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AIMA Canada Expands National Footprint

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Author: News Release

AIMA Canada Expands National Footprint

Regional Committees Established in Alberta and British Columbia to

Complement Existing Regional Committee in Québec


Toronto ON – January 22, 2013 AIMA Canada, the Canadian national group of the global Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), today announced the establishment of two new regional committees in Alberta and British Columbia. This announcement follows the 2010 creation of a regional committee in Québec and reflects the growth of the alternative investment industry across Canada and AIMA Canada’s growing national footprint.

Established in 2003 as the voice of the hedge fund industry in Canada, AIMA Canada has approximately 100 corporate members involving over 250 individuals, including hedge fund managers, fund of hedge funds managers, prime brokers, legal and accounting firms, institutional investors and fund administrators. Its objectives include promoting transparency, education and sound practices, as well as liaising with regulatory authorities. AIMA Canada is governed by a national Executive Committee and five subject matter sub committees led by prominent members of the Canadian hedge fund community.

AIMA Canada committees are comprised of volunteers working for AIMA Canada member companies. The leadership teams of the regional committees will include:



Co-Chair: Leslie Vickers, Controller, Grafton Asset Management


Co-Chair: Basil D’Souza, Director, Auspice Capital Advisors


Secretary: Peter Harris, Senior Manager, Audit and Assurance Group,

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

British Columbia:


Co-Chair: Jonathan Lotz, Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP


Co-Chair: Roland Wood, Sales Manager, Fiera Capital Corporation




Co-Chair: Claude Perron, Chairman, Crystalline Management Inc.


Co-Chair: Stéphane Amara, Head of Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management Canada


Secretary: Lynda Briant, former COO, AIMA Canada

In making the announcement, AIMA Canada Chair Gary Ostoich, President of Spartan Fund Management, said: “We are delighted to welcome this group of distinguished industry leaders to our national organization. The creation of these new regional committees represents the next logical step in the development and growth of AIMA Canada as a national entity and further enhances our contribution to the industry and our growing membership.”


Mr. Ostoich explained that the mandate of the newly-formed regional committees includes: providing a forum for issues affecting regional hedge fund managers and associated service providers; assuring that the association’s mandates are carried out regionally; and working with the various subject-matter committees to coordinate events tailored to local markets.

About the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)

AIMA is the hedge fund industry's global, not-for-profit trade association with over 1,300 corporate members (with over 6,000 individual contacts) in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Members include hedge fund managers, fund of hedge funds managers, prime brokers, legal and accounting firms, investors, fund administrators and independent fund directors. They all benefit from AIMA’s active influence in policy development, its leadership in industry initiatives, including education and sound practice manuals and its excellent reputation with regulators.


Association (AIMA), was formed in March 2003 to act as the voice of the alternative

AIMA Canada, the Canada National Group of the Alternative Investment Management

investment industry in Canada. AIMA Canada now has about 100 corporate members and in 2012 published its AIMA Canada Handbook which can be found on the AIMA Canada website at www.aima-canada.org


Media Contacts:

AIMA Canada

James Burron

Francis Communications

Barry Francis