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Absolute Return Podcast #53: Leadership Chat: Steve Feick, the Investor-Operator

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 February 13, 2020—Listen to Special guest Steve Feick, Vice President of Special Projects at the Mancal Corporation and President of Mancal Coal. Mancal is one of the most successful private companies in Western Canada (more…)

Absolute Return Podcast #52: Tesla Stock in Ludicrous Mode: Game Changer or Terminal Short?

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 February 10, 2020—Tesla’s Stock Shifts into “Ludicrous Mode” as it Hits $968 Per Share. What’s the Driving Force Behind the Share Rally? (more…)

Absolute Return Podcast #51: Did Warren Buffett Throw in the Towel on the Newspaper Business?

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 February 3, 2020—Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Sells its Newspaper Business to Lee Enterprises. Is Buffett Really Throwing in the Towel on Newspapers? (more…)
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Absolute Return Podcast #50: Leadership Chat: W. Brett Wilson, Redefining Success

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 January 29, 2020—W. Brett Wilson is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, FirstEnergy co-founder, former Dragon's Den star, and owner of the Nashville Predators. He offers his unique insights on: (more…)

Latest Blog Posts

Alpha + Beta: The Next Frontier in Investment Management

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  February 13, 2020 -The benefit of relentless competition in popular human endeavours is the progression and constant improvement within the activity. (more…)

A Common Investor Mistake: Overpaying for Growth

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  February 6, 2020 - For hundreds or perhaps even thousands of years, humans have been enamoured with betting. (more…)

With Markets at Record High Valuations, This One Investment Strategy Can Help Diversify Your Portfolio

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  January 16, 2020 - Global equities have had an excellent run over the past decade, returning about 10% annually. (more…)

Live from the Trading Desk: The Anixter Bidding War

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  January 7, 2020 - Some say that conducting merger arbitrage operations is akin to “picking up pennies in front of a steam roller.” (more…)

Latest Research, Media, & Press Releases

AlphaRank Factor Performance—January 2020

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February 10, 2020— December's Santa Claus rally, which led to a significant bounce back in low quality "junk" stocks, came and went. (more…)

AlphaRank Merger Monitor—January 2020

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January 21, 2020—The winter holidays brought with them muted merger and acquisition activity over the past month, with only 11 new U.S. deals announced. (more…)

AlphaRank Top Stocks—January 2020

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January 17, 2020—AlphaRank represents Accelerate's predictive equity ranking according to its proprietary multi-factor model. (more…)

AlphaRank Factor Performance—December 2019

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January 9, 2020 - December brought a broad-based "Santa Claus rally" to stocks, with none benefiting more from the positive sentiment and the reversal of tax-loss selling than the low-quality "junk" stocks that make up our short portfolios. (more…)

Team

CEO & Chief Investment Officer

Julian Klymochko

Julian is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Accelerate. Prior to founding Accelerate in February 2018, Julian was the Chief Investment Officer of Ross Smith Asset Management where he managed award-winning alternative investment strategies for nearly a decade. He founded and managed a top performing Canadian alternative fund in 2017. Julian also managed a 6-time award winning market neutral hedge fund and founded an award-winning event-driven arbitrage fund. Prior to Ross Smith Asset Management, he was an Analyst at BMO Capital Markets. He attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Engineering) and a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance). Julian is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Executive Vice President

Jai Hawker

Jai is the Executive Vice President of Accelerate. He has nearly 20 years of experience in capital markets including roles in corporate finance at RBC Dominion Securities, merchant capital at Enron Canada, equities research at Peters & Co, and 13 years at FirstEnergy Capital, most recently as a Director supervising their Private Client Division. He is the former VP Business Development at Ross Smith Asset Management. Jai attended the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

CFO & Vice President, Investment Management

Michael Kesslering

Mike is the CFO and Vice President, Investment Management of Accelerate. Prior to Accelerate, he was a Senior Analyst and Trader at Ross Smith Asset Management and prior to that, an Investment Banking Analyst at FirstEnergy Capital. He assisted in managing an award-winning market neutral hedge fund and a top performing Canadian alternative fund in 2017. Mike attended the University of Regina where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Distinction), majoring in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 3 candidate.

CTO and Vice President, Investment Management

Derek Euale

Derek is the Head of Research at Accelerate. He is a highly analytical capital markets professional with deep experience spanning multi-asset quantitative analysis, trading, investment research & risk management. Previously, Derek delivered novel proprietary trading strategies, structured products and processes at BMO Capital Markets and CIBC World Markets. He was Manager of Investment Risk & Research for a large public pension plan, and was critically involved in quantitative trade and market risk management at Suncor. Derek graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Mathematics degree in Applied Mathematics and from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math & Physics.

COO & Chief Compliance Officer

Michael Lee Hing

Michael has 22 years of financial and investment experience including roles in fund valuation at BMO and Dejardins, risk management at BCE Inc., and Chief Compliance Officer for Auspice Capital, Ross Smith Asset Management ULC and most recently Carecana Management Corp. Michael attended the University of Concordia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and then a Masters of Business Administration.

Regional Vice President, Client Solutions

Maury Krupp

Maury is Regional Vice President, Client Solutions of Accelerate. He has 15 years of experience in the financial industry. His Exchange Traded Fund experiences include companies such as Claymore Investments, BlackRock/iShares, and Purpose Investments. Most recently, Maury has been working with the development and implementation of business growth strategies with a global focus and sourcing investments in private equity and private debt. Maury attended Concordia University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Economics and has completed other related Canadian Securities courses.

Vice President, Investment Management

Frederick Mannix

Frederick Mannix is Vice President of Investment Management at Accelerate. He is also a director at Chinook Valley Inc. and Gryphon Corp. Gryphon is a private family bank based out of Barbados. Frederick graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Business Administration. He holds the Chartered Investment Managers (CIM) designation.

Marketing Communications Associate

Sabrina Torres

Sabrina is the Marketing Communications coordinator at Accelerate. Prior to Accelerate, she has helped startups and small businessesin various industries gain online traction with her knowledge and hands-on experience of digital advertising, brand management, and graphic design. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from SAIT where she also attained a BA diploma two years prior and has completed graphic design courses from ACAD.

Quantitative Analyst

Charles Sam

Charles is the Quantitative Analyst at Accelerate. He has three years of experience in the banking industry. He was part of a team that won Straight Through Process (STP) Excellence Award from Deutsche Bank, USA for two consecutive years whiles working at Stanbic Bank Ghana as Outward Payments Office. Charlesis currently in his fourth year of PhD program with specialization in Actuarial Science at the University of Calgary. He graduated from the same university with a Masters degree in Statistics. His research interests are Credit Risk Models, Loss Distribution Models and application of Machine Learning techniques to financial and insurance data.

Regional Vice President, Client Solutions

Sean Murray

Sean is Regional Vice President, Client Solutions for Accelerate. His career began with CIBC Asset Management followed by working in Alternative Investments with a small boutique firm selling FX Derivatives. Most recently, he was working with Vertex One Asset Management where he sold a variety of different Hedge Fund Strategies. Sean is a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Buffalo in Business Administration. After school, he went on to play minor professional hockey in the ECHL & SPHL. Sean has the Chartered Investment Manager Designation.

CEO & Chief Investment Officer

Julian Klymochko

Julian is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Accelerate. Prior to founding Accelerate in February 2018, Julian was the Chief Investment Officer of Ross Smith Asset Management where he managed award-winning alternative investment strategies for nearly a decade. He founded and managed a top performing Canadian alternative fund in 2017. Julian also managed a 6-time award winning market neutral hedge fund and founded an award-winning event-driven arbitrage fund. Prior to Ross Smith Asset Management, he was an Analyst at BMO Capital Markets. He attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Engineering) and a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance). Julian is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Executive Vice President

Jai Hawker

Jai is the Executive Vice President of Accelerate. He has nearly 20 years of experience in capital markets including roles in corporate finance at RBC Dominion Securities, merchant capital at Enron Canada, equities research at Peters & Co, and 13 years at FirstEnergy Capital, most recently as a Director supervising their Private Client Division. He is the former VP Business Development at Ross Smith Asset Management. Jai attended the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Board Member

P.L. (Lonny) Tetley

Lonny Tetley is a Director and the Corporate Secretary of Accelerate. Currently, he is a partner at Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP. Mr. Tetley serves on the Board of Certarus Ltd. and Beyond Energy Services & Technology Corp. He is also a member of the Private Funds Independent Review Committee of Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd.

Mr. Tetley attended the University of Calgary where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) and a Bachelor Of Laws (Gold Medalist). He is a Member of the Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Bar Association and the Calgary Bar Association.

Board Member

Thomas J. Simons

Thomas (“Tom”) J. Simons is a Director of Accelerate. Mr. Simons currently serves as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of TSX-listed CES Energy Solutions Corp. and its predecessor since March 2006.

Advisor

Jim Beqaj

Jim Beqaj is an Advisor of Accelerate. Mr. Beqaj is the founder of Beqaj International Inc. and a trusted advisor to CEOs. Prior to founding Beqaj International, he was a Vice Chair of BMO Capital Markets and prior to that, President & COO of CIBC Wood Gundy.

Advisor

Tyler Stuart

Tyler Stuart is an Advisor of Accelerate. Mr. Stuart is a Managing Director and Co-founder of Green Acre Capital, a leading cannabis private equity investment firm.

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Team

CEO & Chief Investment Officer

Julian Klymochko

Julian is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Accelerate. Prior to founding Accelerate in February 2018, Julian was the Chief Investment Officer of Ross Smith Asset Management where he managed award-winning alternative investment strategies for nearly a decade. He founded and managed a top performing Canadian alternative fund in 2017. Julian also managed a 6-time award winning market neutral hedge fund and founded an award-winning event-driven arbitrage fund. Prior to Ross Smith Asset Management, he was an Analyst at BMO Capital Markets. He attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Engineering) and a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance). Julian is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Executive Vice President

Jai Hawker

Jai is the Executive Vice President of Accelerate. He has nearly 20 years of experience in capital markets including roles in corporate finance at RBC Dominion Securities, merchant capital at Enron Canada, equities research at Peters & Co, and 13 years at FirstEnergy Capital, most recently as a Director supervising their Private Client Division. He is the former VP Business Development at Ross Smith Asset Management. Jai attended the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

CFO & Vice President, Investment Management

Michael Kesslering

Mike is the CFO and Vice President, Investment Management of Accelerate. Prior to Accelerate, he was a Senior Analyst and Trader at Ross Smith Asset Management and prior to that, an Investment Banking Analyst at FirstEnergy Capital. He assisted in managing an award-winning market neutral hedge fund and a top performing Canadian alternative fund in 2017. Mike attended the University of Regina where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Distinction), majoring in Finance. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 3 candidate.

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CTO and Vice President, Investment Management

Derek Euale

Derek is the Head of Research at Accelerate. He is a highly analytical capital markets professional with deep experience spanning multi-asset quantitative analysis, trading, investment research & risk management. Previously, Derek delivered novel proprietary trading strategies, structured products and processes at BMO Capital Markets and CIBC World Markets. He was Manager of Investment Risk & Research for a large public pension plan, and was critically involved in quantitative trade and market risk management at Suncor. Derek graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Master of Mathematics degree in Applied Mathematics and from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math & Physics.

COO & Chief Compliance Officer

Michael Lee Hing

Michael has 22 years of financial and investment experience including roles in fund valuation at BMO and Dejardins, risk management at BCE Inc., and Chief Compliance Officer for Auspice Capital, Ross Smith Asset Management ULC and most recently Carecana Management Corp. Michael attended the University of Concordia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration and then a Masters of Business Administration.

Regional Vice President, Client Solutions

Maury Krupp

Maury is Regional Vice President, Client Solutions of Accelerate. He has 15 years of experience in the financial industry. His Exchange Traded Fund experiences include companies such as Claymore Investments, BlackRock/iShares, and Purpose Investments. Most recently, Maury has been working with the development and implementation of business growth strategies with a global focus and sourcing investments in private equity and private debt. Maury attended Concordia University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Economics and has completed other related Canadian Securities courses.

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Vice President, Investment Management

Frederick Mannix

Frederick Mannix is Vice President of Investment Management at Accelerate. He is also a director at Chinook Valley Inc. and Gryphon Corp. Gryphon is a private family bank based out of Barbados. Frederick graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Business Administration. He holds the Chartered Investment Managers (CIM) designation.

Marketing Communications Associate

Sabrina Torres

Sabrina is the Marketing Communications coordinator at Accelerate. Prior to Accelerate, she has helped startups and small businessesin various industries gain online traction with her knowledge and hands-on experience of digital advertising, brand management, and graphic design. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from SAIT where she also attained a BA diploma two years prior and has completed graphic design courses from ACAD.

Quantitative Analyst

Charles Sam

Charles is the Quantitative Analyst at Accelerate. He has three years of experience in the banking industry. He was part of a team that won Straight Through Process (STP) Excellence Award from Deutsche Bank, USA for two consecutive years whiles working at Stanbic Bank Ghana as Outward Payments Office. Charlesis currently in his fourth year of PhD program with specialization in Actuarial Science at the University of Calgary. He graduated from the same university with a Masters degree in Statistics. His research interests are Credit Risk Models, Loss Distribution Models and application of Machine Learning techniques to financial and insurance data.

Regional Vice President, Client Solutions

Sean Murray

Sean is Regional Vice President, Client Solutions for Accelerate. His career began with CIBC Asset Management followed by working in Alternative Investments with a small boutique firm selling FX Derivatives. Most recently, he was working with Vertex One Asset Management where he sold a variety of different Hedge Fund Strategies. Sean is a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Buffalo in Business Administration. After school, he went on to play minor professional hockey in the ECHL & SPHL. Sean has the Chartered Investment Manager Designation.

CEO & Chief Investment Officer

Julian Klymochko

Julian is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Accelerate. Prior to founding Accelerate in February 2018, Julian was the Chief Investment Officer of Ross Smith Asset Management where he managed award-winning alternative investment strategies for nearly a decade. He founded and managed a top performing Canadian alternative fund in 2017. Julian also managed a 6-time award winning market neutral hedge fund and founded an award-winning event-driven arbitrage fund. Prior to Ross Smith Asset Management, he was an Analyst at BMO Capital Markets. He attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Engineering) and a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance). Julian is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Executive Vice President

Jai Hawker

Jai is the Executive Vice President of Accelerate. He has nearly 20 years of experience in capital markets including roles in corporate finance at RBC Dominion Securities, merchant capital at Enron Canada, equities research at Peters & Co, and 13 years at FirstEnergy Capital, most recently as a Director supervising their Private Client Division. He is the former VP Business Development at Ross Smith Asset Management. Jai attended the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

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Board Member

P.L. (Lonny) Tetley

Lonny Tetley is a Director and the Corporate Secretary of Accelerate. Currently, he is a partner at Burnet, Duckworth and Palmer LLP. Mr. Tetley serves on the Board of Certarus Ltd. and Beyond Energy Services & Technology Corp. He is also a member of the Private Funds Independent Review Committee of Deans Knight Capital Management Ltd.

Mr. Tetley attended the University of Calgary where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) and a Bachelor Of Laws (Gold Medalist). He is a Member of the Law Society of Alberta, Canadian Bar Association and the Calgary Bar Association.

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Thomas (“Tom”) J. Simons is a Director of Accelerate. Mr. Simons currently serves as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of TSX-listed CES Energy Solutions Corp. and its predecessor since March 2006.

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Advisor

Jim Beqaj

Jim Beqaj is an Advisor of Accelerate. Mr. Beqaj is the founder of Beqaj International Inc. and a trusted advisor to CEOs. Prior to founding Beqaj International, he was a Vice Chair of BMO Capital Markets and prior to that, President & COO of CIBC Wood Gundy.

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Advisor

Tyler Stuart

Tyler Stuart is an Advisor of Accelerate. Mr. Stuart is a Managing Director and Co-founder of Green Acre Capital, a leading cannabis private equity investment firm.

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