President and CEO, PenderFund Capital Management Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mr. Barr is the President and CEO of Pender. He is also the Portfolio Manager of several of Pender’s funds: the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund, launched in June 2009 (now closed); the Pender Value Fund, launched in July 2013; and the Pender Select Ideas Fund, launched in September 2014. In November 2015, the Pender Small Cap Opportunities Fund won a Lipper Fund Award 2015 for Best Canadian Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year performance periods. In November 2016, the Fund once again won a Lipper Award, for Best Canadian Focused Small/Mid Cap Equity Fund over both three and five year periods. David has over 15 years of investment experience. He initially worked in private equity which gives him a unique background to investing capital. At the end of 2007 he became a partner at PenderFund Capital Management Ltd. and was appointed Chief Investment Officer with the objective of launching Pender’s mutual fund business. In April 2016, David was appointed President and CEO of Pender upon the retirement of Kelly Edmison. Mr. Barr holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He earned his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2003 and is an active member of the Vancouver chapter. He is a past President of CFA Vancouver, having also served on its Board of Directors for four years. David is a regular guest on BNN’s Business Day program and has been interviewed for his opinions on small cap, the technology sector and value investing by the Financial Post, The Globe & Mail and other media. In December 2012, David was recognized as one of British Columbia’s “Top Forty Under 40” business leaders by Business in Vancouver.