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Ben Graham Centre's 2019 Value Investing Conference

April 10, 2019

Ritz Carlton, Main Ballroom, 181 Wellington St. W., Toronto, ON

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The Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing at the Ivey Business School at Western University is holding its annual Value Investing conference on April 10, 2019 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto, Ontario.

The mission of the conference is to promote the tenets of value investing as pioneered by Benjamin Grahamto 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 provides a forum to explain, discuss and debate the principles, practices and various applications of value investing from a global context. Corporate executives offer an industry perspective of how to look for value creating opportunities and how to create value.

*Please Note: Registering for the Conference also allows you to attend the 2019 International MBA Stock Picking Competition for FREE.  Click here to view details and registration information:

Conference Organizer and Chair

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

Morning Keynote Speaker

Presenter: Kiril Sokoloff, Founder and Chairman, 13D Research LLP, St. Thomas, USVI
Topic: Opportunities and Risks in the World Economies and Stock Markets: A Conversation with Prem Watsa

Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Presenter: Lawrence A. Cunningham, Scholar and Author, Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, George Washington University, Washington, DC
Topic: Getting the Shareholders You Deserve: How Quality Companies Attract Quality Shareholders

Value Investor Session

Presenter: Robert Robotti, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Robotti & Company Advisors LLC, New York, NY
Topic: Cyclical Investing:  Mr. Market Goes to Rehab

Presenter: Barbara Ann Bernard, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Wincrest Capital, Nassau, NP, The Bahamas
Topic: The Ability to Take a Long Term View is One of the Few Enduring Competitive Advantages in Investing

Presenter: Josh Tarasoff, Managing Member, Greenlea Lane Capital Management, LLC, New York, NY
Topic: Lessons From My First Dozen Years

Presenter: Pavel Begun, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, 3G Capital Management LLC., Toronto, ON
Topic: Value Investing in a Global Setting

Presenter: Larry Sarbit, Chief Executive Officer, & Chief Investment Officer, Sarbit Advisory Services, Winnipeg, MB
Topic: Invert, Always Invert

Corporate Executive Session

General topic: Looking for and Creating Shareholder Value – Industry Perspective

Presenter: Alan Kestenbaum, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stelco Holdings Inc., Hamilton, ON
Stelco Holdings Inc.’s Perspective

Presenter: Charles Fabrikant, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SEACOR Holdings Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL
SEACOR Holdings Inc.’s Perspective

Presenter: Joseph D. Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus Aviation Inc., Dartmouth, NS
Chorus Aviation Inc.’s Perspective

Presenter: Murad Al-Katib, President and Chief Executive Officer, AGT Food and Ingredients Inc., Regina, SK
AGT Food and Ingredients Inc.’s Perspective


We would like to thank our sponsors Burgundy Asset Management Ltd., Sionna Investment ManagersTweedy, Browne Company LLC., and The Center for the Advancement of Value Investing Education for their generous support in sponsoring the conference.

  • Value Investing
  • George Athanassakos