General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Director of Policy (Fund Manager Issues) of The Investment Funds Institute of Canada. In this role Ralf is responsible for the legal issues and corporate governance of IFIC and is responsible for the policy department in regulatory matters applicable to investment fund managers. Prior to joining IFIC in 2004 Ralf was a Senior Associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in the Investment Management Group, acting on asset management, corporate and distribution issues for managers, dealers, insurers and various corporate clients. Ralf is also the Secretary of The International Investment Funds Association, a global association of 41 national and regional investment fund industry associations spanning 6 continents and is a member of the Board of IFSE Institute, IFIC’s education services affiliate. Ralf was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988, after obtaining his LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School which followed two years of undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto.
Som Seif is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Purpose Investments Inc. which he formed following the sale of Claymore Investments to BlackRock Inc. in March 2012. Mr. Seif started Claymore Investments in Canada in January 2005 and was the former President and Chief Executive Officer leading the implementation of the company’s business development and corporate strategies. Over the seven years of its operation, Claymore Investments organically grew to $8 billion in assets and established itself as a Canadian leader in bringing intelligent, low cost exchange-traded funds to investors through its family of thirty-four exchange-traded funds across broad asset classes.
Prior to Claymore Investments, Mr. Seif was an investment banker with RBC Capital Markets, where he worked since 1999. He played a key role in developing the structured products group at RBC Capital Markets in both Canada and the U.S., where he structured and raised capital for both Canadian and U.S. asset managers.
Som is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis on Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Toronto. Som has a strong commitment to community and is currently a member of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Board, Chair of the Art Gallery of Ontario Corporate Development Committee, a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Foundation Board and University of Toronto Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Advisory Board, and a board member of The Next 36. In 2011, Som was recognized for his vision and leadership by Caldwell Partners International with the Top 40 Under 40 award.
Mark is responsible for product analysis, new launches, supporting distribution activities and identifying investor opportunities. He oversees ETFs, mutual funds, and pooled products. Mark supports BMO ETFs globally. He previously was an ETF portfolio manager focused on fixed income and derivatives. Mark holds a HBBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MBA from York University. He also has received his CFA designation.
Michael Cooke joined Mackenzie Investments in April 2015 to develop and lead the firm’s ETF initiative. He and his team lead cross‐functional engagement with Product Development, Retail/Institutional Distribution, Marketing, Legal, Operations, IT and Portfolio Management. He also liaises with key external stakeholders including exchanges, index providers, liquidity providers, media, custodians, data vendors, external counsel, regulators, etc.
Prior to joining Mackenzie, Michael held several senior positions at Invesco Canada. From 2011 to 2015, he was Head of Distribution for PowerShares Canada leading their smart beta ETF venture. He also has experience in derivative product structuring and marketing with HSBC and National Bank Financial.
Ross is accountable for the development and implementation of a multi-year distribution strategy for BMO Global Asset Management’s suite of Canadian retail and institutional investment products. Retail brands include BMO Mutual Funds and BMO Exchange Traded Funds. Ross has over 25 years of investment industry experience. In his previous roles, Ross was Co-President, BMO Investments Inc. and President, Guardian Group of Funds Ltd. Ross is Vice Chair of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC). Ross is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Krista Matheson is Head of ETFs and Structured Products at Manulife and is primarily responsible for the development of their ETF platform. Krista has over 18 years’ experience in the financial services industry, most recently as Senior Vice President, Product Development and Marketing at Fiera Capital Corporation after Fiera acquired Propel Capital in 2014. She was a founding partner at Propel Capital, a closed-end fund company which raised over $1bn since its inception in November 2009. Prior to that Krista served as the Strategic Director of Index Products and Services at the TSX from 2008 to 2009 where she worked to develop a firm-wide strategy on Indices and ETFs. From 2006 to 2008, she served as Senior Vice President at Markland Street Asset Management. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Matheson served as Vice President at Brookfield Asset Management.
Krista holds a BBA degree from the University of Prince Edward Island (1996) an MBA degree from Dalhousie University (2000), as well as a degree in Applied Information Technology from the Information Technology Institute (2001).
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Dave Nugent is the Chief Investment Officer at Wealthsimple, Canada's leading online investing service. Dave co-founded the company in 2014 and leads its B2B solution, Wealthsimple for Advisors, which launched in early 2016.
Prior to joining Wealthsimple, he was an investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities. Dave is a graduate of Huron University college at Western University and is a Portfolio Manager.
Braydon Scully is Senior Vice President, Investment Platform Division, responsible for directing and expanding the distribution of Franklin Templeton mutual funds and separately managed account products with major Canadian Investment Dealers at the head office level in both the IIROC and Financial Planning channels.
Mr. Scully began his career in the financial services industry in 1993 and joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 2007. His extensive experience in the Investment industry as a Mutual Fund Analyst and as an IIROC Branch Manager at one of the major Canadian Investment dealers, has uniquely prepared him to understand and work with firms at a head office level. His key focus is to help them further the distribution and utilization of managed Investment solutions in their businesses.
Mr. Scully earned a Bachelor of Commerce in marketing from Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B.
Prior to joining Canoe, Mike spent 22 years with Fidelity Investments in various North American locations including Toronto, Vancouver and Boston. Mike was based in Canada from 1999 to 2004, during which time he contributed to the success of the Canadian business by creating the Inside Wholesale strategy, managing the events team and was involved with firm-to-firm relations. In his final Canadian position, Mike hired and managed the Fidelity wholesaling team in British Columbia. When he returned to the U.S. in 2005, Mike held a number of Senior Institutional Sales and Account Management positions supporting Registered Investment Advisors, Investment Consultants and rating agencies, including Morningstar.
Inya Ivkovic is Vice President of Compliance and a member of State Street Global Advisors, Ltd.’s (“SSGA Canada”) Board of Directors. She was appointed as SSGA Canada’s Chief Compliance Officer effective February 2012, and is registered as such with all Canadian provincial securities commissions under SSGA Canada’s Portfolio Manager, Investment Fund Manager and Exempt Market Dealer registration categories. Inya’s primary focus is supervision and oversight of compliance activities on behalf of SSgA Canada's internal and external clients, regulatory compliance, and implementation of best industry practices.
Pramod Udiaver, CEO and Co-founder of Invisor. Pramod launched Invisor in May 2015 with business partner and COO Dan Poole. He leads investment services at Invisor, and acts as the Chief Compliance Officer. Before co-founding Invisor, Pramod worked in reputable financial firms in Canada and in the internaonal markets for over twenty years. He has achieved an MBA and holds the CFA designaon.
Jason heads Product Development and is a Portfolio Manager and Chairman of the Portfolio Solutions Oversight Committee at Dynamic Funds. He has 25 years of industry experience at major Canadian and International financial institutions. Jason is currently serving a third term as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Investment Funds Product Advisory Committee. He graduated in 1986 with a B.A. in Business from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. He holds the CFA, CFP and CIM designations and is a Fellow of the CSI.
Paul Bourque assumed the position of President and CEO for The Investment Funds Institute of Canada on July 18, 2017. Most recently he held the position of Executive Director of the British Columbia Securities Commission. Prior to that Paul was an Associate Partner with Deloitte Inc. leading the national securities and regulatory investigation practice. Prior to joining Deloitte, Paul held senior positions with a number of securities regulators and law enforcement agencies: Senior Vice President of Member Regulation for the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Director of Market Operations for the Ontario Securities Commission, and the Enforcement Director for the British Columbia Securities Commission. In addition to his experience as a securities regulator Paul was a special prosecutor, Director, Criminal Appeals and Criminal Law Policy and Deputy Attorney General and Deputy Minister of Justice with the Alberta Department of Justice.
Paul is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Simon Bedard, Vice President, Institutional Sales & Service is responsible for developing business opportunities with institutional investors globally with an emphasis on Canada and UK/Europe. Simon helps institutional clients leverage the full breadth and depth of Mackenzie Investment’s diverse investment capabilities. The targeted clients include DB and DC pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments & foundations and corporate capital.
His industry experience started in 1992, when he joined the Power Financial group of companies, and later Mackenzie’s sales and marketing division in 2001. His career has progressed through more senior roles across the various companies within the Power Financial group and at one time was managing the distribution relationships between Mackenzie, Investors Group and the Great West Life group of companies.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and an MBA (Finance) from the University of Manitoba's Asper School of Business. He has also served as Chair of Finance and Vice Chairman for the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Karen McGuinness, Senior Vice-President, Member Regulation – Compliance, has been with the MFDA since its inception in 1998. In addition to having joint responsibility for the MFDA’s investor outreach and Member education initiatives, Karen also oversees the MFDA’s Compliance, Financial Compliance and Membership Services departments. Compliance and Financial Compliance monitor the conduct of Members and Approved Persons to assess compliance with the MFDA’s financial and sales practice requirements. Membership Services is responsible for the MFDA’s communication function.
Karen has previously held positions in the Enforcement Branch at the Ontario Securities Commission and as a Manager in the Litigation, Valuation and Forensic Services department of a large international accounting firm.
As a Portfolio Manager, I work with a select group of affluent clients and their families as well as corporations and foundations who share a common goal: to protect and grow their wealth in a reliable and predictable fashion. So I provide highly personalized advisory services within a framework of disciplined, diversified portfolio construction, selecting from among the world’s most successful and exclusive money managers.
Thinking differently about how to ensure a positive impact in our clients’ financial circumstances, I go beyond traditional portfolio management in the equity and bond markets alone to include conservative and predictable alternative assets, offering more effective diversification and a benchmark that offers protection and peace of mind regardless of market conditions.
My designations include the Financial Management Association (FMA), the Canadian Investment Manager (CIM), the Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), and my life insurance license. I actively participate in the Canadian chapter the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and present as a guest speaker or panelist at various industry and private client events.
A graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a BA in Economics, I am a frequent commentator on the BNN and in The Globe and Mail, as well as in other local and national media..
Michael Burns is a partner in the Capital Markets and M&A Group in the Toronto office. He provides advice on all facets of securities law with a particular emphasis on alternative investment funds, mutual funds and structured products. Michael has extensive experience in the structuring, offering and sale of both domestic and foreign-domiciled investment funds.
Michael's securities law work includes a wide variety of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, take-over bids (hostile and friendly), proxy contests, private placements, rights offerings, and initial public offerings, acting on behalf of both issuers and underwriters/agents.
Michael's corporate finance experience has included issuers in industries such as mining (both junior and senior issuers), technology, advertising/corporate communications, television/entertainment production, real estate investment trusts and transportation.
Michael provides on-going advice to public issuers concerning continuous disclosure obligations, shareholder communications, executive compensation, corporate governance, preparations for annual and special meetings as well as general corporate matters.
Pat is a client and relationship-focused executive with an in-depth background in all aspects of the investment fund industry. Her 30+ years of experience were at several different fund companies in a variety of executive roles. She has also held senior positions at IFIC and now at CETFA. She has been an active member on significant committees within the investment fund industry at IFIC, Fundserv and CCMA.
Pat is also actively involved in her community including acting as Board Chair of Community Living Dufferin (CLD) and is a Board member of Prosper Canada.
Rosalie Vendette is a Responsible Investment Senior Advisor and supports Desjardins Global Asset Management (DGAM) in developing and implementing RI strategies. She has worked in responsible investing for over 13 years.
Rosalie is also active within a number of organizations related to her field of expertise. Notably, she is involved in the Québec PRI Network and chairs its events committee. She is also a member of Finance Montreal’ Working Group on Responsible Investment. She was a member of the Canadian National Advisory Board of the G8 Taskforce on Social Impact Investing and a member of the board of directors of the Social Investment Organization (SIO) in 2008-2009 and 2012-2013.
Rosalie holds a bachelor degree in management and marketing from HEC-Montreal and a master in applied ethics at Sherbrooke’s University. She has successfully completed the Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) offered by the John Molson School of Business at Concordia’s University
Hyewon Kong manages the AGF Global Sustainable Growth Equity Strategy wholly focussed on investing in solutions to sustainability challenges to create both financial return and positive environmental and social impact. Hyewon sits on the ESG Committee and provides strategic advice to develop and implement Responsible Investment policy at AGF Investments. Hyewon is an Investment Committee member of Toronto Atmospheric Fund overseeing management of its endowment and mandate-related investments (loans and equity investments in enterprises that can deliver emission reductions).
Hyewon joined AGF in 2014 and has over a decade of experience in sustainable investing focusing on environmental and social impact themes and ESG integration. Previously, she was a senior analyst with WHEB Asset Management in the U.K., where she was responsible for fundamental company analysis and top-down thematic investment research for the sustainability fund. Prior to that, she was an associate fund manager with Henderson Global Investors and managed a £400 million global thematic equity mandate, as well as two sleeves focused on Clean Technology and Health Care for a global innovation fund.
Hyewon earned a B.A. from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea and an M.Sc. from Oxford University. She is a CFA charterholder, a member of the Toronto CFA society and an Environmental Finance Advisory Committee Member of the University of Toronto. Hyewon mentors students of the Brown University on student-run Brown Socially Responsible Investment Fund.
As an expert on socially responsible investing, impact investing, and the green economy, Tim Nash been regularly featured in publications such as Reuters, Advisor’s Edge Report, MoneySense, and The Exchange with Amanda Lang. He earned my BA in Economics from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and my Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology (Karlskrona, Sweden). I'm currently treasurer of the Ontario Nonprofit Network and the lead researcher for Ethical Market’s Green Transition Scoreboard® research report, which details more than $7.2 trillion of private investments in the global green economy.
Jason is Vice President, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment for RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM). Jason joined the private client department of PH&N IM in 2000 and took on the role of Corporate Governance Analyst two years later. He assumed his current role in 2008 when PH&N was acquired by RBC GAM and is now part of the Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment Group within RBC GAM which is responsible for the integration of environmental, social, and governance factors into the investment process.
Prior to joining the firm, Jason worked in the corporate finance department of a national brokerage and as a mutual fund accountant. Jason became a CFA charterholder in 2001, and is currently the chair of the board of the Responsible Investment Association of Canada (RIA Canada).
Jos Schmitt is one of the founders and President & CEO of the Aequitas NEO Exchange, a stock exchange he formed with the support of a number of blue chip financial institutions.
Prior to NEO and in the role of President & CEO, Jos formed together with a number of blue chip financial institutions the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Stock Exchange. This followed his role as EVP Head of the Americas and Global Head of Capital Markets for a global professional services company focused on the financial services industry. During his tenure at this professional services company, where he was part of the original partnership group, he acted as strategic advisor and director of operational and/or technology programs for some of the largest stock and derivatives exchanges and clearing houses, alternative markets, data vendors and broker-dealers around the globe. Some of his other previous roles include: President and CEO of a European Derivatives Exchange and Clearing House, President and CEO of a pan-European Indices Publisher, Chairman of a Derivatives SRO, and Head of Strategy and Business Operations at a European Stock Exchange.
Jos has a strong commitment to community as a member of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Board and through his active involvement with Free the Children.
Richard Rohan is Vice President, Global Sales, Equity Capital Markets, Toronto Stock Exchange. Richard is responsible for business development and sales for TSX Company Services and Listings across TMX Group. In this role, he has worked with the mutual fund industry and dealer community to help develop TSX NAVex, which will enable IIROC dealers to purchase and redeem eligible mutual funds through the infrastructure of Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). This innovative platform will change the ways investment funds are transacted and streamline execution.
Jeff Lucyk is Senior Vice-President, Head of Retail Sales for Horizons ETFs. Mr. Lucyk is responsible for managing and leading the sales team to identify new business opportunities and enhancing the growth of the firm. He was formerly the Vice-President, National Sales Manager at Norrep Investments. Mr. Lucyk graduated from Brock University with an Honours Degree in Business Administration and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation.
Bhim D. Asdhir is the founder of Excel Funds Management Inc. and has provided visionary leadership which has fostered the company’s growth and success since 1998. He established Excel by launching the Excel India Fund, which is currently the largest mutual fund in Canada focused on investing in India. His belief that emerging markets represent the best investment opportunity for investors seeking the highest risk adjusted rates of return led him to launch multiple emerging markets mutual funds since 1998. Today, Excel is the only pure emerging markets mutual fund company in Canada.
Bhim has over 27 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He started his professional career in 1987 with a major Toronto based actuarial consulting firm where he spent ten years specializing in the establishment and management of insurance companies.
Bhim was the recipient of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce Male Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007, a tribute to his leadership and entrepreneurial skills. He is recognized as an expert in emerging markets and interviews with him have appeared in many prominent Canadian publications, among them the Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star and Investment Executive. He has also made numerous appearances on radio and television, among them BNN, CNBC, CTV and 680 News.
Bhim graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1987 with a double degree in Actuarial Science and Computer Science. He completed the Investment Strategies and Portfolio Investment program from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in May 2015. He was the recipient of the prestigious Descartes Award in Mathematics.
PŮR Investing uses quantitative strategies to provide mass customized goal-seeking solutions for individuals, their advisors and pension plans. Mark’s experience with institutional, pension, foundation, high net worth and mutual fund investing came from a career as an analyst, portfolio manager and leader of investment teams. He headed Manulife’s U.S. equity desk, was president of Sun Life’s investment management company and founded the private client division of Guardian Capital. He champions individual investors, has a history of innovation and always challenges the status quo. Mark and his colleagues are actively engaged in changing the global retirement landscape through research and software development.
Karl is an innovative and leading industry veteran who has been at the forefront of some of the industry’s recent change. Karl is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the region and leading a team of First Trust investment professionals delivering ETF solutions to investment advisors and portfolio managers.
Karl provides insightful market commentary on a variety of topics including current events and industry trends as a regular guest on BNN, Bloomberg Canada and more recently Bloomberg. He has also been featured in a variety of publications such as The Financial Post, Globe & Mail, Reuters, Morningstar, Wealth Professional and The Investment Executive. Mr. Cheong is bilingual, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from McGill University and is a Charter Financial Analyst charter holder (CFA®. Karl is also a member of the CFA Institute and Toronto CFA Society)
Erik Sloane is Head of Business Development for Funds at NEO, Canada’s new stock exchange and fund distribution platform. Erik is responsible for all investment product listings on the NEO Exchange, in addition to the mutual fund & OM fund distribution business on NEO Connect.
Erik has been with NEO since its inception in 2013, working to turn its vision to do the right thing for the Canadian capital markets into a reality. Prior to his current role, Erik was Head of Product Management, leading the delivery team in defining and implementing NEO’s overall stock exchange and fund distribution platforms. Erik also chaired several industry advisory groups instrumental in guiding NEO’s approach to meeting the needs of all capital markets participants. He also sits on the Canadian ETF Association (CETFA) Operations Committee.
Before NEO, Erik was with the Alpha Exchange, involved in various capacities across all aspects of the business prior to its acquisition by TMX Group. Erik also spent time at Capco, a global business and technology consultancy. Erik has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from Queen’s University.
Andrew Manning is Vice President, Retail Strategy and Planning at Invesco Ltd. Andrew is responsible for the firm’s retail strategic planning process and special projects focused on the Canadian business. He joined Invesco in 2000.
Andrew chairs Invesco’s Retail Channel Strategy Committee and prior to his current role was Head of National Accounts. His experience in the financial services industry includes a number of progressive roles at Invesco, both in Toronto and Western Canada, along with employment at a major Canadian bank and a leading discount brokerage firm.
Andrew earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto and received an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University. He also holds the Fellowship of the Canadian Securities Institute designation.
Mr. Campbell has spent his last 13 years in the Financial Services Industry promoting operational best practices and advising on how to navigate the technology landscape.
Now in his role as the Director of Client Relations at Fundserv, Andrew continues his efforts to help move the industry forward by playing an active role in Fundserv’s mandate of promoting the ease of doing business and bringing helpful industry solutions focussed on reducing time, risk and cost for the industry. He is an active member of CFIQ Operations Committee. Andrew has his BBA in International Business and Management Science from Bishop’s University.
Vincent has over 10 years of banking experience, specializing in IT infrastructure and vendor risk management. His areas of expertise include identifying optimal technology solutions for business requirements and capturing holistic views of vendor relationships for C-suite executives. Setting into motion DeepLearni.ng’s origins as a secret machine learning lab at one of Canada’s largest banks, Vincent helped the team earn their knowledge stripes across several verticals in the industry.
Vincent excels at augmenting the strengths of those around him, creating a more valuable whole from very talented pieces. Invested in deep learning’s applications for business, Vincent is equally passionate about deep learning’s potential to effect positive transformations in our society.
Nelson Cheng founded Sterling Mutuals Inc. in 1996 in order to offer the industry an alternative to the traditional mutual fund dealer. Sterling was one of the first mutual fund dealers in the industry to provide discount brokerage services to mutual fund investors. By placing their orders online or via telephone, clients were able to purchase virtually any mutual fund at a zero percent front-end load. They could also access their accounts and sign up for electronic statements. The company's proprietary software and highly automated operation give it a competitive edge.
In 2001, he started using the technological advantages and economies of scale of the discount operation to build the full-service side of Sterling. The company has grown organically over the years and has also acquired a few competitors along the way. Sterling currently has over 250 advisors across the country.
As a former advisor, Nelson brings an extensive financial industry background and a vision that makes Sterling the innovative, advisor-oriented dealer that it is today. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Federation of Mutual Fund Dealers and is also a member of select industry-related committees and working groups.
Lewis is a recognized leader in the global Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) industry with more than 15 years of experience in trading, business development, and sales management. Most recently, Lewis was Head of ETF Operations & Vice President of Business Development for First Asset. In just one year, he helped bring $700 Million to First Asset’s ETF corporate business line. Previously, Lewis was Executive Vice President of Institutional Sales at Horizons ETFs and Managing Director of Business Development for BetaPro Management Inc. Lewis was also Director of Business Development at the Toronto Stock Exchange, where he was responsible for introducing new global participants to the Canadian marketplace as well as providing coverage to their large domestic and international accounts. Prior to that, Lewis was a Corporate Development Executive with Ceridian Canada Ltd. in Toronto, and served as a sales trader for Merrill Lynch & Co Inc./ Midland Walwyn in Edmonton, Calgary and New York. Lewis graduated from The University of Toronto with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science.