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Jim M. AronitzJim M. Aronitz, MBA, CFA, P.Eng.

President

Jim has thirty years of investment management and financial analysis experience. He has been the President of Hemisphere Capital Management since founding the company in 1993. He is a former equity portfolio manager with the Investment Corporation of Saskatchewan and a former mutual fund manager with Metropolitan Trust. Jim earned a BSc (Electrical Engineering) and an MBA from the University of Alberta. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Jim is a current member of the CFA Institute, a former director of the Canadian Council of Financial Analysts, and a past President of CFA Society Saskatchewan. Jim is a former director of a large venture capital fund and several publicly listed companies. He is also a past President of the Rotary Club of Calgary North.

Rick M. RiffelRick M. Riffel, CFA

Vice-President

Rick has thirty years of investment management and financial analysis experience. He is a former portfolio manager and regional director with TD Private Investment Counsel. Rick was also formerly an investment manager and secretary/treasurer with Crown Life Investment Management Inc. Rick earned a BBA (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Regina. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a founding board member of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a Winnipeg based public policy think-tank. Rick is also a board member of Direct-MS, a non-profit organization that promotes non-drug therapies for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Furthermore, he is a past executive member of CFA Society Saskatchewan and a current member of the CFA Institute.

Thomas H. LoucksThomas H. Loucks

Vice-President

Tom has been managing investment portfolios for over forty-five years. He was the President of Loucks, Lee & Associates Ltd., a business he founded in 1974, until it merged with Hemisphere Capital Management in 2002. He was previously a Senior Investment Officer with The Royal Trust Company in Toronto where he managed five pension funds and a university endowment portfolio. Tom graduated from Concordia University with a BA (Economics) and is a current member of the CFA Institute. He is a founding member and Past President of CFA Society Calgary. Tom is also a director of The Rotary Club of Downtown Calgary.

Ann FollingerAnn Follinger, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Ann joined Hemisphere Capital Management in 2006. She earned a BAdmin from Lakehead University and also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Ann has extensive experience in conducting financial analysis, carrying out the portfolio management process, and trading both fixed income and equity securities. In addition to working directly with clients Ann is also heavily involved in numerous middle and back office functions. She largely oversees investment performance reporting, helps facilitate regulatory compliance, and manages relationships with vendors and counter-parties. Ann is a current member of the CFA Institute.

SkyelarSkyelar Siwak

Analyst & Portfolio Administrator

Skyelar joined Hemisphere Capital Management in 2015. She previously spent several years in management and project consultancy. Skyelar has also worked with start-up companies in the energy industry. She holds a BA (Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship) from Brown University where she played on the NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey team. Skyelar is a member of Calgary Women in Energy. This non-profit organization empowers women through networking, charitable work, mentoring, and education. She is also a Level I candidate in the CFA program and is a current candidate member of CFA Society Calgary.

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