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WAISC Niagara 2015 Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Gregory Coleman, Founder & CEO, Coleman Worldwide Advisors
Geoffrey King, Director/Senior Advisor, Financial Services Industry, Cisco Canada
Rachel S.L. Minard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Minard Capital

Gregory Coleman, Founder & CEO, Coleman Worldwide Advisors
Gregory Coleman is the FBI Special Agent responsible for the criminal investigation of Jordan Belfort. Belfort’s rise to power and subsequent arrest and conviction are chronicled in the movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The movie was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio. Mr. Coleman was portrayed by Kyle Chandler.
Mr. Coleman recently retired from the FBI with over 25 years of experience investigating financial crimes and money laundering. Mr. Coleman specialized in complex market manipulation and international money laundering investigations with a special emphasis on investigations where the proceeds of crime were laundered using offshore shell corporations and trusts. As the case agent in charge of those investigations, Mr. Coleman was responsible for the overall direction of all investigative activities, including the tracing of illicit funds, witness interviews, confidential source development, and document analysis.
Coleman Worldwide Advisors provides anti-money laundering (AML)/Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) training and consulting services to the financial community and other firms subject to AML/BSA regulations. The training is unique in that it is based on the real-life experiences of law enforcement officers, regulatory authorities, and financial industry participants.
Mr. Coleman is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer on “The Wolf of Wall Street” investigation as well as topics including International Money Laundering; Risks Associated with Bitcoin; and Understanding and Using Body Language & Statement Analysis. Mr. Coleman has spoken to audiences in 14 countries and has significant experience giving presentations utilizing simultaneous translation.

Geoffrey King, Director/Senior Advisor, Financial Services Industry, Cisco Canada
Geoff leads Cisco’s Industry Transformation portfolio for the Financial Services Sector in Canada. Geoff works with Business leaders to develop initiatives that leverage Cisco’s Internet of Everything expertise, solutions and services to improve operating economics, enable agile and collaborative workplaces, and transition to digital operating models through Innovation partnerships.
Geoff draws on a broad foundation of experience gained through leadership roles in Business Strategy, Organization Transformation, Strategic Alliances and M&A Integration in key sectors including Oil and Gas, I/T Services, Telecommunications, and Financial Services.
Prior to joining Cisco, Geoff worked with the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, a private-public partnership comprised of Financial Services organizations, three levels of Government and Educational Institutions, focused on enhancing the international reputation of the Toronto region as a vibrant Top 10 Global Financial Centre.
Prior to returning to Canada in 2009, Geoff was based in Barbados with FirstCaribbean International Bank, CIBC’s Caribbean subsidiary with operations in 21 countries, building the organization capabilities to profitably expand into new markets.
Prior to that, Geoff was based in Houston Texas with Williams Communications, where he led the integration of several acquisitions, the restructuring of the organization, and the development of Strategic Alliances with US and International firms.

Rachel S.L. Minard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Minard Capital
Rachel S.L. Minard is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minard Capital, a leading independent, global asset raising consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, California. The firm is dedicated to offering strategic, asset raising consulting services to alternative investment management firms around the world. Minard Capital is not a broker/dealer nor third-party marketer.
Before building Minard Capital, Rachel built and managed global institutional investment businesses for 22 years, including 14 years building fund of hedge fund firms, notably Cadogan Management and Corbin Capital Partners. Having raised over $10 billion in her career, Rachel started her marketing career in 1991 after her first company was hired to build the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
Rachel, widely regarded as a leader in the hedge fund industry, has won numerous industry awards for institutional marketing and serves on several-high profile advisory boards. She has been featured on CNBC, TEDx and NPR and speaks alongside the world’s preeminent sophisticated investors on all facets of hedge fund investing. She also serves on the Investment Sub-Committee of the Westover School Endowment.
Rachel received her undergraduate degree in Journalism with honors from Northeastern University with notable distinction as a Wesley W. Marple Distinguished Lecturer by the university. Her first book, “ The Art of the Institutional Sale” is slated to be published in 2015.

SPEAKING FACULTY (by lastname)
Jeff Anderson, Managing Director, Barclays
Matthew Barnes, Associate Director of Sales, Centurion Asset Management Inc.
Jeff Baryshnik, President, Republic Funds
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Scott Boniferro, Product Manager, Invesco Canada
Michael Burns, Partner, BLG
Thomas S. Caldwell, Founder & Chairman, Caldwell Securities Ltd.
Federico Candiolo, Counsel, ASW Law
Charbel Cheaib, Executive Director, Business Development, CIBC Mellon
Doug Clark, Managing Director, Head of Research, ITG
Jennifer Collins, Director, Carne Global Financial Services (Cayman)
Devon Cranson, Founder & President, Cranson Capital
Curt Cumming, President, Goodwood Inc.
Vipool Desai, President, Ara Compliance Support
Rich Donovan, CEO, The Return on Disability Group
Rob Duncan, V.P. Corporate Development & Client Service, NewGen Asset Management
Reid Duthie, Vice President, Capital Operations, KV Capital
Steve Elliott, Managing Partner, Western Canada Sales, i9 Capital Consulting Inc.
Peter Figura, Director Sales, RISE Properties
Kevvie Fowler, Parner, KPMG
Brian Fraser, Director of Sales, Centurion Asset Management Inc.
Scott Hickerson, Partner & Vice President, Picton Mahoney
Peter Jarman, National Marketing Director, Axcess Capital Advisors
Alex Jurshevski, Founder, Recovery Partners
Kripa Kapadia, Director, Business Developments, RP Investment Advisors
David Kirzinger, Principal, Rise Properties Trust
Nick Kyprianou, President & CEO, RiverRock Mortgage Investment Corporation
Mark Lackey, President, Presmont Group
James Loewen, Partner, Audit and National Director, Canadian Asset Management Practice, KPMG
Dennis MacPherson, Senior Vice President, SGGG Fund Services Inc.
Andrew McCreath, President & CEO, Forge First Asset Management Inc.
Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President, First Asset ETFs
Jessel Mendes, Partner, Ernst & Young Ltd.
Scott Miller, Director, EdgeHill Partners
Jacqueline O'Flanagan, Head of Canada & Regional Director, FTSE Russell
Fred Pye, Vice President & Partner, Landry Investment Management
Daniel Stanley, Vice President, BMO ETFs Ontario, BMO Global Asset Management
John Stephenson, President & CEO, Stephenson & Company Capital Management
James Tharin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Clearing
Shelby Weldon, Director, Licensing and Authorisation, Bermuda Monetary Authority
John Whiley, Vice President, SS&C GlobeOp
Jordan Lee Wimmer, Co-Founder, Kyro Capital

Jeff Anderson, Managing Director, Barclays
Jeffrey Anderson is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Institutional team for EFS Sales, Americas at Barclays. Based in New York, Mr. Anderson is responsible for managing a team that focuses on North American public and corporate pensions, consultants, endowments and foundations within the public and private markets investable space across multiple asset classes.
Mr. Anderson joined Barclays in 2005 from Merrill Lynch where he worked in a similar capacity. Prior to that, he was at Fidelity Investments where he was a Trader on the Investment Grade Trading desk.
Mr. Anderson received an MBA from Columbia's Graduate School of Business and received a BA from Skidmore College.

Matthew Barnes, Associate Director of Sales, Centurion Asset Management Inc.
Matthew Barnes joined Centurion REIT in June 2014 as Associate Director, Sales. He has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry and was most recently Regional Sales Manager at First Trust Portfolios Canada. Matthew also held sales and client relationship roles at Renaissance Investments where he was the Business Development Manager for Alberta North and prior to that was an equity trader at the Telus Pension Fund in Edmonton. Matthew is also a level 3 candidate in the CFA program and continues to expand his skill set through industry courses.

Jeff Baryshnik, President, Republic Funds
Jeff Baryshnik HBA MBA CIM FCSI is the President of Republic Funds, an activist real estate investment firm that acquires and improves apartment and office buildings across the United States. Prior to forming Republic Funds in 2009, Mr Baryshnik worked at leading global investment funds including Citadel, at which he initiated its Canadian Value & Special Situations portfolio, which grew to more than $800 million. He began his career in Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group, and has participated in more than $15 billion of acquisitions.
Outside of Republic Funds, Jeff Baryshnik is a Trustee of True North Commercial REIT. He is also a Director on the Huron College Alumni Board at Western University and a member of the Mount Sinai (Toronto) Hospital Board of Governors. He is a past co-chair of the UJA Young Bay Street division.
Jeff Baryshnik is the author of an investment book that was published in 1999 and 2001 by Random House, and he placed first in the national TD Waterhouse Investment Challenge in 1996 and 1997. A value investor with an appreciation for financial history, Mr Baryshnik in a 1997 newspaper article presciently compared the stock market to the Tulip Bubble, forecasting a major crash. In early 2008, he correctly predicted in an NYU Economics report that the stock market decline was in its infancy.
Jeff Baryshnik received an MBA (Stern Scholar) from New York University’s Stern School of Business and an HBA (Ivey Scholar) from the Ivey School of Business at Western University; he is a recipient of the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation’s premier Loran Award. Mr Baryshnik lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

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.

Scott Boniferro, Product Manager, Invesco Canada
Scott Boniferro is a product manager with Invesco Canada, focused on managing the firm’s Canadian lineup of PowerShares® funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). His areas of expertise include smart beta indexing as well as ETF portfolio implementations, liquidity analysis and trade execution.
Mr. Boniferro joined Invesco in 2011. Previously, he was with TD Wealth, where he worked closely with investment advisors and financial planners in progressively senior roles in practice management and sales/acquisitions.
Mr. Boniferro earned a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds the Certified Financial Planner® and Certified International Wealth Manager designations and is a Fellow of the CSI®.

Michael Burns, Partner, BLG
Michael Burns is a partner in the Investment Management Group in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His primary focus is in the areas of securities law, hedge funds and structured products with additional experience in the financing of junior resource issuers. Michael has extensive experience in the structuring, offering and sale of structured investment products such as commodity pools and closed ended investment trusts. Michael also provides counsel to both foreign and domestic domiciled investment fund managers and advisors on the offering of their investment funds and services in Ontario.
Michael's securities work involves a wide variety of mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and corporate finance transactions which include take-over bids (hostile and friendly), proxy contests, private placements, rights offerings, and initial public offerings, acting on behalf of both issuers and underwriters/agents. Michael's corporate finance experience has included issuers in industries such as mining (both junior and senior issuers), advertising/corporate communications, television/entertainment production, real estate investment trusts and transportation.
Michael provides on-going advice to public issuers concerning continuous disclosure obligations, shareholder communications, executive compensation, corporate governance, preparations for annual and special meetings and general corporate matters.

Thomas S. Caldwell, Founder & Chairman, Caldwell Securities Ltd.
Thomas S. Caldwell graduated from McGill University in 1965, and has been actively involved in the investment industry since that time. Mr. Caldwell is Chairman of Caldwell Securities Ltd., an organization founded in 1980. Caldwell Securities Ltd. is a diversified investment company with affiliate organizations providing investment management, brokerage and insurance services to a broad spectrum of investors throughout North America and around the world.
In June 2014, Mr. Caldwell was inducted into the IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame. Mr. Caldwell is CEO and a Director of Urbana Corporation, a publicly traded investment company and Chairman of the Canadian Securities Exchange (“CSE”), “The Exchange for Entrepreneurs”. He also serves on the Board of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute in Ottawa. Mr. Caldwell was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of The Lincoln and Welland Regiment in January 2014.
Mr. Caldwell is a past Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and one of the leading experts in capital markets, particularly in trading environments. He is recognized as one of the world’s foremost investors in securities exchanges.
Caldwell Securities Ltd. and its affiliates were the second-largest owners of the New York Stock Exchange prior to the NYSE’s demutualization. Mr. Caldwell has, through his career, been actively involved in addressing social and community needs.
He was awarded Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his activities on behalf of Canadian Veterans. In 2003 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada for his work in assisting those in need as well as contributing to institutions working to better the lives of others. In 2012, he received Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his efforts on behalf of the disadvantaged.
Mr. Caldwell and his wife Dorothy have been married since 1966 and have two sons, Brendan and Theo, and four grandchildren.

Federico Candiolo, Counsel, ASW Law
Federico Candiolo joined ASW Law in 2008 as Corporate Counsel. He is admitted in Bermuda, England, the Cayman Islands and Argentina. Prior to Bermuda, Federico practised for two years in the corporate commercial department of Maples and Calder in the Cayman Islands, focusing on capital markets and investment funds. He also spent five years at SJ Berwin LLP in London, working on banking and corporate finance transactions, particularly acquisition and property finance. His current practice focuses on insurance, captive formations, fund formations and ILS projects. Federico was educated at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy and the College of Law of England and Wales.

Charbel Cheaib, Executive Director, Business Development, CIBC Mellon
Charbel Cheaib, Executive Director, Business Development is responsible for CIBC Mellon's Alternative Investments clients as well as aligning the organization's service offering with the needs of industry participants as they evolve with changes in regulation, accounting, market conditions and other various factors.
Charbel Cheaib is a Chartered Accountant and prior to joining CIBC Mellon, Charbel worked with KPMG as a Senior Manager in the Investment Funds audit practice working with Canadian, U.S. and International hedge funds, reporting issuer mutual funds and asset managers, and their service providers.
Charbel is actively involved in a variety of regulatory and professional initiatives related to the asset management industry.

Doug Clark, Managing Director, Head of Research, ITG
Doug Clark, Managing Director, Research, has more than 20 years experience in the financial services and investment industry and was one of the original team members of ITG Canada. In his current position Mr. Clark is responsible for research relating to index, ETF, market structure, liquidity event, and market impact. Prior to joining ITG, Mr. Clark ran the program and electronic arm of a large Canadian bank, and prop traded equities and derivatives for a large Canadian trust company. Doug is the former Chair of both the Canadian Security Traders’ Association, as well as the Ontario Securities Commissions’ Market Structure Advisory Committee.

Jennifer Collins, Director, Carne Global Financial Services (Cayman)
Jennifer is a highly experienced Cayman Islands fund director with over 14 years of experience in the investment fund industry. She has a strong knowledge of investment fund structures and their administration having worked with many of the world’s leading asset managers. She has extensive experience in fund administration and is particularly familiar with fund set up, administration and documentary review requirements for Cayman Islands funds.
Jennifer joined Carne from Elian Fund Services in the Cayman Islands (formerly Ogier Fiduciary Services), where she was an Associate Director in the firm’s Director Services division. Prior to this she worked in the Cayman fund administration industry with UBS Fund Services (Cayman) and Fortis Fund Services (Cayman) Limited. Prior to that Jennifer worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG.
Jennifer is a qualified accountant with designations from Canada and the United States. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants and the Cayman Islands Directors Association. Jennifer is also a Director of Hedge Funds Care Cayman and currently serves on the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Cayman Peer Leverage Committee.

Devon Cranson, Founder & President, Cranson Capital
Devon Cranson is the founder and president of Cranson Capital, a boutique investment banking firm established in 2006. Devon has extensive expertise and experience in all aspects of commercial financing, M&A and capital raising. Cranson Capital is an Exempt Market Dealer raising capital from accredited investors for private placements in real estate and growth companies.
Cranson Capital is a 3-time winner of the Private Capital Markets Association’s Deal of the Year Award and recently ranked 49th on the Profit 500 fastest growing companies in Canada. Devon acts as the General Partner for two downtown Toronto condo developments. In addition to residential development, Cranson Capital has raised capital for Senior’s Housing, Student Housing, Medical Office Buildings and high growth technology companies.
Devon is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA).
Curt Cumming, President, Goodwood Inc.
Curt joined the company in 1999 as Head Trader to oversee Trading and Operations and became President in 2012. Curt sits on the investment committee and has over 20 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, Curt was an Institutional Equity Trader with Kearns Capital (now Paradigm Capital) and prior to that a high net worth Investment Advisor with Altamira Securities.
Vipool Desai, President, Ara Compliance Support
Vipool is President of Ara Compliance Support, which he co-founded in 2006. Since then, he has been providing ongoing compliance and registration support for independent dealers and portfolio managers. Vipool and his team of compliance professionals effectively serve as a compliance department for independent firms. The Ara team provides ongoing compliance support that is both comprehensive and integrated, through the application of proprietary processes.
Vipool earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, and holds the designations Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. He became a part of the industry in 1993 as a Compliance Officer for IIROC, and has subsequently held a variety of senior roles in the industry including running the Canadian compliance operations of an International Investment Bank. Vipool’s varied and extensive industry experience has given him a deep understanding of the application of regulatory rules and objectives in different business environments.
Rich Donovan, , CEO, The Return on Disability Group
Rich Donovan is Founder/CEO of The Return on Disability Group and is a globally recognized subject matter expert on the convergence of disability and corporate profitability. He has spent more than 10 years focused on defining and unlocking the economic value of the disability market for large companies and governments globally. Rich created the Return on Disability concept and model, the first of its kind. The Barclays Return on Disability ETN listed on the New York Stock Exchange on September 11th, 2014 under the ticker RODI.
Rich provides corporate and government clients with insights and tools to act on disability as a global emerging market. His proprietary and proven process translates disability success factors into specific actions that create sustainable value. His Annual Report, The Global Economics of Disability, is featured on the European Union web site and is frequently quoted by businesses, governments and NGOs when defining the size, scope and value of the disability market. He is frequently invited to addresses corporate and government audiences with his insights on the emerging market of disability.
Rich founded Lime (2006), the leading third party recruiter in the disability space, where he worked with Google, PepsiCo, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, IBM, TD Bank and others to help them attract and retain top talent from within the disability market. Identified as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Labor and featured in the Wall Street Journal, Lime does one thing very well—find great talent.
Rich has a combined 20 years of experience in portfolio and investment risk management. As a Proprietary Trader and Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch, Rich delivered consistent performance results focused on macro strategies with an event-driven overlay, using equity indices as a primary tool.
Rich holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BBA from Schulich School of Business at York University. Rich is an avid sailor and proud father of his son, Maverick, along with his wife, Jenn. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.
For more information, visit our website at www.rod-group.com
Rob Duncan, V.P. Corporate Development & Client Service, NewGen Asset Management
Rob joined NewGen in February of 2014. He formerly worked at State Street Bank & Trust as V.P. Foreign Exchange Sales & Trading and prior to that, as Managing Director at Burlington Capital Management Ltd., a L/S Hedge Fund. Prior to joining Burlington Capital, Rob was head of marketing and business development at a Toronto based Long/Short Energy Fund and previously was a portfolio manager with TD Asset Management where he managed a group of tactical asset allocation funds with mandates encompassing global equity, fixed income, and currency overlay. Prior to TD Bank, Rob spent eight years in trading and marketing roles at Bank of America in fixed income derivatives and foreign exchange. Rob graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Guelph and is a CFA Charterholder.
Reid Duthie, Vice President, Capital Operations, KV Capital
Reid Duthie is Vice President, Capital Operations for KV Capital based in Edmonton, Alberta. KV Capital manages the KV Mortgage Fund (MIC) along with direct syndicated investments totaling over $100MM.
Reid obtained BCOMM from UBC Commerce majoring in Real Estate. He completed his CA working for BDO Canada LLP, a national audit firm and obtained his CFA charter in 2011. Reid has previously worked for Brookfield, ENMAX and a Private Equity firm in Calgary.
Steve Elliott, Managing Partner, Western Canada Sales, i9 Capital Consulting Inc.
Steven is a proven sales and business development executive with over a decade of experience raising capital in the exempt market. Through his extensive background as a wholesaler, Steven has developed a magnitude of relationships and key contacts in the industry. Prior to joining i9, Steven was a registered life licensed advisor with his LLQP, was also Mutual Fund licensed with the MFDA from 2003-2005 and was Senior Vice President of Sales at Marquest Asset Management and was responsible for raising exempt market capital in Western Canada. Within his role at Marquest, he developed a pervasive training program for investment advisors that resulted in approximately $55 million raised for the MineralFields Super Flow-Through Fund. Steven has completed both his EMP and CSC and has his Chartered Investment Management Designation.
Peter Figura, Director Sales, RISE Properties
Peter has over 20 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 Exempt Edge, a publication of the National Exempt Market Association.
Kevvie Fowler, Parner, KPMG
Kevvie Fowler is a Partner in KPMG’s Risk Consulting Practice and has over 19 years of security and forensics experience. Proactively, Kevvie assists clients solve a variety of cyber security challenges ranging from defining key organizational assets to developing security assessment and governance strategies to protect them. Reactively, Kevvie leads a team of cyber forensic investigators who assist clients in preparing for, responding to and recovering from cyber attacks. He is author of Data Breach Response and Investigations and SQL Server Forensic Analysis as well as a contributing author to several security and forensics books. As a cyber security advocate, Kevvie is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and a media resource, who is often interviewed and has been quoted within a number of industry publications. Kevvie also sits on the SANS Advisory Board where he guides the direction of emerging security and forensic research.
Brian Fraser, Director of Sales, Centurion Asset Management Inc.
Brian has over 15 years of experience in both the financial services and alternatives investment industry. Prior to joining Centurion Asset Management, he was Regional Director of Sales at National Bank Investments where he was responsible for building sales and relationships with advisors throughout Ontario. Previous to that, he was a Senior Vice President at VentureLink Funds where he was instrumental in driving sales and business development in Ontario. Mr. Fraser has also held various sales mandates at Fidelity Investments. Throughout Brian’s professional career, the experiences he has acquired in mutual funds, private pools, Separate Managed Accounts for HNW investors, ETFs, structured products as well as private equity and venture capital has afforded him the ability to fully craft his understanding of the financial services industry.
Scott Hickerson, Partner & Vice President, Picton Mahoney
Scott is a Partner and Vice President at Picton Mahoney Asset Management. Drawing on two decades of experience in the industry and Picton Mahoney’s portfolio construction and authentic hedge expertise, Scott works with advisors to implement the best solutions for protecting and growing client wealth. Scott began his investment career at Franklin Templeton Investments in 1995 where he worked in client services, dealer services, and various sales roles before becoming Regional Vice President, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Western Ontario and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).

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).

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.

Kripa Kapadia, Director, Business Developments, RP Investment Advisors
Kripa Kapadia joined RP Investment Advisors in February 2015 as Director of Business Development. Prior to joining RP Investment Advisors, Kripa spent nine years with Scotiabank’s Prime Brokerage team, focused on Prime Brokerage Sales and Marketing and Capital Introduction. With an international background, Kripa spent the majority of her life in Hong Kong and the UK. Kripa began her career in finance at Goldman Sachs International (London) within Private Wealth Management and Prime Brokerage, after graduating from the London School of Economics with a degree in Accounting and Finance.

David Kirzinger, Principal, Rise Properties Trust
Dave Kirzinger has a distinguished career in real estate acquisitions, development, asset and property management focused on mixed-use, multi-family rental and condominium projects.
Dave began his career with two large and well-respected national/international firms, Trammell Crow Residential and Intrawest, where he learned to balance market nuances and changes with the rigorous demands of publicly traded companies. He was then recruited to run the US investment group of Belkorp Industries, Balaclava Holdings.
Understanding his ability to create value quickly, AvalonBay entered the Seattle market in 1997 and brought Dave on board to lead their regional office. In the next four years, the firm acquired, developed and redeveloped 3,000 units in the Seattle area. With this success, AvalonBay expanded Dave’s responsibilities to include the asset management of an additional 5,000 homes in California.
After his tenure with AvalonBay, Dave became the operating partner with MOSAIC Homes, a leading Vancouver, BC company. Dave led the US division and began his work with two new townhome developments in Redmond, totaling 145 units. He and the firm went on to purchase 1,100 apartments in 9 properties across the Puget Sound. Six of these properties were converted to condominiums while three were held as apartments. Under Dave’s leadership, MOSAIC was the first to see a market ripe for conversions, and to also see the declining sales environment, and exit the market.

 

Nick Kyprianou, President & CEO, RiverRock Mortgage Investment Corporation
Nick is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Prior to founding RiverRock in 2014, Nick was the CEO at Equity Financial Trust. Before joining Equity Financial, Nick was the President and also a director at Home Trust Company for over 18 years, where he was instrumental in the company’s national expansion, mortgage growth and operations. Nick obtained his degree from McMaster University in 1986, has completed the Executive Program at the Queen’s School of Business as well as the Institute of Corporate Directors Program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Business.

Mark Lackey, President, Presmont Group
Mark Lackey has spent over 35 years in the brokerage, investment banking, resource and mining business in Canada and the United States. He began his career at the Bank of Canada in the economics and forecasting section. He then joined the Bank of Montreal in the commodities section and was responsible for a wide range of activities including price and cycle forecasts. To further develop his commodity knowledge, he moved to the oil business where he remained for over 10 years at Gulf Canada, Chevron Canada and Petro-Canada.
He transferred these energy commodity skills directly to an investment banking career at Brawley Cathers Limited, Blackmont Capital, and, Hampton Securities. He was chief investment strategist at Pope and Company responsible for both developing investment strategy and communicating the investment strategy through a newsletter and blog while making over 250 appearances on BNN Television and SUN TV. Most recently he was with CHF Capital Markets and now with Presmont Group, a capital markets advisory firm.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Waterloo.

James Loewen, Partner, Audit and National Director, Canadian Asset Management Practice, KPMG
James Loewen is an audit partner with the financial services practice of KPMG and has over twenty years’ experience in the investment management industry. James is the National Director of KPMG’s Canadian asset management practice and also runs the financial institutions and real estate audit practice in Toronto. James’ current clients include a number of alternative and mutual fund investment managers and domestic and off-shore funds, as well as several service providers to the investments industry. James is the former Chair of the IFIC Accounting Advisory Working Group and is a member of a CICA task force examining financial reporting by Canadian investment funds.

Dennis MacPherson, Senior Vice President, SGGG Fund Services Inc.
Mr. Dennis MacPherson has diverse experience in investment fund operations.
He began his career supporting TD Waterhouse brokerage operations, and would later earn a senior management role in Investment Fund Operations where he was responsible for transaction processing for all TD brokerage and retail distribution channels, and all TD Mutual Funds products.
He was then recruited by Felcom Data under Jovian Capital as the Chief Operating Officer. There, he developed and grew the business to the point where it was targeted and acquired by CIBC Mellon. After ensuring an orderly transition of all Clients, staff and business processes, he made the decision to assume his current role at SGGG-FSI.
Mr. MacPherson has been an industry leader in process improvement change as a Member or Chair of several Committees and Working Groups, and is currently an active Member of the FundSERV Standards Steering Committee. He has also participated in several high-profile speaking engagements, including: the annual IFIC Conference, CCMA Information Sessions on STP, the IFIC Dealer Operations Forum, a panel discussion on Pooled Funds hosted by PMAC, and an Emerging Managers panel hosted by AIMA.

Andrew McCreath, President & CEO, Forge First Asset Management Inc.
Andrew is a Co-Founder of hedge fund Forge First Asset Management Inc. His 25 years of investment industry experience includes more than 15 years of managing money during which time he was a founding shareholder of two successful money management organizations that were sold to larger organizations.

After being a top-ranked sell-side securities analyst at leading investment banks for 7 years, Andrew moved to the money management side of the business. He was a founding shareholder of Synergy Mutual Funds which was sold to CI Financial in October 2003. Andrew started his first hedge fund business, Waterfall Investments, in April 2004 which was sold to Sentry Investments in August 2008 when Andrew also officially joined the Sentry team. During his three years at Sentry, Andrew managed the Sentry Diversified Total Return Fund, winner of 2010 Lipper Award, and the Sentry Market Neutral LP, winner of 2010 Morningstar Best Relative Value Hedge Fund (Gold in 2010). Once an entrepreneur and always an entrepreneur, Andrew left Sentry at the end of August 2011 to launch Forge First Asset Management, and now he is also a Market Commentator on BNN-TV, Canada’s only all-business television station (www.bnn.ca), and Host of "Weekly with Andrew McCreath".

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.

Jessel Mendes, Partner, Ernst & Young Ltd.
Jessel Mendes is a Bermuda-based Partner in Ernst & Young’s Asset Management Practice. He has over 10 years of experience in the hedge fund industry and has worked extensively with numerous investment vehicles in the onshore and offshore markets. Jessel is the engagement partner on many of EY’s larger hedge fund audits falling under US, Canadian, and international reporting requirements. He joined the Bermuda practice in 1995 and was promoted to partner in 1999. Prior to joining EY’s Bermuda office, he was employed by EY’s Ottawa, Canada office. Jessel became a chartered accountant in 1992 and is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants of both Ontario and Bermuda.

Scott Miller, Director, EdgeHill Partners
Scott is a Director at EdgeHill Partners focused on sales and distribution.
Prior to joining EHP Scott played key roles in the marketing and distribution of two leading Canadian hedge funds, both of which were nominated for "Hedge Fund of the year" by Morningstar in 2004 and 2012 respectively. Scott gained experience in the asset management industry as an IA and PM at Merrill Lynch, Charles Schwab, and Macquarie Bank of Australia.
Scott has also advised many private clients, family offices, endowments and pension plans over the years. He is often called upon to comment on and contribute in various industry publications including radio and TV on the subject of hedge funds. Scott has a degree in Economics from Dalhousie University and studied at Warwick Business School in England.

Jacqueline O'Flanagan, Head of Canada & Regional Director, FTSE Russell
Jacqueline O’Flanagan is Head of Canada & Regional Director for FTSE Russell and has a pivotal role in driving the company’s growth across the Canadian investment community. In this position, she leads country sales and marketing activities to ensure FTSE Russell indexing solutions are accessible and consistently meeting investor demand. This extends to cross-functional coordination with FTSE Russell Research, Partnerships, Client Services and Custom Solutions teams to meet customer needs. Prior to FTSE Russell, Jackie was most recently Global Account Manager at Morningstar, managing their top accounts in Canada and the U.S. She has over 15 years of experience working in the institutional investment community.

Fred Pye, Vice President & Partner, Landry Investment Management
Fred began his career in the early 1980’s working on the floor of the Montreal Stock Exchange and followed by responsibility for managing the Currency, Precious Metals and Brokerage Operations of Guardian Trust Company. During the launch of the free-trade era, he worked on various institutional desks promoting Canadian Investment ideas to U.S. Institutions. In 1989, he joined Fidelity Investments Canada and was an integral part of a dynamic team that attracted over $7.5 Billion in assets in 5 years. At Fidelity, Fred was exposed to some of the earliest techniques in quantitative management. In 1998, Fred designed and founded Argentum Management and Research, an asset management firm dedicated to providing a full line of quantitative investment management products. Argentum was sold in 2001. Fred is currently a Shareholder and Partner at Landry Investment Management.
Fred has an Honours Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Concordia University. He sits on the Board of the Anglican Funds, West Island Youth Services and Concordia University Champions Club.

Daniel Stanley, Vice President, BMO ETFs Ontario, BMO Global Asset Management
Daniel’s 15 years of experience in the capital markets industry includes positions in sales and investment management in Toronto and New York City. During his 7 years at CIBC World Markets he developed expertise in helping advisors use structured products and foreign exchange solutions. He managed global currency exposure at Bloomberg LP, and previously held a role as an investment advisor at RBC Dominion Securities, where he advised clients on security selection and portfolio management. Daniel's consultative approach to working with investors is well suited to increasing the awareness of BMO ETFs among retail and institutional clients. Daniel is a CFA Charterholder and holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from McGill University.

John Stephenson, President & CEO, Stephenson & Company Capital Management
John Stephenson is the president and chief executive officer of Stephenson & Company Capital Management, where he is responsible for overall firm direction.
Prior to establishing Stephenson & Company Capital Management, John was a senior vice president and portfolio manager at First Asset. At First Asset he was responsible for heading most of the equity mandates as well as being instrumental in creating and leading the portfolio management team.
Mr. Stephenson is the author of The Little Book of Commodity Investing (John Wiley & Sons-2010), which has been translated into six languages and Shell Shocked: How Canadians Can Invest After the Collapse (John Wiley & Sons-2009).
John holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from INSEAD, as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designations.

James Tharin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Clearing
Securities class action claim filing is a natural fit for James Tharin.
After graduating from Carleton College in 1981 with a degree in Political Science, Jim joined Merrill Lynch and then Shearson/American Express as a retail account executive. In 1985 Jim joined Fossett Corporation as a market making member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). During his time working with Steve Fossett, Jim worked the trading pits of the CBOE as Fossett Corporation's Vice President of Trading. Through his service on several key CBOE committees, he helped build the options industry into the massive derivatives market that we know today.
In 1993, Jim founded Certificate Clearing Corporation, and under his leadership the firm became the preeminent class action coupon market-maker in the United States. Over fifteen years, CCC recovered over $200 million dollars for harmed class members in 20 unique class action coupon settlements.
Jim has served as an expert witness in countless class action lawsuits and sat as a member of an advisory panel before the Federal Trade Commission. He has been cited in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Daily Law Bulletin, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Crain’s Business, among other outlets. Jim and his team pioneered many of the most effective methods to bring value to the class action claimant, often in settlements where they would have otherwise received nothing.
Jim’s dual expertise in trading and class actions made him uniquely qualified to found Chicago Clearing Corporation, in 2005, to help harmed investors recover funds in class action securities settlements. CCC has become the leading class action securities claim filing service, recovering funds for over 1,250 institutional investors who represent over 2 million individual accounts and manage assets in excess of $2 trillion. Since 2009, CCC has recovered over $145 million for harmed securities class action litigants.
Currently, Jim is the Chairman of the Class Action Committee of SIFMA and is a member of the Proxy Committee of SIFMA.

Shelby Weldon, Director, Licensing and Authorisation, Bermuda Monetary Authority
Shelby Weldon is the Director of Licensing and Authorisation at the Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA), the island’s regulator that supervises all financial services in the jurisdiction, including banks, along with trust, investment and insurance companies. With nearly 20 years’ experience in Bermuda’s international insurance market, Shelby has worked in his current role since 2006 and is a member of the BMA executive. He began his career as a certified public accountant, working as an auditor and captive manager; he later served as Inspector of Companies for Bermuda’s Registrar of Companies. Born in Bermuda, he graduated from Howard University, Washington DC, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

John Whiley, Vice President, SS&C GlobeOp
John Whiley is a Vice-President of Hedge Fund Administration Services for SS&C Globe Op Bermuda. John has 24 years of experience in investment administration, including accounting and financial reporting, governance services, and operational support for hedge funds, listed funds, fund of funds, partnerships, master/feeder structures, reinsurance entities and segregated account vehicles in Bermuda. He has serviced the specialised requirements of investment structures, sponsors, and managers in the insurance linked securities (ILS) market since 2002, leading SS&C’s ILS administration services. John is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia, holds a Graduate Diploma of Business from Queensland University, Australia, and completed the New Zealand Professional Examinations in Accountancy.

Jordan Lee Wimmer, Co-Founder, Kyro Capital
Jordan Lee Wimmer is the co-founder of Kyro Capital, a capital-raising firm dedicated to the alternative investment industry (hedge, PE, venture, tech). At Kyro, we consult to entrepreneurs in the alternative investment industry on strategy, branding, and capital-raising, and provide access to institutional pools of financing predominantly in the Toronto and EMEA markets. Prior to co-founding Kyro, Jordan was a Director at DQN Global Capital Partners, a London-based third-party marketer and a Partner at Nomos Capital Partners, where she ran the EMEA capital-raising desk out of London. Jordan began her career on the buy-side at EFG Bank (Monaco) and holds an MBA from the International University of Monaco and an Honors BA from The University of Western Ontario. An avid entrepreneur, Jordan is passionate about mentoring and giving back to the community. She currently serves as a mentor to UnCollege and SFPD and sf.citi’s Future Grads Tech Program. Jordan has lived in 5 countries and travelled to more than 47 countries. She is currently based in San Francisco, California and Toronto, Canada.

 
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