Speakers 2012

Dr. Philippa Malmgren
Dr. Philippa Malmgren is the President and Founder of Principalis Asset Management, based in London. Principalis engages in original research regarding risks to the market that are not easily quantified, namely politics, policy and geopolitics. Based on these insights, Principalis recommends specific investment strategies, trades and deals. Dr. Malmgren’s clients include many investment banks, fund managers and hedge funds as well as Sovereign Wealth Funds, pension funds, corporations and family offices.
She is a frequent guest on the BBC’s Today Program, Newsnight, a guest presenter on CNBC’s Squawk Box (UK and US) and is a speaker at many conferences across a wide range of industries. Dr. Malmgren has been a visiting lecturer at Tsinghua University in Beijing and an occasional lecturer for INSEAD and the Duke Fuqua Global Executive MBA Program.
She served as financial market advisor in the White House and on the National Economic Council from 2001-2002. Prior to that she founded Malmgren and Company, in London, England in 2000 and was previously the Deputy Head of Global Strategy at UBS and the Chief Currency Strategist for Bankers Trust. She headed the Global Investment Management business for Bankers Trust in Asia.
In 2000 The World Economic Forum named Dr. Malmgren a Global Leader for Tomorrow. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Chatham House, the Economic Club of New York and the Institute for International Strategic Security. She serves on the advisory board of Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation in the UK.
She has a B.A. from Mount Vernon College and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. She completed the Harvard Program on National Security and has a certificate from the 101st Airborne Division’s Air Assault School.
Lawrence McDonald
At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, Mr. Lawrence McDonald wrote a book on the fall of Lehman Brothers, A Colossal Failure of Common Sense:
The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers. In his book, Larry details his experience working as Vice President at Lehman Brothers and provides a behind-the-scenes look on why one of the most prominent investment banks failed. Published in 2009 by Random House, Colossal Failure hit the New York Times Best Seller’s list in its first five days on the bookshelves, and is now considered one of the bestselling business books in the world. Colossal Failure is now translated into 12 different languages.
As one of the leading risk managers and bond traders today, Larry is a frequent guest contributor on Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business and the Huffington Post.
Larry is a highly regarded political policy risk consultant to hedge funds, family offices, asset managers and high net worth investors. His 17 Lehman risk indicators help investors get in front of painful risk off trades in the global markets.
His skill set is unique in that Larry has both taken substantial risk from a trading perspective as well as being a stand out globally in European and Washington based policy risk analysis. In managing $1 billion proprietary trading book at Lehman Brothers, he was one of the firms more consistently profitable traders.
Notably is Larry’s involvement as special advisor to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), created by Congress in 2009 to investigate the causes, domestic and global, of the economic and financial crisis in the United States.
Additionally, Mr. McDonald has participated in three major financial crisis documentaries: Sony Pictures Academy Award winning documentary the Inside Job, BBC‘s The Love of Money and CBC‘s House of Cards.



SPEAKERS (by last name)
Dave Barber, Vice President, ETF Distribution, First Asset ETFs
Tim Baron, Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.
Lori Barton, Partner, Beaumont Advisors Ltd.
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Derek Brown, Assistant Portfolio Manager, Fiera Capital Corporation
John L. Builder III, Senior Vice-President of U.S. Operations, The Jaymor Group
Rod Burylo, National Marketing Director, Axcess Capital Advisors
Charbel Cheaib, Executive Director, Business Development, CIBC Mellon
Pat Chiefalo, Director, Derivatives & Structured Products Research, National Bank Financial Markets
Kevin Cohen, President and CEO, AUM Law Professional Corporation
Peter Coffey, Vice President, Sales & Trading, Instinet Canada
Skye Collyer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, AlphaNorth Asset Management
Jim Craven, Executive Vice President, Fiera Investor Solutions
Mark Damelin, President, Commonwealth Fund Services
Paul de Sousa, Executive Vice President at Bullion Management Group Inc.
Jason Donville, President & CEO, Donville Kent Asset Management
Daniel Dorenbush, Head of Business Development, Waratah Advisors
Peter Figura, Vice President, Business Development, Centurion REIT
Steve Froese, Partner & Director, Alta Pacific Mortgage Investment Corp.
Trevor S. Giles, V.P. Investments and Chief Compliance Officer, Inflection Management Inc.
David Gilkes, President & Founder, North Star Compliance & Regulatory Solutions Inc.
Peter Hayes, National Director, KPMG
Andrea Horan, Portfolio Manager, Agilith Capital Inc.
Kyle Jacober, Vice President, Sales, Raintree Financial Solutions
Vikash Jain, Vice President, Portfolio Management, ArcherETF Portfolio Management
Arie Kapulkin, Manager, Active Power Investments LLC
David Kaufman, President & CEO, Westcourt Capital Corporation
Ron Kosonic, Partner, Securities and Capital Markets, BLG
Ryan Lee, President, Becksley Capital
Robert Lemon, Vice President, Global Equities Derivative Group, National Bank Financial Markets
James Loewen, National Director, Asset Management Practice, KPMG
Frank Maeba, Managing Partner, Breton Hill Capital
Robert Mann, Head of Client and Business Development, East Coast Fund Management
Rebecca McCaughrin, Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund
Neal McComb, Vice President and Portfolio Manager, Alternative Strategies, Fiera Capital Corporation
Christopher McKenzie, Partner, Axcess Capital Advisors
Mike Newallo, Managing Director, Global Equity Derivatives, National Bank Financial
Ingrid Pierce, Partner, Walkers
Jeffrey Pike, Senior Vice President, Kensington Capital
Weston Pring, CIO, Ross Smith Asset Management Inc.
Yves Rebetez, Managing Director, Editor, ETFInsight
Lou Sala, Managing Partner/CEO, WTP Advisors
Steve Slessor, Managing Director, Client Executive, Butterfield Fulcrum
Keith Summers, Founder, Tricoastal Capital
Vidis Vaiciunas, Trading and Investment Operations Professional
Michael Yhip, President & CIO, Garrison Hill Capital Management
Dave Barber
Dave brings more than 18 years of experience in the financial services industry to his role of Vice President of ETF Distribution for First Asset ETFs. Dave is responsible for raising awareness of First Asset ETFs to retail and institutional clients. He has been with First Asset for 8 years, most recently as Vice President of Sales for eastern Canada. Prior to joining First Asset , Dave worked in a variety of sales related roles in the financial sector including investor relations and as a fixed income broker at an inter-dealer brokerage. Dave has a BSc from the University of Western Ontario and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Tim Baron
Tim Baron is a partner in the Capital Markets, Corporate/Commercial, Banking and Financial Services practices. He specializes in corporate finance, investment funds, derivatives and domestic and off-shore structured finance.
Tim is regular counsel to various investment fund advisors and managers and has assisted with the establishment of numerous alternative investment funds, including hedge funds, fund of funds, exchange-traded funds and other investment vehicles.
Tim regularly advises financial intermediaries and end-users with respect to over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives, including structured fund products, equity derivatives, credit derivatives and financial product development.
In addition to advising lenders and borrowers on syndicated and asset-based lending facilities, Tim has advised numerous construction companies as well as sponsors and lenders on the financing of public-private infrastructure projects.
Lori Barton
Lori Barton is a co-Founder of Beaumont Advisors Limited, a consulting firm which specializes in operational risk management and due diligence for the global hedge fund industry. Over the course of her career in the alternatives space, Lori has personally conducted over 400 operational reviews of hedge fund and private equity fund managers. Prior to founding Beaumont, Lori was a Managing Director at Castle Hall Alternatives, and Director, Fund Derivatives at Merrill Lynch International. Lori is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and received Certificates in Securities and Financial Derivatives, from the Securities and Investment Institute in the UK. More information on Beaumont can be found at www.beaumontadvisors.com.
Pat Bolland
Longtime business commentator Pat Bolland has been a business thought leader north and south of the border, from the investment frontline right up to business opinion media. Pat worked his way up in the investment industry from floor clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange to VP with a top tier firm before moving into broadcasting. Pat’s been business editor at four major networks, currently Sun New Network on ‘AM Agenda’ and has parlayed his TV hosting skills into media training and corporate PR as well as hosting, moderating and webcasting for events and conferences, not to mention a lot of lacrosse coaching. Despite all his business and sport acumen he’s best know as “the guy with the ‘stache”. Follow him at www.patbolland.com
Derek Brown
Derek has over 10 years of industry experience, his investment career began as a Proprietary Trader at Refco. Derek later held Proprietary and Associate Trader roles at Rosenthal Collins and TD Securities.
Derek joined Fiera Capital in 2010, where he is the Assistant Portfolio Manager and a member of the Tactical Fixed Income team. Derek is responsible for the trading and management of the following portfolios; the Tactical Fixed Income Fund, the Fiera Sceptre Bond Fund, the Altamira Long Bond Fund and the Tactical Bond Yield Hedge Fund.
Derek graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm), majoring in Finance and later received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McGill University.
He also received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2004.
John L. Builder III
Based in The Jaymor Group’s U.S. headquarters in Orlando, Florida, Mr. Builder has over 13 years of experience in the real estate industry. Although his expertise is in the multi-family sector, Mr. Builder has a strong background in all sectors of the real estate industry. Prior to joining Jaymor, Mr. Builder worked with GE Real Estate as a Senior Director and with Prudential Real Estate Investors as Director of Transactions. Mr. Builder has vast experience with originating new joint venture real estate investments, as well as realizing positive income investment opportunities in domestic multi-family properties.
Rod Burylo
For 25 years, Rod Burylo has worked throughout financial services industry for various organizations, including Royal Bank, Investors Group, and number of specialized investment and planning organizations. He has earned various designations, including CFP, and is the recipient of the prestigious Advisor of the Year Award. In more recent years, Rod has worked exclusively with alternative investment strategies and a focus on real estate related investments, helping to build leading companies within the sector.
Throughout his career, Rod has contributed enthusiastically to the public education and professional development as writer and teacher. He has authored three books and dozens of published articles, and has provided lectures and keynote presentations throughout North America.
Charbel Cheaib
Charbel Cheaib, Executive Director, Business Development is responsible for CIBC Mellon’s Alternative Investments clients as well as aligning the organization’s service offering with the needs of industry participants as they evolve with changes in regulation, accounting, market conditions and other various factors.
Charbel Cheaib is a Chartered Accountant and prior to joining CIBC Mellon, Charbel worked at KPMG as a Senior Manager in the Investment Funds audit practice. Clients included Canadian, U.S. and International hedge funds, reporting issuer mutual funds and asset managers, and their service providers.
Charbel is actively involved in a variety of regulatory and professional initiatives related to the asset management industry.
Pat Chiefalo
Pat has 11 years of experience in the investment dealer industry on both the sell-side and buy-side as a research analyst and in derivatives.
He began his career as a research associate at Scotia Capital and Merrill Lynch before becoming a senior analyst responsible for covering technology and industrial product companies. From 2007 to 2009 Pat led the effort to grow out Merrill Lynch’s equity derivatives business in Canada achieving exceptional performance.
He has a BASc (Engineering degree) from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA charter holder.
Peter Coffey
Peter Coffey is Vice President of Sales and Trading at Instinet Canada, with a focus on sales of best execution trading services to the Canadian buy-side community. Peter also has a dual responsibility as the Managing Director of the Instinet Canada Cross (ICX). ICX will operate a fully-dark ATS offering two liquidity pools – a daily VWAP Cross matching pool, and BLX Dark Pool, which is a block-trading pool that aggregates institutional flow at mid-point when volume thresholds are met. Prior to Instinet, Peter was with Scotia Capital’s electronic and algorithmic trading group, as well as head of sales at E*TRADE Capital Markets Canada, managing their institutional electronic trading business. Peter also held senior positions with VERSUS Brokerage Services and at Dow Jones Telerate in Toronto and Hong Kong.
Instinet is an electronic trading pioneer, having established the world’s first major electronic trading venue in 1969, one of the first recognized U.S. ECNs in 1997 and the first pan-European MTF in 2007. Instinet operates a global network of agency-only brokers that seek to help institutions lower overall trading costs and improve investment performance through the use of innovative electronic trading products, including smart-routing, algorithms, DMA, dark pools and EMS platforms, and also provide sales trading, commission management services and independent research. Instinet is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc. Peter is responsible to deliver, sell and support these market-leading trading services and analytical tools to the Canadian marketplace.
Kevin Cohen
Kevin founded AUM Law Professional Corporation in 2009. Kevin’s practice encompasses a broad range of securities and corporate law matters. He works extensively with companies and individuals that are registered with Canadian securities regulators, as well as with private equity and venture capital investment fund managers, private companies, publicly-listed entities and independent review committees. Kevin has served as a senior officer and general counsel to several investment fund managers and publicly-traded companies.
Skye Collyer
Skye Collyer plays a key role on the AlphaNorth leadership team as Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Skye is responsible for marketing and communication initiatives as well as investor and media relations in support of fund launches, ongoing sales and closings. She joined AlphaNorth in 2010, bringing a multidisciplinary investment and marketing perspective developed through her unique background in both the investment world and the current multi-media environment. After earning a BFA (Hon.) from Ryerson University in 2006, Skye worked as a television and media personality for several entertainment television and online networks and performed live and on-camera hosting for sports, marketing, PR and philanthropic events. Skye also completed her Canadian Securities Course (CSC), Conduct and Practices Handbook Course (CPH) and 90-day Investment Advisor Training Program while working in the retail investment world, where she held a position with a leading global independent investment dealer prior to joining AlphaNorth. In 2010, Skye was featured in Stock & Awe, a viewer-education situational series for investors which aired nationally on both BNN and CTV.
Jim Craven
Jim Craven leads the Fiera Investor Solutions team and his responsibilities include the development and direct distribution of Fiera products within the retail marketplace.
Mr. Craven has over 18 years of professional experience, including 14 years in the investment management industry.
Mr. Craven graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and the University of Toronto with a Bachelors of Law (LLB).
Mark Damelin
Mark Damelin is a Chartered Accountant and for the past 28 years has pursued a career in the Canadian financial services industry. He has served in senior positions in leading financial services firms including Connor Clark & Company, a discretionary investment management firm; Connor Clark Private Trust Company, a financial intermediary and wealth management firm; Royal Bank of Canada, the largest Canadian financial institution; and JC Clark Ltd., an alternative fund manager and investment dealer. Mark has extensive experience in all aspects of the investment industry in general and the alternative fund industry in particular, including fund structuring, accounting, taxation, administration, operations, systems and technology, and compliance.
Paul de Sousa
Paul de Sousa is the Executive Vice President at Bullion Management Group Inc. (BMG), a company that focuses on protecting investors' wealth through the purchase and allocated storage of uncompromised physical gold, silver and platinum bullion. Paul has 15 years of experience, and has specialized in precious metals for the past 10 years. Prior to arriving at BMG, Paul held positions as Regional Manager and Director of Investment Services with mutual fund and investment dealers.
At BMG, Paul is responsible for leading the Canadian, European and South American teams. He travels extensively in Europe and South America, developing uncompromised physical bullion investments with banks, brokerages and wealth management firms. He contends that we are in the midst of a monetary devaluation that began 41 years ago and is accelerating due to worldwide debt levels. Precious metals bullion, Paul believes, is an important tangible diversification tool that protects against systemic and monetary risks.
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 the Head of Business Development and Relationship Management at Waratah Advisors, a Toronto-based investment management firm focused on risk adjusted returns via North American equity long/short strategies. Daniel was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian subsidiary of a registered investment dealer specializing in providing financing, technology and capital raising services to hedge funds. Prior to this Daniel was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets where he served as Global Head of Prime Brokerage in Toronto and later relocated to New York as Global Head of Strategic Sales & Relationship Management for RBC’s Hedge Fund Services Division. Daniel has completed a MBA in Finance at McGill University, an Honours Degree in Economics at the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.
Peter Figura
Peter has over 15 years of Financial Services industry experience. His management focus is the development and implementation of comprehensive wholesaling programs with an emphasis on their alignment with company business goals. Working with executive management groups, Peter has helped in the design, implementation and approval of several financial products that were brought to the market.
Peter’s investment career include roles of financial advisor with major Canadian full service investment dealers, senior manager of investment department with one of the major Ontario Credit Unions, Director of Investment Marketing with one of the independent financial advisory organizations, and VP Business Development with an independent investment services organization.
Peter has an MBA from the University of Toronto, and completed many of the industry required professional courses.
Peter is a regular business commentator on the news channel CP24, and a contributor to The Analyst, a publication of the Toronto CFA Society.
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.
Steve works in the Edmonton office and can be contact via email at steve@altapacificmortgages.com - or by phone at 780-221-2582.
Trevor S. Giles
Trevor S. Giles CMA CFA joined Inflection Management, a Fund of Hedge Funds Portfolio Manager, in 2010 and is V.P. Investments and Chief Compliance Officer.
From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Giles was Executive Vice President of Investments of Westcap Mgt. Ltd, the investment manager for the Golden Opportunities Fund, a Saskatchewan Labour-sponsored venture capital fund with over $155 million under management. From 2002 to 2008, Mr. Giles was on the Board of Directors and a joint owner of Ralph McKay Industries Inc., North America’s leading producer of tillage tools, with factories in Canada and the United States. From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Giles was Vice-President of Bromar Enterprises Ltd., a privately held management company with operations in Canada and the United States. From 1992 to 1995, Mr. Giles was employed at CIBC Wood Gundy Securities Inc. in various capacities: From 1994 to 1995 Mr. Giles was an Associate Portfolio Manager, providing sophisticated investment advice to high net worth clients; Mr. Giles established CIBC Wood Gundy’s foreign currency bond trading department for Canada and served as Foreign Currency Bond Desk Manager, managing a $260 million bond book from September 1993 to July 1994; and from December 1992 to August 1993 he was a Fixed Income Specialist liaising between institutional bond traders and brokers in Toronto and Montreal. While at Wood Gundy Mr. Giles worked on various teams including high yield debt, currency and rate futures, and a $750 million bond optimization project for a large client. Prior to 1992, Mr. Giles served as Investment Executive with Burns Fry Limited and was Treasury Manager with a Saskatchewan Crown Corporation.
Mr. Giles is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He is a member of the Vancouver, Toronto, and Saskatchewan CFA Societies, the CFA Institute, and the Society of Management Accountants of British Columbia.
David Gilkes
David has over 25 years of experience in in research, investigation and regulation of firms in financial industries including 7 years at the Ontario Securities Commission. David is the President of North Star Compliance & Regulatory Solutions Inc. which 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 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 OSC and the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) registration and compliance related policy initiatives, including leading the OSC team developing and drafting National Instrument 31-103 – Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (Registration Reform). David was also Chair of the CSA Standing Committee on Registrant Regulation.
David started his career in research, investigation and regulation of firms and markets working with the Competition Bureau of the Federal Government. David has also worked in a consulting capacity to firms in the financial markets while at Deloitte and Touche, and at Sutton Boyce Gilkes Regulatory Consulting Group.
David earned his B.A. in Economics from McMaster University and his M.A. in Economics from Carleton University.
David is the Vice Chair of the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada.
Peter Hayes
Peter is the National Director of KPMG’s Canadian Alternative Investments practice. He has more than 12 years of professional experience serving Canadian, US and international private investment funds, reporting issuer mutual funds and asset managers, and their service providers. Peter re-joined KPMG after spending several years developing and managing alternative investment products with Citigroup Alternative Investments in New York. He was previously an audit manager in the Alternative Investments practice of KPMG in the Cayman Islands. Peter started his career with KPMG in Vancouver serving clients in a variety of industries. Peter is a member of the Legal & Finance Committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association (Canada Chapter) and the Treasurer of the Canadian Securities Lending Association.
Andrea Horan
Prior to helping found Agilith Capital, Andrea Horan was a founding partner at Genuity Capital Markets where, as a member of the Partners Committee and Director of Research, she built and managed a department of 15 analysts. She began as an equity analyst for Canadian investment dealers in 1994 providing coverage of companies in the media and communications sector and quickly received top honours with both Brendon Woods and Greenwich institutional investor surveys during her seven year tenure as media analyst at RBC Capital Markets. Ms. Horan went on to become a founding partner at Westwind Partners and headed the Research Department. She has been engaged to speak at a number of industry events, contributed to investment publications on the subject of media investments and provided expert advice to the CRTC and the Canadian Federal Government. She received her MBA from University of Toronto in 1994 and her CFA designation in 1996.
Kyle Jacober
Kyle began his investment career over twelve years ago specializing in mutual funds. Learning the investment ropes early, he developed a professional framework for success. In building his own exempt market investment business, Kyle never wavers from this framework which is founded on four principles:
1) building trusted and sincere relationships is a most precious privilege,
2) You have to have a genuine desire to help people to be successful
3) listening and understanding client needs is the only way to build relationships
4) investing time and energy in market research and analysis is a key differentiator.
As markets declined in previous years, Kyle successfully navigated the markets for his clients by upholding his framework for success, one of many accomplishments he takes pride in. If you are working with Kyle, you’ll find that he loves to laugh, is diligent, resourceful and determined. He also has a creative talent for problem solving.
Today, Kyle is Vice President Sales for Raintree Financial Solutions, a partner and client advisor. He is passionate about building the business and is charged about building wealth for his clients. Kyle is always looking for ways to continue to be a leader in his field and for his clients.
Kyle has a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Northwest Bible College. He also holds his Life Insurance License and Accident and Sickness License.
Kyle is married with two children and accredits his wife with the hardest job in the world: raising their children. He also has a passion for mountain biking in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.
What moves Kyle most is watching his children ride bikes, play soccer and grow up.
You can contact Kyle at (780) 709-5595
Vikash Jain
Vikash founded and still leads the archerETF division of Bellwether Investment Management Inc.
Vikash brings over 15 years of experience in investment management to archerETF, with the majority of his career devoted to portfolio management. Prior to founding archerETF in 2008, Vikash spent 6 years with Northwater Capital, an institutional manager, where he managed $5 billion in structured portfolios including a $1.5 billion fund of equity futures and swaps overlaid with hedge funds.
Vikash draws on his years of executive-level experience in the investment profession in Canada and in Asia. Vikash started his career as a business journalist with Dow Jones News writing about the Indian financial markets and the heavy industry sector, with a special focus on energy companies. After a transfer to Singapore, Vikash focussed exclusively on the energy sector, eventually shifting to a role in developing and marketing financial options on energy products to oil companies.
Vikash is a graduate of the University of Toronto (Hons. BA 1991) and completed his Masters in Finance at the National University of Singapore (2001). He is a CFA charter holder (2002), a designation awarded by the CFA Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. The CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that promotes the highest ethical standards and on-going education for investment managers. Vikash is registered as a Portfolio Manager with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Vikash resides in Etobicoke with his wife, Sonali and two sons.
Arie Kapulkin
Arie Kapulkin is a Manager at Active Power Investments LLC with a focus on trading as well as fundamental, technical and market analysis. Arie is also responsible for the development and maintenance of the company's infrastructure, and is involved in investor relations, strategic partnerships, and recruitment.
Prior to his position at Active Power Investments LLC, Arie was the Chief Technology Officer of PriceSCAN.com, a leading Internet shopping search engine.
Arie holds a B.Sc. from MIT and a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Theoretical High Energy Physics.
David Kaufman
David, a non-practising lawyer, brings more than 18 years of experience in the legal, real estate and investment industries to his role as President and CEO of Westcourt Capital Corporation.
David founded Westcourt Capital in 2009 as a registered Exempt Market Dealer, sourcing and conducting due diligence on conservative alternative investment managers and funds. Originally focused on real estate related income-oriented investment strategies, Westcourt added the registration of Portfolio Manager in 2012, and now provides unbiased portfolio construction advisory services to its high net worth and institutional clients.
With assets under advisement exceeding $1 billion, the firm’s defining characteristic is its alternative approach to portfolio analysis and construction, with a single-minded focus on contemporary and tactical risk measurement and management in an ever-changing economic environment.
David remains a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) charter holder. David writes a bi-weekly column, "Alternative Investor", for the Financial Post, in which he covers a wide range of alternative investment classes and strategies. He is also a regular contributor and co-host on CBC's Lang & O'Leary Exchange. From 2010-11, David hosted 46 episodes of BNN’s “Alternative Investing”, in which virtually every aspect of the non-traditional investment universe was addressed, featuring in-depth interviews with many of Canada's leading experts in the alternative space. drk@westcourtcapital.com
Ron Kosonic
Ron Kosonic is a Partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG), 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, private equity funds, investment management companies, securities regulation and regulatory compliance. He assists portfolio managers on registration matters and in the creation of domestic and offshore investment fund products and on ongoing legal compliance matters and regulatory audits. 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). He is a contributing author to the Globe Law and Business publication ‘Hedge Funds’ and 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 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Private Funds Law and Mutual Funds Law).
Ryan Lee
Mr. Lee received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance from the University of Calgary and immediately thereafter immersed himself in the Financial & Real Estate Investment industry. Having held senior positions with both Walton International and The Jaymor Group, Ryan's background is steeped in the Exempt Securities Market and Alternative Investments. In 2012, Ryan was appointed President of Exempt Market Dealer Becksley Capital Inc., which was established in 1994. Ryan expects to lead Becksley Capital in its growth as a full service, nationally registered Exempt Market Dealer, with a focus on helping Financial Advisors and Insurance Brokers grow their business by including the Exempt Market. His aim is to make Becksley the first choice for Financial Advisors and Dealing Representatives, and also for product developers and issuers that see value in our skill, expertise and experience as Lead Agent in bringing quality products to market.
Rob Lemon
Robert Lemon is a Managing Director in the Global Equities Derivative Group at National Bank of Canada Financial Markets (NBF). Robert co-heads their Prime Services offering; a fully integrated platform for portfolio managers including traditional custody, prime brokerage, securities lending, electronic trading, option trading, and structured products. Prior to joining NBF, 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.
James Loewen
James is a Partner in the Financial Services Audit practice at KPMG in Toronto and is the National Director of the Asset Management Practice. His clients include a number of asset managers, service providers and mutual and alternative funds, including private equity and hedge funds. As Chair of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s Accounting Advisory Committee and member of a Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants study group, he examines financial reporting by Canadian investment funds, including the implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards.
Frank Maeba
Frank is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Breton Hill Capital. He has over 17 years of macro trading experience and is responsible for executing portfolio strategies, managing risks through optimal structuring of positions and identifying investment opportunities. Previously, Frank worked at Diversified Global Asset Management where he was Head Trader for a multi-strategy fund, trading cash instruments and derivatives across equities, rates, FX, commodities and credit. Prior to DGAM, Frank was a Director with RBC Capital Markets where he traded FX and commodity option portfolios, and managed the London derivatives desk. He earned a B.Sc. (Hons) from University of Western Ontario. Frank is a CFA Charterholder.
Robert Mann
Rob leads client and business development at East Coast Fund Management. Prior to joining East Coast, Rob held senior investment, strategic and client development roles for alternative asset managers in the United States, Switzerland and East Africa.
Rebecca McCaughrin
Rebecca McCaughrin currently works as a senior economist with the International Monetary Fund in the global markets division, which is tasked with surveillance of financial markets and formulating financial sector policy. Previously, Rebecca was an analyst on the domestic capital markets staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she monitored developments in mortgage, interest rate swaps, and agency markets and implemented outright operations for the Federal Reserve’s long-term portfolio. She also worked for five years as an economist with Morgan Stanley's global economics team in London and New York, where she was responsible for tracking cross-border capital and trade flows in key industrialized and emerging markets. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, she worked for two years as a research analyst covering Russia and East European markets at an applied think-tank in Washington, DC. She holds BA and MA degrees from Harvard University.
Neal McComb
Mr. McComb is the portfolio manager of the Fiera Diversified Futures Fund based in Montreal, Quebec. He has worked in the futures industry for the past 16 years starting as a floor broker and sales person for Goldman Sachs in Montreal, Chicago and New York. An opportunity with a New Jersey-based CTA lead to his development as a systematic futures trader. Neal has managed client capital using his CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor) strategy since 2005. Prior to Fiera, he had worked at a leading Canadian financial institution where he successfully created and managed a systematic futures fund which managed in excess of $175 million on behalf of a number of Canadian institutional clients. Neal is a graduate of McGill University where he earned his Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) in 1996. He obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2006.
Christopher McKenzie
Mr. McKenzie is a member of 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 paDaniel Dorenbush the Axcess Capital Group of Companies in response to new securities legislation. Christopher is a licensed exempt market registrant in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and a member of the Exempt Market Dealer’s Association as part of the Axcess Group. Christopher currently is also a Director of Infuse Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation.
He has also served as a Director and Officer of various mortgage investment corporations or MICs, and has created “White Label” MICs for other exempt market dealers.
Christopher is a licensed mortgage associate and formerly a commercial real estate associate in Alberta and is currently a CFA candidate.
He was a Real Estate Panel participant at both WAISC 2011 and WAISC West 2012.
Mike 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.
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.
Jeffrey Pike
Jeffrey Pike is a Kensington Senior Vice-President, responsible for leading the sales, marketing and distribution development efforts.
Jeffrey has been involved in the financial services industry for over 25 years, with extensive senior experience in the Mutual Fund and Brokerage sectors. He has led numerous product and business development initiatives covering mutual funds, wrap programs, retirement solutions and private label investment programs.
Prior to joining Kensington, Jeffrey ran his own Asset Management consulting practice providing Financial Services clients with differentiated ideas in developing distribution for their offerings. Jeffrey was previously Managing Director of SEI Investments Canada for over 11 years, where he led their very successful launch to the Advisor community in Canada. Jeffrey holds a B.A. (English) from York University.
Weston Pring
Weston Pring has served as the President and Chief Investment Officer of Ross Smith Asset Management since its inception in 2007 and has managed the company through the launch of Ross Smith Capital Investment Fund in 2008 and Ross Smith Opportunities Fund in 2012. Weston has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation by the CFA Institute and the Derivatives Market Specialist and Canadian Investment Manager designations by the Canadian Securities Institute. Weston previously worked with BMO Capital Markets helping energy producer and consumer clients design and execute their foreign exchange and commodity hedging portfolios. In 2005, Weston co-founded Energylogix Financial Products Ltd., where he was one of two founding principals focused on creating energy-related investment products for retail and institutional investors. Weston is a graduating member of the Calgary Portfolio Management Trust from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
Yves Rebetez
Recognizing the need for an all-encompassing resource dedicated to Canadian Exchange Traded Funds, Yves recently launched www.etfinsight.ca.
From 2004 until early 2011, Yves was Vice President, ETFs/Structured Products with Canada's largest Bank-owned Broker/Dealer, RBC Dominion Securities. Prior to that ( 1996-2004) Yves served as Portfolio Advisor (Canadian Equities) in DS’s Portfolio Advisory Group. His earlier work experience focused on 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 earlier with UBS in Switzerland. Yves is a CFA charterholder.
Lou Sala
Lou Sala has nearly 30 years of financial services experience and established Sala Associates in 2007. Sala Associates was the product of his expertise in launching hedge funds; acting as the COO and CFO for newly formed funds; and his deep understanding of finance, operations, and technology. The firm was acquired by WTP Advisors in 2011 and was subsequently spun-out of WTP to form Avalon Lake Partners in September 2012. Prior to Sala Associates, Lou managed Paloma Partners Management Company’s hedge fund incubation platform where he was responsible for manager selection, fund launch, and overall operational infrastructure. He also led several strategic initiatives, including the sale of its back and middle offices to JP Morgan to form JP Morgan Hedge Fund Services. Prior to Paloma, Lou held several senior level financial, operational and technical roles at Goldman Sachs, including work on the firm’s IPO, Y2K, and EMU initiatives and the relocation of Investment Management Operations to Salt Lake City. In addition, Lou held senior management roles at Salomon Brothers, Bank Julius Baer, and Credit Commercial de France after beginning his career at Arthur Anderson & Co. Lou earned his MBA from Fordham University and his B.S. in Accounting from St. John’s University.
Steve Slessor
Mr. Slessor, CA is the Managing Director, Client Executive for Butterfield Fulcrum. Before joining Fulcrum in 2005 Mr. Slessor was Treasurer and Portfolio Manager at Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies in Bermuda, a finance and asset management arm of Royal Dutch Shell. Prior to this position he held the positions in the alternative fund departments at American International Group and KPMG both located in Bermuda. Mr. Slessor has fifteen years of experience in the Alternative Asset Management Industry.
Mr. Slessor is a Chartered Accountant in good standing with the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Keith Summers
Keith has been a portfolio manager for over 20 years. He founded Tricoastal Capital in 2004 as a family investment partnership.
Before Tricoastal, Keith spent a number of years working as a portfolio manager for a number of other firms. His prior portfolio management mandates have included:

• Managing an $800M multi-family office.
• Managing an $8B high net worth investment platform.
• Managing a $1.4B global balanced fund.
• Managing a $300M bond fund.

He is appeared hundreds of times on television as a market commentator and has spoken at several hedge fund conferences. He graduated with a B.A in Political Science from McMaster University in 1987 and completed an MBA from McMaster University in 1997. He was awarded the CFA Charter in 2000.

Vidis Vaiciunas
Vidis has enjoyed more than 35 years of applying quantitative techniques to the investment and trading processes, on both sides of the ‘Street’. He has significant experience in trading (cash and derivatives), quantitative investment management, risk management, trading systems, direct access and algorithmic trading, managing trading costs, compliance, investment operations, and programming.
His expertise is recognized through regular invitations to speak at industry events on topics covering trading, market structure and technology.
Vidis earned his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Toronto, where he specialized in math, physics, and computer science.


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.