Jean-Guy Desjardins is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Fiera Capital Corporation, 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, Europe and Asia.
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 the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research.
Mr. Desjardins also supports a variety of community and social programs, in particular as a member of the Council of Governors of Centraide of Greater Montréal. Additionally, he 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.
Jean-Philippe Lemay is Fiera Capital’s Global President and Chief Operating Officer. He leads the firm’s Canadian, U.S. and European divisions and also sits on the internal board of directors of Fiera Capital Private Alternative Investments and Bel Air Investment Advisors. Mr. Lemay also chairs the Fiera Capital’s Global Management and Strategic Acquisition Committees.
He has approximately 20 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 2010. In addition to leading the Canadian division, his prior experiences at Fiera Capital include positions as Senior Portfolio Manager – liability-driven investments, as well as Chief Investment Officer. Prior experiences include positions as Specialist - Quantitative Research and Risk Management and Index Manager for global mandates at major Canadian investment management firms.
Jean-Philippe 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.
Mr. John Valentini is President and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments.
In his role, he oversees Fiera Capital's alternative strategies platform, which includes real estate core and value-add, real estate financing, infrastructure, agriculture, private equity and private debt.
Mr. Valentini has over 20 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, 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 an Advanced Management Program Graduate of Wharton, 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.
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.
Lucas Pontillo is Fiera Capital’s Executive Vice President and Global Chief Financial Officer. As a member of the Global Executive Management Committee, he leads Fiera Capital's finance function and drives core initiatives to advance the Firm's strategic plan.
Before joining Fiera Capital, Mr. Pontillo was Chief Operating Officer for Manulife Asset Management Canada, where he was responsible for delivering on the corporate strategy through leadership and collaboration. Most notably, while CFO of Manulife's Global Asset Management business, with over $400 billion in AUM, he played a key role in the acquisition of Standard Life Investments Canada, and its subsequent integration, including being a member of the Manuvie Quebec Executive Leadership Team. While based in Hong Kong with Manulife, he served as CFO of the asset management business and investment division across the Asia region.
Prior to his time at Manulife, Mr. Pontillo was Senior Underwriting Officer at Chubb Insurance specializing in Representations & Warranties insurance for M&A transactions, Fiduciary and Directors & Officers liability most notably for companies undergoing corporate restructurings, IPO’s and income trust conversions. Mr. Pontillo began his career with KPMG and was a member of their Financial Institutions & Real Estate practice.
Mr. Pontillo is a member of the Board of Directors of the Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC) and co-chairs their Emerging Trends Committee. He is also a Board member of the Alzheimer’s Society of Toronto (AST).
He also has a Master’s Of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Toronto – Rotman School of Management, a Master’s of Science in Global Finance (MSGF) jointly awarded by the New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – School of Business and Management, and a Bachelor’s of Commerce (B.Comm) in Accounting & Finance from Concordia University.
Before joining Fiera Capital, Mr. Castiglio was a partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP where he practiced business law for over 15 years, more specifically mergers and acquisitions, securities law and corporate governance.
Mr. Castiglio sits on the Board of Directors of BMTC Group Inc. (TSX: GBT) and is also chair of its investment committee.
Mr. Castiglio earned his law degree from University of Montreal and completed common law studies at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Quebec Bar.
Michael Quigley leads Fiera Capital’s Global Institutional Distribution activities across all investment platforms.
Michael has a deep understanding of the institutional business environment and an extensive knowledge of both traditional and alternative asset classes. He brings more than 30 years of investment management industry experience having achieved great success with asset management firms of varying sizes in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has developed and established a very strong network with pension plans, foundations, endowments and investment consultants. Under his leadership our teams of professionals focus on advancing the evolution of distribution practices while continuing to enhance the depth, value and sophistication of investor interactions.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke and is a holder of the CFA and CAIA designations.
Sebastian Blandizzi is Global Chief Technology and Operations Officer at Fiera Capital and a member of the Global Executive Management Committee. In this role, Sebastian is responsible for overseeing the global operations and technology functions of the firm, including Investment Analytics, Cybersecurity, Data Management, and Client Experience. He leads our Strategic Transformation program, driving regional back office integration and the digital transformation ambitions of the firm.
Sebastian has more than 20 years of experience in strategic roles related to IT and operations. Prior to joining Fiera Capital, Mr. Blandizzi founded a consulting firm specializing in technological change and organizational transformation strategies with a focus on increasing business efficiency and profitability. Previously, Mr. Blandizzi was CIO, SVP & Head of Global Solutions Delivery for the Investments and Corporate Group Divisions at Manulife Financial, having direct accountability for all global systems and services supporting Manulife’s operations across North America, UK and Asia. One of his noteworthy achievements during his time at Manulife was the creation of LoFT (Lab of Forward Thinking), a globally branded network of development labs focused on driving innovation and accelerated solution delivery. Sebastian also directed Manulife Financial’s enterprise data and analytics strategy and was responsible for aligning the company’s divisions to a common framework and technological infrastructure.
Mr. Blandizzi started his career at State Street, spending over 13 years in various roles and was Vice President and Head of Global Technology Services prior to joining Manulife in 2010.
Daniel Richard holds the position of Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources and Corporate Communications. In this role, he is responsible for employee engagement, succession planning, public affairs and communications. He is also a member of the Strategic Development Committee.
Daniel has more than 25 years of experience in communications, including about 15 years in leadership positions. Before joining Fiera Capital in March 2016, he worked for two years in Texas as Director of External Communications for a global technology and engineering firm. Before that, he led the Canadian communications department of a major industrial gas producer based in France. He also spent more than 10 years working for Canada’s largest chain of home improvement stores, where he served in various roles of increasing responsibility. At the time of his departure, he held the position of Director of Corporate Communications, a department in which he oversaw internal and external activities.
Daniel has sat on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations whose mission was to help youth pursue their education or learn a trade. He was also the general manager of a renowned Canadian charitable foundation. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
As Head of Fiera-Natixis Strategic Partnerships, Rick is directly accountable for leading and managing all strategic business and commercial initiatives with Natixis Investment Management (NIM) and its investment affiliates across each of the Natixis jurisdictions and markets including Canada, U.S., LATAM, EMEA, and Australasia. In addition to NIM’s respective leadership teams, Rick directly engages with NIM affiliate leadership team members pertaining to the identification of revenue generating opportunities, the co-ordination of operational logistics and the negotiation of key commercial terms and considerations. This includes the identification of business opportunities to leverage the respective Fiera and Natixis Sales networks through joint marketing, new product development initiatives, and strategic, commercial business transactions.
Previously Rick led the formation of Fiera’s Global Distribution strategy and structure including 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 served as advisory member to Fiera’s Private Alternative Investments business which includes Infrastructure, Real Estate, Private Equity, Direct Lending, and Agriculture.
Since 2001, Rick successfully led three Canadian based U.S Investment business launches and more recently was responsible for the international expansion of Fiera Europe's investment capabilities into the U.S. and the expansion of our continental European business. 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.
David Sadkin is President of Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC. In his role, Mr. Sadkin oversees the firm’s management and investment platform. He is also responsible for advising individuals, families, endowments and foundations.
Prior to joining Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC in 2006, Mr. Sadkin was senior counsel to Rep. Henry A. Waxman and executive director of his political action committee, L.A. PAC. He previously served as counsel to the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Sadkin is involved in a number of charities. He is a member of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors and serves as a co-chair of the Young Governors. He is also a member of the Temple Israel of Hollywood Board of Trustees, and serves as the Assistant Treasurer and a member of the Finance, Personnel, and Endowment Committees. He participated in the Geller Leadership Project at the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and also sits on the Board of Directors of Terror Free Tomorrow, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization which researches and advises on practical solutions to extremism world-wide.
Mr. Sadkin is a member of the State Bar of California. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994. While at Harvard, he was a teaching fellow in economics, and was recognized with the Outstanding Teaching Fellow award. Mr. Sadkin received his B.S. in Economics with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Monique F. Leroux
Monique F. Leroux is Strategic Advisor and Member of the Strategic Development Committee at Fiera Capital.
Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and the Investment Industry Hall of Fame, Monique Leroux is a corporate director. She is Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec and Vice-Chairman of Fiera Holdings Inc. She serves as an independent board member of global companies such as Michelin (ML-France), Bell/BCE, S&P Global (SPGI), Couche-Tard (ATD) and Lallemand Inc (privately owned company). As such, she brings to these boards her diverse experience, among others as Partner at Ernst and Young (EY) and Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from 2008 to 2016.
Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, a Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur (France) and a recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award (United States). She has been awarded Fellowship by the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec and the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds honorary doctorates from eight Canadian universities in recognition of her contribution to the business sector and to the community.