Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Pat is Senior Counsel at Veritas Communications advising on media training, crisis management and public and investor relations. Pat recently left his hosting duties at BNN; the leading source of business television programming in Canada. Pat is a Queen’s University graduate with a BPHE/BA(Mathematics). Pat worked his way up in the investment industry from floor clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange to Vice President of Equity Trading with a firm in the top tier of the industry in Canada. Pat then moved into broadcasting and became a leading business figure in Canada on TV and radio and included a stint at CNBC in the USA before returning to his roots in Canada.
| Jason Brooks, President & Founder, Invico Capital Corporation
Jason Brooks is the President and Founder of Invico Capital Corporation (2005 - current) and is a Portfolio Manager to the funds currently under management. Jason is responsible for the assessment of investment opportunities on behalf of the funds managed by Invico and approves the commitment of investment funds. Having previously served as Vice President with Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc. (2000- 2005), Jason brings over 19 years of experience focused on private financings and lending to the numerous sectors including oil and gas, power and utilities and real estate both in Canada as well as internationally. In addition, he has advised on greater than $3 billion of private and public merger and acquisition, divestiture and financing transactions. Jason is a registered Portfolio Manager with the Alberta Securities Commission, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and is a graduate of the Haskayne School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce (Beta Gamma Sigma). Jason is also a member of the Board of Directors of Central European Petroleum Ltd., a Canadian based private oil and gas company focused on pursuing exploration opportunities in Germany.
Craig Burrows, President & Co-Founder, TriView Capital Ltd
Craig has spent the last 5 years working with SMEs to achieve success through financing and executing business plans. His passion to support Alberta businesses and to educate retail investors on how to invest in private equity lead to Mr. Burrows co-founding TriView Capital Ltd, an exempt market dealer based in Calgary. As President & UDP of TriView Capital, he has taken a lead role in business development of the firm by expanding into new jurisdictions, recruiting skilled business professionals, and growing relationships with Issuers and other financial institutions. Mr. Burrows is most well-known for his service as a two term Alderman for the City of Calgary from 2001-2007. During his tenure with the City of Calgary, Mr. Burrows was a Police Commissioner and Chair of the City Audit Committee that supervised the City’s multi-billion dollar budget. His experience on City Council allowed him an inside view of how municipal politics work and the strategies to succeed in real estate development. For his service to his community, Mr. Burrows was awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal for Outstanding Service to the Province and People of Alberta (2005)and was a former Calgary Top 40 Under 40 (2004). Craig continues to volunteer his time as a Board of Director for the Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA).
| James Dungate, Vice President, Fiera Capital Corporation
James Dungate is responsible for the development of Fiera Capital’s business with financial advisors in Western Canada.
Mr. Dungate has more than 15 years of diversified experience in the investment management industry.
Mr. Dungate graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations.
| Peter Figura, Director of National Sales, Centurion REIT
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.
| Martin Gunderson, Executive Vice President, Investment Capital, Productivity Media
Martin (Marty) E. Gunderson is Executive Vice President in charge of investment capital. He oversees the acquisition of capital for funding media productions. Mr. Gunderson manages various relationships with distribution channels such as the exempt market, while ensuring the offerings available are compliant, marketable and aligned with investor’s interest.
| Peter Hayes, National Director, Alternative Investments Practice, KPMG
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.
| Harwinder Kang, President & CFO, Prime Funds Group
Mr. Kang is a partner, Director and officer of Prime Funds Real Estate Group. Mr. Kang has been part of the group since its early infancy and played a key role in establishing its investment business. Mr. Kang is responsible to manage Prime’s product underwriters and investment distribution relationships. Mr. Kang has gained extensive knowledge and education in the investment and real estate sector over the last decade. Prior to joining Prime Funds Group Mr. Kang spent over 10 years in senior management in the Alberta’s Oil & Gas Sector. Mr. Kang is a Mechanical Engineer by education and has worked in a senior project management capacities with companies like SNC Lavalin, Suncor, Petro Canada, Huskey and CNRL.
Prime Funds Group is a Calgary based Commercial Real Estate Development and Investment firm with focus on retail and office construction projects throughout Western Canada. Prime Fund’s Private REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) offerings currently owns, is constructing and manages a portfolio of over 1 Million Sq/Ft of commercial real estate with national tenants like Alberta Health Services, CIBC & Federal Government of Canada.
| Ron Kosonic, Partner, Securities and Capital Markets, BLG
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).
| Randy Kraft, Partner, KPMG
Randy Kraft is an Audit Partner in the Calgary Enterprise practice focusing on Financial Institutions. He has been with the firm since 1986 and has been in public practice since 1983. Randy performs a broad range of professional advisory services such as audits, securities filings, business combinations, equity issues, initial public offerings, reverse takeover transactions, business planning, due diligence and process reviews. He is highly experienced with investment and mutual fund managers, dealers, and private and public investment funds.
| Marcus Kurschat, President, Clear Sky Capital Inc.
Marcus Kurschat is the President of Clear Sky Capital Inc. He is a seasoned real estate executive with strong competencies in business development, complex deal-making, negotiation, valuation, and leadership. Mr. Kurschat has over 15 years of experience in buying, redeveloping, managing and selling multi-family real estate in various markets in Canada and in the U.S.
| Pierre Laroche, Ph. D, Managing Director, R&D, Derivatives, National Bank of Canada
As Managing Director- R & D, Derivatives at the National Bank of Canada(NBC), Mr. Laroche oversees derivatives development of quantitative hedging and investment strategies, as well as providing support for business development. He had similar mandates at Innocap Investment Management Inc. (co-owned by the NBC and BNC Paribas). Before joining Innocap, he was a Managing Director- Financial Engineering at Desjardins Global Asset Management where he was in charge of R&D on alternative investments, structured products and institutional portfolio construction. Prior to Desjardins, he was an Associate professor at HEC Montreal (University of Montreal’s Business School), and spent his last three years there as Chair of the Finance Department. During his academic career, he authored or co-authored numerous working papers, articles and books mainly on alternative investments and financial derivatives. He also implemented the first full-featured trading room in a Canadian university.
| Gordon Martin, Founder and Managing Partner, Celernus Investment Partners
Gord brings eighteen years of investment industry experience to his role as founder and Managing Partner of Celernus. Prior to founding Celernus Investment Partners, Gord spent over ten years with DundeeWealth in roles that included, Branch Manager, Regional Manager, Investment Advisor, Portfolio Manager and ultimately Chief Operating Officer of the Retail Division. He holds an Honours B.A in economics from the University of Waterloo and a MBA from The Simon School at the University of Rochester in the State of New York.
| Neal McComb, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Alternative Strategies, Fiera Capital
Neal McComb is responsible for managing the Diversified Futures Fund, commonly called a CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor) strategy.
Mr. McComb has 16 years of industry experience and joined the firm in 2012. Prior experiences include Proprietary Futures Trader and Portfolio Manager positions at leading Canadian financial institutions.
Mr. McComb graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm), majoring in Finance. He later obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
| James McGovern, Managing Director & CEO, Arrow Capital Management Inc.
Mr. McGovern founded Arrow Capital Management Inc. in 1999 after working for over thirteen years at BPI Financial Corporation (Canada) ("BPI"), the company of which he co-founded, and where he ultimately held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer. BPI, a publicly traded company, managed or administered over $6 billion dollars on behalf of Canadian and U.S. investors. Mr. McGovern was the founding Chairman (currently, Past Chairman) of the Canada National Group of the Alternative Investment Management Association ("AIMA Canada"). He is actively involved in the international hedge fund community and has spoken at conferences in Canada and globally.
Mr. McGovern graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree in 1985. He is active in charitable organizations, including Hedge Funds Care Canada and University Health Network. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Fraser Institute, an independent Canadian economic and social research and educational organization.
| Martin Pelletier, Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, TriVest Wealth Counsel Ltd.
As a Portfolio Manager at TriVest Wealth Counsel Ltd., an Alberta-based investment firm, Martin works in a team that provides risk-managed investment solutions to high net worth private clients, institutions, corporations, trusts and endowments/foundations. This includes custom-built, discretionary portfolios that are globally diversified and actively use derivatives to manage risk. In addition, Martin is the lead manager of the TWC Risk-Managed Canadian Energy fund.
Prior to co-founding TriVest, Martin's investment and finance career was focused primarily in energy research where he provided investment recommendations to institutional fund managers located in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Martin is regularly featured in the media and is a weekly contributor to the Financial Post's Investment Pro section. He is also a member of Oilweek Magazine's class of 2012 Rising Stars. Martin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in finance from the University of Alberta and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
| Tim Pickering, President, Lead Portfolio Manager, CIO, Auspice Capital Advisors
Tim Pickering is Founder, President and CIO of Auspice. Tim leads strategic decision making and the vision for Auspice’s diverse suite of active and passive systematic trend following (CTA) and commodity strategies. Prior to forming Auspice, Tim was VP of Options Trading at Shell Trading for North America. Tim began his career at TD Securities in Toronto in their elite trading development program gaining experience in risk management and proprietary trading. Ultimately, Tim held the Senior Trader position for TD’s energy derivatives portfolio. Outside of Auspice, Tim has been involved in grain farming in Western Canada. Through the founding of Auspice, Tim ties together a career in commodity and financial risk management and trading that has spanned institutional success along with entrepreneurial vision.
With partner Ken Corner, Tim Pickering has built Auspice Capital Advisors as a next generation CTA, offering strategies in active managed futures (Diversified and Energy), passive ETFs, enhanced indices and custom commodity strategies. Auspice was selected as one of Alberta’s 50 fastest growing companies by Alberta Venture Magazine and KPMG for both 2010 and 2011. Auspice is also the winner of the 2011 Silver medal from Morningstar in the category of Best Opportunistic Hedge Fund in Canada. The Auspice Broad Commodity Index is ranked as one of the top performing global commodity indices by an independent third party. After creating the first physical natural gas ETF in 2008, in 2010 Auspice launched the third generation Auspice eBeta™ indices: the Auspice Broad Commodity and Managed Futures Indices are NYSE published. Both indices have been licensed by Direxion Funds and launched in February 2012 as mutual funds in the U.S and by Horizons ETFs in Canada ( HMF and HBR on the TSX). Additionally, Auspice has launched a systematic energy program that is designed to profit from the volatility and trends in the global energy markets while offering diversification from diversified CTA and traditional investments.
| Weston Pring, President and Chief Investment Officer, Ross Smith Asset Management
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 and growth of the Ross Smith Capital Investment Fund and Ross Smith Opportunities Fund. Weston’s prior experience includes co-founding Energylogix Financial Products Ltd., a firm with the focus of creating energy-related investment products for retail and institutional investors and working on the BMO Capital Markets trading desk where he helped energy producer and consumer clients design and execute their foreign exchange and energy hedging portfolios. Weston has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation by the CFA Institute, the Derivatives Market Specialist and Canadian Investment Manager designations by the Canadian Securities Institute and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.
| Mark Purdy, Managing Director & CIO, Arrow Capital Management Inc.
Mr. Purdy serves as Chair of the Investment Committee at Arrow Capital Management Inc. and has over 15 years experience in the investment industry.
Mr. Purdy shares responsibility for the hedge fund manager selection and asset allocation process and has served on the Investment Committee at Arrow Capital Management since inception. Mr. Purdy held senior roles at BPI Financial Corporation and IBM Canada Ltd.
Mr. Purdy graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics degree. He holds the CFA designation. Mr. Purdy is also actively involved in the Varsity Blues alumni fundraising projects at the University of Toronto and is on the Board of the Ireland Park Foundation.
| Bill Rice Q.C., Chair & Chief Executive Officer, Alberta Securities Commission
Bill Rice was appointed Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Securities Commission in July 2005. At the time of his appointment, he had over 25 years of experience as a securities lawyer and had most recently concluded a 32-year career with the Bennett Jones LLP law firm with a 5 year term as its national managing partner. In the course of his practice, Mr. Rice represented a wide variety of enterprises, including major Alberta corporations, junior to mid-sized oil and gas exploration and service companies, international energy corporations and almost all institutional members of Alberta’s investment banking community.
Mr. Rice has had board and chair responsibilities with several public and private companies over the course of some 15 years and has lectured on the subjects of securities regulation, corporate law, public financing, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and law firm management. He was appointed Chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators, the umbrella organization of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators, in January 2011 and re-appointed for a second two-year term commencing April 1, 2013.
Mr. Rice graduated from Bishop’s University with a BA in 1968 and from Osgoode Hall Law School with an LLB in 1972.
| Bobby Richardson, Managing Partner & Head of Research, Raven Rock Capital
Mr. Richardson co-founded North Carolina based Raven Rock Capital, in 2009 and currently is a Managing Partner and Head of Research, and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding Raven Rock, Mr. Richardson was the Director of Research and Portfolio Manager of the Classic products for the Argent Funds Group. As a Managing Director, he was responsible for managing the operations, accounting and information technology departments of the firm and for fundamental credit and equity analysis for the funds. Prior to joining Argent in 1998, Mr. Richardson was a Director of the Convertible Securities Portfolio Team at Northwestern Investment Management Company, where he was responsible for investment analysis, trading and management of a $1 billion portfolio. He joined Northwestern Mutual in 1991, and worked as an investment analyst on the Public High Yield Bond and Private Placement portfolios in addition to his work with convertibles. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Richardson worked for Travelers.
| William Santor, President & CEO, Productivity Media
William is president and CEO of Productivity Media. William started in the financial services industry over 15 years ago and was the recipient of many top sales awards. In 2006, he founded Prosapia Wealth Management, a Single Family Office, where his client list included a $300 million portfolio for one of Canada?s wealthiest families.
It was though his work at Prosapia that he became aware of the opportunities for participating in low risk, high yield investments in film and television. William has vast experience in the money management and film financing industries and is quickly becoming recognized as a visionary in these fields. He launched Productivity Media Inc. in 2012 and although in its early infancy, the firm was recently nominated for the 2012 Exempt Market Deal of the year.
| Tim Simard, Head & Managing Director, Commodity Derivatives, National Bank
Mr. Simard joined National Bank of Canada in November 2005 as a Managing Director, and now heads NBC Commodities, the Bank’s energy and metals risk management client coverage and strategic trading business unit. NBC Commodities is a leading provider of risk management instruments to members of the North American energy sector including producers, midstream companies, industrial consumers, utilities and investors. In addition, NBC Commodities plays a key role in the management of the commodity exposures underlying the suite of Horizons ETF commodity exchange-traded funds.
Mr. Simard has been involved in the energy risk management business in Canada for 26 years through prior positions with Burns Fry and Bankers Trust, and as a founding principal of RiskAdvisory, a boutique risk management consulting firm that worked with over 200 energy clients across North America.
Mr. Simard has appeared as an expert witness on corporate risk management practices at regulatory hearings in Idaho, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. He has contributed several articles pertaining to risk management practices to industry publications, crafts National Bank’s broadly-distributed energy morning commentary and is a frequent speaker at energy risk management conferences. Mr. Simard received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.
| Craig Skauge, President & Founder, NEMA
Craig Skauge is the President and founder of NEMA. Craig is currently a Director with Olympia Financial Group Inc. (TSX-V:OLY). Mr. Skauge is the President of Exempt Experts Inc. and Target Capital Inc. (TSX-V:TCI). Mr. Skauge is recognized as a leader and national subject expert on the Canadian Exempt Market. He has been asked to speak nationally, or be an advisor to: the OSC, the CSA, the Canadian Bar association, and the CFA. Mr. Skauge has been featured in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and the Investment Executive. Mr. Skauge is the publisher of the Exempt Edge, a national industry trade publication.
| Matthew Skerry, Vice President, Marketing & Training, A2A Capital Management
Matthew joined the A2A team as their first Canadian head of Marketing and Training just prior to their launch in early 2013.
Having worked with other international real estate investment firms over the last eight years, Matthew gained extensive exposure to all aspects of structuring, marketing and servicing exclusive real estate investments to a wide and diverse client base.
Matthew returned to Canada in 2012 after 5 years in Southeast Asia, living and operating in several countries where he lead a team of over 150 representatives offering structured real estate products to a growing client base.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Marketing from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada.
| A. Dax Srivastava, President & CEO, Maverick Energy
Mr. Srivastava was educated at the University of Calgary where he earned a Business Degree with dual majors in Finance and Marketing. He possesses in excess of 25 years of oil and gas experience both domestically and internationally. Mr. Srivastava started his career in the oil and gas business in 1990 when he co-founded Bayridge Resources Ltd. and acted as its Vice President. Bayridge was sold to a public oil and gas trust for approximately $27 million in 1997. Mr. Srivastava then consulted internationally with several senior Canadian oil and gas producers and service companies including Ranger Oil Ltd., Canadian Fracmaster Ltd., Chauvco Resources Ltd., Bonus Oil Well Services Ltd. and Solid State Geophysical Ltd. In 2002, he co-founded Big Sky Exploration (Alberta) Ltd. as its President. Big Sky was sold to a private buyer in 2003 at a significant profit. In 2006, Mr. Srivastava co-founded Petrowest Services Ltd. acting as its Chairman and President and participated in its successful Initial Public Offering for $300 million. In 2012, Petrowest had revenues of $200 million. Between 2006 and 2011, he consulted independently in the oil and gas and mining sectors to private and public firms. Over his career, Mr. Srivastava has successfully participated in financings exceeding $500 million. He is a past director of the Janice McTighe Centre and Calgary Special Olympics, and has been a Calgarian for the past 43 years. Mr. Srivastava is married with four children.
| Nadine Wellwood, President and CEO, WealthTerra Capital Management
Nadine Wellwood is the President and CEO of WealthTerra Capital Management, a boutique Exempt Market Dealer registered in Western Canada. Nadine has been actively involved in advocating private capital markets (more recently called the “exempt market”) for 10+ years as an investor and advisor and now sits as an active member of the Board of Directors for the National Exempt Market Association (NEMA). Nadine is dedicated to the growth and development of the industry to ensure that it reflects the true needs of investors but also gives great consideration to the dealing representatives and issuers who earn their livelihood from this sector. An entrepreneur by nature, Nadine has owned and managed many small and medium sized businesses in the last 20+ years. In 2000, Nadine started a boutique aerospace and defence company that specialized in modeling, simulation and human factors engineering that contracted to many of the large aerospace and defence firms in addition to the Government of Canada and Canadian Military. Nadine continues to offer financial services to clients and continues to expand her knowledge of the financial industry, as she believes better education is the key to a strong and productive Exempt Market.
| Paul Wheaton, Vice President, Business Development & Investments, Kootenay Capital Management Corp.
Mr. Wheaton is Vice President, Business Development and Investments for Kootenay Capital Management Corp. Prior to joining Kootenay, Mr. Wheaton was a member of the client service team for ten years at Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., a high net worth focused discretionary wealth management company, most recently in the role of Vice President, Risk Management and Client Service. In that role, he served on their asset mix committee and was engaged in all aspects of business development and client service for Western Canada.
Mr. Wheaton is a CFA Charterholder and is a licensed Portfolio Manager. He holds a Honours Bachelor of Business Administration, with Distinction, from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a minor in History. Mr. Wheaton is a member of the board of directors of Theatre Junction, a contemporary live performing arts organization based in Calgary.
| Kevin Wheeler, Vice President Finance, Clear Sky Capital Inc.
Kevin Wheeler is the VP Finance for Clear Sky Capital Inc. Mr. Wheeler has extensive investment, financial planning and insurance expertise. He has developed a wide array of financial experience while working with some of the leading financial institutions in Canada. Mr. Wheeler has earned several industry designations including the CFP and CIM. He has had the privilege to work with countless financial advisors throughout Western Canada.
| Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing
Mark Yamada is President and CEO of PUR Investing Inc. (PUR). PUR combines software development with portfolio management delivering innovative solutions to defined contribution pension plans and disruptive strategies to investment advisors and their clients. PUR provides independent exchange-traded fund (ETF) analysis, risk-based portfolio construction and web-based tools including a multi-factor ETF screener and volatility drag calculator for use with leveraged ETFs. Mark lectures and writes about risk, volatility and portfolio construction in the U.S. and Canada and is a frequent speaker about the use of ETFs. He and his partners at PUR are dedicated to providing better investment solutions to individual investors.
| Jordan Zinberg, Managing Director & Portfolio Manager, Donville Kent Asset Management
Jordan Zinberg is a Partner and Vice President at Donville Kent Asset Management and has been with the firm since 2009. Prior to joining Donville Kent, Jordan spent 7 years with one of Canada’s largest investment firms, with experience in both trading and portfolio management. Jordan has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, holds the Canadian Investment Manager designation and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. In addition, Jordan is a regular guest on BNN’s Market Sense. The Donville Kent Capital Ideas Fund is one of Canada’s top performing hedge funds, and was awarded the Best New Fund in Canada at the 2009 Canadian Hedge Fund awards.