Presentations from leading value investors enhance the value investing skills that are taught at the Value Investing and the Search for Value Seminars as they allow students the opportunity to see value investors in action.
Practitioners’ involvement in the program is organized in two parts: First, practitioners present their basic approach to value investing and discuss their style; second, they take students through actual investment decisions. This includes decisions to purchase securities, and how large a position to take, or decisions not to purchase securities. Time is allowed at the end for open-ended student questions.
Upcoming Guest Speakers
Co-founder & President, Contra the Heard, Toronto, ON, Canada (May 30, 2023, Seminar on Value Investing and the Search for Value, Toronto, ON, Canada)
Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, called Mr. Gallander “The most classic of contrarians.” In another article they wrote, “Benj Gallander is widely considered to be Canada’s top authority on contrarian investing.” The National Post stated, “If all the world’s a stage, then Benj Gallander is one of the market’s greatest characters.” Over at the Investor’s Digest magazine, he was featured amongst “Canada’s Best Investors…” In the best-seller “Market Masters: Interviews with Canada’s Top Investors ― Proven Investing Strategies You Can Apply”, Benj was #1 of 28 people on the list. Meanwhile, his portfolio at Contra the Heard Investment Letter has had an annualized return of 19.1 percent over the past ten years, with many of the picks featured in the column, The Contra Guys, for Canada’s national newspaper. Three of his books have become best-sellers and six of his plays have reached the stage.
For more on Contra the Heard, see www.contratheheard.com
Founder, President & Chief Investment Officer, GreensKeeper Asset Management Inc., Oakville, ON, Canada (June 2, 2023, Seminar on Value Investing and the Search for Value, Toronto, ON, Canada)
Mr. McCloskey founded GreensKeeper Asset Management in 2010 and has more than 27 years of industry experience. He started his career as a lawyer at Aird & Berlis LLP and became a partner four years after joining the firm. His legal career focused on the areas of Corporate Finance and M&A. Michael then joined Sprott Securities (now Cormark Securities) as an investment banker and partner of the firm. He participated in the management-led buyout of the firm from its founder Eric Sprott. At Cormark he led numerous IPOs, debt and equity financings, takeover bids and M&A advisory assignments. Before practising law, Michael earned a B.Sc. (Honours), Mathematics from the University of Western Ontario and also graduated with joint graduate degrees in law and business: J.D., Osgoode Hall Law School / M.B.A. (Honours), Schulich School of Business, York University. Michael is an Ironman finisher, an avid golfer, and a voracious reader. Michael and his wife Marie France live in Lorne Park, Mississauga with their two daughters.
For more on GreensKeeper Asset Management, see www.greenskeeper.ca
Past Guest Speakers
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Turtle Creek Asset Management, Toronto, ON, Canada
Mr. Brenton is the CEO and a co-founder of Turtle Creek Asset Management, a Toronto-based independent investment management firm that invests in publically listed equities. Turtle Creek is focused on long term capital growth for a clientele of high net worth individuals, families and institutions and has an exceptional 15 year investment track record. Previously, Mr. Brenton founded and was the CEO of the private equity subsidiary of The Bank of Nova Scotia where he invested $300 million in control positions of a dozen Canadian mid-market private companies. In the early 1990’s, Mr. Brenton was head of the high technology investment banking practice of Scotia Capital and prior to that, he was a founding member and Managing Director in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. Mr. Brenton joined McLeod Young Weir (the predecessor to Scotia Capital) in 1984. Mr. Brenton received his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) in 1984 and his B.Sc. from Mount Allison University in 1980.
President and CEO, PenderFund Capital Management Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mr. Barr is the President and CEO of Pender. He is also the Portfolio Manager of several of Pender’s funds: the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, launched in June 2009 (now closed); the Pender Value Fund, launched in July 2013; and the Pender Select Ideas Fund, launched in September 2014. In November 2015, the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund won a Lipper Fund Award 2015 for Best Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year performance periods. In November 2016, the Fund once again won a Lipper Award, for Best Canadian Focused Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year periods. David has over 15 years of investment experience. He initially worked in private equity which gives him a unique background to investing capital. At the end of 2007 he became a partner at PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. and was appointed Chief Investment Officer with the objective of launching Pender’s mutual fund business. In April 2016, David was appointed President and CEO of Pender upon the retirement of Kelly Edmison. Mr. Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003 and is an active member of the Vancouver chapter. He is a past President of CFA Vancouver, having also served on its Board of Directors for four years. David is a regular guest on BNN’s Business Day program and has been interviewed for his opinions on small cap, the technology sector and value investing by the Financial Post, The Globe & Mail and other media. In December 2012, David was recognized as one of British Columbia’s “Top Forty Under 40” business leaders by Business in Vancouver.
Founder and President, Chou Associates Management Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
Mr. Chou is the President of the Toronto-based Chou Associates Management Inc. Mr. Chou, a CFA, ended his formal education at Grade 12. While working as a technician for a phone company in 1981, he started an investment club that would later become the Associates fund. Mr. Chou has operated two of the country’s most successful funds, Chou Associates Fund and Chou RRSP fund, for the last 20 years. In 2005, the Canadian Investment Award named him the fund manager of the decade. His approach is to “find bargains and maintain discipline; if you cannot find bargains stay in cash”. Currently (2012), Mr. Chou manages more than $650 million for investors in his firm and runs the best performing bond fund in North America according to a Wall Street Journal article. The financial media have extensively covered Francis’ style, performance and character over the years. A media article on Francis can be read here.
Virtual Seminar on Value Investing and the Search for Value (2022)
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Seminar on Value Investing and the Search for Value (2016)
Seminar on Value Investing and the Search for Value (2013)
Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Ewing Morris & Co Investment Partners, Toronto, ON, Canada
Mr. Ewing founded Ewing Morris & Co. Investment Partners in June 2011. Ewing Morris is a value-driven investment firm focused on small/mid cap North American companies and invests across capital structures. John serves as Chief Investment Officer and manages the firm’s flagship Opportunities Fund. Prior to Ewing Morris, John was Vice President and Director of Research at Burgundy Asset Management. John graduated with distinction from the University of Guelph in 2005 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree and a Minor in Business Administration. He won the President’s Trophy as Guelph’s top student-athlete in 2005 and has completed the Investment Management Workshop at Harvard Business School.
Founder and President, Patient Capital Management Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
Mr. Maida has been in the investment industry since 1987. Prior to founding Patient Capital Management Inc. he held portfolio management positions at Trimark Financial Corp., Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel and the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS). Vito has managed a broad number of mandates including high net worth individuals, institutional pension plans and mutual funds. He has developed a reputation as a leading proponent of value investing in Canada. Vito received his MBA from the Ivey Business School (1987) and his B.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier (1983). He graduated on the Dean’s List from both Wilfred Laurier and the University of Western Ontario. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst’s designation in 1990. Vito is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society.
Seminar on Value Investing and the Search for Value (2016)
Senior Vice-President & Chief Investment Officer, Empire Life Investments, Toronto, ON, Canada
Ms. Morphet, CFA is Senior Vice-President & Chief Investment Officer of Empire Life Investments. Prior to joining Empire Life in 2009, Gaelen was First Vice-President, Canadian Equities with CIBC Global Asset Management from 2002 to 2009, Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers from 1999 to 2002 and Partner & Senior Portfolio Manager with AMI Partners Inc from 1996 to 1999. Ms Morphet began her career in 1984 at investment firm, McLeod Young Weir, following which she spent a decade with Scotia Investment Management as Senior Portfolio Manager heading up Canadian Equities. Throughout her 28 year career in the investment management industry Ms. Morphet has proven herself as a superior investment professional. She is a Chartered Financial analyst and a graduate of The University of Western Ontario. Ms. Morphet is a Trustee for the Art Gallery of Ontario and Chairman of the Investment Committee. She serves as a Trustee for the Ontario Science Centre, is a Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Kingsett Real Estate Income Fund. Gaelen is a former Governor of the North York General Hospital Foundation.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stacey Muirhead Capital Management, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Mr. Stacey is the founder of Stacey Muirhead Capital Management Ltd. Jeff has almost 35 years of investment industry experience. Jeff has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is an Advisory Board Member of the student managed Ivey Value Fund at the University of Western Ontario. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the student managed School of Accounting and Finance Investment Fund at the University of Waterloo and a member of the Board of Trustees of Parkminster United Church. Past experience includes serving as a member of the Finance and Investment Committee at the University of Waterloo, the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business and Economics. He is also a former director of Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. and previously served on the Board of Trustees and Investment Management Committee at the University of Guelph.
General Partner, Greenlea Lane Capital Partners, LP, New York, NY, USA
Mr. Tarasoff is the general partner of Greenlea Lane Capital Partners, LP, a private investment partnership he founded in 2006. Josh graduated from Duke University in 2001 with a degree in philosophy. He has worked at Goldman Sachs and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Seminar on Value Investing and the Search for Value (2017)
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