2020 Virtual Certified Trade Mission to Canada

Investors from Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver

October 1, 2020

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2020 Virtual Certified Trade Mission to Canada

Investors from Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver

October 1, 2020

For all Alternative Asset Fund Managers
One-to-One meetings with pre-qualified investors
HNWI, Family Offices and Institutions

Key Features

Minimum of 45 virtual meetings with Canada’s leading institutions and family offices

One-to-One meetings arranged upon registration with select pre-qualified LPs

Includes Canadian Investors from Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver

Focused, structured, organized and pre-arranged private meetings

Certified by the U.S. Department of Commerce and organized in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the U.S. Consulate in Montréal and Toronto

No placement agency fees or commissions

Full LP contact information and background provided to GPs prior to all meetings

Promotion of your firm to 100+ local institutional investors, and single and multi-family offices

What are the cost benefits of participating in Trade Missions?


Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Department of Commerce Montreal Trade Mission.  It was a positive experience. It was a good assembly of potential investors and general partners.  I appreciate being amongst those invited.

Paul Edwards, Vice Chairman. Africa, India and the Middle East Capri Investment Group

  1. Without the trade mission format, it would be impossible to set up fifty LP meetings in one day with pre-qualified, potential LPs. It would require multiple days and multiple trips. This is a major benefit in terms of dollars, time and energy saved.
  2. The same level of meetings would probably require a minimum of two to three trips to meet the same number of high-level people. These additional trips alone are equivalent to or will cost more than the Trade Mission in terms of airfare and hotel.
  3. A placement agent would also charge you a commission on your earned management fee and on your performance fee. There are no commissions charged on ANY investments you receive during the Trade Mission.
  4. There is a cost in time and energy involved in identifying prospects, securing contact info, contacting the prospects, convincing them to meet and then coordinating the schedule in an efficient manner. The Trade Mission takes place on one day. This is a major advantage and a significant save in time, expense and opportunity cost. As we all know, "Time is Money".

Event Co-Chair(s)

Reford MacDougall, C.M.

A successful stockbroker, Reford MacDougall has distinguished himself through his many volunteer activities. Deeply committed to helping youth at risk, in 1970 he founded and directed a rehabilitation centre for young drug addicts. He also helped found Toujours ensemble inc., an organization providing services and counselling to needy Montreal youth, and has assisted in its fundraising activities. He has helped raise millions of dollars for numerous other organizations, including the Douglas Hospital, McGill University and the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival. In addition, he is known for his deep affection for his country.

Neil Nisker, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, and CIO

With investment management and wealth advisory experience dating back to 1972, Our Family Office
Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, and CIO enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a trusted and respected
figure in the Canadian financial services industry. His keen intellect and deep expertise make him
particularly well-qualified to revolutionize the multi-family office segment in Canada and grow Our
Family Office into the market-leading service provider and partner to the nations wealthiest families.
Highlights of Neil’s career to date include:

  • Fiera Capital Corporation: Neil was active with Fiera Capital Corporation, one of Canada’s largest
    investment managers, from 2006 to 2014, serving as the President of Fiera Private Wealth and
    as the company’s Executive Vice Chairman and a member of the company’s board of directors
    and governance committee.
  • YMG Capital Management Inc.: Neil served as President of the YMG Private Wealth
    Management division from 2000 to 2006. Fiera Capital Corporation purchased YMG Capital
    Management in 2006.
  • Nisker Associates, Strategic Wealth Management: From 1997 to 1999, Neil was the Chairman of
    Nisker Associates, Strategic Wealth Management, a Canadian registered investment counseling
    firm. It was acquired by YMG Capital Management in 2000.
  • Best Investments International Inc.: In 1990, Sir John Templeton selected Neil to be one of the
    three managers of Best Investments International Inc., a global equity mutual fund he owned.
    Neil held this position until 2000.
  • Brown Baldwin Nisker Ltd.: For more than 25 years, Neil was a driving force behind Brown
    Baldwin Nisker. Through his diligence, the firm grew into one of the premier institutional
    brokerages in Canada. It was sold to HSBC Securities in 1988.
    In addition, Neil has been the President of Privatech Investments Inc., an investment company
    headquartered in Toronto, Canada since 1994.
Robert Sinclair, Chief Investment Officer, Private Firm/SFO

Mr. Sinclair has spent over 20 years co-creating executive level strategic relationships and solutions with corporations (private & public), pension funds, private equity, development firms, hedge-funds, family offices, NGO’s and business partners. Robert began his career providing risk management consultancy at a boutique firm in Australia. After moving to Canada, Robert headed up the creation of the risk management division at RiskCheck Inc., a leading Canadian advisory firm. After leaving the firm, he created his own advisory firm which eventually merged with GHD, which is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global market sectors of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Currently, Robert serves as the Chief Investment Officer of a private family office where he is charged with evaluating investment and co-investment opportunities. Additionally, he serves as a senior advisor to the CEO of Louisiana 23 Development Company, establishing relationships of potential investors and evaluating project related risks. Recently, through his role as CIO and due to previous relationships, he has joined the Advisory Boards for both Terra Firma, Operation Water and CrowdSmart. CrowdSmart, is a pioneer in the application of prediction science for a Startup investing, combining world-class artificial intelligence (AI) and a global community of Member Evaluators to democratize the seed-investing ecosystem and deliver better outcomes for investors and entrepreneurs alike.

Shahab Samimi, Associate, Venture Capital, and Investor

Shahab Samimi is an Associate at 7 Gate Ventures, an early-stage Venture Capital firm investing in technology companies in Canada and USA. With offices in San Francisco and Vancouver, Shahab is responsible for expanding the firm’s local presence in Canada, deal origination, reviewing, executing, monitoring, and reporting on direct investments and partnerships, primarily in the Canadian market.

Shahab serves on the Young Professionals’ Committee of the Association of Corporate Growth. He has over 8 years of experience in entrepreneurial ventures, business development, and capital markets; co-founding Pura Foods and Northstar Endurance.

Previously, Shahab was at Performance Capital Advisors, a boutique Capital Markets firm, and joined 7 Gate Ventures from Gravitas Securities, where he was an investment banking analyst with institutional sales responsibilities.

Shahab speaks fluent Farsi, English and basic Spanish, and spends his time outside in the mountains or playing soccer.

LP Participant Profile

  • Canada is one of the largest investors in the U.S. and has invested billions of dollars with U.S. alternative investment managers since the 2008-9 financial crisis.
  • Canada has some of the largest institutional investors globally including:
    • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
    • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (La Caisse)
    • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP)
    • Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments)
    • Alberta Investment Management Co. (AIMCo)
    • Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS)

These large pension funds all invest across the full range of alternative investments, and are leaders in investing globally.

  • Total Canadian pension fund assets are ~10% of total U.S. pension fund assets; However, the vast majority (>90%) of Canadian pension fund assets are in Defined Benefit (DB) Plans, with the balance of pension fund assets (<10%) in Defined Contribution (DC) Plans.
  • Over the past decade from 2004-2014:
    • The medium-sized Canadian DB Plans (and a select group of foundations and endowments) have decreased their Canadian equity allocations and increased their allocations to alternative investments, with a focus on real estate, infrastructure and private equity;
    • The small-sized Canadian DB Plans (and most foundations) have been slow to diversify into alternative investments, but recognize the need to do so.


October 1, 2020

  • All times EDT
  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am

    Arrival Online, Registration, Informal Networking
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Virtual Meetings with LP in Eastern Canada.
    One-on-one meetings: Members of the U.S. delegation will meet in one-on-one meetings with Investment Professionals from Canadian institutional investors and family offices and high net worth individuals.
  • 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    Break and Lunch in your office or home
  • 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    Trade Mission Afternoon Session.
    12:30 noon - 4:30 pm CDT (Winnipeg)
    11:30 am - 3:30 pm MDT (Calgary, Edmonton)
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm PDT (Vancouver, Victoria)

    One-on-one meetings: Members of the U.S. delegation will meet in one-on-one meetings with Investment Professionals from Canadian institutional investors and family offices
  • 5:30 pm

    Trade Mission Ends

*The government of the United States, particularly the US Department of Commerce and the US Embassy is not involved in selecting or recruitment for this mission. Such selection and recruitment is strictly left to the mission organizer. The US and foreign commercial service supports the goals of this event but does not endorse the specific products or views of the participating organization.


Attendance is by invitation only. The quantity of fund manager participation is strategically limited to maximize the level of overall access and one on one meeting opportunities with our foreign institutional investor attendees. Since space is limited, we encourage you to register immediately to reserve your spot.

Please email irwin@trademissions.org for information on the fees to attend.

Included in your certified trade mission fee are the following:

Trade Mission program on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Complete conference program including one on one meetings arranged with Canada’s leading institutional and Family Office investors on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Select meetings with pre-qualified LPs from Canada upon registration.


No accomodations- Virtual Trade Mission


Cancellation Policy
The cancellation policy is as follows:

Within 30 days of registration: 75% refund
31-60 days after registration: 50% refund
More than 60 days after registration: No refund