Julian is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Accelerate. Prior to founding Accelerate in February 2018, he was the Chief Investment Officer of Ross Smith Asset Management where he managed a number of award-winning alternative investment strategies for nearly a decade. He started his career as an Analyst at BMO Capital Markets. Currently, Julian is the Chairman of Bitcoin Well and a Director of the CFA Society Calgary.
Julian attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science (Engineering) and a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance), both with distinction. Julian is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
Julian has been featured in some of the world’s top financial and business media including Bloomberg, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, BNN, Business Insider and The Globe and Mail. He is the author of the book Reminiscences of a Hedge Fund Operator and host of the Absolute Return Podcast.
Mike is the CFO & Head of Capital Markets 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.
Derek is Vice President of Investment Management and Chief Technology Officer 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.
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.
Frederick Mannix is the Executive Vice President 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.
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.
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. Charles is 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.
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