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WAISC Calgary 2013 Capital Introduction

Always one of the highlights of WAISC is the Product ShowcaseWhere End Investor Meets Manager!

Delegates have an opportunity to hear directly from alternative investment managers and exempt market issuers. Presented in 7 minute segments, this format facilitates fast acquisition of facts and allows direct access to the information you need.

This year’s segments will allow you to hear from up-and-coming products as well as more established managers.

For additional information please contact Helen:

T: 416 306 0151 Extn 2246
E:bilhete@radiusfinancialeducation.com

 

 

 

 


Founded in 2009, The A2A Capital Management group is an integrated international land development and investment organization specializing in the planning and provision of innovative land enhancement investment programs. We seek out and offer to investors some of the world’s select opportunities in land investments with the single-minded aim of delivering appreciable returns, consistently and in a timely manner.

 


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.

Arrow Capital Management ("Arrow") is an employee-owned company, founded in 1999 by James McGovern. Arrow's expertise in active portfolio management and manager selection is evident in its strong, diverse platform, which provides our clients with access to a global selection of outstanding alternative investment funds. One of the most experienced alternative investment fund companies in Canada and with an extensive network of global resources, Arrow has successfully navigated its clients through all types of market conditions.
The Arrow team is made up of seasoned portfolio managers and industry experts who have the experience and know-how to deploy a variety of alternative investment strategies with a global perspective. Arrow's principals invest substantially alongside their clients and believe that capital protection is paramount. 100% transparency is the core driver behind the strict vetting process that is required to gain access to the Arrow platform, and once onboard, Arrow continues to monitor the manager's trading activity and provide ongoing risk evaluation. This analysis enhances Arrow's active investment management process through portfolio adjustments in its multi-manager funds in order to reduce its investment risk and improve returns.
With its' affiliates, Arrow manages over CAD $900 million of assets, comprised of both single manager and multi-manager portfolio funds. Arrow's investment research, portfolio management and trading operations are located at head office in Toronto. Arrow has sales offices in Calgary and Vancouver, as well as research and sales offices in London, United Kingdom with their partner Generation Asset Management.
2008 Hedge Fund Awards
Best Contribution to Canadian Hedge Fund Industry – Jim McGovern
2006 Canadian Investment Awards
Fund of Hedge Funds Award – Arrow Diversified Fund (formerly named Arrow Multi-Strategy Fund)
2005 Canadian Investment Awards
Fund of Hedge Funds Award – Arrow Diversified Fund (formerly named Arrow Multi-Strategy Fund)

 


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.

Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd. is a Canadian based registered Portfolio Manager / Investment Council and a registered CTA and NFA member.
Auspice’s core expertise is managing commodity risk and designing and executing systematic trading strategies. Auspice trades over 30 different commodities for its funds. On the active investment side, Auspice operates the Auspice Managed Futures LP and the Auspice Diversified Trust. On the passive side, Auspice is the investment manager for the Claymore Natural Gas Commodity ETF. In addition, Auspice was instrumental in the creation of the NGX Canadian Natural Gas Index in conjunction with the TSX and NGX.
The Auspice team is led by two experienced institutional commodity traders: Tim Pickering and Ken Corner. Their background consists of trading OTC and exchange traded derivatives in energy, commodities, currency, and interest rates. Tim Pickering, President of Auspice, held previous senior trading roles at TD Securities and Shell Trading (V.P. Options Trading, North America). Ken Corner, COO of Auspice, also held senior positions at Shell Trading and TD Securities.

 


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.

Celernus Investment Partners was founded in September 2011 and is registered with the Ontario Securities Commission in the categories of Portfolio Manager and Investment Fund Manager. Celernus manages individual discretionary accounts and investment funds on behalf of Canadian individuals and institutions. Our investment process and business practices are guided at all times by the five core values upon which the firm is founded: strong client relationships, cost efficient management, performance, partnership and social responsibility.

 


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.

Centurion Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT, is an investment fund which provides an opportunity for individual and institutional investors to invest in a diversified portfolio of rental apartments in Canada and participate in the profits derived from them. With interests in a portfolio worth over $440 million, comprising more than 4,400 rental units located in 40 separate apartment properties in 17 Canadian communities, Centurion Apartment REIT (which is RRSP, RESP and TFSA eligible) is perfectly positioned to provide consistent, tax-efficient returns to its investors without exposing them to the volatility of the stock market.
Centurion Apartment REIT is run by an experienced management team and has an independently controlled board of trustees to provide independent oversight on behalf of all investors. Centurion Apartment REIT units are sold by Offering Memorandum to qualified investors only. Investors may purchase units in the fund through Centurion Apartment REIT Management Inc. or through their Investment Advisor.

 


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.

Clear Sky Capital is a provider of private equity investment in the real estate sector and is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Clear Sky Capital’s core strategy is investment and redevelopment of multifamily residential real estate in Arizona and across the Southern United States. Our expertise is in the strategic acquisition, management and disposition of these properties utilizing our superior local and regional market knowledge. We focus on delivering superior returns to investors through a combination of income distribution and capital appreciation. Clear Sky Capital’s management team has a 15 year proven track record of producing consistent positive returns.

 


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.


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.

Donville Kent Asset Management Inc. is a highly specialized asset management firm that manages investments on behalf of individual investors as well as select institutions.
Through the application of our focused investment strategy, we search for companies that possess high levels of return on equity, reasonable valuations and positive share price momentum.
Collectively, our principals have extensive global experience in portfolio management, equity research and trading. Unlike many traditional investment firms, our portfolio managers are the largest investors in our funds. This commitment results in the highest possible alignment of interest with our clients and is a key component of our success.

 


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.


Fiera Capital Corporation is a leading publicly traded, independent investment firm with approximately $54 billion in assets under management as at June 30, 2012.
The firm has grown tenfold since 2003 through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions, including YMG Capital Management in 2006, Sceptre Investment Counsel in 2010 and Natcan Investment Management in 2012. The firm is one of only a handful of full service, multi-product investment firms in Canada, offering clients a proven top-tier track record in equity and fixed income management as well as depth and expertise in asset allocation and alternative investments. This diversified offering of investment products is made available to a diverse group of clients including, pensions plans, foundations and endowments, religious and charitable organizations, financial institutions, securities dealers, investment funds, high net worth and individual investors.
With offices in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and New York, the firm has over 220 employees and benefits from the expertise and diversified experience of approximately 90 investment professionals, dedicated to servicing our highly diversified clientele.

 


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.


Founded in 2005, Invico Capital Corporation is a Calgary, Alberta based independent alternative investment fund management firm with approximately $160 million of private capital under management. Invico provides equity or alternative capital solutions to assist high quality companies and management teams in making strategic acquisitions, financing capital expenditures or growth programs or supporting working capital requirements.
Invico is registered as a Portfolio Manager with the Alberta Securities Commission,the British Columbia Securities Commission, the Saskatchewan Financial Services Commission and is also registered as an Investment Counsel Portfolio Manager with the Ontario Securities Commission. Invico is also registered as an Investment Fund Manager in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
Invico was formed with the objective of creating an alternative investment fund management firm based on successful long-term relationships, hard work, careful analysis, and the focused decision-makingof its partners. The key to Invico's success is our ability to creatively source and structure transactions, thoroughly evaluate and understand businesses, partner with management teams and our institutional and private investment partners. We are committed to creative and innovative solutions that provide flexibility to meet the unique needs of our sophisticated institutional and private investors and provide a suite of investment products designed to provide superior long-term, risk-adjusted returns through direct and indirect value-added investments.

 


Jason Brooks, President & Founder, Invico Capital Corporation
Jason Brooks, CFA, PM, 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.


Kootenay Capital Management Corp. is an independent, Calgary-based asset management firm operating a directional long/short energy fund. Kootenay employs a fundamental value approach to identify over-and under-valued equities covering the spectrum of sub-sectors in the energy industry. Kootenay’s Global Energy Absolute Return Fund maintains a dedicated hedging strategy, with the objective of compounding capital at a stable rate, while maintaining volatility below the energy index, to maximize return per unit of risk. The fund’s beta has averaged 0.43 to the S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index since inception, with volatility at approximately half of the benchmark.
The fund is managed by two top-ranked oil and gas analysts, Chris Theal, CFA, CIM, and Leon Knight, CFA. Both have been independently recognized for their energy sector knowledge, idea generation and stock picking. For more information, visit www.kootenaycapital.com or email info@kootenaycapital.com.

 


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.


Maverick Energy Inc. is a privately-owned and operated junior oil and gas company based in Calgary, Alberta. The thesis behind Maverick is to provide its shareholders and investors a unique investment opportunity that addresses safety of capital, strong rates of return, and capital gain realization within a defined time horizon. Being in the oil business represents both challenges and opportunities. Risks have to be weighed against rewards. Company Management has selectively identified lower risk, development oriented, light oil drilling locations that fit with its stated thesis. By pursuing only those opportunities which support the stated parameters, Maverick insulates itself from higher risk, exploratory, resource-based plays prevalent in the industry.
Management possesses in excess of 75 years of combined oil and gas industry experience in western Canada and internationally. ‘Maverick’ is Managements’ fourth entrance into the oil and gas space. With verifiable success behind them via third party research, Managements’ past tenures with private and public companies, enable and qualify them to serve corporate and investor needs optimally. The principal of Maverick has collectively participated in financings exceeding $500 million over the past 25 years.

 


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.


Prime Funds seeks to facilitate investments in real estate and to grow wealth for its clients through drawing on its considerable experience and expertise in this lucrative industry.
We strategically select Prime Lands for their return-generating potential and carry out careful planning and due diligence to optimize the real estate effectively. We research and analyze the local and global markets to make solid decisions based on fact and logic. We draw on our extensive knowledge to choose land where we know we can add substantial value.

 

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.


Productivity Media is a late state, senior lender to film and television productions, providing Senior Secured debt to film and television production. We serve the needs of Canadian and international producers by providing innovative, short-term financing on quality projects.
In 2012, Productivity Media brought together a team that has extensive experience in financing, production, directing, and sales in both film and television.
Combined, Productivity Media is able to satisfy many needs of producers in Canada and across the globe.

 

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.


Raven Rock Capital was formed in 2009 as an investment company specializing in hedge funds. Its first product, Raven Rock Credit Fund, was launched in September 2009. Its founders Nate Brown, Guy Caplan and Bobby Richardson, worked together at their previous firm for ten years managing a multi-billion dollar hedge fund. All six members of the Raven Rock team are founding partners of the company and have worked together continuously since 2005.

 


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.


Ross Smith Asset Management was founded in 2007 and is the Investment Manager for the Ross Smith Capital Investment Fund and Ross Smith Opportunities Fund. Ross Smith Asset Management has an established track record of providing investors with low-risk returns that are uncorrelated with returns from the equity, fixed income or commodities markets.
Ross Smith Capital Investment Fund utilizes quantitative analysis, advanced financial modeling and superior trading technology to identify and execute relative value arbitrage trading opportunities in the public markets. The Fund’s opportunity set includes closed-end funds, convertible debentures, split shares, preferred shares, warrants, rights, corporate actions, subscription receipts, as well as other special situation investments. The Fund is designed to achieve positive absolute returns in all market environments.
Ross Smith Opportunities Fund trades a more traditional risk-arbitrage mandate focused on event-driven situations and corporate events including mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, tender offers, liquidations, spin-offs, stubs, capital structure arbitrage, convertible securities and other relative value investments. The Opportunities Fund seeks value throughout the capital structure including equity, credit and derivative securities with a global mandate focused on Canadian opportunities.

 


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.
 
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