WAISC

Speakers 2007

 

 

Keynote Speakers Include:

Andrew Alford

Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Researcher, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Ian Bremmer

President

Eurasia Group

Jerome Davis

Chairman, Board of Trustees, City of New Orleans Employees’ Retirement System

Kevin Birkett

Director - Asset Management Dubai International Financial Centre

Pat Bolland

Host of BNN’s Market Morning

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Speakers
² Christopher Addy President and CEO, Castle Hall Alternatives
² Alok Aggarwal Chairman, Evalueserve
² Andrew Alford Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Researcher, Goldman Sachs & Co.
² Howard J. Atkinson President, Horizons BetaPro ETFs
² Frank Belvedere National Partner, Mercer Investment Consulting
² Greg S. Bennett Director, Butterfield Fund Services (Cayman) Ltd.
² Larry Berman Co-Founder of ETF Capital Management
² Kevin Birkett Director - Asset Management, Dubai International Financial Centre
² Leon Bitton VP, Research & Development, Montreal Exchange
² Pat Bolland Host of BNN’s Market Morning
² Ian Bremmer President and Founder, Eurasia Group
² Frank Brochin Managing Partner and Co-founder, StoneWater Capital LLC
² Michael Burns Partner, McMillan Binch Mendelsohn
² Paul Carter Portfolio Manager, Russell Investment Group
² Robert J. Clark Acting/Director General Economics, Investment and Fiscal Analysis Branch; Director, Tax and Exploration Division Natural Resources Canada
² Trevor Cummings Sales Strategist, Barclays Global Investors Canada Ltd.
² Timothy Cunningham President, Touchstone Group, LLC
² Jerome D. Davis Chairman, Board of Trustees, City of New Orleans Employees’ Retirement System
² Garvin Deokiesingh Associate Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
² Louis Doyle Vice-President, Montréal TSX Venture Exchange; Vice-President, Business Development, TSX
² Michael Finkelstein President and CEO, Whalehaven Group of Funds
² David R. Friedland Principal, Magnum Funds
² Robert M. Friedman Partner, Dechert LLP
² Frank Gesuale Manager, Jefferson Wells International
² Alison Graham Chief Investment Officer, Voltan Capital Management, LLC
² Sandy Hershaw Founding Managing Director of the Flow Through Share Association of Canada (FTSAC)
² Beth Johnson Senior Consultant, Hammond Associates
² Ronald M. Kosonic Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
² Patricia Koval Partner, Torys LLP
² Odi Lahav Head of the European Alternative Investment Group, Moody's Investors Service
² Knut Larsen Partner, Brigus Group
² John Lee Manager, Mau Capital Management
² Vernon Lewis Independent Consultant, Quadrexx Asset Management Inc.
² Grahame Lyons Managing Director, Claymore Investments Inc.
² Brian MacDougall Executive Director, 3A Asia Limited
² Glenn MacNeill Vice-President, Investments, Sentry Select Capital Corp.
² Lynn McGrade Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
² MaryAnn Mihychuk Director, Regulatory Affairs, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
² Rick Nathan President, Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association
² Ingrid Pierce Senior Attorney, Walkers
² Andre G. Poles Lawyer, Torys LLP
² John Rekenthaler Vice President, Research and New Product Development, Morningstar, Inc.
² Nick Rogers Partner, Walkers
² Ian C.W. Russell President and Chief Executive Officer, Investment Industry Association of Canada
² Pierre Saint-Laurent President, AssetCounsel Inc.
² Scott Samuel President, Investor Based Finance Group Inc.
² Jonathan Stokes Director, Standards of Practice, CFA Institute
² Bill Tharp CEO, The Climate Change Infrastructure Corporation
² Bob Thompson Senior Investment Advisor and Alternative Investment Strategist, Canaccord Capital
² Frank Travers Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager
² Marc Turcotte Senior auditor at the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune - Mining Duties Department, Government of Québec

Speaker profiles are listed below in alphabetical order

Christopher Addy
Christopher Addy, CA CFA, is the President and CEO of Castle Hall Alternatives, a specialist provider of operational risk due diligence services based in Montréal, Canada. Castle Hall’s clients include leading institutions, fund of funds and family offices, curently allocating more than $15 billion to hedge funds.
Chris has been involved in the analysis of hedge fund operations for more than a decade and has completed significantly more than 500 operational due diligence reviews of hedge funds, fund of funds and administrators. He was previously Principal and co-founder of Amber Partners, a Bermuda company providing operational certifications to hedge fund managers.
Prior to forming Amber, Chris was a member of management of Union Bancaire Privée Geneva, currently one of the world’s largest fund of funds groups with hedge fund assets in excess of $45 billion. At UBP, Chris was Senior Vice President of UBP Asset Management (Bermuda), where he supervised a team of analysts responsible for operational due diligence on a large number of hedge funds and administrators. Chris previously held the position of group financial controller of The Atlantic Philanthropies (Bermuda) Limited, a multi-billion dollar foundation with a significant allocation to hedge funds. He began his career as an auditor with Deloitte in the United Kingdom and PricewaterhouseCoopers in Bermuda, where he became lead manager in the firm’s investment company audit group.
Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and Ordre des comptables agréés du Québec. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Alok Aggarwal
Alok Aggarwal is Chairman and Co-founder of Evalueserve, a Research and Analytics services providers to buy-side/sell-side firms globally. Alok has overseen Evalueserve’s meteorical 5000% growth over the last 5 years.
Prior to this, Alok was the Director of Emerging Business Opportunities for IBM Research Division Worldwide. In this capacity, he headed IBM's India Research Laboratory where he was managing a team of 55 researchers involved in research and development of major IBM products and technologies. Alok received his B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and his Ph. D. in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University.
He has published over 50 research papers, 12 patents, and has received 2 Outstanding Invention Awards. Recently, Alok has authored various papers on private equity and venture capital activity in Emerging Markets.
Evalueserve is a Knowledge services company providing worldwide and multi-language Business and Market Research, Data Analytics, Investment Research and Intellectual Property services to clients globally. Since being founded in December 2000, Evalueserve has doubled in size each year and today employs 2000 professionals at Operational Centers in Gurgaon, India, Shanghai, China and Valparaiso, Chile.
Andrew Alford
Andrew Alford, Ph.D. is Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Researcher at Goldman Sachs & Co. Andrew is responsible for the Flex equity long-short strategies managed by the Global Quantitative Equity Group. He is also a member of the Group’s Investment Policy Committee.
Prior to joining Goldman Sachs in 1998, Andrew was an accounting professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management and then the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He has also served as an Academic Fellow in the Office of Economic Analysis at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC. Andrew has a B.S. degree in information and computer science from the University of California at Irvine and an MBA and a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Howard J. Atkinson
Howard Atkinson has 20 years of investment management industry experience, including positions with a national investment dealer and major mutual fund companies. Most recently Howard was responsible for business development of the Exchange Traded Products business at Barclays Global Investors Canada Limited. He is the immediate Past President of Toronto CFA Society board of directors and is a member of the S&P/TSX Canada Index Advisory Panel.
Mr. Atkinson is the author of "The New Investment Frontier III: A Guide to Exchange Traded Funds for Canadians," and “Les Fonds Négociés en Bourse: Un outil de placement novateur pour l'investisseur avisé”. He has been a contributing writer and frequent analyst reference in many major Canadian newspapers, including The Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen. Howard has appeared on Global TV and can be seen regularly on BNN (Business News Network) and CP24.
Frank Belvedere
Frank Belvedere, CFA, F.C.I.A., is a National Partner with Mercer Investment Consulting and oversees the firm’s alternative investments research and consulting in Canada, in addition to his broader consulting responsibilities.
He has served on the Canadian Institute of Actuaries’ Committee on Pension Plan Financial Reporting, and lectured at Concordia University in Montréal on the subject of hedge funds and investment policy. He currently serves the John Molson School of Business as a member of the client committee of the Kenneth Woods Portfolio Management Program since its inception in 2000. He is also a Director and Vice Chairman of the Loyola High School Foundation. He has authored articles on hedge funds and spoken at a variety of investment conferences.
He has over 30 years experience in the Canadian pension and investment industries, where he has advised a variety of private and public organizations on pension plan design, funding and investment issues.
From 2001-2005 he was employed in the investment industry and was involved in the design, investment and risk management of hedge fund products. He currently advises clients on a broad spectrum of alternative investments including real estate, commodities, infrastructure, currency, hedge funds and private equity.
Frank is a native of Montreal, Canada where he attended McGill University, receiving a Bachelor of Science, major in mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries and has attained the CFA designation.
Greg S. Bennett
Greg S. Bennett is a director of Butterfield Fund Services (Cayman) Limited.
Greg is currently responsible for business development, client relations and risk management. Greg joined Butterfield in September 2004 from UBS, where he spent two years as the head of business development for UBS Fund Services in Cayman and four years as an associate director.
Prior to joining UBS, he spent five years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, where he departed as a manager.
Greg holds a B.Comm degree from the University of Alberta, Canada; is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta; the Illinois CPA Society; and is a CFA Charterholder.
Larry Berman
Larry M. Berman is a Co-Founder of ETF Capital Management, and brings nearly twenty years of industry experience to the role of Chief Investment Officer. Larry has been consistently ranked as one of Canada’s “Top 3 Analysts” according to institutional investor surveys.
Larry began his career as a Toronto based investment advisor in 1989 and completed a technical internship in New York with the Market Technicians Association (MTA) in 1994, where he studied the techniques of many top Wall Street technicians. Prior to founding ETFCM, he was Chief Technical Strategist and Managing Director for CIBC World Markets since 1997. Larry was a senior technical analyst for Thomson IFR in Boston and senior technical analyst and trader for Marleau, Lemire Futures in Toronto.
Larry is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT), a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and is a US registered Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). Larry is the primary author of the textbook for the technical analysis course offered by the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI), which is the primary source of education for technical analysis in Canada. Larry is past President of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA), past Vice-Chairman (Americas) of the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA), and is currently the Vice-President of the Market Technicians Association (MTA). Larry’s opinions frequently appear in the media, and he is a featured weekly on BNN’s (formerly RobTV) Berman’s Call.
Larry graduated from York University with a BA in Economics.
Kevin Birkett
Kevin R. Birkett is Director, Asset Management, at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the world’s fastest-growing financial centre. In this role within the Business Development Unit of the DIFC, he is responsible for attracting asset managers to the DIFC and helping them to obtain the appropriate licenses to operate within the financial centre. Mr. Birkett, who brings considerable experience to the position, interacts with asset management companies and at all levels, including Boards of Directors.
Mr. Birkett, whose professional qualifications were previously registered by both the UK Securities and Futures Authority and the US Securities and Exchange Commission, served many years at Merrill Lynch in a range of roles, focused on Europe and the Middle East (EME) region, He joined Merrill Lynch International Bank in 1982 and later became Head of Business Unit, EME. In 1996 with a change of focus to wealth management he transferred to Merrill Lynch Global Asset Management where he became Sales Director with responsibility for the EME region.
Mr. Birkett began his professional career at National Westminster Bank, which later became part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, and Morgan Guaranty Trust Co.
Leon Bitton
Léon Bitton presently serves as Vice-President , Research and Development at the Montréal Exchange, the Canadian Financial Derivative Exchange. Mr. Bitton has over 25 years of experience in the Financial industry. Mr. Bitton has led the research and development effort related to most of the Montreal Exchange current listed derivatives products. He holds a Master degree from the University of Québec in Montreal in association with the Florida International University.
Mr. Bitton is Member of the Board of the Research Center CIRANO and formally was member of the Board of the Association des MBA du Québec , of the Board of MITACS (Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems) and of the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Montréal Exchange providing clearing and risk management services. He also acts regularly as a speaker and advisor to various associations and organizations in the financial and environmental sectors.
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 before his move to mornings, where he 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.
He is the host of BNN's Market Morning which can be seen weekdays at 9:30 a.m. ET
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.
Frank Brochin
Frank is a co-founder of StoneWater Capital LLC, a fund of hedge funds firm with over $250 million in assets under management. Frank is responsible for the firm’s Asian investments, and portfolio manager of the Asia ex-Japan, Japan, India and Greater China funds.
Frank was most recently a partner of Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm, where he made direct investments in companies in the United States, Europe, the Middle-East and Asia, in particular in the areas of software, technology and communications.
Prior to Warburg, Frank started his career as a research engineer with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) in Tokyo, Japan, before joining Nortel Japan as the manager of its Advanced Technology group.
Frank holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He currently is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the French-American School of New York, and has also served on several boards of directors of companies in the United States, Israel and Europe.
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.
Paul Carter
Paul Carter is an analyst and portfolio manager for Russell Investments' hedge fund of funds business based in Tacoma, Washington. As an analyst, he is responsible for the North American equity portions of Russell's funds. Mr. Carter is also the portfolio manager for a fund of funds invested with activist managers globally. Paul has been with Russell since 2000, having worked in both Toronto and Tacoma.
Robert J. Clark
Robert Clark has a MSc. degree in geology and is a Registered Professional Engineer; his work experience includes mineral exploration, in Southern Africa and Canada. He is currently concerned with government initiatives in the sustainable development of Canada’s mineral resources and the international competitiveness of Canada’s mining taxation regime.
Robert has had a long association with flow-through shares, initially as a Director with the Canadian Exploration Incentive Program, which provided a 30 percent grant for flow-through shares expenditures from 1989 to 1990. He has been involved in flow-through share developments since that time and works with a federal/provincial/territorial working group in evaluating suggestions for improvements to the Canadian mining taxation regime, including the flow-through share system and the effectiveness of related tax credits.
Trevor Cummings
Trevor Cummings is a Sales Strategist with Barclays Global Investors Canada Limited, supporting the education, promotion and growth of the exchange traded products business, including iShares ETFs, through the investment advisory community. Most recently, Trevor worked for Barclays Canada as a Business Development Associate, supporting the Investment Advisory community in Ontario.
Previously, he spent three years at an IDA firm and five years at two bank-owned fund companies in sales roles. He has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), Conduct & Practices Handbook (CPH), Derivatives Fundamentals Course (DFC) and Canadian Options Course (COC) at the Canadian Securities Institute. He is currently enrolled in the Professional Financial Planning program, and has completed Level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
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, 2007 this system has 3100 active employee members and 1785 retirees, supported by $405 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 45% domestic equity, 15% International Equity, 25%% Fixed-income and 15% Alternatives asset allocation. The system is fully funded, with the lowest Employer cost 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 2005, Jerry was appointed to a six-year term on the Civil Service Commission, the quasi-judicial body which governs the City’s 8000-member workforce. His responsibilities there are both legislative and judicial.
He retired from all paid employment in May 2006, retaining his voluntary roles as Commissioner and Pension Trustee.

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. In 2002, he 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. Commander Davis has addressed over 160 audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, 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.
Garvin Deokiesingh
Garvin Deokiesingh is an Associate Partner at Deloitte, where he specializes in servicing the investment management and hedge fund industry. Garvin is involved with all facets of the investment management business, with a special emphasis on the Hedge Fund practice, where he is the Canadian Practice Leader. Garvin works closely with the US and Cayman Practices for hedge funds and investment management, and has been directly involved with many large engagements. Garvin also spends time in the regulatory compliance area, including performing compliance and best practice reviews.
Garvin has served on various committees related to the investment management industry, and is currently on multiple hedge fund committees, focused on creating best practices in the industry.
Garvin is a CA and CFA.
Louis Doyle
Louis Doyle has been Vice-President, Montréal of the TSX Venture Exchange since October 1, 2001. He leads all TSX Venture Exchange activities within the Montréal office by defining and implementing goals, policies and plans that are aligned with the mission and strategies of the organization. His responsibilities include acting as an expert advisor to the President with respect to Client Development and Corporate Finance in Québec. He also leads the nationwide mentorship program.
Since February 2005, Louis Doyle has also been Vice-President, Business Development in Québec of the Toronto Stock Exchange. In this role, he maintains business relationships with participants active with listed issuers. Louis Doyle represents both exchanges with different organizations, committees and groups of professionals and also acts regularly as a speaker and advisor.
Prior to joining TSX Group, Louis Doyle started his career with Bourse de Montréal, assisting entrepreneurs to access the Canadian Equity Markets, where he held various management positions in the areas of business development and corporate finance. Mr. Doyle also drafted various rules and policies.
Mr Doyle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration from the Université du Québec in Montréal.
Michael Finkelstein
Mr. Finkelstein, C.A. has over 20 years of experience investing in, advising and financing companies, and as a result he has developed significant expertise and relationships. Mr. Finkelstein was an investment adviser with Canaccord Capital Corporation, Canada’s largest independent investment dealer, and has rendered investment advisory services to institutions and high net worth individuals for the past 16 years. Mr. Finkelstein’s particular specialty for the past decade has been the management of private placements in U.S. and non-U.S. public companies. Prior to entering the investment field, Mr. Finkelstein was a tax specialist and manager with Arthur Andersen & Co. in both Toronto and Vancouver. As such Mr. Finkelstein is highly qualified in the analysis of complex financial transactions.
Mr. Finkelstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McGill University and received his C.A. designation in 1980. Mr. Finkelstein is a member in good standing of the Institute of Canadian Chartered Accountants.
Mr. Finkelstein is an officer of the Investment Manager and is responsible primarily for evaluating and making investments on behalf of the US Limited Partnership, Offshore Fund, and Master Fund.
David R. Friedland
David R. Friedland. is President of Magnum U.S. Investments, Inc., which serves as a consultant to a number of funds of funds and hedge funds, as well as a number of banks and institutions. Magnum U.S. Investments, Inc. tracks, evaluates and combines hedge funds into funds of hedge funds to meet specific risk/return criteria for high net worth individuals and institutional clients. He is also president of the general partner of the Magnum funds of hedge funds, and Magnum-sponsored single manager hedge funds available to U.S. taxable investors. Magnum has been involved in the hedge fund industry since 1994.
He is head of new business development, client relations and the legal department at Magnum, and is a frequent speaker at financial and hedge fund conferences around the world. He has authored several articles on hedge funds, made several appearances on CNBC, and is the President of the Hedge Fund Association.
David received a BBA in Finance cum laude and a JD (law degree) magna cum laude from the University of Miami, and is a member of the Florida Bar. He also holds his Series 7 brokerage license.
Robert M. Friedman
Robert M. Friedman is a partner in the corporate and securities group. He has worked on numerous corporate finance and M&A transactions for clients, including public and private offerings of securities, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and venture capital investments.
Mr. Friedman also has extensive experience in forming venture capital funds, buyout funds, mezzanine debt funds and other private investment funds, both onshore and offshore, making seed investments into hedge funds and in private investing generally. He has counseled clients on establishing funds for investment in the United States, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, and Poland. During these representations, he has worked closely with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Polish Enterprise Fund.
Education:
Yeshiva University, B.A., cum laude, 1981
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1984
Notes and Comments Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal
Bar Admissions: Member, New York Bar
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.
Alison Graham
Alison Graham is a principal of Voltan Capital Management, LLC and lead portfolio manager of the Voltan Frontier Markets Fund. She has over thirteen years' experience in emerging and frontier markets finance.
Ms.Graham began her career as a partner and senior equity analyst at Caspian Securities focusing on Latin American equities. In 1998, she moved to Moscow, Russia to join United Financial Group where she was responsible for analysis and advisory related to the restructuring of the Russian energy system. While still in Russia, she formed Voltan Energy Advisors to assist global clients with due diligence on emerging markets acquisition targets, frontier and second-tier emerging markets security analysis and corporate investigations.
She launched Voltan Capital Management, LLC in August 2007.
Ms. Graham holds a Master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and is fluent in six languages.
Sandy Hershaw
J.S. (Sandy) Hershaw is a Portfolio Manager and Managing Director with WATT Capital, a firm with specialist investment management and corporate finance expertise with natural resource and technology companies.
Mr. Hershaw is also a founding Managing Director of the Flow Through Share Association of Canada (FTSAC), a non-profit organization focused on policy development and education on various aspects of flow through shares. FTSAC members include buy side flow through partnerships, corporate issuers, investment dealers, law firms, accounting firms, geophysical and drilling companies.
Mr. Hershaw has held senior positions with Dynamic Mutual Funds, Nesbitt Burns, Bank of Nova Scotia and Imperial Oil. He has an Engineering degree from Queen’s University, a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Alberta, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Beth Johnson
Beth is a Senior Consultant at Hammond Associates focusing on endowments and foundations. Her clients represent over $3 billion in total assets. Prior to joining Hammond Associates, Beth was an Investment Director for the then $2 billion Vanderbilt University. She began her investment career working at Duke Management Company, the investment office for Duke University. She completed coursework for the Ph.D. program in economics from the University of North Carolina – Chapel hill and holds a BA in economics, mathematics, computer science, and German from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.
Beth has also earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations and is a board member of the CFA Society of St. Louis.
Throughout her career, Beth has remained active in her community, working with many organizations, such as Junior Achievement and the American Red Cross. Additionally, she has experience sitting on several not-for-profit boards of directors, including her work on the investment committee of the $1.3 billion Missouri Foundation for Health.
Ronald M. Kosonic
Ron Kosonic is a Partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, practising in the firm’s Investment Management Group. His practise is focussed on 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. 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 is 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).
Odi Lahav
Odi Lahav is the Head of the European Alternative Investment Group at Moody's Investors Service in London. The group, which is part of the Structured Finance Group, is responsible for hedge funds Operations Quality Ratings in the EMEA region. The rating focuses on all the noninvestment risks associated with hedge fund investing and the way that those risks are actively managed and mitigated by the hedge fund manager.
Prior to joining Moody's, Odi was the Director of Hedge Fund Ratings at Allenbridge Group Plc, a London-based global research and consulting firm. He also worked at OSFI, the financial institutions regulator in Canada, as a Manager supervising multi-national insurance companies.
Prior to that, he spent several years working in pension and investment consulting at Alexander Forbes in Johannesburg, South Africa, and later at Mercer HR and Investment Consulting in Toronto, Canada.
Odi graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, having studied 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.
John Lee
John Lee manages a precious metals hedge fund at Mau Capital Management.
John is a CFA charter holder and has degrees in economics and engineering from Rice University. He studied under Mr. James Turk, a renowned authority on the gold market, and founded Mau Capital Management in 2004.
Since 2001 John has researched hundreds of mining companies and personally met with dozens of management teams. This hard work and dedication has enabled him to provide solid returns for his clients.
John frequently speaks at Cambridge House conferences and shares his thoughts and analysis at various online news websites such as Kitco.com, Kitcometals.com, and 321gold.com. John has gained invaluable insights by living in three continents: Europe, Asia, andNorth America.
Vernon Lewis
Vernon Lewis has been involved in the financial and investment industry for more than 20 years marketing various investment products and services, assisting in tax planning and arranging project financing.
In late 1998, while researching the market, Vernon concluded that the markets were in for a major correction and that for investors to survive and prosper, it was imperative that they have a portion of their portfolios in investments that were uncorrelated to the major stock indices. In 1999, he approached a financial group specializing in non-correlated return products and services and offered to help them grow their retail business. As Senior VP of Sales, Vernon oversaw the growth of its retail assets from inception, to more than $300 million.
In line with his commitment to making a difference in the community, Vernon spearheaded the organizing committee for Hedge Funds Care, an alliance of hedge fund industry professionals raising funds to support the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. He raise over $197,000 for the cause in its first year.
Vernon currently focuses on wealth preservation and client-specific financial advice taking an informed and independent approach in making the decisions necessary to protect and maintain the value of his clients’ wealth in real terms.
Grahame Lyons
Grahame Lyons has been instrumental in educating the Canadian market about exchange traded funds (ETFs) and their benefits. He most recently was principal of Barclays Global Investors Canada responsible for iShares ETF business development in Western Canada for the investment counsel, discount and advisory channels.
Lyons has been in the Canadian financial services industry for over 19 years through various senior positions at some of Canada’s largest asset managers.
He received a Bachelor of Arts (Administrative and Commercial Studies) degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1985 and is an Associate Member of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA) and Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).
He is a trusted market resource and has regularly appeared on various cable television programs, radio stations and quoted in regional newspapers across the country.
Brian MacDougall
Brian has over 13 years of experience in the Asian markets and co-founded Oria Capital Limited, which is now 3A Asia Limited, where he is responsible for developing innovative products and business opportunities.
Brian’s long tenure in Asia and his unparalleled ability to develop key long-term relationships with both Asian and multi-national financial institutions have provided 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. Prior his current position, Brian was Managing Director of sales and marketing for a Hong Kong fund-of-hedge-funds business where he was responsible for developing new business and overseeing client service, hedge fund education, and building the sales and marketing team. His accomplishment helped to create one of Hong Kong’s fastest growing fund-of-funds organizations.
Brian attended Capilano College in Vancouver, Canada, where he studied marketing. He has earned several additional certificates relating to leadership development and finance.
Glenn MacNeill
Glenn MacNeill joined Sentry Select Capital Corp. in April 1999 as Vice-President, Investments. His is responsible for the management of the Investment Group and is Portfolio Manager for the Sentry Select Energy Growth Fund, Sentry Select Canadian Resource Fund Ltd, Sentry Select’s Flow Through products and the Strategic Energy Fund.
He has more than 30 years of financial and petroleum-related experience including portfolio management, corporate finance and equity/debt analysis. In 1997, Mr. MacNeill served as Energy Equity Analyst with Scotia Capital Markets, where he covered integrated oil companies and a selection of petroleum companies. In 1998, he joined HSBC Securities as an oil and gas research analyst. His prior experience includes six years as a portfolio manager with Imperial Life/ Laurentian Financial Inc.
He is a Professional Engineer and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He is regular contributor to ROBTV, GlobeinvestorGold and various other media about both trends in the petroleum industry and investment issues in general.
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.
MaryAnn Mihychuk
MaryAnn Mihychuk is the Director of Regulatory Affairs of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and is responsible for the areas of finance, taxation, regulations, securities and advocacy. She is a registered Professional Geoscientist in Manitoba and received her Master of Geological Sciences from Brock University and Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Winnipeg. She has 14 years of geological mapping experience in various parts of Canada and 15 years in elected office in Manitoba including 4 years as Minister of Industry, Trade and Mines. MaryAnn has broad mineral industry experience in the policy and exploration sectors. During her tenure as Minister she led the renewal of the Manitoba Mines Act and a new regulatory framework for Manitoba which is ranked by the Fraser Institute in the top three jurisdictions in the world.
Rick Nathan
Rick Nathan is a Managing Director and a member of the Investment Committee for Kensington Capital Partners Limited. Rick was formally Managing Director of Goodmans Venture Group where he was legal counsel and a strategic business advisor to entrepreneurs, growth companies, and private equity investors.
Rick was a founding partner of Brightspark, one of Canada’s leading early-stage venture capital funds. For over 10 years he was as a corporate and securities lawyer at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt. He is the President of the CVCA – Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.
Rick holds a BA (Computer Science) from Dartmouth College and an LLB from the University of Toronto.
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.
Andre G. Poles
Andre Poles is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department, where his practice focuses primarily on investment funds, asset management, regulated entities and securities. He has been involved in new product design, reorganizations, joint ventures and advisory arrangements, and has extensive experience representing fund managers, promoters, advisers and distributors in the public mutual fund, private pooled fund, structured trust fund, hedge fund and private equity partnership areas.
Andre is a non-practising member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
Andre has represented a number of financial services companies, mutual fund companies, investment banks and trust companies.
Andre has previously worked as Vice President, Director and Counsel at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and as General Counsel to a fund of hedge funds manager. Andre served as a member of the legal and taxation committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association (Canada) and as past chair of The Investment Funds Institute of Canada Regulatory Committee. He has been a member of a number of committees at, and has been involved in a number of projects for, IFIC.
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.
Nick Rogers
Nick Rogers is a partner in the Hedge Funds Group of Walkers' Cayman Islands office. Nick's practice focuses primarily on hedge funds and private equity funds. He is admitted to practice in the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands and in England and Wales (not practising). Nick graduated with a law degree from Downing College, Cambridge in 1996 and completed his training with Clifford Chance in London and New York. Nick joined the corporate finance department of Clifford Chance, advising clients in Europe, the US and Asia on acquisitions, securities offerings and general corporate matters. Since his admission as a Cayman Islands attorney in 2001, Nick has specialized in investment funds. Nick spent 3 years in Walkers' Hong Kong office where he advised as to Cayman and British Virgin Islands law in respect of investment funds, venture capital and equity financing transactions, listings, debt offerings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.
Ian C.W. Russell
Ian C.W. Russell is President and CEO of the Investment Industry Association of Canada, a position he has held since the Association’s inauguration on April 1, 2006. During its first year of operation, the new Association has established a robust board and committee structure and has successfully advocated for the industry on a broad range of issues, including deferral of the client relationship model draft rules and extension of the three-year exemption for bond market transparency. As the head of the Investment Industry Association, Ian is a frequent columnist in industry publications and is a presenter and speaker on industry issues and developments.
Prior to his appointment, Ian headed the Industry Relations and Representation group of the Investment Dealers Association. In his 20-year tenure at the Association, Ian participated actively in many industry committees and working groups involved in regulatory and tax issues that effect securities firms and capital markets in Canada. He was also involved in industry committees dealing with conflicts of interest in capital raising for small companies (The Hagg Committee) and standards for research analysts in the securities industry (The Crawford Committee).
Prior to joining the IDA, Ian worked as a financial analyst for The Bank Credit Analyst, a respected international publication based in Montreal and also spent six years at the Bank of Canada. Ian has an honors degree in economics and business from the University of Western Ontario, and a post-graduate degree from the London School of Economics. He has completed the Partners, Directors and Officers Qualification Examination and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Pierre Saint-Laurent
Mr. Saint-Laurent is president of AssetCounsel Inc., a financial services consultancy for Canadian retail, private wealth and institutional money managers and distributors. He was formerly vice-president and shareholder of Talvest Fund Management and vice-president at StrategicNova. He spearheaded Talvest’s development of Asset Allocation Analyst and Benchmarker analytical software, led the development of Synchrony Funds, oversaw the rebranding of Nova Bancorp into StrategicNova, and was closely involved in the management and deployment of the StrategicNova Managed Futures Fund, the first widely available hedge fund in Canada.
He has acted as an expert witness in financial services matters, was a research economist at Hydro-Quebec and has taught and continues to lecture at the BBA and MBA levels at HEC Montréal.
Mr Saint-Laurent holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Montreal, with doctoral studies in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, a Diploma in Business Administration (D.S.A.) and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He has been a CFA Examination Grader and a member of the CFA Institute’s Candidate Curriculum Committee and Disciplinary Review Committee Hearing Panel Pool. He holds the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) designation and ias currently completing the PRM (Professional Risk Manager) and FRM (Financial Risk Manager) designations.
Mr. Saint-Laurent contributes to Advisor’s Edge Report, Objectif Conseiller and Avantages and participates in other industry publications, conferences and events. He is an Independent Director of a Canadian investment fund corporation. psl@assetcounsel.com
Scott Samuel
Scott is an experienced “Bay Street” Executive VP and Managing Director level financial executive with 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions with in-depth experience in merchant banking, corporate banking, credit, underwriting, M&A, capital markets work, valuations, restructurings and strategic advisory engagements for management teams and to boards in Canada ranging from transactions of $1 billion in value to raising equity as small as $1 million. Scott was heavily involved in the creation of the first installment receipts, first step-up callable bonds, first real return bonds and other innovative financing structures.
He has founded the Investor Based Finance Group Inc. with other principals and corporate partners.
Jonathan Stokes
Mr. Stokes is director, standards of practice for the CFA Centre for Financial Market Integrity. He is responsible for managing the Standards of Practice group; promulgating the ethics and standards positions and policies; and coordinating and supporting related educational and public awareness activities.
Mr. Stokes has been involved with the drafting, revising, interpreting, and maintaining the CFA Institute standards of practice, including the Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct, CFA Institute Soft Dollar Standards, Trade Management Guidelines, and other standards of practice under development.
He has also directed the CFA Institute Professional Conduct Program and worked on developing and interpreting the CFA Institute investment performance standards, including the AIMR Performance Presentation Standards (AIMR-PPS®) and the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).
Mr. Stokes also serves as a staff liaison to various CFA Institute committees addressing specific issues related to ethics and professional practice.
Prior to joining CFA Institute, Mr. Stokes worked as an attorney specializing in civil litigation.
Mr. Stokes holds a JD and a BA from the University of Virginia.
William (Bill) R. Tharp
Mr. Tharp is CEO of CCI, a diversified company making investments, operating and turning around businesses in the climate change infrastructure marketplace. CCI’s asset management and advisory business, Quantum Leap, is recognized for leadership in founding, co-founding or co-launching funds, such as: Covington Venture Fund Inc. (formerly E2 Venture Fund and the energy & efficiency portion of Venture Partner Balanced Fund), Venture Partner Equity Fund, Renewable Power Flow-Through L.P. Series I, II & III and, most recently, the Euro360mln European Clean Energy Fund, with SwissRe & TCW. Mr. Tharp has over 10 years of experience in merchant banking in both Canada and the United Kingdom and over 15 years in building businesses primarily in the climate change infrastructure marketplace.
In addition to several asset management & company boards, Mr. Tharp is an investment committee member of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), a $1bn foundation supporting climate change, clean air, water quality and soil technologies and current member of the (Canadian) National Round Table on the Environment & Economy, Capital Markets & Sustainability section.
Bob Thompson
Bob Thompson is head of hedge fund strategy at Canaccord Capital Corporation. In this capacity, Mr. Thompson is responsible for hedge fund analysis, hedge fund portfolio allocation, and education.
Mr. Thompson has made numerous appearances on REPORT ON BUSINESS TELEVISION, has been profiled in HEDGEWORLD.COM, The Financial Post, and various other publications. In addition, Bob has been a syndicated financial columnist for seven years.
In conjunction with his quantitative hedge fund duties, Mr. Thompson maintains a book of hedge fund clients, having made his first allocation to alternative assets some seven years ago.
Frank Travers
Frank is a Managing Director at Harbor Drive Asset Management, LLC and co-Portfolio Manager of the Pine Street Institutional Partners diversified fund. He has two decades of experience investing in developed and emerging markets, with an emphasis on Asian markets and strategies. Frank has been an associate director of international equity research at a top consulting firm, a lead portfolio manager on a variety of traditional and alternative fund of funds products and has managed a U.S. oriented small-cap (style agnostic) direct equity portfolio. He has written numerous academic papers and is the author of “Investment Manager Analysis: A Comprehensive Guide to Portfolio Selection, Monitoring and Optimization”, published by John Wiley & Sons (2004).
Frank received his Bachelors of Science in Finance at St. John’s University, his Masters in International Finance at Fordham University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Marc Turcotte
Marc Turcotte holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from Laval University in Québec. His career began in the private sector where for ten years he practiced as an auditor for a chartered accountants firm and controller and director for a large manufacturer. In 1992, Marc joined Québec’s Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune where he accumulated an extensive experience in auditing in the mineral resource sector. He is responsible for the audits of many major mining companies doing business in Québec. In addition, Marc is also substantially involved in special projects such as determining new tax incentives, introducing changes in the legislation and promoting Québec's tax incentives and competitive advantage.