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AIMA Canada, the national group of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in Canada, on Thursday announced a new chairwoman and the members of a new executive committee for the 2018-2020 term.

Taking over as chairwoman is Belle Kaura, vice president and chief compliance officer at Third Eye Capital. She succeeds Michael Burns (partner, McMillan) who served as chairman of the AIMA Canada executive committee for two terms from September 2014 to September 2018.

In addition to Kaura, the other executive committee members are:

  • Laura Reid, partner, KPMG LLP (vice chairwoman)
  • Derek Hatoum, partner, PwC LLP (treasurer)
  • Darin Renton, partner, Stikeman Elliott LLP (general counsel)
  • Stéphane Amara, director, Allianz Global Investors
  • Steve Banquier, managing director, prime brokerage and automated execution, TD Securities Inc.
  • Daniel Dorenbush, managing director, head of Canadian prime services, Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Kimberley Jansen, director, BMO Capital Markets
  • Elissa Johnson, vice president, international fund services, State Street
  • Jesse Kaufman, vice president, portfolio and investment advisor, Richardson GMP
  • Robert Lemon, executive director, prime services, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Jeff Ray, vice president, product development, Mackenzie Investments
  • Raj Tandon, founding partner, Algonquin Capital
  • Claire Van Wyk-Allan, director, head of Canada, AIMA
  • Racheal Wason, director, structured solutions, BMO Capital Markets

In announcing the composition of the new committee, Kaura stated: “As a manager member, I believe we need to be fully engaged in actively participating and promoting AIMA’s education and advocacy objectives to further our industry. I am excited to work with such a talented and diverse executive representing a cross-section of the alternative investment industry to guide our continued work at AIMA.”

Kaura also expressed praise and gratitude to outgoing chairman Michael Burns.

Claire Van Wyk-Allan, head of Canada at AIMA, added: “Mr. Burns has been an incredible contributor and advocate for AIMA’s efforts both globally and here in Canada, in particular with the proposed amendments to National Instrument 81-102, the largest innovation the Canadian alternatives industry has seen in recent years.