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The Executive Management, Investment Management, Sales Team and Client & Dealer Services Team at NCM Asset Management Ltd.
Alex Sasso, CFA
Alex Sasso CFA
Chief Executive Officer & Portfolio Manager
- ExpertiseCanadian Small and Mid Cap Investing
Alex Sasso is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a Portfolio Manager at NCM Investments. Alex leads the firm’s small/mid cap investment team. He has over 21 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining NCM in 2004, Alex worked at a leading retail and institutional investment firm.
Specializing in the Canadian small/mid cap markets, Alex is very passionate about the wealth creation opportunities this segment has to offer. Alex has been the Portfolio Manager of NCM Norrep Fund since 2004, and also manages NCM Small Companies Class, NCM Income Growth Class and provides oversight on NCM Entrepreneurs Class.
Alex graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Commerce and is a CFA charterholder.
Vice President, Regional Sales
Based in Vancouver, Andrew is responsible for growing advisor relationships in BC. Before joining NCM Investments, Andrew worked at a national fund company where he managed BC and AB markets, supporting advisors in all channels.
With over 20 years of experience in the mutual fund industry, Andrew brings unique insights into his career in wholesaling and looks forward to working with you.
Bill Holy, MBA, CFA
Bill Holy MBA, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income - Cumberland Investment Counsel Inc. Affiliate of NCM Asset Management
- ExpertiseFixed Income Investing
Bill is a Portfolio Manager in fixed income, co-manages NCM Short Term Income Fund, and is part of the asset allocation team for NCM Pension Portfolios.
Bill is a CFA charterholder, holds a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. Previously, Bill worked as a Director in a large U.S. bank where he was responsible for investing in middle market corporate debt. Bill has over 20 years of investment industry experience.
Investment Operations Manager
Brad is Investment Operations Manager at NCM Investments. Based in Toronto, he has been with the firm since 2015.
His responsibilities include the management and oversight of NCM’s vendor relationships, as well as providing day-to-day operational support for all areas of the firm.
Brad also supports NCM’s Dealer and Client Services group.
Brad graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce and has completed his Canadian Securities Course.
Chris Brennan, CPA, CA
Chris Brennan CPA, CA
Head of Operations
Chris leads NCM’s Operation’s Division. He has been with NCM since 2010 in several different senior financial management and operational roles.
Prior to joining NCM, Chris has had over 30 years of experience in senior financial and operational roles, most recently as the head of financial operations of the Calgary branch of a leading global IT consulting company.
Chris has held a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation since 1986. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in Accounting/Finance, from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Chief Compliance Officer
Based in Calgary, Ellen is the Chief Compliance Officer and manages the Dealer and Client Services Team.
Ellen has accumulated 16 years of experience in the investment industry. Ellen studied at York University and has attained her IFIC Mutual Funds License and Canadian Securities Course through CSI. She has also completed the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers Exam (PDO) and the Chief Compliance Officer Qualifying Examination (CCOQ).
Vice President, Regional Sales
Based in Toronto, Grahame is responsible for building advisor relationships in the GTA and Northern Ontario. Grahame has accumulated seven years of experience in the investment industry, and has an additional six years of experience in various sales and marketing roles.
Grahame holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University.
Jason Isaac, CAIA, CFA
Jason Isaac CAIA, CFA
Portfolio Manager, Global Equity - Cumberland Investment Counsel Inc. Affiliate of NCM Asset Management
- ExpertiseGlobal Equities
Jason Isaac is a Portfolio Manager with more than 20 years of experience in global equities. Jason is a Portfolio Manager at Cumberland Investment Counsel Inc. (“CIC”) an affiliate of NCM Asset Management Ltd. He is also a director of Cumberland Partners Limited, the firm’s parent company.
Jason is a founding member of the NCM Asset Allocation team for the NCM Pension Portfolios, consisting of NCM Conservative Income Portfolio, NCM Balanced Income Portfolio, NCM Growth & Income Portfolio.
His educational and industry credentials include a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Economics and the Financial Management Advisor (FMA),Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. Also, Jason spent three years as a Sessional Lecturer at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, on subjects including security analysis, investments, and portfolio management theory.
John Poulter, CFA
John Poulter CFA
Chief Capital Markets Strategist
John Poulter is a founding member of the NCM Asset Allocation team and is the Chief Capital Markets Strategist for NCM. John joined Cumberland Investment Counsel Inc. (“CIC”) in 2017 an affiliate company of NCM Investments.
John has over three decades of progressively senior experience in securities selection and portfolio design. Previously John provided investment consulting services to select investment management firms and clients. He is skilled in fund design and providing investment management services to broad-market retail investment distributors. In his years of service within the investment industry, John has compiled a successful track record of private and mutual fund design.
He was a senior member of Connor, Clark and Company’s investment management team. John was responsible for the design and implementation of quantitative security selection and portfolio management systems. He also worked at CIBC Wood Gundy’s research department as a quantitative analyst and on its proprietary trading desk, developing risk-based trading systems.
With a B.A. specializing in Financial Econometrics from the University of British Columbia, John received his CFA designation in 1991. His speaking and presentation engagements have included the Richard Ivey School of Business and the Toronto Society of Chartered Financial Analysts.
Vice President, Regional Sales
Based in Calgary, Joe is responsible for growing investment advisor relationships in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. Joseph has accumulated over 17 years of experience in progressive roles in the investment industry in Canada and the United States.
Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from York University.
Keith Leslie, CFA
Keith Leslie CFA
- ExpertiseQuantitative Investing
Keith Leslie is a Portfolio Manager at NCM Investments. Keith leads two of the firm’s alternative investment strategies, with a focus on Canadian equities. He has over 17 years of investment management experience and is an award-winning Portfolio Manager. Prior to joining NCM in 2001, Keith worked as a Quantitative Analyst at a western Canadian investment firm.
Keith brings a different perspective to the firm’s investment process, using statistical techniques, valuations tools and modeling. He is the Portfolio Manager of NCM Market Neutral Income Fund, NCM Canadian Enhanced Equity Fund and NCM Core Canadian.
Keith graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Science in Statistics and Mathematics and is a CFA charterholder.
Inside Sales Associate
Lucas is based out of Toronto and joined NCM in October 2016. Lucas works to develop advisor relationships across Western Canada, Ottawa and Quebec. He previously worked in sales at a global asset management firm and is a CFA level 2 candidate.
Vice President, Regional Sales, Quebec & Atlantic Canada
Based in Montreal, Mario is responsible for growing advisor relationships in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. Prior to joining NCM, Mario was at a large financial institution where he managed the Quebec market, supporting advisors in all channels (IIROC, MFDA, AMF, and MGAs). Mario also previously managed sales in Eastern Canada for one of Canada’s largest mutual fund companies.
Mario brings over 12 years of financial sales experience and has accumulated over 15 years in the financial services industry in Canada.
Michael Simpson, CFA
Michael Simpson CFA
Michael is an accomplished Portfolio Manager, having worked in the Investment industry for over 25 years. Michael is the lead Portfolio Manager for the All Cap North American Dividend Focused NCM Norrep Fund. Previously Michael was at Sentry Investments for 17 years as a Senior Vice President and Head of the Equity Income Group.
Michael has a proven track record of success:
- Investment Executive Fund Manager of the Year in 2014.
- Morningstar Award in the Canadian Dividend and Income Equity Category for best risk-adjusted returns over a one, three, and five-year time horizon. (awarded in 2013)
- The Excellence in Fund Management from Lipper Analytics for the Sentry Canadian Income Fund for the best risk-adjusted returns over a decade.
- Eight-time winner of the Brendan Woods Top Gun Award
- Eight Fund Grade A+ for several funds that he managed from Fundata Canada.
Michael employs an Income Free Cash Flow style that emphasizes the stability of cash flows and a growing dividend stream. As well, Michael checks and scrutinizes company balance sheets to see if there are any stress points.
Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University and has completed both the Canadian Options Course and the Canadian Futures Course.
He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.
Phil D’Iorio, MBA, CFA
Phil D’Iorio MBA, CFA
Portfolio Manager, U.S Equity - Cumberland Investment Counsel Inc. Affiliate of NCM Asset Management
- ExpertiseU.S. Equity
Phil D’Iorio is a Portfolio Manager in U.S. equities and is the Lead Manager of the NCM Core Global and NCM Core American.
Phil is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Western University and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Previously he worked as a Portfolio Manager at two large national investment firms managing U.S. and Global Equities. Phil has more than 15 years of research and portfolio management experience.
Vice President, Regional Sales
Based out of Toronto and joining NCM in September 2016, Rahul’s primary responsibility is to develop advisor relationships across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Waterloo/Kitchener, and Ottawa regions.
Prior to joining NCM, Rahul held the position of Vice President of sales at another nationally distributed mutual fund company. Previous to that he held senior sales roles in a large financial institution in the GTA and worked in client services in one of the largest mutual fund institutions in Canada.
Rahul has accumulated over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry in Canada.
Ryan Turner, CFA
Ryan Turner CFA
Ryan is an Investment analyst focusing on quantitative research. Ryan has over five years of investment experience.
Ryan is a CFA Charterholder and graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelors of Computing and Financial Management (Honours Co-Operative Program).
Senior Vice President, National Sales & Marketing
Wan is Senior Vice President, National Sales & Marketing at NCM Investments. Prior to joining NCM, Wan was at a large financial institution where he managed the external wholesalers supporting over 27,000 active financial advisers in all channels (IIROC, MFDA, AMF, and MGAs). Prior to that, Wan led the sales teams at three other national mutual fund companies where he held the role of Senior Vice President, National Sales.
Wan has been actively involved in the creation and successful launch of various Mutual Funds, Closed-End Funds, Flow-Through Limited Partnerships and other structured products. He has also served as a director on various Flow-Through Limited Partnerships and TSX-listed Closed-End Funds. Wan joins NCM with over 20 years of experience in the investment industry.