Alternative ESG Fund
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Waratah Alternative ESG Fund
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Waratah manages over $4 billion in assets from high-net-worth individuals, family offices, foundations, Canadian bank platforms, and pension funds. With a team of 50 experienced professionals, Waratah combines intensive research-driven stock selection with a disciplined and robust risk management program. Founders and employees collectively represent 5% of the firm’s assets under management.
Strength in numbers
We are a skilled team of 50 investment and business professionals. Our team has varying backgrounds in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, portfolio management and optimization, investment banking, and sell side research. We are well positioned to meet the challenges in the constantly changing environment with expertise in risk, prime brokerage, operations, and corporate finance.
Blair is President and CEO of Waratah, Executive Chair of Lithium Royalty Corp and lead Portfolio Manager on Waratah’s Global Electrification and Decarbonization Fund. Waratah is an alternative asset manager with over $4 billion in assets under management across equity market neutral, equity long short, long short equity ESG, income equity, credit and thematic private equity. Blair leads the Company’s strategic growth and direction.
Prior to co-founding Waratah, Blair was a managing director at TD Securities in Institutional Equities and prior to that a member of the Equity Capital Markets and Mergers and Acquisitions teams. Blair holds a Bachelors Degree from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelors of Law and a Masters in Business Administration from Dalhousie University and is a former member of the Women’s College Hospital Foundation and its Investment Committee.
Brad is the lead Portfolio Manager, and oversees all investing and risk management activities. Brad is also a majority shareholder.
Prior to founding Waratah in 2010, Brad distinguished himself as an astute investor, managing several equity long/short strategies at Gluskin Sheff 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 joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2010. 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.
Philip joined Waratah Capital Advisors in May 2022. Philip is responsible for legal matters affecting the firm and of the funds managed by the firm.
Prior to joining Waratah, Philip worked as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at West Face Capital, another Toronto-based investment fund. He also worked at UBS Securities Canada, Amaranth Advisors (Canada) and Torys LLP.
Philip earned a JD from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, an AM from Harvard University and a BSc from University of Toronto. He is also a CFA charter holder.
Jason joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2010. Jason is the Lead Portfolio Manager on the Waratah Alternative ESG fund and Co-Portfolio Manager on Waratah One and Waratah One X. Jason also 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 joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2013 and leads the business development and investor relations activities of Client Management.
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 CAASA Member Advisory Panel, 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 which raised over $1 million dollars for Canadian veterans and their families.
Tim joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2019, after a successful 12 years at a large Canadian asset management firm. Tim is responsible for the account management of high net worth individuals, foundations and institutional clients.
Tim has over 30 years of experience in asset management, having held senior executive positions at Gluskin Sheff, Knight Bain Private Counsel and Beutel Goodman Investment Counsel throughout his career.
Tim graduated from Western University with an Economics Degree. Tim is currently a Canadian Advisory Board Member for Right to Play Canada, the President of the board of The KBSH Spirit Foundation, a Cabinet member of the Massey Hall Forever Campaign and former Chair of the Havergal College Foundation. Tim is registered as an Advising and Dealing Representative.
Michael joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2020, after a successful 13 years at a large Canadian asset management firm. Michael is responsible for the management of high net worth individuals, foundation and institutional client accounts.
Prior to joining Waratah, Michael was a Managing Director of the Client Wealth Management Team at Gluskin Sheff, and a member of the firm’s Asset Mix Committee. He focused on client relationship management, portfolio and risk management and business development for private and institutional clients. Previously, he worked at Wellington West Capital Markets as an Institutional Equity Trader and at MFC Global Investment Management as an Equity Research Associate.
Michael graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He is currently a Board Member for Peacebuilders International (Canada). Michael holds his Chartered Investment Manager designation and is registered as an Advising and Dealing Representative.
Ron joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2015. He 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.
Tamara joined Waratah Capital Advisors in February 2022.
Tamara is responsible for covering Waratah’s retail and MFO (via FundServ) partners with a deep focus on developing and retaining relationships for this channel.
Prior to Waratah, Tamara has worked in Prime Services at Scotia Capital and CIBC Capital Markets where she was most recently an Executive Director within the Prime Services Group. Tamara has held various relationship management roles throughout her career, where her ability to focus and deliver on client needs has been at the forefront of her objectives and success.
Tamara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is registered as a Dealing Representative.
Helen originally joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2015 and worked as an Associate on the Client Team. Upon her return in 2020, Helen assumed her current role as Associate Vice President, Client Management, where she is responsible for managing existing relationships with high net worth individuals.
Prior to re-joining Waratah, Helen was at a Global Private Bank, working with ultra-high net worth families, small institutions, and single-family offices. She was an integral part of the banking team, which advised clients on wealth preservation and creation, focussing on lending, as well as alternative and international investments.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and is registered as a Dealing Representative.
Nolan joined Waratah Capital Advisors in May 2021. He is responsible for supporting the account management of high net worth individuals, foundations and institutional clients.
Prior to joining Waratah, Nolan held a Senior Analyst position at Fidelity Investments Canada where he focused on global equity portfolios for Canadian institutions. Prior to that, he held roles at Citi Private Bank and a Toronto-based Venture Capital firm.
Nolan graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He is currently a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) charter holder.
Jeannine joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2018 after a successful 22-year career at a Canadian money manager. 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 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.
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 joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2013. 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 joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2013. 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.
Bill joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2013. Bill is President of Summerhill Resorts, responsible for acquisitions and park operations.
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 Audit and Investment Committee of the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.
David joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2015. David is an Associate Portfolio Manager responsible for capital in Waratah One and Alternative ESG funds. His primary focus is on the consumer discretionary, consumer staples and business services sectors.
Prior to joining Waratah, David worked in the Direct Private Equity team at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board where he evaluated private equity investment opportunities in North America and Europe. Prior to the CPP Investment Board, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Moelis & Company in New York.
David holds an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Zenya joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2018. Zenya manages the Operations team at Waratah, and leads 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.
Eugene joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2016. As an Investment Analyst, Eugene specializes in the energy, utilities and renewable sectors.
Prior to joining Waratah, Eugene worked at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets in the trading and equity research groups with a focus on Oil & Gas E&P's.
Eugene holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Victoria and the CFA designations.
Grant joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2019. As an Investment Analyst, Grant’s primary focus is in the real estate, metals & mining, and business and info services sectors.
Prior to joining Waratah, Grant was an Investment Analyst at Economical Insurance, where he focused on Canadian Equities.
Grant has passed all three levels of the CFA program and received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Toronto.
Barrett joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2015.
Prior to joining Waratah full-time, Barrett completed two summer internships with the firm, analyzing long and short equity opportunities and participating in trade operations.
Barrett holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction from Wilfred Laurier University and a CFA designation.
Zach joined Waratah Capital Advisors in September 2017. As an Investment Analyst, Zach’s primary focus is in the consumer, business and info services, technology, and industrial sectors.
Prior to joining Waratah full-time, Zach completed two co-op placements with Waratah as an Equity Analyst, analyzing long and short North American equity opportunities.
Zach holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University graduating with distinction. Zach also held a position as an Analyst on the Laurier Student Investment Fund (LSIF), a student managed $1 million fund focused on high-conviction value ideas.
Roy joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2017.
Prior to joining Waratah, Roy worked at NB Investment Management (now Vestcor Investments) as a Quantitative Investment Associate where he contributed to both passive and active strategies.
Roy holds a Masters of Finance from Schulich School of Business.
Vince joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2017.
Prior to his transition to risk, Vince was responsible for Investment Operations at Waratah, and was actively involved in reconciliations, reporting and daily operational support. In addition, he assisted with workflow & operational enhancements.
Prior to joining Waratah, Vince worked at CIBC Mellon as a fund accountant, where he performed daily fund valuations by ensuring capital stock, trades, corporate actions, fees and security pricing were reflected accurately.
Vince holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from York University specializing in Finance and is currently enrolled in the CFA program.
Chris joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2021 as a Senior ESG Analyst.
Chris was previously based in Hong Kong and worked in the ESG Research team at Allianz Global Investors, where she was the ESG spokesperson and led the ESG integration in Asia Pacific. Prior to AllianzGI, she was the Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability Services in Ernst & Young. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Project Manager at CSR Asia, a boutique consultancy firm focus on corporate sustainability strategy and supply chain management in Asia.
Chris holds a B.A. in English (International Trade) from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.
Michael joined Waratah Capital Advisors in June 2021. As an Analyst, Michael primarily works with Lithium Royalty Corp and the ESG team.
Prior to joining Waratah full-time, Michael completed three co-op placements with Waratah on the risk team, client team, and operations and finance team.
Michael holds an BASc Degree in Nanotechnology Engineering from the University of Waterloo, graduating with distinction.
Farialle joined Waratah Capital Advisors in January 2021. Farialle focuses on business development for our offshore channel and the day-to-day client management of our international partners.
Prior to joining Waratah, Farialle most recently served as VP of Business Development at another Canadian alternative investment manager, and previously was an Associate Investment Advisor specializing in Alternatives at one of Canada’s leading independent wealth management firms.
Farialle is an active member of the Canadian Alternatives industry with involvement in Women in Capital Markets, 100 Women in Finance, CAASA, and AIMA Canada. Presently, she sits as Co-Chair the Community Engagement Committee for AIMA Canada, a position she has held for the past three years. In 2018, Farialle was the recipient of Women in Capital Markets’ Outstanding Volunteer Award and AIMA Canada’s Outstanding Young Champion Volunteer Award and in 2019, was a top 5 fundraiser for Toronto’s Motionball Gala for Special Olympics.
Farialle holds a BAH in History and Political Science from Queen’s University, is a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA®). Farialle is registered as a Dealing Representative.
Michael joined Waratah Capital Advisors in June 2021. In his role as Associate, Michael assists with the account management of high net worth individuals, foundations and institutional clients.
Prior to joining Waratah, Michael worked at Fidelity Investments Canada as an Investment Analyst. In this role, Michael focused on industry research, bringing new products to market, and facilitating liquidity for clients.
Michael holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics in Statistics from the University of Waterloo, graduating with distinction. Michael is currently in pursuit of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation as a level II candidate.
Claire joined Waratah Capital Advisors in September 2017. Claire is responsible for the financial reporting of the firm and of the funds managed by the firm.
Prior to joining Waratah, Claire worked as an Audit Manager at a public accounting firm, where she specialized in providing assurance services to clients in the financial services industry.
Claire holds a Master’s Degree of Management and Professional Accounting from the University of Toronto and the CPA, CA designation. She is also a CFA charter holder.
Chantelle joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2020. She is responsible for managing the firm’s compliance and business practices framework.
Prior to joining Waratah, Chantelle worked at Alignvest Management as an Operations and Compliance Associate, working directly with the COO and CCO to perform operational tasks and compliance oversight. In this capacity, she assisted with regulatory fillings and managed operational relationships with global fund administrators.
Chantelle holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University, where she specialized in organizational psychology.
Josie joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2020. Josie is responsible for onboarding new clients and managing existing business relationships with clients.
Prior to Waratah, Josie worked at Burgundy Asset Management as Investment Reporting Associate. Previously she was at West Face Capital as Investor Relations Associate.
Josie has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Waterloo and holds a CAIA designation.
Ivy joined Waratah Advisors in August 2018. Ivy assists with the financial reporting of the funds managed by the firm.
Prior to joining Waratah, Ivy worked at SS&C Commonwealth as a Senior Associate in Fund Accounting. Previously, she held several accounting roles in mining and public accounting firms.
Ivy has a Master of Business Administration from Laurentian University and holds the CPA, CGA designation.
Lucas joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2021. He is responsible for overseeing trade settlements and fund reconciliations as well as reporting and daily operational support.
Prior to joining Waratah, Lucas worked at Sionna Investment Managers as an Operations and Performance Analytics analyst, where he was responsible for daily operational activities and trade support.
Lucas graduated McMaster University with a Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Finance.
Shai Joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2022. Shai is responsible for trade support, broker and market reconciliation and daily operational activity.
Prior to Joining Waratah, Shai worked at Jemekk Capital Management as an operations associate dealing with all Operational activities. Prior to Jemekk, Shai worked for TD Bank in multiple roles during a 16 year period.
Shai holds a Bachelor of Arts from Ben Gurion University in Israel.
Rees Joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2022. He is responsible for trade support, settlements, fund and broker reconciliations, and daily operational activity.
Prior to Joining Waratah, Rees worked at Q Capital Management as a trader, responsible for the systematic trading of global futures and options contracts, also assisting with all operational activities. Prior to Q Capital, Rees worked as a student intern at RBC Capital Markets.
Rees holds a Bachelor of Arts from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Jonida joined Waratah Capital Advisors in 2017. Jonida is responsible for providing administrative and logistical support for multiple projects, meetings, and conferences in high-volume, high pressure environments.
Jonida also assists Client Management with firm wide marketing initiatives, provides support with various client requests and is also engaged in client communication distribution and media relations.
Prior to joining Waratah, Jonida worked as a Project Coordinator for the European Commission and OSCE in Eastern Europe.
Jonida attended York University where she completed her Master’s in International Relations. She also holds a Certificate in Business Administration.
Lovina joined Waratah Capital Advisors in April 2017. Lovina is responsible for maintaining office services, organizing and coordinating office administration, project enhancements and providing administrative support to the Chief Operating and Compliance Officer.
Previously, Lovina worked at The Ontario Migraine Clinic as an Administrative Assistant where she was a liaison for patients and provided administrative support to the founder.
Lovina attended York University where she took Political Science and is an active volunteer at various different community organizations around Toronto.
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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.
Massey Centre is a client-centered infant and early childhood mental health organization which supports pregnant and parenting adolescents. Waratah raised over $600 at our Hanukkah staff party to help support this great cause.
Meditation is a mind-body practice that has been used for centuries to promote calmness, improve physiological balance and overall health and well-being. Which is why on November 28th, WAC hosted a short workshop on workplace mindfulness. Employees had the opportunity to discover their inner calm and learn and practice some meditation and relaxation technics.
The Waratah team actively participated in the Santa Comes to Bay Street event donating over $2500 in holiday gifts to women and children in shelters and outreach programs around Toronto. The 16th annual “Santa’s Workshop” gift bagging event took place on November 25, 2019 at the Design Exchange, where volunteers filled over 1700 bags with necessities and holiday gifts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.