Wealth Managers’ Forum 2021

Overview

Join us, dozens of speakers, and scores of fellow IAs and investors for this all-encompassing alts conference specifically designed for retail advisors and the client base they serve.

You have a number of options to gain knowledge and interact via the CAASA All-in-One Virtual Platform including: 1:1 meetings with any other delegate, curated Table Talks throughout the content days, and at least 18 NowTalks, Firesides, and panels – all delivered in a safe and secure fashion via the platform. We value your privacy and do not share delegate contact information (phone, email) with anyone, including speakers and sponsors.

High Touch & 100% Virtual

We believe that people attend conferences for many reasons: great panels, lively discussions, meet new & old friends, and in many cases some super food and after-hours bonding. Sadly, only the first reason is delivered by many online conferences and the last two are just not feasible in COVID-land. We designed this and many other large-scale conferences in 2020 and beyond to harness technology to serve our delegates’ needs. With no minimum number of webinars, small group discussions, or 1:1 meetings, all delegates can get what they want without travel or possible harm to their health. We encourage you to take a tour of our platform, which we have used for 5 years – now with video, and get to know this new normal to maximize your conference experience same as you might in real life!

CAASA CE Centre

The content for this platform comes from CAASA webinars and podcast as well as panel sessions from a selection of our conferences.

In addition, certain members of CAASA have provided their webinars and podcast for inclusion.

Topics and investment opportunities featured in these courses focus on alternative investments such as hedge funds, liquid alternatives, private equity, private lending, real estate, infrastructure, cryptocurrency, venture capital, and other Alternative assets and strategies.

When

  • February 9, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • February 10, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • February 11, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • February 12, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Where

CAASA’s All-in-One Virtual Platform

Keynote Speakers

Speakers

All the Data You Need to Book Your Meetings

We have partnered with SigmaSandbox to create a dataroom to provide a more robust experience for managers and investors by getting performance and other information into the hands of prospective investors. We believe this free offering can be used in advance of the event, during it, and afterward as much as one might like

Agenda

Day 1

  • February 9, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Day 2

  • February 10, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Day 3

  • February 11, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Day 4

  • February 12, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • February 9, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Day 1

8:00 am

Tête-à-Tête Session

5 x 20-minute 1:1 meetings

9:40 am

CAASA’s Virtual Platform Introduction

10:00 am

NowTalk – About Shorting…

This briefing focuses on how asset managers use cash and synthetic shorting techniques to gain exposures, hedge risks, and use prudent use of this tactic as well as derivatives to comply with the new Liquid Alts rules and provide investors with risk/return profiles and return streams not available in long-only portfolios.

Ida Khajadourian, Richardson Wealth
Daniel Dorenbush, Scotiabank

10:45 am

Equity Market Neutral: the best-kept secret of alt strategies

Equity market neutral has many times been equated with no/low-risk or being an absolute return (no losses, even in crisis markets) but the strategy actually alludes to reduced or zero correlation to equity markets – which can mean both negative performance and under-performance during any market move.  This panel will delve into what their particular approaches are designed to do for investors as well as how to position this strategy in client portfolios going forward.

Adam Posman, PCJ Investment Counsel
Mark Allen, RBC Wealth Management
Bill DeRoche, AGF Investments LLC
Jeff Bradacs, Picton Mahoney Investment Management

11:30 am

Break

11:45 am

Fireside Chat – David Picton and James Burron

A scion of the Canadian asset management scene, David Picton honed his quantitative skills at RBC Dominion Securities where, in February 1995, James started his career in the IA Rookie Class where David explained his then ground-breaking research into earnings surprises and creating portfolios based on ‘bigger data’.  David will reflect on his 25+ years in the industry and how both the long-only (he founded Synergy Asset Management) and hedge fund (as part of Picton Mahoney Asset Management) industries have adopted and embraced data in their security analysis & selection, asset allocation, trade sizing, algorithmic trading, and risk measurement & management techniques.

David Picton, Picton Mahoney Asset Management
James Burron, CAASA

12:30 pm

Break

12:45 pm

NowTalk – How to Sell Digitally

This refreshing and timely look at how to present a consistent and favourable impression via digital means comes from a veteran broker who has made the move to online rather seamlessly.  IAs of all levels of experience and book size and from any type of dealer will get time-honored tips on how to market in a sincere and disciplined way to inform clients and prospects as to your unique offering and talents.

Shamez Kassam, Northfront Financial Inc.
Darren Coleman, Private Client Group, Coleman Wealth – Raymond James Ltd.

1:15 pm

Alt Alts: the next frontier

Now that hedge fund/alternative strategies are in the mainstream with the Liquid Alts Rules, forward-thinking IAs are eyeing the next level of alts: those of the alternative alternatives such as farmland, timber….  Join us for this conversation on the future of alternative investments in Canadian retail.

Anthony Faiella, AGinvest Farmland Properties Canada Inc.
David Jarvis, Corton Capital
Robert Anton, Next Edge Capital
Fred Pye, 3iQ Corp

2:00 pm

Break

2:15 pm

Sponsors’ Table Talks

This session is aimed at providing all event attendees with the ability to join in genuine knowledge exchange and discussion in a small group and informal setting.

Choose from 3 x 20-minute round table discussions

3:15 pm

Private Lending: leading the way in the 2020s

Private lending has grown substantially in just the last 2 years or so, with some asset management shops more than doubling AUM and weathering some fairly significant storms and headwinds as they ply their trade in the wake of bank and other lenders’ shying away from or outright abandonment of certain markets. They are also creating their own opportunities as niche markets open up in Canada and elsewhere that they can apply their credit analysis and risk management prowess too.

Allison Taylor, Invico Capital Corporation
Daryl Boyce, Centurion Financial Trust
Francis Sabourin, Richardson Wealth
Vikram Rajagopalan, Trez Capital

4:00 pm

Tête-à-Tête Session

6 x 20-minute 1:1 meetings

  • February 10, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Day 2

8:00 am

Tête-à-Tête Session

6 x 20-minute 1:1 meetings

10:00 am

NowTalk – Derivatives and your book

This briefing will focus on how the use of derivatives in alternative strategies, and especially in liquid alts structures that limit cash market exposures, can lead to better risk-adjusted return streams for investors that are less correlated to long-only markets and traditional investments.  A great primer for those selling liquid alts.

Gleb Sivitsky, Mackenzie Investments
Robert Tasca, TMX Group

10:45 am

Positioning Alternatives: communicating with clients

Making a portfolio change is no simple task and typically encompasses a ‘project plan’ where an IA and their team make supertanker-like shift in messaging and allocations – and adding an allocation to alternatives is no different.  Everyone needs to be on the same page and clients require specific and tailored reasons as to the move.  Luckily, the data is on alts’ side as returns are not necessarily sacrificed for risk reduction and the correlation benefits are simply not found among long-only, public-market investments.  This panel will illustrate how to add alts to one’s book easily and also how to continue with these allocations in crises.

Scott Starratt, Canaccord Genuity Corp.
Joseph Bakish, Richardson Wealth
Ted Karon, Tucker Wilson Group – Scotia Wealth Management
Grahame Lyons, Arbutus Partners

11:30 am

Break

11:45 am

Fireside chat – Randolph Cohen & James Burron

We are thrilled to include Harvard Business School Senior Lecturer and MIT Assistant Professor Randolph Cohen in this year’s star-studded line-up of speakers.  Randy will speak to his latest research and findings as well as outline a recently-announced investment vehicle that is a culmination of more than a decade’s analysis and testing.  This is one chat you’ll not want to miss!

Randolph B. Cohen, Harvard Business School
James Burron, CAASA

12:30 pm

Break

12:45 pm

NowTalk – Being Inclusive and Sustainable: how adding perspectives and consciousness adds alpha

Diversity & Inclusion / Environmental, Social, & Governance could be seen as a nice-to-have, but investors and managers are seeing it for what it is: not just the ‘correct’ thing to do, but the right thing to do – in terms of portfolio performance and reactivity to crises. Having a diverse team leads to more options and ideas and being a good corporate citizen not only may be a good thing to do, but also produce rewards in the form of better risk-adjusted returns.

David Sharpe, Bridging Finance
Brendan Rodgers, RBC Wealth Management

1:15 pm

Quant Investing: how it changed the world

Big data, alt data, algos, robo…the list of ways that using quantitative methods has affected asset management and wealth management over the last 2-20-50 years has been immense.  Simpler uses like filtering thousands of stocks a minute to trading thousands of times a second to more foundational ones like the very data one uses to perform analysis and how ‘advisors’ interact with clients has rocked the money management world and will continue to advance the proliferation and use of digital means – but to what end?

Tim Pickering, Auspice Capital
Roland Austrup, Wavefront Global Asset Management
Ronnie Shah. Fort L.P.
Jay Barrett, SmartBe Wealth

2:00 pm

Break

2:15 pm

Sponsors’ Table Talks

This session is aimed at providing all event attendees with the ability to join in genuine knowledge exchange and discussion in a small group and informal setting.

Choose from 3 x 20-minute round table discussions

3:15 pm

Liquid Alternatives: by the numbers

This panel brings together a strong team of industry experts to sift through the performance of liquid alts funds vs the markets they invest in as well as the OM-exemption funds they may have been borne from (and compete with for the Accredited Investor segment of the population).

Jason Mann, EHP Funds
Brian D’Costa, Algonquin Capital
James Burron, CAASA
Nick Griffin, Munro Partners

4:00 pm

Tête-à-Tête Session

6 x 20-minute 1:1 meetings

  • February 11, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Day 3

8:00 am

Tête-à-Tête Session

6 x 20-minute 1:1 meetings

10:00 am

NowTalk – KYP: get to know your alternatives

This briefing is designed to get IAs and compliance personnel up the curve on what is expected of them at the end of 2021 when the Client Focused Reform rules are implemented by the regulators.  Practical advice on how these new rules will affect your business as well as how to comply with them easily will be discussed.

Jason Streicher, AUM Law

10:45 am

Credit, What Credit?

We have been in a bull market for bonds for the last 40 years but the ballooning of sovereign debt, massive holdings of bonds on government balance sheets, >$18 trillion of negative-rate bonds globally, incredible use of synthetics and derivatives in all areas of the market, and use of rates hedges by pension plans as part of their asset-liability management overlays and risk parity portfolios creates tensions that can affect investor portfolios down the line.  This panel of seasoned traders will look into these potential crises-creators and advise how to use fixed-income to investors’ benefit.

Andrew Torres, Lawrence Park Asset Management
Matt Shandro, Fulcra Asset Management Inc.
Geoff Castle, PenderFund Management Canada
Daniel Child, YTM Capital
Matthew Dennis, Cidel

11:45 am

Fireside Chat – Dr. Keith Black & Craig Machel on the Landscape of Alternatives

With decades of diverse experience in all areas of asset management, portfolio construction, trading, client advising, and delivering alternative investment education, Keith’s no-nonsense approach to explaining the world of alts is a boon to any listener. Guiding this conversation is Criag Machel whose 20 years as an advisor has focused on first learning as much as possible about alternatives and then disseminating this knowledge via conversations with investors as well as advisors, and through many media appearances such as episodes of ‘Alternative Investments’ – a running series on BNN and via other television and print media.

This talk will centre around liquid alts and private markets and explore how retail advisors and investors and other investor types, such as endowments and foundations, are evolving their market and asset allocation views in light of changing market infrastructure & dynamics.

Keith Black, CAIA Association
Craig Machel, Richardson Wealth

12:30 pm

Break

12:45 pm

NowTalk – Tim Cestnick on Planning

A real treat – Tim will speak to his years in the industry and how he has created marketing and planning campaigns for clients’ tax and wealth management needs.  Anticipating preferences and producing information on regulatory and tax requirements as well as plans to create value for investors is a must-have in this world of integrated planning and advice.

Tim Cestnick, Our Family Office

1:15 pm

Becoming an MFO: The next step?

Client attraction & retention is getting more complicated with competitors’ moves into more of a wealth management / multi-family office paradigm vs just asset management (much like stock-jockeys were replaced by managed fund advisory practices starting in the 1990s).  This group of veterans will speak to their strategy to be proactive in one’s suite of offerings and services and come out ahead of the pack.

Éric Lapointe, CEOS Family Office
Neil Nisker, Our Family Office
Keith Black, CAIA Association

2:00 pm

Break

2:15 pm

Sponsors’ Table Talks

This session is aimed at providing all event attendees with the ability to join in genuine knowledge exchange and discussion in a small group and informal setting.

Choose from 3 x 20-minute round table discussions

3:15 pm

The New ETFs

Asset management has created many innovations over the years but perhaps the most long-standing (and Made in Canada!) and widespread is Exchange Traded Funds and their brethren.  Starting as TIPs (Toronto Index Participation receipts) on the TSX35 and then HIPs based on the TSX100, these have evolved to a state, now, where there are more ETFs than listed equities.  Adding to this, the new liquid alts rules allow leverage, shorting, and extensive derivatives use (it actually encourages the third one) and asset managers were quick to add to their quivers.

Richard Laterman, ReSolve Asset Management
Robert Duncan, Forstrong Global Asset Management
David Stephenson, CIBC Asset Management
Jaime Purvis, Horizon ETFs

4:00 pm

Keynote & Wine Tasting: 3rd Annual Liquidity Event

Join us for an evening of libations and crypto.

Dear Prudence: Bitcoin in corporate treasuries
Paul Stapleton, Fidelity Clearing Canada

Sizing up Napa: Two alternative grapes
Mackenzie Putici, New World Wine Tours

  • February 12, 2021
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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