The Toronto Chapter was founded in 2006 by Richard Lam and Daniel Forest. Over the years, the Toronto Chapter has hosted distinguished speakers such as: Michael Lee-Chin, founder and Chairman of Portland Holdings Inc.; Calvin McDonald, Former-President and CEO of Sears; Tony Fell, Former Chairman of RBC Capital Markets; and Michael Wilson, Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada.
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Syed Saif (President)
Syed Saif is an Analyst at BDC Venture Capital working with the Co-Investments and Diversified portfolio team. Syed received a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honors in Economics and Finance) degree from McGill University. He is also a candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Jeremy Abitbol is an Analyst at Gluskin Sheff where he works with the Client Wealth Management team, is a member of the Firm's Asset Mix team and a is also a registered Portfolio Manager. Jeremy received a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from McGill University. He has also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2015, Jeremy was a financial analyst at CI Financial. He was also part of the Client and Advisor services group at CI Investments.
Jake is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP and focuses on Corporate Finance and M&A. He completed a BA (Honors) in International Relations at Trinity College University of Toronto and a JD at Queen’s University.
Paul McKinlay (Past-President)
Paul is a Vice President at Wellington Financial LP, a specialty private venture finance fund. He is a CFA and CAIA Charter holder and is a Bachelor of Commerce from Ted Rogers School of Management from Ryerson University. Paul is currently based in California.