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Ben Graham Centre's 2017 Value Investing Conference

April 19, 2017

Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto.

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The Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing at the Ivey Business School at Western University held a conference on Value Investing on April 19, 2017 at the Fairmont Royal York in downtown Toronto.

The mission of the conference is to promote the tenets of value investing as pioneered by Benjamin Graham, to expose conference participants to the various value investing methods used by practitioners, and to encourage and support academic research and study in the area of value investing.

The conference provided a forum to explain, discuss and debate the principles, practices and various applications of value investing from a global context. Corporate executives offered an industry perspective of how to look for value creating opportunities and how to create value.

George runs a Value Investing Conference the day before our meeting...I highly recommend it – he has some outstanding speakers and it is well worth your time to attend.
—Prem Watsa Chairman and CEO, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd from the 2016 Fairfax Annual Report


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Media Coverage

"Tips from a value investing legend"
Moneysense, May 7, 2017

"Canadian All-Star stocks report card"
Moneysense, April 24, 2017

"Fairfax Valu-palooza"
Moneysense, April 17, 2017

Conference Organizer and Chair

George Athanassakos, Director, Ben Graham Chair in Value Investing, Ivey Business School

Morning Keynote Speaker

Presenter: Tony Fell, Retired Chairman, RBC Capital Markets & Former Chief Executive Officer, Dominion Securities, Toronto, ON
Topic: Building Shareholder Value – Slow and Steady Wins
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Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Presenter: Will Danoff, Vice-President and Portfolio Manager, Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA
Topic: A Growth Manager's Perspective on Value Investing
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Value Investor Session

Presenter: Michael van Biema, Founder & Chief Investment Officer, van Biema Value Partners LLC, New York, NY
Topic: Portfolio Concentration and Value Investing
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Presenter: Thomas A. Russo, Partner, Gardner Russo & Gardner, Lancaster, PA
Topic: Global Value Equity Investing
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Presenter: Jeffrey Stacey, Chairman and CEO, Stacey Muirhead Capital Management, Waterloo, ON 
Topic: The Quest for Value
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Presenter: Arnold Van Den Berg, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Chief Investment Officer, Century Management Investment Advisors, Austin, TX 
Topic: The Importance of Getting the Worst Case Right
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Presenter: Andrew Brenton, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Turtle Creek Asset Management, Toronto, ON
Topic: Digging in the Right Places – How to Find Companies You Might Wish to Own
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Corporate Executive Session

General topic: Looking For and Creating Value For Shareholders

Presenter: Vernon W. Hill II, Chairman & Founder, Metro Bank, London, UK
Topic: Metro Bank's Perspective
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Presenter: Isadore Sharp, Chairman & Founder, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Toronto, ON
Topic: Four Seasons' Perspective
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We would like to thank our sponsors Brandes Investment Partners via Bridgehouse Asset ManagersBurgundy Asset Management Ltd., Sionna Investment Managers and The Center for the Advancement of Value Investing Education for their generous support in sponsoring the conference.


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