Member Initiative Groups

The association’s various Member Initiative Groups (MIGs) are open to all those in membership. These groups focus on specific subjects and/or geographical areas within the Canadian alternatives industry. Current proposed groups include those below with more to be added as we continue to collect member input.

If you are a registered CAASA member interested in joining a MIG, please contact us.

Member Advisory Panel (MAP)

This group serves CAASA membership and the industry at large by planning strategic initiatives, providing input on the direction of the association as well as programming that is carried out by the appropriate Member Interest Groups (MIGs) and CAASA staff. The CAASA 2020 Member Advisory Panel includes:

Jason Chertin, McMillan LLP
Brian D’Costa, Algonquin Capital
Athas Kouvaras, Richter Family Office
Wilson Tow, Altrust Solutions
Kimberly Poster, AUM Law
Jessica Clark Barrow, Waratah Capital
Michael Schnitman, Mackenzie Investments
Dean Shepard, Picton Mahoney Asset Management

Advocacy & Governance Group

Composed of legal, compliance, and governance specialists, this group interacts with various regulators and provides updates and guidance to CAASA members on proposed and implemented changes to regulatory requirements and governance standards of investors while leading industry research and advocacy efforts within Canada.

Compliance & Operations Group (COG)

This group consists of mid/back-office specialists with fund managers, fund administrations, legal & tax experts, and other consultants.

Investor Group (IG)

This group was created in response to investor member requests for an exclusive group where they could speak amongst themselves regarding operations and investment matters particular to their positions and roles. This group meets (in-person and call-in) throughout the year and discusses pre-decided topics and ad hoc areas of interest. (Investors include pension plans, endowments, SWFs, and family offices).