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 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 a Chartered Investment Manager. He is a highly analytical capital markets professional with deep experience spanning multi-asset quantitative analysis, trading, investment research & risk management. Previously, Derek delivered 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 a key contributor to quantitative 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 many 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 Concordia University 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.
Greg is Accelerate’s VP, Investment Solutions. Over the last 17 years, Greg has worked as an investment wholesaler for three large multinational investment firms. He covered regions extending from Manitoba to British Columbia. With a belief that the investment landscape is changing in Canada, and with the belief that advisors need to embrace new and innovative ideas, the natural course was to move into the alternative space.
Charles is a Quantitative Analyst at Accelerate. He has three years of experience in the banking industry. Charles recently completed his PhD program with specialization in Actuarial Science at the University of Calgary. He graduated from the same university with a Master of Science degree in Statistics. His research interests are Credit Risk Models, Loss Distribution Models, and application of Machine Learning techniques to financial and insurance data.
Homayoun is the Data Engineer and Full-Stack Developer at Accelerate. Prior to Accelerate he worked as a Geo Data Scientist for E&P service companies, over 15 years. He holds two MSc degrees in Data Analytics and Geophysics, and a BSc degree in Mining Engineering.
Nouha is a Client Success Associate at Accelerate. She is currently in her fourth year of the Bachelor of Business Administration program at Mount Royal University completing her major in Marketing. Prior to Accelerate, she worked as a marketing and sales coordinator at local skincare brand Ellie Bianca where she contributed to the national growth of the company and developed social media and web content. She also managed several retail clients in this role and has transferred this knowledge to her work at Accelerate.
Earl is a graduate of Mount Royal University’s BCMM-PR program. During his time at MRU, he interned and volunteered with the ActiveCITY Collective and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, where he worked to increase stakeholder engagement and brand awareness. Following his internship with Accelerate, Earl joined full time as a Client Success Associate. Earl works to establish and maintain relationships with investors, and provides assistance on various PR and marketing initiatives.
Damon is the Finance and Compliance Associate at Accelerate. Prior to Accelerate, he was a Treasury Analyst and Vendor Account Analyst at Gibson Energy and prior to that, an Accounting Analyst at MEG Energy. He began his professional career with Scotiabank as a Universal Banker providing exceptional customer service and retail banking advice. Damon attended Vancouver Island University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Finance and Management.
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