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.
Vincent Duhamel is Fiera Capital’s Global President and Chief Operating Officer. As a member of the Global Executive Management Committee, he oversees 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 also plays a major role in strategic acquisitions while overseeing the Firm’s development outside of North America. In addition, Mr. Duhamel sits 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.
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).
Mr. Pontillo 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.
Monique F. Leroux
Monique F. Leroux is Strategic Advisor and Member of the Strategic Development Committee at Fiera Capital. 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.
Jean-Philippe Lemay is President and Chief Operating Officer, Canadian Division.
He has more than 15 years of industry experience and has been with the firm since 2010.
His past positions at Fiera Capital include: Chief Investment Officer, Canadian Division from 2015 to 2017 and Vice-President & Senior Portfolio Manager of LDI (Liability Driven Investments) from 2010 to 2015.
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.
Benjamin S. Thompson
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 in 2015, 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 BA in economics from Colorado College.
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 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, 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.
Kanesh joined Fiera Capital in October 2018 as President and CEO of Fiera Capital’s European Division. For the seven years prior to that Kanesh was Managing Director of EMEA & Asia Distribution at First State Investments. In this capacity he was responsible for overseeing both Wholesale and Institutional sales and client teams based in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Dubai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. Kanesh was a member of the firm’s Global Operating Group, which was responsible for overall strategy formulation and implementation worldwide. He was also a Director of a number of First State entities in the UK and Japan.
Prior to that Kanesh spent almost 14 years at State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) as a Senior Managing Director. He held various roles there, heading up European marketing, sales, client and consultant relations teams. Latterly, Kanesh was the Head of the UK & Middle East business and in this capacity, he chaired the Board of SSgA UK. He was also a Director of SSgA’s operation in India.
In his earlier career, Kanesh held senior client relations roles at Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors, which became Barclays Global Investors. He also gained investment consulting experience at Russell and was Co-Director of Manager Research at the time of leaving. Kanesh holds a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University and an MBA in Finance from the Cass Business School, London.
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.
Violaine Des Roches
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 of Arts (BA). She later completed a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) from McGill University and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1986.
François Bourdon is Global Chief Investment Officer. In this role, 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.
Rick Nino is Executive Vice President Business Development, U.S. Division and Chairman, European Division. 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 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.
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.
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.
Peter Stock, EVP of Strategic Development at Fiera Capital, has over 36 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, Peter founded a US based registered investment advisor company, 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 of Institutional Sales and Marketing in Vancouver, British Columbia.
From 1982 to 1992, Peter worked in New York 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.
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.