A 30 year veteran of the investment industry, Dan Richards writes regular columns for top advisor publications in the United States and Canada and is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and BNN. He’s also author of the international best seller Getting Clients Keeping Clients, winner of a US industry award as the best resource for client communication.
In the 1990s Dan built companies that were sold to Environics Research and to Rogers Communications. In 2002 he was recruited to serve as CEO of Cartier Partners and its 3500 advisors, where he led a team that stabilized the firm’s situation and in 2004 led its sale to Dundee.
Dan holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is an award winning faculty member in the MBA program at the Rotman School of Management, ranked among the top 10 global finance schools by the Financial Times. Dan sits on the board of four charities, two in Africa and two in Toronto. For the last 10 years he has co – chaired a dinner that raises $100,000 annually for a childrens home that he encountered during a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro.
Michael Schweitzer is Senior Vice President and Director of Distribution for High Net Worth at Capital Group. Prior to joining Capital, Michael was Global Head of Sales and Distribution for Group Wealth Management at HSBC. Concurrent with this role, he was also Global Head of Insurance Sales and Distribution and Regional Head of Wealth Management for Europe. Prior to joining HSBC, Michael was Managing Director at UBS Wealth Management Americas, where he co-founded their Private Wealth Management business in 2003. Prior to that, he was at Merrill Lynch, where he helped launch and then directed sales and strategy for the Private Banking and Investment Group. Michael began his career with the international accounting and consulting firm Deloitte Haskins +Sells as a consultant in their Emerging Business Services practice.
Michael received a B.S. in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting, from San Diego State University. He and his family recently relocated to Los Angeles from London (U.K.).
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)
Lillian Ferndriger is Vice President, National Accounts at Ninepoint Partners, a new investment management firm with $3 billion in assets under management, created from the management-led buy-out of Sprott Asset Management from Sprott Inc.
Lillian is the firm’s lead on product approvals, working closely with senior analysts and decision makers at IIROC, EMD and MFDA dealerships, providing education and securing distribution of Ninepoint’s alternative investment solutions – including private debt, options overlaid mutual funds and resource funds.
Lillian has been responsible for Ninepoint product approvals for 2 years. Previous roles include Inside Sales Manager at Sun Life Global Investments, and inside wholesaler at Manulife Investments and Acuity Funds. Lillian has her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and the FMA designation from the Canadian Securities Institute.
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.
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.
Mr. Graham is a managing director in the Toronto office and head of PIMCO Canada. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2008, he was vice president and managing director for institutional investments at MFC Global Investment Management. Mr. Graham also previously worked at Fidelity Investments for 10 years, most recently as executive vice president for retirement services. He has 29 years of investment experience and holds a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario.