution. IB’s real-time margin system continuously enforces limits for each account, and provides real-time monitoring and risk tools to manage risk. Market-maker designed Trader Workstation (TWS) optimizes your trading speed with a single multi-product spreadsheet interface offering real-time streaming quotes and quick click order entry. Member IIROC / CIPF.

Investment Executive is Canada's newspaper for financial advisors. IE offers insightful, hard-hitting news and analysis for financial professionals — stockbrokers, financial planners, insurance representatives, personal bankers and mutual fund salespeople. IE is read by more than 100,000 Canadian financial professionals.
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KPMG's Financial Services Practice consists of more than 600 experienced professionals across Canada. With access to one of the largest global industry networks we offer customized, industry-focused Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. Our Financial Services teams have the experience, technical skills and industry focus to help clients address and overcome sector-specific business challenges. We help to clarify the issues and enhance competitive advantage.
Our Financial Services practice comprises four areas of focus:
• Banking & Finance
• Asset Management
• Insurance
• Investment Dealers
KPMG’s dedicated and results oriented approach can see you through your toughest business challenges. With our dynamic portfolio, we can help our clients realize their potential.

Merlin Securities is a Mid Prime Broker that was founded in 2004 and serves more than 500 single- and multi-primed managers, providing them with an open architecture suite of solutions including dynamic performance attribution analytics and reporting, seamless multi-custody services, capital development, 24-hour international trading, securities lending and access to the Gerson Lehrman Group’s worldwide network of experts. It provides custody services through its relationships with Goldman Sachs Execution & Clearing, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Northern Trust and most recently National Bank Correspondent Network.

Founded in 1859, National Bank of Canada is an integrated group that provides comprehensive financial services to consumers, small and medium-sized enterprises and large corporations in its core market, while offering specialized services to its clients elsewhere in the world. National Bank offers a full array of banking services, including retail, corporate and investment banking. It is an active player on international capital markets and, through its subsidiaries, is involved in securities brokerage, insurance and wealth management as well as mutual fund and retirement plan management. National Bank has over $152 billion in assets and, together with its subsidiaries, employs 18,407 people.
The Financial Markets division of National Bank of Canada has a substantial presence in all regions of Canada as well as operations in the United States and Europe. To meet its clients' diverse needs, National Bank Financial Markets offer a wide range of products and services that provide access to leading North American equities, fixed income, commodities, foreign exchange and derivatives markets. With multi-currency electronic execution, clients enjoy timely settlement and clearing. Some of Canada's best research capabilities underpin it all. From securities finance to derivatives and capital introduction, National Bank Financial Markets help clients uncover prospects to fuel their growth.

NYSE Liffe US is NYSE Euronext's multi-asset class US futures exchange. Our fully electronic, transparent market offers liquidity in precious metals futures and options, as well as interest rate and equity index futures. The flagship mini precious metals futures feature the established liquidity that active traders require, while providing investors diversification opportunities and flexibility. Beginning in September 2009, NYSE Liffe U.S. began listing mini MSCI index futures based on benchmark MSCI Equity Indices. Today, we list mini MSCI futures on twelve different indices, including MSCI EAFE and MSCI Emerging Markets. Futures on MSCI Indices provide efficient investment tools to capture or hedge global equity market exposure, with the safety and transparency of a centrally cleared market. With strong customer demand, volume continues to grow and in August 2011, Open Interest in the family of mini MSCI Index futures surpassed the 100,000 contract milestone. In March 2011, NYSE Liffe U.S. launched interest rate futures including Eurodollar futures, 2 year, 5 year, 10 year Treasury Note futures, U.S. Treasury Bond futures, and Ultra U.S. Treasury Bond futures. All NYSE Liffe U.S. interest rate products are cleared at New York Portfolio Clearing (NYPC). This innovative clearing house provides market participants unique capital and operational efficiencies. NYSE Liffe U.S. utilizes the state-of-the-art LIFFE CONNECT®; trading platform, offering superior levels of performance and functionality to our global clients.

Quadrexx was formed in 2003 to create, manage and distribute niche investment products. The firm has three main divisions, the Fund division, the Wealth Management division and Exempt Market Dealer division. In the Fund division, Quadrexx is managing Canada’s 1st investable Canadian hedge fund index Canadian Hedge Watch Index Plus fund, a hybrid index fund. Canadian Hedge Watch Inc. is a related company which collects and disseminates hedge fund industry data and news. It is the relationship with CHW that led to the creation of this hedge fund.
Our products are normally designed to offer advisors and their clients an alternative to standard investment products. Experience has shown that although alternative investment products have the potential for higher risk, on average inclusion of these types of products potentially could reduce the overall portfolio risk. With a focus on risk-adjusted returns we strive to offer alternative investment products currently in short supply in Canada.
Our team has a combined financial industry experience of over sixty years. We have a wide depth of experience and training within our team of investment professionals. In addition to portfolio management, our principals have backgrounds in management, accounting, engineering, computer modeling, and quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis. We are strongly committed to professionalism, creativity, and integrity.

The Montréal Exchange (MX) manages two markets: a futures market and an options market. Our futures and options products cover major asset classes, including: interest rates with a time horizon of one day to 30 years, equities, FX, and Canadian stock indices.
MX has its own clearinghouse, the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC). CDCC ensures the integrity and stability of the Canadian market by acting as the central counterparty guarantor. CDCC also guarantees all over-the-counter products that are cleared through its Converge clearing services.
MX is the majority shareholder of the Boston Options Exchange (BOX). Through its SOLA® software products, MX also operates EDX London, Oslo Børs and IDEM. MX is headquartered in Montréal, Quebec, with an international office in London, U.K.

Virtual Brokers, is an innovative, technology-driven brokerage firm that specializes in providing outstanding trade execution services to sophisticated traders and money managers who demand excellence. In addition to flexible commission structure, All-in-One Account (Equity/Option/Margin/Short), access to New Issues Market , strong Bond and Lending Desks, Virtual Brokers offers Direct Market Access (DMA), free advanced trading platforms, Bloomberg trading venue, free registered accounts, customized algorithms, and up to $10,000,000 CAD in Asset Protection to qualified individuals, corporations and institutions. At Virtual brokers we believe that every day we must earn and maintain the trust of our clients by providing superior, reliable and attentive service. To achieve this goal we rely on sophisticated in-house technology and stringently selected staff. We provide first-rate institutional-like trading facilities and services to all our clients, regardless of their asset size. We can offer exceptional service at competitive prices by leveraging our robust technology and deep understanding of financial markets which in turn allow us to increase our efficiency, reduce costs, and make seemingly difficult tasks easy. Virtual Brokers is a division of BBS Securities Inc. (Member IIROC/CIPF).

From offices in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Delaware, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Singapore, the Walkers Group provides legal and management services to FORTUNE 100 and FTSE 100 global corporations and financial institutions, capital markets participants, investment fund managers and middle market companies.
The Walkers Group comprises leading offshore law firm, Walkers and Walkers Management Services, which specialises in corporate and fiduciary services. Walkers focuses principally on corporate and international finance law with an emphasis on investment funds, private equity and capital markets and structured finance. Our firm delivers clear, concise and practical advice based on an in-depth knowledge of the legal, regulatory and commercial environment in the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Ireland and Jersey. We are experienced in all types of international and cross-border transactions and are committed to developing close working relationships with our clients and their professional advisers. Our global presence means we are always open and accessible to clients in all time zones.

Investing on Solid Ground®

The foundation of trust that we have built with our clients and partners in business is the cornerstone of our success. And with more than 30 years of experience, Walton has grown to be one of North America’s leading real estate investment groups, creating land-based real estate investments for individual and institutional investors worldwide.

Why Walton?


  • To be the global leader in providing innovative real estate products that create wealth for our clients


  • Create wealth, with integrity and professionalism, through researching, financing, planning and developing master planned communities, incorporating smart growth principles, to meet the needs of present and future generations


  • Privately owned business founded in 1979

  • Now operating in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Germany, employing more than 800 people globally


  • Managing assets over $2.9 billion CAD

  • More than 61,000 acres under management

  • More than 74,000 clients worldwide

  • Research, acquisition, planning and management of land in the anticipated development path of major North American growth corridors

  • More than 30 years of real estate and land management experience

  • Walton's Investment Team follows a disciplined investment approach for both pre-development and development land investments

Strategic Land Holdings

Walton has acquired land in and around the following North American areas:

Walton continues to research areas in North America for future land acquisition.