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Agenda 2011

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Monday, September 19th
Pre-Conference Activities

10:00 - 3:45

Golf Tournament
(advance regis
tration required)
HOLE-IN-ONE Sponsored by: JONES BROWN

 

10:30 - 3:45

Wine Tour
(advance regis
tration required)
Sponsored by: QUADREXX ASSET MANAGEMENT

 

4:30 - 6:30

REGISTRATION BEGINS

6:30 - 8:00

RECEPTION IN EXHIBIT HALL
Sponsored by: RADIUS FINANCIAL EDUCATION


 


Tuesday, September 20th

7:45

BREAKFAST IN EXHIBIT HALL C/D
Sponsored by: BMO EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS

 


Plenary Session

8:20 - 8:25

OPENING REMARKS - HALL C/D (EXHIBIT HALL)
Pat Bolland
, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications

 

8:25 - 9:05

THE SOVEREIGN DEBT CRISIS TWO YEARS ON: ROAD TO RECOVERY OR PATHWAY TO PERDITION - HALL C/D
Additional Resources: Reference1 Reference2
Alex Jurshevski, Managing Partner, Recovery Partners

Alex Jurshevski discusses recent developments in the European Sovereign Debt Crisis as well as the US debt situation and implications for investors and traders.

 

9:05 - 10:05

Keynote Speaker: Sebastian Mallaby (author of "More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite")

THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF HEDGE FUNDS - Hall C/D (Exhibit Hall)

 

Depending on who you ask, hedge funds are either the saviours of capitalism or the devil incarnate. But it often takes an outsider to view complex, politically-loaded issues in a rational, dispassionate light. In his recent book MORE MONEY THAN GOD Mallaby argues that hedge funds largely survived the crash of 2008-09 and, indeed, many profited enormously from it. He holds out the hedge fund model as the future of the financial markets – a lesson for all the overly complex and poorly managed banks whose bailouts hit taxpayers so hard. Mallaby explains why the future of finance lies in the history of a misunderstood financial vehicle.

 

10:05 - 10:20

NETWORKING BREAK IN EXHIBIT HALL FOYER
Sponsored by: CIBC MELLON

 

10:20 - 11:00

CANADA’S LEADING ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENT CEOs - HALL E
Moderated by: Pat Bolland
, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Jason Donville, President & CEO, Donville Kent Asset Management

Jim McGovern, Managing Director & CEO, Arrow Capital Management Inc.

Jason Russell, President & Chief Investment Officer, Acorn Global Investments

Colin Stewart, Portfolio Manager and Co-Founder, JCClark

  • What is really on the minds of today’s allocators?

  • What strategies and which regions are on the radar for 2012.

  • How are they generating alpha?

  • Hear their prescriptions for navigating the risks and opportunities in the year ahead.

 

11:00 - 11:40

THE ESSENTIAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MANAGING MONEY AND RUNNING A BUSINESS - HALL E
Moderated by: Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications

Peter Bryant, Partner, Jones Brown

Daniel Dorenbush, Partner, Merlin Securities

Tim Pickering, President & CIO, Auspice Capital Advisors

Michael Yhip, President and Chief Investment Officer, Garrison Hill Capital Management Inc.

  • Where do funds allocate most of their spending?

  • Top business management elements

  • Hedge fund operating models

  • Regulatory issues involved in running a business

 

11:45 - 1:00

FUND MANAGER SHOWCASE - HALL B

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR HEDGE FUND MANAGERS DISCUSS THEIR STRATEGY, THEORY AND HOW THEY CREATE ALPHA

Sponsored by: National Bank Financial
Moderated by: Mike Newallo, Managing Director, Global Equity Derivatives, National Bank Financial

 

Acorn Global Investments Inc.

Garrison Hill Capital Management Inc.

Vantage Asset Management

Agilith Capital Inc.
AlphaNorth Asset Management

Donville Kent Asset Management
Aviva Investors

Ross Smith Capital Investment Fund

Arrow Capital Management

 

1:00 - 1:45

LUNCH - HALL C/D
Sponsored by: NATIONAL BANK

 

1:45 - 2:25

Concurrent Sessions

GRAND HALL E

DODD-FRANK: AN UPDATE FOR INVESTMENT MANAGERS AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON CANADIAN MANAGERS

John Schneider, KPMG in the US, US Head of Investment Management Regulatory

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently finalized rules to implement provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act that eliminate the private adviser exemption, establish new exemptions and reporting requirements, and reallocate regulatory responsibility. The SEC also amended rules to expand disclosure by investment advisers. This session will provide an update on these final rules, an overview of the registration requirements and the exemptions available, with a focus on the foreign private adviser exemption. This session will be of interest to Canadian, U.S. and other asset managers and their service providers.

 

EXEMPT MARKET PRODUCTS
GRAND HALL B

EMP MARKET IN CANADA (A YEAR LATER)

William McNarland, Founder, ExemptAnalyst

  • Overview of the exempt market

  • Key economic considerations for exempt market investors

  • Key due diligence considerations for exempt market investors

 

2:30 - 3:10

Concurrent Sessions

GRAND HALL E

ESTABLISHING BEST PRACTICES: IDEAS FOR SUCCESS

Moderated by: Chris Holt, Managing Director, Global Absolute Return Congress (Global ARC)

Rob Lemon, Vice President, National Bank Financial

Jim McGovern, Managing Director & CEO, Arrow Capital Management Inc

Claude Robillard, Executive Director, CIBC Prime Services Group
Alternative investments have come under criticism in recent years regarding transparency, fees & structure. Some businesses have set themselves apart by adapting several "best practices". This panel will outline some policies and procedures for running a successful alternative business and we will educate investors regarding what to look for before investing.

 

EXEMPT MARKET PRODUCTS
GRAND HALL B

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE UNCLAIMED FROM SECURITIES – CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENTS BY INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS

Jonathane Ricci, Barrister, Solicitor & Foreign Legal Consultant, Canada Claims Management;

Paul Battaglia, Managing Director, Canada Claims Management

It is estimated that each year millions of dollars are unclaimed from securities class action settlements. On average less than forty percent of investors with verified losses file claims in these settlements. Financial Institutions have a fiduciary relationship and/or contractual relationship with their clients - whether Institutional Investors or Individual Investors.

 

3:15 - 3:55

Concurrent Sessions

GRAND HALL E

HOW ETFS CAN BE APPLIED TO ALTERNATIVE AND HEDGE FUND STRATEGIES

 

Moderated by: Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing Inc.

 

Marty Gillespie, RBC Capital Markets

Tyler Mordy, Director of Research, HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.

David Munro, Research Analyst, Dundee Wealth Private Client Research

Mark Raes, Portfolio Manager, BMO ETFs

Yves Rebetez, Managing Director, Editor, ETFInsight

 

 

The Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) industry has seen significant growth over the last decade and is projected to be a $2 Trillion industry by late 2012. Although ETFs were originally designed to be passive solutions providing low-cost beta exposure, they have been well adopted by the hedge-fund community as they can be applied in countless ways to further improve their strategies. Our panelists will discuss how beta instruments can both be applied with alpha strategies and how they can also help generate alpha.

 

EXEMPT MARKET PRODUCTS
GRAND HALL B

REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUSTS

Moderated by: Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications

Francois Le Bel, VP – Exempt Markets, Optimus US Real Estate Fund

Dennis Mitchell, Deputy CIO & Senior Portfolio Manager, Sentry Investments

Greg Romundt, President and CEO, Centurion Apartment REIT

A REIT is a trust that holds or invests in properties. REITs are obligated to distribute their profits as dividends. We will discuss what makes a good REIT, tax advantages, and how the proposed amendments to the Tax Fairness Plan will affect the favourable tax treatment of publicly traded stapled units.

 

3:55 - 4:10

NETWORKING BREAK IN EXHIBIT HALL
Sponsored by: BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS

 

4:10 - 5:15

EXEMPT MARKET PRODUCT SHOWCASE - HALL B

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR EXEMPT MARKET PRODUCT MANAGERS DISCUSS THEIR STRATEGY AND THEORY

Sponsored by: Jones Brown Insurance Brokers

Moderated by: Ben Wright, Chubb Insurance

Centurion Apartment REIT
Canadian Horizons (CVC)
Apollo Energy Income Trust

Optimus U.S. Real Estate Fund

Quadrexx Asset Management Inc.

Walton International Group Inc.

Axiom Legal Financing Fund

Alta Pacific Mortgage Investment Corp.

Silver Falls Development

 

5:20 - 6:00

REVERSE STRESS TESTING - HALL B

Ron Papanek, Executive Director, Alternative Investments Business, MSCI

How can managers identify the hidden risks in their portfolio?

Measuring known unknowns and discovering unknown unknowns

What are top hedge fund managers doing to stress test their portfolios?

How are the biggest investors getting comfortable with their Hedge Fund Investments?

 

6:00 - 7:30

CIRQUE SPECTACULAR RECEPTION
Sponsored by: KPMG

Join us for a spectacular evening you won’t soon forget, featuring three amazing circus acts including a breath-taking fire artist, enchanting hula hoop artist and dramatic balancing act. You’ll have to see them to believe them!

Remember to bring your business cards! This not-to-be-missed event will provide you with crucial time to interact with key industry players.



 

 

 


Wednesday, September 21st

8:00 - 9:00

OPENING REMARKS - HALL C/D
Pat Bolland
, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications

 

BREAKFAST WITH INGRID PIERCE, PARTNER, WALKERS

CORPORATE GOVERNANCE & STRUCTURING ISSUES FOR OFFSHORE FUNDS

A discussion on effective corporate governance, best practices and common pitfalls. Ingrid will consider structuring questions for Canadian managers and will look at “Offshoring” mind and management: can it be done? Do you need independent directors? Should you have voting and non-voting shares? Who should hold the voting shares? Are there any benefits to holding these shares in trust?

 

BREAKFAST IN EXHIBIT HALL
Sponsored by: WALKERS

 


Plenary Session in HALL C/D

9:05 - 10:05

WHAT IN THE WORLD: EMERGING MARKETS + GEOPOLITICAL IMPACT
Moderated by: Pat Bolland
, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
DANIEL ALTMAN, Acclaimed Economics Professor at NYU's Stern School of Business and Originator of 3D Economics
What are the deep factors moving the global economy? Daniel Altman will look below the surface at the tectonic plates whose movements affect economic growth, asset values, and investment returns. He will survey the immediate prospects for the world's most advanced economies and then delve into the fast-changing fortunes of emerging economies in South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Arab world. His mix of political and economic analysis will offer clear guidance for interpreting the news and making decisions.

 

10:10 - 11:25

FUND MANAGER SHOWCASE - HALL C/D

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR HEDGE FUND MANAGERS DISCUSS THEIR STRATEGY, THEORY AND HOW THEY CREATE ALPHA

Sponsored by: CIBC MELLON

Moderated by: Charbel Cheaib, Executive Director, Business Development, CIBC Mellon

 

JC Clark

Summerwood

Formula Growth Limited

Auspice Capital Advisors

Tricoastal Capital Management

FrontFour Capital Corporation
Axcess Capital Advisors Inc.

Altaview Financial

 

11:25 - 11:40

NETWORKING BREAK IN EXHIBIT HALL FOYER
Sponsored by: INVESTMENT EXECUTIVE

 

11:40 - 12:20

Concurrent Sessions

GRAND HALL E

HELPING CLIENTS PREPARE FOR LIFE AFTER WORK – A WIN/WIN ACTION PLAN


Richard Atkinson, Founder and President, RA Retirement Advisors
Rick will outline the critical, non-financial issues to be addressed when planning a retirement and why clients need your help including such topics as: the importance of a realistic retirement vision, how to build a balanced leisure, health and wellbeing strategy, steps for enriching relationships, finding and using a retirement mentor or coach.
Rick will address your role as financial advisor or wealth manager and the steps you can take to assist clients achieve a happy and stimulating retirement.

 

EXEMPT MARKET PRODUCTS
GRAND HALL B

PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING IN CANADA
Moderated by:
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications

Tom Kennedy, Managing Director, Kensington Capital Partners Limited

Eamonn McConnell, CEO, MANNA Asset Management;

Gregory Smith, Managing Partner, Brookfield Financial Corp. & President, CVCA

This session is for all investors to learn the current trends in Private Equity and Venture Capital. We will discuss a global perspective regarding the state of private equity markets in Canada, abroad and in developed and emerging markets, where are the opportunities for growth and what are the best practices for avoiding risk.


12:25 - 1:05

Concurrent Sessions

GRAND HALL E

GLOBAL REGULATION UPDATE: ARE YOU READY?

Moderated by: Ingrid Pierce, Partner, Walkers


Ron Kosonic, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

David Gilkes, North Star Compliance and Regulatory Solutions Inc.

James Wauchope, Partner, Mourant Ozannes

This panel will discuss the impact of key domestic and international regulatory developments on Canadian fund managers.

 

EXEMPT MARKET PRODUCTS
GRAND HALL B

MORTGAGE INVESTMENT CORPORATIONS
Moderated by:
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications

 

Chris McKenzie, Director, Axcess Capital Advisors
Wayne Robinson, President, W.A. Robinson and Associates

Steve Froese, Managing Partner, Alta Pacific Mortgage Investment Corp.

Simply put, a MIC is an investment where investors pool their money together and invest in a basket of private mortgages. This session will take a deeper dive into this unique investment opportunity and discuss how they work, what fees are involved, how they are taxed, the advantages and disadvantages. This is a must attend session to attend prior to investing.

 

1:05 - 1:50

LUNCH - HALL C/D
Sponsored by:
CIFPs

 

1:50 - 2:25

Concurrent Sessions

GRAND HALL E

OPERATIONAL RISK: WHAT'S WORKING AND WHERE INVESTORS STILL NEED HELP

 

Christopher J. Addy, President & CEO, Castle Hall Alternatives

  • The ongoing development of industry best practices

  • Are big funds "safer" than smaller managers?

  • Where operational risk remains unresolved: what managers and service providers should be doing

GRAND HALL B

FUTURE OIL PRICES AND MAKING MONEY NOW IN OIL AND RENEWABLES

Moderated by: Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications

 

Jess Larsen, President & Senior Managing Director, Apollo Energy Income Trust

 

2:30 - 3:30

Keynote Speaker: Neil Bearse, Manager, Web-based Marketing, Queen's School of Business

BEYOND FRIENDS AND FANS: GROW YOUR BUSINESS ON THE SOCIAL WEB - HALL C/D

Millions of Canadians engage in conversations online, using social media platforms to discuss and recommend products and services. This session will go beyond the basics, showing how to use the social web to build brand and achieve business objectives.

 

3:30

CLOSING REMARKS

Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications

 


*Please note that, while every effort will be made to present the program as advertised, speakers, topics and timing are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. *Radius Financial Education (“RFE”) is pleased to provide the Fund Manager and EMP Showcase segments of the Summit for industry gathering. RFE’s role is simply as a conference medium for hedge funds and alternative investments. RFE does not provide advice or investment recommendations and our facilitation of the product Showcase segments of the Summit should not be misconstrued as a recommendation from RFE regarding investing specifically in any of the funds showcased.


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