Jean-Guy Desjardins, C.M., L.Sc. Comm., CFA
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Capital Corporation
Jean-Guy Desjardins is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Capital, an independent investment management firm that he created in 2003. The firm has since continued its expansion by way of several acquisitions across North America.
After working as a financial analyst and portfolio manager for a life insurance company, Mr. Desjardins co-founded TAL Global Asset Management in 1972 and was its principal shareholder until its purchase by a financial institution in 2001.
Mr. Desjardins is a member of the Board of Directors of the Société de Services Financiers Fonds FMOQ, HEC Montréal, DJM Capital Inc., and Centria Inc. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Fiera Properties Limited.
Mr. Desjardins supports a variety of community and social programs, in particular as a member of the Council of Governors of Centraide of Greater Montréal. He also sits on the Investment Committee of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.
Mr. Desjardins graduated from Collège Mont-Saint-Louis in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1969, he earned his L.Sc.Comm. (Finance) from HEC Montréal. Mr. Desjardins is also a CFA Charterholder. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2014 and, in 2015, received the CFA Institute Award for Excellence, the highest and most prestigious distinction bestowed by the CFA Institute.
Vincent Duhamel, CFA
Global President and Chief Operating Officer (effective November 14, 2017)
Vincent Duhamel is Fiera Capital’s Global President and Chief Operating Officer, effective November 14, 2017. As a member of the Global Executive Management Committee, he will oversee distribution operations and corporate units such as Legal and Compliance, Risk, Technology, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, as well as Human Resources. As a member of the Strategic Development Committee, he will also play a major role in strategic acquisitions while overseeing the Firm’s development outside of North America. In addition, Mr. Duhamel will sit on the internal board of directors of Fiera Capital’s Canadian, U.S., European and Bel Air Investment Advisors divisions.
Before joining Fiera Capital, Mr. Duhamel was Partner and CEO at Lombard Odier in Asia and responsible for operations in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore. From 1997 to 2011, he worked in Hong Kong, first as the Senior Principal and Chief Executive at State Street Global Advisors Asia, then as the Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management Asia, and after as CEO of SAIL Advisors, a private family office.
During his time in Asia, Mr. Duhamel played a key role in the market intervention and disposal of assets by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority during the Asian crisis, in addition to managing a project to help the Social Security Fund of China develop its investment processes and policies.
Since the early 1990s, Mr. Duhamel has sat on numerous boards and committees, including Chairman of the Board of Governors at the CFA Institute, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong, and the Financial Reporting Council of Hong Kong, to name a few.
Mr. Duhamel graduated in 1985 from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. In 1986, he earned a Securities Certificate from the Quebec Securities Commission. In 1989, he completed the Economic Development Program at the University of Waterloo. In 1991, he was certified as a Chartered Financial Analyst by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts in Charlottesville, Virginia.
John Valentini, CPA, CBV, ASA
Executive Vice President, Global Chief Financial Officer and President of the Private Alternative Investments Division, Fiera Capital Corporation
In his role as Global Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Valentini oversees the finance, information technology and investment operations, legal and enterprise risk management functions. Mr. Valentini also plays a key role in strategic initiatives. He also presides over Fiera Capital’s Private Alternative Investments division, including Fiera Comox, Fiera Infrastructure, Fiera Private Lending and Fiera Properties.
Mr. Valentini has over 16 years of experience as a senior executive in managing both public and private organizations, including in the area of investment management. Prior to joining Fiera Capital Corporation, he held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at PSP Investment Inc., Chief Financial Officer at BCE Emergis and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cognicase Inc., as well as senior positions in Corporate Finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Caisse de depot and placement du Quebec and Ernst & Young.
Mr. Valentini holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Great Distinction) and Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also holds the following professional designations: Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator and Accredited Senior Appraiser. He is also a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Monique F. Leroux, C.M., O.Q., FCPA, FCA
Vice Chairman and Strategic Advisor, Fiera Capital Corporation
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from 2008 to 2016, Monique F. Leroux is the President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the founder and Chair of the International Summit of Cooperatives. She is also Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec and Chair of the Quebec Economic and Innovation Council, appointed by the Quebec Government in 2016. She has been appointed to the Canada-United States Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders by the Prime Minister of Canada in 2017. She is also chair of the Board of Governors of the Society for the Celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Metropolis 2017. She serves as an independent Board member of global companies such as Bell (BCE), Couche-tard (ATD), Michelin (ML-France), Crédit Mutuel/CIC as well as S&P Global. Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. She also holds honorary doctorates and awards from eight Canadian universities.
Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Fiera Capital Corporation
Peter has over 33 years of financial services industry experience in the United States, Canada and South East Asia. Peter has extensive experience with private wealth and institutional clients in the areas of investment management, marketing, sales and client services.
Prior to joining Fiera Capital Inc., Peter founded a US-based registered investment adviser, managing global balanced, equity and fixed income investment portfolios for high net worth clients and corporations in the US and Hong Kong.
Peter’s earlier experience includes working at TAL Investment Counsel as Managing Director of the Hong Kong office and prior to that as Vice President for Institutional Sales and Marketing in Vancouver, British Columbia.
From 1982 to 1992, Peter worked in New York City as a Senior Vice President for Dean Witter Reynolds and Lehman Brothers in Institutional Equity Sales. In 1978, he began his career as an Account Executive with A.E. Ames & Co in Toronto.
In the past Peter has been a guest on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street”, “Street Signs” and “The Closing Bell”. He has also taught regular investment management courses to senior executives for one of China’s largest banks in Shanghai.
Peter served nine years on the Board of Trustees of a not-for-profit rural New England health care facility, three as President. He graduated with a degree in History and Politics from Trent University, Ontario in 1977.
Fiera Capital Corporation does not provide investment advisory services, or offer investment funds, in the United States or to U.S. persons. Investment advisory services for U.S. persons are provided by Fiera Capital Inc., a Delaware corporation registered as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In connection with providing services to certain U.S. clients, Fiera Capital Inc. uses the resources of Fiera Capital Corporation acting in its capacity as Fiera Capital Inc.'s participating affiliate. Please refer to Important Disclosures for information regarding the participating affiliate arrangement.
Jean-Philippe Lemay, MSc, FCIA, FSA, CAIA
President and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Division
Jean-Philippe Lemay is President and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Division, and he retains his responsibilities as Chief Investment Officer.
Mr. Lemay has more than 14 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 2010.
Mr. Lemay graduated from Université Laval with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), majoring in Actuarial Sciences. He later received a Master’s in Financial Mathematics (M.Sc.) from Stanford University, and also became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA). In addition, he acquired the title of Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) in May 2017.
Prior experiences include positions as Specialist - Quantitative Research and Risk Management and Index Manager for global mandates at major Canadian investment management firms.
Benjamin S. Thompson
President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Division
Ben was a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Samson Capital Advisors LLC. In addition to heading its Management Committee as Chief Executive Officer, he was a portfolio manager and a member of the Investment Committee. Samson was a privately-owned investment management firm that was founded in 2004 by senior investment professionals from OFFITBANK, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan. Prior to its acquisition by Fiera Capital, Samson managed over $7 billion in assets in customized fixed income for affluent families and their foundations, endowments and corporations
Before the founding of Samson, Ben was a Managing Director and Head of Tax Aware fixed Income Investments within JP Morgan Fleming’s U.S. Fixed Income Group. With JP Morgan from 1999 to 2004, he was the investment strategist for the tax aware fixed income sector and responsible for $36 billion in managed bond strategies for US taxpaying investors, including mutual funds, institutional accounts and over $12 billion in private client separate accounts. Ben was a member of both the Global Fixed Income management team and the US Macro investment team.
Prior to joining JP Morgan, Ben was a Vice President and the senior municipal portfolio manager with Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1992 to 1999. He began his career as an analyst in Chase Manhattan Bank’s Structured Finance Group from 1990 to 1992.
Ben completed a four year term on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in 2014 and currently serves as a member of the MSRB’s Investor Advisory Group. The MSRB was established by Congress in 1975 to protect investors and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. Ben has appeared on Wall Street Week, and has been a contributor on CNBC’s Strategy Session and related programs, as well as a regular commenter on industry and market subjects in the financial press.
Ben received a B.A. in economics from Colorado College.
President and Chief Executive Officer, European Division
Jayne Sutcliffe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Charlemagne Capital Limited, a specialist London-based asset manager specializing in emerging and frontier market strategies. In her role, she is responsible for and oversees the development and implementation of the overall strategy, new initiatives, corporate issues, hiring, and the firm’s sales and business development activities.
Ms. Sutcliffe began her career with Asian specialist Thornton Management before moving, in 1988, to Tyndall Holdings Plc to work on the development of an Asian and Emerging Markets operation. In 1990, she co-founded Regent and was responsible for establishing and running its European operations. In the early 1990s, she was instrumental in the entry and expansion of the Company’s activities and products into developing markets in Central and Eastern Europe. She became Chief Executive Officer of Charlemagne Capital upon its launch in June 2000.
Ms. Sutcliffe graduated from Oxford University and also holds a master’s degree from Oxford.
Executive Vice President Business Development, U.S. Division and Chairman, European Division
Rick leads global growth initiatives, sales, and business development for Fiera's U.S. and non North-American investment management business. In Jan 2017 Rick was appointed Chairman, Fiera Europe following Fiera’s acquisition of London based Charlemagne Capital - an Emerging and Frontier equity markets specialist. In addition Rick serves as advisory member to Fiera's Private Alternative Investments business which includes Infrastructure, Real Estate, Private Equity, Direct Lending, and Agriculture.
Previously, Rick led the successful launch and start-up of AGF Investments America Inc. headquartered in Boston MA. As Managing Director and Global Head of Sales he also led U.S. distribution including growth in global markets in Asia and EMEA. Over the course of his 30+ year business career, Rick has led a 3rd party multi-manager investment platform, provided fiduciary oversight to corporate pension plans and gained experience in corporate development, business operations, compliance, human resources, and institutional and private client management.
Rick is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts) and an MBA graduate from McMaster University. He has also completed the Ivey School of Business Executive Development Program in Marketing and in 2005 was awarded the prestigious Chartered Director (C. Dir) designation through McMaster University’s Directors College. He has also served as a Lecturer at the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business. In 2010, Rick completed the Global Studies in Investment Strategies and Portfolio Management course at the University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School.
François Bourdon, FCIA, FSA, CFA, PRM
Global Chief Investment Officer, Fiera Capital Corporation
Mr. Bourdon oversees the firm’s investment policies and strategies as well as aspects of risk management, operations and governance across all of Fiera Capital’s investment activities. He manages, for the Canadian division, private financing strategies, global bonds and income funds, while also focusing on infrastructure funds, real estate, and private investments. François serves as an expert spokesperson relating to economic and investment matters.
Mr. Bourdon has 21 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since its inception. Over the course of his career, he has held various positions including Associate Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager - Quantitative Research, Director - Sales Strategies and Product Development as well as a consultant with leading Canadian investment management and life insurance organizations.
Mr. Bourdon graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMath) with a major in Actuarial Sciences. He later became a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (FSA) and a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (FCIA). He also obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Professional Risk Manager (PRM) designations.
Violaine Des Roches
Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and Compliance, Fiera Capital Corporation
Violaine Des Roches is responsible for all legal and compliance aspects of the firm. She also acts as Fiera Capital’s Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer and in that capacity reports to Mr. Jean-Guy Desjardins. She is also a member of the firm's Management Committee.
Ms. Des Roches benefits from 31 years of experience in the investment management industry and has been with the firm since 2006. Prior experiences include positions as Vice President Legal Affairs and Compliance, Corporate Secretary as well as Legal Advisor at leading Canadian investment firms.
Ms. Des Roches graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor in Arts (BA). She later completed a Bachelor in Civil Law (BCL) from McGill University and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1986.
Dino Rambidis, CPA, CA
Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance, Fiera Capital Corporation
Dino Rambidis is the Senior Vice President Corporate Finance of Fiera Capital. In his role, Mr. Rambidis is directly responsible for the Corporate Finance, Financial Planning and Analysis, Taxation and Treasury functions at Fiera Capital.
Mr. Rambidis has over 19 years of experience in the asset management industry, previously having lead Finance and Operational functions. Prior to joining Fiera Capital, he held senior positions with PSP Investments, TAL Global Asset Management and Talvest Fund Management.
Mr. Rambidis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Concordia University and a Graduate Diploma in Public Accountancy from McGill University. He also holds the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation since 1990.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Fiera Capital Corporation
Daniel Richard was recently promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and is responsible for corporate communications and investor relations. Daniel has more than 25 years of relevant experience in communications, including some 15 years in leadership positions.
Before joining Fiera Capital in March 2016, Mr. Richard spent two years working in Houston, Texas, where he served as Director of External Communications for a worldwide technology and engineering firm. Prior to moving to the United States, he led the communications department of a French-based industrial gas producer. He also spent more than 10 years working for Canada’s largest retail hardware chains in roles of increasing responsibility, culminating with Director of Corporate Communications, a position in which he oversaw both internal and external activities.
Mr. Richard has served on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations, in order to help youth pursue an education or learn a trade. He was also the general manager of a major Canadian charitable foundation.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université du Québec à Montréal.
David Stréliski, M.SC., CFA
Senior Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, Fiera Capital Corporation
David Stréliski is in charge of developing and leading Fiera Capital Corporation’s risk management function and corporate risk governance framework across all risk categories. He also plays an advisory role with senior management and the Board of Directors, and is a member of Fiera Capital Corporation's Management Committee.
David has over 20 years of experience in the fields of risk and performance management and financial modelling, in the service of large financial institutions and consulting firms in Montreal, Ottawa and Switzerland. Prior to joining Fiera Capital Corporation, he was Vice-president, Performance and valuation at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
David received his CFA designation in 1999 and holds both a master’s degree in applied economics and a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from HEC Montréal. He has been involved with PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers’ International Association) since 2002. He currently holds the position of regional co-director for the Montreal chapter and sat on the Global Board of Directors from 2002 to 2010. He joined the Board of Directors of HEC Montréal’s Alumni Association in 2014.