Signature Advisors  



Why choose Signature?

Deep and specialized team collaborating across the financial system

The Signature team is organized so that its portfolio managers and analysts are specialists in specific global equity sectors or fixed-income asset classes. This specialist model contributes significantly to Signature’s informational advantages.

Chief Investment Officer
Global Investment Strategists
Global Sector / Asset Class Specialists
Head of Equities
Head of Credit
Head of Rates

Tech, Media, Telecom
Malcolm White, CFA
Jeremy Yeung, CFA
Jayson Huang, CFA

Financials
John Hadwen, CFA
Goshen Benzaquen, MBA
George Zhao

Consumer Staples/Discretionary
Stephane Champagne
Henry Kwok, MBA
Alexander Payne

Health Care
Jeff Elliott, PhD, CFA
David Cho, CFA

Energy & Materials
Robert Lyon, CFA
Curtis Gillis, CFA
Hoa Hong, CFA
Jackie Przybylowski, CFA

Infrastructure
& Real Estate

Kevin McSweeney, CFA
Joshua Varghese, CFA
Varun Anand, CFA

Industrials & Utilities
Massimo Bonansinga, MBA
Alex Yang, CFA
Janice Wong, CFA

Director of Research, Asia
Gorlen Zhou, CFA

High Yield
Geof Marshall, CFA
Brad Benson, MSc
Carlton Ling, CFA
Darren Arrowsmith, CFA
Carson Tong, CFA
Simona Destefano

Investment Grade
John Shaw, CFA
Derek Tucker, CFA
Leanne Ongaro, CFA
Glenn Drodge, CFA

Preferreds
John Shaw, CFA

Foreign Exchange
Eric Bushell, CFA
Matthew Strauss, CFA
Lorne Gavsie
Asset Allocation
& Risk Management

Allan Maclean-Howard, CPA
Max Lenarciak, CFA

Andrey Vasilyev, MMF
Steve Byrne, CFA
Kyle Mendyk, CFA
Trading Professionals
Aldo Sunseri
Connie Lee (Hong Kong)
Samira Khan
Shawna McIntee
Michael Vopni, CFA
Marketing
Edward Durrant-Taylor, MBA
 
Hong Kong Office
 
Director of Research, Asia
Gorlen Zhou, CFA
Tech, Media, Telecom
Jayson Huang, CFA
Asia Trader
Connie Lee
 
 

Chief Investment Officer

Eric Bushell Eric Bushell, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Chief Investment Officer

Eric Bushell, Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Chief Investment Officer, began his career as an equity analyst and trader at BPI Mutual Funds in 1993 before becoming a portfolio manager at the firm. He joined CI’s Signature team in 1999 when BPI became part of CI Investments. He became chief investment officer of Signature in 2002. He was named Morningstar’s Fund Manager of the Decade in 2011, Morningstar’s Equity Fund Manager of the Year in 2009 and Investment Executive's Fund Manager of the Year for 2008. Mr. Bushell holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Global Investment Strategists

Drummond Brodeur Drummond Brodeur, CFA
Senior Vice-President and Global Strategist

Drummond Brodeur is Senior Vice-President and Global Strategist at Signature Global Asset Management. Mr. Brodeur has been in the investment industry since 1989. He has a strong background focused on China and the Pacific Basin. Prior to joining Signature in 2007, he oversaw international portfolios as vice-president of investments at KBSH Capital Management Ltd., as a senior analyst of Asian equities with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, and as a portfolio manager of Asian equities at Bankers Trust Australia. Mr. Brodeur holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Matthew Strauss Matthew Strauss, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Matthew Strauss, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, has been in the investment industry since 1994. Mr. Strauss provides macroeconomic strategy on the foreign exchange and emerging market components of the Signature mandates and is a member of the Signature asset allocation committee. He has extensive international experience in currency and fixed-income markets, having worked as chief strategist at the largest retail bank in Africa and as a senior fixed income and currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets. Mr. Strauss holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Arts in economics from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.



Jean-Philippe Bry Jean-Philippe Bry
Vice-President and Strategist

Jean-Philippe Bry, Vice-President and Strategist, has been in the investment industry since 1989. He has a strong background in the financial service sector, where he was an analyst prior to being a portfolio manager. He was previously an international portfolio manager with McLean Budden, a global portfolio manager with Amundi in London, England, and a global financial portfolio manager with Amundi in Paris. Prior to working in the asset management industry, Mr. Bry worked for RBC Capital Markets as director of institutional sales in Europe. Mr. Bry holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Carleton University, Ottawa.

Global Sector / Asset Class Specialists

Head of Equities

Robert Lyon Robert Lyon, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Head of Equities

Robert Lyon began his career in the investment industry in 1993. He is Head of Equities at Signature. He is also responsible for Signature's resource-focused funds as well as the domestic and foreign natural resource equity holdings within other Signature funds. He is the lead portfolio manager of Signature Global Resource Fund, Signature Global Resource Corporate Class, Signature Global Energy Corporate Class and Signature Gold Corporate Class. Mr. Lyon was a key member of the Signature team from 1999–2006, during which time he was portfolio manager of the Signature Global Resource and Signature Global Energy funds. Prior to rejoining CI and Signature, he was lead manager of the resource portfolios at another Canadian investment company. Mr. Lyon holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Director of Research, Asia

Gorlen Zhou Gorlen Zhou, CFA
Director of Research, Asia

Gorlen Zhou, Director of Research, Asia, joined the Signature Global Asset Management in early 2011. Mr. Zhou’s responsibilities include providing macroeconomic analysis as well as generating specific investment ideas for the Signature portfolios. Prior to joining Signature, he worked as a valuation analyst at the Bank of Montreal. Mr. Zhou graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He also has master’s degree in finance from Simon Fraser University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Tech, Media, Telecom

Malcom White Malcolm White, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Malcolm White, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, specializes in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Starting his career as a software developer, Mr. White has over 21 years of investment experience. He has consistently been voted as one of Canada’s top 50 money managers in the Brendan Wood survey. He recently completed a part-time program in artificial intelligence at a local Toronto university, where, for his capstone project he created a machine-learning application that reads financial transcripts and automatically determines investor sentiment. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University.


Jeremy Yeung Jeremy Yeung, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Jeremy Yeung, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, specializes in the global technology sector. His responsibilities include security selection and trade execution for the technology stocks in the equity portfolios. Prior to joining Signature in 2007, Mr. Yeung was an investment analyst at Investors Group Investment Management, where he was the technology sector analyst. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in the corporate finance and taxation department. Mr. Yeung holds a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Jayson Huang Jayson Huang, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst

Jayson Huang, Senior Investment Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the team covering technology, media and telecommunications. Mr. Huang joined Signature in 2016 with over 10 years of prior investment industry experience covering the Asia technology sector. Prior to joining Signature, Mr. Huang worked with various international asset management companies, including Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management, Paradigm Asset Management and UOB Asset Management. Mr. Huang holds a Bachelor of Economics from National Taiwan University and a Master of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and NYU Stern. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Financials

John Hadwen John Hadwen, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

John Hadwen, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, is responsible for stock selection in the financial services sector. He joined the investment management industry in 1993 in customer service at Mackenzie Financial before moving to mutual fund accounting and money market trading and administration. He joined Infinity Investment Counsel in 1998 as a research analyst. Infinity was acquired by Goodman & Company, where his responsibilities expanded to include portfolio management. In 2006, he joined KBSH Capital Management before joining Signature the following year. Mr. Hadwen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in administrative studies from Trent University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Goshen Benzaquen Goshen Benzaquen, MBA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Associate Portfolio Manager

Goshen Benzaquen, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Associate Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the team covering global financial services institutions. Mr. Benzaquen joined Signature in early 2011 after spending four years as an analyst following financial institutions in emerging markets with Lusight Research, a sell-side research firm. He started his career in the financial services industry with RBC Financial Group in a specialized management training program before moving into a senior analyst position in the Capital Management Group. After leaving RBC, Mr. Benzaquen moved to Deloitte & Touche as a senior consultant with the performance management team. He is a graduate of York University with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in economics and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business.


George Zhao George Zhao
Junior Investment Analyst

George Zhao, Junior Investment Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the team that covers the financial services sector. Prior to joining Signature in 2016, he had one year of experience working in the insurance industry as an actuarial analyst. Mr. Zhao holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from University of Waterloo.


Consumer Staples/Discretionary

Stephane Champagne Stephane Champagne
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Stephane Champagne began his investment industry career in 1996 and specializes in global consumer staples and discretionary sectors. Prior to joining Signature, Mr. Champagne was a senior equity analyst at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, responsible for the consumer sector. Previously, he began his career as senior equity analyst at Maison Placements Canada and Laurentian Bank Securities before becoming assistant portfolio manager at Valorem Asset Management. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Laval University.


Henry Kwok Henry Kwok, MBA
Senior Investment Analyst

Henry Kwok, Senior Investment Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, has over 16 years of investment industry experience and focuses globally on consumer products and retailers. Prior to joining Signature in early 2012, Mr. Kwok spent 11 years covering the global health care sector and 4 years covering global consumer staples at RBC Global Asset Management. Mr. Kwok earned a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto.


Alexander Payne Alexander Payne
Junior Investment Analyst

Alexander Payne, Junior Investment Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the team dedicated to the global consumer staples and discretionary sectors. Mr. Payne joined the Signature team in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University. As part of his studies he completed various co-op terms within the investment management industry, including a term with the Signature Global Asset Management team.


Health Care

Jeff Elliott Jeff Elliott, PhD, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Jeff Elliott, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager specializes in the global health care sector and joined the investment industry in 2003. Prior to joining Signature in 2013, Dr. Elliott analyzed global pharmaceutical equities at Sectoral Asset Management and was a senior equity research analyst at UBS Securities in New York and Toronto. Dr. Elliott holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Queen’s University, a PhD in molecular biology and biochemistry from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


David Cho David Cho, CFA
Investment Analyst

David Cho, Investment Analyst with Signature Global Management, is part of the global health care team. Mr. Cho joined Signature in early 2016 after spending three years as a junior research analyst at Franklin Templeton Investments, where his sector focus was on global building materials, European telecoms and global consumer staples. Prior to this, Mr. Cho was an associate in wholesale credit at CIBC where he conducted fundamental analysis and formulated fair value opinions of risk-rated investments in CIBC’s investment portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Energy & Materials

Curtis Gillis Curtis Gillis, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Curtis Gillis specializes in the global energy, chemicals and forest products sectors and joined the investment industry in 1997. Prior to joining Signature, Mr. Gillis worked as an associate portfolio manager of resource portfolios for another Canadian investment company.  Before that, he held research positions with two asset management firms and was a sell-side oilfield services analyst at two brokerage firms. Prior to working in the investment industry, Mr. Gillis worked in the natural gas trading group of a US oil and gas company. Mr. Gillis holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Saint Francis Xavier University and a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University. He also holds the Chartered Professional Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.


Hoa Hong Hoa Hong, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Hoa Hong, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the team responsible for covering resource sector, with a focus on energy. Previously, she was part of the team analyzing high-yield bond, convertible bond and leveraged loan assets. Ms. Hong joined Signature in 2005. Prior to joining Signature, she worked for four years on the sell side. Ms. Hong holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from McMaster University.


Jackie Przybylowski

Jackie Przybylowski, CFA
Associate Portfolio Manager

Jackie Przybylowski, Associate Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the team covering the resource sector, with a focus on global metals and mining. Ms. Przybylowski joined Signature in 2015 after spending eight years in research on the sell side covering the Canadian metals and mining sector. She started her career in industry at Stelco Inc., where she worked as a metallurgist for six and a half years. Ms. Przybylowski holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Engineering, both in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Ms. Przybylowski is a licensed professional engineer with Professional Engineers Ontario and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Infrastructure & Real Estate

Kevin McSweeney Kevin McSweeney, CFA
Vice President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Kevin McSweeney has 12 years of financial services and investment management experience and is a member of the team responsible for infrastructure and REITs. He moved to this team from the high-yield, convertible bond and leveraged loan assets team in 2016. Prior to joining Signature, Mr. McSweeney worked for six years with Scotiabank, most recently in corporate credit risk management. Prior to that, Mr. McSweeney worked with Finance Canada as a financial economist in the international trade and financial markets divisions. Mr. McSweeney holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from St. Mary's University a Master of Business Administration from Dalhousie University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Josh Varghese Joshua Varghese, CFA
Portfolio Manager

Joshua Varghese, Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, joined the investment team in early 2011. Mr. Varghese is part of the team responsible for infrastructure and REITs. He joined CI Investments in 2006, working first in client service and later as an inside wholesaler before joining Signature. Prior to his employment at CI, Mr. Varghese worked two summers as an equities research associate and one summer as an investment banking analyst at Orion Securities (now Macquarie Group of Canada). He graduated from Carleton University in 2006 with a Bachelor of International Business degree that included studying international business abroad for one year in Valencia, Spain. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Varun Anand Varun Anand, CFA
Associate Portfolio Manager

Varun Anand, Associate Portfolio Manager, is part of the Infrastructure team, focusing on the transportation, midstream, towers and industrials sectors. Mr. Anand joined Signature in 2017 from Sentry Investments, where he was a senior analyst on the Global Infrastructure Fund for more than four years. He began his career in the financial services industry with Veritas Investment Research, an independent equity research company in Canada. Mr. Anand holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Business Administration with honours from the University of Waterloo. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2014.


Industrials & Utilities

Massimo Bonansinga Massimo Bonansinga, MBA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Massimo Bonansinga has 21 years of financial, managerial and consulting experience. He focuses on industrials. Prior to joining Signature in 2005, he spent five years in investment banking in London with Bankers Trust and Morgan Stanley and five years in the automotive industry in Europe with Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Group, holding positions in finance. He has a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School and a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from Universita Bocconi in Milan.


Alex Yang Alex Yang, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst

Alex Yang, Senior Investment Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the team covering the industrials sector. Prior to joining Signature in 2015, Mr. Yang spent five years as a sell-side research analyst on China auto and auto parts at Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas. Before that, he was an energy trader mainly dealing with electricity trading in Singapore.  Mr. Yang holds a Master of Social Sciences degree in economics from the National University of Singapore and a Bachelor of Economics from Zhejiang University in China. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Janice Wong Janice Wong, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst

Janice Wong, Senior Investment Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, joined the team in 2013. Her primary area of coverage includes global industrial and transportation companies. Ms. Wong joined Signature with over 10 years of prior investment industry experience, covering global industrials with RBC Global Asset Management and Canadian industrials with Dundee Securities. She is a member of both the CFA Institute and CPA Canada.


Head of Credit

Geof Marshall Geof Marshall, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Geof Marshall, Senior Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, heads the high-yield bond team at Signature Global Asset Management. Mr. Marshall has extensive experience analyzing, managing, and trading high-yield bonds, convertible bonds, and leveraged loans. He is the lead manager of Signature High Yield Bond Fund and co-manages a number of Signature funds, including Signature High Income Fund, Signature Diversified Yield Fund, Signature Income & Growth Fund and Signature Corporate Bond Fund. Funds co-managed by Mr. Marshall have won three Morningstar Canadian Investment Awards and six Lipper Fund Awards. He joined CI in 2006 from Manulife Financial, where he was a portfolio manager. Mr. Marshall holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


High Yield

Brad Benson Brad Benson, MSc
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Brad Benson started in the investment industry in 1998. Mr. Benson's responsibilities are focused on high-yield bonds, convertible bonds, and leveraged loan assets. Prior to joining Signature in 2007, he worked at CPP Investment Board in the principal investing group, at Vision Capital in London, England, in private equity, and at RBC Capital Markets in the mergers and acquisitions department. He has a Bachelor of Arts in honors business administration from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science in finance from London Business School.


Carlton Ling Carlton Ling, CPA, CA, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Carlton Ling, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, has been in the investment management industry since 2004. Mr. Ling is responsible for high-yield bond, convertible bond and leveraged-loan assets focused in the automotive, transportation, energy services, chemical, industrial and homebuilding sectors. Prior to joining Signature in 2012, he worked at Brookfield Asset Management as an investment analyst on a team that invested in high-yield and distressed credits. Before that, he worked at RBC Dominion Securities in equity research. Mr. Ling graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and Master of Accountancy from the University of Waterloo and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Darren Arrowsmith Darren Arrowsmith, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Darren Arrowsmith, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, is responsible for high-yield bond, convertible bond and leveraged-loan assets at Signature Global Asset Management. Prior to joining Signature in 2012, Mr. Arrowsmith was a portfolio manager with Stanton Asset Management, where he assisted with the management of global high-yield bonds and leveraged loans across numerous funds. Prior to this, he worked at GE Capital in London, England, within its leveraged finance team as a credit analyst and trader. He began his career in 1999 on the Scotia Capital Markets fixed income team. Mr. Arrowsmith obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Edinburgh Management School. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Carson Tong Carson Tong, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst

Carson Tong joined Signature in 2014 and is responsible for analyzing high-yield, convertible bond and leveraged loan assets. Mr. Tong has nine years of sell-side experience, which include equity research and investment banking. Most recently, he was vice-president and associate analyst at RBC Capital Markets covering Canadian integrated and senior energy companies. Mr. Tong has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.


Simona Destefano Simona Destefano
Senior Investment Analyst

Simona DeStefano, Senior Investment Analyst, has over 15 years of high-yield corporate credit experience and is a member of the fixed income team with Signature Global Asset Management. She is responsible for high-yield, convertible bond and leveraged loan assets focused in the health care, gaming and lodging sectors. Mrs. DeStefano began her in career in 1999 as a corporate rating analyst in leveraged finance at Moody’s Investors Service and in 2003 joined the leveraged finance team at UBS where she was responsible for credit risk management. Prior to joining Signature, she worked at Scotiabank as a member of the corporate banking health care team. Mrs. DeStefano has a Bachelor of Business Administration with high honours in banking and finance from the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University.


Investment Grade

John Shaw John Shaw, CFA
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

John Shaw, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager, started in the investment industry in 1990. He has experience in international credit analysis, trading and portfolio management. Mr. Shaw’s responsibilities are focused on corporate bonds and preferred shares. Prior to joining Signature in 2004, he worked at Canada Life Assurance for 13 years, most recently as a US corporate bond trader. Mr. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Queen’s University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Derek Tucker Derek Tucker, CFA
Associate Portfolio Manager

Derek Tucker, Associate Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the fixed-income team covering investment-grade corporate bonds. Mr. Tucker joined Signature in early 2011 after spending six years as a credit analyst in the risk management group at RBC Financial Group, where he performed risk assessments and credit adjudication on corporate borrowers. Prior to this, Mr. Tucker held several other positions at RBC, including various financial analyst roles in head office finance as well as in equity research. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishop's University.


Leanne Ongaro Leanne Ongaro, CFA
Associate Portfolio Manager

Leanne Ongaro, Associate Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, has six years of investment industry experience and focuses on investment-grade fixed income. Ms. Ongaro joined CI Investments in 2004 as a member of the client services team. From there she advanced to a position on the product development side of the business prior to joining the Signature team in August of 2007. Ms. Ongaro holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Glen Drodge Glenn Drodge, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst

Glenn Drodge, Senior Investment Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the fixed income team covering global investment-grade corporate bonds. Mr. Drodge joined CI in August 2016 after spending nearly eight years as an associate portfolio manager at AGF Management Ltd. where he supported the management of several funds and covered various sectors in global high yield, investment grade and emerging market credit. Prior to this, Mr. Drodge was an analyst in the risk management group at RBC Financial Group where he performed risk assessment and credit adjudication of corporate borrowers. Mr. Drodge holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and has a Master of Business Administration from York University and a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Head of Rates

Kamyar Hazaveh Kamyar Hazaveh, MMF
Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager

Kamyar Hazaveh, Vice-President, Portfolio Management and Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, began his investment industry career in 2006. He specializes in G10 fixed-income, cash, and derivatives analysis, trading, and portfolio management. Prior to joining Signature in 2014, Kamyar worked at Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan for six years as a fixed-income trader and portfolio manager responsible for managing its $50-billion allocation to global nominal and inflation-linked bonds (real money role), as well as adding value through G10 alpha strategies in both cash and derivatives (internal hedge fund role). He was the architect of the fund's liability driven investing (LDI) strategy. Mr. Hazaveh holds a Master of Mathematical Finance degree from the University of Toronto.


Rates

Alexandra Florescu Alexandra Florescu
Associate Portfolio Manager

Alexandra Florescu, Associate Portfolio Manager with Signature Global Asset Management, is part of the team responsible for fixed-income rates investments. Prior to joining Signature in 2014, Ms. Florescu was an associate portfolio manager at TD Asset Management, where she was responsible for managing over $20 billion in passive fixed income, bond overlay, and liability driven investment institutional mandates. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours) from the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Fernanda Fenton Fernanda Fenton, CFA
Senior Fixed Income Analyst

Fernanda Fenton, Senior Fixed Income Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, specializes in Latin American fixed income products and has 10 years of experience in this sector. Prior to joining Signature in 2014, Ms. Fenton was an associate portfolio manager at Sentry Investments, and before that she spent six years in Latin American debt capital markets and investment banking at Credit Suisse in New York. Ms. Fenton holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from ITAM in Mexico City.


Paul Borean Paul Borean, CFA
Senior Fixed Income Analyst

Paul Borean, Senior Fixed Income Analyst with Signature Global Asset Management, joined the fixed income portfolio management team in 2015. Prior to joining Signature, Mr. Borean was a vice-president and fixed income strategist at RBC Capital Markets, focusing on North American interest rates research and analysis. Mr. Borean holds a Master of Mathematical Finance degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours) from the University of Waterloo.


Mark Pelechaty Mark Pelechaty, MA
Senior Fixed Income Analyst

Mark Pelechaty was at BMO Global Asset Management where he was an associate portfolio manager and senior product manager. Prior to BMO, Mark spent 10 years at BCA Research, where he was a senior analyst focusing on the US and global bond strategies. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science in geophysics and a Master of Arts in economics.


Naman Agarwal Naman Agarwal, MBA
Investment Analyst

Naman Agarwal is part of the fixed-income rates investment team at Signature Global Asset Management and has eight years of experience in financial services and real estate. Prior to joining Signature full time in 2016, Mr. Agarwal was a business analyst with the global repo team at Credit Suisse, Singapore. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Engineering from the National University of Singapore.


Sam Chai Sam Chai, MSc
Junior Fixed Income Analyst

Sam Chai joined Signature in August 2017 as a Junior Fixed Income Analyst. Sam’s last role was at OTPP where he was an investment analyst on the global credit trading desk, and prior to that, he worked as an analyst at RBC in credit products. Sam holds an Honours Business Administration degree from Ivey Business School and a Master of Science in mathematical finance from the University of Toronto.


Foreign Exchange

Lorne Gavsie Lorne Gavsie
Head FX Trader & Vice President

Asset Allocation & Risk Management

Allan Maclean-Howard Allan Maclean-Howard, CPA
Vice-President, Asset Allocation and Risk Management

Allan Maclean-Howard began his career in the investment industry in 1987. He is responsible for enhancing Signature’s asset allocation process with the development of additional tools and capabilities. Mr. Maclean-Howard joined Signature from Merrill Lynch, where he was responsible for Merrill’s institutional equity derivatives business for Canadian clients. Mr. Maclean-Howard has an extensive background in risk management, structuring, trading, and management experience in equity, commodity, and fixed income derivatives. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Maclean-Howard held senior investment positions at UBS Canada, RBC Capital Markets, and TD Bank and was a senior staff accountant at EY. Mr. Maclean-Howard graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).


Max Lenarciak Max Lenarciak, CPA
Derivative Quantitative Strategist

Max Lenarciak, Derivative Quantitative Strategist, is responsible for designing and executing yield enhancing and portfolio hedging option strategies as well as quantitative investing. Prior to joining CI in 2018, Mr. Lenarciak specialized in alternative investing, quantitative investing and derivatives strategies at 1832 Asset Management L.P., a subsidiary of the Bank of Nova Scotia. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the American University of Rome as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Andrey Vasilyev Andrey Vasilyev, MMF
Analyst, Asset Allocation and Risk Management

Andrey Vasilyev is part of the Signature Global Asset Management team responsible for expanding analytical framework for portfolio construction and risk management. Prior to joining Signature in 2015, Mr. Vasilyev worked at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan as investment analyst at their equity trading desk. At Teachers’ he focused on derivatives analysis, building analytical tools, quantitative support and trade risk analytics for top-down value-add strategies. Mr. Vasilyev started his career in the investment industry in 2010 at National Bank of Canada after obtaining a master’s degree in mathematical finance from Wilfrid Laurier University. Mr. Vasilyev holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and applied mathematics.


Steve Byrne Steve Byrne, CFA
Analyst, Asset Allocation and Risk Management

Steven Byrne is part of the Signature Global Asset Management team responsible for expanding the Fund’s analytical capabilities relating to asset allocation and risk management. Prior to joining Signature in 2014, Mr. Byrne began his career in the financial services industry in 2010 at TD Securities as an analyst in the technology solutions group. At TD Securities Steven supported and improved the reporting platform used by the firm’s prime brokerage and securities lending clients. Mr. Byrne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Kyle Mendyk Kyle Mendyk, CFA
Portfolio Analyst

Kyle Mendyk joined Signature in August of 2016 as a Portfolio Analyst. Kyle works with the asset allocation and risk management team and is responsible for the implementation and maintenance of investment strategies across the portfolios. Kyle holds a double major in finance and financial economics from Western University as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Trading Professionals

Aldo Sunseri Aldo Sunseri
Head of Trading

Connie Lee Connie Lee
Head of Trading, Asia

Samira Khan Samira Khan
Trader

Shawna McIntee Shawna McIntee
Trader

Michael Vopni Michael Vopni, CFA
Portfolio Analyst & Credit Trader

Marketing

Edward Durrant-Taylor Edward Durrant-Taylor, MBA
Marketing Associate

Edward Durrant-Taylor joined Signature in May 2017 as a Marketing Associate. Edward’s last role was at CI on the national accounts team where he was a manager who handled client head office relationships, and prior to that, he was an asset retention associate working with CI’s segregated fund products. Edward holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts in history from McGill University.

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