April 6, 2017 | 8:00 AM
The 7th Canadian Alternative Investment Forum (CAIF) was another sold out event at the St. Andrew’s Club in Toronto on April 6th, 2017. Over 200 sophisticated delegates filled the room throughout the day to learn about the inner motivations, professional aspirations and economic outlooks from some of the most interesting minds in the global alternative investment industry. Introduction Capital has designed CAIF to offer unique access to under the radar managers, operators and entrepreneurs that the principals meet through their global travels. The agenda is carefully curated to foster new discussions and examine niche investment areas and structures. With seven successful forums to date, Introduction Capital has a proven track record of producing a conference that offers a unique delegate experience in terms of information access and meaningful networking.
The day kicked off once again with Gluskin Sheff & Associates’ Chief Economist and Strategist, David Rosenberg spoke on “The Trials and Tribulations of Trumponomics”. CAIF’s candid conversations featured timely discussions on artificial intelligence and a compelling infrastrucure play in the frontier industry of cannabis in the US as it pertains to compliance, technology and security. With the shifting demographics highlighted in Rosenberg’s opening remarks, the investment opportunity in the seniors living space was closely examined as well as the increasing interest in the Canadian MedTech space. Mike Lipkin inspired the delegates after lunch to embrace disruption and to become game changers. Following the motivational presentation, Lipkin had a fireside chat with Marc Amrirault of Crystalline Management unpacking the genesis of the firm and unveiling the secret to its long-term success in the Canadian hedge fund industry. The three panels of CAIF sparked a thought-provoking debate on the redesign of the alternative landscape from an institutional perspective; pros and cons of collaborative investment styles of family office investors; and the macroeconomic impact of investing in alternatives.
CAIF remains the top alternative investment industry thought leadership event welcoming returning investors and attracting many new family offices, institutions and institutional-grade investors. Once again, this year’s event surpassed the number of active allocators who have attended in previous years with over 100 investors present. The specific breakdown is as follows.
- Institutional Investors/Private Investors (UHNW)/Family Offices/Dedicated Wealth Advisors to Private Investors and Family Offices: 53.5%
- Product Manufacturers (Private Equity, Hedge Funds, Debt Participation) and Institutional Fund Managers: 20%
- Investment Professionals: 17%
- Service Providers: 6%
- Industry Association Reps: 1.5%
- Non-Profit: 1.5%
- Media: 0.5%
What makes this conference a cut above from the others is that the topics are tomorrow’s headlines, not today’s. A great venue for anyone who wants to be ahead of the curve.
The 7th Canadian Alternative Investment Forum was a breath of fresh air in 2017; an inspiring mix of investor experiences, thematic investment ideas and thought provoking insights.
Thank you for inviting us to your event. It was well-executed and much better than the vast majority of events that I’ve attended over the years.
Just a quick word out of Montreal to express my appreciation for your conference. It was well prepared, the speakers were most knowledgeable, the topics varied and all of them of great interest. Congratulations, it shows the solidity of the organization you are successfully building with Amana.
Altium Wealth Architecture
CAIF 7 was the perfect convergence for the investment/financial community and private family offices joining together in sharing ideas and insights around collaborative investing, operating and investment models as well as best practices. It was a sheer delight to take part in this highly successful conference. Kudos to Karen and Amana!
President & CEO
The Pioneer Group Inc.
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