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 Staff Directory

CFA Societies Canada
2205 - 120 Adelaide St. West
Toronto, ON M5H 1T1
Phone: (416) 366-3658

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Michael Thom, CFA
Managing Director

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Michael Thom, CFA is the Managing Director for CFA Societies Canada. He leads the strategic direction of CFA Societies Canada and advocates the highest standards of integrity and ethics for the ultimate benefit of Canadian investors, while building brand awareness of the CFA designation. Michael comes to CFA Societies Canada with over 12 years of experience in a variety of capital markets positions. His most recent role was as an executive at a Toronto-based hedge fund manager. Previously his career was focused in equity trading and portfolio management at firms in Toronto and Vancouver. Michael brings many years of volunteer leadership experience in advocacy to this role. He has served as a director of CFA Society Toronto’s board, has volunteered in multiple capacities for CFA Institute, and as a member and former chair of the Canadian Advocacy Council. Michael is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and is a CFA charterholder.

Candice Szpruta (Spencer)
Director of Operations
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Candice is responsible for managing and enhancing internal organizational processes, initiatives, projects, and infrastructure that will allow CFA Societies Canada to continue to grow and fulfill its mission. Candice contributes to the development and implementation of the strategic plan of the organization, while managing and executing initiatives and projects undertaken by the organization in pursuit of its shorter-term operational objectives. She also manages day-to-day business operations of the offices of CFA Societies Canada. Candice has a Diploma in Business Administration Management from George Brown College.

Janessa Aranas
Operations Associate
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Janessa is responsible for supporting the work of the staff of the association and providing logistical support to the Board of Directors and Committees of the association. Janessa will support the Managing Director in his outreach to and engagement with regulators, societies, and committees of the board; and will support the Director of Operations in the liaison with societies, committees, the board of CFA Societies Canada, and external resources as needed; and for providing support on implementation of projects associated with the strategic objectives of the organization.