Our People

Edward Gibbard, LLB

Director & Secretary

Ed is a capital markets professional with financing experience in a wide variety of income equity products, including income trusts, limited partnerships, convertible debentures and preferred shares. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at McGill University in 1989 and his LLB degree from the University of New Brunswick in 1994. Ed began his career practicing law at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP from 1995 to 1997. He joined Scotia Capital Inc. in 1998 and rose to Director and Head of Income Trust Sales and Trading. In 2009 he joined Clarus Securities Inc. in Sales and Trading.

Francis Mason, MBA, CA

Director & President

Francis is a former investment banker with international mergers, acquisitions, financing and derivatives markets experience. Francis received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University in 1988 and a Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) in 1993. Francis was a Managing Director and the former head of consumer products and retail investment banking at CIBC World Markets Inc. from 2005 through 2008 and prior to that held senior investment banking positions with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (Securities) and Scotia Capital Inc. He also worked previously at Ernst & Young LLP.

John Norman, CIM, CFA

Director, Perisen Life Settlements & Portfolio Manager, Spartan Fund Management

John is a leading investment manager specializing in liability-based strategies and cash-flow risk management approaches. He has been at the forefront of several investment firm initiatives including co-founding two firms, one of which was subsequently publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. John received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario in 1991 and earned the Canadian Investment Manager designation in 1998 and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1999. John was a Portfolio Manager and Vice President at J. Zechner Associates Inc. between 2005 and 2008 and prior to that was a Portfolio Manager with PH&N from 1997 to 2005. He began his career at Burns Fry Ltd. in 1993.

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