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Speakers 2006

 

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Keynote Speakers
² David Longworth Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada
² Paul M. Moore Vice Chair, Ontario Securities Commission
² Ian Bremmer President and Founder, Eurasia Group
² Marianne K. Smythe Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP - Washington, D.C.
Speakers
² Doug Atkin President and CEO, Majestic Research
² Louis F. Barbaro Senior Vice President, Herbert L. Jamison & CO, LLC
² Louis Bérard Vice President , Retail Sales Services, National Bank Financial
² Pat Bolland Host, The Trading Desk with Pat Bolland, Report on Business Television
² Allan Brown CEO, Portfolio Manager, Burlington Capital Management Ltd.
² Scott Brusso Director, FX Products, Chicago Mercantile Exchange
² Colin Bugler Managing Director, Head of Equity Finance, Scotia Capital Inc.
² Michael Burns Partner, McMillan Binch Mendelsohn
² Jonathan Chevreau National Post
² Randolph B. Cohen Professor, Harvard Business School
² John Cravenho Director Hedge Fund Strategies, ING Alternative Asset Management
² Timothy Cunningham President, Touchstone Group, LLC
² Jerome D. Davis Chairman, Board of Trustees, City of New Orleans Employees’ Retirement System
² Avi Faliks Managing Director, Apex Guotai Junan Greater China Fund
² Susan Finbow Senior Vice-President, Marsh Canada
² Frank Gesuale Manager, Jefferson Wells International
² Rhonda Goldberg Assistant Manager and Senior Legal Counsel, Investment Funds Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission
² Brian Gore Director, Corporate Development, Citigroup Fund Services Canada Inc.
² Nathan J. Greene Associate Attorney, Shearman & Sterling LLP
² Adri Guha Head of Manager Analysis, Advanced Portfolio Management
² Bud Haslett President and Chief Investment Officer, Write Capital Management
² Christopher Holt Managing Director, Holt Capital Advisors Ltd.
² Alan Hutton President and Chief Executive Officer, FundSERV Inc.
² Bryn Joynt Vice President, Silver Creek Management Inc.
² Richard C. Kang Co-founder, President and Chief Investment Officer, Meridian Global Investors Inc.
² Stephen Kangas President, BluMont Capital Corporation
² Cary M. Klivan Managing Director, Amber Partners (USA), Inc.
² Matthias Knab Director and Executive Editor, Opalesque Ltd.
² Ronald M. Kosonic Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
² Patricia Koval Partner, Torys LLP
² Brendan Kyne CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Leeward Hedge Funds Inc.
² Odi Lahav Director of Hedge Fund Ratings, Allenbridge Group Plc
² Knut Larsen Partner, Brigus Group
² Brian J. Lasher Managing Director, Aetna Capital Management, LLC
² Scott Lichtman COO, Nitron Advisors
² Mark Lobsinger Partner, McMillan Binch Mendelsohn
² Brian MacDougall Executive Director and Co-founder, Oria Capital Ltd.
² Sandra L. Manzke Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Maxam Capital Management LLC
² Lynn McGrade Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
² Iain McMurdo Partner, Walkers
² Suzanne E. Murphy Managing Director Due Diligence & Business Development, Member of Investment Committee
² Miklos Nagy President, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quadrexx Asset Management Inc.
² Ingrid Pierce Senior Attorney, Walkers
² David Price Regional Vice President – Financial Institutions and Professional Liability, Arch Insurance Group
² Jason Prole Quantitative Strategist, Capital Risk Management Inc.
² Mark Purdy Managing Director and CIO, Arrow Hedge Partners Inc.
² John Rekenthaler Vice President, Research and New Product Development, Morningstar, Inc.
² Kurt N. Schacht Managing Director, Centre for Financial Market Integrity of CFA Institute
² Karsten Schroeder CEO, Amplitude Capital
² Gary Selke Chief Executive Officer and President, Front Street Capital
² Aaron Smith Managing Director, Superfund Asset Management, Inc.
² Paul Spillane President and CEO, Soleil Securities Group, Inc.
² Sara Statman Founder and CEO, Statman Consulting
² Ken Stern President, Creative Planning Financial Group
² Toreigh Stuart Chief Executive Officer, Man Investments Canada Corp.
² Mark Szycher Chief Risk Officer, Weston Capital Management LLC.
² Guy F. Talarico Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Alaric Compliance Services, LLC
² Hannah Terhune Chief Attorney, Capital Management Law Group, PLLC
² David Teten CEO, Nitron Advisors
² Paul Warme Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Lusight
² David Weild IV President and CEO, The National Research Exchange
² Glen G. Wigney Partner - Cayman Islands, Assurance & Advisory, Deloitte
² Gary Witt Managing Director, Alternative Investment Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service
² W. William Woods President and Chief Executive Officer, Independent Review Inc.
² Taliye Yesilurdu Specialist, Capital Markets Board of Turkey
² Walter C. Zebrowski CEO, TurboCompliance; CCO University/Regulatory Compliance Association

Speaker profiles are listed below in alphabetical order

Doug Atkin
Majestic helps investors gain an independent perspective of companies and their sectors based on our exclusive relationships with proprietary data sources. We are experts in identifying and securing industry data licenses and turning that information into meaningful research.
Doug Atkin was previously President and CEO of Instinet Group, where he conducted the IPO (NASDAQ: INGP), developed Instinet’s research, international trading and correspondent clearing businesses, and led a consortium of nine global brokerage firms that took a majority stake in the virt-x stoc exchange. He served on both the Trading Committee and Market Structure Committee of the SIA. Doug was selected one of the Top New Yorkers of 1999 by New York magazine for his leading role in redefining the financial marketplace. In 2000, Institutional Investor profiled Doug as one of the top 10 individuals making the greatest impact on e-finance, and was presented with The Travers Bell Memorial Award of Distinction sponsored by the SIA. Doug serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Starmine and WR Hambrecht. He is a graduate of Tufts University.
Louis F. Barbaro
Prior to joining Jamison, Lou was a partner in the New York City law firm of Mendes & Mount, where his practice involved a wide range of casualty insurance and reinsurance claims handling and coverage issues, with special emphasis in the areas of Lawyers, Accountants and Medical Professional Liability, Casualty Catastrophe Claims and Directors and Officers Liability.
Since joining Jamison in 1984, Lou assists large law firms, accounting firms and other professional service providers with the design and implementation of their risk management and professional liability insurance programs. Lou has designed and currently administers national programs for judges professional liability insurance and dentists professional liability insurance.
Lou also works with other members of Jamison’s large account team on issues related to his areas of experience.
Lou has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1971. Lou holds a J.D. Degree from Fordham University School of Law. Lou also h olds a New Jersey P&C license.
Lou has been a speaker at programs on professional liability insurance issues, including seminars sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association, New York State Society of CPA’s, Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California, Conference of Tennessee General Sessions Court Judges, Maryland Conference of Circuit Court Judges and Maryland Seventh Judicial Circuit Conference. Lou was also a member of the faculty of the 1986 Judicial Association Annual Meeting.
Professional organization memberships include the American Bar Association, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability, New York State Bar Association Professional Liability Underwriting Society, American Judicature Society and Fordham Law Alumni Association.
Louis Bérard
Louis Bérard is Vice President of retail sales at National Bank Financial. A 17 year veteran of the securities industry, his responsibilities include the development and the launch of new issues and innovative structured products for retail clients. He brings his unique expertise in fixed income and derivatives to National’s pan Canadian network of 750 Investment Advisors, who in turn manage $50 billion of retail investor’s assets.
Prior to National Bank Financial, Louis was Vice President institutional sales in the fixed income department of Morgan Stanley Canada. He started his career at Dean Witter Reynolds in Toronto, before moving to Lévesque Beaubien where he was director of derivatives trading at the Montreal Exchange until 1994.
Louis received his Bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in 1988. He has been registered with the IDA since 1989.
Pat Bolland
Pat is the former on-air Stocks Editor at CNBC. Pat broke stories on stocks in the early days of after-hours trading. He moved to the mornings to set the tone for the rest of the day. Before CNBC, Pat was a leading business figure in Canada as host and business editor for several national shows on TV and radio. Pat comes from the investment industry. He began his career as a floor clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For over a decade, Pat sold stocks at the retail and institutional levels and eventually became the Vice President of Equity Trading, with his firm in the top tier of the industry in Canada. Despite all this hard work, Pat is probably best known as the guy with the handlebar moustache!
Ian Bremmer
Ian Bremmer is President of Eurasia Group, the world's largest political risk consultancy. An expert on US foreign policy, states in transition, and global political risk, Dr. Bremmer is a columnist for Slate and the International Herald Tribune, and has authored five books including The J Curve: A New Way to Understand Why Nations Rise and Fall (Simon & Schuster, 2006). In 2001, Bremmer authored Wall Street's first global political risk index, now the DESIX (Deutsche Bank Eurasia Group Stability Index), a joint venture with investment bank Deutsche Bank.
Allan Brown
Allan Brown, along with Geoff Barth, co-founded Burlington Capital Management Ltd. in September 2004. Allan is a proven portfolio manager with 21 years of investment experience, including 8 years managing portfolios. Allan combines a background in economics and financial analysis with a number of years of equity research and portfolio management.
Prior to co-founding Burlington Capital Management, Allan co-founded Zinc Capital Management LLC; a New York based long/short equity hedge Fund. Allan was a Partner and Portfolio Manager at Zinc Capital which grew from inception to $129M in assets at its peak. At Zinc, Allan researched and traded a variety of sectors including Technology, Retail, Energy and Special Situations.
Prior to Zinc, Allan was Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at AIC Ltd., the 10th largest mutual fund company in Canada. At AIC Allan was co-manager of four sector series mutual funds focused on the Science & Technology sectors. Allan was responsible for the launch of three of these funds, and responsibility was assumed for the fourth on a manager change. The funds had combined assets of over $80 million.
Prior to AIC, Allan was a Partner and Portfolio Manager with Investors Group, Canada's largest mutual fund company. At Investors Group, Allan managed the Investors Summa fund, one of the largest Canadian Equity funds in the country. During his management tenure, the fund from $230M to over $3B in assets and achieved a Morningstar 5-star rating. Allan also launched and co-managed the Investors Global Science & Technology fund, which grew to become the country's largest technology fund with $2B in assets.
Allan is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Allan is also a graduate of the MBA program at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he received the International Scholarship Foundation Entrance Scholarship. Allan is also a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where he received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. At Western, Allan received both entrance and in-course scholarships based on academic excellence.
Scott Brusso
Scott Brusso is a Director in the CME Foreign Exchange division. Scott has been in the FX area at the CME for over 13 years. During that time he has spearheaded numerous product launches including Rolling Spot, Mexican Peso, Brazilian Real, Russian Ruble and the most successful of the CME products, Euro FX.
At the beginning of 2001, Scott presented and implemented his business plan for trading CME foreign exchange on the CME Globex electronic trading platform.
Prior to CME, Scott worked on foreign exchange desks at a number of banks, and in the managed funds community.
Colin Bugler
Colin Bugler is Managing Director – Head of Equity Finance for Scotia Capital Inc. Colin joined Scotia Capital in 2002 and has overseen the transformation of the prime brokerage product into an industry leading platform through investments in technology, people and a commitment to service excellence. Scotia Capital Prime Brokerage is part of the Institutional Equities department and brings together all of the hedge fund services of the firm into one menu for clients from execution and research to clearing and custodial services.
Prior to joining Scotia Capital Inc, Colin ran the prime brokerage and securities lending business of Merrill Lynch in Europe. This built upon his experience as a proprietary trader with HSBC in London and Toronto where he managed a number of strategies including convertible bond arbitrage, index arbitrage and options market making. Colin’s trading and prime brokerage experience allows him to fully appreciate the business and operational drivers of hedge fund clients and what they need from their prime broker to successfully manage their business.
Colin has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Michael Burns
Michael’s primary focus is in the areas of securities law, hedge funds and structured products with additional experience in the financing of junior resource issuers. Michael acted as lead counsel on the establishment of several private hedge funds in the Province of Ontario and has also acted as lead Canadian counsel regarding the establishment of “offshore” hedge funds. In addition, Michael has extensive experience in the structuring, offering and sale of structured investment products such as linked notes and closed ended investment trusts.
His securities work involves a wide variety of corporate finance transactions, which include private placements, rights offerings, and initial public offerings, acting on behalf of both issuers and underwriters/agents. Michael’s corporate finance experience has involved issuers in industries such as mining (both junior and senior issuers), advertising/corporate communications, television/entertainment production, business trusts, real estate investment trusts and transportation. Michael’s corporate practice includes experience with a broad range of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures as well as both hostile and friendly take-over bids. Michael provides on-going advice to hedge funds as well as public and private corporate clients in the fields of mining, Business trusts and REITS, advertising/communications and financial services concerning continuous disclosure obligations, shareholder communications, executive compensation, corporate governance, preparations for annual and special meetings and general corporate matters.
In 1996, Michael was a staff member of The Toronto Stock Exchange’s Committee on corporate governance practices in Canada (the “Dey Committee”) which published the seminal report entitled “Where Were the Directors?” Before joining McMillan Binch Mendelsohn, Michael was a partner at Fogler, Rubinoff LLP and was previously an associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.
Jonathan Chevreau
Jonathan Chevreau has been covering the personal finance and mutual funds scene since 1992 and is recognized today as one of Canada's foremost personal finance journalists. Before joining the Financial Post in March 1993, Chevreau did stints at Computing Canada, Technology and Telecom Writer, Report on Business, and StereoVideo Guide. His Personal Finance column appears on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Randolph B. Cohen
Randolph B. (Randy) Cohen joined the Harvard Business School Faculty in the Finance Area in 1998. He teaches the Investment Management course in the Elective Curriculum of the MBA Program, and co-teaches Asset Pricing II in the Ph.D. Program. Professor Cohen received his A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard College in 1987, and completed a Ph.D. in Finance at the University of Chicago in 1998. Before coming to HBS, Professor Cohen worked as an actuarial management consultant specializing in pension plan asset/liability analysis.
Professor Cohen's main research focus is the interface between the actions of institutional investors and price levels in the stock market. He has studied the differential reactions of institutions and individuals to news about firms and the economy, and the effect of institutional trading on stock prices. Professor Cohen has also researched the identification of top investment managers and prediction of manager performance.
Primary areas of interest: hedge funds, institutional investing, investment management, mutual funds, value investing. When not teaching or writing, Randy enjoys political debate and playground basketball.
John Cravenho
As Director Hedge Fund Strategies at ING, Mr. Cravenho has consolidated the investment management divisions of all US acquisitions and focused on growing ING’s hedge fund platform of single strategies and fund-of-hedge funds. In June of 2006, ING received Institutional Investors annual award nomination for “Institutional Manager of the Year” as recognition of its plans and execution to grow its Hedge Fund Platform.
John has extensive Global financial experience holding management positions with JP Morgan Chase, FNBC, and Dean Witter Financial Services in; New York, London, Singapore, and Chicago, and conducting business in over thirty countries worldwide. He was also President of two international financial management consulting firms.
He has a broad academic background holding degrees from; Providence College, St. John’s University, and New York University, and completing Executive Programs at; Harvard and Rutgers Graduate School of Banking. He is a Registered Investment Advisor, CPA, Certified Management Consultant, and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst candidate.
John is a member of the Economics Club of New York, on the Steering Committee for the American National Theatre and on the Finance and Audit Committees of the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Timothy Cunningham
Timothy Cunningham is the President of Touchstone Group, LLC, a global financial advisory firm involved in alternative asset marketing and corporate finance advisory services. Touchstone's principals have raised over $2 billion of institutional assets for a variety of alternative managers including hedge funds, private equity funds and venture capital funds. Touchstone has offices in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, and Dubai.
Touchstone is the exclusive third party marketer in the Gulf for an Australian-based long-short equity manager with $1.3 billion AUM, as well as for a distressed debt manager with $625 million AUM. In addition, Touchstone has brokered secondary sales of private equity partnership interests in the Gulf. At present, Touchstone is serving as the financial advisor to a $700 million revenue company that is in the process of going public in the UAE.
Mr. Cunningham has over 22 years of investment management experience as an institutional asset manager, alternatives consultant to major pension funds, and as a third-party marketer of alternatives to institutional investors. He has written two books on pension funds and retirement investing. Mr. Cunningham earned his BA (magna cum laude) from Williams College in Williamstown Massachusetts and his Masters In International Management (with highest honors) from The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix Arizona.
Jerome D. Davis
Jerry is the elected Employee Representative on the five-member board governing the New Orleans Municipal Employees’ Retirement System. As of January 1, 2005 this system has 3759 active employee members and 1690 retirees, supported by $385 million in assets under active external management. Jerry was first elected in 1986, when the System’s assets were $111 million. He became the Board’s vice-chairman and chairman of the Investment Committee in 1987, directing the transition from 100% fixed-income investments to the current 50% domestic equity, 10% International Equity, 30%0% Fixed-income and 10% Alternatives asset allocation. The system is 102% funded, with the lowest Employer contribution in the state. Jerry was elected by the board as its Chairman in 1994, and was re-elected to his seventh term on the board in March of 2005; only one public pension chairman in the United States has served longer.
In 2004, after nine years as co-founder of Louisiana’s first trustee-driven educational association for fiduciaries, Jerry is now leading another non-profit foundation geared to improve the funding ratios and investment practices of other pension funds, through application of the model practices he developed for New Orleans.

In 2002, Jerry retired with the rank of Commander after a career of 38 years in the Coast Guard and its reserve component. He researched and wrote the first series of operating manuals for Coast Guard patrol boats, still in use today. He was part of the first team of six Combat Operations planners established in the Office of the Commandant; and he wrote the Emergency Operations Plan for the 26-state Eighth Coast Guard District for use during Operation Desert Storm. He earned 11 military decorations.
Jerry is a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Psychology; he completed three years of graduate work in Clinical Sociology at the University of New Orleans. Employed by the City since 1971, in November of 1999 he was appointed to the position of Personnel Administrator, where he is now responsible for all training programs for the City’s 9000-member workforce. He has addressed over 100 audiences throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia, on topics as varied as Emergency Management, Logistics of Combat Operations, Trust Administration and various aspects of investment management. In 2003 he received the Dimino/Schneider Memorial Award for his contributions to better understanding of the Securities Lending marketplace.
Avi Faliks
Dr. Faliks is a founder and Head of Risk Management of Apex Guotai Junan Greater China Fund, a hedge fund with offices in Hong Kong and New York. He is the former manager of a quantitative statistical arbitrage equity fund and, prior to this, was a proprietary trader at Bear Stearns Companies, Inc, where he oversaw statistical and arbitrage trading in various markets around the world. Dr. Faliks is a published expert on optimization models.
Dr. Faliks received his Ph.D in Chemical Physics from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
Susan Finbow
Susan Finbow joined Marsh Canada's Toronto office in January 1996 as a senior broker within the FINPRO Group. As a Senior Vice President and Financial Institutions Practice Leader, Susan is responsible for growth, building upon Marsh Canada’s success and dominance in the Canadian Financial Institutions sector. Susan leads client development and new business initiatives for the practice, and is actively involved in new product development.
In addition to her role as Practice Leader, Susan is senior Client Executive for 2 of Canada’s largest Financial Institutions. As a Client Executive, Susan is responsible for all aspects of client service including program oversight, technical product knowledge, sales, marketing and administration.
Prior to joining Marsh, Susan held various positions within other brokerage firms over a 14-year period, including a 10-year period with another international brokerage firm.
Susan is an Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada (AIIC) and holds the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) and Canadian Risk Manager (CRM) professional designations.
Frank Gesuale
Frank Gesuale is a Manager with global consulting firm Jefferson Wells International, specializing in the areas of investment funds and financial institutions. Frank has worked as a tax specialist and consultant in the investment funds industry for the past 12 years in both public practice and industry. During this time he has been involved with strategic planning, tax & regulatory compliance, operations, administration and marketing of various investment vehicles including hedge funds, mutual funds, limited partnerships, life insurance segregated funds, and pension funds.
Prior to joining Jefferson Wells, Frank spent several years in the hedge fund industry, most recently as Director of Tax & Finance at Quadrexx Asset Management. Before that, Frank spent over 5 years in management consulting with several firms including Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, working with high profile clients in the financial services and investment fund industries.
Frank has also authored several tax columns including “Tax Watch” for the Canadian Hedge Watch Newsletter and participated in the AIMA working group that developed the “Guide to Sound Practices for the Disclosure and Promotion of Alternative Investments in Canada” published in June 2005. Frank holds a CGA and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Rhonda Goldberg
Rhonda Goldberg is Assistant Manager and Senior Legal Counsel in the Investment Funds Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission and works with the team that is involved in all aspects of the regulation of investment funds including reviewing and processing investment funds prospectuses, CD filings and exemption applications, and developing and implementing investment funds policy. Rhonda was the lead staff person on National Instrument 81-107 Independent Review Committee for Investment Funds.
Before joining the OSC in 1999 as Legal Counsel, Rhonda worked at a major trust company. Rhonda was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1996.
Brian Gore
Brian Gore is Citigroup Fund Services Canada Inc.’s Director of Corporate Development. His responsibilities include the development of new client relationships and the launch of new services and products.
Brian was previously Senior Vice President of Administration for AGF Management Ltd. and oversaw the operation of AGF’s Administration department, which included client and dealer services. Brian had been with AGF since 1987, during which time he created the infrastructure for AdminSource Inc., one of CFSC’s predecessor companies. He also directed the purchase of a financial-based systems software supplier in the U.K.
Brian served as Chair of the Mutual Fund Industry Standards Committee from 1990 until 1995, creating the electronic data interchange standards for transacting mutual fund business (which were subsequently rolled into FundSERV). Brian was Chair of FundSERV from September 2000 to February 2003, and remains on the board.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Sheffield University in England.
Nathan J. Greene
Nathan is an associate attorney in Shearman & Sterling’s Asset Management Group. Resident in the firm’s New York office, he can be reached at (212) 848-4668 or ngreene@shearman.com.
Nathan’s practice includes the formation and ongoing representation of both U.S. and foreign investment companies, their sponsors, advisers, boards of directors, and marketers in all regulatory aspects of fund and investment advisory operations as well as new product development. Nathan has written and lectured on such topics as investment adviser compliance program design and implementation, regulatory inspections, and hedge fund marketing practices, among others. In addition to asset management matters, Mr. Greene is active in Shearman & Sterling’s pro bono asylum and domestic abuse practices. A member of the New York State and City Bar Associations, Nathan earned his J.D., magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center.
Adri Guha
Advanced Portfolio Management (APM) is a specialty asset management company that constructs and manages customized portfolios of hedge funds and other financial instruments for endowments, foundations, pension funds, insurance companies, and other financial institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Mr. Guha's responsibilities include detailed manager research, qualitative and quantitative analysis, development of analytical tools, market monitoring and supervising analysts.
Previously, he worked in the Investment Banking Division of Lehman Brothers in London and New York. where he performed quantitative, qualitative, and comparative analysis of securities across the full range of capital structure.
Prior to Lehman Brothers, Mr.Guha worked at Motorola Electronics applying Motorola's statistical Six Sigma quality assurance program to the company's internal and external products.
Mr. Guha graduated with distinction from the Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS) in Pilani, India with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with significant emphasis on mathematics. He received his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Ahmedabad with a major in finance and is a CFA charter holder.
Mr. Guha is on the Steering Committee for the Under-40 Council at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Bud Haslett
Bud Haslett, CFA, FRM is Director of Option Research for Miller Tabak + Co. in New York City, USA. He is responsible for developing option related research and creating an option-based money management operation for the firm. Haslett previously founded Write Capital Management, LLC, a derivatives-based investment management firm managing more than $300 million in conservative option strategies and spent two decades on the options trading floor, where he managed portfolios of stocks and options. He has served on the Business Conduct Committee of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange as well as a member of the National Option Linkage Committee.
Haslett is past president (2003-2004) of the 1700 member CFA Society of Philadelphia and is Chairman of the Board of Regents for the Financial Analysts Seminar (2005 to present). He is an active volunteer of the CFA Institute, having served in a variety of capacities including CFA exam grader (9 years) and member of the Council of Examiners (creators of the CFA exam). Haslett has also served as an adjunct professor of derivatives at both Johns Hopkins University and Rutgers University and holds the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification. He has received graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and was recently selected as Chairman of the Derivatives Committee for the 9000 member New York Society of Security Analysts.
Christopher Holt
Christopher Holt is a consultant, writer and speaker on the topic of hedge funds and alternative investments. His company, Holt Capital Advisors, provides consulting and marketing services to Canadian and UK-based hedge funds and is registered as a limited market dealer. He is also the editor of AllAboutAlpha.com, a popular financial “blog” covering hedge funds and related institutional investing techniques with readers in over 30 countries. Prior to founding his own firm, he was the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development at Toronto hedge fund manager, JCClark, where he helped build the firm into one of Canada’s largest managers of single strategy hedge funds.
Before 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 was the inaugural chair of the Events Committee of AIMA Canada and is active in the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) Association. He has also consulted to several international organizations including The World Bank and the Swiss-based World Economic Forum (organizers of the Annual “Davos Forum”).
Chris holds an MBA from Duke University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University. He also holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation.
Alan Hutton
Alan Hutton was appointed President and CEO of FundSERV Inc. on August 1, 2001. He has been a member of FundSERV’s Board of Directors since 1998, following its purchase of Baynet from Star Data.
Alan is Vice Chairman and a Director of the Canadian Capital Market Association and on the Board and the Executive Committee of CLIEDIS, the interoperability standards association for the Canadian life insurance industry. On September 27th 2006, he was elected to the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s Board of Directors as its first non-member. Alan is also a director of two public companies, Cygnal Technologies and Delta Systems.
Prior to joining FundSERV, Alan had been a member of the Star Data Board since 1992, and the company’s President and CEO from March 1996 until its acquisition by CGI Group Inc. in January 2001. In 1994, as a nominee of Star Data, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Multipath Business Systems, subsequently acquired by Star Data.
Alan is a licensed Professional Engineer. He has held a variety of progressive management positions in the information technology industry with TIL Systems, Amdahl Corporation, Multiple Access and IBM. Alan is an experienced solutions-oriented executive with proven respect for shareholders, customers and employees.
A native of Vancouver, Alan has lived and worked in Vancouver, Montreal, New York, Washington, London England and Toronto. Alan is married with three sons and is an active member of the community.
Bryn Joynt
Bryn is a principal of Silvercreek and is responsible for the operations of the business, including client service, accounting and risk management. He is a Chartered Accountant whose experience includes several years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as well as several years in the banking and brokerage industries. Prior to joining Silvercreek, Bryn worked as the Controller and Business Manager for the Global Markets business at Deutsche Bank.
Bryn holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University.
Richard C. Kang
Richard C. Kang is a co-founder as well as the President and Chief Investment Officer of Meridian Global Investors Inc., an investment management firm providing advisory and consultative services to private investors and institutions, primarily hedge fund companies.
For private clients, the firm manages globally diversified portfolios that include both traditional and alternative asset classes and the use of passive instruments in combination with active investment strategies.
Richard is also a contributor to various financial periodicals as well as the investment blog, SeekingAlpha.com.
Richard earned his Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. Richard is a committee member of the Toronto CFA Society, as well as member of the CFA Institute, the Global Association of Risk Professionals and the Professional Risk Managers' International Association.
Stephen Kangas
Mr. Kangas is a President at BluMont Capital Corporation, one of Canada’s largest distributors of hedge funds.
Mr. Kangas is recognized as one Canada’s leading authorities on investment funds from his time as the Managing Editor of The Fund Library and as a fund analyst for over ten years at Canada Trust, BMO Nesbitt Burns, and Midland Walwyn Capital Inc.
Mr. Kangas is frequently quoted in the financial press including The Globe and Mail, Investment Executive, IEMoney, The Financial Post, The Toronto Star and The Montreal Gazette. He has made numerous appearances on ROBtv and on CTV and is a popular and respected speaker.
An honours graduate of the University of Waterloo, Mr. Kangas received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Chartered Accountant, a CFA charter holder, and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute. He is also a Certified Hedge Fund Specialist and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Mr. Kangas helped establish the Canadian Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association and served on its Executive Committee for two years. He is on the Advisory Board of the Certified Hedge Fund Specialist Program and is on the Board of Directors of Faircourt Asset Management.
Cary M. Klivan
Cary Klivan is Managing Director of Amber Partners (USA), Inc. Prior to joining Amber, Mr. Klivan was Head of HSBC Securities Services, Bermuda -- a division with approximately 200 staff performing full service fund administration and custody services for hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, private equity funds and institutional clients.
He previously held the position of Director of Client Services for the Alternative Fund Services Division of the Bank of Bermuda (New York) Limited (now part of HSBC Securities Services) from October 1998 up until end August 2004. In this capacity, Mr. Klivan was responsible for the administration operations of over 100 staff performing accounting and valuation, registrar and transfer agency and custody servicing to the alternative funds sector.
Cary is a CPA with over 19 years experience in the investment company industry. He began his career with Price Waterhouse and worked five years there as an Investment Company Industry Specialist in their Audit Department. He then joined Goldman Sachs as a Financial Analyst in their Asset Management Division. Just prior to joining the Bank of Bermuda, Cary worked for Chase Manhattan Bank where he has held a couple of key positions in their Unit Investment Trust Department: first as Manager of their Fixed Income Operations and, later, as their Risk Management Officer.
Cary can be contacted at cklivan@amberpartners.com
Matthias Knab
Matthias Knab, is a Director and Executive Editor of Opalesque Ltd., the publisher of the famed Opalesque Alternative Market Briefings. Opalesque Alternative Market Briefing is the premier hedge fund information service, read by 39,000 industry professionals and investors each day.
Matthias Knab studied computer science and psychology in Freiburg i.Br. and graduated in economy in Munich. He was working as a licensed FSA (UK) Securities Representative, FSA Futures and Options Representative and XETRA trader. Mr. Knab is a member of the German Association of Technical Analysts (VTAD).
Since 1989 he has been working as a consultant for major German institutions, most notably Allianz and Vereinte Versicherungen. 1998 he created and served as CEO Bvrsenakademie AG - the first German institution directed at offering educational services on investing themes. Matthias Knab also served as Managing Director at TradeStream Global AG, a technology firm developing trading solutions for institutions and hedge funds.
Ronald M. Kosonic
Ron Kosonic is a Partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, practising in the areas of corporate and securities law. His current practice is concentrated in the areas of domestic and offshore hedge funds, investment management companies, securities regulation and regulatory compliance. He assists portfolio managers in the creation of new hedge funds, mutual funds and other pooled fund products, advises Canadian issuers and foreign investors with respect to the private placement of securities, advises reporting issuers and investors with respect to continuous disclosure obligations, and represents and advises portfolio managers, dealers and investment fund managers on ongoing legal compliance matters and regulatory audits.
Mr. Kosonic has also acted for issuers, institutional investors and venture capital firms in connection with early and later stage equity and convertible debt financing. He obtained his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa in 1986.
Ron is Co-Chair of the Legal and Finance Sub-Committee of the Canadian Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), an international hedge fund organization based in London. He was a contributing author to the ISI Publication, ‘Starting a Hedge Fund – a Canadian Perspective’ and has written for hedge fund periodicals. He was a seminar instructor for Canadian Securities Institute’s Partners’, Directors’ and Senior Officers’ Qualifying Exam course and Branch Managers’ Qualifying Exam course. Ron has been a frequent conference speaker on hedge fund structures, regulatory compliance and registrant audit and liability matters.
Patricia Koval
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).
Brendan Kyne
Michael Brendan Kyne founded Leeward Hedge Funds Inc. in April 2001. Prior to starting Leeward, Michael had accumulated 18 years experience in the money management field with experience working in both the United States and Canada.
Michael graduated from McMaster University and began his investment career at Hughes, King & Company in 1988 as an investment analyst. Michael received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) in 1992. In 1991 Michael joined start up investment manager Acuity Investment Management Inc. of Toronto. He was responsible for the firm's equity research. In February of 1995, Driehaus Capital Management Inc., of Chicago, hired Michael to move to their Chicago office to research Canadian securities for the firm's clients. During that year he was promoted to Vice President and was made responsible to grow the firm's Canadian business and manage their Canadian portfolios in addition to providing commodity ideas to the firm's other portfolio managers.
Michael has an impressive track record as a portfolio manager in the investment industry. While with the prestigious, Chicago based firm, Driehaus Capital Management Inc., Michael grew the organization's Canadian asset management business from $45 million to more than $800 million in assets in 5 years. Michael Kyne became known as one of the leading small - mid cap investment managers in North America. He has frequently appeared as a commentator on Canadian markets in print and TV media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barrons, CBC Businessworld, ROBTV and all major Canadian business papers and television mediums.
From December 1999 to March 2001 Michael worked as Vice President Portfolio Manager at Triax Investment Management Inc. He left in April 2001 to start his own firm.
Michael founded Leeward Hedge Funds Inc. believing that the Hedge Fund Marketplace in Canada and Internationally lacked alternatives that had strong commodity exposure and provided a truly North American blended portfolio.
Odi Lahav
Odi Lahav is Director of Hedge Fund Ratings at Allenbridge Group Plc, a global research and ratings firm specializing in structural, qualitative and quantitative analysis of hedge funds and funds of funds.
Prior to joining Allenbridge Group, Mr. Lahav worked at OSFI, the financial institutions regulator in Canada, as a Manager supervising multi-national insurance companies, where he focused on: investment policy, asset liability management, overall risk management and corporate governance. Prior to that, he spent several years working in pension and investment consulting at Alexander Forbes in Johannesburg and Mercer HR and Investment Consulting in Toronto. While at Mercer he was involved in pension fund consulting, including: liability valuations, asset allocation and asset liability modelling. Mr. Lahav graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a BSc in actuarial science and mathematical statistics.
Knut Larsen
Knut Larsen is a member of the Academic Certification Standards Board for the Chartered Alternative Investments Planner (CHAIP) program. He is a Partner with Brigus Group – adult educational specialists, based in Toronto (http://www.brigusgroup.com). Knut is responsible for the design and development of educational programs for the financial services industry.
Knut earned a graduate degree in Economics and an undergraduate degree in Statistics and Economics from the University of Oslo, Norway. He holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, the Certified Financial Planner™ designation and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Prior to joining the Brigus Group in 2001, Knut was Director of Academic Affairs at The Canadian Institute of Financial Planning (CIFP) and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC).
His academic career includes teaching economics and statistics at the University of Tromsø (Norway), Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Toronto. He has been a visiting lecturer in Chengdu, People's Republic of China, and has taught financial economics to Canadian bankers and accountants. Knut’s written work includes topics on employment and labour market issues as well as investment finance and quantitative methods in financial analysis.
Brian J. Lasher
Brian J. Lasher is a Managing Director of Aetna Capital Management, LLC and a member of its investment committee. Mr. Lasher is responsible for identification, evaluation, origination and ongoing risk management of the equity, GAA, and relative value strategies in the portfolio. As a member of the investment committee, Mr. Lasher is actively engaged in portfolio strategy and portfolio management.
Prior to joining Aetna in 2004, Mr. Lasher was the vice president and portfolio manager responsible for all aspects of the ongoing selection and monitoring of hedge, buyout and venture capital fund managers for the A. Alfred Taubman family. Before working for the Taubman family, he completed over a billion dollars of corporate and mortgage financings for Taubman Centers, a publicly-traded regional shopping mall REIT (Ticker: TCO) and served as the primary contact for the firm’s medium-term note program.
Mr. Lasher received his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Scott Lichtman
Scott Lichtman has nearly twenty years of experience in financial services, technology and consulting companies. Among his previous positions were oversight of Messaging/Collaboration Product Management and Marketing at Communicator Inc — a provider of communications, compliance and operations-related information services for institutional investors and brokers; Senior Director of Marketing at InterWorld, the e-commerce software provider that drove the online growth of firms including Nike, Disney and GTE; Senior Director of Strategic Marketing at Oracle Corporation — where he managed pricing, e-commerce sales support and business development; and IT & Strategy consultant at Deloitte Consulting.
Mr. Lichtman also ran his own online-collaboration consulting firm, Vitaltouch Consulting, and in that capacity guided operations for a firm that provided banking services to low-income individuals. Scott has written analyst reports and articles on topics ranging from pricing strategies in the technology industry to online communities. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Master of Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mark Lobsinger
Mark Lobsinger practices income tax and securities law with an emphasis on investment funds/structured investment products, derivative transactions, merger and acquisition transactions, financings, and international tax planning. He is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario having earned a B.Sc. (1986) and H.B.A. (Ivey Business School, 1988). He received his Bachelor of Laws Degree from University of British Columbia in 1994 and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1996. Mark is co-chair of the firm’s Structured Products Group. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the International Fiscal Association and is a regular author of case comments for the Canadian Tax Journal.
David Longworth
David Longworth was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in April 2003.
In this capacity, Mr. Longworth is responsible for domestic and international financial market issues and the Bank's fiscal agency role for the federal government. The Financial Markets Department and the Debt Administration Office report to him. As a member of the Bank's Governing Council and the Executive Management Committee, he shares responsibility for decisions with respect to monetary policy and the management of the business of the Bank.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Mr. Longworth received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Statistics in 1973 and an MA in Economics in 1974, both from the University of Alberta. He also studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he graduated with a PhD in Economics in 1979. Mr. Longworth joined the Bank of Canada in 1974 in the Special Studies Division of the Research Department. In 1984, he was appointed Assistant Chief of the Special Studies and Balance of Payments divisions in the International Department.
The following year he became Deputy Chief of the department. In 1987, Mr. Longworth moved to the Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis to become Research Adviser and, later, Chief. In 1996, he was appointed Chief of the Research Department, and in 2000, he was appointed Adviser to the Governor.
Brian MacDougall
Brian MacDougall is Executive Director and co-founder of Oria Capital Ltd. where he is responsible for the development of unique products and business opportunities as well as the overall growth of the company. Prior to founding Oria, MacDougall was managing director of sales and marketing for a Hong Kong fund of hedge funds company where he was responsible for developing new business, overseeing client service and hedge fund education, and building the sales and marketing team. MacDougall’s efforts resulted in the creation of one of Hong Kong’s fastest growing funds of funds organizations.
MacDougall has resided in Asia for over 13 years and has developed long-term relationships with both Asian and multi-national financial institutions, providing him with the insight needed to develop products that appeal to the diverse and unique requirements of Asian domiciled investors, as well as global institutions and individuals.
MacDougall attended Capilano College, Vancouver where he studied marketing. He has earned several additional certificates relating to, negotiation, conflict resolution, leadership development and finance.
Sandra L. Manzke
Sandra Manzke, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, founded Maxam Capital Management LLC in April 2005. Prior to that, Sandra was the founder and co-CEO of Tremont Capital Management. She was responsible for the oversight of Tremont’s operations and the development of Tremont’s business plan. She was also a member of the Investment Advisory Board. Sandra oversaw the creation and sale of Tremont’s life insurance products, which were the first to use hedge fund investments.
Prior to the formation of Tremont, Sandra was a principal at Rogers, Casey & Barksdale, Inc., a pension fund consulting firm, from 1976 to 1984. While there, she served as the senior consultant to a number of major corporate/ERISA clients. From 1974 to 1976, she worked as an independent consultant at Bernstein Macauley where she was responsible for reviewing the firm’s investment products. She was at Scudder Stevens & Clark from 1969 to 1974, where she established one of their internal measurement systems during her tenure as an Investment Manager.
Sandra has extensive experience in designing and implementing multi-manager, multi-asset class investment programs. She has broad experience in all aspects of pension fund consulting, manager research, performance measurement, and program administration. Out of this expertise, she formed the Minority Equity Trust, a program that focuses on minority and women-owned investment managers. Sandra was instrumental in Tremont becoming the first major consulting firm to focus on hedge fund managers, making its first investment almost twenty years ago. Creative and innovative solutions to financial needs are among her strengths.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt.
Lynn McGrade
Lynn M. McGrade is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and practices in the area of corporate law where she is the Toronto Regional Co-ordinator of the Investment Management Group. She was called to the bar in 1990.
Lynn was seconded to The Investment Funds Institute of Canada in 1991-1992. She was recognized by Lexpert Magazine in 2002 as one of the top 40 lawyers in Canada under 40, in 2003 as one of the top 15 women lawyers to watch in Canada and in 2006 as one of the 40 most innovative corporate lawyers to watch in Canada. She is a past Chair of Committee I (Investment Companies and Mutual Funds) of the International Bar Association. She co-authored "Keeping Current with Your Compliance Obligations", in The Capital Guide to Starting a Hedge Fund - A Canadian Perspective, (Toronto: ISI Publications Limited, 2005).
She is also a past member of several industry committees and is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences on private and public investment funds and dealer and advisor issues.
Iain McMurdo
Iain McMurdo is a partner in Walkers' Investment Funds Group, based in the Cayman Islands. Iain specializes in Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions. Iain has received recognition as a leading lawyer in his field: IFLR 1000, 2007 Edition - Leading Lawyer; PLC Which Lawyer? 2006 – Recommended Cayman Islands Lawyer (Corporate/M&A, Finance: Banking and Debt Finance, Private Equity/Venture Capital); International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers 2006 – Leading Cayman Islands Lawyer ; Euromoney Private Equity Expert Guide 2006 - Leading Lawyer; ALB Deals of the Year Awards Japan 2006 - Equity Market Deal of the Year (RHJ International).
Before joining Walkers, Iain worked as a solicitor in Scotland and London where he focused on corporate finance with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and international corporate restructuring.
Paul M. Moore
Paul Moore is a Vice-Chair of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). As a Commissioner and member of the Executive Committee, he participates in setting priorities, formulating policies, and overseeing operations of the OSC.
Paul frequently chairs panels of Commissioners that adjudicate on allegations of breaches of the Securities Act. He also chairs the committee that oversees the OSC’s adjudicative policies and procedures.
Paul is active with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) in developing and coordinating securities policy in Canada. Most recently, he served as a member of the CSA task force that drafted the proposed Uniform Securities Legislation. He represents the OSC at meetings of the Joint Forum of Financial Market Regulators, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), and participates in the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).
Prior to his appointment to the Commission in February, 2001, he was a partner and head of the Derivatives Practice Group at a major Toronto law firm.
Suzanne E. Murphy
Ms. Murphy joined Acorn Advisory as a Managing Director and Member of the Investment Committee in August of 2003. She has been in the investment business for over 17 years and brings a wide array of experience to the firm. Most recently, she was the Managing Director in charge of alternative investments for C.E Unterberg Towbin (CEUT), a boutique investment bank in New York. While at CEUT, Ms. Murphy developed the firm’s brand in the alternative investment area and was instrumental in launching a hedge fund in partnership with Standard & Poors and a fund of funds. Ms. Murphy also has experience in the private equity and real estate areas of the investment business.
Prior to joining CEUT, Ms. Murphy’s career was in capital markets. Her expertise was in convertible bonds and U.S. equities at firms such as Drexel Burnham and Morgan Stanley. Ms. Murphy was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude from Wheaton College in 1988. She serves on the President’s Commission of the college as well as on its Investment Committee.
Miklos Nagy
Miklos Nagy is President and CEO of Quadrexx Asset Management Inc. a Toronto based hedge fund asset management company. He is also Chairman and co-founder 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 and the co-author of Canada's first hedge fund book, Hedge Funds for Canadians (John Wiley and Sons in May 2003; revised edition July, 2005).
He has been featured extensively on national television and in newspapers and has also been invited to address numerous financial seminars and conferences for organizations around the world. He is also co-author of the CHAIP certification course offered by the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners (CIFPs).
Mr. Nagy has 19 years of financial industry experience in Canada as both Senior Partner at a leading financial planning firm and Credit Analyst at Credit Suisse Canada in Toronto. Mr. Nagy studied Math and Computer Science in Hungary, graduated with a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Economics and Statistics from the University of Toronto and holds the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CFP (Certified Financial Planner) professional designations. He is a founding Board Member of CIFPs, a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society, and a founding member of the CFA Society of Hungary, Budapest.
Ingrid Pierce
Ingrid Pierce is a senior attorney in Walkers' Corporate & International Finance Department and heads the firm's Commercial Trusts Group. She is admitted to practice in the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands and prior to joining Walkers, she practiced as a commercial chancery barrister in the U.K. Ingrid deals with all aspects of investment funds and has particular expertise in unit trusts. She acts for major investment banks, investment managers, corporate trustees and fund directors, advising on a variety of investment fund structures.
Ingrid is a frequent speaker at conferences in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere. She has written and presented on various aspects of investment funds, including indemnities, confidentiality laws and the use of commercial trust vehicles. She was lead counsel in the only major piece of litigation in the Cayman Islands regarding side letters.
For further details, see www.walkersglobal.com or contact Ingrid at ingrid.pierce@walkersglobal.com.
David Price
David Price joined Arch Insurance Group in 2005. He is responsible for the management and oversight of the Financial Institutions and Professional Liability divisions in Canada. These divisions write specialty insurance consisting of Directors and Officers Liability, Errors & Omissions, Fiduciary Liability and Crime insurance for financial institutions and professional firms.
Prior to his current role, David was a Vice President of the Executive Risk Practice at Willis Canada Inc. This unit provided advisory and insurance placement services to Risk Management and Financial Institution clients on their Directors and Officers and Professional Liability areas of exposure. In this role, David made many presentations on Executive Risks to Corporate Boards of Directors, Risk Managers and Legal Counsel.
Before joining Willis, David was the Canadian Underwriting Manager for Chubb Insurance Company of Canada. He was responsible for underwriting all lines of insurance for Canadian Financial Institutions. David began his career in 1991 as an underwriter in Chubb’s Pittsburgh branch. In 1996, David transferred to the Canadian operations for Chubb and held several management positions while at the company. After spending three years with Chubb in Canada, David left the company to develop Liberty International Underwriters’ Financial Institutions division, but returned to Chubb in 2000.
David holds a B.A. in Economics from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1991.
Jason Prole
As the Quantitative Strategist at Capital Risk Management Inc, Jason consults on Global Investment Strategy and the design of strategic and tactical asset allocation modeling. This experience previously included consulting as a Market Risk Manager where he provided valuation, structuring, monitoring and investment oversight on global derivatives programs.
Previously, Jason worked with a major financial services company in Canada where he was responsible for the development and implementation of proprietary trading models. This included lead development of a tactical global equity index trading strategy, asset allocation modeling, and assisting on the development of tactical trading models for currency and interest rate derivatives.
Professional qualifications for Mr. Prole include the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, Certified Financial Risk Manager, Certified Professional Risk Manager, and the Chartered Market Technician designation. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the Toronto CFA Society, Fellow of the Global Association of Risk Professionals, Professional Risk Manager’s International Association, the Market Technicians Association, and the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts.
Mr. Prole earned Bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science from Dalhousie University, a Master of Business Administration in Financial Economics from Saint Mary’s University, and Master of Science in Strategy from Heriot-Watt University. In his spare time, Jason is currently researching his Doctoral thesis “Strategic Games and Contingent Claims”.
Mark Purdy
Mr. Purdy serves as Chair of the Investment Committee at Arrow Hedge Partners Inc. and has over 10 years experience in the investment industry. Mr. Purdy shares responsibility for the hedge fund manager selection and asset allocation process and has served on the Investment Committee at Arrow Hedge Partners since inception. Mr. Purdy held senior roles at BPI Financial Corporation and IBM Canada Ltd. Mr. Purdy graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics degree. He holds the CFA designation. Mr. Purdy is also actively involved in the Varsity Blues alumni fundraising projects at the University of Toronto and is Vice-Chairman on the Board of The Ireland Fund of Canada.
John Rekenthaler
John Rekenthaler is vice president of research and new product development. In this role, he oversees Morningstar’s research methodologies, and is involved a variety of new product development efforts.
Rekenthaler previously served as president of Morningstar Associates, LLC, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. During his tenure, Rekenthaler led the company’s retirement advice business, building it from a start-up operation to one of the largest independent advice and guidance providers in the retirement industry.
Rekenthaler joined Morningstar in 1988 and has served in several capacities. Prior to his position at Morningstar Associates, he was the firm’s director of research, where he helped to develop Morningstar’s quantitative methodologies, such as the Morningstar Rating™ for funds, the Morningstar Style Box™, and industry sector classifications. He also served as editor of Morningstar Mutual Funds™ and Morningstar FundInvestor™.
Rekenthaler holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in business administration with high honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and is a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Chicago.
Kurt N. Schacht
Kurt N. Schacht, JD, CFA, is the Managing Director, Centre for Financial Market Integrity of CFA Institute (formerly known as the Association for Investment Management and Research®). He is responsible for all aspects of the Centre’s efforts to develop, promulgate, and maintain the highest ethical standards for the investment community including CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, Global Investment Performance Standards®, CFA Institute Research Objectivity Standards, and CFA Institute Soft Dollar Standards®. Prior to joining CFA Institute Mr. Schacht served as chief operating officer for a retail mutual complex, general counsel and COO for a Manhattan based hedge fund, and as chief legal officer for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB). He currently serves on the Proxy Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the Advisory Committee for Small Public Companies of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Expert Group for Principles for Responsible Investment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and was the New York Society of Security Analysts 2004 Volunteer of the Year. Schacht received his B.S. in Chemistry (1976) and a JD (1983) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a CFA charterholder since 1998.
Karsten Schroeder
Karsten Schroeder is the CEO of Amplitude Capital and the portfolio manager for the Amplitude fund. He oversees all the key decisions related to product development, trading ideas and strategy for the Amplitude’s range of funds. He had been working on the development of the system for five years until the foundation of Amplitude Capital. Karsten was with McKinsey where he was involved in a number of key Corporate Finance projects involving blue chip European clients. Karsten finished his pre diploma in Computer Science and Business at the European Business School from 1997-99. He finished his diploma in Business administration at the HHL and this included an international year out at the Australian Graduate School of Management. Karsten has a private pilot license and loves flying.
Gary Selke
Gary P. Selke is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Front Street Capital. Mr. Selke formed Front Street Capital in 1996 with Mr. Lamarche. From 1981 until 1996, Mr. Selke was employed by RBC Dominion Securities Inc. During that period, he was a managing director in the investment banking department where he concentrated on public and private financings for three years, debt restructurings for two years, worked in the firm’s equity syndication area for three years, worked in the capital markets group for two years, and headed the firm’s corporate finance team in the United States and managed the securitization team. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Selke worked in the institutional equity department in the sales area where he provided services to all types of institutional clientele including mutual funds, pension clientele, life insurance companies, investment counselors, and high net worth money managers. Mr. Selke holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant.
Aaron Smith
Mr. Aaron Smith is responsible for the Group's commercial operations in North America. Mr. Smith earned his B.S. in finance and international business from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU and began his career in the Private Client Services Group at Morgan Stanley in New York. Mr. Smith joined the Superfund in March 2002 and previously led the Group's distribution activities in Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Marianne K. Smythe
Prior to joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP in May 1993, Marianne Smythe served for two and a half years as the director of the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This division is responsible for regulating investment companies, investment advisers and public utility holding companies, as well as for regulating certain insurance products. While serving as the Division's director, she also was in charge of the SEC's Office of Public Utility Regulation. Ms. Smythe previously served as executive assistant to SEC Chairman Richard C. Breeden, a position she assumed in April 1990. She served as associate director of the Division of Investment Management from 1988 to 1990.
Ms. Smythe advises and represents banks, investment banking firms, mutual funds and other investment companies, investment advisers, pension fund administrators and insurance companies on investment company, investment adviser and broker-dealer regulatory issues, related issues affecting banks and pension funds and other matters involving investment and financial products.
Ms. Smythe was a professor at the School of Law of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1981 to 1987), where she taught Administrative Law, Environmental Law and Contracts. She also served as assistant provost of the University for several years.
Ms. Smythe 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. In addition, she served on the NASD Regulation's Investment Companies Committee and on the NASD's Legal Advisory Board. She is an active member of the Federal Bar Association's Executive Council and Securities Law Committee.
- Selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2006 and 2005-2006.
- Recognized for exceptional standing in the legal community in the area of investment management in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2005 and 2006 editions.
Paul Spillane
Through experienced sales and trading professionals, Soleil Securities Group connects institutional investors with an expanding network of accomplished independent research providers.
They gather and filter insightful, actionable research ideas and deliver them to portfolio managers, buy-side analysts and trading desks. They also provide trading services through which asset managers can direct order flow as payment for the ideas and services they value.
Paul Spillane has been in the securities industry for over 25 years. He started his career at Goldman Sachs, where he worked in fixed income, foreign exchange, commodities, futures, and options products. He then moved to Deutsche Bank, serving as managing director and head of global market sales for the Americas. Spillane subsequently transferred to global equities as a senior member of the executive team responsible for building the global equities businesses. Most recently, he was responsible for establishing Deutsche Bank’s Global Relationship Management program.
Sara Statman
Sara Statman is the founder and CEO of Statman Consulting, which operates from London and New York under three divisions: SC Training (in-house, public and exam-based financial markets training); SC Risk (risk management and financial markets consulting) and SC Software Services (technical authoring and financial software training).
Sara oversaw substantial growth of SC Training leading to a sizeable list of clients from many different countries, including major financial institutions. Most recently she was responsible for introducing virtual classroom training where recorded lectures, course material and quizzes are available on-line.
Prior to this Sara spent nearly a decade in Investment Banking in London, first as an Economist, then dealt OTC Foreign Exchange products and later became a European Fixed Income Strategist for major US and Japanese banks. As a strategist she focused on generating trading ideas for in-house proprietary traders and institutional investors (hedge funds, asset management, pension funds, insurance and central bankers). Trading strategies included relative value arbitrage, fixed income arbitrage, global macro and market neutral.
Sara has a BA (HONS) in Economics and an MSc in Computer Science from Imperial College, University of London. She is also the Vice President of the Hedge Fund Association and Chairs its Education and Research Committee.
Ken Stern
Ken is president of Toronto based 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 1999, Ken has focused his investment practice on Alternative Investments. He is continuously upgrading his own education, 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.
Ken is a founding member of the Academic Certification Board for the newly minted Chartered Alternative Investment Planner (CHAIP) designation sanctioned by the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC).
Ken has had numerous speaking engagements, most recently as a featured speaker at the June 2005 Million Dollar Round Table Annual Meeting in New Orleans Louisiana.
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.
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.
Toreigh Stuart
Mr. Stuart is the Chief Executive Officer of Man Investments Canada Corp., responsible for building the firm’s distribution channels and joint venture relationships in Canada. Mr. Stuart is also responsible for the daily management and overall supervision of the Canadian sales operation.
Most recently, Mr. Stuart held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer of BluMont Capital, a Toronto-based hedge fund company, which, under his leadership, saw significant growth from 2000 through 2006. During his time at BluMont Capital, Mr. Stuart established the successful joint venture relationship with Man Investments. In 1997, Mr. Stuart joined TD Evergreen (now TD Waterhouse) in the role of Investment Advisor and Supervising Portfolio Manager. In 1992, Mr. Stuart joined Richardson Greenshields of Canada as an Investment Advisor.
Mr. Stuart earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of Toronto. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Guy F. Talarico
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ALARIC Compliance Services, LLC Mr. Talarico's 21 years of experience in the financial services industry includes: the management of a $45 billion asset management and services group at Chase Manhattan Bank; client management of SEC-registered advisers within the Institutional Custody Division of Investors Bank & Trust Company; development of an outsourced SEC regulatory compliance program for registered advisers and; legal compliance support. Just prior to founding ALARIC Compliance Services, LLC, he was the co-CEO of EOS Compliance Services, LLC. He served three terms in the New Jersey State Assembly and sponsored numerous laws, including regulatory reforms in the insurance and banking industries. Mr. Talarico holds a BS ChE from Lehigh University, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a JD from New York Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.
Hannah M. Terhune
Prior to forming Capital Management Law Group, PLLC in July 2006, Hannah M. Terhune was the law partner of the firm GreenTraderLaw, PLLC. Her firm provides advice to a wide range of investment management clients, including investment advisers, venture capital groups, broker-dealers, and hedge funds. The firm also provides advice in the area of taxation, general business law, and securities fraud litigation; all with an emphasis in financial products. Hannah has written over 100 articles, book chapters, and white papers on hedge funds and international and U.S. strategic tax matters.
Hannah holds degrees in law from New York University (LLM, Taxation, 1991) and George Mason University (JD, 1989). She has served as a Lecturer in taxation and business at George Mason University and at Catholic University. Her prior military service includes serving as Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve. Hannah resides in Northern Virginia.
David Teten
David Teten is CEO of Nitron Advisors, an investment research firm which provides hedge funds with direct access to a network of frontline industry experts. David is also the lead author of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online, the first business book about how to use Web 2.0 technologies to accelerate your business. He runs TheVirtualHandshake.com resource site and blog and co-writes a monthly column for FastCompany.com. David recently was named a "2005 Future HR Leader" by Human Capital magazine for Nitron Advisors' unique use of social software for recruiting. David serves on the Advisory Board of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and of Accolo, a recruitment process outsourcer.
David is a frequent keynote speaker at finance and technology industry conferences and at such universities as Wharton, Columbia Business School, Yale, and Princeton. He formerly was CEO of an executive recruiting firm which he sold to Accolo, and CEO of GoldNames, an investment bank focusing on serving the internet domain name asset class. He has worked with Bear Stearns' Investment Banking division as a member of their technology/defense mergers and acquisitions team, and was a strategy consultant with Mars & Co. David holds a Harvard MBA and a Yale BA.
Paul Warme
Lusight is an independent investment research firm, with a focus on Global Emerging Markets. They have taken a unique approach to the production and distribution of investment research by developing a web-based Open Research Platform that allows clients to access our research reports, plus all of the inputs and tools we've used to produce our research, including company data, interactive financial models with base case forecasts, and a powerful analytical tool. Lusight conducts much of its operations in Toronto, leveraging an international research staff that has emigrated to Canada.
Paul Warme is a co-founder of Lusight, and currently serves as Managing Principal and Head of Research. Paul has 15 years of international banking, M&A and capital markets experience. He began his career with Scotiabank's strategic investment group and was involved in evaluating and executing acquisitions in Latin America and Asia. He also spent two years in Chile advising Scotia's local affiliate on banking best practices, and one year in Mexico restructuring a distressed bank. Most recently Paul spent five years in New York as a senior analyst covering emerging markets financial institutions at Paribas and ING Barings, where he was also head of Latin America research. A Canadian citizen, Paul holds an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
David Weild IV
The National Research Exchange (The NRE) is the originator of Intermediated ResearchSM, which helps public companies to secure greater visibility and liquidity in the public markets and research providers to establish new sources of sustainable revenue. Their proprietary analytical tools enable users to evaluate the competitive strengths of research providers and the equity capital markets performance of investment banks.
David Weild IV served as vice chairman of The NASDAQ Stock Market and spent fourteen years at Prudential Securities, where he served as president of PrudentialSecurities.com, head of corporate finance, head of technology investment banking, and head of equity capital markets. He also chaired Prudential’s Equity New Issues Commitment Committee.
Glen G. Wigney
Glen has a total of twenty years public accounting experience, including five years with the Ottawa office of Deloitte. Glen has been working with Deloitte in the Cayman Islands for over fifteen years and has been a partner with the firm since 1997. Glen is leader of the Cayman Islands audit practice. During this period Glen has developed specific expertise in the accounting and audit of offshore investment companies and hedge funds, and in particular the application of accounting principles of differing jurisdictions.
While working with some of the world’s largest and most prestigious fund promoters Glen has also gained extensive experience on advising clients on the form and content of fund offering documents, financial statement disclosure requirements under various accounting principles and offshore stock exchange listings. Glen has written several articles on offshore funds and has been a speaker and moderator at GAIM, IRR and Hedge/MAR conferences.
Glen is a member of the steering committee of the Deloitte Global Financial Services Industries group’s sub-committee on investment management and former chairman of the group’s sub-committee on offshore funds.
Gary Witt
Gary Witt is a Managing Director working at Moody’s Investors Service in the Structured Finance Group. He heads the Structured Credit Product Development Team focusing on rating products offered to hedge funds investors. Prior to his current assignment, Gary was one of three Team MD’s managing Moody’s NY CDO group. As part of Moody’s CDO rating group, Gary published several rating methodologies pieces including “Moody's Approach to Rating Collateralized Funds of Hedge Fund Obligations.”
Before joining Moody's in September 2000, Gary traded derivatives for ten years at Citibank, General Re Financial Products, and Sakura Global Capital, spending the last five years as head trader at Sakura Global Capital in London. He also worked in research at Citi and CDO structuring at Prudential Securities.
Gary holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and undergraduate degrees in Math, Physics and Economics from Southern Methodist University.
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 offshore funds and he writes the “President’s Choice” column in OffshoreOn’s monthly newsletter.
Taliye Yesilurdu
Taliye Yesilurdu is a Senior Specialist in the Institutional Investors’ Department of the Capital Markets Board of Turkey (CMB) where she manages the regulation and supervision of investment funds, venture capital investment trusts, private pension funds, real estate investment trusts and asset management companies.
Ms Yesilurdu is currently working on a European Union Compliance Project to make Turkish legislation fully compliant with European Union capital markets’ Standards and Directives. She has a key role in drafting legislation in the area of investment funds and their management companies, has prepared written reports on hedge funds and has drafted legislation for the establishment of hedge funds in Turkey.
Taliye holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and completed a certificate program in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.
Walter C. Zebrowski
Mr. Zebrowski, Attorney, CPA currently serves as the CEO of TurboCompliance as well as the Chairman of the Regulatory Compliance Association’s Chief Compliance Officer University (rcaonline.org).
TurboCompliance works with CCOs, attorneys and CPAs to build automated, on demand, regulatory compliance, corporate governance and internal policy enforcement platforms. These integrate with existing systems to reduce the compliance work load and related costs by approximately 65 to 90 percent.
Mr. Zebrowski has served in senior management roles for several alternative investment funds since 1992. His duties included: Chief Operations Officer; General Counsel; Chief Compliance Officer; Chief Information Officer; and Chief Investment Officer. The funds focused primarily on market neutral strategies (i.e. quantitative, convertible, merger & acquisition) or utilized technical and quantitative models to analyze and evaluate multiple markets and asset classes. Within the Fund of Funds arena, he analyzed, evaluated and conducted due diligence on hundreds of investment managers using various investment management strategies in multiple asset classes.
As an avid speaker and author, he has made presentations for:
MarHedge, Global Association of Risk Professionals, Canadian Hedge Watch, International conference organizations, American Institute of CPAs, Texas, Connecticut and New Jersey Societies of CPAs, International Private Banks & Trust Companies, Financial Planning Association, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.
As Chairman of the Regulatory Compliance Association’s CCO University, Mr. Zebrowski oversees the entire Master of Adviser Compliance Degree curriculum.