Speakers 2012 Montreal

LEADING FACULTY (by last name)
Richard Bernard, Sales Executive, Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Michael Cooke, Head of Distribution, PowerShares Canada
Alain Desbiens, Vice President, Quebec & Atlantic, BMO Exchange Traded Funds
Steve Higgins, Manager, Canadian Gold Reserves program, Royal Canadian Mint
Christopher Johnson, Director, Knight ETF Trading
Robert Johnson, Director of Economic Analysis, Morningstar
Paul D. Kaplan, Ph.D., Director of Research, Morningstar Canada
Gary Knight, Vice President, Trading, TSX Markets
Berangere Lion, Director, Head of Retail Distribution, Canada, Investor Solutions, Barclays
Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, First Asset Capital Corporation
Tyler Mordy, Director of Research, Horizons HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.
Amelia Nedovich, Head, Business Development, ETFs & Structured Products, Toronto Stock Exchange
Tim Pickering, President, Lead Portfolio Manager, CIO, Auspice Capital Advisors
Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice President, Horizons ETFs
Mark Raes, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, BMO Exchange Traded Funds
Yves Rebetez, Managing Director, Editor, ETFInsight
Atul Tiwari, Managing Director, Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.
Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing
Richard Bernard, Sales Executive, Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.
Richard Bernard is a sales executive for Vanguard Investments Canada Inc., serving the Quebec region. Before joining Vanguard, Mr. Bernard spent more than 16 years in the financial services industry working as a private wealth manager, portfolio manager, national head of derivatives products, and investment consultant. Most recently, Mr. Bernard was a private wealth manager, providing client service and business development for high net worth clients and institutions and conducting portfolio management.
Mr. Bernard earned a BS from L’Université du Québec à Montréal and is a CFA® charterholder, and is fluent in English and French.
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Longtime business commentator Pat Bolland has been a business thought leader north and south of the border, from the investment frontline right up to business opinion media. Pat worked his way up in the investment industry from floor clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange to VP with a top tier firm before moving into broadcasting. Pat’s been business editor at four major networks, currently Sun New Network on ‘AM Agenda’ and has parlayed his TV hosting skills into media training and corporate PR as well as hosting, moderating and webcasting for events and conferences, not to mention a lot of lacrosse coaching. Despite all his business and sport acumen he’s best know as “the guy with the ‘stache”. Follow him at www.patbolland.com
Michael Cooke, Head of Distribution, PowerShares Canada
In this role, Michael integrates PowerShares exchange traded products into the Canadian retail and institutional markets. He works with both internal and external clients to complement Invesco’s existing business and bring the best of Invesco PowerShares global expertise to Canadian investment professionals and their clients.
Michael joined Invesco in 2008 after a career in derivative product marketing where he was responsible for the origination, structuring and distribution support of a broad range of products linked to a range of asset classes including fixed income, equity, commodities, managed funds and currencies. Prior to that, Michael held progressively senior sales, marketing and management positions at several global asset management firms. During his career, Michael has consulted with numerous institutional and retail clients across multiple product and business lines.
He is a graduate of Queen’s University in Political Studies and makes his home in Toronto with his wife and two children.
Alain Desbiens, Vice President, Quebec & Atlantic, BMO Exchange Traded Funds
Alain brings more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry to his role as BMO ETF specialist for eastern Canada. A seasoned financial expert with experience as a broker, Alain has been instrumental in raising awareness of the benefits of ETFs to individual, retail and institutional clients through his facilitation of client seminars. He has also played an equally pivotal role in keeping portfolio managers in eastern Canada and Quebec aware of new developments in the ETF sphere. Prior to joining BMO, Alain worked as wholesaler and sales manager in the wealth distribution field, as well as a branch manager and investment advisor in the brokerage industry. Alain is a graduate of Laval University with a BA in Industrial Relations and holds the CSC-Branch Manager and Partner Director & Officer designations.
Steve Higgins, Manager, Canadian Gold Reserves program, Royal Canadian Mint
Steve Higgins is the Manager of the Canadian Gold Reserves program at the Royal Canadian Mint. He is responsible for the design, development and management of the exchange traded receipts (ETRs). Before joining the Mint in 2009 Steve was the Manger, Corporate Performance at Sustainable Development Technology Canada which makes early stage investments into the Cleantech sector. Steve completed his MBA at HEC School of Management in Paris and his Bachelor of Science and Business at the University of Waterloo.
Christopher Johnson, Director, Knight ETF Trading
Chris Johnson is a Director of Listed Derivatives Sales at Knight Capital. Based in the United States, he is responsible for broadening the firm’s ETF trading relationships worldwide and managing the team’s thought leadership.
Mr. Johnson has been in the financial service industry for more than fourteen years and has been involved in sales, development, and product management of ETFs since 2002. Prior to joining Knight Capital, Mr. Johnson held several internationally focused management roles with Vanguard over the course of thirteen years. Most recently, he was a senior manager in the firm’s ETF Product Management Department, leading a team dedicated to the development of ETFs domiciled and listed in Canada, the U.K., and Hong Kong. Mr. Johnson also spent several years in Vanguard’s Singapore office as head of institutional business for Asia ex-Japan and was responsible for bringing in over $17 billion in new assets under management for the firm.
Mr. Johnson holds a B.A. (honors) degree in Asian Studies from Colgate University and a Graduate Business Certificate in Finance from Saint Joseph’s University. He is a frequent speaker in indexing and ETF related conferences worldwide.
Robert Johnson, Director of Economic Analysis, Morningstar
Robert Johnson is director of economic analysis for Morningstar. In this role, Bob regularly meets with each of Morningstar's sector teams to gather up-to-the-minute economic data from more than 90 Morningstar debt and equity analysts. This information is disseminated to other sector teams and to Morningstar's subscribers via a weekly column and a weekly video. In addition, Bob provides general economic data to individual analysts to help them formulate their opinions on debt and equity securities.
Before assuming his current role in 2008, Johnson was an associate director of stock analysis for the technology team for more than four years. In that role, Johnson emphasized developing strong collaboration among team members and provided a sharper focus on stock-picking. The increased role of consumers in technology spending and a greater emphasis on non-U.S. markets were two key themes developed by the technology team under Johnson's tenure.
Johnson has more than 30 years of investment experience, including both buy-side and sell-side assignments as a research analyst. His work experience includes stints at Stein Roe & Farnham, Rotan Mosle, and ABN AMRO and has involved extensive exposure to technology names.
Johnson holds a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and business administration from Carroll College. Johnson also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago.
Paul D. Kaplan, Ph.D., Director of Research, Morningstar Canada
Paul D. Kaplan, Ph.D., CFA is director of research for Morningstar Canada. Prior to assuming this role, he was vice president of quantitative research for Morningstar, responsible for the quantitative methodologies behind Morningstar’s fund analysis, indexes, advisor tools, and other services. He conducts research on investment style analysis, performance and risk measurement, asset allocation, retirement income planning, portfolio construction, index methodologies, and alternative investments. He led the development of the quantitative methodologies behind the Morningstar RatingTM for funds, the Morningstar Style BoxTM, and the Morningstar family of indexes.
Many of Kaplan’s research papers have been published in professional books and publications such as the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Portfolio Management, the Journal of Wealth Management, the Journal of Investing, the Journal of Performance Measurement, the Journal of Indexes, the Handbook of Equity Style Management, and Intelligent Commodity Investing. He received the 2008 Graham and Dodd Award and was a Graham and Dodd Award of Excellence winner in 2000.
Kaplan has made numerous presentations on fund analysis, asset allocation, portfolio management, equity indexes, and related topics at industry conferences, professional organizations, and education programs. He has been quoted in several major business publications, including the Wall Street Journal.
Previously, he served as chief investment officer of Morningstar Associates, LLC, a registered investment advisor and wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc., where he developed and managed the investment methodology for Morningstar’s retirement planning and advice services.
Before joining Morningstar in 1999, he was vice president of Ibbotson Associates and served as the firm’s chief economist and director of research. (Morningstar acquired Ibbotson in March 2006.) Prior to that, he served on the economics faculty of Northwestern University where he taught international finance and statistics.
Kaplan holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, economics, and computer science from New York University and a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Northwestern University. He is a member of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance and the review board of the Research Foundation of the CFA Institute. Kaplan holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Gary Knight, Vice President, Trading, TSX Markets
Gary Knight is Vice President of Trading at TSX Markets. Mr. Knight is responsible for trading, product development, product management, Canadian sales, international sales and business strategy.
Mr. Knight has over 20 years of experience in financial markets, portfolio management and trading.
Before joining TMX Group, Mr. Knight held the position of Institutional Equity Trader, Portfolio and Algorithmic, at Cormark Securities Inc.
Prior to Cormark Securities, Mr. Knight was a Senior Portfolio Manager with the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System. He managed and traded Canadian and U.S. Enhanced Index Portfolios. The notional value of assets under his management exceeded $3.0 billion.
Mr. Knight has an MBA from York University, Schulich School of Business and is a CFA charter holder.
Berangere Lion, Director, Head of Retail Distribution, Canada, Investor Solutions, Barclays
Berangere Lion is a Director and Head of Retail Distribution, Canada for Investor Solutions at Barclays. Based in New York, Mrs. Lion is responsible for the distribution of structured investments for retail and institutional clients in Canada. In her role, she works closely with her colleagues in Trading, Structuring and Research to provide solutions for Canadian investors.
Mrs. Lion joined Barclays in 2006 from Olympia Capital Management where she was responsible for New Products Development. Prior to that, she worked at Bear Stearns.
Mrs. Lion holds a Master in Economics with a Major in Finance from the University Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne.
Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, First Asset Capital Corporation
Rohit leads the sales and marketing team at First Asset. He has gained much of his industry knowledge through progressive roles in the financial industry over the last 11 years. This has provided him insight into a broad cross section of products including ETFs, TSX listed Structured Products and Mutual Funds. Rohit and his team partner with Financial Advisors across Canada to educate and deliver investment solutions to their clients. Rohit was integral in the development and launch of First Asset Exchange Traded Funds. He holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Tyler Mordy, Director of Research, Horizons HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.
Tyler Mordy is the Director of Research and a senior portfolio manager for HAHN Investment Stewards, an early and leading innovator in delivering “global macro” managed ETF portfolios. He is widely quoted and interviewed by the financial media (including CNBC, BNN, Forbes, the Globe and Mail, and the Wall Street Journal) for his global investment strategy views as well as ETF trends.
A member of HAHN’s Investment Committee, he is engaged in top-down strategy, investment policy and securities selection. Tyler is also an advisory board member of IndexUniverse’s ETF Analytics platform, a leading independent authority on ETF analysis.
Amelia Nedovich, Head, Business Development, ETFs & Structured Products, Toronto Stock Exchange
Ms. Nedovich joined Toronto Stock Exchange 15 years ago and has served in various capacities throughout her tenure. Currently, she is responsible for the implementation of the ETF & Structured Product business development strategy for Toronto Stock Exchange, including sponsored education and marketing initiatives promoting the growth of the industry. She also manages relationships with key ETF and structured product industry participants.
Prior to joining TSX, Ms. Nedovich worked as an economist with the Ontario Public Service.
Ms. Nedovich holds an MA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
Tim Pickering, President, Lead Portfolio Manager, CIO, Auspice Capital Advisors
Tim Pickering, Founder and President of Auspice Capital Advisors (Auspice), is the lead portfolio manager and CIO with over 15 years of commodity and financial trading experience. Prior to forming Auspice, Tim was Vice President of Options Trading at Shell Trading Gas and Power in the Houston and Calgary offices. Tim began his career at TD Securities in Toronto in their elite trading development program. He gained experience in a wide expanse of capital market products including foreign exchange, bonds, money markets and derivatives. Ultimately, Tim held the Senior Trader position for the energy derivatives portfolio. Tim has extensive experience trading OTC and exchange traded options, futures, swaps and quantitative trend following systems.
With partner Ken Corner, Tim has built Auspice Capital Advisors as a next generation CTA, offering strategies in active managed futures, passive ETFs, enhanced indices and custom commodity strategies. Most recently, Auspice launched the Auspice Broad Commodity Index and the Auspice Managed Futures Index (NYSE published) that support two new Claymore ETFs on the TSX. Additionally, Auspice launched the Auspice Energy Program, a multi-strategy, multi-time period quantitative approach to investing in the global energy futures markets.
Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice President, Horizons ETFs
As Executive Vice-President, National Account at Horizons Exchange Traded Funds, Jaime is responsible for developing and maintaining key relationships in the retail investor channel through the Canadian Investment Dealers, both regarding their investment advisor forces and the self-directed distribution channels. Additionally, Jaime also runs special projects, including relationships with managed asset and discretionary management programs operated by the Investment Dealers. As an educational specialist, Jaime is integral in implementing and delivering educational campaigns for Horizons ETFs, such as the acclaimed Horizons ETF University and the monthly technical webinars. Finally, Jaime is the Team Lead for Horizons BetaPro ETFs within Horizons ETFs, where he is responsible for team education and strategy implementation.
A Queen’s University graduate with an Honours degree in Political Science, Jaime has been with Horizons ETFs and predecessor firms since 1995.
Jaime represents Horizons ETFs on the Alternative Investment Management Association, the global organization for Alternative Investments operations and management, and sits on the Canadian Retail Sales Practices Committee.
Mark Raes, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, BMO Exchange Traded Funds
Mr. Raes is the manager of fixed income portfolios, co-manages derivatives trading and equity portfolios, and serves as an operational specialist to the BMO ETF team. Mr. Raes has spent most of his 15-year career in the financial services industry working with Exchange Traded Funds. His past work has involved overseeing performance measurement at Mackenzie Financial Corp. and fund operations for BGI Canada at Investor's Bank & Trust. He holds a BBA in Finance from Wilfrid Laurier University, an MBA from York University, and is a CFA charter holder.
Yves Rebetez, Managing Director, Editor, ETFInsight
Recognizing the need for an all-encompassing resource dedicated to Canadian Exchange Traded Funds, Yves recently launched www.etfinsight.ca.
From 2004 until early 2011, Yves was Vice President, ETFs/Structured Products with Canada's largest Bank-owned Broker/Dealer, RBC Dominion Securities. Prior to that ( 1996-2004) Yves served as Portfolio Advisor (Canadian Equities) in DS’s Portfolio Advisory Group. His earlier work experience focused on portfolio management, both in Fixed Income (for Institutional Clients), and in International Equities (for High Net Worth Individuals), with Credit Suisse Canada in Toronto, and earlier with UBS in Switzerland. Yves is a CFA charterholder.
Atul Tiwari, Vice Managing Director, Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.
Atul Tiwari is managing director of Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. Mr. Tiwari is responsible for leading the Canadian business.
Before joining Vanguard in May 2011, Mr. Tiwari held progressively senior positions at BMO (Bank of Montreal) Financial. Most recently he was senior vice president of BMO Asset Management and president of BMO Exchange Traded Funds. Before that, he was president and CEO of BMO's U.S. subsidiary mutual fund business, Harris Insight Funds, in Chicago. Other prior experience includes being called to the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Supreme Court of England and Wales, as well as practising law in London, England, for two years.
Mr. Tiwari serves as a director on the board of trustees and as chairman of the pension committee for the Royal Ontario Museum. He is a campaign cabinet member for the Neshama Universal Playground in Toronto, Canada, and a director of the D.D. Foundation, which provides medical care and education to the disadvantaged in India. He served on the Building Osgoode campaign cabinet and is a past president and director of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association.
Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing
Mark Yamada is President and CEO of PŮR Investing Inc. (PŮR). PŮR combines software development with portfolio management delivering innovative solutions to defined contribution pension plans and disruptive strategies to investment advisors and their clients. PŮR provides independent exchange-traded fund (ETF) analysis, risk-based portfolio construction and web-based tools including a multi-factor ETF screener and volatility drag calculator for use with leveraged ETFs. Mark lectures and writes about risk, volatility and portfolio construction in the U.S. and Canada and is a frequent speaker about the use of ETFs. He and his partners at PŮR are dedicated to providing better investment solutions to individual investors.
 
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