Earl BedermanFormer President and CEO,Investor EconomicsAfter more than four decades in the financial services industry Mr. Bederman retired from
Investor Economics, the company he founded in 1992. Throughout his career Earl has held a diverse range of senior executive positions encompassing economic analysis and forecasting, retail and institutional asset management, and consulting.
Mr. Bederman holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Faculty of Administrative Studies at York University—now known as the Schulich School of Business—with a specialization in Finance. Following graduation Mr. Bederman lectured in the Finance program at the Faculty and was alumni representative on the Dean’s selection committee.
He is a past Board Member and Chair of the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education (CFEE).
Earl’s belief that Canada’s financial services industry needed an organization to conduct fact-based measurement, competitive intelligence and analysis of markets and trends led to the formation of Investor Economics, a Canadian-based consulting firm specializing in financial analysis and research, asset management, strategic planning, and economic and market analysis.
Investor Economics is widely recognized as Canada’s leading provider of fact-based analysis of the retail financial services industry and is particularly well known for its path-breaking Household Balance Sheet research. Investor Economics offers a number of other research reports and services covering all aspects of Canada’s wealth and asset management business.
Mr. Bederman has consulted to all major participants in the Canadian retail financial services business, including banks, insurers, independent fund companies, brokerages, government and regulatory agencies. As a featured lecturer at industry seminars and on behalf of clients both in Canada and the United States, Mr. Bederman has delivered literally hundreds of public speeches, conference presentations and lectures, and has made numerous TV and radio appearances.
Carlos CardoneSenior Managing Director,Investor EconomicsAs a Senior Consultant and Managing Director at Investor Economics, a premier Toronto consulting firm specializing in the financial services industry, Carlos Cardone is heavily immersed in the research of investment funds, deposit products and Canada’s wealth market. He is one of the key contributors to the Household Balance Sheet Report, as well as the firm’s wealth market segmentation analysis. Mr. Cardone also leads the research for the Insight Report, which focuses on investment funds; the ETF and Index Fund Report; the Deposit and Fixed Income Advisory Service and Share of the Wealth Market Report, a customized study that measures the success of distribution and product strategies. Mr. Cardone joined Investor Economics in 2004. Trained as a market analyst, he has several years’ experience in the automotive industry in South America. Mr. Cardone graduated from the Social Sciences School, University of Buenos Aires, in Argentina. He is a native Spanish speaker, and as you might anticipate, a soccer fan.
Darlys CorbittAssistant Vice-President Advisor Digital Experience,Great-West LifeDarlys Corbitt is the Assistant Vice-President Advisor Digital Experience. Her primary area of focus is to develop and implement a best-of-breed digital experience for the London Life, Great-West Life and Canada Life distribution channels. Darlys began her career in technology in 1985 as a software developer. Her professional experience includes various technology roles with companies such as Fram Canada, Steinberg’s and Crown Life. In 1989 Darlys moved to London to join the Information Services department within London Life. Since then she has held numerous leadership roles and after more than 25 years in Information Services, in 2011 she left IS and accepted a leadership role within Individual Distribution & Marketing and now most recently her current role within the Digital Services business unit. Darlys is a member, Board of Directors for the London Family Court Clinic, a member of the International Institute for Business Analysis, and an Executive Board member of the Canadian Life Insurance EDI Standards Association. When not working, Darlys is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with her family.
Doug CoulterPresident,RBC Global Asset Management Inc.Doug Coulter is President of RBC Global Asset Management Inc. (RBC GAM Inc.), a division of RBC Global Asset Management and the largest mutual fund company in Canada. In this role, Doug is responsible for the marketing and distribution of RBC GAM Funds to individual investors in Canada through RBC’s branch network, full-service advisors and RBC’s direct-to-investor businesses. RBC’s fund families include RBC Funds, PH&N Funds and BlueBay Funds.
Doug began his career in 1986 as an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities (RBC DS). He then spent five years at another Canadian bank as an Investment Specialist in their private banking unit before rejoining RBC DS in 1993. At that time, Doug was responsible for all North American fee-based programs, including RBC DS and RBC Dain Rauscher, before becoming the Head of Canadian Wealth Management Services in 2003. As of 2005, he took on the role of President & CEO of RBC Direct Investing, until his appointment as President of RBC GAM Inc. in January 2009.
In 2009, Doug joined the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s (IFIC) Board of Directors. In this capacity, he works with other members to develop the annual priorities and objectives that guide IFIC’s day-to-day operations. In addition, he sits on the Board of Directors for RBC PH&N Investment Counsel; Royal Mutual Funds Inc.; Phillips, Hager & North Investment Funds Ltd.; and RBC GAM Inc.
Doug graduated from Concordia University in 1985 with an Economics Degree.
Eran AgriosWealth Management Practice Lead,SalesforceEran Agrios is the practice lead for Wealth Management at Salesforce, voted #1 most innovative company 5 years in a row by Forbes magazine. Eran has over 10 years of experience in customer relationship management technology. She has worked with customers in many industries on how to transform their businesses and evolve their customer relationships. For the last 7 she has focused specifically on Financial Institutions in global markets.
Eran brings a unique perspective on the trends and transformation happening in Financial Services and Wealth Management. Most recently her focus is on how technology is transforming client expectations and why Wealth Managers need to reimagine the client-advisor experience to remain relevant in the space.
Goshka FoldaPresident and CEO,Investor EconomicsWealth market research, financial analysis and strategy consulting are Goshka Folda’s main areas of expertise. As President and CEO of Investor Economics, a premier Toronto research and consulting firm specializing in the financial services industry, Ms. Folda overseas internal management and the strategic direction of Investor Economics’ business. Ms. Folda also leads research initiatives for a wide variety of product and distribution topics. Among her areas of focus are the household balance sheet, investment funds industry, and financial services industry distribution models, with particular focus on the bank-owned delivery channels. Through her ongoing work with Investor Economics Insight, Ms. Folda advises major Canadian fund companies on issues covering a wide spectrum of industry interests. Respected as an industry expert, her opinions are frequently quoted in the media and sought after by executives, associations and regulators. Ms. Folda also leads the Investor Economics expanding insurance industry research practice, through which she advises major Canadian life insurance companies on strategic and tactical issues, and through which she has pioneered research new perspectives on the Canadian insurance industry distribution paradigm. More recently, Ms. Folda has expanded Investor Economics’ thought leadership on retirement to encompass the coverage of the fast-growing group retirement and savings segment. Prior to her association with Investor Economics, Ms. Folda was an economist and strategic planning analyst with a major Canadian financial institution. Her broad experience also includes associate research work for a major Italian bank with worldwide interests, with a specialization in international finance. Ms. Folda graduated with distinction from the Warsaw School of Economics’ Master’s Program in her native Poland, and holds a Baccalaureate designation from the prestigious Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia and a Masters degree in Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). She is fluent in four languages, and has particular knowledge of the various languages and cultures of Eastern Europe. In her spare time she is an accomplished Flamenco performer.
Mark HubbardCIO,FundSERV Inc.Mark has over 20 years of experience providing innovative technology solutions to the wealth management industry. In January of 2014, Mark took on the role of CIO of FundSERV Inc., an organization responsible for providing an industry network facilitating the exchange of transactional data and settlement services as well as the automation and standardization of Business Transaction Processing. Prior to his role at FUNDSERV, Mark was the Head of L&T Infotech Fund Services Canada where he was responsible for transforming the organization into a leading provider of cloud based solutions for the transfer agency and fund accounting. Mark has his B.Sc. in Computer Science from York University and has also earned his CISSP and FLMI designations.
Brett HuneycuttCOO,WealthsimpleBrett is an entrepreneur, product manager and programmer who loves building simple, easy-to-use products that make the world a better place. Previously, Brett co-founded 1000memories and worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in Mexico City. He created the Border Film Project with Rudy Adler, and he received a Masters in Economics with Distinction from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Susan Wolburgh Jenah Chair,Aequitas NEO Exchange, a Governor of U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Corporate DirectorSusan Wolburgh Jenah has over three decades of experience as a regulator, senior executive and leader in the Canadian capital markets and securities industry. Over the course of her career, she has influenced the direction of capital markets regulation and standards of investor protection in Canada as well as internationally.
Susan is Chair of the board of the Aequitas NEO Exchange, a Governor of the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and a member of the board of directors of Laurentian Bank of Canada. She is also a Senior Advisor to Aird & Berlis LLP, in the firm’s corporate finance, capital markets and corporate governance practice.
Most recently, Susan was President & CEO of The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). Her eight-year tenure began as President and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association (IDA) where she was responsible for leading the merger of the IDA and Market Regulation Services Inc. to form IIROC. Prior to this, Susan worked in progressively senior capacities at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), including as Chair and Acting Chair. Prior to her appointment as Vice-Chair, she was General Counsel and Head of International Affairs, representing the OSC on various IOSCO committees and international conferences.
Susan currently serves on numerous not-for-profit boards and advisory committees, including the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services; the Dean’s Advisory Council at Ryerson University; Ted Rogers School of Management; and the C.D. Howe National Advisory Council. Susan is a member of the board of directors of the Humber River Hospital and she also serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee. Susan is a member of the Committee responsible for recommending nominees for the inaugural board of the Capital Markets Regulatory Authority. Susan was recently a Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School and is currently an Adjunct Professor teaching corporate governance at the University.
Susan obtained her J.D. in 1980, her ICD.D designation in 2004 and was the recipient of the Osgoode Hall Alumni Award for Achievement in 2011.
Joanne De Laurentiis President & CEO,Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC)Joanne De Laurentiis is President & CEO of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC). In that role, which she has held since January 2006, Joanne ensures that the perspectives of the mutual fund industry in Canada are communicated to all its stakeholders. She also ensures that IFIC plays a constructive role in the development of effective and efficient regulatory and public policy for the capital markets. She serves on the Board of the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA), and oversees secretariat services to the organization which comprises fund associations from 42 countries. She is also Chair of IFSE, the education institute providing the mutual fund licensing program and a member of the Ontario Press Council.
Joanne’s career has focused on managing and guiding multi-stakeholder financial services organizations. She has served in a leadership capacity for several organizations: as the President & CEO of Credit Union Central of Canada; President of Mondex Canada; and the first President of the Interac Association, Canada’s national debit card payment network. Before joining Interac, she served as Vice President, Public Affairs for the Canadian Bankers Association and as chief of staff to the Minister of Labour, and Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations in the Ontario Government.
Her past Board service includes: The Toronto Financial Services Alliance, Chair of Ethical Funds, and Credential Financial; Board member of Concentra Financial, Cumis Insurance, Agrifinance, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation, and the Toronto Board of Trade. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Dr. Andrew LilicoPrincipal,Europe EconomicsAndrew Lilico is a Principal at Europe Economics, a Fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and Chairman of the IEA/Sunday Times Monetary Policy Committee. As Chief Economist of Policy Exchange from 2009-10 he produced what the BBC has described as the "essential theory" behind the Coalition's initial deficit reduction strategy. At Europe Economics he has worked extensively on major finance and regulatory questions, including for clients such as the European Commission, UK government departments and regulators, industry associations and large firms. He is a frequent contributor in the UK and international media on economic and financial matters, including on programmes such as Newsnight, the Today Programme, Sky News, CNBC and Bloomberg. His first degree was from St John's College, Oxford and his doctorate from University College, London, where he also lectured in macroeconomics and in monetary theory.
Kip McDanielEditor-in-Chief and Executive Vice President,Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer (CIO)K.P "Kip" McDaniel is the Editor-in-Chief and Executive Vice President of Asset International’s Chief Investment Officer (CIO). Before becoming the founding editor in 2009, Kip was a member of the Canadian National Rowing Team. He has degrees from Harvard University and Cambridge University, and originally hails from Vancouver Island, Canada. He now resides in New York City.
Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer
,CIBC Asset Management Inc.Suzann Pennington oversees CAM's portfolio management and research efforts including Active Equities, Fixed Income, Currency, Tactical Asset Allocation, Passive and Structured Products. She also manages Canadian All-Cap Equity mandates.
Prior to being appointed Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of CIBC Asset Management Inc. in June 2013, Ms. Pennington was Head of Equities and managed a variety of equity and balanced fund mandates.
Before joining CIBC in 2011, Ms. Pennington held various senior roles at Mackenzie Financial including Team Leader, Saxon Funds and Chief Investment Officer at Howson Tattersall Investment Counsel. Previous to her role at Mackenzie, she held the position of Vice-President, Equities and Head of International Research at Sceptre Investment Counsel and was a founding partner and senior portfolio manager at Synergy Asset Management. She began her investment career at the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System.
Ms. Pennington holds a Bachelor of Mathematics in Actuarial Science and Statistics from the University of Waterloo. She is also a CFA charter holder.
Jan SampsonVice-President, Sales & Marketing, CI InvestmentsJan is Vice-President, Sales & Marketing for CI Investments, one of Canada’s largest independent investment fund companies. With 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Jan has spent time on both the manufacturing and distribution side of the business. Prior to her current role, Jan held senior positions across the organization including Vice President, Special Projects at CI Financial, Vice President, Channel Initiatives at Assante Wealth Management (a wholly-owned subsidiary of CI), and COO of IQON Financial (a mutual fund dealership acquired by CI). With responsibilities ranging from marketing and communications, to project management, to advisor and wholesaler technology, Jan has a well-rounded perspective of the business and the needs of advisors. A B.Comm grad from the University of Manitoba, Jan is also a mother of two and actively involved in the community as a board member of the Children’s Aid Foundation.
Kai Sotorp President and CEO Manulife Asset Management and EVP and Global Head of Wealth and Asset ManagementKai Sotorp is president and CEO of Manulife Asset Management and executive vice president, global head of wealth and asset management. He is a member of Manulife’s Executive Committee and Management Committee, and is responsible for growing and developing the Company’s wealth and asset management operations globally.
Mr. Sotorp, who brings 25 years of international financial services and asset management experience, most recently worked with UBS Global Asset Management as Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific. He was also UBS Group Managing Director and a member of UBS Global Asset Management’s Executive Committee. Based in Hong Kong, he oversaw US$120 billion in assets under management and 495 employees.
Previously, Mr. Sotorp had also spent eleven years with UBS Global Asset Management in a variety of roles, including Group Managing Director based in Chicago, CEO Americas and member of UBS’ Group Managing Board, Regional Head Asia Pacific, and President of UBS Global Asset Management (Japan). Prior to UBS, Mr. Sotorp was with American International Group as President, AIGGIC Japan, and with Kemper Financial Services as an Executive Vice President. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. Mr. Sotorp is fluent in English, German, Norwegian and Japanese.
Paul Schott StevensPresident and CEO, Investment,Company Institute (ICI)Since June 2004, Paul Schott Stevens has served as president and CEO of the Investment Company Institute (ICI), the leading association globally of investment funds. Stevens has steered ICI during some of the most challenging years in its history, through the financial crisis and beyond. He has led ICI’s efforts on a series of crucial issues—money market fund reform, passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and critically important fiscal and tax issues. He directed the 2011 launch of ICI Global to respond to the globalization of fund investing and regulation, and has consistently championed the role of investment funds and defined contribution plans in providing for retirement. Stevens served as general counsel of ICI from 1993 to 1997. He also practiced law in Washington for many years, most recently as a partner in the financial services group of Dechert LLP. In addition, Stevens served in senior government positions at the White House and Defense Department, including as special assistant for national security affairs to President Ronald Reagan and chief of staff of the National Security Council. Upon leaving government service, he was awarded the Defense Department’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service, its highest civilian decoration. Over his career, Stevens has been involved with a wide range of professional, cultural, community, and church activities. He and his wife, Joyce, live in Alexandria, VA, and have four sons.
John SeeVice Chairman,TD WealthJohn See is a passionate and visionary global business leader who’s 30+ year career has spanned the gamut of financial services from corporate and investment banking to retail and institutional wealth management.
An early participant in the commercial exploitation of the internet, Mr. See built and oversaw the most successful online brokerage business in Canada which continues as a market leader and remains one of the most profitable wealth franchises in the country.
After retiring from TD Bank Group in 2012, John remains involved with the Organization as Chair of its offshore direct investing businesses in London and Luxembourg and serves as an independent Director of privately held Recognia, Inc.
A committed member of his communities, he has served several not-for-profit and educational institutions including the YMCA of GTA, Appleby College and Queen’s University where he remains as an active member of The Smith School of Business Advisory Board. University degrees include a B.Sc. (1979) and MBA (1981), both from Queen's.
Robert L. StricklandPresident, Fidelity Investments ,Canada ULCRob Strickland is President of Fidelity Investments Canada, which manages over $100 billion in retail and institutional assets on behalf of Canadian investors. In his current role, Rob has responsibility for Fidelity Canada’s functional support areas including sales management, product development, product management, marketing, legal and compliance, operations and technology, human resources and finance. Rob leads Fidelity Canada’s Senior Executive Team and sits on the Board of Directors of the Fidelity Canada Investments ULC Board.
Fidelity Canada is part of the Fidelity Investments organization of Boston, one of the world’s largest providers of financial services. Established in Canada in 1987, Fidelity Canada manages over $100 billion in mutual fund and institutional assets. Working closely with financial advisors and institutions across Canada, Fidelity has been the recipient of a number of industry awards including the Morningstar Advisors’ Choice Fund Company of the Year award every year since 2011. Fidelity is active in the community as a proud supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and has been recognized as one of the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers since 2013.
Rob joined Fidelity in 2003 as Executive Vice-President and Head of Fidelity Advisor Sales. He was appointed to his current position in March 2005.
Before this, he held a number of senior positions at TD Bank Financial Group, including President, TD Waterhouse Financial Planning; Chief Operating Officer, Tokyo-Mitsubishi TD Waterhouse Securities Co. in Tokyo; and President, TD Evergreen.
Rob is active in the community as a Cabinet Member of the United Way of Toronto’s Major Individual Giving Cabinet.
Rob received an HBA from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1983 and an MBA from McMaster University in 1987.
John TaftCEO,RBC Wealth Management - U.SJohn Taft is CEO of RBC Wealth Management – U.S., the seventh largest full-service retail brokerage firm in the U.S., with nearly 2,000 financial advisors in 41 states and over $280 billion in assets under administration. John has worked in financial services since 1981. He is Chair Emeritus of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), the leading securities industry trade group representing securities firms, banks and asset managers in the U.S. An industry thought leader, John frequently speaks at government and industry events and is widely quoted in the media. John is the author of two books. His first book, Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street, published in 2012, looked back at the financial crisis and called on the industry to return to its stewardship principles. His latest book, A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism, looks forward and offers innovative ideas on how the financial system needs to evolve to help secure a better future for everyone.
Atul Tiwari Managing Director,Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.Atul Tiwari is Managing Director and Head of Vanguard Investments Canada Inc.
Vanguard commenced its operations in Canada in December of 2011 and currently manages about $6 billion in Canadian listed ETF assets. Globally, Vanguard is the world's largest mutual fund company and has over CDN $4 trillion in assets under management.
Before joining Vanguard in May 2011, Mr. Tiwari held progressively senior positions at Bank of Montreal Financial Group (BMO). The most recent of which was Senior Vice President of BMO Asset Management and founding President of BMO Exchange Traded Funds. Before that, he was President of BMO's U.S. subsidiary mutual fund business, Harris Insight Funds. Other prior experience includes practising law, having been called to the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Supreme Court of England and Wales.
Mr. Tiwari serves as a Director on the Board of Trustees and as Chairman of the Pension Committee for the Royal Ontario Museum. He is the Chairman and a Director of the Canadian ETF Association. He is a Director of the D.D. Foundation, which provides medical care and education to the disadvantaged in India. He is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Investment Funds Product Advisory Committee. He was a campaign cabinet member for the Neshama Universal Playground. He served on the Building Osgoode campaign cabinet and is a past President and Director of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association.
Eric WetlauferSenior Managing Director & Global Head of Public Market Investments,CPP Investment BoardWith over 30 years of experience in investment management, Eric is responsible for leading the CPP Investment Board’s Public Market Investments department, which invests in publicly-traded assets and related derivatives. Prior to joining CPPIB in June 2011, Eric was the Group Chief Investment Officer, International at Fidelity Management & Research in Boston, Massachusetts. Eric held the roles of Chief Investment Officer at Putnam Investments and Managing Director at Cadence Capital Management. Eric serves on the Board of Directors of the TMX Group and the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investing. He also serves on the board of Soulpepper Theatre Company, and is a past president of the Boston Security Analysts Society. Eric earned a B.A. in Earth Science from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Eric is a certified member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.