The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) on Wednesday named investment industry executive Claire Van Wyk-Allan as its new head of Canada.
She replaces James Burron, who left AIMA last month.
Prior to her leadership role at AIMA Canada, Van Wyk-Allan was business development manager, advisor channel sales, at RBC Global Asset Management. Before that, she was regional manager at Arrow Capital Management, a Toronto-based hedge fund firm.
Van Wyk-Allan has served as a member of the AIMA Canada board since 2014, and twice co-chaired its Help for Children’s Hedge Funds Care Canada Gala.
“I am excited to be joining AIMA in Canada. The organization has made considerable strides in Canada in recent years, in terms of growing its events and membership and building a highly effective advocacy and educational program,” says Van Wyk-Allan, in a statement. “My first objective will be to meet with members across Canada to ensure their priorities are reflected in our agenda.”
“Claire brings with her not just a strong knowledge of AIMA Canada, but also asset management sales and retail investor distribution experience, having worked at both RBC Global Asset Management and Arrow Capital Management. She will have the full support of AIMA’s team in New York, London and Asia-Pacific to ensure that the priorities of our Canadian members are reflected in our local and global agenda,” says Michael Burns, AIMA Canada chairman, in a statement.