IIAC Advisors

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Rick Annaert

Former Senior Vice President, Advisory Services, Manulife

Mr. Annaert has held multiple executive roles at Manulife, most recently Senior Vice President of Advisory Services which included Manulife Securities, its direct insurance channel, Manulife Capital Markets and Manulife Private Wealth. Prior to joining Manulife, Mr. Annaert was the Vice President of Retail Banking at Laurentian Bank and its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Annaert serves on the Board of Directors of the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association.

Jerry Beniuk

Former Head of Global Fund Services, CIBC Mellon

Mr. Beniuk acted as the Head of Global Fund Services at CIBC Mellon and, previously, as Vice President at TD Bank, with diverse roles in TD Asset Management, TD Waterhouse and TD Wealth.  He has also led mutual fund operations, securities back office and outsourcing businesses at TD. Mr. Beniuk served on many IFIC, IIROC, CCMA, CPA and FundSERV committees and board during his diverse career. Mr. Beniuk serves as a member of Caldwell Investment Management Ltd.’s Independent Review Committee.

Steve Donald

Former Executive Vice-President and Chief Risk Officer, CI Financial Corp.

Mr. Donald has held multiple executive roles at CI Financial Corp. including Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President. Mr. Donald was also the CEO & President of Assante Wealth Management and, previously, its Chief Financial Officer. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer at Synergy Asset Management and Vice President, Finance at SHL Systemhouse. Mr. Donald has been a Board Member and Chair of the IIAC. Mr. Donald serves on the Board of Directors of the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association and is a past Chair. Mr. Donald also serves as a member of the Independent Review Committees of 1832 Asset Management LP, MD Financial Management and Jarislowsky Fraser Limited.

Kirby Gavelin

Former Vice Chairman and Global Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets

Kirby Gavelin FCPA, FCA retired as Vice Chairman and Global Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets at RBC Capital Markets in 2020 following 33 years with the firm.  Over his RBC career, Kirby advised public and private corporate boards and management groups, governments, institutional, private equity and individual investors in the strategy, structuring and execution of several of Canada’s largest and most complex equity transactions.  Kirby served on the Board of Directors of the IDA and the IIAC and is a past Chairman of the IIAC. Kirby also served on the Boards of the Learning Partnership of Canada and The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall and currently serves on the Boards of the Trans Canada Trail Corporation and the Trans Canada Trail Foundation.

Steve Geist

Former Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head, CIBC Wealth Management

Mr. Geist was most recently Senior Executive Vice President and Group Head, CIBC Wealth Management and prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer, CIBC Asset Management. Earlier in his career, he was President, TD Mutual Funds at TD Asset Management Inc. and also held roles at Fidelity Investments and Price Waterhouse. Mr. Geist has been a board member at the Investment Funds Institute of Canada and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association. He is currently the Chair of the Independent Review Committee of Canada Life Investment Management and a member of the Independent Review Committee of SEI Investments Canada. In addition, he serves as the Chair of the Ontario Government’s Capital Sector Audit Committee and is on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Financing Authority where he is the Chair of its Audit and Risk Management Committee and a member of its Nuclear Funds Investment Committee.

Alan Hutton

Former President and CEO of Fundserv Inc

Mr. Hutton’s several appointments include Vice Chairman and Executive Director of the Canadian Capital Markets Association, President & CEO of Fundserv Inc., President & CEO of Star Data Systems, Chairman & CEO of Multipath Holdings Inc. and Co-founder, President and CEO of Virtual Corporation. Mr. Hutton has been a board member of Aequitas Innovations Inc., Neo Stock Exchange Inc., Alpha Exchange Inc., Cygnal Technologies Corporation, Investment Funds Institute of Canada, Canada Life Insurance EDI Standards Association, Delta Systems Inc., Versent Corporation and of other companies. He has served on the Independent Review Committees for ROI Capital, Fiera Sceptre Inc., NextGen Financial and Fiera Capital including as Chair.

Thomas Kalafatis

Managing Partner, KalNes Capital Partners

Mr. Kalafatis is currently Managing Partner at KalNes Capital Partners and Founder & CEO of Aegis Sports Labs.  Previously, he was CEO & Managing Partner at Independent Trading Group (ITG) Inc., Managing Director & Global Head, Equity Execution and Prime Services Group at CIBC Capital Markets. He was also Vice-President, Sales & Trading, TSX Group, and held roles with increasing responsibility in Corporate Finance and Wealth Management in New York City and Toronto.

Deborah Leckman

Former Commissioner, Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) 

Ms. Leckman was Vice-President Wealth Management at TD Bank Group and Vice-President, Equities at OMERS. She has also served as Commissioner and Board Director at the Ontario Securities Commission and as Board Trustee for Boilermakers National Pension and Health and Welfare Trust. Ms. Leckman is a member of CIBC Asset Management’s Independent Review Committee, a Member of the Board of Trustees for OP Trust and a Board Trustee for the OSSTF Employee Life Health Trust. Ms. Leckman is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Investor Advisory Panel and serves as an advisor to the Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Ryan Riordan

Professor & Distinguished Professor of Finance, Director of Research, Institute for Sustainable Finance, Smith School of Business, Queen’s University

Professor Riordan is a Distinguished Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the Institute for Sustainable Finance at Smith School of Business.  He is a recipient of the Bank of Canada Governor’s Award.

Professor Riordan’s research has focused on the use of technology in financial markets and climate’s role in asset prices.

Professor Riordan was previously an assistant professor at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He worked as a trader and risk manager at HSBC Trinkaus in Dusseldorf, Germany.

John See

Former Executive Vice President, TD Direct Investing International 

Mr. See served as Senior Vice President/Executive Vice President of TD Direct Investing International for several years where he also served a Board Member and a Board Chair. Mr. See is a board member at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and a Director and Past Board Chair at Recognia Inc.

Jane Waechter

Former Assistant General Counsel and Head of Litigation (Canada), RBC

Ms. Waechter led litigation teams as Assistant General Counsel and Head of Litigation (Canada) at RBC and as Associate General Counsel, Global Head of Capital Markets Litigation and Chair of the Litigation Practice Group at BMO.  Ms. Waechter was Senior Litigation Counsel at the Ontario Securities Commission, where she argued complex precedent-setting cases.  She was an equity partner in the advocacy group at Gowlings. She is a CPA, CA, and began her career at PWC.  Ms. Waechter is a Hearing Committee Member with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.