Speakers 2009


Keynote Speakers


Dr. Philippa Malmgren
Canonbury Group

Robert Johnston
Energy & Natural Resources,
Eurasia Group

Natalie Dempster
Head of Investment Research,
North America,
World Gold Council

Douglas Porter
Deputy Chief Economist & Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets

James J. Suglia
Advisory Sector Leader – Investment Management, KPMG
Hon. Tom Hockin
Chair of the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation




Jon Aikman Barrister & Solicitor, J.S.Aikman
Roland P. Austrup President & CEO, Integrated Managed Futures Corp.
Alka Banerjee Vice President of Global Equities, Standard and Poor's
Steve Banquier Executive Director, Prime Brokerage & Alternative Execution Services, CIBC World Markets Inc.
A. Timothy Baron Partner, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Lori Murphy Barton Managing Director and Partner, Castle Hall Alternatives
Pat Bolland Host of BNN’s Market Morning
Timothy Cunningham President & Co-Founder, Touchstone Group, LLC
Karl D'Cunha Senior Managing Director, Houlihan Smith & Company, Inc.
Natalie Dempster Head of Investment Research, North America, World Gold Council
Michael Dubin CEO and CIO, Alternatives Solutions, Silvercrest Asset Management
Mike Ford Managing Director, ChapelGate Asset Management
Frank Gesuale Freelance Tax Consultant
Martin Guest Partner, Torys LLP
Jennifer Han Assistant General Counsel, Managed Funds Association
Peter Hayes National Director, Canadian Alternative Investments Practice, KPMG LLP
Hon. Tom Hockin Chair of the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation
Rehan Huda Co-Founder and Director, Amana Canada Holdings Inc.
Robert Johnston Director, Energy & Natural Resources, Eurasia Group
Graham Jones Director, Alternative Execution Services and Prime Brokerage, CIBC World Markets
Bryn Joynt Principal, Silvercreek Management Inc.
Matthias Knab Founder and Director, Opalesque Ltd.
Ron Kosonic Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Scott P. Lennon Senior Vice President, Walkers Fund Services
Tristram Lett Managing Director, Alpha Beta Strategies, Integra Capital Management
Rene Levesque Founder, Mountjoy Capital
James Loewen Partner, National Director, Canadian Asset Management Practice, KPMG LLP
Dr. Philippa Malmgren Partner, Canonbury Group
Frank Mayer Chairman, Vision Capital Corporation
Dominic Mazzone Managing Partner, Regent Global Funds
Graham McBride Managing General Partner, VG Partners
David Muller Senior Client Relationship Manager, The Rohatyn Group
Rick Nathan Managing Director, Kensington Capital Partners Limited
Mike Newallo Managing Director, Securities Finance, National Bank Financial
Gary Ostoich President, Spartan Capital Management Inc.; Chairman, AIMA Canada
Tim Pickering Portfolio Manager, Director of Trading, Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd.
Ingrid Pierce Partner & Head of Cayman Hedge Fund Group, Walkers
Douglas Porter Deputy Chief Economist & Managing Director, BMO Capital Markets
Brian Prill Partner, McLean & Kerr LLP
John Rekenthaler Vice President, Research, Morningstar, Inc.
Claude Robillard Chief Marketing Officer & Managing Director, Artemis Investment Management Ltd.
Jason Rosiak Senior Managing Director, Pacific Asset Management
John A. Ross, Jr. Managing Director, Beta Research Group, Rogerscasey
Jason Russell President and Chief Investment Officer, Acorn Global Investments Inc.
Som Seif President & CEO, Claymore Investments, Inc.
John R. Serrapere President, Arrow Insights, LLC
Walied Soliman Partner, Ogilvy Renault LLP
James J. Suglia Advisory Sector Leader – Investment Management, KPMG
Stuart Waugh Managing Director, TD Capital Private Equity Investors
Tim Westlake President, W Corporation


Jon Aikman
Jon is a qualified lawyer in Ontario and a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. He received an MBA from the University of Oxford and was awarded the Roland Berger Award for Entrepreneurship while at Oxford. Jon was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufacturing for his work in entrepreneurship.
Jon has international experience in investment banking and law, advising and negotiating with and for governments, investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds, MNCs and investors. He was an associate with a large European law firm focusing on alternative investments, hedge funds and private equity prior to joining a leading investment bank in Canary Wharf, London as Vice-President and Counsel. Jon is the author of a book entitled "When Prime Brokers Fail: The Unheeded Risks to Hedge Funds, Banks and the Financial Industry" to be published by Bloomberg Press in March 2010.
Roland P. Austrup
Roland Austrup is the lead Portfolio Manager for the Exemplar Diversified Portfolio. As President & CEO of Integrated Managed Futures Corp. since 2003, he has led an award-winning investment management team of seasoned industry and academic experts.
Roland has been registered with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in the United States as an Associated Person and Principal since June 1997 and with the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) as an Advisor since February 1999. Mr. Austrup is an associate member of the National Futures Association. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Finance (CASF) at the University of Waterloo. CASF provides the focus for research and education in the finance discipline at the University, co-ordinates and supports the Collaborative Master's Program in Finance, and stimulates and promotes research in finance.
Mr. Austrup was an investment advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns from 1991 to 1996 and a commodities broker with ScotiaMcLeod from 1988 to 1990.Roland holds a B.A. (Honours), from the University of Western Ontario.
Alka Banerjee
Alka Banerjee is vice president of Global Equities within Standard & Poor’s Index Services group. Alka is responsible for the design and methodology governing these indices. She oversees the creation and management of Standard & Poor's global indices, focusing on creating new benchmarks for international equity markets and promoting their use amongst global clients.
Alka was closely involved with the transition of the premier IFC’s Emerging Market Indices to Standard & Poor’s Index Group in 2000, and in the integration of the S&P/Citigroup Indices into the Standard & Poor’s index family in 2004. Alka is also responsible for the S&P/Citigroup Global Property/REIT Index methodology, guidelines and maintenance procedures. She works closely with Standard & Poor’s business development and the sales team. Alka’s special areas of interest are emerging and frontier markets, Islamic Finance and global REITs.
Prior to joining Standard & Poor's in 2000, Alka worked for The Bank of New York where she was responsible for the creation, maintenance and marketing of The Bank of New York ADR Index. Before coming to the US, she worked for the State Bank of India for ten years in India.
Alka holds a Masters in Economics from Lucknow University in India and an MBA in finance from Pace University, New York.
Steve Banquier
Steve Banquier joined CIBC World Markets in 2005 to develop and grow the Prime Brokerage business. Prior to joining CIBC World Markets, Mr. Banquier spent 8 years Deutsche Bank in their Global Prime Services division, initially setting up their International Prime Brokerage Business in London and later on in Hong Kong. He also spent 3 year in New York in various business development roles. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Banquier worked within the equity finance group at Nomura Securities in London.
Mr Banquier holds an undergraduate degree from Bishop's University in Geography, and a graduate diploma in World Politics from the London School of Economics. Mr. Banquier is a member of IIROC's Capital Formula Sub-Committee.
A. Timothy Baron
Tim Baron is a partner in the Corporate Finance & Securities, Corporate/Commercial, and Structured Finance practices. He specializes in corporate finance, investment funds, derivatives and domestic and off-shore structured finance.
Mr. Baron is regular counsel to various investment fund advisors and managers and has assisted with the establishment of numerous alternative investment funds, including hedge funds, fund of funds, exchange-traded funds and other investment vehicles.
Mr. Baron regularly advises financial intermediaries and end-users with respect to over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives, including structured fund products, equity derivatives, credit derivatives and financial product development.
Lori Murphy Barton
Lori Murphy Barton is a Managing Director and Partner of Castle Hall Alternatives.
Lori previously held the position of Director, Hedge Fund Operational Due Diligence at Merrill Lynch International (“MLI”) in London, UK. At MLI, she created the due diligence program for Merrill Lynch's Fund Derivatives group, specialists in the origination and distribution of fund-linked structured products. Lori was also a key contributor to the approval of hedge funds offered on the multi-billion dollar hedge fund platform of the firm’s Global Wealth Management Group.
Before joining MLI, Lori was a member of the hedge fund operational due diligence team at Union Bancaire Privée (“UBP”). Lori was a Vice President of UBP’s Bermuda based asset management subsidiary and thereafter a Manager at UBP London. Lori’s exposure to hedge funds began with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she worked as a manager in the firm’s Bermuda investment company audit practice.
Lori is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and is also a CFA (chartered financial analyst) charterholder. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and received a Certificate in Securities, and a Certificate in Financial Derivatives, from the Securities and Investment Institute in the UK.
Lori can be contacted at lori.barton@castlehall.ca
More information about Castle Hall is available at www.castlehallalternatives.com. “Risk Without Reward”, Castle Hall’s blog on hedge fund operational issues, can be accessed at www.castlehallalternatives.com/blog.php.
Pat Bolland
Pat is the host of two shows at BNN: ‘Market Morning’ and ‘Trading Day’. BNN is the leading source of business television programming in Canada. He is a Queen’s University graduate with a BPHE/BA(Mathematics). Pat worked his way up in the investment industry from floor clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange to Vice President of Equity Trading with a firm in the top tier of the industry in Canada.
Pat then moved into broadcasting and became a leading business figure in Canada on TV and radio and included a stint at CNBC in the USA before returning to his roots in Canada.
Timothy Cunningham
Mr. Cunningham is President and Co-Founder of Touchstone Group, LLC, a financial services firm that raises institutional capital for hedge fund and private equity managers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Touchstone was founded in 2002 and operates with six full-time professionals in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Sydney, Australia. The company’s principals have helped raise over $3.5 billion in institutional capital.
Previously, Mr. Cunningham co-founded and served as president of an investment management firm that developed and advised the first life-cycle mutual funds focused on retirement investing, and advised pension fund trustees on a variety of asset-liability and governance issues. Prior to this, he served as a investment consultant to a number of major institutional investors on alternative asset allocations and manager selection.
Mr. Cunningham co-founded and managed a group of venture capital funds headquartered in Philadelphia.
He has co-authored two books on investing.
Mr Cunningham holds a Masters of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA (magna cum laude with highest honors) from Williams College.
Karl D'Cunha
Karl D'Cunha is a Senior Managing Director at Houlihan Smith where his primary responsibilities as part the firm’s financial advisory practice include providing financial opinions including valuations, fairness opinions, and structured finance advisory. He is co-head of the firm’s Hedge Fund Advisory services group and a team leader of the firm’s Technical Standards Committee. Mr. D’Cunha has over 12 years experience in the alternative investments industry, including working with some the largest hedge funds globally on valuation, accounting and compliance issues. Mr. D’Cunha has been actively involved in investment company related services since 1997 and has prepared, supervised, or consulted upon assignments covering most facets of valuation and accounting relating to US and International private equity, venture capital and hedge funds, investment advisors, mutual funds and other entities. Mr. D'Cunha was previously an audit manager at Ernst & Young, LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP with 8 years experience in the Investment Management industry group.
Mr. D'Cunha holds a B.A. in Finance and Economics from University of Western Ontario and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from McGill University. Mr. D'Cunha is a Chartered Accountant, a level III candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst program. Mr. D’Cunha is a member of the following organizations: New York Hedge Fund Roundtable, Hedge Fund Association, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, CFA Society of Chicago, CFA Institute, Association of Chartered Accountants in the United States, Appraisal Issues Task Force, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Arts and Business Council and American MENSA, Ltd.
Natalie Dempster
Natalie Dempster is the Head of Investment Research for North America at the World Gold Council, where she works to augment gold’s investor base. Natalie writes regular research papers on the gold market, including a quarterly update on gold investment trends (Gold Investment Digest). Natalie believes gold’s investment characteristics, especially its role as a portfolio diversifier, make it an invaluable investment. To that end, she regularly presents the case for gold to pension funds and their advisors, high net worth individuals and family offices. Natalie has 10 years experience as an economist, having worked at both the Royal Bank of Scotland and Chase Manhattan Bank, and is well versed with the world’s financial markets. She also worked as a foreign-exchange trader at Chase Manhattan Bank. Natalie holds a BSc in Economics from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London and an MBA from City University Business School (CASS), London
Michael Dubin
Michael Dubin is CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Alternatives Solutions group at Silvercrest Asset Management. His responsibilities include strategic business development and institutional marketing. LongChamp manages close to $1 billion in hedge fund-of-funds and customized portfolios and is wholly owned by Silvercrest Asset Management Group, which is an $9B wealth management group. Previously, he was a Partner in Powers & Dubin, a firm that specialized in the management of hedge fund-of-funds. Earlier, he served as President of both Morgan Stanley/GFTA and GFTA Services, which implemented multi-billion dollar currency risk management systems for global institutions, and headed the International Financial Advisory Service at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He is the author of a book, Foreign Acquisitions and the Growth of the Multi-National Firm, and lectures frequently on alternative investments.
Mr. Dubin has a Doctorate of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in International Finance and a BA from Yale University in Biophysics and Molecular Biochemistry. He serves on the Endowment Committee of the Town School, where he was a Trustee and Treasurer for over a decade, and also serves as Director and Treasurer of PlaNet Finance Corp, a global microfinance non-profit.
Mike Ford
Mike Ford graduated from Brown University Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelors degree in Economics. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.
In 1980, he joined the First National Bank of Chicago and helped start their swap group in 1982. In 1985, he moved to London to help start a swap group for Security Pacific Bank where he worked with sovereign and supranational borrowers, assisting in the management of interest rate and foreign currency exposures. When Security Pacific acquired an ownership interest in Burns Fry in 1988, Mr. Ford moved to Toronto to setup a capital markets arbitrage and structured finance team. Mike joined Deutsche Bank in 1994 where he spent 13 years with several different responsibilities including running their capital markets group and managing both relative value and structured credit sales teams. When Mike left Deutsche Bank in March, 2007, he was the Co-head of the Global Markets Canadian franchise overseeing the bank's efforts in Debt Capital Markets, Securitization, Infrastructure Finance, Commodities, and Structured Credit. At ChapelGate he oversees Capital Markets and Investor Relations.
Mr. Ford is a voting member on ChapelGate’s investment committee.
Frank Gesuale
Frank Gesuale is a tax consultant in the financial services industry. He has worked in the investment funds area for the past 14 years in both public practice and industry and has been involved with strategic planning, tax reporting, regulatory compliance, process enhancement, sales and marketing of various investment vehicles including hedge funds, mutual funds, LPs, insurance segregated funds, off-shore and pension funds. In the wake of the credit crisis, Frank has been engaged to conduct research on complex derivative securities including CDOs sold by Wall Street firms that helped bring the global financial system to a halt.
After spending 5+ years in tax & management consulting with Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Frank moved to industry - first with AGF and then with Quadrexx Asset Management as Director of Taxation. Later, he joined global consulting firm Jefferson Wells International. Frank has authored several tax columns and participated in the development of the AIMA publication, "Guide to Sound Practices for the Disclosure and Promotion of Alternative Investments in Canada". Frank is a CGA in good standing and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.
Martin Guest
Martin Guest, CFA is a Partner with Torys LLP, practicing corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on managed assets, including hedge funds, mutual funds, pension funds and pooled funds. Martin represents a broad range of clients, including banks, hedge funds, investment dealers, mutual funds and pension plans.
Before joining Torys, Martin was senior vice-president and corporate counsel at Fidelity Investments Canada. Martin has played an active role in industry associations and committees, and is recognized as a leading participant in the advancement and development of regulation, governance and ethical standards for the investment management industry.
Jennifer Han
Jennifer Han serves as Assistant General Counsel at Managed Funds Association (MFA). In her position, she advocates and shapes legislative and regulatory policies affecting the alternative investment industry, including regulatory policy at the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and Federal Reserve.
As background, MFA is the voice of the global alternative investment industry. Its members are professionals in hedge funds, funds of funds and managed futures funds, as well as industry service providers. Established in 1991, MFA is the primary source of information for policy makers and the media and the leading advocate for sound business practices and industry growth. MFA members include the vast majority of the largest hedge fund groups in the world who manage a substantial portion of the approximately $1.5 trillion invested in absolute return strategies. MFA is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in New York.
Prior to joining MFA, Jennifer was a staff attorney in the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations at the SEC, where she conducted inspections and examinations, and advised on legal and compliance matters relating to developments in securities regulations and/or industry practices. Jennifer began her legal career as an associate with Pickard and Djinis LLP, a boutique securities law firm in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1998 and her Juris Doctor from American University in 2001. While in law school, she was an Editor of the American University International Law Review. Jennifer is a member in good standing of the Virginia bar.
Peter Hayes
Peter is an audit partner at KPMG and the national director of their Canadian alternative investments practice. His clients include Canadian, U.S. and international hedge funds, reporting issuer mutual funds and asset managers, and their service providers.
Peter re-joined KPMG after spending several years developing and managing alternative investment products with Citigroup Alternative Investments in New York. Prior to this Peter was an audit manager in the alternative investment practice of KPMG in the Cayman Islands.
Peter began his career with KPMG in Vancouver where he worked on client engagements in a variety of industries. Peter is actively involved in a variety of regulatory and professional initiatives related to the asset management industry and sits on the Legal and Finance Committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association (Canada Chapter).
Tom Hockin
Hon. Tom Hockin recently completed his work as Chair of the Expert Panel on Securities Regulation for the Government of Canada. He is currently a corporate director, Chair of a Canadian bank, and serves on mutual fund independent review committees. Prior to that he was President and CE0 of the Investment funds institute of Canada and President and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning both from 1994 to 2006. Before that he was a federal cabinet minister for 7 years serving in the Departments of. Finance, Industry and International Trade. He is best known for his blue paper restructuring Canada's financial institutions in 1987 and his work on world trade and NAFTA negotiations from 1987 to 1993. Before entering public life he was a full professor at Ivey School of Business and a teaching fellow at Harvard University and President of Sotheby's Canada. He is the author of 4 books and several scholarly articles. He and his wife Mary live in Toronto and have 3 grown children.
Rehan Huda
Rehan Huda is based in Toronto, Canada and is a Co-Founder and Director with Amana Canada Holdings Inc. a firm specializing in Shariah compliant financial products and services for the Canadian marketplace.
Mr. Huda has been a guest speaker on Islamic Economics and Finance in a variety of forums in Canada, USA, UK and the Middle East. Mr. Huda conducted the first professional training course in Islamic Finance in Canada.
Prior to his work in Islamic finance, Mr. Huda held various positions within the Canadian federal government including Senior Economist for the Department of Finance and Senior Analyst for the Natural Resources and Industry Departments. He was a recipient of the government’s Public Service Award of Excellence for his financial and economic analysis related to the awarding of operating licenses to wireless telecommunication service providers.
Robert Johnston
Robert (“RJ”) specializes in energy and commodity markets, with eleven years of experience in the financial, corporate, and academic sectors. At Eurasia Group, RJ directs a research team covering oil, gas/power, and metals/agriculture. He is the lead strategist responsible for the firm’s outlook on commodities and serves as the primary contact for the firm’s financial, corporate, and government clients on natural resources issues. RJ also directs Eurasia Group’s Transnational Issues practice, including coverage of global issues such as trade & investment policy, climate change, and global health.
Most recently, he was Managing Director of Equity Research at Medley Global Advisors, responsible for providing political, regulatory, and strategic insights across eight sectors to clients in the institutional investment community. In addition, RJ served as lead analyst for global energy equities & electric utilities, with responsibilities for idea generation for financial clients.
Previously, he was a research director at UBS Warburg Energy, working directly in support of energy trading, covering issues ranging from electricity regulation, global LNG, US/Canada macroeconomic outlook, and oil markets. Prior to UBS, RJ directed internal research teams supporting proprietary energy and commodity trading at Enron Global Markets. As head of the Competitive Analysis team, RJ led a team of analysts covering oil, currencies, distressed debt, metals, agriculture, and energy equities.
Graham Jones
Graham Jones joined CIBC World Markets in 2008 to grow the electronic trading and prime brokerage groups of CIBC World Markets Equities. Prior to joining CIBC, Mr. Jones was VP Sales and Marketing for Perimeter Financial Corp, an electronic dealer that launched Canada’s first ATEes for Canadian fixed income and Canadian equity trading. Before Perimeter, Mr. Jones was VP Sales and Marketing for IA Sciences, a business process outsourcing firm for managed account administration. Mr. Jones holds a BA (hons.) from McGill University.
Bryn Joynt
Bryn is a principal of Silvercreek Management Inc. and is responsible for the operations of the business, including client service, accounting and risk management.
He is a Chartered Accountant with over 15 years experience including nearly five 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 and is a Chartered Accountant (C.A.)
Matthias Knab
Matthias Knab founded and leads Opalesque - the world's largest subscription-based publisher covering alternative investments - and is a well-known expert on hedge funds and alternative investments. He studied computer science and psychology in Freiburg i.Br. (Germany), graduated in economy in Munich and subsequently passed exams as a FSA (Financial Services Authority, UK) Securities Representative, FSA Futures and Options Representative and XETRA trader (Frankfurt). Mr. Knab is a member of the German Association of Technical Analysts (VTAD).
He has frequently served as chairman of hedge fund conferences in New York, Greenwich, Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Miami, Bahamas, Stockholm, Dubai etc. In addition, he has presented or moderated at hedge fund events in London, Geneva, Zurich, Singapore, Sydney, Cape Town, Madrid, Moscow, Sao Paolo, San Francisco, Toronto, Cayman Islands, Auckland and Bombay, and lectured at numerous universities on the subjects of hedge funds and the state of the global alternative asset management industry.
At Opalesque, he oversees as Managing Editor the publishing of nine industry-leading publications focusing on hedge funds, commodities, real estate, alternative alternatives, sovereign wealth funds and Islamic finance.
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 Börsenakademie 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.
Ron 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 the former 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.
Scott P. Lennon
Scott is a Senior Vice President at Walkers Fund Services Limited, a Cayman Islands licensed Trust Company and Mutual Fund Administrator. Scott joined Walkers Fund Services as the sole staff member and has been responsible for the growth of the business to its current size of nine staff providing Director and Trustee services to over 400 clients. Scott was responsible for developing the internal compliance and risk policies of the group. Scott joined Walkers Fund Services Limited from State Street Cayman Trust Company Ltd. in November 2003 after he had successfully worked with the State Street team to transition the acquired Deutsche Bank book of business to the State Street platform. He joined State Street after they acquired the Global Securities Services business from Deutsche Bank in early 2003. He was the former Head of Investment Fund Services at Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Ltd. where he was directly responsible for a team of 8 staff that was responsible for the administration of a portfolio of 60 funds with assets of over US$7 Billion. Scott had direct reporting authority to the Head of the Offshore Funds Group at Deutsche Bank in Dublin, Ireland. Scott was a member of the Pricing Committee at Deutsche Bank Offshore which dealt with any issues relating to the pricing of assets across the entire portfolio of funds under administration.
Scott is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Ontario (Canada), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and he is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder. In addition Scott received a Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Tristram Lett
Tristram Lett is the Managing Director, Alpha Beta Strategies at Integra Capital Management. He is registered as Investment Counsel and Portfolio Manager and Commodity Trading Manager. He is also a member of the Portfolio Management and Compliance Committee of Integra.
He is the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Toronto Futures Exchange. Recently he was Deputy Chair of the Alternative Investment Management Association of Canada (AIMA), the hedge fund industry association and a member of a number of its committees. Tris is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Fields Institute for Research into the Mathematical Sciences, a member of the editorial advisory board of the Canadian Investment Review, a member of the Professional Risk Managers Industry Association (PRMIA) and the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE).
He has been frequently published on investment matters in industry journals and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He holds a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics.
Rene Levesque
Rene Levesque is a seasoned professional with over 23 years in the financial industry. He is founder of Mountjoy Capital which offers an array of independent qualitative hedge fund research services to institutional hedge fund investors such as continuous search, screening and ranking of hedge funds, and assisting in the due diligence prospect.
Rene is a former equity derivatives proprietary trader and was most recently a one-person hedge fund research team at a 2 Billion+ Fund of Hedge Funds group based in Canada. Within 4 years, he has interviewed over 2400 hedge funds of all styles and geographies. Rene has had training in "Tactical Behavioral Assessment and Strategic Interviewing" techniques from former CIA operatives. Prior to his research and trading career, Rene started in the back-office/operations area and later worked in the middle-office/risk management services for major financial institutions. As well, Rene has had direct professional experience in broker-dealer, bank treasury, and asset management environments; and within linear and derivative equity, fixed income and FX markets.
James Loewen
James Loewen is an audit partner with the Toronto financial services practice of KPMG and has over fifteen years experience in the investment management industry. James is the National Director of KPMG’s Investment Management and Funds Practice and sits on the firm’s global leadership team for asset management. James’ current clients include a number of alternative investment managers and domestic and off-shore funds, as well as several service providers. James is the Chair of the IFIC Accounting Advisory Committee and is a member of a CICA study group examining financial reporting by Canadian investment funds, including the transition to IFRS in 2011.
Dr. Philippa Malmgren
Dr. Philippa Malmgren, partner, Canonbury Group, is a specialist in the interaction between policy and markets. Dr. Malmgren has had extensive experience in the US, European and Asian financial markets and has a deep knowledge of the political and policy dynamics that affect asset prices. She specializes in helping investors and business people better understand how the political, policy and geopolitical developments across the world's major economies will influence the financial markets. She rejoined the Canonbury Group after serving in the White House on the National Economic Council as the President’s advisor on all financial market issues. Her background as a currency and fixed income strategist helps her translate the decisions of politicians and policy-makers into concrete views about how markets and prices will respond. She tends to focus on the G7 and China although developments in places such as the Middle East or geopolitical issues in other regions may have a material impact on the policies that will influence the markets. Her end goal is to help give all decision makers more accurate and reliable basis for decision-making.
Frank Mayer
Frank Mayer is Chairman of Vision Capital Corporation, an investment counseling and portfolio management company which manages the Vision Opportunity Funds.
Previously, Mr. Mayer was a top-ranked Canadian real estate research analyst for thirty-five years, and recognized as such by leading independent surveys including Brendan Wood, Starmine and Greenwich. He has experience with both global and Canadian investment dealers including UBS (Bunting Warburg) and HSBC Securities. Most recently, Mr. Mayer was Vice Chairman and a Senior Real Estate Analyst at Desjardins Securities Inc. for four years. His senior executive management experience included roles as Head of Research, member of the Office of the President, Chairman and Vice Chairman. Frank is also currently a Director of Quest Capital Corporation a TSX and NYSE AMEX Equities listed company.
Mr. Mayer graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce, and from the University of Toronto with a MA in Economics.
Dominic Mazzone
Dominic Mazzone is a Managing Partner of Regent Global Funds, a private equity and debt fund. He brings a track record of success and innovation to his current position as a fund manager of the Asset Based Lending Fund with his experience in commercial real estate and lending. His past experience in real estate included maximizing revenue through strategic best-use practices and property rehabilitation in a portfolio of investment properties within the U.S. Dominic had his start in the lending business underwriting and funding loans in Canada on properties through alternative financing. This led to similar lending opportunities in the U.S. and the eventual formation of Regent Global Funds in Chicago. Dominic is a frequent speaker and publisher of many articles discussing the topics of the economy, alternative investing, and commercial real estate.
Dominic is a general partner of Scottsdale Partners LLP, which is involved in real estate development in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as Waikoloa Partners LLP, a syndicate of real estate investors in Hawaii. Dominic sits on the advisory boards for NAFCS Inc., Voice Cloud, and Nile Source Outsourcing.
Graham McBride
Graham McBride has over 20 years of key financial experience. He joined VenGrowth in 2003; before joining VenGrowth, Mr. McBride was a Managing Director in the $1.2 billion private investing arm of a Schedule I Canadian bank, where he built and managed the team responsible for its $200 million mezzanine fund. Prior to that, Graham was a principal responsible for originating, structuring and managing subordinated debt financings at a private, $300 million fund company. As well, he’s also held vital roles responsible for managing debt and capital pools on behalf of pension funds and life insurance firms.
Mr. McBride is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) degree.
David Muller
David Muller is Senior Client Relationship Manager for The Rohatyn Group. He has spoken about hedge funds at a number of conferences and seminars in the US and Europe.
He previously was Executive Director for Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Mr. Muller spent 5 years at Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW) and 2 years at Alecta Investment Management. He spent 14 years at JP Morgan, where he served in a number of different credit and client roles in the US, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Hong Kong.
Mr. Muller is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1981-1982 and obtained a Masters of European Law from the University of Saarbruecken, Germany.
Mr. Muller serves on the Board of Finance of Weston, Connecticut and is an active volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Rick Nathan
Rick Nathan is a Managing Director of Kensington Capital Partners Limited. Kensington is one of Canada's leading private equity investors, founded in 1996. Mr. Nathan currently serves as Chairman of the CVCA - Canada's Venture Capital and Private Equity Association. Mr. Nathan was formerly Managing Director of Goodmans Venture Group where he was a strategic business and legal advisor to entrepreneurs, growth companies, and private equity investors and managed a related investment portfolio. He was previously a founding partner of Brightspark, one of Canada's leading early-stage venture capital funds.
Prior to becoming an investor, Mr. Nathan was a corporate and securities lawyer at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt for more than 10 years. Mr. Nathan holds a BA (Computer Science) from Dartmouth College and an LLB from the University of Toronto.
Mike Newallo
Michael Newallo is the Managing Director in the Equity Structured Products Group at National Bank Financial. Michael heads Prime Services; a fully integrated platform for hedge funds including prime brokerage, securities lending, electronic trading sales and structured product sales to hedge funds clients.
Prior to joining National Bank Financial, Mr Newallo was the Executive Director of Prime Brokerage and Electronic Trading at CIBC World Markets and the Co-Head of Hedge Fund Services at RBC.
Mr. Newallo holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto. He also holds the CFA and CMA designations.
Gary Ostoich
Gary Ostoich is a leading Canadian hedge fund executive with more than 20 years experience covering all aspects of the hedge fund industry. Currently, Mr. Ostoich is president of Spartan Capital Management, a Toronto based multi strategy hedge fund manager. His role within Spartan involves primarily four areas: legal input on structured trades, overseeing existing business lines/infrastructure, new product development, and part of the client service team that interacts with high net worth and institutional investors of Spartan.
Mr. Ostoich began his career in the hedge fund industry while a partner within the Toronto office of the law firm of McMillan LLP, which he joined in 1987. Mr. Ostoich headed up McMillan LLP’s hedge fund practice and formerly was on their management committee. While at McMillan LLP he was repeatedly included in LEXPERT’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Mr. Ostoich was also instrumental in establishing the Canadian Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association based in the U.K., and is currently the chairman of AIMA Canada.
Tim Pickering
Tim Pickering is the founder of Auspice and a limited partner. Tim has 14 years of commodity and financial trading experience. Prior to founding Auspice, Tim was Vice President of Options Trading at Shell Trading Gas and Power in both Houston and Calgary. Prior to Shell, Tim traded for TD Securities in Toronto in a wide expanse of capital market products including Foreign Exchange, Bonds, Money Markets and Exotic Derivatives. Ultimately, Tim was the senior trader for the Energy Derivatives portfolio. Tim has extensive experience trading OTC and exchange traded options, futures, swaps and quantitative trend following systems.
Ingrid Pierce
Ingrid Pierce is a partner at Walkers and head of the Cayman Islands hedge fund practice.
Ingrid advises on all aspects of distressed funds. She routinely acts for major investment banks, investment managers and corporate trustees, advising on a variety of investment fund structures, including corporate hedge funds, partnerships and STAR trusts. She also has extensive experience in advising fund directors and other fiduciaries.
Ingrid regularly speaks on current issues affecting offshore hedge funds, in particular distressed funds. She is a member of the Legal Peer Advisory Council of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and a council member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP Cayman).
Prior to joining Walkers, Ingrid developed a successful career as a Barrister in London.
Douglas Porter
Douglas Porter has analyzed and written about trends in the Canadian and global economies and financial markets for over twenty-five years. He helps formulate the firm’s macroeconomic, inter-est rate and currency projections. He is co-author of BMO Capital Markets’ weekly Focus publica-tion, and contributes to the department’s various publications. Douglas gives numerous economic presentations to institutional clients and private investors. In addition, he is a regular commentator on economic and financial trends to the media. He is particularly known for bringing to light what Statistics Canada said was its most serious error on record (on the consumer price index), and for highlighting the large price gaps on many consumer goods between Canada and the United States.
Before joining BMO Capital Markets, Douglas held positions of economist and country risk ana-lyst with other financial institutions in Canada, and also worked in the research department of the Bank of Canada.
Douglas earned a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1984 and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Association of Business Economists since 1996, and has been a member of the C.D. Howe’s Monetary Policy Council since 2008.
Brian Prill
Brian L. Prill, Partner, McLean & Kerr LLP Brian L. Prill is a Partner at McLean & Kerr LLP in Toronto where he practices corporate and securities law. Brian's practice focuses on all areas of corporate finance and securities transactions, which includes registration reform, capital financing, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate matters and cross-border transactions. Mr. Prill is President of the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada and serves on the Board of Directors. He is also Corporate Secretary and a director Hudson River Minerals Ltd. and has served on the Board of Directors of several other corporations.
Mr. Prill was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002 and the New York Bar in 2003, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Boards of the Natural Resources Section and the Business Section of the Ontario Bar Association and as a member of the Securities Law Sub-Committee. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Prill completed his BA (Political Science) and LL.B. in 2000, his MBA in 2001 and his LLM in corporate finance and securities law in 2009.
John Rekenthaler
John Rekenthaler is Vice President of Research, Morningstar, Inc. In this role, he oversees Morningstar’s research methodologies and is involved a variety of new development efforts. His recent projects include the 2009 launches of Morningstar Target-Date Fund Series Rating and Research Reports, and Morningstar Global Fund Investor Experience Survey. Mr. Rekenthaler previously served as president of Morningstar Associates, LLC, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. During his tenure, he 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.
Since joining Morningstar in 1988, he 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 and industry sector classifications. He also served as editor of Morningstar Mutual FundsTM and Morningstar FundInvestorTM.
Mr. 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.
Claude Robillard
Most recently, Mr. Robillard was a founding partner of an international asset management company launched in New York that subsequently expanded to Hong Kong and Toronto, where he and his Group structured over USD $3 billion in public company investments, primarily in US and Asian markets. Prior experience includes senior roles within the capital markets and asset management divisions of HSBC Bank, RBC Royal Bank, and CIBC, with a focus on alternative asset classes, equity structured products and commodity products. He recently co-founded a European-based real estate investment group focused on development and infrastructure projects in Eastern Europe.
Mr. Robillard received his B. Comm. from McGill University, and his MBA jointly conferred by the London School of Economics, HEC Paris and New York University ’s Stern School of Business.
Jason Rosiak
Jason Rosiak is a Senior Managing Director for Pacific Asset Management. He has responsibility for overseeing the firm’s portfolio management activities, including investment grade and high-yield bonds, leveraged loans, and structured products. Mr. Rosiak is a member of Pacific Asset Management’s Investment Committee. Previously, Mr. Rosiak held senior positions at UBS Investment Bank and Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). While at PIMCO, he served as Leveraged Loan Portfolio Manager and Head of High-Yield Trading. He has been involved in the structuring, marketing, and management of 21 CDOs and several closed-end products. Mr. Rosiak is an investment professional with over 15 years experience in corporate and asset-backed securities on both the buy and sell-side. Mr. Rosiak holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
John A. Ross, Jr.
John Ross is Managing Director, Beta Research Group which is responsible for defining and formulating long-, intermediate- and short-term views on strategic asset classes, anticipating macro investment themes, and formulating capital markets assumptions and objective-driven investing.
Prior to joining the firm in 2001, John was employed for over 10 years at International Paper, formerly Champion International Corporation. In his most recent position John was a Senior Associate in the Trust Funds Management Group responsible for manager evaluations, quantitative and qualitative analysis on private equity offerings, and managing the administration of a $2 billion corporate trust fund. Before that, he worked at Xerox Corporation as a Credit Analyst.
John graduated with a B.S. degree in Economics from the State University of New York, College at Cortland.
Jason Russell
As founder of Acorn Global Investments, Jason Russell serves as the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. Jason is a veteran portfolio manager who brings more than 18 years of industry and alternative investment management experience to the firm.
Previous experience included roles at Bankers Trust, Merrill Lynch, CIBC, and his most recent position at Salida Capital where he was the sole Portfolio Manager for its Global Macro Hedge Fund. He has considerable expertise and experience in the areas of research, programming and systematic trading.
Jason continues to be very active in the areas of systematic trading research and trading psychology. He collaborates closely with several distinguished traders and founded two research groups focusing on system development and trading psychology. Jason was highlighted as a systematic trading professional in the book titled Trend Following by Michael Covel.
Jason is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts.
Som Seif
Som founded Claymore Investments Inc., the Canadian affiliate of U.S. based Claymore Securities Inc., in January 2005. As president and CEO, Som leads the implementation of the company’s business development and corporate strategies. Previously, Som was an Investment Banker with RBC Capital Markets, where he worked for six years. Som played a key role in developing the structured products group at RBC Capital Markets in both Canada and the U.S., where he structured and raised capital for both Canadian and U.S. asset managers.
Som is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis on Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Toronto. Som is a member of Standard & Poor's Canadian Index Advisory Panel.
John R. Serrapere
Mr. Serrapere has been advising investors since 1986. He currently is the President of Arrow Insights, LLC an investment research firm based in Olney, Maryland. John was the Investment Analyst & Portfolio Strategist for Foster Holdings, Inc.; a large Pittsburgh, PA based family office. His firm also consults other investors seeking alternative investment options. Mr. Serrapere was formerly a principal of Rydex Leveraged Hedges, LLC in Rockville, Maryland where he designed registered and non-registered products.
Mr. Serrapere writes a regular column titled Active Indexer for Index Universe, found under Advisor Research at www.indexuniverse.com. Mr. Serrapere also consults on hedge strategies for institutional investors.
Currently, Mr. Serrapere is spearheading the development of an alternative investment advisory group known as The Private Public Wealth Group (PPWG). PPWG will be comprised of investment managers from family offices, endowments, private and public pension plans. PPWG’s mission is to foster debate and information exchanges on alternative investments. PPWG unites two worlds, those have been and those who are just beginning to invest in hedge funds.
Walied Soliman
Walied Soliman focuses on public and private financings, corporate governance and regulatory compliance matters, as well as on the establishment of structured products for Canadian financial institutions. He works on both public and private financings for senior and junior Canadian issuers, including financial institutions and companies in the energy and mining sectors. His corporate governance experience includes playing a leading role in the establishment of board, committee, CEO and chairman mandates for one of Canada's leading financial institutions and advising boards on acquisition and related party transactions. Mr. Soliman regularly advises on regulatory issues, including continuous disclosure and other compliance matters. His structured product experience includes the establishment of dozens of index-linked and equity-linked deposit products for Canadian financial institutions and numerous Islamic finance compliant products.
In 2003, Mr. Soliman spent five months on secondment to the legal group of CIBC. In 2002, he spent three months on secondment to the Ontario Securities Commission in the Enforcement Branch. Prior to completing his law degree, Mr. Soliman worked as a senior assistant to a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
James J. Suglia
Jim Suglia is the Global Investment Management Leader for the Advisory Services Investment Management practice and is a member of the firm’s Global Investment Management Leadership Team.
He joined KPMG in September of 2000. Mr. Suglia focuses on working closely with world class financial services institutions running multi-disciplined engagements to enhance operational processes and has extensive asset management operational experience.
Stuart Waugh
Mr. Waugh serves as the managing partner of TD Capital, responsible for the direction and development of the firm's private equity investment strategies and fund management capabilities. He is a member of the Investment Committee, oversees the origination, evaluation and monitoring of primary and secondary Fund Investments and Direct Co-Investments and is involved in TD Capital's investor relations and business development activities. Mr. Waugh serves on the advisory boards of several private equity partnerships within TD Capital's portfolio.
Prior to joining TD Capital in 2002, Mr. Waugh was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and an Executive Vice President with BPI Financial Corporation, a publicly traded asset management firm. Mr. Waugh began his professional career as a corporate/securities lawyer with McCarthy Tétrault where he advised clients, including TD Capital, on private equity, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Mr. Waugh received a B.A. (Chancellor's Medal) from Trinity College, University of Toronto and an LL.B. (Dean's Honours List) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.
Tim Westlake
Tim Westlake is a Toronto based commercial real estate professional who specializes in providing mortgage finance solutions and real estate brokerage services.
Mr. Westlake is the founder and president of W Corporation, a commercial mortgage lender that provides tailored mortgage financing solutions through low leverage institutional type loans as well as higher leverage mezzanine, second mortgage and A/B note structured loans.
Mr. Westlake focuses on the fundamental importance of property cash flow durability and sustainability to ensure excellent mortgage credit quality and to maximize real property transaction values. He also believes that in order to understand a property, you need to walk it and see it in context of its market.
Prior to establishing W Corporation, Mr. Westlake ran the CMBS debt rating group for Canada for DBRS, was the lead underwriter of the commercial mortgage group at TD Securities and had several years of commercial real estate brokerage experience.