Agenda 2016 Vancouver


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016




Conference Registration




Official Welcome
Radius Financial Education


Opening Remarks and Master of Ceremony
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant



11:30 - 12:10

Are You A Future Ready Advisor?

*The Uber moment is here for the investment industry

Moderated by: Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Dave Nadig, Director, ETFs, FactSet

Dave Nugent, Portfolio Manager & CCO, Wealthsimple
Joseph Pochodyniak, Portfolio Manager, Private Client Group, Forstrong Global Asset Management Inc.

  • Outsourcing

  • Referral Arrangements

  • Unregulated Entities

  • Client Stratification

The Future is Not Picking Mutual Funds off the Corner of Your Desk!




Opening Lunch Session



12:10 – 1:20

BuffEt Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: BMO Global Asset Management



12:40 – 1:20

10 Mind-Blowing ETF Stats

Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst & Fund Product Specialist, Bloomberg


Sometimes ETFs can surprise even a seasoned analyst. Fresh off a year-long research dig for a new book on ETFs, Eric will share some of the most eye-opening statistical discoveries and the trends they represent in an entertaining and fast-paced presentation.



1:20 - 2:00

Robo Advisor: Better than Man-Made or Complimentary to Advisors?

Moderated by: Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing
Navid Boostani, Co-Founder & CEO, ModernAdvisor

Rob Carrick, Personal Finance Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Randy Cass, Founder, Nest Wealth
Neville Joanes, Portfolio Manager & CCO, WealthBar


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



2:00 - 2:40

Smart Beta: The Investing Buzzword That Won't- and Needn't- Die – Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Pat Bolland, Media Consultant

Tom Goodwin, Senior Director of Research, FTSE Russell

Stephen Hoffman, Vice President, Exchange Traded Funds, RBC Global Asset Management Inc.

Jamie Wise, Founder, BUZZ Indexes and President, CEO, Periscope Capital


Ditching "smart beta" would make sense if it were seriously confusing people. But investors recognize "smart" as a marketing term like many others: Growth funds don't always grow, and value stocks aren't always a good value. Advisors and investors are finally getting their heads around the concept of smart beta. Substituting a bunch of new terms would just be confusing. At this point the genie is out of the bottle and we will spend our energy educating advisors and investors on what smart beta is all about. It's easy to see why many have tried to kill off "smart beta." Many of the other terms are no doubt more technically accurate. They just don’t have the zing of smart beta.



2:40 – 3:00

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: Horizons ETFs



3:00 - 3:40

Behind an ETF Trade: The Role of a Market Maker – Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Ian Williams, Managing Director, Trading & Sales, ITG Canada Corp.
Camilo Gil
, Director, Institutional ETF Services, Equity Markets, CIBC World Markets
Steven Hawkins, President and Co-CEO, Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.

Alex Perel, Director, ETF Trading, TD Securities Inc.

Anita Rausch, Director, Capital Markets, WisdomTree


Knowledgeable advisors with strong transactional backgrounds know how to get best execution on stocks, but mistakenly carry that experience over to ETFs.” The differences between the two trading processes are important, and failing to understand them can lead to missed opportunities.

  • Liquidity and ETF Trading Volume

  • How And When To Trade

  • Show Your Hand?



3:40 – 4:10

The Use of Options in Exchange Traded Funds

Chris Heakes, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, BMO Asset Management

Josiane Lanoue, Senior Manager, Business Development, Equity Derivatives at Montréal Exchange


Join the Montréal Exchange and BMO Asset Management to learn more about actively managed exchange traded funds and their equity derivative strategies. This session will offer valuable insight on how exchange traded funds are able to provide alternative yield solutions and ultimately create value for investors by using options. Chris will present you with actionable strategies, widely used among pension funds, insurance companies and institutional investors aiming to reduce portfolio volatility.



4:10 - 5:00

Keynote Address:

What's Next: The Battle for the Soul of the ETF Revolution
Dave Nadig, Director, ETFs, FactSet


Exchange-traded funds have revolutionized investing, giving every investor the chance to build institutional-caliber portfolios cheaply and easily. But emerging threats -- from regulators, broken markets and middlemen - are darkening the horizon, and 2016 is poised to be the year when these threats resolve, for good or for ill. Join Dave Nadig as he examines those threats, find the silver linings and discuss how all classes of investors can rise above.




Closing Remarks
Pat Bolland,
Media Consultant



5:00 – 6:00

Networking Reception

Sponsored by: Radius Financial Education


Radius invites 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!



Wednesday, June 8, 2016




Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: RBC ETFs



8:55 – 9:00

Opening Remarks and Master of Ceremony
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant



9:00 – 9:40

Smart Alpha

Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing


Unlike smart beta, smart alpha is forward-looking and dynamic. Smart beta strategies establish fixed rules-based security selection or weights based on historical data, and rebalance at a preset frequency with an expectation that factors will continue to earn excess returns over the holding period. Smart alpha uses expected returns and/or risks in the context of changing market conditions to adjust strategies or securities based on a continuous information loop. Smart beta is static by design. Smart alpha is dynamic by its nature.
Mark Yamada will discuss how advisors can use smart alpha to improve goals-based investing and how it could change the future of money management.



9:40 - 10:00

The Changing Face Of The Canadian ETF Landscape: Where The Money Is Going & Why?

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

  • Overview of the ETF Landscape

  • Asset growth by category, style and provider

  • ETF & Mutual fund flows

  • Canadian ETF flow analysis

  • Recent product launches - new entrants and industry trends

10:00 - 10:20

Assembly Instructions: Optimal Portfolios with ETFs

Mike Philbrick, President, ReSolve Asset Management


A recent report from a large global asset management firm cites ‘client demand’ as the number one driver of growth for ETF-based strategies. The report quotes one senior consultant who said clients are ‘pounding the table’ for these strategies. Yet with over 2100 ETFs to choose from in the U.S. and Canada, institutions’ and advisors’ are struggling with how to select and manage these funds to differentiate and meet client objectives. Michael will explore a framework to help advisors navigate the ETF ecosystem and position themselves as valuable guides in the new frontier of active asset allocation.




10:20 – 10:40

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: TMX / Toronto Stock Exchange



10:40 – 11:20

The Continued Rise of ETF Strategist – Panel Discussion
Moderated by: Bobby Eng, Vice President, State Street Global Advisors, Ltd. & Head, SPDR ETF Business Development for Canada

Adam Butler, CEO, ReSolve Asset Management

Jason Leesui, Executive Vice-President, SIA Wealth Management

Michael Walton, Managing Director, Business Management, Sage Advisory

Tim Anderson, Chief Fixed Income Officer, RiverFront Investment Group


With the continued growth of a new breed of asset manager with specialized skills in the construction and active management of portfolios using exchange traded funds, advisors are increasingly turning to outsourced asset management solutions to help them optimize and grow their own practices.



11:20 – 12:00

ETF Regulatory Overview – Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Bill Cavanagh, Owner, PeerConnect Inc.

Kevin Rusli, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

  • Regulatory Outlook: What's Ahead?

  • ETF Classification and Disclosure

  • Structuring of ETFs

  • Trade Settlement and Securities Lending

  • CRM2

  • Will New ETF Rules let MFDA Advisors Compete with IIROC Reps?



12:00 – 12:40

How ETFs Are Impacting The Changing Nature Of The Fixed Income Markets

Moderated by: Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice-President, National Accounts, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds Inc.
Alex Perel, Director, ETF Trading, TD Securities Inc.
Angus Rogers
, Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, High Yield Bond, Fiera Capital



12:40 – 1:40

Buffet Lunch in Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: PowerShares



1:40 – 2:20

Model Portfolio Construction and Execution – Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Daniel Straus, Ph.D., M.Fin., ETF Research & Strategy, Derivatives & Structured Products, National Bank Financial
Lewis Bateman, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Sphere Investments

Scott Boniferro, Vice President, Global Investment Strategies, Invesco Canada

Stacey Steinberg, Vice President, ETF Distribution, Mackenzie Investments

Mark Webster, Vice President, Western Canada, BMO ETFs


Strategic asset allocation decisions are the key to successful portfolio investment. Deciding which mix of investment asset classes is the most suitable in the light of your particular circumstances and how best to profit from the universe of opportunities in established and newer global investment asset classes, are key investment decisions.




Closing Session



2:20 – 3:00

Latest Developments In "ESG" ETPs. (ESG = Environmental Social Governance)
*A discussion on the excess return merits of ETP’s that isolate and identify companies who advance women in management ranks

Moderated by: Jeff Anderson, Managing Director, Barclays

Natalia Bandera, Director, Equities and Funds Structuring Markets, Barclays
Christina Collini, Senior Manager, Strategy & Implementation, BMO Global Asset Management

Rich Donovan, CEO, The Return on Disability Group

Join us as we focus on the return metrics of investing in companies that in turn invest in women. Be empowered to take the academic knowledge that exists and leave with an investment thesis that will help put your money to work.





Closing Remarks
Pat Bolland,
Media Consultant



*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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