Speakers 2015 Toronto

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Rick Ferri, Author, Columnist, Index Fund Expert, Managing Partner and Chief Compliance Officer, Portfolio Solutions
Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner, ETFGI

Matt Hougan, CEO, ETF.com
Dave Nadig, Director, ETFs, FactSet

Rick Ferri, Author, Columnist, Index Fund Expert, Managing Partner and Chief Compliance Officer, Portfolio Solutions
Author of six investment books, Richard (Rick) A. Ferri, CFA is a leading expert on low-cost index fund investing. Through his work as a researcher and investment manager, he continually monitors and evaluates the latest trends related to index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Rick utilizes his in-depth research about index fund investing strategies to direct the Investment Committee he heads at Portfolio Solutions, the low-fee investment management firm he founded in 1999. In addition, he shares his insights as a frequent news commentator, Forbes columnist, media contributor and public speaker.
Rick has authored six books on low-fee portfolio management, including All About Index Funds, The ETF Book and his most recent book, The Power of Passive Investing. Moreover, he shares his expertise in a variety of media, including many financial and business publications, newspapers, blogs, and radio shows. Most notably, he writes a biweekly column for Forbes as “The Indexer.” He is also a key member of the Bogleheads “brain trust,” a community inspired by the philosophy of John C. Bogle, founder of The Vanguard Group of mutual funds. Rick’s research and insight also appears frequently in such media outlets as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Barron’s, Money, Smart Money, Kiplinger’s, The Motley Fool, CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business.
Furthermore, Rick is a nationally recognized speaker who speaks extensively at industry and investor conferences. During these speaking engagements he discusses his investment philosophy and shares his “tight-fisted” approach to capturing stock and bond market returns at the lowest possible cost. Additional presentation topics include index funds, ETFs, asset allocation, portfolio management and investment strategy.
With more than 20 years experience in the investment industry, Rick has gained insight from a diverse background that includes ten years as a financial consultant at two major Wall Street firms. During his time at Kidder, Peabody & Co. and SmithBarney, he grew dissatisfied with the firms’ approach to client relationships and high-fee investment management. Seeking an outlet to manage funds in accordance with his
investment philosophy, Rick founded Portfolio Solutions in 1999. At the low-fee investment management firm, Rick directs the Investment Committee using his research and investment philosophy to capture market returns at the lowest possible cost.
A CFA Charterholder (Chartered Financial Analyst) through the CFA Institute, Rick holds a Master of Science degree in finance from Michigan’s Walsh College, where he has served as an adjunct professor. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to entering the financial industry, Rick served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer and fighter pilot before retiring from the reserves in 2001 with twenty years of service.

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner, ETFGI
Deborah Fuhr is the managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm launched in 2012 offering paid for research subscription services on trends in the global ETF and ETP industry, the institutional users and its eco-system.
Previously, she served as global head of ETF research and implementation strategy and as a managing director at BlackRock/BGI from 2008 – 2011. Fuhr also worked as a managing director and head of the investment strategy team at Morgan Stanley in London from 1997 – 2008, and as an associate at Greenwich Associates.
Deborah Fuhr was the recipient of the 2014 William F. Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of index investing. She has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Finance” by Financial News in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008 and 2007, and as one of the “10 to Watch in 2014” by Rep. magazine and wealthmanagement.com. Ms Fuhr won the award for the Greatest Overall Contribution to the development of the Global ETF industry in the ExchangeTradedFunds.com survey in 2011 and received an award for her contribution to the ETF sector at the annual closed end funds and ETF event in New York and was featured in the Investors Chronicle’s list of “150 people that can make you money” in 2010.
Ms Fuhr is one of the founders of Women in ETFs. Ms. Fuhr is on the editorial board of the Journal of Indexes (United States), Journal of Indexes (Europe), and Money Management Executive; the advisory board for the Journal of Index Investing; and the investment panel of experts for Portfolio Adviser, the FTSE ICB Advisory Committee, the NASDAQ listing and hearing review council, the International Advisory Committee for the Egyptian Exchange, and the University of Connecticut School of Business International Advisory Board. She holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
ETFGI’s annual research subscription service provides within 10 days of the end of each month: 1) an over 350 page report of charts and analysis on the global ETF and ETP industry covering fund flows, provider, index provider, exchange and broker rankings basis, 2) a monthly directory of ETFs and ETPs and 3) access to the ETFGI database web tool to find and compare ETFs and ETPs across various characteristics.
ETFGI Institutional users of ETFs and ETPs in 2013 report subscription service: discusses trends and provides analysis of the 3,590 institutional investors in 52 countries and the 6, 480 mutual funds in 46 countries that reported using ETFS/ETPs listed around the world in 2013. (source: ThomsonReuters/Lipper database of regulatory filings from over 70 countries and global mutual fund holdings.)

Matt Hougan, CEO, ETF.com
Matt Hougan is president of ETF.com, the world’s leading authority on ETFs. In this position, he oversees all of the company’s editorial, data and analytical, and conferences.
Matt is quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, Forbes, TheStreet.com, MarketWatch.com and the Associated Press, and was recently named of the 25 most influential people in the ETF industry. He is a regular guest on CNBC, and was recently named to Registered Rep’s “Ten to Watch in 2012” list.
Prior to joining ETF.com in 2006, Hougan ran a strategic communications firm providing speechwriting services to Fortune 500 CEOs, U.S. and foreign government agencies, and select nonprofits. Earlier, he was the lead biotech analyst for Open Fund, the world's first transparent mutual fund. Hougan is a 1998 graduate of Bowdoin College.

Dave Nadig, Director, ETFs, FactSet
Dave Nadig is VP and Director of Exchange Traded Funds at FactSet Research Systems, where he spearheads the in depth ETF and asset class research of the FactSet ETF Team. Dave has been involved in researching, reporting and analyzing the investment management industry for more than 20 years. As the Chief Investment Officer of ETF.com, the leading independent authority on Exchange Traded Funds, he build the world’s most authoritative ETF data and analytics business (sold to FactSet in 2015). As a Managing Director at Barclays Global Investors, Dave helped design and market some of the first exchange-traded funds. With partner Don Luskin, he went on to found MetaMarkets.com, a revolutionary transparent mutual fund company that pushed fund disclosure to the top of the SEC agenda. As co-founder at Cerulli Associates in the early '90s, he conducted some of the earliest research on fee-only financial advisers and the rise of indexing. Dave is widely quoted in the financial press, a regular speaker at finance conferences, and publishes a widely read blog at ETF.com. He’s has an MBA in Finance from Boston University.

LEADING FACULTY (by last name)
Ted Bader, National Sales Manager, National Accounts, SIA Wealth Management
Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst & Funds Product Specialist, Bloomberg

Cary Blake, Sales Executive, Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Scott Boniferro, Product Manager, Invesco Canada
Paul Bosse, Principal in The Vanguard Group, Inc.'s Investment Strategy Group
James Breech, President & CEO, Cougar Global
Derek Brown, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income, Fiera Capital
Trevor Cummings, Head of Business Development, Exchange Traded Funds, RBC Global Asset Management Inc.
Amanda Davidson, Managing Director, Financial Products, BMO Capital Markets
Stephen Elgee, Chief Investment Officer, Periscope Capital Inc.
Bobby Eng, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales, FT Portfolios Canada Co.
Deborah Frame, Co-Head, Canadian Chapter of Women in ETFs
Sharon French, President, F-Squarred
Paritosh Gambhir, Senior Manager, Audit, Financial Services, KPMG
Marty Gillespie, Director - Portfolio Trading, RBC Dominion Securities
Barry Gordon, President & CEO, First Asset
Peter Haynes, Managing Director, Index Products, TD Securities
Warren Jestin, Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Ron Landry, Executive Director, ETF Services, CIBC Mellon
Alfred Lee, Vice President, Portfolio Manager & Investment Strategist, BMO ETFs
Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President, First Asset ETFs
Tyler Mordy, President & co-CIO, HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.
Michael Nairne, President & CIO, Tacita Capital Inc.
Amelia Nedovich, Head, Business Development, ETFs & Structured Products, Toronto Stock Exchange
Mark Noble, Vice President & Head of Sales Strategy, Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.
Alex Perel, Director, Portfolio & ETF Trading, TD Securities Inc.
Ari Polychronopoulos, Vice President, Client Strategies, Research Affiliates
Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice-President, Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.
Peter J. Quinn, President, Chief Operating Officer, RiverFront
Yves Rebetez, Managing Director, Editor, ETFinsight
Kevin Rusli, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Bob Smith, President & CIO, Sage Advisory
Oricia Smith, Vice-President, Product Research & Development, Invesco Canada
Aye Soe, Senior Director, Global Research & Design, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Ryan Spourgitis, Vice President, Client Coverage, MSCI
Vinit Srivastava, Senior Director, Strategy Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Daniel Straus, Ph.D., M.Fin., ETF Research & Strategy, Derivatives & Structured Products, National Bank Financial
Fiona Wilson, Portfolio Manager, Systematic Strategies, Guardian Capital LP
Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PŮR Investing
Linda Zhang, Ph.D., Sr. Portfolio Manager, Head of Research, Windhaven Investment Management
Ling Zhang, ETF Research & Strategy, Financial Products Research National Bank Financial

Ted Bader, National Sales Manager, National Accounts, SIA Wealth Management
Ted has been in the ETF industry for 10 years. He was part of the initial group of people at Claymore Investments and was instrumental in helping that company grow into one of the premier ETF providers in the country. Ted focused on Retail and Institutional sales as well as Marketing, and Product development. When Claymore was sold to BlackRock iShares it had AUM of $8 Billion. While at BlackRock iShares Ted led the company to focus on the ETF Manager space or Managed ETF portfolio's and created the iShares Connect guide for advisors and broker/dealer firms to aid in deciding which ETF Manager to use for their Investment needs. Ted has since joined SIA Wealth Management to directly assist advisors in selecting the best ETFs to use and to create and launch managed ETF portfolio’s.

Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst & Funds Product Specialist, Bloomberg
Eric Balchunas is an ETF Analyst at Bloomberg. In this role, he manages ETF data on the Bloomberg terminal. He also appears in a weekly on-air segment for Bloomberg TV and Radio called "Exchange-Traded Friday" in which he discusses different ETFs and the way investors can utilize them.
In addition, he is responsible for training clients and conducting seminars on how to use Bloomberg to find and analyze ETFs. He also puts out the Bloomberg ETF Newsletter and is a regular speaker at Bloomberg events. Eric has also written numerous articles on ETFs for Bloomberg Markets magazine and is a regular contributor to Bloomberg's personal finance blog called Ventured&Gained.
Prior to joining the ETF team, Eric was a Public Relations Associate with Bloomberg. Before joining Bloomberg in 2000, Eric worked as a reporter for Institutional Investor Magazine. Eric holds a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Environmental Economics from Rutgers University.

Cary Blake, Sales Executive, Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.
Cary Blake is a sales executive for Vanguard Investments Canada Inc., serving institutional clients across Canada.
Mr. Blake has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, focusing on product development and portfolio management. Most recently, he was a vice president at RBC Global Asset Management, where he was responsible for ETF business strategy and product development. Before that, he was responsible for the Global Index and Markets Group at BlackRock Canada.
Mr. Blake graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor of commerce degree. He is a CFA® charterholder.

Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Longtime business commentator Pat Bolland has been a business thought leader north and south of the border. 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’. He has parlayed his TV hosting skills into media training, 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 known as “the guy with the ‘stache”. Follow him at @patbolland.

Scott Boniferro, Product Manager, Invesco Canada
Scott Boniferro is a product manager with Invesco Canada, focused on managing the firm's Canadian lineup of PowerShares® funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). His areas of expertise include smart beta 'Indexing as well as ETF portfolio implementation, liquidity analysis and trade execution.
Mr. Boniferro joined Invesco in 2011. Previously, he was with TD Wealth, where he worked closely with investment advisors and financial planners in progressively senior roles in practice management and sales support/acquisition.
Mr. Boniferro earned a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds the Certified Financial Planner® and Certified International Wealth Manager designations and is a Fellow of the CSI
®.

Paul Bosse, Principal in The Vanguard Group, Inc.'s Investment Strategy Group
Paul Bosse, CFA, is a principal in The Vanguard Group, Inc.’s Investment Strategy Group. He works with institutional clients, consulting on asset allocation and portfolio construction issues. Before joining Vanguard, Mr.Bosse was director of asset allocation and chairman of the investment committee at DuPont Capital Management. While at DuPont, he designed the strategic asset allocation for the pension trust fund and managed the global tactical asset allocation portfolio. He also had investment oversight for several international pension plans and the employee defined contribution plan. Previous responsibilities at DuPont included developing quantitative equity strategies and managing a small-cap fund. Mr. Bosse is a former member of the Investment Committee for the University of Delaware Endowment and is a CFA® charterholder. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

 

 

James Breech, President & CEO, Cougar Global
Prior to founding Cougar Global in 1993, Dr. Breech spent over ten years specializing in global capital markets. He taught international finance in the MBA program in the Faculty of Administrative Studies and was a Full Professor at York University in Toronto. Dr. Breech earned his BA (Honours) in English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto (1966), his PhD in Hellenistic and Greco-Roman History, Religion and Culture at Harvard University (1976), and his MBA in International Finance at the Wharton School (1983). Dr. Breech is registered as a Portfolio Manager – Advising Representative with the Ontario Securities Commission.

Derek Brown, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income, Fiera Capital
Derek Brown is a member of the Tactical Fixed Income team and is a senior portfolio manager for the Tactical Fixed Income Universe fund as well as the lead manager of the High Yield Bond strategy.
Mr. Brown has 12 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 2010. Prior experiences include Associate Trader and Proprietary Trader positions at major Canadian financial and investment management firms.
Mr. Brown graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm), majoring in Finance and later received a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from McGill University. He also received the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Trevor Cummings, Head of Business Development, Exchange Traded Funds, RBC Global Asset Management Inc.
Trevor Cummings is the Head of Business Development, Exchange Traded Funds at RBC Global Asset Management. In this capacity, he is responsible for championing the RBC ETF offering, including RBC Target Maturity Bond ETFs and the RBC Quant Dividend Leaders ETFs. Trevor is responsible for growing the asset base of RBC’s ETF offering, including spearheading business initiatives related to the ongoing support and education for this innovative suite of investment solutions.
Trevor has 16 years’ experience in the financial industry. For the past eight years he worked at the largest ETF provider in Canada. He was most recently Vice President of Business Development, a position which he held for six years. Prior to that, he held roles in Sales Strategy and Inside Sales.
Trevor has also spent three years at an IIROC firm in a trading capacity and five years at two MFDA fund companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and has completed sevTed Bader, National Sales Manager, National Accounts, SIA Wealth Management Management Analyst® designation, offered by the Investment Management Consultants Association and The Wharton School.

Amanda Davidson, Managing Director, Financial Products, BMO Capital Markets
Ms. Davidson is a Managing Director in the Financial Products group at BMO Capital Markets. After graduating from York University in 1991 with an Honors Degree in Economics, she began her career with Burns Fry Ltd (now BMO Capital Markets) managing various derivative strategies. Amanda has 18 years of ETF trading experience providing markets on a diverse list of ETFs across multiple asset classes. She also develops customized ETF solutions and trading strategies for retail and institutional clients, as well as working with ETF issuers in launching new products. Ms. Davidson received her CFA designation in 1997.

Stephen Elgee, Chief Investment Officer, Periscope Capital Inc.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo with an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science degree in 1985, Mr. Elgee joined the Research department at Burns Fry Ltd. (now BMO Capital Markets (“BMO”) as a quantitative analyst. After earning his CFA designation in 1989, Mr. Elgee moved to the Institutional Equity Trading group where his primary responsibility was to identify potential trading opportunities and to develop hedging strategies designed to reduce the risk inherent in BMO’s trading operations. In 1991, Mr. Elgee joined the Equity Derivatives Group where he was responsible for BMO’s Canadian index arbitrage and equity options businesses. In 1996 he became the Executive Managing Director of BMO’s Equity Derivatives department, a group that over the following nine years would grow to a department of over 30 people. During that period, he added responsibility for several other product areas including preferred shares, convertible debentures and Exchange-traded Funds During his 20 years at BMO, Mr. Elgee was exposed to all aspects of the equity derivatives business including proprietary trading, sales, marketing, origination and structuring. Mr. Elgee is a past Chairman of the Board of the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC) and of the Toronto Futures Exchange. He is also a past member of CDCC’s Risk Management Advisory Committee, the Bourse de Montreal Inc.’s Board of Directors, the Ontario Securities Commission Commodity Futures Advisory Board, the Ontario government appointed Commodity Futures Act Review Committee and the S&P/TSX Index Advisory Panel.

Bobby Eng, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales, FT Portfolios Canada Co.
Bobby Eng is Senior Vice President, Head of Sales at First Trust Portfolios Canada. He is responsible for sales and distribution of the AlphaDEX™ Exchange Traded Funds line up as well as other products. Mr. Eng has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and was most recently the Director & Vice President, Head of National Accounts at Blackrock Asset Management responsible for retail brokerage senior executive relationships. He was also instrumental in the success of the iShares, Exchange Traded Funds business in Canada being responsible for sales and business development across Canada. Mr. Eng also held sales and relationship management roles at Fidelity Investments and National Bank of Canada.
Mr. Eng holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting from Concordia University and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from the Investment Management Consultant Association (IMCA).

Deborah Frame, Co-Head, Canadian Chapter of Women in ETFs
Deborah is the Co-Head of the Canadian Chapter of Women in ETFs. Founded in January, 2014, Women in ETFs brings together women in the ETF industry in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia Pacific to CONNECT, SUPPORT, and INSPIRE.
She is the former Vice President Investments and Chief Compliance Officer at Cougar Global Investments, a Global Tactical ETF Portfolio Strategist. While there she oversaw the firm’s use of qualitative and quantitative asset allocation models that focus on downside risk optimization and the use of Exchange Traded Funds. Prior to joining Cougar Global in 2009 she was Chief Investment Officer at Empire Life.
Deborah has held executive positions over the past 30 years at a number of major Canadian life insurance and investment firms and has sat as a board member of both public and private companies.
She holds an MBA from York University in Finance and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Business from the University of Guelph. Deborah is registered as a Portfolio Manager - Advising Representative with the Ontario Securities Commission, is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Governance Committee of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts.

Sharon French, President, F-Squarred
Ms. French is Chief Distribution Officer of F-Squared Investments, and is a member of the F-Squared Investments Executive Committee. She is responsible for the development and enhancement of client partnerships and oversees all sales, marketing and distribution efforts for the firm globally. Sharon has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry with extensive expertise in asset management, wealth management, and capital markets.
Previously, Ms. French was Managing Director and Leader of the Private Client & Institutions Group at Blackrock and a member of the US Senior Management team for the iShares ETF business. In that position, she directed strategy and execution for the Ultra High Net Worth channel. Specifically she built distribution partnerships with private banks, private client groups, and institutional consultants, as well as leading innovations in new product development. She has proven expertise in building platforms in both the retail and institutional markets.
Prior to Blackrock, Ms. French was Managing Director and Head of Alliance Bernstein’s Institutional Defined Contribution Group where she was responsible for all new business development and client service in the Institutional Defined Contribution marketplace. Before coming to New York, Ms. French was located in San Francisco where she was Senior Vice President and head of Global Business Development at mPower, an online investment advisory firm which was sold to Morningstar in 2003. In addition, Ms. French spent ten years at Morgan Stanley & Smith Barney where she most notably built the Corporate Services Group working with institutional investment banking clients. She spent the early part of her career at Chase Manhattan Bank in global banking.
Ms. French earned a BS in Management – Finance from the University of Delaware and became a Certified Investment Management Analyst at the University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School of Business.

Paritosh Gambhir, Senior Manager, Audit, Financial Services, KPMG
Paritosh is a Partner in our Asset Management practice with more than 10 years of professional experience in serving Canadian and international investment funds, including reporting issuers. Paritosh is experienced in helping clients meet the challenges of an ever-changing environment. He is also responsible for auditing investment management companies and their managed funds. He has successfully managed the audits of reputable investment management companies and large fund complexes, including Horizons ETFs and BMO Private Client Group entities, which include investment dealer, mutual fund dealer and investment management companies, including BMO ETF Management Inc, His clients also include Lincluden Funds, Integra Funds, Questrade ETFs, Hamilton Capital, Waratah, Panorama.

Marty Gillespie, Director - Portfolio Trading, RBC Dominion Securities
Marty Gillespie is a Director at RBC Capital Markets, heading the ETF and Program Trading Group. After graduating with Honors from Wilfrid Laurier University, he began his career at TD Securities. With over 15 years experience in ETF markets, he leads a team of professionals, which carry the responsibility of being designated broker and market maker on several products in Canada . In addition, Mr. Gillespie covers Index and Program trading accounts globally. He also spearheads an ETF publication which aims to educate investors on market structure and dynamics of the ETF landscape.

Barry Gordon, President & CEO, First Asset
Barry Gordon serves as First Asset’s President and Chief Executive Officer, bringing with him over 15 years of experience in the financial services sector.
Barry joined First Asset in 1997 and has overseen the successful growth of the firm to date. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian ETF Association and serves on the Investment Funds Product Advisory Committee. Barry has authored several articles on the evolution of the investment landscape in Canada and internationally, and his active participation in the financial industry has made him a frequent commentator in the media. Alongside his directorship in the financial industry, Barry is active in several charities, including the directorship of Crescent School, the Crescent School Foundation, and is a member of YPO and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Prior to joining First Asset, Barry practised securities law at the Toronto law firm of McMillan Binch (now McMillan LLP). Barry holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Peter Haynes, Managing Director, Index Products, TD Securities
Peter Haynes joined TD Securities (TDSI) in June, 1995. Currently, Peter heads up TDSI’s Index Products team, a group responsible for index and market structure research and ranked number 1 by Brendan Woods in every year since 2004. In addition, Peter handles relationship management for a few key Ontario-based institutional investors, and manages TD Securities Client Relations Committee. Previously at TDSI, Peter was responsible for equity derivatives sales and portfolio trading. Prior to joining TDSI, Peter worked for one year in Montreal with Credit Lyonnais Canada, marketing global equity derivatives to Canadian investors. Before Credit Lyonnais, Peter started his career at the Toronto Stock Exchange, spending 6 years in their index and derivatives marketing department, involved in both retail and institutional efforts to develop the listed Canadian index products and equity derivatives business. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Peter is a member of S&P’s US, Canadian and Global Index Advisory Panels as well as the Ontario Securities Commission’s Market Structure Advisory Committee.

Warren Jestin, Senior Vice-President & Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Warren Jestin is Scotiabank’s Chief Economist and has been with the Bank since 1979. He manages a team of Economists providing research and support to Scotiabank’s domestic and international business lines and clients from retail to capital markets. Warren travels extensively meeting with clients and external organizations to discuss the latest economic and financial market developments.
Reflecting his strong interest in policy and education, Warren is currently Chair of Ontario’s Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and serves on the boards of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, Seneca College and the Sobey School of Business.
Warren is the Economist in Residence at the University of Guelph’s College of Management & Economics.
Warren has been a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s Monetary Policy Council, the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education, the Learning Partnership, and the Markham Stouffville Hospital Board of Directors, where he is past Chair. He has also been involved with policy committees of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade.
Before joining Scotiabank, Warren earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, worked at the Bank of Canada and taught at several universities.

Ron Landry, Executive Director, ETF Services, CIBC Mellon
Ronald C. Landry, is Executive Director, ETFs & Investment Funds, at CIBC Mellon where he develops and supports the company’s ETF strategy and plan, including determining growth opportunities and ensuring CIBC Mellon’s service model platform meets the needs of current and future ETF clients.
Prior to joining CIBC Mellon, Mr. Landry held progressive positions in the financial services sector including senior positions in fund accounting, corporate finance and regulatory compliance at Altamira Investment Services. Mr. Landry was then recruited to join Felcom Data Services Inc. where he held the position of Executive Vice President and COO prior to being appointed President in 2007. CIBC Mellon acquired Felcom in 2009.
Since joining CIBC Mellon, Mr. Landry has led the company’s drive to service the ETF segment and develop CIBC Mellon’s comprehensive service delivery platform. He also participates actively in industry groups including IFIC accounting advisory; CETFA policy; PR & media and operations committees.
Today, CIBC Mellon services more ETF providers than any other custodian in Canada. Founded in 1996, CIBC Mellon provides asset servicing solutions including custody, multicurrency accounting, fund administration, unitholder recordkeeping, pension services and securities lending administration for institutions and corporations. As at December 31, 2013, CIBC Mellon held more than CAD$1.3 trillion in assets under administration.

Alfred Lee, Vice President, Portfolio Manager & Investment Strategist, BMO ETFs
Alfred is a portfolio manager on the BMO ETFs & Global Structured Investments team where he manages fixed income and preferred shares related mandates. In addition, he manages a liquid alternatives strategy that uses ETFs and develops tactical macro-related strategies using ETFs exclusively. As part of the BMO ETF team, Alfred is involved with portfolio design and construction. Prior to joining BMO, Alfred spent four years at a Canadian brokerage providing ETF Research & Strategy, while simultaneously providing coverage on commodities, foreign exchange and international macro. He also spent four years at a pension consulting and analytics group. Alfred is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, majoring in economics. He is a CFA Charterholder, and holds the CMT and DMS designations.

Rohit Mehta, Senior Vice President, First Asset ETFs
Rohit Mehta brings 15 years of experience in the financial services industry as Senior Vice President of First Asset and as a member of the senior management team. Rohit is integral in all three of First Asset's product lines: Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), Mutual Funds and Closed-End Funds.
Rohit's passion for financial services started with his first position at RBC Dominion Securities. Since then he has held progressive roles in financial services and management. Prior to joining First Asset, he was Vice President and National Sales Manager at a major Canadian investment management firm.
Rohit is a contributing speaker at many industry conferences, events, and also is a regular commentator in the media. He sits on the Media and Public Relations committee of the Canadian ETF Association. Rohit holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Economics) degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Tyler Mordy, President & co-CIO, HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.
Tyler Mordy is President and co-CIO for HAHN Investment Stewards. Since joining the firm in 2003, Tyler has become a recognized innovator in the design and application of "global macro" ETF portfolios. He is widely quoted and interviewed by the financial media for his views on global investment strategy and ETF trends. Recently, ETF.com profiled Tyler as one of the "best and brightest" working in the ETF Strategist industry and described him as "a money manager for the modern era". CNBC has also called Tyler one of the "best independent ETF experts".

Michael Nairne, President & CIO, Tacita Capital Inc.
Michael Nairne is President and Chief Investment Officer of Tacita Capital Inc., a family office and investment advisory firm that provides integrated wealth and portfolio management services to families of affluence.
Prior to co-founding Tacita, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer of Loring Ward Inc., a family office located in New York and Los Angeles. Michael was also the co-founder and Vice Chairman of Assante Corporation, Loring Ward’s original parent company.
Michael writes regularly on wealth management matters including the Serious Money column in the Financial Post and has co-authored a best seller on fund management. He has spoken internationally on advanced asset allocation and other investment topics relevant to high worth families.
Michael holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society. He is a Registered Financial Planner, a Certified Financial Planner and graduated first in his class in Canada as a Chartered Financial Planner. Michael is also a Certified Management Consultant and was the gold medalist in his graduating year from the Honors Commerce Program at the University of Manitoba. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the Canadian Institute of Financial Planners and the Institute of Advanced Financial Planners.

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.

Mark Noble, Vice President & Head of Sales Strategy, Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.
Areas of Expertise: ETFs, ETF Portfolio strategy, Public Relations, Client Education
Years of Industry Experience: 8
Mark Noble is Vice President and Head of Sales Strategy at Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc. Mark Noble has been with Horizons ETFs for more than 5 years and is responsible for its external communications and sales strategy. Mark is a strong proponent of financial literacy and ETF education and works closely with Horizons sales and marketing teams to build out client education tools and initiatives that help Canadians become better ETF investors. Prior to working at Horizons ETFs, Mark was a personal finance journalist at the Advisor Group, a leading financial services publication that serves the Canadian Financial Advisor market.

Alex Perel, Director, Portfolio & ETF Trading, TD Securities Inc.
Alex is a Vice President, Portfolio & ETF Trading at TD Securities, where he leads the firm's ETF market-making and client facilitation activities. In addition, he is a regular contributor to TD's Index and Market Structure research, focusing on regulatory and market structure issues. Since joining TD in 2003, Alex has been active in a number of roles in both the institutional and retail equity businesses. Previously, Alex worked the field of transaction processing and e-commerce. He holds a Bachelors of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo, and is a CFA charterholder.

Ari Polychronopoulos, Vice President, Client Strategies, Research Affiliates
Ari Polychronopoulos is a relationship manager and product specialist for RAFI Fundamental Index strategies. In this role, Ari manages multiple relationships with firms to license and distribute RAFI strategies. Ari is also responsible for developing marketing and educational content to support RAFI Fundamental Index strategies and for meetings with institutional and retail investors to educate them on the firm's strategies and research.
Previously, Ari worked as a senior analyst for IndyMac Bank, where he was responsible for portfolio hedging and risk management. He also has served as a corporate retirement plan consultant for Precept, an employee benefits firm.
Ari is a member of CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Orange County.
Ari has a BS in mathematical economics from Pitzer College and an MS in financial engineering from Claremont Graduate University.

Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice-President, Horizons ETFs Management (Canada) Inc.
As Executive Vice-President at Horizons ETFs, Jaime manages the national accounts relationships for Horizons ETFs with Canadian Investment Dealers, as well as managing relationships with the Dealer’ managed asset and discretionary management programs. Jaime is also responsible for directing the Self-Directed Investing channel and delivering key concepts and product knowledge to the management, operations, and investors. Jaime also manages the Institutional sales program for HETFs in Europe.
Jaime is also the designated Product specialist for Horizons ETFs, and is integral in implementing and delivering educational campaigns for Horizons, such as the very successful Horizons ETF University series.
A Queen’s University graduate with an Honours degree in Political Science, Jaime has been with Horizons ETFs-related firms since 1995.

Peter J. Quinn, President, Chief Operating Officer, RiverFront
Pete serves as President and Chief Operating Officer for RiverFront, bringing close to 30 years of industry experience to his role leading the Business Development, Operations & Trading, and Compliance & Administrative teams. In addition, he serves on the firm’s Executive and Operating Committees.

Pete spent the majority of his career at Wachovia Securities and its predecessor firms, lastly serving as President of the Private Client Group, where he ran the retail branch network. He worked in all areas of the firm, including capital markets, asset management and retail brokerage. Pete served as President of Mentor Investment Group, the asset management arm of the firm. Pete earned a BS in Accounting from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from the University of Richmond. He later served as an adjunct faculty member in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, teaching an undergraduate class in finance.

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.

Kevin Rusli, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Kevin regularly provides legal advice regarding the regulation and registration of investment fund managers, portfolio advisers and dealers, and has considerable experience in structuring and implementing new asset management platforms in Canada for both domestic and international investment fund providers. He is engaged in the regulatory changes and development of the mutual fund and exchange-traded fund industry and currently sits as a member of the Policy Committee of the Canadian ETF Association.

Bob Smith, President & CIO, Sage Advisory
Bob Smith received his M.B.A. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business, is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) and Certified Investment Management Consultant (CIMC). He has over 35 years of domestic and international portfolio management and institutional research experience.
Bob began his professional career at Moody’s Investors Service as a member of the Corporate Bond Rating Committee; he then went on to Loeb, Rhodes & Co. to cover the insurance industry in the Institutional Equity Research Department. After this assignment, he worked at Merrill Lynch & Co. as a Managing Director over 14 years in a variety of institutional research, trading and portfolio management roles in New York and London. During this period, he worked at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency as a Resident Financial Advisor in Riyadh responsible for managing the foreign reserves of the Central Bank. After his time at Merrill Lynch, Bob became Executive Vice President and a senior member of the Investment Committee at Smith Affiliated Capital in New York until 1996. In late 1996, Bob exercised his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Sage Advisory Services Ltd. Co., an independent registered investment advisory firm based in Austin, Texas. The firm currently manages over $10.7 billion of institutional assets, offers a variety of products or services and is the largest independent investment advisory firm in Austin as well as one of the largest in Texas.

Oricia Smith, Vice-President, Product Research & Development, Invesco Canada
Oricia Smith is Vice President, Product Research and Development in Canada for Invesco, a global, independent investment management firm. She joined the company in 1999 as Manager, Product Development. Following the firm’s acquisition of Trimark, she held the position of Assistant Vice President, Institutional Product Support and Vice President, National Accounts. In 2010, Ms. Smith assumed leadership of the Canadian Product Development team, responsible for building a comprehensive product lineup that meets the diverse needs of investors. Among numerous other initiatives, she has been instrumental in the launch of PowerShares® Funds and TSX-listed ETFs, Invesco Intactive Portfolios and Invesco platform traded funds (PTFs).
Ms. Smith is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Investment Funds Product Advisory Committee, serving as a source of advice on product innovation. She is also a member of the Women’s Bond Club of New York, and champions the advancement and development of women at Invesco through her position on the Invesco Women’s Network Management Committee.
Ms. Smith earned an HBA and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Aye Soe, Vice-President, Senior Director, Global Research & Design, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Aye M. Soe is senior director, index research and design, at S&P Dow Jones Indices. Aye is responsible for conceptualization, research and design covering global strategy, factor based, alternative beta and thematic indices across different asset classes. Aye also regularly publishes on a number of headline S&P publications as well as research papers related to capital markets and investment concepts.
Prior to joining S&P Dow Jones Indices in 2007, Aye was a research analyst within the Consulting Services Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management and an associate product manager at FactSet Research Systems.
Aye is a CFA Charterholder, a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) and the CFA Institute. Aye has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Tufts University and a master’s degree in Economics from Fordham University.

Ryan Spourgitis, Vice President, Client Coverage, MSCI
Ryan Spourgitis is Vice President of MSCI’s Asset Owner Client Coverage team in Canada.
Ryan joined MSCI in 2011 and has held progressive roles throughout his tenure. He presently works across Canada with all Asset Owners with a focus on government and corporate pension plans. Ryan has established close relationships with this client segment with an in-depth understanding of their index needs.
Prior to MSCI, Ryan worked at Aon Hewitt as a Consultant, and Manulife Asset Management on the Institutional Coverage Team.
Ryan received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics from Western University.
Ryan is based in Toronto, where he resides with his wife and two sons.

Vinit Srivastava, Senior Director, Strategy Indices, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Vinit Srivastava is senior director, strategy indices, at S&P Dow Jones Indices, focusing on alternative beta strategies including factor-based indices, dividends and volatility, as well as quantitative, thematic, and asset-allocation strategies. In his role, Vinit works closely with the sales, marketing, and Index Research & Design departments to bring new ideas to market.
Prior to his current role, Vinit worked for Oracle USA, Inc. in engineering and product management roles for seven years. At McGraw-Hill, Vinit worked on Business Strategy and Corporate Strategy assignments prior to taking his role at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Vinit holds an MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, a master’s in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, India.

Daniel Straus, Ph.D., M.Fin., ETF Research & Strategy, Derivatives & Structured Products, National Bank Financial
National Bank Financial’s ETF Research & Strategy group focuses on providing both institutional and retail investors with value-add and actionable investment research relating to Exchange-traded Funds. The group regularly publishes street-leading reports on the ETF landscape in Canada and the U.S., theme pieces, flow reports, model portfolios, trade ideas, and strategy reports. Their ETF research has been regularly featured in media outlets such as BNN, National Post, Canal Argent, and the Globe and Mail.
Daniel Straus joined National Bank’s ETF Research group in 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Ph.D. in Engineering from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a Master of Finance degree from the Schulich School of Business.

Fiona Wilson, Portfolio Manager, Systematic Strategies, Guardian Capital LP
Ms. Wilson is a portfolio manager for Systematic Strategies for Guardian Capital LP, and has been a Portfolio Manager on the Fund since its April 2014 inception. Prior to joining the firm, she owned and operated an independent financial consulting practice. Previous experience includes roles as an options trader and a portfolio manager of global derivative instruments. She received a BA from the University of Western Ontario, obtained her Honours Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of Windsor, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Mark Yamada, President & CEO, PŮR 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.

Linda Zhang, Ph.D., Sr. Portfolio Manager, Head of Research, Windhaven Investment Management
Linda Zhang is the Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Research at Windhaven Investment Management, Inc. Linda leads the firm’s Research Team responsible for macro investment research, model development and Exchange Traded Fund analysis. Linda has extensive experience in the investment management industry focusing on multi-asset portfolio management. She joined Windhaven from MFS where she managed a range of mutual funds including Global Multi-Asset, Absolute Return and Commodities funds. Previously, she was a Portfolio Manager at BlackRock managing global tactical asset allocation and lifecycle funds. She has also served as Head of the Quant Strategy Group and fund manager for State Street Research Management. Dr. Zhang has spoken extensively about global investment and ETF topics and has authored articles published in Journal of Investing, CFA Digest and the Journal of Alternative Investments. She is one of the founding members of Women in ETFs, a professional organization for women in the ETF industry. Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from University of Regina in Canada, a Master of Science in Resource Economics and a Ph.D. in Finance from University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Ling Zhang, ETF Research & Strategy, Financial Products Research National Bank Financial
Ling Zhang is a key member of National Bank’s ETF Research and Strategy team. Ling’s work on National Bank’s trading floor focuses on providing both institutional clients and wealth portfolio managers with value-add research relating to Exchange-traded Funds. The group regularly publishes street-leading reports on the ETF landscape in Canada and the U.S., theme pieces, flow reports, model portfolios, trade ideas, and strategy reports. Their ETF research has been regularly featured in media outlets such as BNN, National Post, Canal Argent, and the Globe and Mail.
Ling holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Finance degree from the Schulich School of Business, and has passed all three levels of CFA exams.

 
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