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WAISC Niagara 2014 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.

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Aileron Capital Inc., a privately held corporation located in Burlington, Ontario, is the Financial Services Agent to Beacon Trust.
The Financial Services Agent is responsible for all financial and related services in connection with the activities of Beacon Trust. Beacon Trust, an Ontario trust, is a special purpose entity that will acquire interests in revolving pools of consumer loan receivables. The Beacon Trust Asset-Backed Notes, Series 2013-1 will evidence debt obligations of Beacon Trust secured by, and with recourse limited to, a co-ownership interest in a revolving pool of consumer loan receivables and certain other assets acquired pursuant to a Series 2013-1 Sale and Servicing Agreement.
Aileron has assembled a dynamic team with extensive securitization and operational experience to act as Financial Services Agent to the Beacon Trust institutional grade investment structure.

Stephen Freedman
A graduate of economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a member of Western's Track and Field team, Mr. Freedman has been licensed for over 39 years through the Ontario Securities Commission.
Mr. Freedman has worked at 3 different Investment firms. He was the President of a Mutual Fund Dealer, the Compliance Officer of 2 Mutual Fund Dealers, and registered his first Limited Market Dealer in 1990.


Brompton Funds, a division of Brompton Group which was founded in 1999, is a leading and experienced investment fund manager with over $2.1 billion in assets under management. Brompton offers income, growth, sector specific and tax advantaged investment solutions, and many funds provide a high level of monthly distributions. Brompton’s investment solutions include closed-end funds, mutual funds, hedge funds and flow-through limited partnerships and all products feature best-in-class portfolio management custom tailored to the investment mandate. Brompton’s success is achieved by offering innovative, well-conceived products with fair terms at low cost and supported by strong corporate governance.

Michael Clare
Mr. Clare specializes in equity security selection with a focus on the energy sector. Prior to joining Brompton in 2012, Mr. Clare was a portfolio manager at Creststreet Asset Management Limited (“Creststreet”) and was a portfolio manager on the Creststreet Flow-Through Funds as well as the development analysis and trading execution of investments for Creststreet’s funds. Mr. Clare also specializes in the analysis of crude oil and natural gas markets and is the portfolio manager for the award winning Brompton Energy Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining Creststreet, Mr. Clare began his career with Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Clare holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University and has earned the Chartered Accountant (CA) and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations.


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 $500 million, comprising more than 4,750 rental units located in 41 separate apartment properties in 16 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 Asset Management Inc. or through their Investment Advisor.

Peter Figura
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.


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.


Jason Donville
Jason has had an illustrious career as an award-winning analyst in both Asia and Canada. Prior to founding DKAM, Mr. Donville was consistently ranked as one of the top financial services analysts in the country. 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, and ranked number 3 for forecast accuracy in 2004 in the same survey.


Fulcra Asset Management Inc. (“Fulcra”) is an investment management firm dedicated to the consistent absolute return performance of clients’ assets with a primal focus on preservation of capital. Fulcra was founded in 2009 and is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fulcra manages the Fulcra Focused Yield Fund and the portfolio of the Pender Corporate Bond Fund.

 

Investment Philosophy
Fulcra utilizes a fundamental value investing approach to identify undervalued securities and drive performance with a limited number of securities. In our opinion, many investors place too much reliance on credit rating agencies which, for our benefit, can drive the inefficient pricing of bonds, loans and other corporate securities. We are agnostic to credit ratings and rely on skill and hard work to create the incremental knowledge advantage required to drive long-term superior performance.

Matt Shandro
Matt founded Fulcra Asset Management in 2009. Matt has been in the investment management business for 17 years, and has an extensive background in fixed income investing and event-driven strategies. His previous experiences include managing corporate bond funds at Great Pacific Capital Corp which is a subsidiary of Jim Pattison Industries, CI Investments and Marret Asset Management. In 2004, the $2 billion Signature High Income Fund that he co-managed at CI Investments was awarded the “Canadian Income Trust Fund of the Year” by Morningstar. Through his values and investment philosophy, he is dedicated to generating consistent absolute returns for client assets, with a primary focus on preserving capital.


Goodwood Inc. (and the "Goodwood Fund") was founded in October 1996 by Peter Puccetti using a value investment methodology that would be repeatable over time. Goodwood's objective is to achieve above average performance in the markets by using a bottom-up, value-oriented, active and often event-driven approach to investing. This has been achieved by investing in companies trading below our estimate of their true, underlying worth (i.e. by buying one dollar for fifty-cents).
Each day we use a fundamental and research-driven stock selection process. We are seeking to be long those companies that are financially healthy with profitable operations, possess redundant and/or unrecognized assets, are led by quality management, and which are trading below, in our estimate, their intrinsic values. Conversely, we seek to sell short companies with excessive market valuations relative to their true underlying value, companies that are financially vulnerable due to excessive debt, and/or have deteriorating fundamentals. Therefore, we advocate that the true character of the Goodwood Fund is that of a "concentrated value fund that can make short sales". This methodology has been the foundation for our growing success and strong past performance results.
While the Goodwood Funds actively invest in the North American equity markets, unitholders should expect a high exposure to Canada. Further, the Goodwood Funds use little to no leverage and are valued both weekly and again at month-end.
We take pride in our reputation for our open investor communication, and strive to continually strengthen our commitment to providing superior transparency to our unitholders. We publish a "Monthly Commentary" (via e-mail) on the first business day of each month. The goal of this regular correspondence is to openly communicate the performance results of your fund and to provide you with specific details concerning the investments held within the fund. We subscribe to the notion that it is in the collective interest of the fund to have unitholders better understand the companies which we own (and short) and the specific rationale for our investments.

Curt Cumming
Curt Cumming is the President at Goodwood Inc., an investment manager of various investment funds differentiated by its concentrated, bottom-up, value-orientation and active/event-driven approach to investing. Curt has over 18 years of institutional equity trading and investment management experience combining extensive knowledge of capital markets, financial analysis, portfolio management and business development experience. Prior to joining Goodwood in 1999, Curt held positions as an Institutional Equity Trader and High Net Worth Investment Advisor with large Canadian institutions.


Founded in Toronto in 1998, Integrated Asset Management Corp. (IAM) is a public company (TSX:IAM) majority owned by management. IAM develops and manages alternative assets that allow investors to reduce risk and enhance returns in their traditional portfolios.

Roland P. Austrup
Registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the United States as an Associated Person and Principal since June 1997 and with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) as an Advisor since February 1999. Mr. Austrup is an associate member of the National Futures Association and a member of the Managed Funds Association. Mr. Austrup is also a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance (CASF) at the University of Waterloo. CASF provides the focus for research and education in the finance discipline at the University, co-ordinates and supports the Collaborative Master's Program in Finance, and stimulates and promotes research in finance. Mr. Austrup was an investment advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns from 1991 to 1996 and a commodities broker with ScotiaMcLeod from 1988 to 1990. B.A. (Honours), University of Western Ontario.


Founded in 2001, JC Clark Ltd. is a Toronto based independent investment firm that manages long/short equity funds on behalf of high net worth individuals and families, and institutional investors. Our unique investment approach strives to both protect and grow capital through various market conditions. The firm is committed to meeting the needs of our investors by aiming to preserve capital, attain outstanding risk-adjusted absolute returns, and by maintaining low correlations to the broad equity market indices whenever possible.
The firm employs primarily fundamental bottom-up analysis in managing its North American long/short equity funds. The Managers focus on special situation opportunities in the Canadian equity market, maintaining a relatively low net market exposure and emphasizing an active risk management approach to control volatility and draw-downs.
The Preservation Trust, the firm’s flagship fund, has generated returns of 11.2% annualized since 1999; with a core emphasis on preserving capital in the most difficult equity markets and a focus on risk management. The fund produced returns of 21.6% in 2008, and has maintained a -0.23 correlation to its benchmarks over its 15 year history. We believe that over the long term our strategies will continue to deliver solid absolute returns with low correlation to the broader market. Our hedged style aims to protect investors in more difficult market environments while offering the potential for positive returns across variable market conditions.
The principals of the firm have successfully executed alternative investment strategies for more than 15 years. We believe that all investors should be focused on maximizing long-term absolute returns, rather than short-term relative returns. Collectively, JC Clark Ltd. principals and employees are among the largest investors in our funds. This alignment of interests is a key element of a successful long-term relationship with our investors.

Romain Marguet
Romain Marguet joined JC Clark Ltd. in 2013 as Director, Business Development. Based out of Toronto, Mr. Marguet started his career in the Financial Industry in 2000. He has held increasingly senior positions in Canada and Internationally, developing and servicing relationships with Institutional, Retail and High Net Worth clients. Prior to joining JC Clark Ltd. he worked overseas for a boutique Private Equity firm as Senior VP in charge of raising capital for new projects and managing existing Institutional and High Net Worth clients. Previous to working abroad, Mr. Marguet held the position of VP, Growth and Development for Raymond James Ltd. where he was tasked with expanding the firms brand and presence across Canada. Mr. Marguet received an Hon. B.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto in 2003. He is fluent in both French and English.


NewGen is a Toronto-based investment manager registered with the Ontario Securities Commission as Exempt Market Dealer (EMD), Portfolio Manager (PM) and Investment Fund Manager (IFM). It was formed in 2009 and manages the NewGen Trading Fund. The fund is available to Canadian and offshore investors. NewGen’s strategy has evolved from investor demand for a product offering steady growth and capital preservation in markets which are increasingly driven by macro headlines and fund flows. NewGen is dedicated to delivering a true alternative product. Our mission is to produce superior absolute returns for investors with minimized volatility and real diversification benefits.
The NewGen Trading Fund aims to achieve consistent, positive, absolute returns with low monthly volatility through the implementation of an opportunistic long-short equity trading strategy. The strategy aims to exploit short-term market inefficiencies to generate alpha-driven returns while minimizing market beta. NewGen’s disciplined approach consistently monetizes trading gains derived from short term catalysts and emphasizes capital preservation through adherence to liquidity standards, stop loss targets, and modest net/gross exposure ranges. Maintaining a highly liquid portfolio enables NewGen to tactically move across markets, sectors and strategies to capitalize on new opportunities.

Chris Rowan
Chris joined NewGen in July 2011, having formerly worked at the CPP Investment Board, one of Canada’s largest asset managers with over $140 billion in assets. He was most recently a Portfolio Manager in the Global Capital Markets group co-managing the fund’s passive global indexes, and managing a proprietary book focused on several strategies including risk arb, index events, pairs trades and catalyst event driven opportunities. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours in Business Administration (HBA). He is also a CFA Charterholder and has completed numerous industry licensing courses.


Silvercreek Management Inc. is primarily a convertible bond investment firm and has approximately $150 million in net assets under management. Silvercreek’s unique investment strategy provides investors with protection against weak equity markets and has a proven track record of success.

Louise Morwick
Louise Morwick is the Founder and President of Silvercreek Management. She has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry and has been involved with hedge funds for approximately 24 years. Prior to forming Silvercreek in early 2000, she managed investment funds for Boulder Management and the Toronto-Dominion Bank. Her experience also includes several years in mergers & acquisitions and corporate finance with Scotia McLeod. Louise’s actuarial training provides a strong background in risk management and asset-liability assessment.
Louise holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, is a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Store First is a wholly owned subsidiary of Group 1st Limited along with Residential First, Business First , Park First and most recently Fly First.
In connection with its associated companies Group 1st Limited has many years experience in successful property development with prestigious apartment and office developments.
Borrowing from this experience Store First has brought a high fit-out specification to its storage facilities and offers its storage users services and benefits which one would normally not have expected. These include: office facilities, catering facilities, conference rooms and free wi-fi as well as facilities you would expect such as manned reception areas, security facilities and supplies. The current generation of storage buildings are even equipped with gyms and VIP lounges.
Store First is confident that these factors will make its facilities the natural choice for the storage end user and in turn will provide healthy investment returns for its Investors.
The Investor also enjoys an advantage rarely afforded to this sort of investment in that it is solid commercial property. It comes firmly within HMRC’s definition of what is suitable for SIPP investment and carries with it the benefit of having its own registrable title with the UK Land Registry.

Stephen Freedman
A graduate of economics from the University of Western Ontario, and a member of Western's Track and Field team, Mr. Freedman has been licensed for over 39 years through the Ontario Securities Commission.
Mr. Freedman has worked at 3 different Investment firms. He was the President of a Mutual Fund Dealer, the Compliance Officer of 2 Mutual Fund Dealers, and registered his first Limited Market Dealer in 1990.


SW8 is a Toronto based alternative asset manager. The flagship – and only strategy – is a long/short equity trading strategy focused on Canadian and US equities. The company and the strategy was the brainchild of Matt Skipp who was passionate post the 2008 financial crisis that investors, and specifically Canadians, needed access to strategies that would preserve and grow capital without excessive risk. Additionally, investors required diversification into strategies that will deliver absolute returns in sideways or volatile markets. The portfolio team is led by Matt Skipp, and now includes Kyle McKay, both of whom have had extensive experience managing capital on both the long and short sides of the market. The fund was launched in 2010 and has demonstrated its commitment to generate uncorrelated returns through different market cycles. SW8 investors include HNW individuals and families as well as investment advisors and investment counsellors who manage money for their underlying clients.

Danielle Skipp
A combination of entrepreneurial spirit and relevant legal, compliance and operations experience led Danielle to co-found SW8 with her husband Matt.
Danielle was originally called to the bar in British Columbia in 1995 and practiced law in Vancouver before moving to Toronto. In the late 1990s, Danielle chaired the securities regulatory standing committee of the Canadian Bankers Association and provided analysis and input on securities regulatory developments in Ontario and Canada. Prior to SW8, Danielle worked for CIBC and UBS Canada in legal, compliance and operational roles with the retail brokerage, institutional equities and investment banking divisions.
With the launch of SW8 in 2010, Danielle has embraced the alternative investment industry with a passion and participates frequently at industry events speaking on various matters. Danielle is on the board of the Canadian Chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a global organization of more than 10,000 women who collectively strive to make a difference in both industry and community. She is also the co-chair of the Members Only Committee of AIMA Canada. Danielle strongly believes in the strength of a brand, creating high performance cultures and mentorship.


The Valhalla Diamond Fund is a private Mutual Fund Trust dedicated to Retail Investors and Financial Advisors. The fund was established by a team of professionals and industry specialists to provide a unique opportunity to participate in this alternative investment asset class.
Diamonds are purchased at wholesale prices by strategic partners working in the major diamond trading centres. Diamonds undergo strict GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certification, are appraised by the CGL (Canadian Gemological Laboratory) and are valued on this report prior to being included in the portfolio. The Fund will hold and at an opportune time will utilize multiple exit strategies to best liquidate the portfolio and provide superior returns to investors. Only the best diamonds are selected for inclusion into the fund with a focus on Flawless or Internally Flawless (IF) assets.
www.valhalladiamondfund.ca

Jason Brown
Jason is the President of Valhalla Capital Group Ltd., a Managing Trustee of two Mutual Fund Trusts, the Valhalla Diamond Trust and Port Renfrew Development Trust. Prior to entering the Canadian Private Capital Markets Jason provided consulting services on policy creation and board governance for three levels of government in the NGO sector. After reaching an apex to his career in the NGO sector Jason set his sights on Private Equity. He joined a large international real estate syndicator and developer where he was the Vice President of Operations, reporting directly to the President of the firm, with over 1.1 billion in AUA. During his tenure Jason’s was instrumental in the creation of one of Canada’s largest exempt market dealers, the syndication of over 750 million in real estate globally, and the exit distributions of well in excess of 500 million back to investors. In 2011 Jason choose to take on the challenge of creating a western based boutique exempt market dealership. As the Chief Operating Officer of WealthTerra Capital Management Inc. Jason was responsible for its growth from 3 dealing representatives to over 20 dedicated and committed individuals. In building on his skill base created from 10 years in the Canadian Private Capital Markets Jason structured and currently manages Port Renfrew Development Trust, with over 300 investors and 436 acres of development. Upon the successful syndication and development progress of the Port Renfrew Trust, Jason was captured by the potential of structuring and managing Canada’s First physical diamond backed investment syndication. After two years of research and countless connections the Valhalla Diamond Trust was born.


 

 
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