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Founder & Managing Director

George AthanassakosGeorge Athanassakos
Professor of Finance & Ben Graham Chair in Value Investing

Dr. George Athanassakos is a Professor of Finance and the Ben Graham Chair in Value Investing at the Ivey Business School, which he joined in July 2004. He is also the Founder and Managing Director of The Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing, which he launched in 2006, and the Founder and Managing Director of the Center for the Advancement of Value Investing Education, which he launched in 2008. Prior to joining Ivey, Dr. Athanassakos spent a number of years at various research-related positions with banking and trust companies in Canada and Greece, and taught at York University and Wilfrid Laurier University, where he was professor of Finance and Founder & Director of Laurier’s Financial Planning Program. He has a BA in Economics and Business Administration from The School of Industrial Studies of Thessalonica, Greece, and an MA in Economics, an MBA and a PhD in Finance from York University. The Financial Planning Standards Council has bestowed Dr.  Athanassakos with the FP CanadaTM Fellow distinction for his outstanding contribution to furthering FPSC's mission and for advancing the financial planning profession.

Ivey Value Fund Co-Managers

The Fund is co-managed by two recent HBA and/or MBA graduates on a volunteering basis but chosen based on demonstrated excellence in their studies and passion for value investing. One co-manager’s term is for 3 years, while the other co-manager’s term is for 2 years. This will allow for continuity. A new co-manager will be appointed in year two and he will be trained by the continuing co-manager who will be replaced in year three by the new appointee and so on.

Andrew SempleAndrew Semple, CFA
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Andrew is a graduate of Ivey’s HBA Class of 2017. He currently works as an Equity Research Analyst at Echelon Wealth Partners, and previously held summer internships with CIBC Equity Derivatives, RBC Pension Investments, and Sprott Asset Management Operations. Through his work and extra-curricular experiences, Andrew has developed his research, financial modelling and valuation skills. Andrew has a long history of engagement with his community. He recently assisted his professor with a value investing seminar, and has previously volunteered with local not-for-profit organizations such as Windrush Stables Therapeutic Riding Centre, Toronto Brigantine, and Oakville Soccer Club.

Darren Lewis

Greg Lee

Greg is a graduate of the Ivey HBA 2019 class. Greg also completed BA (Honors) in economics program at Western University in 2019, receiving Mark K. Inman essay prize and the highest core course average grade award. Greg has completed a two-year military service in South Korea in 2017, during which he completed and passed all USCPA exams. Upon returning to complete the remaining two years in the program, Greg passed CFA Level 1 in December 2017 and CFA Level 2 in June 2019.


Ivey Value Fund Advisors

Ivey Value Fund Advisors serve as a strategic resource to students enrolled in the Value Investing Course at the Ivey Business School, as well as to the Ivey Value Fund Co-Managers. The role involves direct communication with students, addressing their inquiries, and offering insights into Value Investing.

Andrew SempleGeorge Droulias, CFA

George Droulias is a Portfolio Manager at EdgePoint Investment Group Inc., where he focuses on investments in a wide range of industries, employing a fundamental, value-oriented approach. Prior to joining EdgePoint in 2016, George was an Associate in the Debt Capital Markets group at CIBC.  George graduated with a BA in Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario.


Darren Lewis

Mark Dorneanu

Mark is an investment professional with 15+ years of experience in the finance and investment industry. He is a managing member at Centennial Park Capital, a private investment vehicle with a focus on fundamental value with growth, capital cycles, and special situations.  He provides consulting services and generates investment ideas for a US based short-biased investment firm. Mark also worked at various New York based Long/Short Hedge Funds and started his career in the investment banking division of Citigroup in New York.  He graduated from the Ivey School of Business with a HBA and Graduate Diploma in Accounting (GDIP), and a Master of Forensic Accounting from the University of Toronto.  In addition, he passed the CPA Canada Common Final Exam (CFE), completed Dispute Resolution/Mediation coursework at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, and a Data Science Bootcamp at IE University in Spain.


Ivey Value Fund Fellows

Students whose stocks are selected for inclusion in the Ivey Value Fund, either as immediate buys or as watchlisted stocks, are given the title of Ivey Value Fund Fellows. Inclusion signifies that their work has gone through a rigorous selection process by the Fund's Advisory Board, Managing Director, and Fund Managers, as well as ranking at the top quartile in the Value Investing course. The Ivey Value Fund Fellow designation also signifies that these students have accepted responsibility for tracking and reporting on their stock picks after graduation.

Ivey Fund Fellows, as well as the Research Analysts named in the next section, are the top-performing students associated with the Ivey Value Fund. If you are in the investment management industry and would like to discuss recruitment opportunities, please feel free to contact us at the Ben Graham Centre.

Research Analysts

In 2012, when the Fund was being established, the Research Analysts carried out much of the research work needed to launch a fund that invests in student-recommended stocks. Research Analysts in subsequent years carry out research related to the Value Fund. This includes, but is not limited to, verifying student analysts' valuation methodologies and company financials, as well as confirming intrinsic value and entry prices.

Research Analysts, as well as the Ivey Value Fund Fellows named in the previous section, are the top-performing students associated with the Ivey Value Fund. If you are in the investment management industry and would like to discuss recruitment opportunities, please feel free to contact us at the Ben Graham Centre.

Student Analysts

HBA and MBA Student Analysts have been working with the Centre since the Value Investing course was first taught in 2005. Please note that the Ivey Value Fund began operations in 2013. Therefore, students from previous years were not eligible to be designated as Ivey Value Fund Fellows.

Thanks to Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. for their vision and generous support of the Ivey Value Fund, which benefits students and practitioners worldwide.

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