Speakers 2010

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 

 

Harry Markopolos, Madoff Whistleblower
Harry Markopolos realized that Bernard Madoff’s investment strategy was an obvious fraud within five minutes, and spent the next nine years trying in vain to alert the Securities and Exchange Commission. His recently released book, No One Would Listen, details the ten-year quest Markopolos and his team undertook to prevent the biggest financial disaster of the 21st century. Publisher’s Weekly has called it “an astonishing true-life whodunit set amidst the personalities, plots, and international intrigue of Wall Street.” Since the Madoff scandal broke, Markopolos has dedicated himself to becoming the world's most visible and shrewd whistleblower on fraud and conflicts of interest in financial markets. No One Would Listen has already become a New York Times bestseller, and Markopolos has shared his insights on such prominent media outlets as The Today Show, 60 Minutes, CNN and The Daily Show, as well as in major print publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. A 17-year veteran of the Army Reserve and National Guard, where he achieved the rank of Major, Markopolos earned his Chartered Financial Analysts designation in 1996 and his Certified Fraud Examiner’s designation in 2008. He served as President and CEO of the 4,000 member Boston Security Analysts Society from 2002-2003. Markopolos has also held board seats on the Boston Chapters of both the Global Association of Risk Professionals and QWAFAFEW, a quantitative finance lecture group. An assistant portfolio manager for Darien Capital Management in Greenwich, CT for three years, he left to become an equity derivatives portfolio manager at Rampart Investment Management Company, Inc. in Boston. Markopolos was promoted to Chief Investment Officer in 2002 but decided to leave the industry in August 2004 to pursue fraud investigations fulltime against Fortune 500 companies in the financial services and healthcare industries. He brings fraud cases to the US Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service under existing whistleblower bounty programs. The Madoff investigation was his first fraud case. He’s been hooked ever since.
FEATURED SPEAKER
Lt. Colonel Jeffery E. Lay, President, Talon Eight, LLC, Global Wealth Management
Jeffery E. Lay was a Top Gun fighter pilot, who fought back from the dead after a long battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. After that he flew another 1,000 combat hours in Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia… supersonic speed 50-feet above the desert floor, under the radar, with 4,000-pounds of high explosive aboard.
Jeffery now runs a hedge fund in Cincinnati called Talon Management, a fund which specializes in calculated risk management, using all the lessons from Top Gun to protect his clients’ capital. He is also a motivational speaker, brand new on the lecture circuit, meeting with sales forces all over America, teaching them about a new level of excellence. Standards every Top Gun fighter pilot lives by.
LEADING FACULTY
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.
Trevor Cummings, Vice President, Exchange Traded Products, iShares
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.
Ken McCord, President, AlphaPro Management Inc.
Ken McCord is President of AlphaPro Management Inc., the leading provider of actively managed ETFs in Canada.
Prior to joining AlphaPro, Ken was President, CEO and co-founder of Webb Asset Management. Ken’s significant investment management experience includes roles at First Asset Management where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and was integral in product development. At AIM Trimark he held several senior management roles including Senior Vice President of Sales and President of Invesco Canada, the institutional investment arm of the company. Ken began his career in the investment industry with TD Asset Management where he held various sales and management roles.
He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. He also holds a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Queen's University.
Ken is a frequent guest on BNN and a regular contributor to the Money Letter newsletter.
Seddick Meziani, Professor Finance & Economics, Montclair State University
Seddik Meziani teaches finance at Montclair State University, NJ. Previously, he worked for Standard & Poor’s and TIAA-CREF. He received a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from NYU.
His field of expertise encompasses exchange traded funds and other index-linked products. He is published in both academic and practitioners journals. He is the author of “Exchange-Traded Funds as an Investment Option” published by Palgrave/Macmillan (2006) and “Exchange-Traded Funds-Conceptual and Practical Investment Approaches” published by Risk Book & Journals (2009).
He delivered key note addresses at The Art of Indexing Summit (2008 and 2009), the Chairman’s Club of Capital One Bank and the Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey. He also served as conference chair for the IMN’s Inaugural World Series of Indexing & ETFs in Boston (2010). He is scheduled to chair a panel at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Business and Economics Association (September 2010) and serve as conference chair at the Art of Indexing Summit in New York (October 2010).
He has developed and presented a series of professional seminars to various U.S. and international corporate and government clients; the most recent was a comprehensive workshop on ETFs at the Chamber of Commerce in London.
Dave Pickett, Senior Vice President for Professional Practice Management, TD Wealth Management
Dave Pickett joined TD Wealth Management as the Senior Vice President for Professional Practice Management in 2003. Dave began his investment career in 1984 as an Investment Advisor, and subsequently held numerous executive positions in the Investment Industry as an Education, Professional Practice Management and Training expert.
Dave is well known within the investment community having written and conducted numerous educational workshops for professional advisors and their clients. He is a regular presenter at international conferences and professional development events. A highly sought after speaker, as a Retirement and Client Experience specialist, Dave is well known for his down to earth communication and dynamic presentation style.
When not on the road, Dave enjoys spending time with Judy, Charlie, Whitney and KC in Northern Ontario. Dave lists as his other interests golf, collecting wine and travelling.
Dave has an infectious passion for people and believes the role of an investment professional is to exceed their clients expectations, by first understanding what is truly important to each individual and their family, and then seeking to provide value added customized advice and guidance to make a positive and long lasting impact.
John Youn, Director, BMO Asset Management
John Youn has 14 years of financial industry experience. His primary role at BMO is to further educate ETFs to Institutional and Retail Clients. He has also developed ETF training for BMO.
John has been appeared on BNN and interview by Winnipeg Free Press, and National Post for his expertise and insight on ETF related subjects. Also, he is a frequent panellist and a moderator at many industry conferences.
Prior to joining BMO, John was a Vice President at HBP. He was a Principal at Barclays Global Investors developing iShares ETF. In addition, he has managed Oracle Canada group pension.
John holds a BA from the University of Toronto.
SPEAKING FACULTY
Bill Bamber, Global Head of Structuring for Canada and U.S, CIBC
Rob Bechard, VP & Head of Portfolio Management, BMO ETFs
Mike Bruno, Director of Fixed Income Research, FTSE Group
Gregory W. Burgess, Newhaven Asset Management Inc.
Pat Chiefalo, Director, Derivatives & Structured Products Research, National Bank Financial
Christopher Foster, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Blackheath Fund Management Inc.
John Gabriel, ETF Strategist, Morningstar, Inc.
Marc-André Gaudreau, Senior Vice President and Co-Head, Fixed Income, NatCan
Kevin Gopaul, Vice President and CIO, BMO ETFs
Beat J. Guldimann, Founder, Tribeca Consulting Group
Warren Jestin, Chief Economist, Scotiabank
Greg Jones, Managing Director, Equity Derivatives, National Bank Financial
Alex Jurshevski, Founder, Recovery Partners
Richard Kang, Chief Investment Officer & Director of Research, Emerging Global Advisors, LLC
Joe Keenan, Managing Director, Global Financial Institutions, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing
Gary Knight, Vice President, Trading, TSX Markets
Alfred Lee, Investment Strategist, BMO ETFs & Global Structured Investments
Ken McCord, President, AlphaPro Management Inc.
James McGovern, Managing Director & CEO, Arrow Hedge Partners
Stuart McKinnon, President & CEO, Pro-Financial
Oliver McMahon, Director, Head of Product Management, iShares Canada, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited

Andrew McOrmond, Managing Director, ETF Group, WallachBeth Capital LLC
Ian Merrill, Director, Head of Product Origination, Americas, Barclays Capital
Jean Michaud, Managing Director, Senior Commodity Strategist, Jefferies Assets Management, LLC.
Tyler Mordy, HAHN Investment Stewards & Company Inc.
Kathleen H. Moriarty, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
David Munro, Research Analyst, Dundee Wealth
Neil Murdoch, President & CEO, Connor, Clark & Lunn Capital Markets Inc.
Carmela Pallotto, Partner, Tax, KPMG LLP
Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice President, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds Inc.
Yves Rebetez, Vice President, ETFs/Structured Products, Portfolio Advisory Group, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Laurent Rimmen, Director and Head of Investor Solutions, Canada, Barclays Capital
Dr. Avery Shenfeld, Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Konrad Sippel, Global Product Development & Sales, STOXX Limited
Ioulia Tretiakova, Pur Investing Inc.
Edward Vallar, Director of Investments and Research, GM Advisory Group
Greg Walker, Vice President, Institutional Business, iShares
Anthony Welch, Co-Owner and Portfolio Manager, Sarasota Capital Strategies Inc.
Joseph Witthohn, Investment Strategy Group, Janny Montgomery Scott LLC
Bill Bamber, Global Head of Structuring for Canada and U.S, CIBC
Bill Bamber is the global head of Structuring at CIBC and has 20 years of international capital markets experience most notably in the derivatives spanning all asset classes and has been responsible for the origination of approximately $12 billion of newly created structures. Among the many innovative solutions was the creation of the world’s first Emerging Market ETF, the SATRIX 40 while based in South Africa.
Prior to re-joining CIBC in 2009 he was a Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. where he led Equity & Commodity Derivatives structuring in the Americas. While at Bear he was intensely focused on innovative structures that accessed new markets and asset classes. These include allowing investors to short housing while protecting capital, efficient access to US energy MLPs and ground-breaking algorithmic strategies. He also worked extensively with institutional clients throughout the US and Latin America in structuring risk-reducing strategies across all asset classes.
He is a CFA Charterholder and has an MBA from Queen's University (with exchange to the WHU in Koblenz, Germany). He is the co-author of “Bear Trap: The Fall of Bear Stearns and the Panic of 2008” and a contributing author to “Hybrid Products” from Risk Books.

 

Rob Bechard, VP & Head of Portfolio Management, BMO ETFs
Rob Bechard has over ten years experience in the investment industry. He has been involved in the development and management of ETFs since 2002. Prior to joining BMO, Rob was a fixed income portfolio manager at Barclays Global Investors for 7 years in both their London (UK) and Toronto offices. In addition to his fixed income expertise, Rob has worked extensively on synthetic equity and currency hedged portfolios. Rob holds a BSc in mathematics from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and an MSc in mathematical trading and finance from City University Business School, London, England. He also has received his CFA designation.
Mike Bruno, Director of Fixed Income Research, FTSE Group
Mike joined FTSE in 2007 as their Business Unit Head for Fixed Income. In 2009 he became Head of Strategy for Fixed Income and Alternatives, before accepting his current position in 2010.
As Director, Fixed Income Research for FTSE, his responsibilities include the expansion of FTSE’s fixed income index system, as well as overseeing interest rate derivatives, currencies and credit.
Prior to joining FTSE, Mike was a Fixed Income Product Manager and Vice President of Institutional Fixed Income at Reuters America. He has been involved in the analysis of fixed income securities since 1989 and has worked for Morgan Stanley, Dillon Read, EJV Partners L.P. and Bridge Information Systems.
Mike has authored several chapters in Investing in Fixed Income Securities – Understanding the Bond Market (John Wiley & Sons, March 2005) and written a number of articles on FTSE fixed income products.
Gregory W. Burgess, Newhaven Asset Management Inc.
Mr. Burgess is a portfolio manager for Newhaven Asset Management Inc. in Toronto, where he specializes in managing index tracking portfolios for U.S. and Canadian clients.
Mr. Burgess began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he worked with wealthy families and institutions. He later joined Ibbotson Associates, where he consulted with institutions and investment advisors on portfolio management issues. In 1999, he formed an investment consulting firm, Burgess + Associates, where has consulted with investment banks, insurance companies, and mutual fund companies in the U.S. and Canada on various investment related matters. He has taught economics at The University of Cincinnati and portfolio management topics at the Alliance-Ibbotson Research Institute. He has written and conducted more than 50 workshops on asset allocation topics for investment professionals.
Mr. Burgess has a B.A., magna cum laude, in Economics from The University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A from The University of Chicago.
Pat Chiefalo, Director, Derivatives & Structured Products Research, National Bank Financial
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.
Christopher Foster, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Blackheath Fund Management Inc.
Christopher Foster is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Blackheath Fund Management Inc., a commodity trading manager which operates Blackheath Offshore Limited, Blackheath Futures Fund Inc. and handles individually managed accounts. It was at Friedberg Mercantile Group (FMG) 1989-2000 that Chris first became familiar with analyzing crowd behaviour and sentiment indicators, under the instruction of Albert Friedberg, the Portfolio Manager of FMG. Then, during his tenure at Scotia McLeod, 2000-2009 Chris worked with Chris Harrop to establish Blackheath Offshore Limited, implementing their unique ESDR Program trading strategy. With that success well in hand, together Mr. Foster and Mr. Harrop founded Blackheath Fund Management Inc. in 2009.
John Gabriel, ETF Strategist, Morningstar, Inc.
John Gabriel is an ETF strategist for Morningstar, responsible for Canadian ETF research. Most recently he was an ETF analyst covering financial, healthcare, and consumer goods and services-related funds. He was previously an equity analyst for Morningstar, covering specialty retail companies, including home furnishing retailers, dollar stores, and office supply retailers. Gabriel joined Morningstar in January 2007.
Gabriel holds a bachelor’s degree in finance with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Gabriel is a Level II candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Marc-André Gaudreau, Senior Vice President and Co-Head, Fixed Income, NatCan
Marc-André Gaudreau is Senior Vice President and Co-Head of the Fixed Income team since November 2009. Prior to his promotion, he acted as Vice President, Corporate Bonds and Preferred Shares of Natcan Investment Management. Before joining the Fixed Income team in 2004, he worked as senior corporate credit manager of the National Bank’s risk management group where he financed many projects (public and private corporations, income trusts, securitization vehicles, etc.) in several industry sectors, and as credit risk manager of the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. This experience has allowed him to obtain extensive knowledge of corporate credit and financial markets. Marc-André Gaudreau is a Certified General Accountant (CGA) and a CFA charterholder.
Kevin Gopaul, Vice President and CIO, 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.
Beat J. Guldimann, Founder, Tribeca Consulting Group
Beat Guldimann has 25 years of experience in global financial services. He holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Basel, Switzerland and is a member of the Swiss Bar. Beat is the author of the book "Inside Swiss Banking: The Sudden and Seismic Transformation of a Global Financial Brand" which has been reviewed by various major media in Canada (National Post), Switzerland (Bilanz, finews) and the US (The Washington Post, The New York Times). His past roles in the financial sector include:
- legal counsel at Swiss Bank Corporation Head Office 1986-1996
- President & CEO of UBS Canada 1997-2001
- Head of Global Private Banking at CIBC 2001-2004
- Vice-Chairman at Hampton Securities Inc. 2005-2007
In the summer of 2007, Beat established Tribeca Consulting Group, a wealth management and governance consulting practice. TCG’s clients include various Canadian and international financial institutions as well as high net worth individuals.

 

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
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.

Richard Kang, Chief Investment Officer & Director of Research, Emerging Global Advisors, LLC
Richard Kang is currently Chief Investment Officer and Director of Research at Emerging Global Advisors LLC, a New York based fund manager and research firm focused on emerging markets. Their emerging market ETFs are the first globally to provide sector specific and thematic exposures, the latter currently focused on infrastructure.
Richard has been active in both institutional and individual asset/risk management for fifteen years with extensive experience in alternative asset classes especially hedge funds and managed futures, as well as strategies applying the use of passively managed instruments. He has been involved in the use of both derivatives and ETFs within managed portfolios since 1995.
In addition to CIO roles since 2001, Richard has been a blogger and has been quoted in a number of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Investors Business Daily, SmartMoney, MarketWatch and BusinessWeek in addition to TV appearances on CNBC, CNBC Asia and Fox Business.

 

Joe Keenan, Managing Director, Global Financial Institutions, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing
Joe is responsible for several key segments within the Global Financial Institutions sector of BNY Mellon Asset Servicing including: North American Banks, Third Party Asset Managers; Non-Registered, Closed-End and Custody Only Mutual Funds, and Unit Investment Trusts. Joe is also the Global Head of the Exchange Traded Funds Services business and the President of BNY Mellon Illinois Trust Company.
Joe has over twenty five years experience in the financial services industry. Prior to the merger of The Bank of New Company, Inc. and Mellon Financial Corporation, Joe joined The Bank of New York in 1985 in a customer service capacity for our mutual fund and unit investment trust company clients. He later served as the Bank's Business Manager for Mutual Fund Services in San Francisco and in 1998, Joe returned to the Wall Street headquarters to spearhead sales and marketing efforts for our Global Fund Services.
In early 2000, he was named Global Product Manager of Exchange Traded Products at the Bank, responsible for all sales and marketing of the Bank's specialized services to meet the needs of the rapidly expanding Exchange Traded Fund marketplace. Joe has been interviewed by leading financial publications and websites including: The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, American Banker, Pensions and Investments, Global Finance, Business 2.0, Forbes.com, IndexFunds.com, and Morningstar.com.

Joe has a B.A. in English Literature and Communications from the University of Michigan, and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
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, Investment Strategist, BMO ETFs & Global Structured Investments
Alfred Lee, brings nine years of investment industry experience to BMO Asset Management. As a part of the BMO ETFs & Global Structured Investment Team, Alfred is responsible for Investment Strategy and Research. Prior to his role at BMO Asset Management, Alfred spent four years at a large Canadian-based brokerage, heading up Index/ETP Strategy and Research while concurrently providing daily coverage of commodities, foreign exchange and international markets (Europe and Asia) for the firm. In this role, he correctly recommended the rebound of China and commodity related investments coming out of the 2008-2009 crisis through the use of ETF's and ETPs. In addition, Alfred sat on an investment committee that managed two active strategies for the brokerage. Alfred holds a BA in economics and psychology from the University of Western Ontario and is a CFA charter holder.
Ken McCord, President, AlphaPro Management Inc.
Ken McCord is President of AlphaPro Management Inc., the leading provider of actively managed ETFs in Canada.
Prior to joining AlphaPro, Ken was President, CEO and co-founder of Webb Asset Management. Ken’s significant investment management experience includes roles at First Asset Management where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and was integral in product development. At AIM Trimark he held several senior management roles including Senior Vice President of Sales and President of Invesco Canada, the institutional investment arm of the company. Ken began his career in the investment industry with TD Asset Management where he held various sales and management roles.
He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute. He also holds a B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University and an MBA from Queen's University.
Ken is a frequent guest on BNN and a regular contributor to the Money Letter newsletter.
James McGovern, Managing Director & CEO, Arrow Hedge Partners
James McGovern - Managing Director & CEO Mr. McGovern founded Arrow Hedge Partners in 1999 after working for over thirteen years at BPI Financial Corporation (Canada) (“BPI”), the company of which he co-founded, and where he ultimately held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. McGovern was the founding Chairman (currently, Past Chairman) of the Canadian Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (“AIMA”). He is actively involved in the international hedge fund community and has spoken at conferences in Canada and globally.
Mr. McGovern graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance degree in 1985. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Fraser Institute, an independent Canadian economic and social research and educational organization.
Stuart McKinnon, President & CEO, Pro-Financial
Stuart McKinnon founded Pro-Financial Asset Management in 2003, creating the formal divisions of Pro-Hedge Funds, Pro-Performance Funds, Pro-Financial Private Client Group, Pro-Index Funds and Pro-Guaranteed Funds under the parent company Pro-Financial Asset Management Inc. Mr. McKinnon’s organization is built on his belief in Fundamental Indexation as an essentially better option for investors.
Pro-Index Funds has become one of Canada’s fastest growing fund companies with assets under management growth of 130% in the past year. Pro-Guaranteed Funds, in partnership with SSQ Financial Group, are Canada’s only Fundamentally Indexed segregated funds. These exclusive offerings are among the many things that distinguish Pro-Financial as an innovator in the Canadian mutual fund market.
Mr. McKinnon began his investment career as a Professional Equity trader on the floor of the Toronto Stock Exchange. With close to 24 years of vast experience and success within the wealth management, professional equity trading, and portfolio management sectors, Mr. McKinnon has established a solid reputation for consistently creating significant growth, customer loyalty, and shareholder value.
Mr. McKinnon is committed to promoting education within the investment and financial services industry. Among his many accomplishments, Mr. McKinnon is a founder and instructor of the Certified Hedge Fund Specialist course, sponsored by the Strategy Institute and the Canadian chapter of the International Hedge Fund Association.
Mr. McKinnon holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Oliver McMahon, Director, Head of Product Management, iShares Canada, BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited
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, 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. amcormond@WallachBeth.com
Ian Merrill, Director, Head of Product Origination, Americas, 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 new 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 onboarding new structured investments distribution partners in the Americas. Together with Philippe El-Asmar, Head of Investor Solutions, Mr. Merrill manages the day-to-day BlackRock/iPath promotional relationship for 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.
Jean Michaud, Managing Director, Senior Commodity Strategist, Jefferies Assets Management, LLC.
Jean Michaud is a Managing Director and Senior Commodity Strategist within the Commodity Division of Jefferies Assets Management, LLC. Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Michaud was Senior Portfolio Manager for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec where he managed a commodities portfolio of US$ 2.4 billion at its peak. Mr. Michaud’s prior work experience includes Enron Metals & Commodity where, in his capacity as Vice President and Head of Marketing for North America, he coordinated Enron Metals origination activities covering both physical metals and concentrates as well as LME products; Barclays, first as Senior Trader trading physical aluminum worldwide and later as Director for Barclays Capital Canada Inc.; and Alcan Aluminum Limited in Montreal mainly in metals trading. Mr. Michaud received his B.Sc.A and M. Sc.A in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1976 and 1980, respectively and his M.B.A. from McGill University in 1983.
Tyler Mordy, 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. Tyler is widely quoted and interviewed by the financial media for his global investment strategy views as well as ETF trends.
Kathleen H. Moriarty, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Kathleen concentrates her practice in financial services matters. She was instrumental in the development of SPDRs and represents US exchange-traded investment companies (ETFs), ETCs and other non-40 Act exchange-traded vehicles and their sponsors, as well as their index providers both domestically and abroad. Kathleen also represents institutional market participants with respect to trading issues and other securities law involving these structures, and advises foreign public and private entities about their regulation and operation.
A frequent speaker on the topic of exchange-traded vehicles, Kathleen has also appeared on national television and published, most recently authoring a chapter in the textbook “Exchange-Traded Funds” edited by A. Seddik Meziani. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Indexes, and included in the ETF Database’s ETF Hall of Fame.
Kathleen graduated from Smith College in 1975 and the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1980. She is a member of the ABA Subcommittee on Investment Companies and Investment Advisors and its Regulation of Futures and Derivative Instruments Committee. Kathleen is also a member of the New York City Bar's Investment Management Regulation Committee and was named a New York Super Lawyer in 2007 and 2006.
David Munro, Research Analyst, Dundee Wealth
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.
Neil Murdoch, President & CEO, Connor, Clark & Lunn Capital Markets Inc.
Mr Murdoch joined Connor Clark & Lunn Capital Markets as President and CEO in December 2003. Since then CC&L has launched over $1.8 billion of new products in the structured product arena. They have pioneered a number of different asset classes and structures.
Prior thereto Mr. Murdoch was one of three principals at the AIC Group of Funds where he helped grow assets from $150 million to $15.5 billion over a six year period. Mr Murdoch received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Toronto.
He completed his formal education with a Master of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate Scholl of Management at Northwestern University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr Murdoch has been an active volunteer and is currently on the board of Appleby College and on an advisory panel at the McGill University Faculty of Management.
Carmela Pallotto, Partner, Tax, KPMG LLP
A member of KPMG’s Financial Services tax practice, Carmela has extensive and wide-ranging tax experience in the financial services industry with over 17 years of experience delivering tax compliance and advisory services to a diversity of investment managers, investment funds, bank, leasing company, investment dealer, and other clients. In addition to her client responsibilities, Carmela has written courses and delivered seminars on investment funds, leasing, debt instruments, Canadian branches of foreign banks, asset backed securities, swaps, derivatives, securities held by financial institutions, doubtful debts and other recent tax developments.
Jaime Purvis, Executive Vice President, Horizons Exchange Traded Funds Inc.
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.
Yves Rebetez, Vice President, ETFs/Structured Products, Portfolio Advisory Group, RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
Yves joined RBC DS in 1996, from the “Buy-Side” of the street where he worked as a portfolio manager, Institutional Fixed Income. His earlier work experience includes Asset Management for high net worth individuals for a foreign-owned bank in Canada, as well as previously with UBS in Switzerland. Prior to focusing on Structured Products and Exchange Traded Funds, Yves was Portfolio Advisor, Canadian Equities, on our desk. Yves is a CFA charterholder and is bilingual in English and French.
Laurent Rimmen, Director and Head of Investor Solutions, Canada, Barclays Capital
Laurent Rimmen is a Director at Barclays Capital and head of retail solutions group for Canada.
Mr. Rimmen previously worked at Deutsche Bank, where he was a Director in the Global Markets Division’s North American Structuring unit, responsible for hedge fund derivatives activity in the Americas. Prior to that, he was a Director in the Equity Derivatives and Structured Products division at SG Cowen Securities. Mr. Rimmen has also worked at Société Générale in Paris and Tokyo.
He holds a degree from ESCP Europe business school.

Dr. Avery Shenfeld, Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets Inc.
Avery Shenfeld is Chief Economist of CIBC World Markets Inc. He has been with the CIBC since 1993 and is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading economists for his perceptive analysis and insight on North American economic developments and their implications for financial markets. Mr. Shenfeld is a two-time winner of the Dow Jones Market Watch’s forecasting award and Bloomberg Markets has named Mr. Shenfeld among the top forecasters of the U.S. economy. Mr. Shenfeld has also been consistently ranked as one of the top Canadian economists by fixed income investors.
Prior to joining CIBC in 1993, he spent seven years in management consulting and was on the economics faculty at the University of Toronto and in the summer program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Shenfeld holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.
Konrad Sippel, Global Product Development & Sales, STOXX Limited
Konrad Sippel is head of Global Product Development and Sales at STOXX Ltd.
In this role Konrad is responsible for the development of innovative new index concepts across all asset classes as well as the index business of the existing indices of STOXX Ltd., Deutsche Börse AG and SIX Swiss Exchange AG. His responsibilities also include the global licensing and sales for these index families.
Konrad has spent the last decade in the index business, primarily as an index developer at Deutsche Börse AG. In this period he was involved in the creation and design of hundreds of indices.
Konrad Sippel graduated in Mathematics from Queen Mary College in London and also holds an MBA from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina/USA.
Ioulia Tretiakova, Pur Investing Inc.
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.
Edward Vallar, Director of Investments and Research, GM Advisory Group
Ed Vallar is the Director of Investments and Research for GM Advisory Group, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm in Port Washington, NY.
Ed is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has been working with GM Advisory Group for over 9 years. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry, including 18 years as a CFA.
Ed leads the firm’s investment management function and works with the Managing Principal to implement investment strategy.
Greg Walker, Vice President, Institutional Business, iShares
Greg is the Vice President of Institutional Business at BlackRock Asset Management Canada. He is responsible for the promotion and growth of the exchange traded products business, including iShares, with primary focus on institutional channels across Canada.
Prior to joining BlackRock, Greg was a Director of Institutional Fixed Income at Dundee Securities. He has also gained financial industry experience at Bank of Montreal through various roles including Vice President, Leverage Loan Portfolio Manager, and as a High Yield Credit and Financial Analyst.
Greg is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and holds honours in Economics and Financial Management from Wilfrid Laurier University. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Buy-Side Investment Management Association (BIMA).
Anthony Welch, Co-Owner and Portfolio Manager, Sarasota Capital Strategies Inc.
Anthony Welch is a co-founder and portfolio manager at Sarasota Capital Strategies, an investment advisory firm specializing in unique portfolio management featuring primarily Exchange Traded Funds. Mr. Welch is also co-manager of The Currency Strategies Fund (symbol FOREX), one of the nation’s only global currency mutual fund strategies. He has been involved in the financial industry for more than 19 years. Mr. Welch is invited to speak to financial advisor audiences around the country and has been often quoted in most major financial publications. He holds the designations of Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Financial Consultant. Mr. Welch is a member of the National Association of Active Investment Managers and The Market Technicians Association.
Joseph Witthohn, Investment Strategy Group, Janny Montgomery Scott LLC
Mr. Witthohn is a member of Janney Montgomery Scott's Investment Strategy Group where he serves as an investment analyst with primary responsibility for the firm's Exchange Traded Fund research. Additionally, Mr. Witthohn supports Parker/Hunter Asset Management, an investment management division of Janney, as an ETF analyst. Prior to this, he served as Janney’s Mutual Fund Senior Research Analyst. He began his investment career with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in 1994. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Academic credentials include the receipt of a Master of Science degree in Finance from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College and an MBA from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. Mr. Witthohn is a member of the CFA Institute (where he sits on three committees) and the New York Society of Security Analysts. In addition to previously holding a position of Adjunct Professor of Finance in the graduate program of Philadelphia University, he has worked on two FINRA committees dealing with qualification examinations for Research Analysts and Supervisory Analysts. His NASD licenses include Series 7, 16, 24, 31, 53, 63, 65, 86 and 87.
John Youn, Director, BMO Asset Management
John Youn has 14 years of financial industry experience. His primary role at BMO is to further educate ETFs to Institutional and Retail Clients. He has also developed ETF training for BMO.
John has been appeared on BNN and interview by Winnipeg Free Press, and National Post for his expertise and insight on ETF related subjects. Also, he is a frequent panellist and a moderator at many industry conferences.
Prior to joining BMO, John was a Vice President at HBP. He was a Principal at Barclays Global Investors developing iShares ETF. In addition, he has managed Oracle Canada group pension.
John holds a BA from the University of Toronto.
 
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