Introduction Capital's 3rd Canadian Alternative Investment Forum, held on April 18, 2013, was extremely successful once again. We welcomed a record number of investors this year and were delighted to see many new faces in the crowd. Delegates commented on the high quality of the panel speakers and were appreciative of the many opportunities to network throughout the day and during the evening cocktail reception. Mark your calendars for April 3, 2014, for the 4th Canadian Alternative Investment Forum and please read on for some testimonials regarding this must-attend event.
Congratulations on a masterfully orchestrated conference. The speakers were engaging, the program was enjoyable, and (most importantly) everything ran on schedule. This was truly one of the highlight events of Toronto's investment community, and should be on every alternative investor's calendar for 2014..........Mo Lidsky, Principal, Prime Quadrant
Thank you for having me as your keynote speaker at your 3rd Canadian
Alternative Investment Forum. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The moderators
and panels were superb! Participants were extremely knowledgeable and willing
to freely share their intellectual property. I have found over my 38-year
career that many conference panel members are guarded in both manner and
information, possibly to hedge their perceived competitive edge. Combine
that with political correctness and one walks away with milquetoast opinions
and a sense of wasted time. However, you selected your speakers carefully;
information flowed and opinions were strongly championed. Your forum was
an informative and uplifting experience; I would highly recommend your next
conference to all professionals and investors in the space!..........Frank
Casey, Member FoxHounds Whistle Blowing Team to SEC on Madoff
Thank you for putting on a fantastic conference. The material was informative and the networking exceptional. I am looking forward to next year!..........Arthur C. Salzer, CEO and CIO, Northland Wealth Managment
On behalf of Robin Korthals, Brian Durno and myself, please accept my thanks for, and congratulations on, your really worthwhile 3rd Canadian Alternative Investment Forum. Your speakers were enlightening and fun and the participants were impressive and attentive. People really had a good time and shared a lot of information during the breaks and over lunch. It was great to see old friends. Frank Casey's keynote speech was dynamite. All in all, a banner day..........John Budden, Senior Advisor and Fund Representative, The Investment Partners Fund
Thank you for your invitation to join your Canadian Alternative Investment
Forum last week. It was a most professional and informative day. I was particularly
impressed by the quality of your moderators and panelists - impressive wisdom,
insight and experience on stage! Congratulations on a most successful day.
Gwen K. Harvey, Founder and President, BridgeWater Family Wealth Services
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The 2nd Canadian Alternative Investment Forum, held on April 12, 2012 at the St. Andrew's Club, was an extremely successful day. Delegates spoke very highly of the top-quality speakers and informative panel topics and enjoyed ample opportunities to network throughout the day. Introduction Capital thanks the sponsors and advertisers whose generous support made this day possible.
It was standing room only for Introduction Capital's 1st Canadian Alternative Investment Forum, held on April 7, 2011 at the St. Andrew's Club in downtown Toronto. Over 150 delegates attended the informative day which kicked off early with a networking continental breakfast. Panel sessions began right after opening remarks by AIMA Canada Chairman and Spartan Fund Management CEO Gary Ostoich.
Both the hedge fund and private equity panels were moderated by former Globe and Mail columnist and Brookfield Asset Management Senior Vice President Andy Willis. Delegates learned of industry trends and all were happy to hear the thoughts of industry legend Frank Mersch of Front Street Capital.
The highlight of the day was a keynote address by economist Don Coxe of Coxe Advisors. Don held the group in rapt attention with his talk, " What happens when the financial heroin stops flowing? ", which, among other things, touched on long-term opportunities for commodities investors and the continuing relative strength of the Canadian economy.
The afternoon continued with presentations from a niche strategies panel as well as a group of family offices. The entire day was expertly hosted by BNN's " Alternative Investing " co-host and Westcourt Capital President David Kaufman who facilitated question and answer sessions and made sure the day stayed on time and on topic.
Morning and afternoon breaks, an informal luncheon and an evening cocktail reception provided plenty of opportunity for industry networking and delegates were unanimous in their praise of the " impressive .world-class " event.
Introduction Capital wishes to thank Partner Sponsor Salida Capital; Executive
Sponsors KPMG, Harris Brown & Partners, Man Investments; Associate Sponsors
CIBC Mellon, Marret Asset Management, Front Street Capital, Sprott Asset
Managment, Horizons ETFs, Arrow Hedge Partners, SBG Regulatory Consulting
Group and all the outstanding speakers and panelists who made the day such
It was a full house for Introduction Capital’s hedge fund forum on September 25, 2008. Over 75 sophisticated investors gathered at the St Andrew’s Club to hear short presentations from 17 Canadian hedge fund managers. Managers spoke about fund performance and also offered some insights and strategies for investors during the current volatile market conditions. One manager declared "It is exactly the type of event I want to do more of" referring specifically to how effectively the 10-minute presentations allowed managers to showcase their funds.
Generously sponsored by Horizons Betapro Funds, JovVentures, Felcom Data Services, BMO Capital Markets, Sprott Asset Management, Stikeman Elliott, Arrowhedge Partners and Accelator Capital Management, the day was extremely successful and well-received by managers and investors alike. Both the on-site lunch and end-of-day cocktail reception provided many opportunities for networking.
Jim McGovern, CEO of Arrowhedge Partners started the day with opening remarks that evoked thought and reflection. Moderator Ann Glazier of AlphaScout Funds expertly guided the panels through their presentations and led the group through informative Q & A sessions after each panel. A highlight of the day-long forum was the keynote address by Stephen Bondi of New York-based Asset Alliance. Steve’s years of experience in the alternative space came through as he provided the group with valuable information on the importance of hedge fund manager due dilligence.
"The session was extremely valuable to me" stated one investor. "Your meeting….was the best conducted and most beneficial yet" he continued, adding that two of the funds he learned about were now being considered for potential investment.
His words captured the essence of the day, and of the work that Introduction Capital does.