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MEET THE TEAM

Chris Nitsis

Chris Nitsis

Legal Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer

Robert Duncan CFA

Robert is responsible for advancing sub-advisory relationships with pensions, foundations, endowments, family offices and broker dealer platforms.

Robert has a Bachelor of Economics from Concordia’s “John Molson School of Business” and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.. Previous to Forstrong he gained invaluable experience as a Vice President at BlackRock Canada with iShares institutional business.

In his spare time, he likes to spend weekends at the cottage with his wife and 2 sons. He also enjoys pretending to play hockey and golf while avoiding the chiropractor as much as possible.

Contact Robert: rduncan@forstrong.com

Robert Duncan CFA

SVP Institutional Strategy & Portfolio Manager

Tyler Mordy CFA

Tyler leads the firm’s business strategy and oversees a multi-disciplinary investment team committed to extensive macro research and analysis. Encouraging a global perspective allows the team to identify investment themes and trends that create distinct investment strategies.

Prior to joining Forstrong in 2003, Tyler gained international experience at Deutsche Asset Management in London, UK. A graduate of the University of British Columbia (Mathematics and English Literature), Tyler is a CFA® charterholder.

In his spare time, Tyler has a wide range of interests — from reading literary classics to long-range climbing expeditions. Although a self-confessed urbanite, Tyler is seldom happier than hiking the mountains of his Canadian home province, British Columbia.

Contact Tyler: tmordy@forstrong.com

Tyler Mordy CFA

President & CIO

Mark Arthur

Mark is responsible for the overall resources and operations of the firm including the proper oversight of compliance and investment procedures.

Mr. Arthur has served on the Forstrong Investment Committee since July 2009 and became CEO of Forstrong in April 2012. Previously, Mr. Arthur was appointed President, Jovian Capital Corporation in 2007 and prior to that was President, Chief Investment Officer and Director at RBC Global Investment Management Inc.

Mr. Arthur is a a CFA® charterholder with an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Brock University.

When not building a world class global macro investment management firm, Mark enjoys puttering around at his cottage and re-living his youth as an avid skier.

Contact Mark: marthur@joviancapital.com

Mark Arthur

CFA, CEO

Wilfred Hahn MBA

Having worked in the global financial and investment industry during a distinguished career spanning over three decades, Wilfred brings unparalleled experience to the investment team. Extensive travels have brought Wilfred to 60 countries around the world, allowing him a unique perspective on global developments and the opportunity to maintain an international network of contacts.

Prior to founding Forstrong Global, Wilfred was head of the Global Investment Group of the Royal Bank of Canada. The group’s many clients around the world included pension funds, corporations, mutual fund unit-holders and private individuals. Wilfred holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Wilfred likes to unwind from a hectic day at the office by listening to his favourite ’70’s and ‘80’s progressive rock artists. Living in British Columbia’s burgeoning wine region affords him ample opportunity to sample many delicious local wines.

Contact Wilfred: whahn@forstrong.com

Wilfred Hahn MBA

Global Strategic Advisor

Karen (Ka Lam) Tsang

Karen is responsible for managing the investment operations of the firm including improving trading and execution workflows with institutional clients.

Prior to joining Forstrong in 2015, Karen worked as a Trading consultant at Cougar Global Investments and previous to that was V.P. at RBC Capital Markets. A graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Labour Management Relations), she has earned her CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designation.

Karen enjoys travelling the world, seeing the sights and indulging in the local “foodie” culture. She is fluent in English and Cantonese.

Contact Karen: ktsang@forstrong.com

Karen (Ka Lam) Tsang

CIM, CAIA, Vice President, Trading and Investment Operations, Associate Portfolio Manager

Ken Hawkins

Ken’s 30 plus years’ experience in the investment management industry informs his role as senior member of Frostrong’s Investment Committee responsible for quantitative analysis. He is responsible for ensuring that internal and external databases are updated.

Prior to joining Forstrong, Ken was Chief Investment Strategist at Weigh House Investor Services. Earlier, he was a portfolio manager with Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, managing a Canadian equity portfolio. He was also a top-ranked quantitative analyst/strategist with Scotia Capital and Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, providing equity research and insights for institutional clients. Ken graduated with Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from the University of Manitoba.

Originally from Winnipeg, Ken enjoys taking his dogs on epic walks in his adopted province of British Columbia. Ken co-authored the book ‘New Rules of Retirement’ published by Harper Collins.

Contact Ken: khawkins@forstrong.com

Ken Hawkins

Research Manager

David Kletz

David carries out a broad range of research and analysis for Forstrong’s Investment Committee while providing specialized expertise in emerging markets equities, opportunity assets and currencies. He also oversees the firm’s investment process and the implementation of all strategies.

Prior to joining Forstrong Global in March 2014, David gained diverse industry experience managing proprietary portfolios and providing analytical support to the research and investment banking departments for a large broker-dealer. David holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies degree from the University of Western Ontario. He is also a CFA® charterholder.

A noted breakfast cereal enthusiast and struggling student of Cantonese, David also enjoys playing badminton and hockey with his high school buddies.

Contact David: dkletz@forstrong.com

David Kletz

CFA, Vice President & Portfolio Manager

Meredith Dekker

Since joining Forstrong Global in October 2012, Meredith has been responsible for the overall day-to-day management, organization and coordination of support services.

Prior to joining Forstrong, Meredith worked as a compliance associate at a large broker-dealer firm in Toronto. Meredith graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and has successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course.

On weekends, Meredith can be found glued to the TV upping her Netflix game by binge watching the latest shows and specials.

Contact Meredith: mdekker@forstrong.com

Meredith Dekker

Operations Manager

John Teskey

John’s primary role is managing financial advisor relationships and helping them accomplish their objectives through the application of Forstrong’s investment solutions.

Prior to joining Forstrong Global, John wholesaled mutual funds for a large fund brand. John holds a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and has completed both the Professional Financial Planning Course and the LLQP.

In his free time, John enjoys strapping on the goalie pads for his weekly hockey game, hitting the links and spending time at the cottage with his wife and two sons (both of whom already possess superior goaltending skills).

Contact John: jteskey@forstrong.com

John Teskey

Vice President National Accounts

Krystian Urbanski

With over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Krystian’s primary responsibilities include managing advisor relationships and educating prospective advisors on the benefits of Forstrong’s investment solutions.

Krystian joined Forstrong Global in 2012 as Vice President, Private Client Group. He is an Associate Portfolio Manager who holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI)®. Additionally, he has completed the Professional Financial Planning course.

When not enjoying family time at the cottage, Krystian eats, sleeps and breathes hockey as a member of three separate teams.

Contact Krystian: kurbanski@forstrong.com

Krystian Urbanski

Senior Vice President & Associate Portfolio Manager

Francis D’Andrade

Francis oversees Forstrong’s marketing and communications building on their global macro thought leadership brand positioning and media strategy. He also helps set the firm’s distribution and overall strategy.

Prior to joining Forstrong Francis owned Financial Outcomes, an investment services consultancy that specialized in financial distribution models. Previously, Francis was responsible for many industry innovations during his 15 years as Managing Director, Sales, Marketing and Distribution for a large mutual fund company. He holds a B.A. from York University and is a published author.

During the summer months Francis can be found on a bike or golf course but prefers cultural pursuits and travel when the weather turns colder.

Contact Francis: fdandrade@forstrong.com

Francis D’Andrade

Senior Vice President Innovation

Narishma Ramdoyal

Fluent in French and English, Narishma is responsible for managing advisor relationships and providing operational support for Forstrong’s sub-advisory partners.

Previously, Narishma held various roles for over ten years at a large mutual fund company. Born in Mauritius, she lived in Senegal and Egypt before graduating with a B.A. from Richmond University in the UK.

Narishma loves travelling the world while sampling the local culture and food.

Contact Narishma: nramdoyal@forstrong.com

Narishma Ramdoyal

Business Development

Omar Rayes

Fluent in French, English and Arabic, Omar is responsible for managing Forstrong’s existing advisor relationships and educating prospective advisors on the benefits of Forstrong’s investment solutions across the region of Québec.

Prior to joining Forstrong Omar worked as a sales and service manager for a large global ETF manufacturer. Previously, he performed increasingly important sales roles within a large schedule A Canadian bank. Omar holds a BSc in economics from Université de Montreal, a Graduate Diploma in Finance from McGill, and the CIM designation, and is currently a level II CFA candidate.

Travelling and any outdoor activity that requires physical exertion are high on the list of Omar’s passions.

Contact Omar: orayes@forstrong.com

Omar Rayes

VP Quebec Sales