WAISC

WAISC Niagara 2013 Speakers

FEATURED SPEAKERS (by lastname)
Thomas Caldwell, Founder & Chairman, Caldwell Securities
Thomas S. Caldwell graduated from McGill University in 1965, and has been actively involved in the investment industry since that time. Mr. Caldwell is Chairman of Caldwell Securities Ltd., an organization founded in 1980. Caldwell Securities Ltd. is a diversified investment company with affiliate organizations providing investment management, brokerage and insurance services to a broad spectrum of investors throughout North America and around the world. Mr. Caldwell is President and a Director of Urbana Corporation, a publicly traded investment company. He also serves on the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute in Ottawa and is a Senior Board Adviser to EM Hallowell LLC, Boston, a world leader in treating adults and children with ADHD. Mr. Caldwell is a past Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and one of the leading experts in capital markets, particularly in trading environments. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost investors in securities exchanges. Caldwell Securities Ltd. and its affiliates were the second-largest owners of the New York Stock Exchange prior to the NYSE’s demutualization. Mr. Caldwell has, through his career, been actively involved in addressing social and community needs. He was awarded Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his activities on behalf of Canadian Veterans. In 2003 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his work in assisting those in need as well as contributing to institutions working to better the lives of others. In 2012, he received Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee for his efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged. Mr. Caldwell and his wife Dorothy have been married since 1966 and have two sons, Brendan and Theo, and four grandchildren.
Bruce Frumerman, Founder & CEO, Frumerman & Nemeth Inc.
Bruce Frumerman is Founder and CEO of Frumerman & Nemeth Inc. (www.frumerman.com), a communications and sales marketing consultancy that helps financial services firms create brand identities for their organizations and develop and implement effective new marketing strategies and programs. Founded in 1987 pre-Crash, his firm’s work has helped money management clients attract over $7 billion in new assets, yet they are not third-party marketers. Frumerman & Nemeth was named 2013 U.S. Marketing Firm Of The Year For Hedge Funds by Acquisition International Magazine's International Hedge Fund Awards.

Frumerman & Nemeth helps clients improve their ability to educate and persuade people to understand and buy into how they invest by:
- Developing buyer-focused positioning strategies and storylines to differentiate them from their competitors;
- Creating more cogent and compelling sales presentations and marketing materials to better tell their story throughout the selling cycle; and
- Using public relations ¬ media relations marketing and industry conference speaking opportunities ¬ to help establish a branded identity for their organization by generating third-party endorsement for the expertise of their people, the value of their services and the quality of their products.

Mr. Frumerman is the most published authority addressing the subject of money management firm marketing for leading financial trade publications in the U.S. and 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.
SPEAKING FACULTY (by lastname)

Lionel Alcoloumbre, Vice President, Business Development, Palos Management
Mr. Lionel Alcoloumbre is responsible for business development and sales at Palos Management. He has over 25 years of experience in business development and sales in Canada and the US. He has worked at a senior level in real estate and mergers and acquisitions, and more recently in commercial banking at National Bank of Canada and Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Alcoloumbre holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a degree in architecture from École Supérieure d’architecture de Toulouse in France. He is an active fundraiser for charities and foundations that benefit children and healthcare.

Susanne Alexandor, Managing Director, Cougar Global
Susanne joined Cougar Global to lead the private client wealth management business and participate in the management of Cougar Global’s investment strategies. She brings over 20 years’ experience in Canadian and global investment management, having worked extensively with private and institutional clients as a discretionary portfolio manager and advisor. Susanne held positions with Deutsche Bank (DWS), Morgan Grenfell Asset Management (currently Aberdeen Asset Management), UBS Wealth Management, and Citi Private Bank in major financial centers including New York, Luxembourg, London, and Toronto. Susanne earned an Honours BA in Economics and German from Rutgers University. She is a registered Portfolio Manager - Advising Representative with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Robert Bell, CEO, INV Metals Inc.
Mr. Robert (Bob) Bell is a professional geologist with three decades of domestic and international mineral exploration experience. Mr. Bell graduated with an Honours B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario in 1980. After graduation, Mr. Bell began his exploration career at Inco Limited, ultimately serving in the capacity of Director of International Exploration. Mr. Bell's extensive geological experience includes exploration for base and precious metals in Canada, USA, Brazil, Peru, Indonesia, Namibia, Ecuador, Greenland and Australia. Mr. Bell joined INV Metals Inc. in July 2007.

Rory Bertrand, Analyst - R&D - Derivatives Products, National Bank Financial Markets
Mr. Rory Bertrand, Analyst of National Bank R&D Derivatives Products oversees and manages the daily operations for Canada’s first and only hedge fund replicating ETF. Rory also assists in the development of quantitative hedging and investment strategies, as well as provides support for business development. In parallel, Rory is enrolled in a CFA/MBA program at Concordia University and as of August 2013, Rory became a CFA level III Candidate. Prior to this, Rory worked as an analyst for the Foreign Exchange trading desk at the National Bank of Canada. Rory also holds a Bachelor in Engineering from Concordia University.
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Longtime business commentator Pat Bolland has been a business thought leader north and south of the border. 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’. He has parlayed his TV hosting skills into media training, 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 known as “the guy with the ‘stache”. Follow him at @patbolland.
James Burron, Chief Operating Officer, AIMA
James works closely with AIMA Canada's Executive Committee and its membership on a broad range of association management and executive duties, including member liaison and communications, as well as focusing on broader policy and strategy objectives.
James has a solid background of more than 20 years of international experience in the securities industry including a significant background in the alternative investment industry. Most recently, he has been involved in product origination on global platforms. He has also been active in event organization, research and writing as a Chapter Executive and spokesperson for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association.
A graduate of Simon Fraser University, James holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation. He has been very active over the years in industry associations and is a frequent speaker on industry issues.
James is based in the Toronto office. For contact information, please call or e-mail AIMA Canada at 416-364-8420 or info@aima-canada.org
Alex Chapman, Managing Director, Apex Fund Services Ltd.
Alex brings over 10 years of global funds industry experience to Apex. Alex and his team are responsible for the day to day operational running of the North American business including the US and Canada. He successfully launched and grew the Canadian business to be one of the fastest growing within the group by aligning his knowledge and experience to new emerging managers and well established managers who see Alex as their trusted advisor. Previous to joining Apex, Alex spent time administering a large family office and then running an offshore fund administration office in Monaco for 3 years and in 2006 relocated to Canada heading up what became Commonwealth Fund Administration Ltd until 2010.
Alex has extensive experience in both domestic and offshore structuring in a variety of different strategies and has helped over 50 emerging managers get their first Fund up and running. Alex is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Skye Collyer, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, AlphaNorth Asset Management
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.

Curt S. Cumming, President & Chief Financial Officer, Goodwood Inc.
Curt Cumming is the President and Chief Financial Officer at Goodwood Inc., an investment manager of various investment funds including the Goodwood Fund which is one of Canada’s longest running long/short funds differentiated by its bottom-up stock picking focus, value-orientation and active/event-driven approach to investing. Curt has over 17 years of institutional equity trading and investment management experience combining extensive knowledge of capital markets, financial analysis, portfolio management and business development. Prior to joining Goodwood Inc. in 1999, Curt held positions as an Institutional Equity Trader and High Net Worth Investment Advisor with large Canadian institutions.

Mark Damelin, President, Commonwealth Fund Services
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.

KC Daya, Founding Principal, Clifton Blake Group
Mr. Daya is the Founding Principal of CBRA and brings with him a diverse real estate background spanning across, financing, acquisitions, dispositions, asset management, development and valuations of all types of commercial assets. Previously, Mr. Daya was employed with Brookfield Properties in their Asset Management group, a team responsible for the management of a $7 billion portfolio of Class A downtown office real estate assets in major cities across Canada. In this capacity, Mr. Daya was also involved in monitoring the Canadian debt portfolio of $4.5 billion, refinancing of individual mortgages over $50 million and liaised directly with the syndicate of lenders behind the $420 million construction facility for Bay Adelaide Centre. Prior to Brookfield, Mr. Daya worked with the Acquisitions and Asset Management groups at Morguard where he underwrote $1.5 billion worth of commercial real estate annually including a multi-residential portfolio of 4,890 units worth $560 million. Mr. Daya has an MBA in Real Estate Finance and Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business and a B.Sc. From McGill University. Mr. Daya also sits on the Board of Governors and Real Property Committee for Sterling Hall School.

Adrian de Valois-Franklin, Chief Financial Officer, Excelion Technology Inc.
Adrian de Valois-Franklin serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Excelion Technology Inc, a Toronto based healthcare IT provider of real-time hospital measurement systems. Prior to his role with Excelion, Adrian was as a Private Equity investment professional with the $180 billion CPP Investment Board (CPPIB) in Toronto. While at CPPIB, Adrian executed large scale buyouts of both private and public companies. Prior to CPPIB, Adrian focused on growing mid-market technology businesses with Accel-KKR in Silicon Valley; a joint venture between the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and the venture capital firm Accel Partners. Adrian also brings merger & acquisition advisory experience from his time as an Investment Banker with Goldman Sachs in New York and San Francisco.
Adrian attained his H.B.A with Distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He holds securities licenses from the Canadian Securities Institute and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in the United States. Adrian also assists on charitable committees for the Arts Access Fund and Toronto Public Library Foundation.
Jason Donville, President & CEO, Donville Kent Asset Management
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.
Peter Figura, Director of National Sales, Centurion REIT
Peter has over 18 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 Exempt Market Watch, and The Exempt Edge, a publication of the National Exempt Market Association.

Ralph Fitch, President, CEO, Chairman & Director, High Desert Gold Corporation
Mr. Fitch is the founder of High Desert Gold Corporation, South American Silver Corp., and their predecessor company, General Minerals Corporation (now Sprott Resource Corp.). He is a creative geologist with over forty years of international exploration management and field experience. His prior positions included Chief Geologist (Worldwide) and Manager of United States Exploration for the Chevron Minerals Group. His broad exploration experience includes living and exploring in the British Isles, Australia, West Africa (Liberia), South Africa and the United States, as well as extensive exploration experience in South America.
Mr. Fitch was awarded the Chevron Chairman’s Award for his part in the discovery of the Ujina ore body at the Collahuasi copper porphyry project in northern Chile, now the world’s third largest copper mine. He also directed the ore reserve estimations for the Lisheen zinc project in Ireland, another Chevron discovery, and the Stillwater platinum group metals project in Montana while he was Chief Geologist. Chevron’s interests in Collahuasi and Lisheen, which have been developed into mines and the Stillwater mine, were sold for $260 million.
Mr. Fitch received his B.Sc. (Special) Honours Degree in Geology from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London in 1965.
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.
George Hartman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Accretive Advisor Inc.
George Hartman’s 40-year career in financial services as an educator and executive spans both the insurance and investment industries.
He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in Canada, the US, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, including the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Annual Meeting and Top of the Table Annual Meeting. George writes a monthly column called The Coach’s Forum for the trade journal Investment Executive and is a regular guest on Investment Executive’s Building Your Business television broadcast.
George is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Accretive Advisor Inc. – a firm dedicated to helping great financial advisors build great practices. He presently coaches a number of top-producing advisors in Canada and the US and advises several financial industry firms on their strategic plans. He has published three best-selling books and his most recent, Blunder, Wonder, Thunder – Powering Your Practice to New Heights placed #1 on the Globe & Mail’s Business Book Best-Seller list in its first week of release.
George is also Founder & CEO of Market Logics Inc., a firm that provides intelligence-based solutions to organizations and individuals looking to take their business to new levels.
Peter Hayes, National Director, Alternative Investments Practice, KPMG
Peter Hayes 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.
Derek Holt, Vice President, Scotiabank Economics
Derek Holt is Vice President, Scotiabank Economics in Toronto. He has broad responsibilities for applying global economic and capital market forecasts and research while serving the dealer setting, major bank clients, and Scotiabank’s senior management. He joined Scotiabank’s trading floor from a senior role with another Canadian bank where he held broad responsibilities for macroeconomic, financial market, regional, fiscal, and financial industry research and forecasts and has split his career in both bank and capital market settings. He is also a past chairman of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s finance and taxation committee. Derek serves a global account base through regular travel, and is frequently cited in the press for his views. He is married with a young son, and holds an Honours BA in Economics, an MA in Economics, an MBA in Finance and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Peter Kinkaide, Managing Director - Corporate Finance, Raintree Financial Solutions
Peter Kinkaide joined Raintree Financial Solutions in 2012 as the Managing Director - Corporate Finance. He oversees investment product origination, due diligence and selection. Peter also established Raintree Corporate Finance to provide investment banking and mergers & acquisitions services to mid-market clients.
Before joining Raintree Financial Solutions, Peter worked with MNP Corporate Finance as Vice President & Director. Prior to that, he held the position of Associate Director for Baker Tilly Corporate Finance in London, England. Peter graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2006. He is also a licensed Dealing Representative.
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).
Jiri Krol, Deputy CEO, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, AIMA
Jirí Krol, Deputy CEO, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs, joined AIMA in April 2010.
Jirí started his career at the Czech securities market regulator. He then moved to the European Commission’s Internal Market Directorate-General, where he was responsible for the drafting and negotiation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) implementing measures. Previously, Jirí was appointed financial markets policy director in the Czech Ministry of Finance in 2007. In 2009, he led the Czech European Union Presidency’s work in the area of financial services.
Jirí studied International Relations, Economics and Politics at Tufts University, London School of Economics and Sciences Po.
Alfred Lee, Vice President, Portfolio Manager & Investment Strategist, BMO ETFs
Alfred is a portfolio manager on the BMO ETFs & Global Structured Investments team where he manages fixed income and preferred shares related mandates. In addition, he manages a liquid alternatives portfolio and develops tactical macro-related strategies using ETFs. As part of the BMO ETF team, Alfred is involved in the design and implementation of new products and the maintenance of mandates across various asset classes. Prior to joining BMO Global Asset Management, Alfred spent four years at a Canadian brokerage providing ETF Research & Strategy, while simultaneously provided coverage on commodities, foreign exchange and international macro. Alfred is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, majoring in economics and holds the CFA, CMT and DMS designations. He is also a member of the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE).
Rob Lemon, Managing Director, National Bank Correspondent Network (NBCN)
Robert Lemon is a Managing Director at National Bank Correspondent Network (NBCN). Robert heads the Prime Brokerage and Agency Trading businesses. NBCN offers a fully integrated platform for portfolio managers and independent securities firms including traditional custody & clearing, prime brokerage, securities finance, electronic trading services, equity options execution and clearing, structured products, and capital raising solutions. Prior to joining NBCN, 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, National Director, Asset Management Practice, KPMG
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.

Robert Mann, Client & Business Development, East Coast Fund Management
Robert Mann has eighteen years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining the Manager, Robert spent the majority of his career in the United States in senior client development, advisory and strategic roles for various asset management firms; his longest tenure with Fidelity Investments in San Francisco. He has also worked for hedge funds and private equity firms covering China and Japan, Europe and Africa. Robert graduated from the University of Waterloo (economics and math).

Patrick McEntyre, Managing Director, Institutional Equity Electronic Services & Trading, National Bank Financial
Patrick joined National Bank Financial in 2013, to head up their Institutional Equity Electronic Services & Trading with a mandate to offer DMA and algorithmic trading to NBF’s institutional equity clients. He has over 15 years of trading experience, working most recently at ITG Canada in their electronic brokerage group as well as heading up their Commission Management Services.
He spent his formative years in Montreal at boutique global investment dealer Brockhouse & Cooper where, as the Head of North American Equity Trading, he was instrumental in developing their portfolio trading capabilities in both Canada and the U.S. Patrick also spent some time at CIBC World Markets where he headed up the sales effort for their Equity Portfolio Trading group.
Patrick pursued his higher education at the University of Western Ontario.

Mark McNulty, VP, Institutional Client Services, Productivity Media
Mark has spent the last 12 years servicing clients in the financial services sector. Prior to joining Productivity Media, he spent the last seven years with Maestro Real Estate Advisors as Senior Director, Investors Relations & Asset Management. He was responsible for capital raising and client servicing, as well as asset managing the portfolio. He participated in the sale of Maestro's portfolio of 52 properties, which sold in 2012 for $1.1 billion.
Mark graduated in Economics from Université de Montréal and holds the Chartered Investment Management designation (CIM®).
Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, First Asset ETFs
Rohit Mehta is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and leads the strategies and execution of sales and marketing for First Asset’s Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Mutual Funds and Closed-End Funds. With over 13 years of financial industry experience, Rohit currently leads a team of 16 professionals that cover the three product lines across Canada.
Rohit’s passion for financial services started with his first position at RBC Dominion Securities. Since then he has held progressive roles in financial services and management. Prior to joining First Asset, he was vice-president and national sales manager at a major Canadian investment management firm.
Rohit is a contributing speaker at many industry conferences, events, and also is a regular commentator in the media. He sits on the Media and Public Relations committee of the Canadian ETF Association. Rohit holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Economics) degree from the University of Western Ontario.
Mohsen Namazi, Senior Product Specialist - Manager for the Americas, Imagine Software
Mr. Namazi studied Economics and Finance at McGill University, earning his Bachelors in Commerce in 1997. He then attended graduate school at the London School of Economics, studying Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, and was awarded a Masters of Science degree in 1999. From 1999 to 2004 he gained valuable business experience as an equity derivatives trader at Deutsche Bank in London. In 2004, Mr. Namazi joined Imagine Software as a Product Specialist and is now the firm’s Senior Product Specialist – Manager for the Americas. He is deeply involved in pre- and post-sales support as well as providing advanced business counsel and financial engineering expertise for Imagine’s clientele. Mr. Namazi divides his time between Toronto and Imagine headquarters in New York.

Naomi Nemeth, Vice President, Investor Relations, Banro Corp.
Naomi Nemeth is a seasoned investor relations professional with more than 25 years' experience, the majority of which has been focused on the mining industry with companies such as Desert Sun Mining (acquired by Yamana Gold), Wolfden Resources (acquired by Zinifex), African Copper, Homeland Energy and Continental Gold. Naomi began her career as a geologist working in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Ontario and has an undergraduate degree in geology and biology from Brock University and a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario.

Cora Pettipas, Vice President & Board of Director, National Exempt Market Association (NEMA) Canada
Cora is currently the Vice President and a Board of Director of the National Exempt Market Association (NEMA) in Canada. Cora is also the editor of Exempt Edge Magazine, the Canadian industry trade publication on the exempt market/private equity. She is also currently representing Canada on the editorial team of Financial Planet, the financial planning website of the Financial Planners Standards Board. Cora has over ten years of experience and numerous industry accreditations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, a Master’s Degree (Finance and Controlling) from Swiss Management Center University and is currently a Doctoral candidate in Finance there as well. Cora has had tenures with several financial institutions in the capacity of financial advisor, wealth management, investor services, retail banking, and financial planning. Her most recent previous position was as a Professor at Mount Royal University, where she taught Finance and Financial Planning. Cora is also the founder and Co-Owner of Melodic Twilight, a successful business venture which is internet based and sells in 19 countries. She has had her work published and presented internationally. Cora currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and daughter.
Ingrid Pierce, Partner, Walkers
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, Senior Vice President, Kensington Capital
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.
Yves Rebetez, Managing Director, Editor, ETFinsight
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.
Katrina Rempel, Vice President, Prime Brokerage Services, Capital Introduction, BMO Capital Markets
Katrina Rempel is responsible for all aspects of the capital introduction program at BMO Capital Markets Prime Brokerage.
Prior to assuming responsibility for BMO’s capital introduction program, Ms. Rempel’s roles included securities lending, business development and various responsibilities on the equity derivatives desk. Her extensive professional background equips her to strategically liaise with a diverse range of industry specialists.
Areas of expertise include investor relationships and education, event planning and business development.
Ms. Rempel was awarded the CFA designation in 2001 and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Manitoba.
BMO Capital Markets is a leading provider of prime brokerage and securities lending services to hedge funds, high net worth clients and institutions in Canada and the US. Our successful capital introduction initiatives provide BMO Capital Markets Prime Brokerage clients with regular opportunities to gain exposure to qualified investors and increase their profile in the investment community.
Jason Russell, President & CIO, Acorn Global Investments Inc.
As founder of Acorn Global Investments, Jason Russell serves as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. Jason is a veteran portfolio manager who brings more than 22 years of industry and alternative investment management experience to the firm. Previous experience included roles at Bankers Trust, Merrill Lynch, CIBC, and Salida Capital where he was the portfolio manager for its Global Macro Hedge Fund. He has considerable expertise and experience in systematic and discretionary research and trading. Jason is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society.

Steven Salamon, President, Rosalind Advisors Inc.
Steven Salamon, CFA is the President of Rosalind Advisors, Inc., a life-sciences-focused, investment adviser. Prior to co-founding Rosalind with Gil Aharon in 2006, Mr. Salamon was ranked the #3 North American biotech analyst by excess return according to Forbes/StarMine. He spent 12 years as a sell-side equity research analyst at firms such as RBC Dominion Securities and HSBC Securities. He earned an MBA from University of Western Ontario and B.Ap.Sc., Engineering Physics from University of Toronto.
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.

Tom Savage, Portfolio Manager, Vertex One Asset Management Inc.
Mr. Savage joined Vertex One in January of 2010. Tom’s background is in event-driven and arbitrage strategies. He was most recently a proprietary trader with CIBC World Markets, where he spent 4 years developing and executing equity arbitrage and special situations strategies. In his over 8 years of investment experience, he has also worked at Birch Hill Equity Partners and KBSH Capital Management. Tom is a CFA charterholder and member of the Vancouver Society of Financial Analysts. He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Bradley Semmelhaack, Director & Portfolio Manager, Crystalline Management
Bradley has been with the Crystalline since June 2004 and a partner since 2006. Prior to joining Crystalline, he worked for three investment dealer firms from 1994, where he specialized during the last few years on serving the needs of the hedge fund arbitrage industry in Canada. Bradley graduated from McGill University in Commerce in 1992, and earned both the CFA Charter and Fellow from the Canadian Securities Institute in 1998. His knowledge and experience of the sell-side of the business, combined with his strong analytical skills bring breadth to the Firm’s niche investment platform. Bradley acts as co-Portfolio Manager of the Amethyst Arbitrage Fund and the Topaz Multi Strategy Fund.
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.
Marjorie Skolnik, Director, Equity Derivatives, National Bank Financial Markets
Marjorie Skolnik joined National Bank Financial Markets in 2006 and is Director, Global Equity Derivatives. Her main responsibilities include client coverage, the development and execution of structured investment products and OTC derivatives. Before joining National Bank Financial Markets, Marjorie worked in Futures Sales & Trading at Scotia Capital Inc. (2004-2006). She holds a BCom in Finance (John Molson School of Business, 2003) and is a CFA Charterholder.
Brad Taylor, Managing Director, Kew Advisors Ltd.
Brad Taylor is the Managing Director of Kew Advisors, a securities finance and asset servicing consultancy. Kew Advisors provides securities finance and derivatives structuring advice for investment managers seeking to reduce portfolio risk and increase returns.
Brad has twenty-three years experience in asset servicing, investment banking, hedge and pension fund management in Toronto, New York and London. Most recently, he was Global Head of Investment Finance and Hedge Fund Services at RBC Dexia Investor Services.
Michael White, President & CEO, IBK Capital Corp.
Michael White is President and CEO of IBK Capital Corp., a private boutique investment bank located in Toronto, Canada. Over the last 20 years, he has raised funds and personally invested in private placement financings totalling over $500 million. He has also been active in financial advisory assignments and mining industry developments pertaining to the nickel deposits at Voisey’s Bay in Labrador; the nickel and chromite deposits in the 'Ring of Fire' area of northern Ontario; the Mesquite gold mine in south-eastern California; and, the Detour gold camp of north-eastern Ontario to name a few. Mr. White has a BA in Geology from the University of Western Ontario, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Karen Willoughby, Director of Corporate Communications, Probe Mines
A member of the Probe team since 2006, Ms. Willoughby brings over 15 years of capital markets and investor relations/corporate communications experience to the Company. With expertise in U.S. and Canadian listed companies, she utilizes highly developed industry best disclosure practices and is focused on the development/implementation/management of Probe's IR/Corporate Communications strategies.

Sean Wynn, Managing Director, Institutional Sales, Arrow Capital Management
Sean Wynn is the Managing Director, Institutional Sales in Arrow’s Toronto office and is responsible for the firms’ marketing and business development initiatives in the Institutional and High Net Worth channels. Mr. Wynn joined the firm in 2012, after spending fourteen years in the financial services industry in various roles. Prior to joining Arrow Capital, Mr. Wynn served as Director of Marketing at JCClark Ltd., was a Director of Investments at Laurentian Financial Services, before that he was a Regional Sales Director for Desjardins Financial Security and started his career as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch Canada. Mr. Wynn received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 and has also completed the Canadian Securities Course (1998), the Conduct & Practices Handbook Course (1999), Branch Manager Course (2002) and Level II Life License (2004). Mr. Wynn also currently serves on the AIMA Canada Sales Practices Committee.
 
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