WAISC

WAISC 2015 Sponsors

DIAMOND SPONSOR

KPMG's Financial Services Practice consists of more than 600 experienced professionals across Canada. With access to one of the largest global industry networks we offer customized, industry-focused Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. Our Financial Services teams have the experience, technical skills and industry focus to help clients address and overcome sector-specific business challenges. We help to clarify the issues and enhance competitive advantage.

Our Financial Services practice comprises four areas of focus:
• Banking
• Asset Management & Alternative Investments
• Insurance
• Investment Dealers
KPMG’s dedicated and results oriented approach can see you through your toughest business challenges. With our dynamic portfolio, we can help our clients realize their potential.

GOLD SPONSORS

BMO Capital Markets is a Canadian prime brokerage leader and provides full service prime brokerage to a diverse group of hedge funds, institutions and family offices ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar funds.

BMO’s award winning Prime Brokerage platform has delivered services to a diverse client base since 1990. Our longstanding commitment to the alternative investment industry ensures that we actively support prime brokerage clients at all levels of the organization:

  • A relationship with BMO Prime Brokerage ensures outstanding Client Service including individual attention, global operational depth and client confidentiality.

  • We offer bulge bracket Equity Finance Capabilities with the focus of a boutique firm with 24-hour coverage in North America, Europe and Asia, ensuring broad access to difficult to borrow securities and effective protection from recalls.

  • We provide a full Electronic Trading suite with intelligent liquidity-seeking strategies, and access to all important North American markets, ATSes and dark pools. Our team act as market structure and execution consultants, and can provide in depth post-trade analytics.

  • Our customizable Technology and Reporting platform meets our clients’ individual requirements through a robust suite of reports and high-level functionality.

  • Through our Capital Introduction program, BMO Capital Markets provides capital raising opportunities through multiple levels of customized support including publications, events and one-on-meetings for institutional and retail investors.

Please contact BMOPrimeBrokerage@bmo.com for more information about our offering.

BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US$544 billion total assets and more than 46,500 employees as at January 31, 2013. For more information, visit www.bmocm.com.

ITG is an independent execution and research broker partnering with global portfolio managers and traders throughout the investment process, from investment decision through to settlement. With our launch of the POSIT® crossing network in 1987, we founded ITG with a strong commitment to empower buyside investors. And over the years, we've continued to deepen that commitment by creating a powerful network of intellectual capital, true industry experience, and market-leading technology to offer the unmatched insights that help clients generate and preserve alpha.
With 15 offices in 9 countries and multi-asset capabilities that support the needs of large equity portfolios, we combine the power of global reach with the precision of local vision. Bringing together market-leading tools and unmatched expertise, we have helped clients understand market trends, improve performance, mitigate risk, and navigate increasingly complex markets.
Above all else, we are driven by an unwavering commitment to service—we put clients' interests first. We do not offer buy-sell recommendations and have no conflict of interest. We are your trusted, strategic partner offering objective insights and guidance through complicated and changing global market structures.

SILVER SPONSORS

Since their launch in June 2009, BMO Global Asset Management has emerged as one of the leading ETF providers in Canada. BMO ETFs is a diversified family of ETFs and includes a broad range of domestic and global investment solutions covering a full array of asset classes, sectors and regions. With more than 100 years of combined experience in managing institutional indexing and retail ETF strategies, BMO Global Asset Management’s 100% Canadian team of ETF experts scours the global marketplace for opportunities to strategically design and build an innovative family of ETFs. BMO ETFs are managed and administered by BMO Asset Management Inc., an investment fund manager and portfolio manager and a separate legal entity from Bank of Montreal.

 

About BMO Financial Group
Established in 1817, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of approximately $672 billion as of January 31, 2015, and more than 46,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

The Bermuda Business Development Agency (BDA) encourages direct investment and helps international companies start up, re-locate or expand their business in Bermuda. An independent, public-private partnership, we connect prospective business to industry professionals, regulatory officials, and key contacts in the Bermuda government to facilitate jurisdictional decision-making. Daily flights between Bermuda and gateway cities, and the Island’s location between North America and Europe makes it an ideal base for companies serving global markets. Bermuda is a top-tier international financial centre, thanks to its highly respected reputation, business-friendly regulation, tax-neutral status, political stability, sophisticated infrastructure, world-class workforce and access to capital, legal, audit, banking and IT service-providers. Notably, Bermuda is a leader on global tax-transparency and compliance issues, currently holding multi-lateral treaties with 83 G20 nations and tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs) with 41 countries, including the US, UK and Canada. The BDA welcomes those who invest in Bermuda. Our Concierge team works closely with you to get your business off the ground quickly and make doing business in Bermuda beneficial and straightforward. To learn more about Bermuda as a blue-chip financial centre or connect with a BDA representative, go to our website, www.bda.bm.

Chicago Clearing Corporation (CCC) is the securities class action claims recovery specialist. With over two decades in both class actions and the financial industry, CCC is uniquely suited to securities class action recovery. CCC has recovered over $325 million for harmed class members since its inception in 1993, and over $150 million since 2009 alone.
Securities class actions are now a permanent part of the financial landscape. With over 100 new settlements every year, keeping up with these litigations is an excellent way to recover losses. Unfortunately, settlement claim filing is a tedious burden that distracts wealth managers and their operations staff from an already demanding workload.
Hiring CCC is the smart solution. CCC does it all, from tracking hundreds of securities cases to scouring trade data for eligible claims, from preparing claim forms to appealing deficiencies. CCC even customizes fund distribution in whatever way best serves the client. Plus, we thoroughly report each step to you on an elegant web portal.
CCC is the smart solution to the burden of securities class action recovery. Call today to join over 1,250 savvy institutional investors.

BRONZE SPONSORS

Ara Compliance Support provides independent registered firms with an outsourced fully functioning compliance department.
Our goal is to put independent firms on par with their national and major regional competitors by providing ongoing access to compliance knowledge, experience and judgment.
The Compliance Support Program is exclusive to Ara and was developed to address the unique needs of independent Portfolio Managers, Investment Fund Managers and Exempt Market Dealers.
The Ara team of professionals serves as a virtual head office compliance department in support of the firm's designated Chief Compliance Officer. We provide an organized and rational process for managing compliance, so that management can focus on running its business.
Our Compliance Support Program includes:
• The review, analysis and periodic update of your firm's compliance policies and procedures
• The analysis and application of new securities regulation
• Regular on site reviews
• Regular staff training on compliance and anti-money-laundering regulation
• All individual and corporate registration matters
• An ongoing help desk through which we will analyze and resolve compliance queries such as, advice on referral arrangement, reviews of marketing materials, etc.
• Liaise with regulatory authorities on your firm's behalf
For more information please contact us at
info@aracompliance.com.

Cranson Capital is a boutique investment banking firm which focuses on providing financial and advisory services to small to medium sized growth businesses. The business consists of two divisions; Cranson Capital Securities and Cranson Capital Solutions.
Cranson Capital Securities is a boutique investment banking firm which focuses on syndicating accredited investors in private placements for entrepreneurial businesses with a primary concentration in real estate and high growth companies.
Cranson Capital Solutions is a corporate finance advisory firm which focuses on finding the right financing solutions for entrepreneurs. Both the divisions of Cranson Capital offer unique services to support investors and entrepreneurs.

Grant Thornton LLP is a leading Canadian accounting and advisory firm providing audit, tax and advisory services to private and public organizations. We help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, actionable advice through a broad range of services. Our team has extensive experience helping companies in the exempt market including providing tax opinions and audit reports for offering memorandums, and acting as an intermediary between issuers and exempt market dealers.

IFSE Institute (“IFSE”) provides a world of exciting possibilities in distance learning. Specializing in mutual funds, insurance, exempt market, ETF and continuing education, IFSE is the leader in its field. Wholly owned by the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) , IFSE has been providing financial services education to professionals and organizations for more than 40 years. Please come and visit us at our booth to ask us about our new Exchange-traded Funds Course (approved for 15 FPSC credits as well as Accredited for 15 hours of IIROC Compliance CE).

Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. was founded by its Chairman and CEO Thomas Peterffy. Over the last 38 years, it has grown internally to become one of the premier securities firms with over $5 billion in equity capital.
Interactive Brokers conducts its broker/dealer and proprietary trading businesses on over 100 market destinations worldwide. In its broker dealer agency business, IB provides direct access ("on line") trade execution and clearing services to institutional and professional traders for a wide variety of electronically traded products including stocks, options, futures, forex, bonds, CFDs and funds worldwide. Interactive Brokers Group and its affiliates execute nearly 1,000,000 trades per day.
Interactive Brokers Canada Inc. now offers RRSP and TFSA accounts.
Member IIROC / Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

OBSI is Canada’s national independent dispute resolution service for consumers and small businesses with a complaint they can't resolve with their banking services or investment firm. As a free alternative to the legal system, we work informally and confidentially to find fair outcomes to disputes about banking and investment products and services.
OBSI looks into complaints about most banking and investment matters including: mutual funds; bonds and GICs; stocks, exchange traded funds, income trusts and other securities; investment advice; unauthorized trading; fraud; debit and credit cards; mortgages; loans and credit; fees and rates; transaction errors; misrepresentation; and accounts sent to collections. Where a complaint has merit, OBSI may recommend compensation up to a maximum of $350,000.


Investment Executive is Canada's newspaper for financial advisors. IE offers insightful, hard-hitting news and analysis for financial professionals — stockbrokers, financial planners, insurance representatives, personal bankers and mutual fund salespeople. IE is read by more than 100,000 Canadian financial professionals. Up to the minute industry news is available on www.investmentexecutive.com. You can also subscribe to our daily email service, which gives a summary of recent financial industry news. IE is also available as a Smart Edition. You can sign up to be notified when the next issue is available at www.investmentexecutive.com To sign up for any of our services, simply visit www.investmentexecutive.com/subscribe

EXHIBITORS

Since 2003, Fundamental Research Corp. has provided the highest institutional quality equity research coverage on over 250 small and micro cap public companies through our extensive distribution network. Since 2009, we have also issued over 80 reports on exempt market securities. Our research is being used by some of the largest institutional investors in the world who access it through channels such as Reuters, Capital IQ, the Globe and Mail, and by subscription. Our goal from the beginning was to provide high quality research to a broad audience, while adhering to high ethical standards and a strong foundation of integrity. These principles are evident in everything we do. We are first and foremost a premier research firm that markets its research.

Founded in 1987 Fundata began by collecting and distributing investment fund pricing to local newspapers and businesses.
Over the past two decades Fundata has evolved into a multi-national data distributor and investment fund data and analytics company. The information we provide currently reaches over 80,000 advisors, millions of investors, and scores of institutions every day through our network of newspapers, web and corporate clients across North America.
In all areas of our business, from raw data feeds to hosted web solutions, our goal is to develop strong, long term client relationships and to become a trusted business partner for our clients.
In addition to our commitment to delivering the most timely and accurate information possible, we are committed to being a flexible and reliable business partner.
Today, Fundata offers a variety of products and services that solve problems in a number of industries and for various businesses. Whether custom or white labelled, Fundata’s team of professionals can customized either solution to client specifications.

SUPPORTING ASSOCIATIONS

 

AIMA was established in 1990 as a direct result of the growing importance of alternative investments in global investment management. AIMA is a not-for-profit international educational and research body that represents practitioners in hedge fund, futures fund and currency fund management - whether managing money or providing a service such as prime brokerage, administration, legal or accounting. AIMA's global membership comprises over 1,350 corporate members, throughout 47 countries, including many leading investment managers, professional advisers and institutional investors.
The objectives of AIMA are to provide an interactive and professional forum for our membership and act as a catalyst for the industry's future development; to provide leadership to the industry and be its pre-eminent voice; and to develop sound practices, enhance industry transparency and education, and to liaise with the wider financial community, institutional investors, the media, regulators, governments and other policy makers.
Founded in 2003, AIMA Canada has over 100 corporate members including hedge fund managers, institutional investors, pension fund managers and consultants, administrators, auditors, lawyers, prime brokers and other service providers.

Recovery Partners was founded in 2001 and since then has been providing its clients with a two-pronged service offering comprising:

  • Financial and Risk Management Advisory services concerning Sovereign Debt Management Operations, investee companies, acquisition targets, loan obligors or financial asset portfolios.

  • Acquisition of distressed or “off strategy” financial assets.

The Bottom Line is that with us as your Partners you will get “Fast, Effective Relief” for any Restructuring, Debt or Asset Management Problem.

MEDIA PARTNER

Webcasting to over 400,000 advisers, pension funds, consultants, family offices, endowments and wealth managers. Our video library at www.asset.tv is available to investment professionals in the US, UK, Europe and Asia. The asset.tv video library is directly linked to some of the biggest and best financial websites around the world, including Barclays Stockbrokers, FE analytics and Reuters. Asset TV Canada www.asset.tv is the home of helpful pension and investment videos for professional Canadian investors. To bring the experts to your screen, we have invited leading wealth managers and investment companies to produce and share their videos for Asset TV.

LUXURY SPONSOR

Nestled in the calm, turquoise waters of the Western Caribbean, the Cayman Islands is comprised of three island gems – Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman – each offering endless possibilities for the Canadian traveller. Cosmopolitan Grand Cayman is the largest of the three with fine dining, shopping and a wealth of activities to soothe the stressed. Cayman Brac is unspoiled and perfect for those wishing to awaken their adventurous spirit, while Little Cayman is quiet and serene with pristine beaches, nature activities and some of the world’s best diving. With over 200 restaurants and award winning Beaches, it is clear why the Cayman Islands is ranked top in the Caribbean.

Built on a cliff overlooking the world-famous Horseshoe Falls, Fallsview Casino Resort is the largest and most elegant gaming resort facility in Canada. The crown jewel in Niagara's stunning array of wonders, Fallsview offers a world-class casino with over 3,000 slot machines, 100 gaming tables and an exciting poker room. The resort also features a 374-room luxury hotel, full service spa and fitness centre, dozens of shops and restaurants, the Avalon Theatre (an intimate 1500-seat state-of-the-art venue) and over 30,000 sq. feet of meeting and convention space.

 
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