WAISC

WAIS 2016 Canada Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI
Kevin Harris, Director, North America, 4CAST-RGE (formerly Roubini Global Economics)
William Mougayar, Author of The Business Blockchain

Mike Reiss, Creator of The Simpsons, Four times Emmys and a Peabody Award winner
Gregory Zuckerman, Special Writer, The Wall Street Journal

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI
Deborah Fuhr is the managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm launched in 2012 in London offering paid for research subscription services: the ETFGI annual research service provides monthly reports on trends in the global ETF and ETP industry, access to the ETFGI database of all ETFs/ETPs listed globally with factsheets which are updated monthly, ETFGI annual review of institutions and mutual funds that use ETFs and ETPs, the Active ETF landscape report service and the Smart Beta ETF Landscape report service which provide monthly reports on trends in that segment of the market.
Previously, she served as global head of ETF research and implementation strategy and as a managing director at BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors from 2008 – 2011. Fuhr also worked as a managing director and head of the investment strategy team at Morgan Stanley in London from 1997 – 2008, and as an associate at Greenwich Associates.
Deborah Fuhr was the recipient of the 2014 William F. Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of index investing, the Nate Most Greatest Contributor to the ETF industry award at the 11th annual ExchangeTradedFunds.com awards dinner in 2015, the ETF.com Lifetime achievement award in 2015. She has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Finance” by Financial News in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008 and 2007, and as one of the “10 to Watch in 2014” by Rep. magazine and wealthmanagement.com. Ms Fuhr won the award for the Greatest Overall Contribution to the development of the Global ETF industry in the ExchangeTradedFunds.com survey in 2011 and 2008 and received an award for her contribution to the ETF sector at the annual closed end funds and ETF event in New York and was featured in the Investors Chronicle’s list of “150 people that can make you money” in 2010.
Ms Fuhr frequently writes articles for various publications including: Financial News, ETFI Asia, CityWire, FT Advisor, Pensions and Investments, IPE: Investments and Pensions Europe, Focus -World Federation of Exchanges and the Financial Times.
Ms Fuhr is one of the founders and on the board of Women in ETFs, one of the founders and on the board of Women in ETFs – Europe chapter, is on the board of Cancer Research UK’s ‘Women of Influence’ initiative to support female scientists. Ms. Fuhr is on the editorial board of the Journal of Indexes (United States), Journal of Indexes (Europe), and Money Management Executive; the advisory board for the Journal of Index Investing; and the investment panel of experts for Portfolio Adviser, the FTSE ICB Advisory Committee, the International Advisory Committee for the Egyptian Exchange, and the University of Connecticut School of Business International Advisory Board. She holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kevin Harris, Director, North America, 4CAST-RGE (formerly Roubini Global Economics)
Kevin Harris is a Director on the North America team. Prior to joining RGE, Kevin was the Treasury market product manager and chief economist for North America at Informa Global Markets. Before going to Informa, he worked as a Treasury market and foreign economist at Technical Data/IFR. Kevin also served as an economics officer with the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Latin America and Europe, and also served in the Sinai Peninsula as a peace treaty observer. He earned a BA in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

William Mougayar, Author of The Business Blockchain
William Mougayar is an entrepreneur, investor, blogger, advisor and mentor to startups and enterprises; focusing on blockchain technologies and peer-to-peer models. William is the General Partner at Virtual Capital Ventures, an early stage tech fund, focused on decentralized technology applications. He is the author of two new books, The Business Blockchain (Wiley, 2016), and Centerless (Wiley, 2017). He is on the Board of Directors of OB1, the OpenBazaar open source protocol that is pioneering decentralized peer-to-peer commerce, a Board Advisor to the Ethereum Foundation, a member of OMERS Ventures Board of Advisors, an Advisory Board member to the Coin Center, and founder of Startup Management. William is a graduate of the University of Washington, the University of Western Ontario Ivey School of Business, and attended the University of British Columbia Graduate Commerce School.

Mike Reiss, Creator of The Simpsons, Four times Emmys and a Peabody Award winner
He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history.” In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus.
Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck). “Queer Duck” was named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC. “Queer Duck: the Movie” was released to rave reviews in July 2006, winning awards in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Sweden, Germany and Wales.
Reiss’s other TV credits include “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, “ALF”, and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”.
Mike Reiss has been a contributing writer to more than two dozen animated films — including four ICE AGEs, two DESPICABLE MEs, THE LORAX, RIO, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – with a worldwide gross of $8 billion.
Reiss’ first play, “I’m Connecticut” set box-office records for Connecticut Repertory Theater. The Hartford Courant called it “sweet and hysterically funny” and named it one of the year’s Ten Best Plays. Broadway World Connecticut voted it Best Play of 2012.
His caveman detective story “Cro-Magnon P.I.” won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He has published seventeen children’s books, including the best-seller “How Murray Saved Christmas” and the award-winning “Late for School”. Reiss also composes puzzles for “NPR”, and “Games Magazine”.
As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over three hundred colleges and institutions, on six continents. His topics include “The Simpsons”, comedy and Judaism, and the sorry state of television. Reiss is a former president of “The Harvard Lampoon” and editor of “The National Lampoon”.
He has been happily married for twenty-six years. Like most children’s book authors, he has no children.
Gregory Zuckerman, Special Writer, The Wall Street Journal
Gregory Zuckerman is a Special Writer at The Wall Street Journal and author of “The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters,” a national bestseller published October 2014 by Portfolio/Penguin Press. The book describes how a few unlikely individuals created an American energy resurgence that brought OPEC to its knees. The Frackers was named among the best books of 2014 by The Financial Timesand Forbes Magazine and the New York Financial Writers Association.
Greg also wrote “The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History,” a New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller published December 2010 by Crown Business/Random House. The book has been translated into ten languages.
In May 2016, Greg and his two sons published "Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in their Youth to Become Stars,” a book for young readers and adults describing the moving and remarkable stories of how stars from different sports overcame various setbacks.
At the Journal, Greg writes about big financial trades, hedge funds, private-equity firms, the energy revolution and other investing and business topics. Previously, Greg was the lead writer of the widely read "Heard on the Street" column and covered the credit markets, among other beats.
In 2015, Greg won the Gerald Loeb award -- the highest honor in business journalism -- for a series of stories revealing discord between Bill Gross, founder of bond powerhouse Pimco, and others at the firm, including Mohamed El-Erian. The stories led to Mr. Gross’s shocking departure from Pimco. In 2012, Greg broke news about huge, disastrous trades by the J.P. Morgan trader nicknamed the “London Whale.”
In 2007, Greg was part of a team that won the Gerald Loeb award for breaking news coverage of the collapse of hedge fund Amaranth Advisors. He was part of a team that won the New York Press Club Journalism award in 2008. Greg was a finalist for the 2011 Gerald Loeb award for investigative news coverage of the insider trading scandal and a finalist for the 2008 Gerald Loeb award, for coverage of the mortgage meltdown.
Greg appears regularly on CNBC, Fox Business, Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg Television and various television networks. He makes regular appearances on National Public Radio, BBC, ABC Radio, Bloomberg Radio and radio stations around the globe.
Greg gives speeches to business groups on a variety of topics. Over the past year, he has spoken to groups in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Calgary, Montreal and Niagara Falls.
Greg joined the Journal in 1996 after writing about media companies for the New York Post. Previously, he was the managing editor of Mergers & Acquisitions Report, a newsletter published by Investment Dealers' Digest. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1988, Magna Cum Laude.
A graduate of Brandeis University, Greg lives with his wife and two sons in West Orange, N.J., where they enjoy the Yankees in the summer, root for the Giants in the fall, and reminisce about Linsanity in the winter.
SPEAKING FACULTY (by lastname)
Tonesan Amissah, Partner, Funds and Investment Services, Appleby Bermuda
Sal Ammirato, Vice President, Retail Sales, Invesco
Matthew Barnes, Director of Sales, Centurion Asset Management Inc.
Tim Baron, Partner, Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Erez Blumberger, President, AUM Law
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Chris Burniske, Blockchain Products Lead, ARK Invest
Thomas S. Caldwell, Founder and Chairman, Caldwell Securities Inc.
Randy Cass, CEO, Founder, Portfolio Manager, Nest Wealth
Adrian de Valois-Franklin, Chief Executive Officer, Castle Ridge Asset Management
Rob Duncan, V.P. Corporate Development & Client Service, NewGen Asset Management
Reid Duthie, Senior Vice President, Client Capital, KV Capital
Howard English, Director, CAF Canada
Brian Fraser, Vice President, Sales, Equiton Partners
Corey Goldman, Founder and CEO, Goldman Communications
Tom Goodwin, Senior Director of Research, FTSE Russell
Ted Hart, President, CAF Canada
George Hartman, CEO, Market Logics Inc.
Alex Jurshevski, Founder, Recovery Partners
Geoffrey King, National Director, Financial Services Industry Digitization, Cisco Systems Canada
Nick Kyprianou, President & CEO, RiverRock Mortgage Investment Corporation

Peter Lacasse, Director of Sales & Relationship Management, Fundserv
Martin Lalonde, Portfolio Manager, Rivemont Investments
Dennis MacPherson, Senior Vice President, SGGG
Joseph Micallef, Partner, Tax – Financial Services, National Tax Leader – Asset Management Industry, KPMG LLP
Dennis Mitchell, Senior Vice-President, Senior Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management
Jeff Parent, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Matco Financial
Darin R. Renton, Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Jo-Anne Ryan, Vice-President Philanthropy, Wealth Advisory Services, TD Waterhouse Canada, Executive Director, Private Giving Foundation, TD Wealth

Jos Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer, NEO Exchange
David Sharpe, President & Chief Operating Officer, Bridging Finance Inc.
Colin Stewart, Chief Executive Officer & Portfolio Manager, JC Clark Ltd.
Jamie Wise, Founder, BUZZ Indexes; President and CEO, Periscope Capital
Jordan Zinberg, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Donville Kent Asset Management

Tonesan Amissah, Partner, Funds and Investment Services, Appleby Bermuda
Tonesan Amissah is a partner and member of the Funds and Investment Services team within the Corporate department of Appleby’s Bermuda office.
Tonesan specialises in the structuring, formation and day to day operations of a wide range of investment vehicles, including mutual funds, hedge funds, unit trusts, private equity, segregated account companies, partnerships, and master/feeder structures. She is also involved with other debt and equity financings, bond issues, project finance, M&A transactions and the structuring and offering of listed securities.

Sal Ammirato, Vice President, Retail Sales, Invesco
Sal’s primary responsibilities include leadership of the Ontario region with the objective of supporting the sales efforts of financial advisors across the province. He began his investment career in 1997 working with various mutual fund companies throughout his career. He re-joined Invesco in 2010 as a Regional Vice President of Sales, working with financial advisors in downtown Toronto and subsequently has been promoted to the role of VP, Retails Sales Manager, Ontario. He lives in Vaughan with his wife and 3 children.
Sal Graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.SC.

Matthew Barnes, 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.

Tim Baron, Partner, Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Tim Baron is a partner in the Capital Markets, Corporate/Commercial, Banking and Financial Services practices. He specializes in corporate finance, investment funds, derivatives and domestic and off-shore structured finance.
Tim is regular counsel to various investment fund advisors and managers and has assisted with the establishment of numerous alternative investment funds, including hedge funds, fund of funds, exchange-traded funds and other investment vehicles. Tim regularly advises financial intermediaries and end-users with respect to over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives, including structured fund products, equity derivatives, credit derivatives and financial product development.
In addition to advising lenders and borrowers on syndicated and asset-based lending facilities, Tim has advised numerous construction companies as well as sponsors and lenders on the financing of public-private infrastructure projects.

Erez Blumberger, President, AUM Law
Erez became President of AUM Law in 2016; previously he was the head of the firm'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 (NI 31-103). 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 developing a regulatory framework for administering the power of a director to suspend a registrant; a significant feature of the new registrant regime. During his time at the OSC, Erez also led several major Ontario and cross-Canada policy initiatives, including those relating to Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (which introduced the accredited investor exemption across Canada in 2005), and 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. He was also chair of the CSA committee on Principal Protected Notes.
Erez has written a range of legal decisions involving the imposition of regulatory sanctions, from terms and conditions on registration to the suspension of a registrant’s license.
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.

Chris Burniske, Blockchain Products Lead, ARK Invest
Chris serves as Blockchain Products Lead at ARK Invest, working on both research and business development. In 2015, ARK Invest became the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin, offering the first two ETFs (ARKW and ARKK) with bitcoin exposure. Chris analyzes both public and private blockchain implementations, and frequently appears in media outlets—including Forbes, CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, Quartz and CoinDesk—to discuss blockchain technology. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS from Stanford.

Thomas S. Caldwell, Founder and Chairman, Caldwell Securities Inc.
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.

Randy Cass, CEO, Founder, Portfolio Manager, Nest Wealth
Randy brings over 15 years experience in the financial services industry to Nest Wealth.
Prior to founding Nest Wealth, Randy managed quantitative portfolios at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and institutional assets at Orchard Asset Management. Randy’s previous company, First Coverage, won multiple awards as a top start-up including a financial services Morningstar award for best use of Technology in Canada before it was ultimately sold in 2011. Randy hosted Market Sense on BNN between 2012 and 2014.
Randy is committed to providing Canadians with a personalized and professional wealth management solution that lets them keep more of their money.

Adrian de Valois-Franklin, Chief Executive Officer, Castle Ridge Asset Management
Adrian de Valois-Franklin is an investment professional with expertise merging finance and technology. As CEO of Castle Ridge Asset Management, Adrian develops investment fund strategies driven by Artificial Intelligence. Previously, Adrian served as Chief Financial Officer of Excelion Technology, a big data analytics software provider. Adrian also worked with some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Adrian was a member of the Principal Investing group for the $270 billion Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in Toronto. Prior to CPPIB, Adrian focused on technology sector investments with Accel-KKR in Silicon Valley; originally a joint venture between the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and the venture capital firm Accel Partners. Adrian also gained capital markets and advisory experience as an Investment Banker with Goldman Sachs in New York and San Francisco.
Adrian attained his H.B.A with Distinction from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He also completed securities licensing exams from the Canadian Securities Institute and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in the United States. Adrian is an active community volunteer and serves on charitable committees for the Toronto Public Library Foundation.
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, Senior Vice President, Client Capital, KV Capital
Reid Duthie is SVP, Client Capital for KV Capital based in Edmonton, Alberta. KV Capital manages the KV Mortgage Fund (MIC) along with direct syndicated investments.
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.
Howard English, Director, CAF Canada
Howard English joined CAF Canada as its Director, with 25 years of experience as a recognized expert in non-profit governance, communications, donor relations and volunteer development whose work has benefited countless families.
Howard, a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for community service, has distinguished himself as the Senior Vice President of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs – the Canadian Jewish community’s largest non-profit advocacy organization, and as Vice President of Corporate Communications at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. He played an integral role in United Jewish Appeal’s fundraising efforts by directing the marketing for 10 successive annual campaigns featuring fundraising increases.
His understanding of CRA regulations regarding charities, his insights into donor motivations for charitable giving, his commitment to strong volunteer governance structures for Canadian charities and his communications skills have helped CAF Canada to grow significantly since its inception nearly three years ago.
Brian Fraser, Vice President, Sales, Equiton Partners
Brian is a dynamic investment industry sales professional who consistently delivers superior results and creative sales strategies. He has 20 years of progressive experience in both the financial services and alternative investment industries. At Equiton Capital, Brian is responsible for establishing and growing relationships with Private Capital Market Dealers, Independent Advisor Offices and Family Wealth Advice Offices across Canada in support of growing overall company revenue. These partnerships are a key component to our long term growth strategy. Brian’s extensive sales experience includes alternative investments, mutual funds, private pools as well as private equity. He is also a contributing speaker at many industry events and conferences. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) degree from the University of Toronto.
Corey Goldman, Founder and CEO, Goldman Communications
With over 15 years experience in financial journalism and communications as well as expertise in financial services, capital markets, technology, digital and social media and alternative investments, Corey provides counsel to a diverse range of financial services firms across Canada and the United States.
Before launching his own communications consultancy, Corey oversaw all communications and investor relations efforts for Toronto-based asset management firm Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., a $5 billion investment management firm. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the financial services practice of public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard. Before joining Fleishman-Hillard, Corey led the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in Canada.
Prior to AIMA, Corey was North America Editor and Senior Editor for two influential alternative investment news magazines. Corey began his career as a business journalist and has worked for Bloomberg News, CNN Financial News, and ABC News and has contributed to The Toronto Star, the Financial Post, Canadian Business and Investment Executive as well as HFMWeek, MARHedge, Alpha+Absolute Return and Financial News.
Corey currently serves as a board member of New York-based Help For Children / Hedge Funds Care, the only global philanthropy solely dedicated to helping prevent and treat child abuse, and is also President and Director of Help for Children / Hedge Funds Care Canada, the organization's local presence in Canada. He earned his honors Bachelor of Arts degree in history at York University in Toronto and his Masters degree in Journalism and Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa.
Tom Goodwin, Senior Director of Research, FTSE Russell
Tom Goodwin is Senior Research Director for FTSE Russell. Based in New York, he has recently focused on “smart beta” indexes and speaks on this and other index topics at conferences and media events. He is the author of numerous white papers on investing and benchmarking with FTSE Russell Indexes, including a comprehensive guidebook on the range of smart beta indexes and their uses in client portfolios.
Tom is a financial economist with more than 15 years experience developing research and solutions for asset owners. His areas of focus have included capital markets research, asset allocation, factor allocation, forecasting, performance measurement, and risk budgeting. Holder of both US and UK passports, Tom served as Head of Capital Markets research in London as well as many other roles within Russell Investments, including Director of Portfolio Strategies. Tom has also held the position of Chief Economist for King County in Seattle, Washington.
Ted Hart, President, CAF Canada
Ted Hart brings extensive experience in the fields of internet and global philanthropy. As an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on topics related to nonprofit strategy, Ted is an expert in board and volunteer development practices both online and offline. Before coming to CAF Canada, Ted served as CEO of Hart Philanthropic Services, an international consultancy providing strategic solutions to major nonprofits and NGOs. He co-authored People to People Fundraising: Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities and played a pivotal role in the creation of the online fundraising movement, People to People Fundraising, designed to give donors the chance to participate in the success of a charity beyond the online gift. Ted was also a leader at the International ePhilanthropy Foundation. Most recently, Ted obtained his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy certification and is one of only 101 individuals around the world, who hold the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) designation.

George Hartman, CEO, Market Logics Inc.

As one of the industrys leading financial advisor strategists, practice management mentors, and practice valuation experts, George Hartman presently coaches top-producing advisors in Canada and the US and consults with financial services firms on their business strategy and succession plans.

An insightful industry observer and prolific writer, George has written the monthly column The Coach’s Forum for the Canadian trade journal Investment Executive for more than 10 years and is a regular guest on Building Your Business television broadcast on IE:TV.

He has published four best-selling books, including Risk is a Four Letter Word – The Asset Allocation Approach to Investing, Risk is STILL a Four Letter Word, and Blunder, Wonder, Thunder — Powering Your Practice to New Height. His latest book EXIT is NOT a Four Letter Word – How to Transition Your Practice Profitably and Proudly was released in April 2016 and is already in its second printing.

George has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in Canada, the US, Mexico, Germany, the Caribbean, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and New Zealand, including three times at the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and Top of the Table annual meetings.

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.
Geoffrey King, National Director, Financial Services Industry Digitization, Cisco Systems 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.

 

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.

 

Peter Lacasse, Director of Sales & Relationship Management, Fundserv
Peter Lacasse is the Director of Sales & Relationship Management at Fundserv. In his 8 years at Fundserv, Peter’s responsibilities have included sales, relationship management, communications, customer on-boarding, training and marketing.
Prior to joining Fundserv, Peter held various progressive positions with Fidelity Investments and Mackenzie Financial. He has a combined 22 years of financial services experience specializing in mutual funds operations and relationship management.
Peter is also an active participant in many industry committees and working groups. He is currently a member of the Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers.
Peter is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.

 

Martin Lalonde, Portfolio Manager, Rivemont Investments
Martin Lalonde is the portfolio manager in charge of investment decisions for Rivemont Investments. He has many years of experience in the financial markets. Before founding Rivemont Investments, he was a senior investment, mergers and acquisitions analyst for a major Canadian organization.
Mr. Lalonde holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa with specialization in international trade from the École supérieure de commerce of Reims, in France. He also holds the title of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

 

Dennis MacPherson, , Senior Vice President, SGGG
Mr. Dennis MacPherson has diverse experience in investment fund operations. He began his career with TD Bank Financial Group and after the TD third-party fund business was purchased by AGF Management Ltd., he accepted the role of Director, Dealer Relations. He then returned to TD Bank to run the Client Transfer Services area, for all products and business lines of the Wealth Management Division. He then accepted 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 Services Inc. as the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all day-to-day operations, budgeting, and staffing. 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 Fund Services. 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 (SSC). He has also participated in several high-profile speaking engagements for organizations including: IFIC (Investment Funds Institute of Canada); CCMA (Canadian Capital Markets Association); and PMAC (Portfolio Managers Association of Canada).

Joseph Micallef, Partner, Tax – Financial Services, National Tax Leader – Asset Management Industry, KPMG LLP
Joseph has more than 19 years of experience working with regulated and non-regulated public and private clients of all sizes in the financial services, resources, utilities, life sciences and technology industries.
Joseph specializes in wealth and asset management, private equity, banking, capital markets and broker dealer taxation matters. In addition to leading the wealth and asset management tax practice. Joseph also advises clients on tax accounting and tax risk governance matters. During Joseph’s career he also has practised outside of financial services in the resources, power and utilities, life sciences, and technology industries.

Dennis Mitchell, Senior Vice-President, Senior Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management
Dennis Mitchell joined Sprott Asset Management in 2015 as Senior Vice-President, Senior Portfolio Manager, with more than a decade of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining Sprott he was Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer at Sentry Investments, where he oversaw more than $18 billion in AUM. He is a three-time winner of a Brendan Wood International Canadian TopGun Award (2009, 2010 and 2011), given by the sell-side community to those with the best grasp of the industries in which they invest and the most influence in the Canadian market. Mr. Mitchell is also a winner of the Brendan Wood International 2012 Canadian TopGun Team Leader. He received an Honours BBA degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Mr. Mitchell also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Jeff Parent, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Matco Financial
Mr. Parent has been in the investment industry since 1992. He began his career as an investment advisor and progressed to his current role as portfolio manager where he manages clients’ portfolios and offers financial and estate planning advice. He appears regularly on national TV, is a recognized author, public speaker and investment educator. Jeff has a degree in Engineering and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He is past president of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts and an associate member of the Market Technicians Association.
Darin R. Renton, Partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP
Darin Renton is a partner in the Toronto office of Stikeman Elliott practising in the Financial Products & Services Group. His practice focuses on the formation, structuring and distribution of investment funds, including private equity, mortgage, real estate, hedge and closed-end funds and flow-through limited partnerships. Mr. Renton has significant experience in private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and private placements, including the distribution of offshore funds to institutional investors. He advises fund managers and investment dealers on securities registration, regulatory and compliance matters and assists strategic investors with corporate governance issues and disclosure obligations for investments in public companies. He is also a member of the firm's Toronto Energy Group and National Energy Group.
Jo-Anne Ryan, Vice-President Philanthropy, Wealth Advisory Services, TD Waterhouse Canada, Executive Director, Private Giving Foundation , TD Wealth
Jo-Anne Ryan joined TD Wealth in 2003. Jo-Anne leads the Philanthropic Advisory Services team within Wealth Advisory Services. She is the Executive Director and architect of the Private Giving Foundation (PGF), the first donor-advised fund program launched by a financial institution in Canada that provides a structure to leave a lasting legacy in a simple and effective manner. Jo-Anne develops strategies to help clients incorporate philanthropy in their overall financial and estate planning.
Jo-Anne is a past member of the executive of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners GTA (CAGP) and is currently a member of the government relations committee which lobbies the department of finance to improve tax incentives related to charitable giving.
Jo-Anne is also a member of the Estate Planning Council of Toronto, and is an active volunteer on several gift planning committees for charities. In addition, she is a recipient of the “Friend of CAGP Award” in 2002 which was awarded to her for her significant contribution to gift planning in Canada. She is also a member of the Board and audit committee for Bishops University Foundation and is a member of the advisory board for the first Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership program at Carleton University, launched in the summer of 2013.
Jos Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer, NEO Exchange
Jos has more than twenty-five years of experience in the financial services industry both internationally and in Canada, with particular expertise in the market infrastructure space, across asset classes and across geographies. Prior to joining NEO Exchange, Jos served as CEO of the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Exchange; and as EVP Head of the Americas and Global Head of Capital Markets for a global professional services company focused on the financial services industry. During his tenure at this professional services company, he acted as strategic advisor and director of operational and/or technology programs for some of the largest market infrastructure organizations and broker-dealers around the globe. Some of his previous roles include: President and CEO of a European Derivatives Exchange and Clearing House, President and CEO of a pan-European Indices Publisher, Chairman of a Derivatives SRO, and Head of Strategy and Business Operations at a European Stock Exchange.
David Sharpe, President & Chief Operating Officer, Bridging Finance Inc.
David is President and Chief Operating Officer of Bridging Finance Inc. David is responsible for strategic relationships for the firm and ensuring there are proper operational controls in place for sustainable growth of the organization. Prior to joining Bridging, David was the President of an investment management firm and led a TSX-listing in 2012 of 3 closed-end funds with a market capitalization of approximately $1.2 billion. David has close to two decades of financial services industry experience, in roles such as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Risk Officer for leading financial organizations, and previously was the head of investigations for the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada. David is a lawyer and has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1997. David has an LLB from Queen’s University, an LLM in Securities Law from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.
Colin Stewart, Chief Executive Officer & Portfolio Manager, JC Clark Ltd.
Colin Stewart is a founding shareholder of JC Clark Ltd., a Toronto based independent investment management business, and is the Chief Executive Officer, a Director and a Portfolio Manager at the firm. He has responsibility for the firm’s investment team and also serves as the Portfolio Manager for the Preservation Trust and the Focused Opportunities Fund. Colin received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998 and is a CFA charterholder (2001). Colin started his career in the Corporate Finance division of CIBC World Markets and then joined Connor Clark & Co. where he worked alongside our founder John Clark as a Research Analyst.
Since 2012, Colin has also been a Director and the Treasurer of the Yellow Bus Foundation, a charity whose mandate is to enable children living with chronic illnesses or disadvantaged youth to enrich their lives by expanding their access to programming and support.
Colin is a member of the Toronto Chapter of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), the world’s premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders. He is also a member of the President’s Council of St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto.
Jamie Wise, Founder, BUZZ Indexes; President and CEO, Periscope Capital
Jamie Wise is the Founder of BUZZ Indexes and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Periscope Capital, a Toronto-based hedge fund manager. BUZZ Indexes creates and maintains proprietary quantitative index and portfolio strategies based on Big Data analytics models. Established in 2009, Periscope Capital is an alternative investment asset manager focused on cross-asset arbitrage strategies. Previously, Mr. Wise was a managing director at Moore Capital Advisors Canada, a multi-strategy Canadian-focused hedge fund. Prior to Moore Capital, Mr. Wise was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at the Bank of Montreal where he led an internal proprietary trading group. At BMO, Mr. Wise was appointed the youngest Managing Director in the firm’s history. Mr. Wise has an undergraduate business degree (hons.), graduating first in his class from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1998. Mr. Wise holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Jordan Zinberg, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Donville Kent Asset Management
Jordan Zinberg is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Donville Kent Asset Management. Jordan is actively involved in all aspects of the business including research, security selection, trading, and business development. Since joining Donville Kent in 2009, Jordan has been instrumental in growing the firm from $10 million in 2009 to over $300 million in assets under management currently.
With over 14 years of capital markets experience, Jordan has experience investing and trading across the capital structure, including Equities, Fixed Income, Options and Currencies. Prior to joining Donville Kent, Jordan spent 7 years at RBC Dominion Securities in various portfolio management roles.
Jordan has an MBA from the Schulich School of business as well as several industry licenses and certifications. He also holds the Chartered Investment Manager designation and is a fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. In addition, Jordan is a co-founder and director of Riverrock Mortgage Investment Corporation.
 
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