Waratah Alternative Equity Income Fund

LAUNCHED JULY 31st

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Our mandate is to consistently grow

your capital while protecting it against loss.

grow and protect your wealth

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Summerhill Resorts Ltd.

A UNIQUE NICHE REAL ESTATE PRIVATE EQUITY OPPORTUNITY

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Lithium Royalty Corp.

THE ELECTRIFICATION OF TRANSPORTATION

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Waratah Alternative ESG Fund

THE INTEGRATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL,

SOCIAL AND GOVERNANCE FACTORS

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Waratah Capital Advisors is a Toronto-based asset manager that specializes in alternative strategies.

Waratah manages over $1.4 billion in assets from high-net-worth individuals, family offices, foundations, Canadian bank platforms, and pension funds. With a team of 34 experienced professionals, Waratah combines intensive research-driven stock selection with a disciplined and robust risk management program. Founders and employees collectively represent over $100 million of the firm’s assets under management.

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Strength in numbers

Meet the Team

We are a skilled team of 34 investment and business professionals. Our Executive Committee has varying backgrounds in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, portfolio management and optimization, investment banking, and sell side research. The team is also well positioned to meet the challenges in the constantly changing environment with expertise in risk, prime brokerage, operations, and corporate finance.

Blair
Levinsky

Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Blair is Co-Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Waratah Capital Advisors.

Blair manages the Company’s strategic growth and direction, is the Co-Head of the Executive Committee, as well as a majority shareholder of Waratah. In addition, he is a Portfolio Manager on several of the Waratah strategies and the Co-Chairman of Waratah’s Lithium Royalty Corporation.

Prior to founding Waratah, Blair was a Managing Director at TD Securities, where he held several positions over 11 years within the institutional equities, equity capital markets and mergers & acquisitions groups.

Blair holds a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration, and received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a Director of Women’s College Hospital Foundation and serves as a member of its Investment Committee.

Brad
Dunkley

Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Risk Officer

Brad is Co-Founder, Chief Investment Officer, and Chief Risk Officer of Waratah Capital Advisors.

Brad is the lead Portfolio Manager, and oversees all investing and risk management activities. Brad is a majority shareholder, and Co-Heads the firm’s Executive Committee.

Prior to founding Waratah in 2010, Brad distinguished himself as an astute investor, managing several equity long/short strategies at a Canadian money manager totalling $1 billion from 1998 to 2010.

Brad holds a CFA designation and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was a gold medal recipient for academic achievement.

Dimitri
Michalopoulos

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer

Dimitri Michalopoulos is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Waratah Capital Advisors.

Dimitri joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2010. Dimitri is a shareholder as well as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Dimitri oversees and leads business operations, finance, compliance and corporate governance at Waratah.

Prior to joining Waratah, Dimitri worked at BMO Financial Group, where he was Head of Enterprise Reconciliations. Dimitri also developed and ran Market Operations and Client Service for Alpha Trading Systems, and was Vice-President of Operations for Institutional Equities, Fixed-Income, and Prime Brokerage at TD Securities.

Dimitri serves as the Chairman of the Reaching for Stars Children’s Foundation, a grassroots foundation supporting programs that are aimed at providing a holistic approach to caring for children in need.

Jason
Landau

Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager

Jason is Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Jason joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2010. Jason is a shareholder as well a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He manages all energy sector investing at Waratah, is the lead Portfolio Manager on the Waratah Alternative ESG fund and leads the investment team.

Prior to Waratah, Jason worked at TD Securities as an Associate in Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets. During his time at TD, Jason was involved in domestic mergers and acquisitions, as well as the structuring and pricing of equity securities, convertible debentures, and preferred shares. Jason received an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Jessica
Clark Barrow

Executive Vice President, Investor Relations

Jessica is Executive Vice President, Investor Relations at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Jessica joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2013. Jessica is a shareholder as well as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, and leads the Investor Relations team.

She has more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and alternative investment strategies, having worked on institutional trading desks at CIBC World Markets, and BMO Nesbitt Burns, as well as her own consulting firm, First Element Capital. Jessica holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, has completed the Richard Ivey School of Business Investor Relations program, and is registered as a Dealing Representative.

Jessica also sits on the Ontario Emerging Managers Board, is the former Toronto Chair of 100 Women in Finance, and was Co-Chair of the first-ever True Patriot Love Women’s Expedition to Baffin Island.

Ron
Lloyd

Executive Vice President, Investor Relations

Ron is Executive Vice President, Investor Relations at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Ron joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2015. Ron is a shareholder as well as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is responsible for account management for high-net worth individuals, advisory and institutional clients.

Ron brings over 30 years of leadership in pension consulting and investment management to Waratah. Prior to joining Waratah, Ron was President of Hewitt Associates Canada (now known as AON Hewitt), and held senior executive positions at various Canadian asset management firms.

Ron graduated from Queen's University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Masters of Industrial Relations degree. Ron has also completed executive courses at the Harvard Business School and University of Toronto, in addition to the Fundamentals of Alternative Investment Certificate Program by the CAIA Association. He received his CIM designation and is registered as a Dealing Representative.

Bill
McGill

Executive Vice President, Waratah Capital Advisors and President, Summerhill Resorts Ltd.

Bill is Executive Vice President, Waratah Capital Advisors and President, Summerhill Resorts Ltd.

Bill joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2013. Bill is a shareholder as well as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is also President of Summerhill Resorts, responsible for acquisitions and oversight of Park Managers.

Before joining Waratah, Bill was the CEO of Versapay Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based financial technology solutions. Prior to Versapay, Bill was with TD Securities for 11 years, where he was a Managing Director in Investment Banking and Equity Proprietary Trading. Bill has an MBA from Queen’s University, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, and is registered as a Dealing Representative. Bill is on the Advisory Board of the Power to Be Adventure Therapy Society and the Charitable Council of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.

Jeannine
LiChong

Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager

Jeannine is Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Jeannine joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2018 after a successful 22-year career at a Canadian money manager. She is a shareholder and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Jeannine is a Portfolio Manager for the Waratah Income Fund and is on the Summerhill Resorts Ltd. Investment Committee.

In her previous role, she was an Executive Vice President and Portfolio Manager in Canadian Equities, responsible for managing $2.6 billion, and a member of both its Management and Asset Mix Committees. Early in her career, she was in the management training program at Canadian Pacific, and also worked at Deloitte. She is currently a trustee of the Toronto Symphony Foundation and is a past board member of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Jeannine received an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo, and also holds CPA, CA, and CFA designations.

Adrian
Wong

Vice President and Portfolio Manager

Adrian is Vice President and Portfolio Manager at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Adrian joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2018, after working for eleven years at a Canadian money manager. Adrian is a Portfolio Manager on the Waratah Income Fund, a manager on the financial services basket in the Waratah Alternative ESG Fund, and is on the Summerhill Resorts Ltd. Investment Committee. He is also a shareholder and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

In his former role, he was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, responsible for portfolios focusing on Canadian Equities. Earlier in his career, Adrian worked as an analyst at CIBC Capital Partners, the Merchant Banking Group of CIBC. Adrian holds a CFA designation and received an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Rob
Pulkys

Vice President, Trade Execution

Rob is Vice President, Trade Execution at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Rob joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2013. Rob is a shareholder as well as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Rob oversees all trading activity at Waratah.

Prior to Waratah, Rob worked at Highstreet Asset Management, where he was the Head Trader for the firm’s quantitative mandates. Before Highstreet, Rob was at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, where he traded equities and derivatives in all developed and major emerging markets, on both an agency and proprietary basis. Rob earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and holds a CFA designation.

Benjamin
Thorek

Senior Analyst

Benjamin is Senior Analyst at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Benjamin joined Waratah Advisors in 2013. He is a shareholder as well as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Benjamin manages capital within the real estate, industrials, battery tech and special situation sectors for the Waratah Funds. He also contributes fundamental research to Lithium Royalty Corp. and is on the Investment Committee for Summerhill Resorts Ltd.

Benjamin previously worked at Genuity Capital Partners (now Hawthorn Equity Partners) focusing primarily on middle-market private equity investments in the consumer products and business service sectors. Prior to Genuity Capital Partners, Benjamin worked in Corporate Finance at SkyPower Corp., a large Canadian renewable energy developer. Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science from Queen’s University, a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and holds a CFA designation.

Zenya
Rosocha

Vice President, Operations

Zenya is Vice President, Operations at Waratah Capital Advisors.

Zenya joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2018. She is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Zenya manages the Operations team at Waratah, leading operational projects to enhance operational efficiency.

Prior to joining Waratah, Zenya led the Operations of Institutional Equities and Equity Capital Markets at TD Securities where she streamlined workflows, creating significant operational efficiencies. Later, she ran the Compliance Trade Surveillance program globally, specializing in listed products. Zenya brings over 20 years of capital markets experience with an extensive background in operations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University.

CAREERS

We are always looking for talented people.

We focus on hiring individuals with intelligence, dedication, integrity, and curiosity with 3-5 years of experience in investments, private equity, investment banking, investor relations, compliance, and accounting.

If you are interested, please email your resume to career@waratahcap.com for consideration.

Current Openings

INSIGHTS

Waratah clients receive access to frequent communications about our holdings, positioning, and investment philosophy.

Limited Information is available on our website. If you are interested in receiving frequent communication, please contact us.

Awards

WARATAH ONE

Market Neutral

Best 5 Year Sharpe Ratio,
Winner, 3rd Place – 2018*

WARATAH ONE

Market Neutral

Best 5 Year Sharpe Ratio,
Winner, 1st Place – 2017*

WARATAH ONE

Market Neutral

Best 5 Year Return,
Winner, 3rd Place – 2017*

WARATAH ONE

Market Neutral

Best 1 Year Return,
Winner, 3rd Place – 2017*

*For more information visit http://alternativeiq.com

Waratah Action Committee

Through this program, Waratah and its employees are able to dedicate their time and resources to numerous initiatives within the communities where we do business.

Capitalize for Kids – Bay Street Challenge

Capitalize for Kids – Bay Street Challenge

June 2019

The Waratah team participated in the Capitalize for Kids - Bay Street Challenge and raised over $7500 to support kids’ mental health. The Bay Street Challenge is the ultimate fitness competition where teams compete in a series of challenging athletic events and raise money for kids’ mental health.

True Patriot Love

True Patriot Love

April 2019

Jessica Clark-Barrow, EVP of Investor Relations, Co-Chaired the first ever all Women’s True Patriot Love Expedition to Baffin Island. The 100 km snowshoe to the Arctic Circle paired injured military veterans with business and community leaders to promote healing, mentorship, and raise $1 million for programs that support military families.

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-A-Wish Foundation

March 2019

Waratah partnered with Make-A-Wish Foundation, a charity that strives to grant life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Through our fundraising efforts, we made a young girl’s wish come true by sending her and her family on an all expense trip to Disney.

Girls E-Mentorship

Girls E-Mentorship

September 2018

Waratah was one of the proud sponsors and organizers of the 100 Women in Finance (100WF)Champagne Cocktail Fundraiser to benefit Girls E-Mentorship (GEM) in Toronto. GEM was 100WF’s 2018 Canadian Beneficiary, and offers mentorship for high school girls facing multiple barriers.

North York Food Bank

North York Food Bank

August 2018

The Waratah team collected over 300 pounds of non-perishable food and spent the day at the North York Harvest Food Bank, sorting and packaging for distribution and delivery to shelters and churches across the city of Toronto.