WAISC

WAISC Niagara 2014 Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Lawrence McDonald, New York Times Bestselling Author, Political Risk Expert
Robert Gignac, Author: Rich is a State of Mind
Craig Skauge, President & Founder, NEMA

Lawrence McDonald, New York Times Bestselling Author, Political Risk Expert
At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, Mr. Lawrence McDonald wrote a book on the fall of Lehman Brothers, A Colossal Failure of Common Sense:
The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers. In his book, Larry details his experience working as Vice President at Lehman Brothers and provides a behind-the-scenes look on why one of the most prominent investment banks failed. Published in 2009 by Random House, Colossal Failure hit the New York Times Best Seller’s list in its first five days on the bookshelves, and is now considered one of the bestselling business books in the world. Colossal Failure is now translated into 12 different languages.
As one of the leading risk managers and bond traders today, Larry is a frequent guest contributor on Bloomberg, CNBC, Fox Business and the Huffington Post.
Larry is a highly regarded political policy risk consultant to hedge funds, family offices, asset managers and high net worth investors. His 17 Lehman risk indicators help investors get in front of painful risk off trades in the global markets.
His skill set is unique in that Larry has both taken substantial risk from a trading perspective as well as being a stand out globally in European and Washington based policy risk analysis. In managing $1 billion proprietary trading book at Lehman Brothers, he was one of the firms more consistently profitable traders.
Notably is Larry’s involvement as special advisor to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), created by Congress in 2009 to investigate the causes, domestic and global, of the economic and financial crisis in the United States.
Additionally, Mr. McDonald has participated in three major financial crisis documentaries: Sony Pictures Academy Award winning documentary the Inside Job, BBC‘s The Love of Money and CBC‘s House of Cards.
http://www.lawrencegmcdonald.com

Robert Gignac, Author: Rich is a State of Mind
Robert Gignac is the owner of Rich is a State of Mind, focusing on personal and financial development. A sought after speaker at seminars across North America, Robert writes articles on personal and financial development issues.
His is also the author of the Canadian best-seller “Rich is a State of Mind” a novel which examines personal finance as seen through the eyes of a Canadian family. Robert has been a student of the financial planning process for over 20 years and his personal mission is to encourage Canadians to take control of their personal finances in order to have a “Richly Imagined Future”. Robert has shared this message with over 15,000 financial advisors (and their clients...hint, hint) across North America from large industry conferences to smaller client receptions and events.

Previous radio and television appearances include “The Money Answers Show”, “Peace of Mind Radio”, “MoneyTalk”, “Money Maze”, “On the Money”, “Boomer Wealth Radio” and “It’s Your Money”.
Robert’s recent clients include: Advocis, NAIFA, MDRT, Freedom 55 Financial, IDC Worldsource, Sun Life Financial, Investors Group, Canada Life , London Life and other industry leading firms.
Robert was featured at the 2013 Advocis Banff School and MDRT 2014.

Craig Skauge, President & Founder, NEMA
Craig Skauge is the founder, chairman, and president of NEMA. Mr. Skauge is the Executive Vice President and a Director of both Olympia Financial Group Inc. (TSX: OLY) and Olympia Trust Company. Having independently consulted on hundreds of exempt market offerings, Mr. Skauge is a recognized leader and national subject expert on the Canadian Exempt Market. Mr. Skauge currently sits on the Exempt Market Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission and is the publisher of the Exempt Edge, a national industry trade publication. Mr. Skauge regularly speaks at national conferences about the evolving exempt market to audiences that include advisors, dealers, lawyers, retail investors, and regulators, specifically having presented to the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Canadian Bar Association, and the CFA Society. Mr. Skauge has been featured in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and the Investment Executive.
SPEAKING FACULTY (by lastname)
Jon Aikman, Vice President, Dundee Corporation
Roland P. Austrup, CEO & CIO, Integrated Managed Futures
Erez Blumberger, Chief Regulatory Counsel, AUM Law
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Jason Brown, Managing Trustee, Valhalla Diamond
Gordon Casey, Director, Front Shore
Michael Clare, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Brompton Funds
Kevin Cohen, President & CEO, AUM Law
Peter Conroy, President, Shorcan Brokers Limited and TSX Private Markets
Devon Cranson, President & Founder, Cranson Capital
Curt Cumming, President, Goodwood inc.
Mark Damelin, President, Commonwealth Fund Services
Faizan Dhanani, Executive Vice-President, Head of Sales, Horizons ETFs
Jason Donville, President & CEO, Donville Kent Asset Management
Peter Figura, Director of National Sales, Centurion REIT
Stephen Freedman, President, CEO, Chief Compliance Officer, Sloane Capital
Peter Hayes, National Director, Alternative Investments Practice, KPMG
Stephen Hoffman, Vice President, Exchange Traded Funds, RBC Global Asset Management Inc.
Peter Jarman, National Marketing Director, Axcess Capital Advisors
Warren Jestin, Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Alex Jurshevski, Founder, Recovery Partners
Ron Kosonic, Partner, Securities and Capital Markets, BLG
Jiri Krol, Deputy CEO, AIMA
James Loewen, National Leader, Asset Management Practice, KPMG
Romain Marguet, Director, Business Development, JC Clark Investments
Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President, First Asset ETFs
Louise Morwick, Founder and President, Silvercreek Management
Cora Pettipas, Vice President & Board of Director, National Exempt Market Association (NEMA) Canada
Ingrid Pierce, Partner, Walkers
Chris Pitts, Partner, Audit and Assurance Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Yves Rebetez, Managing Director, Editor, ETFinsight
Katrina Rempel, Director, Prime Brokerage Services, Capital Introduction, BMO Capital Markets
Chris Rowan, Head Trader & Portfolio Manager, NewGen Asset Management Ltd.
Matt Shandro, President & Portfolio Manager, Fulcra Asset Management
Danielle Skipp, Chief Operating Officer, SW8
Gregory Smith, President & CEO, InstarAGF Asset Management

Jon Aikman, Vice President, Dundee Corporation
Jon is currently completing a book for the American Bar Association Press entitled “U.S. and International Hedge Funds” and is the author of “When Prime Brokers Fail” published by Bloomberg Press. He was counsel for a major investment bank in London, and has advised and represented investment banks, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, and governments.
Jon is a Vice-President of Dundee Corporation, and is focused product development for the Dundee’s asset management arm focused on the range of alternative investments, including the equities, fixed income, oil and gas, agriculture, real assets and resources other sectors. Dundee Global Investment Management provides investment options for high-net worth and institutional investors. He is a Chartered Investment Manager and a Solicitor on Rolls in England and Wales, and a lawyer in Ontario. He is an award-winning lecturer and teaches advanced courses in corporate finance, hedge funds and broker-dealers, options, futures and derivatives to the MBA and Masters of Finance programs at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University, respectively.
Jon can be reached at jaikman@dundeeglobal.com.

Roland P. Austrup, CEO & CIO, Integrated Managed Futures
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.

Erez Blumberger, Chief Regulatory Counsel, AUM Law
Erez Blumberger is the head of AUM Law’s Regulatory Compliance Group.
Erez joined AUM Law in October 2013 following a career at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), where he held legal, management and executive roles in the Corporate Finance and Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branches. Erez managed the OSC team responsible for implementing the new cross-Canada registration regime that came into force in September 2009. He later served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of Compliance and Registrant Regulation, in which capacity he helped create an in-branch team dedicated to handling registrant misconduct cases, and was involved in developing a regulatory framework for administering the significant features of the new regime. Erez also led several major OSC policy initiatives, including those relating to Sarbanes-Oxley and National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions, which introduced the accredited investor exemption across Canada. Additionally, Erez chaired the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) Working Group on Asset Backed Commercial Paper that authored Securities Regulatory Proposals Stemming from the 2007-08 Credit Market Turmoil and its Effect on the ABCP Market in Canada, and was chair of the CSA committee on Principal Protected Notes.
Before joining the OSC, Erez worked for the British Columbia Attorney General, and practised corporate and securities law at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Toronto.

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.

Jason Brown, Managing Trustee, Valhalla Diamond
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.

Gordon Casey, Director, Front Shore
Gordon is the managing director of Front Shore, a hedge fund consultancy he founded in 2004, and the author of The Cayman Edge: How to Set Up a Cayman Fund. He currently serves as a director of a limited number of funds domiciled in the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Curacao and Malta. Gordon worked as in-house legal counsel for Citco Fund Services in Curacao for three years and with Barclays Capital and Cazenove Ltd in London for a short period of time, as a member of their legal teams. He qualified and practiced as an Attorney in the Republic of South Africa from 1997 through 2000, having graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA and an LLB in 1995 and 1997, respectively. He is a member of the International Bar Association and an associate member of the American Bar Association. He is also an enthusiastic member of the Institute of Directors in London and is an active adherent and promoter of their guidance notes and codes of conduct for directors. Gordon lives in Curacao with his wife and daughter.

Michael Clare, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Brompton Funds
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.

Kevin Cohen, President & CEO, AUM Law
Kevin founded AUM Law in 2009. Kevin’s practice encompasses a broad range of securities and corporate law matters with a focus on asset managers. He works extensively with portfolio managers, investment fund managers, investment dealers, publicly listed entities and investors. Kevin is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Registrant Advisory Committee and has been on the panel of speakers for several events sponsored by the Portfolio Management Association of Canada.
Prior to AUM Law, Kevin was General Counsel and Vice-President of Operations for Sentry Investments, an independent portfolio manager and investment fund manager. Kevin also practised securities law at Torys LLP in Toronto and corporate and civil litigation at Macaulay McColl LLP in Vancouver.
Kevin received his LLB from the University of British Columbia Law School in 1994. He earned his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 2004.

Peter Conroy, President, Shorcan Brokers Limited and TSX Private Markets
Peter has worked in the financial services industry since the mid 1990s, starting at Dow Jones Telerate and Bridge Information Services (later Reuters). He was one of the founders of Canada’s first registered Alternative Trading System (ATS), CollectiveBid Systems Inc./CBID Markets Inc. and worked as it’s Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Customer Relations.
Peter has also worked as Senior Account Manager at TSX Markets and served as Director of Business Development, Futures Market at the Montreal Exchange. Peter is currently President of the TMX Group Limited’s fixed income inter-dealer broker, Shorcan Brokers Limited. He is also President of Calgary based Shorcan Energy Brokers Inc.
Peter serves on the board of directors of CanPX, a transparency system that is a joint venture of Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC), Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) member firms represented on the IIAC Debt Markets Committee (Primary Dealers Section) along with inter-dealer brokers operating in domestic debt markets.
Peter sits on IIROC’s Fixed Income Committee which advises on the development of rules and policies for trading of fixed income securities. As a past-chair, Peter now also serves on the Board of Directors of The SandBox Project.

Devon Cranson, President & Founder, Cranson Capital
Devon Cranson is the President of Cranson Capital, a boutique investment banking firm founded in 2006. He has extensive expertise and experience in all aspects of commercial financing, M&A and capital raising. Cranson Capital consists of two divisions: Cranson Capital Solutions – a corporate finance advisory firm and Cranson Capital Securities – registered with the OSC as an Exempt Market Dealer to raise capital from accredited investors. Since 2012, Cranson Capital Securities has raised over $65 million from accredited investors for real estate, technology and high growth investment opportunities. Devon and his team work with some of Toronto’s premiere real estate developers and builders to facilitate financing for their projects.
Prior to founding Cranson Capital, Devon worked for a top tier Canadian chartered bank in their commercial markets division in Toronto. Prior to commercial banking, he founded and operated a sports business for 15 years. Devon is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and an Accredited Mortgage Professional, he graduated from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, B.Comm Finance.

Curt Cumming, President, Goodwood Inc.
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.

Mark Damelin, President, CommonWealth Fund Services
Mark 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; 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. Mark serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of CommonWealth, and its parent Caledon Trust Company, as well as acting as a director on its board.

Faizan Dhanani, Executive Vice-President, Head of Sales, Horizons ETFs
With 14 years of experience in the Canadian investment industry, Faizan Dhanani is Executive Vice President and Head of Sales for Horizons ETFs’ Canadian retail sales division, where he oversees the company’s retail and institutional sales operations. Since joining Horizons in 2004, Faizan has implemented effective sales and marketing strategies that continue to reach Canadian investment advisors and money managers, and have contributed to Horizons ETFs overall growth in becoming one of Canada’s major ETF providers, with 70 listed ETFs and over $4 billion in ETF assets worldwide.
Faizan began his career in August 2000 as a Calgary-based investment advisor with ScotiaMcLeod, where he focused on building a fee-based retail advisory practice. In 2003, Faizan moved to the investment fund side of the industry, and has since held various senior sales positions, including inside sales with AIM Trimark Investments, wholesaling as Vice President of Sales at Horizons/Jovian Funds and Senior Vice President, Sales at Horizons ETFs.

Jason Donville, President and CEO, Donville Kent Asset Management
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.

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.

Stephen Freedman, President, CEO, Chief Compliance Officer, Sloane Capital
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.

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.

Stephen Hoffman, Vice President, Exchange Traded Funds, RBC Global Asset Management Inc.
As Vice President, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), at RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM), Stephen leads the product development and management agenda for RBC GAM’s presence in the Canadian ETF market, and supports the utilization of RBC ETFs across all relevant distribution channels.
Previously at RBC GAM, Stephen was responsible for direct-to-investor strategies, working with RBC Direct Investing to develop and implement strategies to increase the profile of mutual funds with self-directed investors. Prior to that, he was responsible for product management of the RBC Funds and RBC Private Pools. As part of this role, Stephen led the re-design and re-launch of RBC Managed Portfolios, a proprietary mutual fund wrap program targeted at the mass affluent market.
Prior to joining RBC GAM in 2003, Stephen spent five years at TD Asset Management, were he was responsible for product development for TD Mutual Funds. He led a number of significant projects while at TD, including planning and executing the TD-CT mutual fund merger, and the design and launch of TD’s ETF initiative.
A CA, CPA and CFA, Stephen received an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Peter Jarman, National Marketing Director, Axcess Capital Advisors
Peter Jarman is the National Marketing Director for Axcess Capital Advisors Inc., which is registered as an Investment Fund Manager, Restricted Portfolio Manager and Exempt Market Dealer in Calgary, Alberta. Since 2001, Peter has worked in the exempt market, with experience as an investment issuer, managing partner and team leader, both in sales and operations. Prior to working with the Axcess Capital Group of Companies, Peter provided consulting services with product issuers, assisting in building new distribution channels for exempt market investment offerings with EMDs and IIROC firms. Peter is an engaging presenter and writer, and contributed a chapter on real estate in mixed asset portfolios for the book Taxation, Valuation and Investment Strategies in Volatile Markets (Carswell, 2010).

Warren Jestin, Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Warren Jestin is Scotiabank’s Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979. Warren is a popular public speaker on Canadian and International economic issues, meeting with clients and experts from around the globe to keep pace with the latest economic, political and financial market developments. Warren is on Advisory Boards for the Sobey School of Business at St. Mary’s University, and the University of Guelph where he is the Economist in Residence at the College of Management & Economics. Warren also serves on several other advisory boards including The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education and the Markham Stouffville Hospital, where he is past Chair.
He has also been a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council and has been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade.
Before joining Scotiabank, Warren earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several universities.

Alex Jurshevski, Founder, Recovery Partners
Alex is the founder of Recovery Partners and has more than 25 years of experience in investment management, M&A and advisory work. Alex was formerly a Managing Director of Bankers Trust and prior to that he was with Nomura's Investment Banking Division, a member of the European Management Committee at NIplc and Chair of the Emerging Markets Trading Committee. In the early 90's Alex was recruited to turn around the portfolio management operations for the government of New Zealand. He was a member of the Advisory Panel on Government Debt Management and the World Bank's Government Borrowers Forum. He has been involved in over USD 40 billion of financial restructurings and over USD 20 Billion of primary transactions. Mr. Jurshevski is a past board member of the Turnaround Management Association and a director of a publicly traded (TSX) high-yield bond fund. He also does pro bono work for several charities. His language skills include English, French, and German.

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, AIMA
Jiri Krol joined AIMA in April 2010, was appointed Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs in April 2011 and in May 2013 became Deputy CEO. Prior to joining AIMA, he worked at the European Commission, where he was responsible for the coordination of the Commission’s policy towards the Financial Stability Board and the G20.
Jiri 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. While at the Commission, he also worked on the Non-Equity Market Transparency and the Commodity Derivatives reviews.
Previously, Jiri 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, which involved finalising the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD II) and the Solvency II Directive as well as the Credit Rating Agencies regulation negotiations.
He studied international relations, economics and politics at Tufts University, London School of Economics and Sciences Po.

James Loewen, National Leader, 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.

Romain Marguet, Director, Business Development, JC Clark Investments

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.

Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President, First Asset ETFs
Rohit Mehta brings 15 years of experience in the financial services industry as Senior Vice President of First Asset and as a member of the senior management team. Rohit is integral in all three of First Asset's product lines: Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Mutual Funds and Closed-End Funds.
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.

Louise Morwick, Founder and President, Silvercreek Management
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).

Cora Pettipas, Vice President & Board of Director, National Exempt Market Association (NEMA)
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.

Chris Pitts, Partner, Audit & Assurance Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Chris is a Partner in the Asset Management Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Toronto in the Audit and Assurance Group. He focuses his time entirely on the wealth management industry and leads PwC’s alternative investment funds sector.
Chris has over twenty years of experience in the industry, encompassing experience with a broad range of investment management clients, including asset management companies, retail and institutional investment vehicles, offshore funds and a variety of alternative fund products. He provides audit services to various investment managers and fund complexes, reporting under Canadian and US GAAP as well as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Additionally he spent a year in PwC’s New York office working in their investment management practice.
Chris has advised clients on a wide range of industry-related issues such as developing and enhancing operational investment management processes, structuring of complex fund products, fair valuation processes and regulatory compliance requirements on investment operations. He also provides advice to clients on accounting and financial reporting matters, including requirements for transition to IFRS. Chris is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
Chris has just completed 8 years serving on the Executive Committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association—Canada (AIMA). He is a member of the Investment Fund Institute of Canada (IFIC) Accounting Advisory Committee and also serves on the CPA Canada Investment Funds Standing Committee. In addition, Chris serves on the Board of the Young People’s Theatre.

Professional Qualifications:
Chartered Accountant, Ontario
Chartered Accountant, England and Wales
MSc. in Statistics, University of Toronto, 1989
BSc. in Mathematics, Imperial College, University of London, 1988

Yves Rebetez,
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, Director, 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.
Chris Rowan, Head Trader & Portfolio Manager, NewGen Asset Management Ltd.
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.
Matt Shandro, President & Portfolio Manager, Fulcra Asset Management
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.
Danielle Skipp, Chief Operating Officer, SW8
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.
Gregory Smith, President & CEO, InstarAGF Asset Management
As President and CEO of InstarAGF Asset Management, Mr. Smith brings more than 20 years of unparalleled experience in the investment, operation, acquisition, and financing of public and private infrastructure, real estate, power, and utility businesses. Prior to founding InstarAGF, Gregory was Managing Partner and head of Brookfield Financial’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Group. Gregory was also the President of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada Ltd. where he was responsible for the establishment, growth and operations of Macquarie's unlisted and listed funds business in Canada along with the active management of Macquarie's Canadian assets owned by off-shore funds. Prior to Macquarie, Gregory was Managing Director and Co-Head of RBC Capital Partners - Mezzanine Fund and a Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance.
Mr. Smith has held various positions on the Board of Directors and acted as an observer/advisor to Board of Directors for several reporting issuers including 407ETR International, AltaLink Management Ltd. and Leisureworld Senior Care GP Inc. as well as private companies such as Sea-to-Sky Highway Investment Limited Partnership and Erie Shores Wind Farm. Mr. Smith currently sits on the advisory boards of Lighthouse Equity Partners, a private equity provider, and Avrio Ventures, an agriculture technology fund.
Mr. Smith is currently the Chair and past President of Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association ("CVCA") and currently sits on the advisory boards of Lighthouse Equity Partners, a private equity provider, and Avrio Ventures, an agriculture technology fund. Gregory is a Chartered Accountant, a Chartered Business Valuator, and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen's University.
 
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