² Jim Rogers Wall Street Legend, Co-Founder of the Quantum Fund and the man Time magazine calls the Indiana Jones of Finance
² Marianne Smythe Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP - Washington DC
² Frank Mersch Managing Partner, Front Street Capital
² Ian Bremmer President and Founder, Eurasia Group
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|² Bruce Sellery Bureau Chief, ROBTV New York|
|² James MacNeil Facilitator and Management Consultant|
|² John W. Murray Vice-President, Regulation & Corporate Affairs, The Investment Funds Institute of Canada|
|² David C. Rudd Chairman, Sigma Analysis|
|Martin Gagnon re-joined the National Bank of Canada in June 2003. As co-manager of the Alternative Investment program, he works on portfolio construction, risk management and focuses on identifying, selecting and monitoring the Trading Advisors. From 1996 to 2003, Mr. Gagnon worked with Goldman Sachs in New York where he was a Vice-President in the International Equity division. From 1993 to 1996 he held different positions in sales and trading of derivatives, fixed-income and equity for Laurentian Bank and Goldman Sachs Canada.
|From 1987 to 1993, he worked within the Treasury department of National Bank of Canada, including the Financial Engineering Group and the position of Senior Manager-Asset/Liability Management.
He holds a Baccalaureate in Commerce from Université du Québec à Montréal and an MBA from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
|Dr. Max Ganado LL.D., LL.M.(Dal) practiced maritime law between 1984 and 1994 and was the partner in charge of the shipping department at the firm, Professor J.M. Ganado & Associates, Advocates. In the later years his focus was on ship finance, aircraft finance and project finance. In 1995, he moved out of shipping to establish a financial services department catering for banking, insurance, investment services and trusts. He has been heavily involved since 1994 in the implementation of the investment services legislation in Malta and has assisted various fund managers, custodians and fund promoters in establishing presence and structures in Malta. Since 1998, Dr Ganado has been increasingly involved in drafting legislation projects and between 200 and 2004 he served as the Chairman of the Malta Arbitration Centre.
|Dr. Ganado teaches investment services as part of the MA (Financial Services) as a part-time lecturer. He also teaches the subject of Arbitration and Trusts in the LLD course of laws at the University of Malta. Dr. Ganado regularly addresses local and international seminars on subjects falling within his expertise.
Born in 1958, Max Ganado was educated in Malta and obtained his first Law Degree from the University of Malta, cum laude, in 1982 where he successfully submitted a doctoral thesis entitled “Transhipment of Cargo”. In 1983 he obtained a Master’s degree in carriage of goods from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, cum laude, after successfully submitting a second thesis on “Delay in the Carriage of Goods by Sea” which was later published as a book by Lloyds of London Press after being co-edited by his tutor Professor Hugh Kindred.
Dr. Ganado was nominated by the Government of Malta as a member of the legislative commission to draft laws on offshore companies and trusts in 1987 and on another smaller drafting team preparing the amendments to the Merchant Shipping Act (ship registration and mortgages), also in 1987. He has regularly participated in legislative developments and is currently involved in the review of shipping company legislation. He formed part of the Chamber of Advocates review team on the proposed Companies Act in 1995
In the financial services field he was involved in the drafting of the Investment Services Act (Control of Assets) Regulations dealing with custody and discretionary management of assets, the Set-Off and Netting on Insolvency Act dealing with aspects of law dealing with close-out netting agreements and is heading the team of lawyers which carried out the review of Maltese law on Trusts, aiming at the incorporation of trusts into the civil law of Malta. He has drafted legislation on Legal Persons, Foundations and Associations for the Ministry of Social Policy and on Securitisation for the MFSA and these projects are still in progress.
|Louis Gargour (Senior Portfolio Manager – RAB Capital plc) was educated at Georgetown University where he obtained a Bachelors of Science in Finance in 1985. He began his career with Salomon Brothers in New York completing their management-training programme with training in capital markets, portfolio management, corporate finance and trading strategy.
|In 1989 he joined the MBA programme at the London Business School, where he obtained his MBA in 1991. After this Louis ran JP Morgan’s credit effort in Switzerland, where he had overall responsibility for advising JP Morgan’s institutional clients on global credit including High Yield and Emerging markets. Upon his return to London in 1998, he joined Goldman Sachs International, where he had overall responsibility for client advisory and distribution of high yield and fixed income credit products in Switzerland. He left to establish the Taurus Investment Management group in 1999, one of Europe’s first credit funds, where he was founder and managing director. In 2001 he joined forces with RAB Capital, merging the two businesses. He currently manages several fixed income funds including the European High Yield Fund, as well as the SAGA income plus fund.
|A. Christopher Guthrie|
|Christopher Guthrie is CEO and founding partner of Hillsdale Investment Management Inc. He is responsible for supervising Hillsdale’s equity investment strategy and for directing the firm’s significant and ongoing commitment to research and product development.
Prior to founding Hillsdale, Chris worked for eight years at CPMS Computer Portfolio Management Services Inc., a leading Toronto-based investment counselor specializing in quantitative equity management. At CPMS, Chris was responsible for (i) assisting in the design and on-going development of quantitative equity management systems; (ii) training institutional money managers in the application of quantitative investment strategies; and (iii) managing and supervising in-house equity accounts.
|Chris is currently a faculty member and curriculum advisor for the Canadian Certified Hedge Fund Specialist (CHFS) course as well as a member of the Education and Research Committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA).
Chris lives in Toronto with his wife Elisabeth Wigmore and two sons Caleb and William aged 10 and 7.
Founded in 1996, Hillsdale is an Investment Counsel and Portfolio Management firm specializing in long/short equity hedge funds. Hillsdale’s Aggressive Hedged and Market Neutral strategies are designed to specific risk and return objectives and are suitable for individual portfolios as well for use by pension and endowment funds to complement their core holdings.
Hillsdale’s team is currently comprised of fifteen professionals educated in finance, mathematics, econometrics, computer engineering, accounting and business combining over 150 years of experience in the management of specialized equity products. Further information is available at www.hillsdaleinv.com.
|Paul obtained his Bachelor of Social Sciences in Economics in 1981 and his Bachelor of Laws in 1984 from the University of Ottawa. He then received his Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University, in 1985. He was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1987 and joined the firm in 2002.
Paul's practice focuses on public and private securities offerings serving the venture capital/small cap market as well as on mergers and acquisitions and securities regulatory matters for issuers, underwriters and investment bankers.
|He also advises a number of discretionary money managers and has assisted in the creation of some innovative pooled fund products. Paul provides general corporate advice regarding the many legal issues that his clients face on a day to day basis. His practice has taken him into a broad range of industries from local to international in geographic scope, and from natural resources to financial services, information technology and biotechnology.
Paul enjoys working with his business clients to structure, negotiate and implement a wide variety of sophisticated corporate finance and corporate/commercial transactions and he is valued by them for his ability to provide sound, practical advice in a cost effective and timely manner.
Paul is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Ontario Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Racquet Club. He is also a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Small Business Advisory Committee.
||Christopher Holt is the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development at Toronto hedge fund manager, JCClark. JCClark is one of Canada’s largest managers of single strategy hedge funds. The firm launched its flagship long/short program in 1999 and today manages over C$400 million in various strategies for Canadian, US and European institutional investors and wealthy families.
In addition to its core funds, JCClark also advises several off-shore funds and is currently one of a small number of long/short managers globally who are part of the MSCI Investable Hedge Fund Index. An emphasis on operational strength and investor relations has made JCClark one of the most internationally recognized Canadian hedge fund managers.
|Prior to joining JCClark, Chris spent 8 years in the management consulting industry with several firms including Ernst & Young. During this time, he advised Fortune 500 clients in the financial services and technology industries along with several domestic and foreign governments.
Chris is also active in several international organizations including The World Bank and the Swiss-based World Economic Forum (organizers of the Annual “Davos Forum”). He holds an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.
|Norman D. Inkster|
|Recognized as an expert in national and international law enforcement and forensic investigations, Norman Inkster, OC, BA (Hons), C.St.J, LLD, is President of Inkster Group, providing investigative, security and law reform services to domestic and foreign governments and international financial institutions. The core areas of practice for the group are: i) investigations ii) risk mitigation intelligence; iii) asset tracing and recovery; and iv) physical security assessments; v) police and corporate investigation assessment; and vi) international services including forensic investigations, law reform and enforcement.
|Immediately prior to starting the Inkster Group, Mr. Inkster was the global managing partner for the international forensics practice of a major accounting firm. As Commissioner of the RCMP from 1987 to 1994, Norman Inkster managed all aspects of Canada’s largest police force with approximately 21,000 employees and a budget of $1.7 billion. Mr. Inkster also held the position of President of Interpol from 1992 to 1994.
Over his distinguished career, Norman Inkster supervised investigations into a broad range of activities including allegations of kickbacks, theft, fraud, extortion and embezzlement. Mr. Inkster has directed efficiency reviews of major law enforcement agencies as well as business recovery planning and security review for international organizations. He has acted as Special Adviser to the Auditor General of Canada and following the events of September 11, 2001, was appointed Special Advisor on matters of security by the Government of Ontario.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Mr. Inkster is a member of the Canadian and International Associates of Chiefs of Police, Honourary Chief of the Blackfoot Tribe, and Honourary Member of the Bear Clan of the Cree Nation.
Mr. Inkster has also been appointed to the Security Advisory Board of the Unisys Corporation.
|David Jarvis, Partner at Blair Franklin, has spent almost 20 years in the securities industry. He began his career as Controller, subsequently Secretary-Treasurer, of Capital Group Securities. As a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, David was responsible for the accounting group, risk management, regulatory compliance and reporting, and trading operations.
David then joined First Marathon Securities in 1991, in the firm’s Derivatives Instruments Group. At First Marathon, David focused on developing and executing domestic and international stock loan arbitrage strategies.
|In 1994, David moved to Midland Walwyn Capital (now Merrill Lynch Canada) to start the Equity Derivatives and Arbitrage Group. Ultimately, David’s team numbered 16 professionals, undertaking structured derivatives transactions, equity option trading and market making, merger arbitrage and international stock loan arbitrage.
In 1999, David founded Ascendant Capital Management which managed equity arbitrage hedge funds, and focused on merger arbitrage opportunities. After four successful years of investing, David decided to wind down the Ascendant Funds, and join Blair Franklin.
David holds an MBA from Queen’s University and a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He has held his CFA charter since 1992, and is the founding Vice-Chair of the Canadian Chapter of AIMA (the Alternative Investment Management Association).
|James M. Keyes|
|James Keyes is a Partner and Local Team Leader of the Funds & Investment Services Team within the Corporate/Commercial Practice Group. He practices in the area of corporate and commercial law, particularly mutual funds, corporate finance and securities. James joined the group in 1993. Prior to that, he worked with Freshfields law firm in London from 1989 to 1992. James attended Oxford University in England and graduated (M.A. with Honours) as a Rhodes Scholar. He was called to the bar of England & Wales in 1991 and to the Bermuda Bar in 1993.
James recently contributed to the International Financial Markets Guide - 2004 edition. James is a member of the Bermuda International Business Association’s committee on collective investment schemes.
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|Henry Kneis, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Abria, has over seventeen years of securities industry experience, specializing in equity derivative and proprietary arbitrage trading.
Mr. Kneis was the CEO of a Canadian investment-dealer that was a member firm of the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Investment Dealers Association of Canada, capitalized at $100 million. He managed a proprietary trading portfolio for the firm and its affiliates with aggregate balance sheet assets of $3 billion. As a senior partner in an entrepreneurial and aggressively growing business unit, Mr. Kneis was a key contributor in all aspects of the business development, from building infrastructure, to generating and researching new trading opportunities, to marketing products.
|Mr. Kneis' career started just prior to the October 1987 crash when he joined First Marathon Financial Products, the proprietary derivative trading group of First Marathon Securities Limited, as its second employee. The market neutral portfolio he was trading did not suffer a loss in that 20% market drop - a career shaping experience. Mr. Kneis became a Senior Partner of FM Financial Products in 1989 and assumed management responsibility for the Canadian equity arbitrage desk in 1991. From 1992 through 1996, Mr. Kneis was also responsible for supervising the U.S. activities of the firm's international trading operations. Mr. Kneis' trading performance contributed to the organization's unblemished record of profitability in every quarter of his tenure, from September 1987 to June 1999 - a total of 47 quarters. Mr. Kneis contributed to the growth of the organization to 200 employees across four countries and 13 different profit centres by 1999.
Throughout his career, Mr. Kneis has specialized in the trading, management, and design of proprietary market neutral arbitrage portfolios. Mr. Kneis' experience covers index, volatility, statistical and risk arbitrage in the equity markets as well as convertible securities arbitrage, preferred share trading, and the development of customized equity derivative products. Prior to founding Abria, Mr. Kneis performed extensive due diligence on independent hedge fund managers and designed and constructed a multi-manager, multi-strategy hedge fund product for private investors.
Mr. Kneis has been responsible for the establishment of three Canadian investment dealers and three NASD broker-dealers over the course of his career. Mr. Kneis was the CEO of a Canadian public company for which he secured the exchange listing. Mr. Kneis has served on various derivative and index committees of the Toronto Stock Exchange and developed capital margin rules for derivative securities that currently exist as industry regulations. Mr. Kneis is also a regular speaker at conferences on Alternative Investments and has been featured on both Investment Television and Mutual Fund Television. Mr. Kneis is a past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Toronto Futures Exchange, is a member of the editorial board of CanHedge, a Rogers Media publication focusing on the alternative investment fund industry in Canada, and sits on the Investor Risk Committee of the International Association of Financial Engineers. Mr. Kneis is also a strong supporter of investor education in the alternative asset field. He is a founding member of the advisory board and an instructor of the Certified Hedge Fund Specialist course. He has also worked with the Canadian Securities Institute to help improve and deliver its hedge fund course. Mr. Kneis obtained a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science at the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto.
||Pat Koval practices in the area of corporate and commercial law, with primary emphasis on corporate finance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, managed assets, derivatives and financial institutions.
Pat regularly acts for issuers and investment dealers in structuring acquisitions, dispositions, reorganizations, and international and domestic public and private financings, as well as in the design of enhanced or new financial products and services.
|She has extensive experience acting for sponsors, managers and distributors of mutual funds, pooled funds, hedge funds, insurance company segregated funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), exchange-traded funds, income trusts and other financial products. In addition, Pat has acted in numerous financing transactions, both Canadian domestic and cross-border, in particular those involving financial institutions. She has also participated in a significant number of domestic and cross-border public takeover bids and negotiated acquisitions.
Pat frequently participates in domestic and international business conferences and legal education programs focused on corporate finance, investment funds, derivatives, mergers and acquisitions, directors’ responsibilities and financial institutions. She is the author of numerous articles in these areas. Pat also teaches a course on takeover bids and proxy contests at the University of Toronto Law School.
For three years, Pat was a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Securities Advisory Committee, a group of lawyers appointed by the government of Ontario to provide assistance in developing and drafting amendments to Canadian securities legislation and policy statements. In 1994 and 1995, she acted as counsel for a task force appointed by the government of Ontario to advise on the feasibility of granting rule-making authority to the Ontario Securities Commission. Subsequently, Pat was retained by the Government of Ontario to advise in the finalization of the rule-making legislation, which was implemented January 1, 1995.
Pat is a member of the Board of Directors of World Wildlife Fund ( Canada).
|Tristam Lett, one of Canada’s leading authorities on hedge funds, joined Norshield Financial Group (Norshield) as Senior Vice President in October this year. He will also become a member of Norshield’s Portfolio Management Committee.
|Mr. Lett joins Norshield from RBC Capital Markets, where he was Director of Alternative Investments. He has more than 20 years of investment experience as a portfolio manager, business operator, derivatives specialist, marketing manager and risk management practitioner. Mr. Lett began managing hedge funds in 1990, when he was the CIO of Trafalgar Capital. For five years during his tenure at Trafalgar, he was simultaneously the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Toronto Futures Exchange. He is also Co-Chair of AIMA Canada’s Education and Research Committee and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Canadian Investment Review.|
|Peter L. Loach|
|Peter Loach is the Vice President, Managing Director, Investment Fund Research for BMO Nesbitt Burns where he manages the mutual fund research team that is responsible for evaluating the merits of over 3,200 retail mutual funds, hedge funds and private equity funds. He has been developing proprietary quantitative models for assessing downside risk within Canadian mutual funds and client specific suitability for over eight years.
His group publishes the highly regarded BMO Nesbitt Burns Mutual Fund Focus Book. The book ranks the top 100 mutual funds across all categories to support IAs in the management of mutual funds.
|He is frequently quoted in the financial press and is regarded as one of Canada's leading investment fund analysts. Mr. Loach has a Bachelor of Commerce honours degree from the University of Guelph.|
|With a strong belief in human potential, James has dedicated over 12 years to the study and application of leadership development, communication and training sciences. As a motivational speaker, trainer, and certified Experiential Learning Technology (E.L.T.) facilitator, he has engaged over 1,200 live audiences, co-hosted an international daily radio program, recorded numerous audio and video training tapes and wrote the Canadian Best Seller entitled, "Success Secrets of King Solomon".
|As an independent business consultant James has enjoyed a wide range of business challenges and opportunities. As the Director of Training for the Performance Training Institute James trained new facilitators to sell and facilitate experiential training programs for Fortune 500 Companies. As Executive Director of External Affairs for World Christian Internet Corporation James directed promotions, public relations and marketing. James put his experience to the test as Director of Marketing for a non-profit home for troubled teenagers in upstate New York where he invested one year developing and managing a successful marketing and fundraising department.
As a Facilitator and Management Consultant, James works with corporations in the US and Canada developing leadership and interpersonal skills. He brings his real world experience to his high-energy training sessions. His understanding of human behavior and the dynamics of communication and interpersonal interactions are coupled with his experience in the private sector. When James is not training, writing, pulling out some of his last few hairs, or otherwise engaged in work activities he invests his time with his family and in Church and community efforts.
|Jerome Lussan joined Rhicon Currency Management in 2003, as business manager responsible for all operational aspects and business development strategy. In particular he has assisted the group, which manages approximately 200 million USD in various currency trading programs, in establishing a trading presence in the UK and Switzerland. He is a solicitor in England, and practiced most recently at Jones Day in London focused on banking corporate finance and financial services. He was previously involved in private equity and banking at Gouldens Solicitors also in London. His broad background includes acting as legal and general advisor to the communication department of the French Presidency, as well as involvement at prominent law firms in Beijing, and Paris.
|Kieran McCann is Director of Prime Brokerage Sales for Barclays Capital. He has over 14 years experience working with hedge funds and financial institutions specializing in prime brokerage services and securities finance. Mr. McCann previously worked at Bear, Stearns & Co. as a Managing Director in prime brokerage services, Commerzbank Securities as Head of Structured Trading Solutions, and at Morgan Stanley as Controller of the Correspondent Clearing Group.
Kieran holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University.
|Stuart McKinnon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pro-Hedge Funds Inc., an industry leader in alternative investments. Stuart McKinnon's 17 years of experience in the financial services industry have included roles within the wealth management, professional equity trading, and portfolio management sectors, establishing him a trusted reputation for consistently creating significant growth, customer loyalty, and shareholder value.
Mr. McKinnon began his career in the investment industry in 1987 with a position as a Professional Equity trader on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange.
|In 1993 Stuart McKinnon founded McKinnon & Company, a successful wealth management firm specializing in alternative investments for high net worth individuals.
As one of the founders and instructors of the Certified Hedge Fund Specialist course, sponsored by the Strategy Institute and the Canadian chapter of the International Hedge Fund Association, Mr. McKinnon is committed to promoting education within the hedge fund industry.
As a respected leader in the alternative investment industry, Stuart McKinnon is frequently called upon to appear as a guest speaker on various television broadcasts and radio programs, including ROB TV and CBC Radio.
|Iain McMurdo was admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 1993 after obtaining a law degree with honours and training with a major commercial firm in Glasgow. Iain then spent several years with that firm working in corporate finance for high profile clients, including corporate reconstructions, joint ventures, share acquisitions and other mainstream company matters.
Iain then joined the corporate department of Freshfields in London where he focused on corporate finance with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and international corporate restructuring. Since joining Walkers in June 2000, Iain has developed a broad practice including investment and private equity fund formation, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions locally and internationally. Iain also advises a number of companies listed on International stock exchanges. He became a partner in 2003.
Recent transactions have included advising on all aspects of Cayman law (private equity funding and acquisition structuring) for Madison Dearborn Partners' Euro 4.0 billion leveraged buyout of Jefferson Smurfit Group plc, one of the largest transactions of its kind in Europe, on the US$135mn syndicated loan to Chile's Compania Cervecerias Unidas SA (CCU), on the formation of private equity house MidOcean Partners, a US$1.6bn spin-off from Deutsche Bank and on the US$2.2bn acquisition by Ripplewood Holdings LLC of Japan Telecom from Vodafone.
Iain is named as a leading Cayman Islands lawyer in the 2003 edition of the 'IFLR 1000' Directory.
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||Richard Meckler is the President and Chief Investment Officer, LibertyView Capital Management, A Division of Neuberger Berman, LLC.
Richard Meckler joined Neuberger Berman LLC in January 2003 when Neuberger Berman acquired substantially all the assets of LibertyView Capital Management Inc. In October 2003, Neuberger Berman became a Lehman Brothers company. Mr. Meckler founded LibertyView Capital Management in 1992. His primary responsibilities include portfolio allocation, risk management, and arbitrage trading. He has over fifteen years experience in managing investments in both U.S. and foreign equities and bonds. From 1988 to 1992, he served as Chief Investment Officer of a specialty alternative investment management firm. He previously served as Director of Investments and Pension Director at CBS Inc. He earned a M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York.
||Raj Mehta, founder and Managing Director of Persistent Edge Management, is responsible for portfolio management and firm operations.
Previously, Mehta evaluated new investments and developed several early-stage companies as a Managing Director at Redwood Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based private equity firm. Mehta's solid background in technology includes expertise in the telecommunications sector developed as a senior research analyst at RHK, where he represented a range of clients including hedge funds, venture capital funds, and sell-side banks.
|Mehta's experience includes forays into marketing and strategy consulting to clients in the telecommunications industry and financial community.
Mehta gained entrepreneurial experience and insight as a co-founder of a telecom reseller of wireline and wireless services, and as an early team member at Salix Technologies, a telecommunications equipment vendor start-up company (acquired by Tellabs).
Mehta received a Bachelor of Science, cum laude in Physics from the College of William and Mary, and a Master of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from Auburn University.
|Frank Mersch has over 24 years of experience in the investment industry, including 11 years as an investment manager with Altamira Management Limited.
Prior to joining Altamira in 1987, Mr. Mersch was President of Special Investments and Vice President of Guardian Capital Group and Vice President of Investments at Morgan Trust Company of Canada. From 1987 to 1998, Mr Mersch was a shareholder, director and Vice President of Altamira. During that period, he was instrumental in building an organization, which had over 300 employees and approximately $17 billion of assets under management. At Altamira, Mr. Mersch managed and marketed private wealth mutual funds and pension funds and earned a reputation as one of the most highly regarded investment managers in Canada, frequently making appearances on "Wall Street Week" and other investment programs.
|From May 1998 to June 1999, Mr. Mersch was active in providing angel financial to fledging technology companies. Since June 1999, Mr. Mersch has been an officer of Front Street Capital and in that capacity manages the portfolios of various investment vehicles, including the portfolios of Casurina Limited Partnership, First Wave Inc. and Casurina Performance Fund.
|Robert Milroy is the Joint Managing Director – Dawnay Day Milroy Limited, a Guernsey regulated asset management and brokerage firm that specialises in servicing international clients with a special emphasis on hedge funds and offshore investment portfolios. The firm is a member of the London Stock Exchange and a correspondent broker with Pershing LLC- New Jersey.
Mr. Milroy started his career as a financial oil analyst in his native Canada before going on to hold senior positions in research, underwriting, venture capital financing, retail investment brokerage and portfolio management. He is a regular speaker on radio and TV shows featuring security investments and conducts offshore investment seminars world-wide. In conjunction with Standard & Poor’s Limited, the World leader in investment fund data collection he authoured “The Standard & Poor’s Guide to Offshore Investment Funds” for many years and contributes numerous articles to other offshore publications. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, Offshore Institute, associate of the Securities Institute and is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree.
|Clive Morgan has been a practitioner in the financial industry for more than thirty years, 14 years in the insurance industry and 17 years working as a consultant with pension and other institutional funds. He received a B.Sc from the University of Natal, South Africa. He qualified as an actuary in 1975 and as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1991. Mr. Morgan was hired by Towers Perrin, Toronto in 1983 to assist in building a separate asset consulting practice in Canada. In 1991 he assumed the role as the National Practice Leader for the asset consulting practice in Canada.
|In 1994 he assumed the role of the Global Practice Leader for the worldwide asset consulting practice of Towers Perrin, responsible for developing and implementing the business plan for the practice.
He has consulted on all aspects of financial management to multinationals around the world, working in the US, UK, Europe and Australia.
In 1999 he retired from Towers Perrin and set up C Morgan Investment Counselling Inc. This Company provides consulting services to Canadian Institutions. Clive is also registered with the OSC as a Portfolio Manager and Investment Council.
He has given a number of speeches on financial management and has written articles on this subject for Benefits Canada and Pension and Benefits Monitor.
Clive is a member of The Institute of Actuaries, Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and The Association for Investment Management and Research (AIMR). He is also Co-Chair of the Education and Research Committee for the Alternative Investment Management Association’s (AIMA) Canadian chapter.
|John W. Murray|
|Mr. Murray is Vice-President, Corporate Affairs & General Counsel of The Investment Funds Institute of Canada, the trade association representing the Canadian mutual fund industry. Mr. Murray received a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) degree in history from University College, University of Toronto in 1984 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor in 1989. Mr. Murray was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario, Canada, in 1991, and practised corporate and securities law in Toronto, prior to joining The Investment Funds Institute of Canada as Corporate Secretary, Staff Counsel in August of 1993.
|In 1995, Mr. Murray was appointed a Board Member and Secretary of the Financial Planners Standards Council, positions he held until September of 2001. On the international scene, Mr. Murray was one of two Canadian delegates to the International CFP Council and also chaired the International CFP Council’s Certification Committee. In addition to his responsibilities at the Institute, Mr. Murray is currently participating on the OSC working group dealing with the regulation of financial planners, is chair of the Canadian advisory committee participating in the development of a new ISO standard for personal financial planning services and is a director of Credit Counselling Services of Toronto.
|Miklos Nagy is President, co-founder and CEO of Quadrexx Asset Management Inc.
Miklos Nagy is also Chairman, co-founder and CEO of Canadian Hedge Watch Inc., a Toronto based publishing and educational firm focusing on the Canadian hedge fund industry.
Mr. Nagy is a leading authority on alternative investments and hedge funds in Canada. He is the co-author of Canada's first hedge fund book, "Hedge Funds for Canadians", published by John Wiley and Sons in May 2003. He has been featured extensively on national television and newspapers about hedge funds. He has also been invited as a speaker to numerous financial seminars and conferences for several organizations.
|Mr. Nagy has 16 years of financial industry experience in Canada including Senior Partner at York Financial Group, a leading financial planning firm and Credit Analyst at Credit Suisse Canada in Toronto.
Mr. Nagy studied Math and Computer Science in Hungary, and graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree from the University of Toronto in Economics and Statistics and holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CFP (Certified Financial Planner) professional designations.
Mr. Nagy is a founding Board Member of CIFPs (Canadian Institute of Financial Planners Association), a member of AIMR (Association for Investment Management and Research), the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts, and a founding member of the Hungarian Society of Investment Professionals, Budapest.
|Adrian Odell is the Head of Funds at Bailhache Labesse Law Firm, Jersey, and also a director of the Bailhache Labesse financial services company located in Mauritius.
Adrian has been admitted as a South African Attorney, English Solicitor and Solicitor in the British Virgin Islands. Prior to Jersey, Adrian practised with leading law firms in the British Virgin Islands, Isle of Man, London and South Africa. He specialises in investment funds and has acted as principal offshore counsel in forming and advising both household name and start-up investment funds.
|Funds formed or advised by him range from publicly listed retail funds through to private equity funds, hedge funds and venture capital funds. He has worked extensively with prominent alternative investment fund clients in North America, Europe and Asia.
Bailhache Labesse Law Firm is part of the Bailhache Labesse Group, a leading legal and administration services provider based in Jersey, Channel Islands. The group has 15 partners and 120 staff. The funds team has specialist expertise in establishing and restructuring alternative investment funds both in the Channel Islands and other offshore jurisdictions. The Legal 500 refers to the funds capability of Bailhache Labesse by stating that the combination of Simon Howard and Adrian Odell, both of whom were involved in the development of the expert fund policy, creates a centre of "funds excellence " which leaves the firm strongly placed under the new regime. The expert fund policy has facilitated the set up of hedge funds and alternative investment funds in Jersey.
|Gary Ostoich is a partner in the Derivatives and Structured Products Group of the law firm of McMillan Binch in Toronto. His practice is transaction oriented, focusing on domestic and off-shore structured financings/investment funds with particular emphasis on all aspects of the over-the-counter and exchange traded derivatives markets. He acts for a broad range of intermediaries and end-users in the markets including financial institutions, domestic and foreign investment dealers, governments, large corporations, pension funds, commodity pools and hedge funds.
|Gary sits on the advisory board of a number of hedge funds in the marketplace and is also a director of a number of companies which create structured products using alternative asset classes such as managed futures and hedge funds. He sits on the editorial advisory board of CanHedge, a magazine dedicated to the Canadian hedge fund industry and also sits on the executive committee of the Canadian chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association Inc.
Gary has participated in various committees affecting the derivatives and foreign exchange area including committees focusing on the use of derivatives by municipalities and mutual funds. He is also a member of International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. in New York and the Managed Funds Association in Washington. Gary is recognized by LEXPERT legal directory as one of the leading legal experts in Canada with respect to derivatives and is included in LEXPERT’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He has written numerous articles in the derivatives and hedge fund area on topics such as insolvency issues affecting the Canadian derivatives market, collateralization of swaps and the effect of foreign investment entity rules on hedge funds and has spoken at various conferences relating to hedge funds, derivatives and corporate finance.
|Andrew Papierz is Executive Managing Director, Equity Division, BMO Nesbitt Burns. Based in Toronto, Andrew is responsible for heading the firm's Prime Brokerage Group including the Equity Lending Desk. Services provided to prime brokerage and lending clients include clearing, settlement, trade processing, cash financing, reporting and securities lending. Andrew has more than 20 years of industry experience in both Canada and the United States. He has held executive roles in all aspects of the securities business including operations, risk management, technology, business development and client service.
|He served as President of the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation between 1993 and 1999. Since joining BMO Nesbitt Burns in 2000, Andrew and his team have been instrumental in being a leading provider of prime brokerage and securities lending to hedge funds and high net worth clients across North America. This team also created the first Prime Brokerage capital introduction events in Canada. These successful events provide BMO Nesbitt Burns Prime Brokerage clients with regular opportunities to present their funds to qualified investors. Andrew has a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Queen's University and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from York University.|
|Robert Parnell, President and CEO, Tremont Capital Management, Corp., is responsible for managing Tremont's Canadian operations. He is responsible for business and product development in Canada and is Tremont's primary interface between clients and the firm's investment management and research capability.
Mr. Parnell has worked in finance and investment management for over 14 years. Prior to joining Tremont, Mr. Parnell was Vice President of hedge fund investments for Northwater Capital Management Inc. (formerly Newcastle). In this capacity, Mr. Parnell managed multi-strategy hedge fund portfolios with total assets of over $250 million.
|Mr. Parnell developed the first multi-strategy hedge fund insurance product in Canada and was portfolio manager for North America's first exchange listed market-neutral fund of funds.
Mr. Parnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of London, a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Tremont is recognized as a leader in the field of hedge fund investment management and research and has specialized in structuring and managing multi-manager, multi-strategy hedge fund portfolios since 1984. Today, Tremont employs approximately 100 professionals and staff in its Rye, New York, and Toronto, London and Bermuda offices and manages over U.S.$ 10 billion in assets as at June 30, 2004.
Tremont operates through six subsidiaries and provides full service investment management and advisory services to financial institutions, public and private pension funds, endowment funds, foundations, private family offices and high net worth individuals. Tremont's investment approaches are intended to identify promising asset allocation among the various hedge fund strategies and among the high quality managers within those strategies and to offer to investors a series of investment products that seek stable returns with reduced risk.
Tremont has been involved in a number of innovations in the hedge fund industry. Through a joint venture with Credit Suisse First Boston, Tremont co-developed the CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index, the first asset-weighted benchmark of hedge fund performance. Along with its sub-index classifications, the index has gained wide acceptance as a leading benchmark of global hedge fund performance (www.hedgeindex.com). With RiskMetrics Group, Inc., the former Risk Management Services Group of JP Morgan, Tremont jointly developed HedgePlatform(tm), a risk reporting service and reporting methodology that enables managers to measure, evaluate, and aggregate various risks across multiple hedge funds and across multiple hedge fund strategies.
|Mr. Mark Purdy, CFA, Managing Director of Arrow Hedge Partners Inc., shares responsibility for the fund manager selection and monitoring process. He serves on the Investment Committee at Arrow Hedge Partners Inc. and has over 10 years experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining Arrow Hedge in May 2000, Mark was Vice-President of Business Development at BayStreetDirect.com. Previously, he was Associate Vice-President of Sales at BPI Financial Corporation. Mr. Purdy began his career at IBM Canada Ltd., where he held various financial, sales and marketing roles over a ten-year period. Mr. Purdy is also responsible for the national marketing and distribution of Arrow Hedge Funds.
|Derek Ramm is a Regional Officer with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).
FINTRAC is Canada’s financial intelligence unit, a specialized federal agency that collects, analyzes and discloses financial information and intelligence on suspected money laundering and terrorist activities financing. Created in July 2000, the Centre is a integral part of our country’s engagement in the global fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorist activities.
|In his current role with FINTRAC, Derek is responsible for ensuring compliance by securities dealers, portfolio managers and investment counsellors with their obligations under the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.
Prior to joining FINTRAC in March 2004, Derek worked in the investment industry for over the years in various compliance and investigative roles. In 2001, he implemented and managed a comprehensive anti-money laundering program for one of Canada’s largest independent carrying dealers and back office service providers.
|KEYNOTE SPEAKER Jim Rogers|
|A recent study shows that traveling around the world is the #1 daydream. Jim Rogers has fulfilled our fantasies twice. Jim Rogers is the author of Investment Biker: On the Road with Jim Rogers (Random House 1994) and Adventure Capitalist (Random House 2003). An entertaining speaker, he mixes wit with sometimes contrarian wisdom that offers new and enlightened ways to view our world.
He is an investor who has been chronicled in John Train’s The New Money Masters, Jack Schwager’s Market Wizards, and other books.
|He has been frequently featured in TIME, New York Times, Washington Post, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times, and most national news publications.
He also has appeared on nearly every news and public affairs television program – both network and cable – and has been a columnist in various media offering his insight on finance, investment, politics, history, foreign policy and social issues and how they interact. He sometimes is a Visiting Professor at Columbia University.
During 1990-1992, Jim Rogers took a motorcycle trip of over 100,000 miles around the world, crossing six continents and setting a Guinness World Record while fulfilling a life-long dream of seeing the world by motorcycle. Investment Biker was a result of that trip.
Not satisfied with surviving that outing, he set out again on Jan. 1, 1999, with Paige Parker to chronicle the world during the three years of the turn of the Millennium – 1999-2001. They have returned from a 116-country, 152,000-mile overland trip the likes of which has never been done before – they have been awarded a Guinness World Record. His unique ground-level observations illuminate, startle and amuse. Despite the danger and adventure, Jim and Paige found time to marry on Jan. 1, 2000.
His second book, Adventure Capitalist (Random House 2003) details the insights, adventure and observations from his recently completed trip through a very different world.
Born in 1942, Rogers’ entrepreneurial efforts started early in Demopolis, Alabama, where he was reared. He had his first job at age five, picking up bottles at baseball games. At age six, he won the concession to sell soft drinks and peanuts at Little League games. His father lent him one hundred dollars to buy a peanut parcher, which put Rogers in business. Five years later, after taking out profits along the way, he paid off his start-up loan and had a hundred dollars in the bank.
Winning a scholarship to Yale, Rogers was coxswain on the crew. Toward the end of his four years there, he received an academic scholarship to Oxford, where he attended Balliol College and studied politics, philosophy, and economics. He also became the first person from Demopolis ever to cox the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race on the Thames. It was during the summer of 1964, while working for Dominick & Dominick, that Rogers fell in love with Wall Street. And that’s exactly where he headed after Oxford and a stint in the Army.
After apprenticing with a couple of firms. Rogers co-founded the Quantum Fund, a global-investment partnership. During the 10 years of the 1970’s, the portfolio gained more than 4000%, while the S&P rose less than 50%. Rogers then decided to retire – at age 37. However, he didn’t remain idle.
Continuing to manage his own portfolio, Rogers kept busy serving as a professor of finance at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and, in 1989 and 1990, as the moderator of WCBS’s ‘The Dreyfus Roundtable’ and FNN’s ‘The Profit Motive with Jim Rogers’. At the same time, he was laying the groundwork for an around-the-world motorcycle trip.
In 1990-1992, Rogers and a companion took a motorcycle trip of over 100,000 miles across six continents, a feat that landed them in the Guinness Book of World Records. As a private investor, he constantly analyzed the countries through which he traveled for investment ideas. Investment Biker: On the Road with Jim Rogers, a best seller, chronicled that trip, revealing one nation after the next in which gradually weakening currencies and political structures had suddenly collapsed, resulting in total national ruin. He gets to the heart of what’s driving successful nations and economies upward and what’s slashing troubled ones downward.
He continued as a media commentator at Worth, CNBC, et al and as a sometime Professor while laying plans for his Millennium Adventure 1999-2001. He now contributes to Worth and Fox News among others while eagerly awaiting his first child. He has already bought her a globe and an atlas.
Incidentally, Rogers found the peanut parcher in his parents’ attic a few years back. It still works.
He can be reached as www.jimrogers.com.
|David C. Rudd|
|Mr. Rudd started his career in the insurance sector with Metropolitan Life and became a Pension Consultant with Tomenson-Alexander until 1979, when he moved to Merrill-Lynch as a Futures Derivatives Broker. Mr. Rudd founded & developed the largest futures trading operation in Canada; first with Dean Witter Canada, as a Vice President, and then expanding the business with Refco Futures. Under the direction of Mr. Rudd as Senior Vice President, Refco ransacted more institutional
business than RBC Dominion Securities, CIBC/Wood Gundy. Mr. Rudd's position included budget, human resources and institutional business management, trading, risk analysis and market development. Mr. Rudd left Refco in 1999 to establish the Portfolio Manager and fund its research and development operations. Mr. Rudd has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Toronto Futures Exchange, now part of the Montreal Stock Exchange; as well as Member and Chairman of the Derivative Committee of the Montreal Stock Exchange. The committee oversaw the development of the futures sector of the Exchange from low initial volumes to a major part of the Exchange and its successful evolution into an integral part of Canadian capital market.
|Canadian Hedge Watch Inc. is Canada’s premier source for hedge fund editorial, information, education, and research & analysis. Tony joined Canadian Hedge Watch full-time in January 2002 and since then has been instrumental in leading the company to become Canada’s premier hedge fund resource.
|Tony has participated in various national newspaper, television and radio interviews and writes the monthly Hedgehog column in the National Post. He holds both the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and the Certified General Accountant (CGA) professional accounting designations. Tony is also Executive Vice President of the board of directors of the Volunteer Center of Peel.
Prior to joining Canadian Hedge Watch, Tony spent over 10 years in senior financial and operational positions with leading Canadian and U.S. companies. From 1998 to 2001 Tony was Manager of Operations ( Canada) for Laird Plastics Inc. (the second largest plastic distributor in North America) where he led the Canadian operation by improving operational returns a total of 250% over the three years.
|Greg Scarffe is a Director within the Prime Services group of Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in New York and has over 12 years of hedge fund and alternative investment experience. Greg covers existing and prospect Hedge Fund clients in the U.S. and Canada and is responsible for accessing the resources of the Firm including financing and cash and derivative execution and research for fixed income and equity products.
|Greg has been with CSFB since 1996. Before relocating to New York, he managed the Managed Lending program in Zurich for one year, and oversaw Business Development and Sales of the Prime Services group in London for two years. Prior to joining CSFB, Greg worked for Morgan Stanley in sales and marketing with the Equity Derivative and Cash businesses in New York and London. Greg holds a BES from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario and an MBA from the London Business School, London, England.
|As a Professor of Mathematical Finance and Risk Management at the University of Toronto, Professor Seco brings the up-to-date knowledge in academic research in Mathematical Finance and wealth of experience in the development of risk management tools for a number of financial institutions. Since 1996, he has been Director of RiskLab, a joint research venture between the University of Toronto and Algorithmics Inc. Risk Lab has provided the Toronto financial community with a series of risk management products, including a risk management system for interest rate options, investment product analysis for Refco Futures (Canada);
|volatility hedging products for the Bank of Nova Scotia; a yield management system for the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board and commodity price forecasting tools.
Professor Seco has won numerous research awards, including an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a NATO science division award, and awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
|MASTER OF CEREMONIES Bruce Sellery|
|Bruce Sellery is the New York Bureau Chief for Report on Business Television. He puts the U.S. business world into context for Canadian viewers – covering the economy, the stock market, and the latest Wall Street scandals. He has access to top business thinkers in both Canada and the U.S., interviewing CEOs of major corporations and leading industry analysts. He brings to the job a practical perspective of how businesses work and asks the questions Canadians want answered to help them understand an increasingly complicated business world.
Previously, Sellery was based in Toronto where he anchored ROBTV’s Business Day with Bruce Sellery. He has also worked on a number of business programs for CBC Newsworld, and reported on personal finance for Investors Online.
|Sellery has spent years leading programs in Leadership, Corporate Strategy and Diversity. He also had a successful career in the business world, marketing some of the world’s top brands. His informative presentations also illustrate the quick-thinking and fun style that he learned as a student of the Second City school of Improv.
|Sergio Simone started his career in the financial services industry in 1979 mainly in the distribution and manufacturing of investment products. In 2000 Sergio formed RJS Private Wealth Management, a firm specializing in the distribution of hedge funds to retail and institutional investors. Over a period of 2 years the firm was managing in excess of $150 million of hedge fund assets, both individually and institutionally.
Sergio is the co-author of The Canadian Hedge Fund Yearbook. Sergio is the founding president of the Canadian chapter of the Hedge Fund Association. Providing Alternative Investment education is one of the main goals of the Hedge Fund Association.
|To that end he was responsible for putting together and chairing a committee of Canada’s premier hedge fund personalities who, along with Strategy Institute created the Certified Hedge Fund Specialist Course. More than 100 people have completed the course over the last year. He is also on the advisory board of the Rogers Media publication CanHedge.
In November 2002, Sergio entered into a joint venture with Jovian Capital Corporation to launch the Pescara Fund of Funds, a multi-manager, multi-strategy fund of funds specializing in Canadian underlying managers. As Felcom Chief Alternative Asset Strategist, Sergio chairs the six member investment committee at Felcom Management Corporation, the Portfolio Manager for the Pescara Fund of Funds.
Sergio is also a director of the Baker Centre Health Care Foundation, a charity dedicated to the support and long-term care of the elderly.
|Marianne Smythe, partner with Washington DC based law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP. Prior to joining the firm Marianne served as the senior director with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the area of Investment Management responsible for regulating investment companies, investment advisors, public utility holding companies and certain insurance products. Marianne has served as a council member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and is currently a member of the ABA Task Force on Hedge Funds.
||Ken is president of Capital Ideas Inc., and a member of Creative Planning Financial Group. He specializes in developing and implementing creative wealth management strategies by providing professional advice and service for a broad range of insurance and financial products.
Since November 1999, Ken has focused his investment practice on Alternative Investments. He is continuously upgrading his own education and performing due diligence and ongoing research on the various hedge funds available to Canadian investors.
|In acknowledgment of this expertise, a number of advisors now “hire” Ken on a cooperative basis to offer alternative investments to their clients. He believes that all investors can benefit from the diversification Alternative Investments can provide.
Since 1992, Ken has built a successful practice in the fields of Life and Disability Insurance and Investment advice and management by capitalizing on his considerable business acumen obtained during earlier years spent in the computer industry. His last position was Director of Retail Operations for ComputerLand Canada and concurrently, Vice President, Marketing for HQE Technology Stores.
A native New Yorker, Ken has resided in Canada since 1977. He earned a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from Boston University in 1973 and is a member of the internationally respected Society of Trust and Estate Planners (STEP). In 2001 Ken achieved the highest possible award in the Life Insurance industry, earning “Top of the Table” status of the Million Dollar Round Table.
He was a featured panelist at the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) Hedge Fund Forum (November 2002), at the ‘Canadian Elite Advisor Summit’ (May 2003), and the IFIC and Canadian Hedge Watch sponsored conference on ‘Hedge Funds for High Net Worth Investors’ (November 2003). Ken has also completed the Canadian Securities Institute course on Hedge Funds, and the Strategy Institute course entitled Hedge Funds for High Net-Worth Investors. He has been a multiple occasion guest on CHUM National Radio Network’s “The Money Show” with host Jerry White. Ken has also appeared on ROB Television and was interviewed and quoted in the recently published book, Investrends: The High Tech Economy by Martha Wilson and Mark Evans.
Ken is an avid golfer and enjoys running and cooking, however, most of his spare time is spent with his wife, his three sons and daughter.
|Robert P. Vrooman|
|Robert P. Vrooman is a Senior Vice President and the Director of Marketing of GCM. Prior to joining GCM in 1998, he was a Vice President of Emerging Market Institutional Sales at Santander Investment Services, Inc.
Robert was also a Vice President at Prudential Securities Incorporated, where held the position of Senior European Equity Specialist. He also marketed global equities at Dean Witter Discover Inc., and held the position of Mutual Fund Wholesaler at New York Life Insurance Company. Robert graduated from Syracuse University in 1989 with a B.S. in Marketing.
||Elizabeth (Libby) Wildman is President of Wildman and Associates Wealth Management Inc. Libby began her career in the Financial Services Industry in 1987 following in her father, Robbie's footsteps at London Life after graduating from the University of Western Ontario. She achieved The Million Dollar Roundtable and National Quality Awards each year she was at London Life - evidence of her commitment to building life-long relationships with her clients. After the sale of London Life, Libby took a small team of Associates and formed Wildman & Associates Wealth Management Inc. to continue to deliver to her clients integrated wealth and 'life management' services in the role of lead financial advisor.|
|She willingly volunteers her time to Big Brothers and Sisters and is actively involved with the Parent Teachers Association at Lambton Kingsway School. She has spoken to groups across the country and written columns on the numerous issues/challenges facing the industry.
|Arthur Williams III|
|Arthur Williams serves as President and Chief Investment Officer of Pine Grove Associates, Inc. He was formerly Director of Retirement Plan Investments for McKinsey & Company, Inc. While at McKinsey, he was responsible for the investment decisions for a sophisticated global pension and profit sharing plan serving over 6,000 investors. Prior to joining McKinsey, he served as the manager of Merrill Lynch's pension assets and the head of Merrill Lynch's fund consulting practice and employee private investment funds. He also served as in-house consultant to the central bank of a government fund, which was then the largest pool of capital in the world.
|He has been a frequent writer on how to manage and direct the investment and administrative process from the point of view of the fund sponsor, how to measure performance in fixed income securities portfolios, and how to use computers in investment applications.
His book, Managing Your Investment Manager is in its third edition. He initiated the column "Sponsor's Corner" for Pensions & Investment Age Magazine and has contributed to the "Journal of Portfolio Management" and several industry handbooks.
Mr. Williams has testified before Congress, the US Department of Labor, and various professional organizations on aspects of pension policy and investing.
He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and a graduate with distinction of The Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the National Futures Association.
He serves on the advisory board of The Investment Fund for Foundations, Charlottesville, Virginia, an organization designed to assist private foundations in managing their portfolios. He has also served on the boards of the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance and the Institute for Chartered Financial Analysts Digest.
|W. William Woods|
||W. William Woods, Chairman and CEO of WWWoods & Co., is a lawyer, admitted to practice in Bermuda, England, Wales and Hong Kong. William was a solicitor with Linklaters & Paines in Hong Kong where he specialized in corporate finance work. For three years he acted as Legal Counsel to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. He then co-founded the International Securities Consultancy, a consulting group based in Hong Kong and London that specializes in advising on the development of both emerging and mature securities markets. From August 1995 to December 2001 William was the CEO of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. Since January 2002, William has been a specialist financial services and e-commerce consultant.|
|For 12 months William acted as the “Entrepreneur in Residence” at Zurich’s Bermuda based venture capital company, the Eventurecentre. William’s role at the EVC was to assist a number of e-commerce start-up companies, in which the EVC had made equity investments. William currently serves as an independent director on the boards of a number of offshore hedge funds. William has recently co-founded and serves as a director of Independent Review Inc.
William has written many articles on securities markets, offshore centres and hedge fund related matters. He has also written two books on on-line marketplaces, which he called “B2B Exchanges”. William is a co-founder, director and occasional author of ISI Publications which specializes in publishing hedge fund titles. He is the President of OffshoreOn.com which maintains an online information portal about offshore centres and and offshore funds and he writes the “President’s Choice” column in OffshoreOn’s monthly newsletter.