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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 currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and sits on the Firm’s Board as a Director. Prior to being appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Christopher was responsible for providing low-latency electronic trading infrastructure expertise to the Firm. Christopher is a 14-year veteran of the securities industry, spending six years with S.A.C. Capital on the team that developed its first electronic trading platform. 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.

 

Joseph Perry

PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR

Joe currently serves as President and sits on the Firm's Board as a Director. In 1998, Joe founded and was the Managing Member of Speed Trading Partners, LLC, a proprietary trading firm and a member of the Chicago Stock Exchange. In 2001, Joe founded, and was the Managing Member of RedSky Financial, LLC, a FINRA broker dealer that focused on providing trading technology to hedge funds, proprietary trading groups and professional traders. In 2007, Joe oversaw the sale of RedSky Financial, LLC to Investment Technology Group.

 

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.

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.

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.

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

MANAGER, INVESTOR RELATIONS

Paige currently serves as the Manager, 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.

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.

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.

Kylie Koenning

ASSISTANT TRADER

Kylie currently serves as an Assistant Trader and is responsible for administrative and support functions on the trading desk.  Prior to joining the Firm, Kylie spent 4 years at FirstEnergy Capital Corp. most recently as an Institutional Sales Assistant and prior to that, Equity Syndication Assistant.  Kylie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Saskatchewan.


Outside Directors

Karen A. Malatest

DIRECTOR

Ms. Malatest is a corporate and commercial lawyer. She was a partner in a major Canadian law firm from 1982 until 2008 where her practice included corporate finance, securities regulation, investment management, mutual funds and derivatives matters. Ms. Malatest advises fund managers, advisors and distributors on financings, acquisitions and regulatory matters. She has served as a director of several private and public companies, including Merrill Lynch & Co., Canada Ltd. and companies in the Global Strategy group. Ms. Malatest is a past member of the Ontario Securities Commission Securities Advisory Committee and Investment Funds Institute Regulatory Committee. She is a regular speaker at Canadian and international business conferences and legal education programs focused on fund and investment management matters. Ms. Malatest was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall, York University, and has taught Advanced Contracts at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law.

D. Alan Ross

DIRECTOR

Mr. Ross is a Managing Director of Matco Capital Ltd. and is also Senior Tax Counsel at the law firm of Bennett Jones LLP. As Managing Director of Matco Capital Ltd., Mr. Ross has been instrumental in the formation, capitalization and restructuring of numerous corporations and business trusts, primarily in the financial services and oil and gas service, exploration and production industries. Mr. Ross serves on the board of directors of Deans Knight Income Corporation (TSX:DNC) and a number of private companies. As counsel, Mr. Ross is recognized as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the field of income tax law, focusing on the income tax aspects of corporate reorganizations, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining Matco Capital Ltd. in 2006, Mr. Ross was head of the tax department at Bennett Jones LLP.

 

Brendan Contant

DIRECTOR

With over 25 years of experience in the asset management industry, Mr. Contant is currently the President of Pacific View Asset Management, LLC, a San Francisco-based investment advisory firm.  He has been instrumental in developing all facets of the organization with a focus on building distribution channels, new product launches and media relations.  Mr. Contant co-founded Bennett Lawrence Management, LLC, a high-growth investment advisory firm, in 1995 and remained a Principal at the firm for 17 years.  While there, he successfully built traditional (long-only) investment strategies, as well as 2 long-biased long/short equity funds and an absolute return health care strategy.  Mr. Contant has been an officer of or held board positions in 7 organizations dating back to 2000.     

Michael O'Conor

DIRECTOR

Michael O’Conor is a retired Wall Street business manager with over 35 years of experience in the Financial Services sector. The bulk of his career was spent at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he was responsible for design, development and deployment of electronic services to support Merrill’s institutional trading clients worldwide. Most recently Michael was a senior consultant at Jordan & Jordan where his concentration was technology and business process assessments, with a focus on regulatory compliance requirements, trading and IT risk controls. Michael worked with many firms who sought assistance in evaluating the ability of their technology infrastructure and support processes to serve various trading groups including Equities, Fixed Income, Futures and Options.

LEADERSHIP

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

INVESTMENT TEAM

Julian Klymochko
Trent Hope
Max Wang
Brett Thiessen
Michael Kesslering
Kylie Koenning

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Allan J. Ross
Christopher Preston
Joseph Perry
Karen Malatest
D. Alan Ross
Brendan Contant
Michael O'Conor