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Our Team

Team

Allan J. Ross

Chairman

Allan Ross co-founded Ross Smith and currently serves as Chairman. Previous to the inception of Ross Smith Asset Management, Allan co-founded the Ross Smith Energy Group. From 1998 until its purchase in 2011, the Ross Smith Energy Group became one of the world’s largest independent energy research firms, during which time Allan received a number of awards for his achievements, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Allan holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario.

Christopher Preston

ChIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & DIRECTOR

Christopher has served as Chief Executive Officer of Ross Smith Asset Management since 2014.  Prior to being appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Christopher was responsible for providing low-latency electronic trading infrastructure expertise to the Firm through his position on the Ross Smith Board of Directors. Christopher is a 16-year veteran of the securities industry, having been hired while in school by S.A.C. Capital.  He spent six years as a member of S.A.C.’s first electronic trading group.  Christopher has also led the build out of several high frequency trading systems across various asset classes and markets, and holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from Union College.

 

Trent Hope, CFA

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Trent currently serves as Director of Research; he is responsible for the research, development, and implementation of the Firm’s systematic trading strategies with an emphasis on idea generation and quantitative analysis. Prior to joining the Firm, Trent was a key member of the investment banking group at National Bank Financial. Trent holds a Bachelor of Commerce (High Honours and Great Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan, and has been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.

Julian Klymochko, CFA

CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER & PORTFOLIO MANAGER

Julian currently serves as Chief Investment Officer, responsible for portfolio management, research and trade implementation with an emphasis on idea generation and security analysis. Prior to joining the Firm, Julian was a member of the Investment Banking group with BMO Capital Markets. Julian holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Finance, both with distinction from the University of Manitoba. Julian has also been awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the CFA Institute.

 

Adam Krauszer

CHIEF RISK OFFICER 

Adam currently serves as the Chief Risk Officer; he is a 15 year veteran of the securities industry.  In that time he has held a number of roles in research, trading, software development, operations and oversight at various firms, including Citadel Investment Group and BNP Paribas. Adam holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Marina Post, CA

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Marina currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer.  Prior to joining the Firm, Marina spent 7 years at FirstEnergy Capital Corp. most recently as the Vice President, Finance and prior to that, Controller.  Marina holds a Chartered Accountant designation, as well as a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting from the University of Calgary.

 

Ashley Peters

CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER

Ashley currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer.  Prior to joining the Firm, Ashley served as the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer at Solium Financial.  Ashley has served as a member on various IIAC and IIROC compliance committees and the IIROC Alberta District Council.  Ashley has a background in finance and compliance.

Paige Knight

VICE PRESIDENT, INVESTOR RELATIONS

Paige currently serves as the Vice President, Investor Relations.  Prior to joining the Firm, Paige successfully ran her own Office Management Consulting company for 6 years.  Paige brings over 25 years of industry experience to Ross Smith, during which time she held Vice President positions at various asset management firms including UTA Asset Management Corp and a publicly traded mutual fund, Dominion Equity Resource Fund.  Prior to this, Paige spent 9 years at FirstEnergy Capital Corp. most recently in the position of Assistant Branch Manager and Supervisor of the Trading Desk.

 

Michael Kesslering

TRADER

Michael currently serves as a Trader, responsible for execution and analytical support of the Firm's investment strategies.  Prior to joining the Firm, Michael was a Corporate Finance Analyst at FirstEnergy Capital Corp.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Distinction) from the University of Regina, majoring in Finance.

Brett Thiessen

INVESTMENT ANALYST

Brett currently serves as an Investment Analyst, responsible for research and execution trading for the Firm's event-driven and arbitrage strategies.  Prior to joining the Firm, Brett was an Investment Analyst focusing on GARP and thematic investing at a Calgary-based family office.  Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Calgary.  Brett is currently a Level III Candidate in the CFA program.

 

Max Wang

INVESTMENT ANALYST

Max currently serves as Investment Analyst, responsible for due diligence, research and security valuation. Prior to joining the Firm, Max was an Equity Research Associate at Cormark Securities Inc. Max holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Western University. Max has also successfully passed all three levels of the CFA examination.


LEADERSHIP

Allan J. Ross
Christopher Preston
Marina Post
Ashley Peters
Adam Krauszer
Paige Knight

INVESTMENT TEAM

Julian Klymochko
Trent Hope
Max Wang
Brett Thiessen
Michael Kesslering

GOVERNANCE

Allan J. Ross
Christopher Preston