About AIMA Canada

AIMA Canada, a National Group of AIMA in Canada, was formed in March 2003 to act as the voice of the alternative investment industry in Canada. It marks its 15th anniversary in 2018.

AIMA Canada's corporate members include hedge fund managers, institutional investors, pension fund managers and consultants, administrators, auditors, lawyers, prime brokers and other service providers. In addition to working with regulators, holding luncheons and information sessions in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, AIMA Canada has developed a variety of publications including the AIMA Canada Handbook.

Belle Kaura, Vice President, Legal and Compliance, Third Eye Capital serves as Chairman of AIMA Canada and heads its Board. 

To contact AIMA Canada, please email canada@aima.org




AIMA Canada Executive Board

The AIMA Canada Executive Board oversees and supports all of the sub-committees and liaises with AIMA headquarters in London (UK) to ensure consistency in fulfilling AIMA's, and the sub-committees', mandates and fosters cooperation between committees, members and other stakeholders. 2018-2020 members are as follows:

Director  Claire Van Wyk-Allan AIMA Canada
Chair Belle Kaura Third Eye Capital
Vice-Chair To be determined  
Treasurer Derek Hatoum PwC LLP
General Counsel Darin Renton Stikeman Elliot LLP
  Stéphane Amara Allianz Global Investors 
  Steve Banquier TD Securities Inc.
  Daniel Dorenbush Scotiabank
  Kimberly Jansen  BMO Capital Markets
  Elissa Johnson State Street
  Robert Lemon  CIBC Capital Markets
  Jeff Ray Mackenzie Investments
  Raj Tandon Algonquin Capital
  Racheal Wason BMO Capital Markets
   Liam O'Sullivan RPIA
Past Chair Michael Burns  McMillan LLP


AIMA Canada Member Committees

These groups of dedicated professionals are responsible for producing the various programming and member & public engagement initiatives of AIMA Canada. Each sub-committee has a stated mandate in order to provide direction to the committee's goals and activities and align the energies of its participants.

Committees are either functional (subject-matter specific) or regional with the former consisting of representatives from across Canada and with a similar role or area of expertise in the industry while the latter consists of those in a particular area of the country.

Participation in committees is exclusive to AIMA Canada members and subject to approval based on appropriateness given a particular individual's characteristics and the committee's requirements.  Members who are interested in joining a committee should contact the AIMA Canada office for a briefing on the process and committee structure, participation requirements and needs.

Functional: Education & Research Committee (ERC)

The committee's formal mandate is to provide educational opportunities for members to learn about themes, trends, and research impacting the alternative industry while providing opportunities for students to learn more about the industry.

The Education & Research Committee (ERC) is one of the oldest AIMA Canada committees having, in the early days, worked to enhance investor and industry understanding with such publications as the AIMA Hedge Fund Primer, Hedge Fund Investor Checklist, Guide to Sound Practices for Canadian Hedge Fund Managers and Strategy Paper Series. Today, the ERC continues to support education and illuminating thought to AIMA Canada members, the industry, students and the public.

Functional: Programming & Events Committee (PEC)

The Programming & Events Committee (PEC) works across all committees with a mandate to provide networking opportunities for members to connect at social and charitable events while promoting women’s diversity in the industry and the professional development of young professionals.

The P&EC continues to be an integral part of AIMA Canada’s programming.  Earlier, all events were coordinated by the committee (including sponsorships, venue coordination, and ticket/seat sales).  As the other committees have progressed and the AIMA Canada office has grown, the P&EC has focused on its annual events and assisting in the coordination of events in Toronto.  

Functional: Legal, Finance & Compliance Committee (LFCC)

The Legal, Finance & Compliance Committee (L&FC) consists of representatives of AIMA Canada's hedge fund manager and legal and accounting firm membership which mandate is to provide educational opportunities and thought leadership for members regarding legal and finance issues impacting the alternative industry while providing a forum for members to discuss best practices with peers.

The L&FC also produces a number of comment letters in response to a proposal put forth by Canada's various regulators.  These position papers are created by committee members with a selection of other AIMA Canada members - with some being produced by ad hoc special groups of AIMA Canada members. The committee also liaises with AIMA headquarters in London (UK) on ex-Canada issues that affect members.  

Functional: Investor Engagement Committee (IEC)

Its mandate is to provide educational opportunities for institutional, family office and retail investors to learn about alternative strategies, asset classes & current trends while giving manager members an opportunity to showcase thought leadership.

Another early committee, the Investment Engagement Committee (IEC) consists generally of fund wholesalers, investment advisors, and product approval and due diligence professionals.  The committee hosts a number of events each year featuring thought leader and manager panels designed to educate attendees about alternatives and strategies available to investors.  These forums provide a place for managers, product specialists and investors, and their advisors to connect and discuss the issues and trends of the day.

Functional: AIMA Canada Investor Forum Committee (ACIF)

The AIMA Canada Investor Forum Committee was created to provide guidance on the programming, format and overall focus of the Annual AIMA Canada Investor Forum (ACIF).  The mandate is to:

·         provide guidance on programming, topics and format 

·         assist with general outreach to sponsors, speakers and attendees 

·         assist in the vetting process of attendees and speakers 

The committee is comprised of managers and service providers, meeting on an ad hoc basis to address feedback and improvements to the conference each year. The aim of the group is to grow the industry through education of alternative investments while fostering a strong industry network. 

Regional: Québec Committee (QCC) & Western Regional Committee (WRC)

The role of the QCC and WRC is to provide educational & networking opportunities for members and investors to learn about alternative strategies, themes, trends and research impacting the alternative industry, while giving manager members an opportunity to showcase thought leadership.

The Québec Committee (QC) and Western Regional Committee (WRC) reflect both the national nature of AIMA Canada membership and the local views and requirements of this financial centre.  The QC has a full slate of educational and social events (including speakers from outside Montréal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Edmonton and beyond) and provides well-received alternatives topics to attendees.

Peer Group: NextGen

Mandate is to provide educational and networking opportunities for manager members with less than $500M in assets to facilitate the growth of their business while providing a forum for members to discuss best practices with peers.