Always one of the highlights of WAISC is the Fund Manager Showcase – Where End Investor Meets Manager!
Delegates have an opportunity to hear directly from alternative investment managers. Presented in 10 minute segments, this format facilitates fast acquisition of facts and allows direct access to the information you need.
We are pleased to present the following fund managers in the Fund Manager Showcase:
Acorn Global Investments is an alternative investment manager that is committed to being an essential holding in the portfolios of high-net-worth clients and institutions by delivering strong returns and diversification benefits with its proven alternative approach.
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.
| Aquilon Power Corp. is involved in the trading and management of physical wholesale electricity. |
History Aquilon Power Corp began operations in June 2006 as a joint venture between Aquilon Capital Corp, a former investment dealer, and two seasoned professionals with extensive experience in the physical electricity markets of North America. Aquilon Power's General Partner, Silverhill Ltd., on behalf of Aquilon Power Silverhill Fund L.P., began active trading in August 2006 with locational arbitrage transactions in Real-Time Physical Electricity amongst the Northeastern Power Pools. By the beginning of 2007 our operations included Day-Ahead trading. Throughout 2008 we expanded our trading activity geographically across Canada and into the Northwestern USA. In addition, we initiated our trading activity in the Short Term and Term markets.
About our name: The word "Aquilon" can trace its roots back to the Roman god of the North Wind. The word can then be found in common usage in French and Inuit cultures meaning a "Strong North Wind".
George RadanSenior VP, Trading, Director
Mr. Radan is a founding partner of Aquilon Power Corp. With 10 years experience in the energy markets, George has held senior roles in power trading and generation asset management with Powerex Corporation and Pacific Gas & Electric Energy Trading (PGET) including leadership of a trading team responsible for optimizing the value of over 2,000 MW in natural gas generating assets.
| Artemis Investment Management Limited provides investors with the opportunity to achieve world- class portfolio allocation by facilitating efficient access to important alternative investment opportunities with top managers from around the world. |
Claude RobillardMost 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.
| Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd. is a Canadian based registered Portfolio Manager / Investment Council and a registered CTA and NFA member. |
Auspice’s core expertise is managing commodity risk and designing and executing systematic trading strategies. Auspice trades over 30 different commodities for its funds. On the active investment side, Auspice operates the Auspice Managed Futures LP and the Auspice Diversified Trust. On the passive side, Auspice is the investment manager for the Claymore Natural Gas Commodity ETF. In addition, Auspice was instrumental in the creation of the NGX Canadian Natural Gas Index in conjunction with the TSX and NGX.
The Auspice team is led by two experienced institutional commodity traders: Tim Pickering and Ken Corner. Their background consists of trading OTC and exchange traded derivatives in energy, commodities, currency, and interest rates. Tim Pickering, President of Auspice, held previous senior trading roles at TD Securities and Shell Trading (V.P. Options Trading, North America). Ken Corner, COO of Auspice, also held senior positions at Shell Trading and TD Securities.
Tim PickeringTim 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.
| Bluenose Capital Management Ltd. is an alternative investments trading firm, specializing in market neutral strategies. Bluenose Capital Ltd. is registered with the British Virgin Islands Financial Services Commission as a Professional Fund under the 1996 Mutual Funds Act. |
Our goal is to achieve absolute returns regardless of market conditions by combining US and Canadian equity market neutral and opportunistic trading strategies. Preservation of capital is of utmost importance.
We aim to generate an annualised rate of return of 15% with significantly less volatility versus the benchmarks. This non-correlated behaviour suggests that a percentage of assets committed to Bluenose Capital will often lead to a smoother return from an investor's overall portfolio. The investment horizon should be at least 5 years.
JS Pelletier JS Pelletier is co-CEO and chief investment officer at Bluenose Capital Management Ltd.
He is overseeing quantitative equity strategies and risk management.
Mr. Pelletier was an investment advisor and portfolio analyst at DundeeWealth inc., Canada’s largest independent wealth management firm, overseeing $55 billion of assets for Canadians as well as international investors.
Mr. Pelletier acted as managing member and chief investment officer for Minotor Capital LLC, providing absolute returns strategies to qualified and accredited investors.
Prior to his involvement in managing hedge fund portfolios, Mr. Pelletier was vice-president and strategist for MBI inc., a business intelligence firm.
He earned the Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation from the Canadian Securities Institute.
| ChapelGate is a Credit Opportunity Fund with a commitment to capital preservation. While many espouse the notion, ChapelGate has delivered positive return in each operating year since inception. Annual returns over the past 3 calendar years have been 15.5%, 8.4% and 7.8%. Annualized returns for the first 7 months of 2009 are 17.60%. Since inception in December 2005, we have outperformed our peer group as defined by the Bloomberg Credit Hedge Fund Index by 54.56%. The Fund targets net low double digit returns. Detailed performance information is available upon request. |
ChapelGate Asset Management is part of the Orchard Capital Group with offices in Toronto, Barbados, London and Singapore.
Our Portfolio Managers have collectively managed substantially in excess of $ 10 billion in structured Credit Assets. We employ 34 staff, many of whom have between 20 and 30 years of relevant market experience. All analyis whether fundamental or quantitative are performed in-house with our proprietary system.
Current Assets under management by our team exceed $ 600 million including a portfolio which is being managed for an Agency of the federal Government. Current clients include Pension Funds, Familly Offices as well as High Net Worth Investors.
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.
| At Greenrock Asset Management, founded by Richard D. McGraw in 2007, we believe that the need to balance the global requirement for energy and resources with the necessity of sustaining our environment requires a transition in the way we live and conduct business which makes the deployment of clean technology one of the most important developments of the 21st century. We endeavor to sensibly align investors’ interests with this essential transition that will drive future innovation and economic growth. |
The management team applies extensive investing, technology and business experience in offering focused investment products that utilize a disciplined, proven investment methodology in generating long-term value for its clients. Currently, Greenrock offers the Greenrock Global Cleantech L.P. by way of Offering Memorandum to investors in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. Managed by Peter Hofstra CFA, Ph.D, the Fund will utilize independent research and a disciplined investment approach in generating returns from companies whose products or services reduce the negative environmental effects of human activity.
For further information on Greenrock Asset Management or the Greenrock Global Cleantech L.P., please contact Chris Doll at 416-944-2700 or email@example.com.
Vice President and Founding Portfolio Manager
| Hesperian Capital Management Ltd. is an Investment Counseling firm that was founded in 1995 and has offices in Calgary and Toronto. Hesperian manages the Norrep Group of Funds which, in addition to the Norrep Yield Fund, includes seven public mutual funds, three offshore investment funds, and three energy-based Flow-Through Limited Partnerships. |
Hesperian utilizes a disciplined approach in security selection blending both fundamental and quantitative analysis in its investment decision making process. All research is done in-house by our team of seven Portfolio Managers and five Investment Analysts. Our investment style has made the Norrep Fund one of the top Canadian Small Cap Funds with a ten-year track record.
Paul has over 20 years of investing experience. He joined Hesperian Capital Management Ltd. as a Portfolio Manager in April, 2009. Prior to joining Hesperian, Paul was at Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. for over 17 years and, most recently, was one of five producing managers with direct reporting to the President. In this capacity, Mr. Tepsich was Director, Head of Canadian Credit Trading with responsibility for several credit traders across all credit products. He has focused intensely on trading High Yield and Distressed debt for the past ten years and is recognized as an expert in the sector. Previously, from 1994-1998, he was a senior trader on the Government Bond Trading Desk. Prior thereto, from 1990-1994, Mr. Tesich traded and managed the Money Market Sales and Trading effort. From 1986-1990, he was at CIBC as a Money Market Trader.
| Established in January 2001, JCClark is a Toronto based 14-person hedge fund management firm. JCClark manages approximately $300 million predominantly in long/short equity strategies. The managers are supported by an investment team, trader, in-house compliance officer, operations staff and business development personnel. The firm focuses on opportunistic, high-return investment opportunities and emphasizes open and transparent client relationships. |
JCClark was founded by John Clark, former chairman of the Toronto Stock Exchange, co-founder of Connor Clark & Co., a leading wealth management firm and co-founder of Connor, Clark & Lunn a large pension fund manager. He has 40 years of investment management experience and over 20 years of long/short experience. He has successfully managed money through 6 bear markets during his career.
Website: www.jcclark.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 416.361.4533
Sean Wynn is the Director of Marketing at JCClark and is responsible for the firms’ marketing and business development initiatives. Mr. Wynn joined the firm in 2006, after spending eight years in the financial services industry in various roles.
| Lightwater Partners is an asset management firm specializing in alternative asset management. Our focus is to protect capital and manage risk while providing consistent risk adjusted returns. Lightwater Partners, using a disciplined investment process, manages the Lightwater Conservative Long / Short Fund. The Fund targets annual volatility of less than 10% and aims to produce annual returns of 12% to 15% per year. |
Lightwater Partners is an Investment Counsel / Portfolio Manager registered in Canada with the Ontario Securities Commission.
Jerome has over 16 years experience in the financial industry. He joined Lightwater from Epic Capital Management in Toronto, one of Canada’s most prominent hedge funds. Previously, he was a Portfolio Manager and Head of International Equities at Montrusco Bolton Investments in Montreal, where he managed $450 million directly, co-managed large global funds, and oversaw $1 billion in private wealth. Mr. Hass also worked as a Portfolio Manager in London, England for Canada Life Assurance Company.
| Northern Rivers is an independent investment company located in Toronto, Ontario. Our mission is to provide innovative investment opportunities and outstanding long term returns to investors. We are an entrepreneurial company founded by Likrilyn Capital Corporation, a family office and majority shareholder. |
Northern Rivers currently offers a family of five pooled funds and one mutual fund for high net worth and retail investors. Our offerings include a range of equity funds, alternative funds, and a private equity fund.
Hugh C. Cleland
Mr. Cleland is Executive Vice President of Northern Rivers and has managed the Northern Rivers Innovation mandate since inception of its first fund in May 2001. Prior to starting at Northern Rivers, Mr. Cleland worked at Interward Capital Corporation from 1998 to 2001 originally as an analyst, and later as Associate Portfolio Manager, specializing in technology equities. In 1997/1998 he was the research associate to the senior telecom services analyst at Midland Walwyn.
| Periscope Capital is a Canadian alternative investment management company. The Periscope Fund targets arbitrage opportunities across mispriced securities within the Canadian Market. The Fund employs multiple investment strategies and invest in securities across the capital structures of a wide variety of Canadian issuers. Periscope Capital is a registered investment manager in the categories of Investment Counsel and Portfolio Manager (“ICPM”), Limited Market Dealer (“LMD”), and Commodity Trading Counsel and Commodity Trading Manager (“CTM”). |
The investment objective of the Periscope Fund is to achieve superior risk adjusted investment returns. The Fund will maintain a diversified portfolio across strategies and industry sectors and employs a hedged approach within the investment process in order to preserve capital and mitigate risk. Periscope believes that inefficiencies within the structural composition of the Canadian market present the fund with an opportunity to realize a sustainable competitive advantage over the long term. With a proven track record in trading these investment strategies, Periscope is well positioned to achieve an above average risk adjusted return over time.
CFA, President and Chief Investment Officer
| Polar Securities is a Canadian hedge fund management firm, established in 1991. It has 23 employees with offices in Toronto and Calgary. Polar manages two hedge funds; North Pole, a Canadian focused multi-strategy fund and Altairis, a US focused long/short fund. |
Director of Sales
| Quadrexx is a Canadian-based asset management firm with offices in Toronto and Calgary. Quadrexx focuses on alternative investment products such as Private Equity, Wealth Management services and fund management services. |
Quadrexx was founded in March 2003 by Miklos Nagy and Tony Sanfelice. Mr. Nagy is President and CEO of the firm. He is a Canadian hedge fund expert and co-author of the book “Hedge Funds for Canadians”. Mr. Nagy is also Chairman and co-founder of Canadian Hedge Watch Inc., a leader in hedge fund media information and education Chair of CIFPs (Canadian Institute of Financial Planners Association), member of the Board of the LMD/Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada, a member of the CFA Institute, the Toronto CFA Society, and a founding member of the CFA Society of Hungary, Budapest.
Quadrexx develops alternative investment products and strategies by employing unique and innovative investment methodologies. The company’s goal is to make these products more readily available to mid to high net worth investors. Quadrexx distributes its products mainly through specialized financial advisors and life insurance agents.
Quadrexx has also been following the development of investible hedge fund indices which it recognizes as a potentially useful type of investment due to lower risks and because they avoid the problems inherent in relying on a Fund of Hedge Funds manager’s ability to pick the right mix of underlying hedge funds. Quadrexx, in collaboration with Canadian Hedge Watch Inc., launched in November 2007, the Canadian Hedge Watch Index Plus, Canada’s first investible hedge fund index.
In addition to Private Wealth Management and Fund Management, Quadrexx is also active in structuring Private Equity Limited Partnerships. Quadrexx’s latest offering, Diversified Assets LP II, will shortly be open for subscription and invests in uncorrelated private equity investments and the Canadian Hedge Watch Index Plus fund.
For additional information please contact Miklos Nagy at 416.216.4632 x2229 email@example.com or visit www.quadrexx.com.
B.Eng., FCSI, Head of Wealth Management, Associate Portfolio Manager
| Quantum Global Financial Corporation (QGF) offers discretionary investment management services to institutions and high net worth accredited investors in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and United States. |
Our expertise is available to endowments, pension plans, foundations, hedge funds, funds of funds, and accredited investors who seek aggressive risk adjusted returns. Coming soon QGF will expand operations in Asian Pacific countries.
QGF’s Holon Fund has performed exceptionally well since inception on July 8, 2008 as certified by KPMG. We use a unique systematic quantitative approach that is dynamically self-adapting.
Michele has over 20 years of experience in the financial sector, both as a consultant and as an executive in financial institutions.
| The RCM Special Situations Fund (“Fund”), managed by RCM Partners Inc. (“RCM”), is an opportunistic special situations fund focused on taking advantage of the best riskadjusted opportunities in the Canadian marketplace. RCM employs a value-based, capital structure agnostic approach to uncover long and short opportunities that arise due to company-specific, rather than market-driven, factors. The Fund typically seeks investment opportunities across all industries in companies that are: underfollowed or misunderstood; mispriced relative to intrinsic asset values; undergoing certain corporate events. |
RCM believes that its collective experience in hedge fund strategies, private equity, M&A and corporate finance provide a unique filter in which to assess opportunities. RCM’s portfolio is run on a “best-ideas” basis and will generally consist of between 20-30 long and short positions across all parts of the capital structure, including equity, debt, privately negotiated transactions, as well as other instruments that will allow RCM to express its fundamental view.
President, Chief Investment Officer
| Founded in 2000, Silvercreek is a Toronto-based investment counselor and portfolio manager. Key investment products include a convertible bond fund and a value-oriented balanced hedge fund. |
Bryn is a principal of Silvercreek Management Inc. and is responsible for the operations of the business, including client service, accounting and risk management.
SRE Securities Canada Inc. (“SRES Canada”) was formed in 2008 to manage funds for individuals and institutions that invest in the public real estate securities sector. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, SRES Canada is an affiliated entity of Starwood Real Estate Securities, L.L.C. of Greenwich, CT. Andrew Moffs, President & Portfolio Manager of SRES Canada, has over eight years of real estate securities experience and is a former member of the investment team at the affiliate Starwood Real Estate Securities, L.L.C. and at ABP Investments US.
Andrew Moffs is the President of SRE Securities Canada Inc (SRES Canada).
Summerwood Capital Corp. is registered with the Ontario Securities Commission as an Investment Counselor / Portfolio Manager. Summerwood develops leading-edge alternative funds and investment strategies. Summerwood is led by Phil Schmitt who is a pioneer in developing new financial products and services.
Faran is an Associate Portfolio Manager with Summerwood Capital Corp. From January 2003 to October 2007, Faran worked as a Trading Strategist for Polar Securities Inc., a Toronto based multi-strategy hedge fund manager.
A premier Canadian private equity investment firm, VG Partners builds innovative companies into global successes. Since 1982, we have invested over $1.3 billion in almost 200 North American companies, working alongside business owners to maximize potential. Our investment team provides a breadth of industry experience within technology, life sciences, industrial and consumer sectors, as well as a hands-on approach that is unparalleled. VG Partners is part of VenGrowth Private Equity Partners Inc.
Graham joined VenGrowth in 2003. He has over 20 years of key financial experience. Before joining VenGrowth, Graham 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.
The Vision Opportunity Funds (the “Vision Funds” or the “Funds”) have a primary focus on the real estate sector, and invest predominantly in publicly traded equity and debt securities. The Funds target investments to outperform on a medium term, risk adjusted basis. The Funds use a long-short strategy, and can make concentrated investments in the Manager’s best ideas and themes. The Managers selectively employ active investing strategies. While the Funds have some flexibility to invest outside Canada, they operate with a primary focus in Canada. The Vision Funds employ minimal leverage, with an absolute maximum of 25%.
Frank Mayer is Chairman of Vision Capital Corporation, an investment counseling and portfolio management company which manages the Vision Opportunity Funds.
Jeffrey Olin is President and CEO of Vision Capital Corporation, an investment counseling and portfolio management company which manages the Vision Opportunity Funds.