Oversight of the Ivey Value Fund is carried out by Dr. George Athanassakos, with the assistance of the Fund’s Advisory Board. The Fund’s governance and the membership of the Advisory Board, which consists of distinguished value investing professionals, are discussed below.
The purpose of the Advisory Board is, in essence, to share their experience, discernment and value investing acumen with the student analysts of the Fund, and to ensure good stewardship of capital. The Advisory Board’s principal responsibility is to provide oversight for the quality of the investment decisions being made. The Board is neither responsible for monitoring investments after they have been included in the portfolio, nor for the performance results of the Fund.
Membership is by invitation from Dr. George Athanassakos on the basis of value investing expertise and recognized leadership in the field.
The Advisory Board is composed of 6 members, five of whom are value investing practitioners, and one who is an Ivey alumnus. Members are invited to serve on the Board for a period of 3 years.
Beyond its role of advising on the quality of the investment analyses being carried out, the Advisory Board also exists for the purpose of demonstrating to students the highest standards of integrity, service and stewardship.
Co-CEO and Managing Partner, Oak Bay Capital, Toronto, ON
Mr. Barel is a co-founder of Oak Bay Capital, a boutique investment management firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to co-founding Oak Bay Capital, Reyer was co-CIO and Portfolio Manager at Bristol Gate Capital Partners, where he was responsible for portfolio management and both building up and leading the Data Science and Investment Research teams. Prior to joining Bristol Gate, Reyer spent seven years working as an investment analyst with Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel, the investment management arm of Fairfax Financial. At Hamblin Watsa, Reyer conducted research on public and private equities as well as fixed income securities. Before starting his investing career, he was employed by several major companies including AT&T Canada, Rogers Communications Inc. and Hewlett Packard, where he engaged in several IT consulting roles. Educated at the University of Western Ontario, he received a B.Sc. (Honours, Math) degree in 1993 followed by an M.Sc. degree in Physics in 1995. He completed an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2008, where he graduated with distinction. Reyer earned his CFA Charter in 2012.
Director of Operations, Thinklab Consulting Inc., Victoria, BC
Mr. Gryba is a professional engineer and geologist registered in British Columbia. He completed his degree in Geological Engineering from the University of British Colombia in 2002 and began his career in the natural resources sector as an engineering consultant. Upon reading Benjamin Graham’s “The Intelligent Investor” and achieving considerable success applying value principles for personal investments, Mr. Gryba decided to supplement his engineering background with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business. Mr. Gryba began his finance career with BMO Capital Markets conducting equity research of mining companies in the precious metals sector. Post BMO, Mr. Gryba was an Associate Portfolio Manager at BCI. Mr. Gryba is currently a Director of Cann Ed Corp. and Director of Operations at Thinklab Consulting Inc.
Founder and President, Patient Capital Management Inc., Toronto, ON
Mr. Maida has been in the investment industry since 1987. Prior to founding Patient Capital Management Inc. he held portfolio management positions at Trimark Financial Corp., Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel and the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System (OMERS). Vito has managed a broad number of mandates including high net worth individuals, institutional pension plans and mutual funds. He has developed a reputation as a leading proponent of value investing in Canada. Vito received his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (1987) and his B.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier (1983). He graduated on the Dean’s List from both Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Western Ontario. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst’s designation in 1990. Vito is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society.
Founder and President, McElvaine Investment Management Ltd., Victoria, BC
Mr. McElvaine is the founder and President of McElvaine Investment Management Ltd. Tim established The McElvaine Investment Trust in 1996 and acquired The McElvaine Limited Partnership (previously Cundill Capital Limited Partnership) in the summer of 2000. Tim developed his value-oriented philosophy during his 12-year career with Peter Cundill & Associates Ltd. where, amongst other capacities, he served as Manager of the Cundill Security Fund (1992-99), Co-Manager of the Cundill Value Fund (1998-2003) and Chief Investment Officer (1998-2003). Tim has served as non-executive Director of Sun-Rype Products and Humpty Dumpty Snack Foods, Rainmaker Entertainment and Glacier Media. He also worked for the Bank of NT Butterfield in Bermuda and Touche Ross in Toronto. Tim earned a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) from Queen’s University in 1986, qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 and as a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1991.
Founder of StingyInvestor.com, Publisher, and Columnist, Toronto, ON
Mr. Rothery is the founder of StingyInvestor.com and publishes several newsletters devoted to value investing. He writes a value investing column for the Globe and Mail and is a contributing editor at MoneySense and the Canadian MoneySaver. He also provides the rankings for the Canadian Business Investor 500. Earlier in his career, Norm was the chief investment strategist at both Fundmonitor.com and the investment counsel firm Dan Hallett & Associates. He obtained a first class honours B.Sc. in physics and applied mathematics from York University in 1992 and went on to earn his Ph.D in high-precision atomic physics in 1998 from the same institution. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2004 and is a current member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Stacey Muirhead Capital Management, Waterloo, ON, Canada
Mr. Stacey is the founder of Stacey Muirhead Capital Management Ltd. Jeff has over 35 years of investment industry experience. Jeff has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is an Advisory Board Member of the student managed Ivey Value Fund at the University of Western Ontario. He is also an Advisory Board Member of the student managed School of Accounting and Finance Investment Fund at the University of Waterloo and a member of the Board of Trustees of Parkminster United Church. Past experience includes serving as a member of the Finance and Investment Committee at the University of Waterloo, the Dean’s Advisory Council at the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business and Economics. He is also a former director of Rainmaker Entertainment Inc. and previously served on the Board of Trustees and Investment Management Committee at the University of Guelph.
Past Advisory Board
Senior Vice President & Director, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd., Toronto, ON
Ken joined Burgundy in April 2003 as an Investment Analyst focusing on Europe and became the Portfolio Manager of Europe and a Vice President of the firm in July 2006. Ken was appointed Senior Vice President in July 2010 and joined the Board of Directors in July 2012. Prior to Burgundy, Ken spent over four years at The Boston Consulting Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm. He worked closely with senior management of companies across many industries, developing and implementing business strategies to enhance competitive advantage and profits. Ken graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business where he earned an Honours Business Administration degree in 1998, with distinction as an Ivey Scholar, and his MBA in 2003 where he earned a place on the Dean's Honours List. He was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2005 and is a member of the CFA Institute. Ken is a Board and Audit Committee member of The Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation, which grants Loran Awards to exceptional high school graduates entering Canadian universities.
President, I. A. Michael Investment Council Ltd., Toronto, ON
Mr. Michael is the President of I. A. Michael Investment Council Ltd. He earned his bachelor of commerce degree from McGill University in 1971. In 1973, he received an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and in 1979 he earned his CFA designation. Upon graduation from Wharton, Irwin started his career at Hodgson, Roberton, Laing & Company in the capacity of fixed income portfolio manager and bond trader. He then moved on to Morgan Stanley Canada Limited and worked in the areas of fixed income research and institutional sales. Prior to forming his own investment council firm, Irwin was a partner at Beutel Goodman & Co, where he served as vice-president of fixed income investments and portfolio manager of Dynamic Income Fund. He has also served as a director of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and is a former vice president of the Toronto Futures Exchange. I. A. Michael Investment Council Ltd., established in 1985, is dedicated to managing the ABC Funds. By concentrating on securities that are deemed to be undervalued, ABC Funds’ portfolios are structured for superior long term returns with limited downside risk. Irwin is the single largest individual unit holder of ABC Funds. He does not trade for his own account and has confined his and his family’s investments to ABC Funds.
Senior Vice-President & Chief Investment Officer, Empire Life Investments, Toronto, ON
Ms. Morphet, CFA is Senior Vice-President & Chief Investment Officer of Empire Life Investments. Prior to joining Empire Life in 2009, Gaelen was First Vice-President, Canadian Equities with CIBC Global Asset Management from 2002 to 2009, Senior Vice President at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers from 1999 to 2002 and Partner & Senior Portfolio Manager with AMI Partners Inc from 1996 to 1999. Ms Morphet began her career in 1984 at investment firm, McLeod Young Weir, following which she spent a decade with Scotia Investment Management as Senior Portfolio Manager heading up Canadian Equities. Throughout her 28 year career in the investment management industry Ms. Morphet has proven herself as a superior investment professional. She is a Chartered Financial analyst and a graduate of The University of Western Ontario. Ms. Morphet is a Trustee for the Art Gallery of Ontario and Chairman of the Investment Committee. She serves as a Trustee for the Ontario Science Centre, is a Director of the Ontario Arts Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Kingsett Real Estate Income Fund. Gaelen is a former Governor of the North York General Hospital Foundation.
President & Portfolio Manager, Foyston Gordon & Payne, Toronto, ON
Mr. Pilsworth joined FGP in 2007 as a senior analyst covering the Telecom and Financial sectors and became FGP’s Small Cap Canadian Equity portfolio manager in 2012. Bryan continues to manage FGP's small cap strategies, in addition to his role as President. He is a member of FGP’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Investment Committee. Bryan graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario (MBA) and from Carleton University (BComm). He was on the Dean’s Honour List at both universities. Bryan is also a CFA charterholder.
Thanks to Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. for their vision and generous support of the Ivey Value Fund, which benefits students and practitioners worldwide.