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Kerry Stirton

Managing Partner
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Kerry Stirton

Managing Partner

Kerry Stirton is a Managing Partner of Alignvest Capital Management and a Member of the ACM Investment Commitee. Mr. Stirton has more than 20 years’ investment experience including equity portfolio management, equity research, hedge fund investing, activist investing, and commodity trading. Prior to joining Alignvest, Mr. Stirton was a Managing Director at CIBC Asset Management, where he led a $25 billion Institutional Advisory Business.

Mr. Stirton’s experience includes the roles of Equity Investor in Goldman Sachs’ Proprietary Investment Group, Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, and a Manager at McKinsey and Company. Mr. Stirton has also been an Investment Committee Member of the Ben Gurion University Endowment.

Mr. Stirton holds law degrees from Harvard Law School and University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and has received an MA from University of Toronto. Mr. Stirton has successfully passed Finra’s Series 7, 63, and 55 Examinations and the NFA’s Series 3 National Commodities Futures Examination.

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Reno Giancola

Portfolio Manager
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Reno Giancola

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Giancola is a Portfolio Manager at Alignvest Capital Management. Mr. Giancola was previously a Vice-President & Portfolio Manager at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, where he managed several North American equity long/short Funds. Prior to Gluskin Sheff, he worked in private equity with Scotia Merchant Capital.

Mr. Giancola graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelors of Business Administration and a minor in Economics. He has also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mr. Giancola is an elected member of the User Advisory Council of the Accounting Standards Board.

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Jeff Hales

Portfolio Manager
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Jeff Hales

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Hales is a Portfolio Manager at Alignvest Capital Management. Mr. Hales was previously a Vice-President & Portfolio Manager at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, where he managed and co-managed a number of portfolios including the Canadian Equity, North American Value and Resource Funds. Prior to Gluskin Sheff, he worked in private equity with TD Capital, and in investment banking with Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Hales graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a B.A. in Economics, earning the Governor General’s Academic Medal as the top student in his undergraduate class. He has also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

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Athas Kouvaras

Partner
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Athas Kouvaras

Partner

Mr. Kouvaras is a Partner at Alignvest Capital Management with a focus on business development. He brings more than 15 years of experience in the investment industry to Alignvest with an emphasis on alternative investments. Prior to joining Alignvest, he was Regional Director for Russell Investments, where he was responsible for mid-market institutional business development across Canada. Before Russell, he was Regional Sales Manager at Man Investments Canada, where his responsibilities included institutional, retail and national account sales across Canada. Mr. Kouvaras began his career at BluMont Capital, where he was a research analyst with wide-ranging responsibilities.

Mr. Kouvaras is a CAIA Charterholder and a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association.

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Cheryl Davidson

Chief Operating Officer
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Cheryl Davidson

Chief Operating Officer

Cheryl Davidson is the Chief Operating Officer at Alignvest Capital Management. Ms. Davidson previously was a Vice President, Finance of Alignvest Management Corporation. Prior to joining Alignvest, Ms. Davidson was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for Mapleridge Capital Corporation, a quantitative systematic alternative investment manager in Toronto. Prior to joining Mapleridge in 2002, Ms. Davidson was a Principal in the financial services industry practice at Ernst & Young, a global professional services firm, where her focus in the latter part of her career was providing audit and advisory services to clients in the alternative asset management, mutual fund and securitization area.

Ms. Davidson is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from York University.

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Wanting Zhao

Associate Director, Business Development
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Wanting Zhao

Associate Director, Business Development

Wanting Zhao is an Associate Director of Business Development at Alignvest Capital Management. She has over seven years of experience in financial services and investment management. Prior to joining Alignvest, Ms. Zhao spent 5 years at CI Investments in Sales and Marketing where she covered a large territory in the GTA as an Internal Wholesaler.

Ms. Zhao is a graduate of the University of Toronto, she is a CFA Charterholder and currently a member of the Toronto CFA Institute.

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Nicholas Tata

Director, Operations & Compliance
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Nicholas Tata

Director, Operations & Compliance

Nicholas Tata is an Operations Manager at Alignvest Capital Management. Mr. Tata was previously an Assistant Operations Manager at RBC Wealth Management where he assisted in the management of the Global Credit and Cash portfolio. Prior to RBC Wealth Management, he worked as a Financial Analyst on the Management Advice team at TD Wealth Management and as a Financial Analyst on the Mortgage Backed Securities/Covered Bond portfolio at CIBC Mortgages and Lending.

Mr. Tata graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Business Economics. He has also earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations.

Ally Cui

Ally Cui

Senior Operations Analyst
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Ally Cui

Senior Operations Analyst

Ally Cui is an Operations Analyst at Alignvest Capital Management and Alignvest Investment Management. Ms. Cui was previously an Investment Accountant at State Street Fund Services, where she focused on the NAV process for multi-class hedge funds.

Ms. Cui graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce and has completed all examinations for the Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation.

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Rob McLay

Analyst
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Rob McLay

Analyst

Mr. McLay is an Analyst at Alignvest Capital Management. Mr. McLay was previously an Investment Banking Analyst at Scotia Global Banking and Markets, where he assisted deal teams in preparing presentation and valuation analysis for clients across a broad range of industries in both M&A and equity transactions. Prior to Scotiabank, he worked as an Intern with Birch Hill Equity Partners.

Mr. McLay graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Business Administration.