Agenda 2015 North Toronto


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015




Conference Registration and Breakfast in the Foyer
Sponsored by: RBC ETFs



8:30 – 8:40

Official Welcome
Radius Financial Education


Opening Remarks and Master of Ceremony
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant



8:40 – 9:15

Keynote Speaker: Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner, ETFGI LLP, Providing Independent Research/Consulting Services on and for the Global ETF/ETP Industry Investors


The Next Generation: The Future Of ETFs Globally


Described as “one of the world’s leading ETF analysts” and an Award-winning ETF authority, Deborah Fuhr, Partner and Co-Founder at ETFGI will give us her insight on the current global ETF Landscape, review the net new asset flows and will briefly touch on how they are being used, who are the users and how they are being selected.

ETFGI, a London-based Firm produces extensive ETF-specific analysis. Their research covers trends in the Global ETF/ETP industry which had 5,632 ETFs/ETPs, with 10,902 listings, assets of US$2.919 trillion, from 245 providers listed on 63 exchanges in 51 countries.



9:15 – 10:05

Building Intelligent Indices: A Deep Dive

Moderated by: Scott Boniferro, Product Manager, Invesco Canada
Kelly Tang, Director, Global Research & Design, S&P Dow Jones Indices

Prashant Pandey, Product Specialist, Research Affiliates


Join two leading index providers as they shed light on the intricacies of what makes their innovative indices tick:

  • Factors - selection & simplicity matters

  • Constrained vs. unconstrained strategies

  • Automated rebalancing: taking the emotion out of harvesting gains

  • Determinants of investibility



10:05 – 10:20

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: First Trust Portfolio Canada



10:20 – 11:10

Multi-Factor Models – An Exciting Development In The Evolution Of Smart Beta Strategies
Moderated by: Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President, First Asset ETFs
Barry Gordon, President & CEO, First Asset

Michael Nairne, President & CIO, Tacita Capital Inc.
Michael S. Newton, Portfolio Manager, Director, Wealth Management, ScotiaMcLeod

Multi-factor strategies are the strongest growing category of ETF investment methodologies for 2015 and are one of the most exciting developments in the ETF landscape. Incorporating factors into the investment methodology has been demonstrated to often result in increased risk adjusted returns.

Join us as we discuss and debate:

  • Comparison and contrast of various smart beta strategies

  • Factors such as Volatility; Momentum; Value; Which ones are best and how many should be used?

  • The limitations of factor based strategies

  • How is risk affected by factor-based strategies?



11:10 – 11:55

Trading ETFs: Doing It The Right Way
Moderated by: Trevor Cummings, Head of Business Development, Exchange Traded Funds, RBC Global Asset Management Inc.
Amanda Davidson, Managing Director, Financial Products, BMO Capital Markets

Camilo Gil, Director, Equity Markets, CIBC World Markets

Marty Gillespie, Director - Portfolio Trading, RBC Dominion Securities


Intraday trading is one of the greatest advantages ETFs offer. It's also one of the riskiest, if you do not take care.

This interactive session will highlight what you need to know about capital markets to avoid horror stories of trades gone wrong:

  • Working with trading partners including exchanges & market makers

  • How to evaluate true ETF liquidity

  • Why spreads may not be a penny wide – and why this is ok

  • Trading mistakes you should never make (again)



11:55 – 12:35

Understanding Indices & Capturing Yield In A Low Rate Environment

John Youn, Executive Managing Director, ETFs and Global Structured Products, Questrade Wealth Management & Chris Kresic, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Jarislowsky Fraser, Global Investment Management


Join John and Chris as they discuss ways to identify gaps in portfolio construction, strategies and opportunities in fixed-income portfolios, to capture yield in the global economic backdrop



12:35 – 1:40

Buffet Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: First Asset ETFs




12:50 – 1:30

Advisor 2025: Are You Ready for the Next 10 Years?

George Hartman, President & CEO, Market Logics


Your world as a financial advisor has changed a lot in recent years — but as the old saying goes “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” George Hartman, Canada’s leading advisor strategist, will identify the major forces already in play that are exponentially accelerating the rate of change in the industry from evolutionary to revolutionary. Catch a glimpse of what your business will look like in just 10 years. Will you be thrilled or threatened?



1:40 – 2:20


STREAM1 Moderated by: Daniel Straus, Ph.D., M.Fin., ETF Research & Strategy, Derivatives & Structured Products, National Bank Financial


Bonds: Rethinking Your Strategy

Scott Boniferro, Product Manager, Invesco Canada
Barry Gordon, President & CEO, First Asset

Alfred Lee, Vice President, Portfolio Manager & Investment Strategist, BMO ETFs


After enjoying decades of stable and consistent returns, the traditional fixed-income landscape no longer offers many attractive opportunities. This year may be a case of fool me once, shame on you, but fool me twice – shame on me.

  • Do real opportunities still exist?

  • Options and challenges

  • Will traditional fixed-income management techniques still work?

  • Reconsidering fixed-income strategies

  • Credit risk (default) and interest-rate risk (duration)

Introductions by:
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant


The Evolving Regulatory Landscape: How ETF Regulation will Impact Your Business… and Clients – Panel Discussion
Paritosh Gambhir, Senior Manager, Audit, Financial Services, KPMG
Michael Newallo, Managing Director and Vice President, State Street

Kevin Rusli, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


  • Disclosure & Transparency

  • Fees and Expenses

  • Counterparty Risk

  • Securities Lending

  • Conflicts of Interest

  • CRM2

  • Regulatory Outlook



2:20 – 3:00


STREAM1 Moderated by: Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice-President, Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.


Income Investing in a Volatile Market

Hans Albrecht, Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Horizons Investment Management

Derek Brown, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income, Fiera Capital


Generating an attractive income in a Canadian portfolio has never been more challenging. Volatility in both the equity and fixed income markets has increased over the last 12 months, with many commentators believing it is here to stay for the foreseeable future. This type of high volatility market is exactly the type of environment where active management can be used to generate better risk adjusted returns and increase the income of both your equity and fixed income portfolio.

Join two of Canada’s leading income investing experts, Hans Albrecht and Derek Brown, as they discuss opportunities in the both equity covered call and bond markets and how they are positioning their own actively managed ETF portfolios for the next 12 months.

Topics Include:

  • The risks of indexing for income

  • Why Canada’s income market is not as efficient as equities

  • Managing bonds in low-rate environment

  • Using covered calls to generate income and improve portfolio performance

  • Outlook for equity volatility in Canada and the US


Introductions by:
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant


Gold and Silver Investment

Steve Higgins, Director, Canadian Gold and Silver Reserves, Royal Canadian Mint


Peek inside the vaults with Steve Higgins of The Royal Canadian Mint for an informative session on the state of the current physical metal markets.


  • Recent demand trends for bullion

  • Supply trends from mines and metal recycling

  • Precious metal exchange-traded products update




3:00 – 3:40

Rise Of The ETF Strategist… A Canadian Perspective

Moderated by: Bobby Eng, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales, First Trust Portfolios Canada
Susanne Alexandor, Portfolio Manager, Cougar Global Investments

Ted Bader, National Sales Manager, National Accounts, SIA Wealth Management

Francis D’Andrade, Vice President, Private Client, Forstrong Global

  • Changes to the asset management industry and associated portfolio management architecture

  • ETF analysis and investment strategies

  • Model development

3:40 – 4:00

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: Questrade Wealth Management Inc.



4:00 – 4:40

ETF Portfolio Management, A U.S. Perspective
Moderated by: Bobby Eng, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales, First Trust Portfolios Canada

Patrick Bowen, President, One Capital Management LLC
Bob Smith, CIO, Sage Advisory
Rob Glownia, Fixed Income Analyst, RiverFront


This powerful interactive session will educate advisors on investment research, model development, ETF analysis and investment strategies designed to meet the needs of the client.



4:40 – 5:30

Robo Advisors: Friend Or Foe?
Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing

Robots now perform brain surgery, vacuum the living room, book the family vacation and soon may drive our cars, so why not use a robo-adviser to manage a financial portfolio?

Shaking hands with the advisor. Can they provide a more efficient financial advisory relationship?

  • Why not use a robo-advisor to manage an investment portfolio

  • Characteristics of robo-advisors

  • Differences between US and Canadian robo markets and providers

  • Trends

  • Exploring the threat to advisor businesses, how to combat them and leverage their strengths




Closing Remarks
Pat Bolland,
Media Consultant



5:30 – 6:30

Networking Reception
Sponsored by: PowerShares


Radius and PowerShares invite all attendees to join us for an enjoyable networking reception in the Exhibit Hall with great food and beverages. Remember to bring your business cards!





*Please note that, while every effort will be made to present the program as advertised, speakers, topics and timing are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.



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