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 (learn more by clicking the committee names to the right or left).

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 committe'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 requirments and needs.

Functional: Education & Research

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 and the public with its Annual Debate and other events such as the Benchmarks Series and support of the AIMA Canada Case Competition held at various universities. 

The committee's formal mandate is to:

  • support investor education, promote due diligence and related best practices; and
  • ensure the representation and integration of alternative investments into mainstream investment management.

Members who might want to now more about the committee (and perhaps join it) should contact the AIMA Canada office for a briefing on its recent and proposed activities and requirements for membership.

Members and the public can click the "AIMA Canada events" tab on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to get additional emails relating to upcoming events.

Functional: Programming & Events

Another of the earlier committees, the Programming & Events Committee (P&EC) works across all committees with a mandate to:

  • set up an infrastructure that will establish AIMA Canada as the definitive hedge fund voice in Canada; and
  • set direction and/or oversee execution of AIMA Canada's speaking and panel sessions, receptions and annual events with 6 key areas of focus:
     
    1. Networking & Social Events
    2. Charitable Events
    3. Topical & Interest Feature Events
    4. Learning & Development Programs
    5. Women’s Programming and Advancement
    6. Young Professionals Programming

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.  It also looks forward to a series of sessions for investors and their advisors which will speak to how hedge funds work and how they might be suitable for certain portfolios (a Hedge Funds 101 or 201, so to speak).

Consisting of a range of members from sales, trading, operations and due diligence, the P&EC welcomes applications for participation through the AIMA Canada office where one can get more information.

Members and the public can click the "AIMA Canada events" and/or "AIMA Canada socials" tabs on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to receive additional emails relating to upcoming events.

Functional: Legal & Finance

The Legal & Finance Committee (L&FC) consists of representatives of AIMA Canada's hedge fund manager and legal and accounting firm membership. Covering areas such as securities regulation and compliance, accounting standards and reporting processes and requirements as well as operations topics affecting AIMA Canada members and the industry.

The L&FC also produces a number of comment letters in response to proposal put forth by Canada's various regulators (a current listing is on the right and a complete listing is here).  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.  The AIMA HQ regulatory webpages can be found here.

Select educational sessions are available for AIMA Canada member viewing and can be accessed here or via one of the links to the right.   Committee meetings are as needed depending on activities and comment letter submission windows.

Interested members are encouraged to contact the AIMA office for more information on this and other committees.

Members and the public can click the "AIMA Canada events" and/or "Regulatory issues" tabs on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to get additional emails relating to upcoming events.

Functional: Managed Futures

The Managed Futures Committee (MFC) was created in response to member requests for an AIMA Canada sub-committee to represent this distinct area of the alternatives industry in Canada.  The MFC's mandate is to:

  • raise the profile of the managed futures industry within Canada;
  • work for a more fair tax treatment of managed futures investors;
  • work with regulators toward a more simplified and streamlined registration process;
  • educate investors about the opportunities that managed futures products can offer; and
  • provide new managed futures practitioners with guidance on business and regulatory challenges.

Consisting of portfolio managers and service providers, the MFC meets regularly and is planning programming and regulatory and educational outreach for the coming years.  Members who might like to know more about this committee are invited to contact the AIMA Canada office.

Members and the public can click the "AIMA Canada events" tab on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to get additional emails relating to upcoming events.

Functional: Operations & Compliance

The Operations and Compliance Committee (OCC) was created to complement the opportunities for member involvement in both regulatory input and industry practices provided by our existing committees. The OCC’s mandate is to:

  • bring together compliance and operations professionals to discuss regulatory and business developments as well as other specific areas of interest
  • develop sound practices recommendations in the areas of operations and compliance
  • coordinate with other committees, as appropriate, to draft comment letters and organize events in the areas of operations and compliance

The committee is comprised of managers and service providers, meeting both regularly and on an ad hoc basis to address any topics related to operations and compliance. The committee aims to provide updates to AIMA Canada members through bulletins, research pieces, and sound practices templates as well as panel and workshop events. 

AIMA Canada members who might like to know more about this committee are invited to contact the AIMA Canada office for more information. 

Members and the public can click the "AIMA Canada events" tab on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to receive upcoming event notifications. 

Functional: Sales Practices

Another early committee, the Sales Practices Committee (SPC) consists generally of fund wholesalers, investment advisors and product approval and due diligence professionals.  Its mandate is to:

  • increase investor awareness of relevant investor issues, promote due diligence and related best practices within the alternative investments industry; and 
  • provide AIMA Canada members with information and recommendations regarding the governance, regulatory and marketing initiatives of the Canadian hedge fund marketplace.

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.

AIMA Canada members who might like to know more about (joining) the SPC should contact the AIMA Canada office for more information.

Members and the public can click the "AIMA Canada events" tab on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to get additional emails relating to upcoming events.

Functional: Conference 

The Conference Committee (CC) was created to provide guidance on the programming, format and overall focus of the Annual AIMA Canada Investor Forum (ACIF).  The CC’s 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: Alberta

Since its founding in January 2013, the Alberta Committee (AC) has provided a forum to discuss issues affecting members, be they local, national or international in scope.  The committee's mandate is:

  • to provide a forum for issues affecting hedge fund managers and associated service providers in Alberta; and 
  • as a regional committee, to work with, as appropriate, functional committees to enhance understanding in regulatory and portfolio management topics by producing original or so-called 'twinned' event in Calgary and other cities in Alberta.

The AC will continue to produce panel discussions, speaker series and networking functions to bring together thought leaders, managers and service providers in the Alberta and Canadian alternatives industry.

Members in Alberta or with substantial business interests in the province should contact the AIMA Canada office for more information on how to get involved.

Members and the public can click the "Calgary", "Edmonton" and/or "Other Alberta" tabs on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to get additional emails relating to these specific areas.

Regional: British Columbia

Founded in January 2013, the British Columbia Committee (BCC) provides a forum to discuss issues affecting members, be they local, national or international in scope.  The committee's mandate is:

  • to provide a forum for issues affecting hedge fund managers and associated service providers in British Columbia; and 
  • as a regional committee, to work with, as appropriate, functional committees to enhance understanding in regulatory and portfolio management topics by producing original or so-called 'twinned' event in Vancouver and other cities in BC.

The BCC is developing programming for members and the BC alternatives industry at large and looks forward to providing engaging and informative panels and workshops as well as interactive networking sessions.

Members in BC or with substantial business interests in the province should contact the AIMA Canada office for more information on how to get involved.

Members and the public can click the "Vancouver" and/or "Other BC" tabs on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to get additional emails relating to these specific areas.

Regional: Québec

Constituted in May 2010, the Québec Committee (QC) reflects both the national nature of AIMA Canada membership and the local views and requirements of this financial centre.  The role of the QC is:

  • to provide a forum for issues affecting hedge fund managers and associated service providers in Québec; and 
  • as a regional committee, to work with, as appropriate, functional committees to enhance understanding in regulatory and portfolio management topics by producing original or so-called 'twinned' event in Montréal and other cities in Québec.

The QC has a full slate of educational and social events (including speakers from outside Montréal and Canada) and provides well-received alternatives topics to attendees.

Those in Québec or with substantial business interests in the province should contact the AIMA Canada office for more information on how to get involved.

Members and the public can click the "Montréal" and/or "Other Québec" tabs on the AIMA Canada Newsletter subscription preferences to get additional emails relating to these specific areas.