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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.

Axcess Capital Advisors is part of the Axcess Capital Group of Companies headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, as is a registered Investment Fund Manager, Restricted Portfolio Manager, and Exempt Market Dealer specializing in investments in real estate debt.
The Axcess Capital Group was founded in 2002 to provide investment products by way of secured mortgage funds and syndications that are independently underwritten by our experienced team of real estate lenders on Western Canadian real estate. We are committed to product excellence, investment security, and professional service.
Axcess Capital Advisors was formed in 2010 to provide investment fund management services to the existing Axcess Capital Group investment funds, and have since expanded to offer these services to others in the mortgage investment field. We currently have six mortgage investment funds under administration. These mortgage investment products are offered across Canada as exempt products under NI 31-103 through a network of investment and portfolio advisors.
Further information about the Axcess Capital Group of Companies can be found on our web site at www.axcesscapital.com.

CAIA association designation




The CAIA Association®

Founded in 2002 by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the Center for International Securities and Derivatives Markets (CISDM), the CAIA Association provides the AI industry with the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation, the global mark of distinction in alternative investments.

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.

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

The Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada (EMDA) is a not-for-profit industry association that brings together exempt market dealers, exempt market product issuers, and professional advisers to the exempt market. The EMDA’s primary focus is to be a national industry voice for exempt market dealers to securities regulators, government, and the capital markets. The EMDA provides many valuable services and benefits to its members, including: exclusive customized insurance programs for EMDs, regulatory and compliance guidance, opportunities for professional development and continuing education, and access to a network of EMDs and exempt market professionals from coast to coast. For more information please visit our website: www.emdacanada.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

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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
• Asset Management & Alternative Investments
• 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.

Quadrexx, a Canadian investment management firm with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Saskatoon, was established in 2003 to create, manage and distribute investment products. The firm has four divisions: Wealth Management Services, Private Equity, Fund Management Services and Estate Planning and Insurance Advisory Services.
Quadrexx offers a high degree of experience and training within its 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. Quadrexx is strongly committed to professionalism, creativity, and integrity.
Quadrexx has grown to be a niche player in the alternative investment space by offering retail investors the opportunity to invest in asset classes and strategies that are not easily accessible to Canadian retail investors.

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).