Speakers 2011 Toronto

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Richard Jackson, Director & Senior Fellow, CSIS Global Aging Initiative
Richard Jackson is currently a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he directs the Global Aging Initiative, a research program that explores the economic, social, and geopolitical implications of demographic trends in the United States and around the world. He is also a senior advisor to the Concord Coalition.
Jackson is the author of numerous policy studies, including The Global Aging Preparedness Index (2010); The Graying of the Great Powers: Demography and Geopolitics in the 21st Century (2008); Long-Term Immigration Projection Methods: Current Practice and How to Improve It (2006); The Graying of the Middle Kingdom: The Demographics and Economics of Retirement Policy in China (2004); and The Global Retirement Crisis: The Threat to World Stability and What to Do About It (2002).
From 1993 to 2002, Jackson worked as an independent researcher, writer, and consultant on public policy issues. From 1988 to 1992, he was a research fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he contributed to the path-breaking Workforce 2000 project.
Jackson regularly speaks on long-term demographic and economic issues and is widely quoted in the media. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Yale University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Perrine and three children, Benjamin, Brian, and Penelope.
LEADING FACULTY (by last name)
Howard J. Atkinson, President, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds
Paul Battaglia, Managing Director, Canada Claims Management
Neil Bearse, Manager Web-based Marketing, Queen's School of Business
David Blitzer, Ph.D, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Index Committee
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Pat Chiefalo, SDirector, Derivatives & Structured Products Research, National Bank Financial Markets
Steve Cook, COO Global ETF Services Business, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing
Kevan Cowan, President, TSX Markets and Group Head of Equities
Trevor Cummings, Vice President iShares, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited
John DeGoey, Vice President, Associate Portfolio Manager, Burgeonvest Bick Securities Limited
Rick Genoni, Principal and Head of Vanguard ETFR Product Management, Vanguard
Kevin Gopaul, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, BMO ETFs
Robyn Graham, Vice President, Institutional Services, Horizons HAHN Investment Stewards
Margaret Gunawan, Head of Legal and Chief Compliance Officer, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited
John C. Hood, Portfolio Manager, JC Hood Investment Counsel
Warren Jestin, Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Greg Jones, Managing Director, Equity Derivatives, National Bank Financial Markets
Alex Jurshevski, Founder, Recovery Partners
Gary Knight
, Vice President, Trading, TSX Markets
Alfred Lee, Vice President & Investment Strategist, BMO ETFs
Jonathan Lemco
, Principal and Senior Analyst, Vanguard
James Loewen
, Partner, National Director, Canadian Asset Management Practice, KPMG LLP.
Jeffrey Logan, Vice President and Director, Claymore Investments Inc.
Oliver McMahon
, Director, Head of Product iShares Canada, BlackRock Asset Management
Andrew McOrmond
, Managing Director, ETF Group, WallachBeth Capital LLC
Ian Merrill, Director, Head of Origination, Americas, Investor Solutions, Barclays Capital
Tyler Mordy, Director of Research, Horizons HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.
David Munro, Research Analyst, DundeeWealth Private Client Research
Brennan O'Brien, Assistant Vice President, Product Origination, Americas, Investor Solutions, Barclays Capital
Jeff Parent, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Quadrexx Asset Management Inc.
Jaime Purvis
, Executive Vice President, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds
Mark Raes, Portfolio Manager, BMO ETFs
Yves Rebetez, Exchange Traded Funds and Closed End Funds specialist
Jonathane Ricci, Barrister, Solicitor and Foreign Legal Consultant, Canada Claims Management
Som Seif
, President and CEO, Claymore Investments Inc.
Tim Simard, Managing Director, National Bank Financial Markets
Benjamin Tal
, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Ioulia Tretiakova, Director of Quantitative Strategies, PUR Investing
Mark Yamada
, President & CEO, PUR Investing Inc.
Howard J. Atkinson, President, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds
Mr. Atkinson has 22 years of investment management industry experience. He joined BetaPro Management Inc., an affiliate of Horizons ETFs, as Executive Vice-President in October 2006 and has led the significant growth in assets from $100 million to $2.8 billion as of September 30, 2009. Prior to joining BetaPro, Howard was responsible for the Exchange Traded Products business at Barclays Global Investors Canada Limited and has held positions with a national investment dealer and major mutual fund companies. He is a past President of the Toronto CFA Society board of directors and is a member of the S&P/TSX Canada Index Advisory Panel. In addition, he recently achieved the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Mr. Atkinson is the author of four books including The New Investment Frontier III: A Guide to Exchange Traded Funds for Canadians, (Insomniac Press, 2005) and “Les Fonds Négociés en Bourse: Un outil de placement novateur pour l'investisseur avisé” (Transcontinental, 2003). He has been a contributing writer and frequent analyst referenced in many major Canadian newspapers, including The Globe & Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen. In February 2010 he was recognized by ACTIF, Quebec's premier financial education co-operative, as the Top Educator for his efforts to foster financial literacy among Canadians.
Howard is a regular guest on BNN and CP-24, and has appeared several times on CNBC Europe and Global TV.
Paul Battaglia, Managing Director, Canada Claims Management
After 23 years in the investment and financial services industry, Paul Battaglia has retired to launch with his partners Canada Claims Management.
Paul’s designations include Personal Financial Planning (PFP), Society of Estate and Trust Planners (TEP), Canadian Securities Course and CPH (retired) and Insurance Licensed (retired) and a B.A. in Law from Carleton University.
Paul has international experience in offshore investing, banking and estate and trusts having worked and lived in Dubai, U.A.E. Paul was the Founder Chairperson of STEP Arabia. Paul brings his working experience from offshore jurisdictions such as Switzerland, London, Guernsey, Jersey, Cayman Islands, Bermuda,Barbadosand Hong Kong.
Since returning to Canada from Dubai in 2003, Paul was a successful Investment Advisor for the last seven years. During his tenure in the investment, banking and estate and trust industry, Paul has been awarded President Club status as an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities, ranked in the top 25 of Financial Planners at RBC Royal Bank and ranked number one as a Senior Advisor with RBC Royal Trust. As an Investment Advisor, Paul advised his clients to exit the equity markets starting in the summer of 2007 protecting millions of dollars of capital for his clients.
Paul brings his knowledge and experience from the investment industry to help individual investors claim money they are entitled based on securities related class action settlements. He believes in helping Institutional Investors and Portfolio Managers meet their fiduciary duty to their investors.
Paul believes Canada Claims Management is the perfect partnership between Legal experience and Investment Industry knowledge to provide expertise to help individual investors and Institutions make claims for Securities Class Action Lawsuits and Settlements.
Neil Bearse, Manager Web-based Marketing, Queen's School of Business
As Manager of Web-based Marketing for Queen’s School of Business, Neil Bearse is responsible for the web presence of four MBA programs as well as executive education initiatives in Canada, the Gulf Region and Europe. Neil combines his formal training as an educator with extensive marketing expertise specifically in the social media playground and an Award of Achievement in web analytics from the University of British Columbia. He is an active digital marketing consultant focused on making online communications clear and effective while ensuring creativity and innovation.
His pioneering work to market the music of independent artists on-line and through the word-of-mouth channels of podcasting and blogging has led to him representing artists from across North America including Black Lab, David Usher, Ingrid Michaelson and My Chemical Romance. In 2007, he was an architect of Bumrush The Charts, a global viral marketing campaign responsible for placing a Black Lab single on iTunes charts in 16 countries.
Neil has worked with corporate clients from a variety of industries to develop their understanding of emerging on-line ecosystems, build their brands and optimize the efficiency of web channels in achieving their business objectives. A list of his clients includes Kidrobot Inc. (Colorado), entrepreneur Paul Budnitz (Montana), Solar Lighting Inc. (Florida), jewelry design and manufacturers Gemvision (Iowa) and Stuller(Louisiana), furniture and appliance distributor Mega Group Inc. and Kingston Economic Development Corporation.
In 2010, he embarked on a cross-Canada speaking tour with Kerry Munro (former GM, Yahoo Canada), inspiring managers and executives in seven cities to Get Down To Business with Social Media.
In both 2008 and 2010, he was a guest speaker at the Symposium honouring Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, sponsored by Deloitte and hosting 500 managers from companies across Canada.
Neil is a regular session leader at Queen’s School of Business, with experience teaching on several programs, including the Queen's Marketing Program, the Queen's Executive Program and the Cornell-Queen's Executive MBA Program.
David Blitzer, Ph.D, Managing Director and Chairman of the S&P Index Committee
David M. Blitzer is managing director and chairman of Standard & Poor’s Index Committee with overall responsibility for index security selection, as well as index analysis and management.
Prior to becoming Chairman of the Index Committee, Dr. Blitzer was Standard & Poor’s Chief Economist. Before joining Standard & Poor's, he was Corporate Economist at The McGraw-Hill Companies, S&P's parent corporation. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economic Analyst with National Economic Research Associates, Inc. and did consulting work for various government and private sector agencies including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the National Commission on Materials Policy, and Natural Resources Defense Council.
Dr. Blitzer is the author of Outpacing the Pros: Using Indices to Beat Wall Street’s Savviest Money Managers, (McGraw-Hill, 2001) and What’s the Economy Trying to Tell You? Everyone’s Guide to Understanding and Profiting from the Economy, (McGraw-Hill, 1997). In the year 2000, Dr. Blitzer was named to SmartMoney magazine’s distinguished list of the 30 most influential people in the world of investing, which ranked him seventh, and in the year 1998, Dr. Blitzer was named the nation’s top economist, receiving the Blue Chip Economic Forecasting Award for most accurately predicting the country’s leading economic indicators for four years in a row. A well known speaker at investing and indexing conferences, Dr. Blitzer is often quoted in the national business press, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, and various other financial and industry publications. He is frequently heard on local and national television and radio.
A graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in engineering, Dr. Blitzer received his M.A. in economics from the George Washington University and his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Pat is Senior Counsel at Veritas Communications advising on media training, crisis management and public and investor relations. Pat recently left his hosting duties at BNN; the leading source of business television programming in Canada. Pat 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.
Pat Chiefalo, Director, Derivatives & Structured Products Research, National Bank Financial Markets
Pat has 11 years of experience in the investment dealer industry on both the sell-side and buy-side as a research analyst and in derivatives.
He began his career as a research associate at Scotia Capital and Merrill Lynch before becoming a senior analyst responsible for covering technology and industrial product companies. From 2007 to 2009 Pat led the effort to grow out Merrill Lynch’s equity derivatives business in Canada achieving exceptional performance.
He has a BASc (Engineering degree) from the University of Toronto, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and is a CFA charter holder.
Steve Cook, COO Global ETF Services Business, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing
Steve Cook is the COO for the Global ETF Services Business. In that capacity Steve is responsible for all aspects of the industry leading product offering for the Exchange Traded Fund, Unit Investment Trust and Closed-End Fund businesses. This includes overseeing client relationships, business development, product development and strategy and technology enhancements globally. From 2005-2009 Steve held the position of ETF Global Product Manager, guiding the product offering, business strategy and technology development for the ETF business. Steve is a sought after speaker at global ETF industry events, a contributor to articles and thought leadership pieces and often interviewed by the media for his industry insight. In the 8 years prior to that held increasingly senior positions within operations, relationship management and sales for these businesses. Mr. Cook joined BNY Mellon in 1997 and is a graduate of The University of Richmond, he resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children.
Kevan Cowan, President, TSX Markets and Group Head of Equities
Kevan Cowan is President of TSX Markets and Group Head of Equities. Mr. Cowan is responsible for the equities business of TMX Group, including Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and related trading and issuer services.
Mr. Cowan joined the Canadian Dealing Network(CDN), the over-the-counter market previously owned by the Toronto Stock Exchange, in 1997 as General Counsel and became the Director of CDN in 1999. In 2000 he became a Vice President of the Canadian Venture Exchange (CDNX) when it acquired CDN. Following the acquisition of CDNX by the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2002, Mr. Cowan was promoted to the role of Senior Vice President, TSX Venture Exchange and Vice President, TSX Group. In 2005 and 2006 he performed a dual role as Senior Vice President, TSX Venture Exchange and Senior Vice President, Business Development, Toronto Stock Exchange. In 2007, he became President of TSX Venture Exchange. Mr. Cowan assumed his current role in 2008.
Mr. Cowan attended the University of Toronto, where he received a bachelor of arts in 1983, and Osgoode Hall Law School, where he received a LLB in 1986. Upon his call to the Bar in 1988, he joined Smith Lyons, a law firm based in Toronto. Mr. Cowan became a partner of Smith Lyons in 1994 and practiced in the corporate and securities area, with a concentration in finance transactions.
Trevor Cummings, Vice President iShares, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited
Trevor Cummings is a Business Development Officer with BlackRock Canada Limited, supporting the education, promotion and growth of iShares throughout the investment advisory community in Ontario. Working in the investments industry since 1998, Trevor most recently worked for Barclays Canada as a Sales Strategist. Previously, he spent three years at an IIROC firm in a trading capacity and five years at two MFDA companies in financial planning roles. He has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), Conduct & Practices Handbook (CPH), Derivatives Fundamentals Course (DFC), Canadian Options Course (COC), and Professional Financial Planning Course (PFP) at the Canadian Securities Institute. He has completed the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation, offered by the Investment Management Consultants Association, and has successfully completed level one of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
JDeGoey, Vice President, Associate Portfolio Manager, Burgeonvest Bick Securities Limited
John J. De Goey, CFP is a Vice President and Associate Portfolio Manager with Burgeonvest Bick Securities Limited. John enjoys a national reputation as an authority on professional, transparent financial advice in Canada. A frequent commentator on financial matters, he has written for a number of media sources including Advisor’s Edge Report, Canadian MoneySaver, Morningstar.ca, the Globe and Mail and the National Post and has also made numerous appearances on a variety of television programs, including CBC’s Marketplace, Newsworld and The National, BNN’s Market Call, and CTV’s Canada AM. In 2003, John released his groundbreaking book, “The Professional Financial Advisor”, which was later updated and re-released in a second edition in 2006. John is a past recipient of the National Multi-Media Award conferred by the Canadian Association of Financial Planners and the Past President of the CAFP’s Toronto Chapter. He has spoken at numerous conferences throughout Canada as well as in Ireland, the United States, and the Caribbean and has lectured on behalf of the Canadian Securities Institute. His personal website is: www.johndegoey.com and he lives in Etobicoke with his wife and daughter.
Rick Genoni, Principal and Head of Vanguard ETFR Product Management, Vanguard
Rick Genoni is a Vanguard principal and head of Vanguard ETF® Product Management. His team has primary responsibility for the ETF lineup, including product development, day-to-day operational management, portfolio analytics, and trading and execution. Mr. Genoni joined Vanguard in 1991 and has held several management positions within the firm, including four years as a senior analyst in Vanguard Corporate Strategy. He earned a B.S. in business from LaSalle University and graduated with honors from the Villanova University Executive M.B.A. program.
Kevin Gopaul, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, BMO ETFs
Kevin’s vast industry experience in Canadian, US and international indexing and enhanced indexing strategies is a key asset to the BMO ETF team. Prior to joining BMO Financial Group, Kevin served as Principal, Portfolio Manager at Barclays Global Investors Canada Ltd where he played an integral role in the overseeing the management of $11 billion in institutional equity, and ETF portfolios. In addition to his core responsibilities at BMO Financial Group, Kevin continues to be an active member of the financial services industry, serving as a member of the Standard & Poors Advisory Panel, and the Dow Jones Global Index Committee. Kevin brings with him a degree in Economics from the University of Waterloo.
Robyn Graham, Vice President, Institutional Services, Horizons HAHN Investment Stewards
Robyn Graham is responsible for developing and managing HAHN’s institutional asset management business across Canada. Robyn has 24 years of investment industry experience serving in strategic business development and relationship management roles with high net worth and institutional clients.
Prior to joining HAHN, Robyn worked for Jones Heward Investment Management Inc. from 1986 to 1989 and for Altamira Investment Services from 1989 to 2003 in progressively senior roles. Following the acquisition of Altamira by the National Bank of Canada, Robyn served as Vice President Institutional Services for Natcan Investment Management Inc. from 2003 to 2006. In 2006 she joined Northern Rivers Capital Management Inc., a manager of alternative investment funds, as Vice President Sales & Marketing until the company’s sale in 2009.
Robyn is a member of the CFA Institute, is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute, and has her Certified Investment Manager and Certified Financial Planner designations. She has served on a variety of industry committees and is an experienced industry speaker and educator.
Margaret Gunawan, Head of Legal and Chief Compliance Officer, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited
Ms. Gunawan's service with the firm dates back to 2005, including her years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. She is currently head of the Canadian Legal & Compliance Team and is responsible for the oversight and management of the legal and compliance function, providing advice and support on regulatory matters related to the business. She has extensive experience in the securities law area, particularly as it relates to investment funds and the asset management industry. Ms. Gunawan earned her BA from the University of Western Ontario and her LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.
John C. Hood, Portfolio Manager, JC Hood Investment Counsel
John Hood BA,MA,FCSI, Portfolio Manager, was first registered in the securities industry in 1980 and has had extensive trading experience both in equities and derivatives, as well as ten years as President and Chief Portfolio Manager at this firm. His academic credits include a B.A. and M.A. as well as three years of research towards a Ph.D. in military/defence policy analysis.
Warren Jestin, Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Dr. Jestin is Scotiabank’s Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979. He also has worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several Canadian universities. Warren is on advisory boards for the University of Guelph Heritage Fund and the Sobey School of Business at St. Mary’s University. He has served on the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council and has been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade. Warren also is on the Board of Markham-Stouffville Hospital. As Chair of Scotiabank’s Sponsorship and Donations Committee, Warren works closely with a wide variety of charitable institutions.
Greg Jones, Managing Director, Equity Derivatives, National Bank Financial Markets
Greg has over 15 years in the Canadian investment industry. He joined National Bank Financial in February 2003 as a marketer of equity derivative products. Prior to joining NBF, Greg was a marketer with the Global Equity Linked Products with Merrill Lynch Canada and has also worked at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Greg holds an Honours B. Comm from the University of Windsor and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Alex Jurshevski, Founder, Recovery Partners
Alex is the founder of Recovery Partners and has more than 20 years of experience in investment management, M&A and advisory work. Alex was formerly a Managing Director of Bankers Trust and prior to that he was with Nomura's Investment Banking Division, a member of the European Management Committee at NIplc and Chair of the Emerging Markets Trading Committee. In the early 90's Alex was recruited to turn around the portfolio management operations for the government of New Zealand. He was a member of the Advisory Panel on Government Debt Management and the World Bank's Government Borrowers Forum. He has been involved in over US$40 billion of financial restructurings and over USD 20 Billion of primary transactions. Mr. Jurshevski has held board positions at a variety of not-for-profit, private and public companies. His language skills include English, French, and German.
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.
Alfred Lee, Vice President & Investment Strategist, BMO ETFs
Alfred is a key member of the BMO ETFs & Global Structured Investment team for which he develops effective portfolio construction strategies and conducts intensive research on investment related trends. Prior to his role at BMO, Alfred spent four years at a large Canadian-based brokerage where he headed up Index/Exchange Traded Product (ETP) Strategy and Research while concurrently covering commodities, foreign exchange and international markets (Europe and Asia macro). In this role, Alfred also sat on an investment committee that managed two active equity strategies for the brokerage. Previous to this, Alfred spent four years at a pension consulting unit of a major bank, working on asset allocation and alpha/beta strategies. He holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario and is a CFA charter holder. In addition, he holds the Derivatives Market Specialist (DMS) designation and is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) Level 2 candidate.
Jonathan Lemco, Principal and Senior Analyst, Vanguard
Jonathan Lemco, Ph.D., is a principal and senior analyst in Vanguard Fixed Income Group where his responsibilities include evaluating sovereign risk in developed and emerging markets. Before joining Vanguard in 2000, he was head of the sovereign research effort at Credit Suisse; director of the National Policy Association, providing forums and publications related to the NAFTA region; and a professor at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Lemco has written or edited nine books and many articles on sovereign risk, comparative public policy, and international economics. He earned a Ph.D. in political science at the University of Rochester.
James Loewen, Partner, National Director, Canadian Asset Management Practice, KPMG LLP.
James Loewen is an audit partner with the Toronto financial services practice of KPMG and has over seventeen 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 ETF, mutual fund and 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.
Jeffrey Logan, Vice President and Director, Claymore Investments Inc.
Since joining Claymore in 2005, Jeffrey has played key roles in Claymore’s fund administration, operations, and product development. He is now focused on developing and maintaining strategic relationships for the firm. Prior to joining Claymore, Jeffrey spent over seven years at RBC Financial Group where he held several positions focused on investment funds. He started his career in financial services with Scotiabank in 1996. Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.
Oliver McMahon, Director, Head of Product iShares Canada, BlackRock Asset Management
Oliver McMahon is Head of Product for iShares Canada at BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited, with responsibility for product research and development, managing exchange-traded funds in capital markets, product service and analytics.
Oliver’s service with the firm dates back to 1997, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009.
Prior to his current role, Oliver spent four years as a Portfolio Manager with the firm’s Canadian Equity Hedge Fund team and previously five years managing the Ascent UK quantitative equity strategies in London, England.
Oliver received his Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder designation in 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Economics from the University of East London, England.
Andrew McOrmond, Managing Director, ETF Group, WallachBeth Capital LLC
After graduating from University of Rhode Island with a BA in Communications (Class of ’95), Andrew co-founded and operated a private enterprise that launched a branded spirits product within the food service industry. With that success in hand, Andrew entered the securities industry in 1999. From 2002-2007 Andrew was Managing Director of American Stock Exchange member firm Progressive Securities. In 2007, Andrew acted as a General Partner of FM Brokerage LLC until joining WallachBeth Capital LLC in December 2008. With over a decade of experience in institutional ETF trading, Andrew has become a sought after panelist speaker. His unique perspective on trading, best execution and finding liquidity has added value to conferences for NAAIM, FA Symposium and the 2010 Inside ETFs Conference. He has also been referenced in several publications including The Wall Street Journal, InsideETFs and SeekingAlpha. Andrew holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 55.
Ian Merrill, Director, Head of Origination, Americas, Investor Solutions, Barclays Capital
Ian Merrill is a Director and Head of Product Origination in Investor Solutions for the Americas at Barclays Capital.
Based in the US, Mr. Merrill joined Barclays Capital in 2004. He is the global product development coordinator for Investor Solutions' Exchange Traded Notes businesses, including iPath® and ETN +. In this role, Mr. Merrill works closely with the iPath and listed solutions teams to develop new ETNs. He also works with sales, trading and structuring desks to create new structured investments for clients, develops new issuance platforms and vehicles, and is responsible for on boarding new structured investments distribution partners in the Americas.
Prior to Barclays Capital, Mr. Merrill was at the global law firm of Sidley Austin LLP in New York, where he worked with global investment bank clients to design and structure investment products.
He holds a Juris Doctor degree and he is fluent in French.
Tyler Mordy, Director, Director of Research, Horizons HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.
Tyler Mordy is the Director of Research for Horizons HAHN Investment Stewards, a leading innovator in delivering “separate account”, ETF-only solutions, having achieved the world’s longest track record in managing active, globally-balanced ETF portfolios. Mr. Mordy is widely recognized as a leading expert in his field, writing the influential monthly publication, ETFocus. He is also an advisory board member of IndexUniverse’s ETF Analytics platform, a leading independent authority on ETF analysis. Tyler is widely quoted and interviewed by the financial media for his global investment strategy views as well as ETF trends.
David Munro, Research Analyst, DundeeWealth Private Client Research
David Munro is a research analyst and ETF specialist for DundeeWealth’s Private Client Research Group. David joined DundeeWealth in 2007 as a key contributor to the build-out of the company’s retail research group, DundeeWealth Private Client Research. David was responsible for initiating coverage on the Canadian preferred share space as well as the North American exchange traded fund universe in which he publishes regular reports on ETF education and trading ideas. He is also a frequent contributor to a variety of market reports and presentations, including the Private Client Research Monthly Market Snapshot and Private Client Research Weekly Investment Call, where he provides updates on ongoing trends in the ETF space. In addition to his role in research, David serves as a member of DundeeWealth’s security risk review committee, for which he has been instrumental in developing the company’s current process for reviewing security risk. David received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph in 2005 and his MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of Business and Economics in 2008.
Brennan O'Brien, Assistant Vice President, Product Origination, Americas, Investor Solutions, Barclays Capital
Brennan O'Brien is an Assistant Vice President and member of the Product Origination team in Investor Solutions at Barclays Capital. Based in New York, Mr. O'Brien joined Barclays Capital in 2008. He works on global product development, specifically focused on retail structured investments and exchange traded notes (ETNs). In this role, Mr. O'Brien works with Sales, Trading and Structuring to create new structured investments for clients. He is also involved in the development of new issuance platforms and vehicles.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the University of Richmond.
Jeff Parent, Vice President & Portfolio Manager, Quadrexx Asset Management Inc.
Mr. Parent has been in the investment industry since 1992. He began his career as an investment advisor and is now a Portfolio Manager with the primary responsibility of managing the assets of Quadrexx's Wealth Management clients. He appears regularly on national TV, is a recognized author, public speaker and investment educator. Jeff has a degree in Engineering and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He is Past President of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts and an associate member of the Market Technicians Association.
Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice President, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds
As Executive Vice-President, National Accounts 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, Portfolio Manager, BMO ETFs
Mark is the manager of fixed income portfolios, assists with currency hedging and equity portfolios, and serves as an operational specialist to the BMO ETF team. He has spent more than two-thirds of his 13-year career in the financial services industry working with Exchange Traded Funds. His past work has involved overseeing performance measurement at Mackenzie Financial 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, Exchange Traded Funds and Closed End Funds specialist
From 2004 until recently Vice President, ETFs/Structured Products with Canada's largest Bank-owned Broker/Dealer, RBC Dominion Securities. Previously, from 1996 until 2004, Portfolio Advisor, Canadian Equities, Portfolio Advisory Group, RBC DS. Earlier work experience in 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 prior to that with UBS in Switzerland. Yves is a CFA charter holder.
Jonathane Ricci, Barrister, Solicitor and Foreign Legal Consultant, Canada Claims Management
Jonathane attended Michigan State University College of Law from 1995-1998 and became licensed by the state bar of Michigan in 1998. From 1998-1999, he attended Georgetown University Law Centre in Washington DC and obtained an LL.M. in Taxation. He began his career at KPMG in 1999, and went on to co-found a cross border law firm in 2003, Juroviesky and Ricci LLP, where he partnered the U.S. side of the law practice for 6 years. This firm practiced heavily in the area of class actions. Jonathane's main case was as lead counsel in a cross border securities class action involving Michigan and Ontario (FMF Capital) and was an integral team member in achieving a lucrative global settlement for thousands of class members. He also attained experience with overtime, consumer products and price fixing class actions.
In addition to his legal experience, Jonathane began providing class action services to other lawyers and administrators in 2009. He had one chief goal - to increase take up / claims rates on class action settlements. Jonathane noticed that far too much money was being left on the table from class action settlements. Common reasons for this include class members either not knowing about the settlement proceeds (which goes to the merits of a good 'Notice' plan) OR they know about the settlement, but cannot be bothered on filling out the sometimes onerous and 'legalise' paperwork to make their claim. Starting the business of Canada Claims Management fully supports his chief aim - to get available funds into the hands of qualifying class members.
Som Seif, President and CEO, Claymore Investments Inc.
Som started Claymore Investments, Inc. in Canada in January 2005 and leads the implementation of the company’s business development and corporate strategies. Prior to joining Claymore, Som was an investment banker with RBC Capital Markets, where he worked since 1999. 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 currently a member for of the Art Gallery of Ontario Corporate Advisory Committee, the Sunnybrook Hospital Cancer Research Foundation Odette Cancer Campaign Cabinet and University of Toronto Engineering Alumni Association Biz Skule™ Committee.
Tim Simard, Managing Director, National Bank Financial Markets
Mr. Simard joined National Bank of Canada in November 2005 as a Managing Director, and now heads NBC Commodities, the Bank’s energy and metals risk management client coverage and strategic trading business unit. NBC Commodities is a leading provider of risk management instruments to members of the North American energy sector including producers, industrial consumers, utilities and investors. In addition, NBC Commodities plays a key role in the management of the commodity exposures underlying the suite of Horizons Beta Pro commodity exchange-traded funds. The trading activity undertaken to manage clients’ positions and the ETF flows make National Bank the largest trader of financial energy instruments amongst the Canadian banks.
Mr. Simard has been involved in the energy risk management business in Canada for 25 years through prior positions with Burns Fry and Bankers Trust, and as a founding principal of RiskAdvisory, a boutique risk management consulting firm that worked with over 200 energy clients across North America. At National Bank he is also responsible for drafting the daily morning energy commentary which is distributed to over 1,500 clients across North America.
Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Benjamin Tal is the Deputy Chief Economist with CIBC World Markets Inc. He is responsible for analyzing economic developments and their implications for North American fixed income, equity, foreign exchange and commodities markets. He also acts in an advisory capacity to bank officers on issues related to wealth management, household/corporate credit and risk.
Recently described as one of Canada’s leading experts on the real estate market by the International Monetary Fund, Mr. Tal is a regular commentator on financial and economic trends in the Canadian and American print and electronic media.
In addition to providing expert testimony on various economic issues in front of Canadian Parliamentary committees, Mr. Tal has represented Canada in NAFTA discussions with regards to the structure of the North American labour market. He has also led investment seminars on behalf of the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and leading institutional investors in major European cities.
Mr. Tal is a member of the Economic Committee of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Toronto Association for Business and Economics (TABE).
Ioulia Tretiakova, Director of Quantitative Strategies, PUR Investing
Ioulia Tretiakova is the Director of Quantitative Strategies at PŮR. Ioulia has a Master of Science degree in Mathematics with a finance emphasis from the University of Toronto; a Chartered Financial Analyst designation (CFA) from the CFA Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia; Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals Inc. (GARP), Jersey City, New Jersey. Ioulia's work as a quantitative analyst, risk and style specialist at Guardian Capital Advisors LP, Toronto, and Alliance Capital Management LP, New York, combined with financial and quantitative skills in modeling, portfolio construction, and derivatives gave her a disciplined foundation as an international equity portfolio manager and co-developer of a proprietary multi-factor equity management platform. Ioulia developed and implemented a tactical asset allocation capability using ETFs, among the first in North America. Ioulia’s research into the practical application of volatility management in mass customized portfolios and in the analysis of ETFs is groundbreaking.
Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PUR Investing Inc.
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.
As founding Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer for the high net worth division of a publicly-traded investment counsellor, he directed the development of a proprietary multi-factor investment management platform providing customized, institutional-level portfolio management to individuals and developed the first web-based investment management system using exclusively exchange-traded funds and launched the service in Canada.
As an analyst, portfolio manager and leader of investment management teams, he has broad experience in managing corporate, pension, multi-employer and individual investment portfolios in taxable, non-taxable, pooled and segregated mandates.
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 for individual investors.
 
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