CFA Society Vancouver

A Member of the CFA Institute Global Network of Societies

 Wealth Management Conference

Putting Investors First
May 15, 2014

CFA Society Vancouver is hosting its popular Wealth Management Conference on May 15th in alignment with CFA Institutes initiative The Future of Finance, which aims to promote fairness, improved understanding, and personal integrity in the finance industry. The conference is designed to appeal to both financial industry professionals, as well as individual investors.

This year’s conference is being held to support a CFA Institute initiative called ‘Putting Investors First’ month, a global initiative created by financial professionals who place the interests of investors above their own. It features a series of events and outreach throughout the month of May, hosted by ​​hundreds of CFA Institute members and many of the organization’s 140 member societies worldwide. The goal of the initiative is to help build awareness of the fiduciary duty to protect investor interests.  As an example, the CFA Institute has developed the Statement of Investor Rights, a list of principles intended to help buyers of financial service products demand the conduct they are entitled to expect from financial service providers.  For further information, please visit CFA Institute's website

Conference speakers include Terrance Odean, Professor - Rudd Family Foundation and Chair of the Finance Group at the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and Pentti Karkkainen of KERN Partners Ltd.  Ms. Cheyenne Reese of Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers will also be address the group.

Conference Agenda

Speaker Biographies
Terrance Odean, UC Berkeley
Terrance Odean is the Rudd Family Foundation Professor and Chair of the Finance Group at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Journal of Investment Consulting editorial advisory board, of the Russell Sage Behavioral Economics Roundtable, of the Russell Investments Academic Advisory Board, and of the WU Gutmann Center Academic Advisory Board at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. His research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Businessweek, and several other publications.

The Investor's Worst Enemy Presentation

Pentti Karkkainen, KERN Partners Ltd.
Pentti Karkkainen is a founding and General Partner of KERN Partners Ltd. - a Calgary based energy sector private equity firm that was established in 2000. KERN Partners has $1.07 billion of capital under management funded by a variety of North American and European pension funds, endowments, family offices and other financial institutions. Before establishing KERN, Pentti led RBC Dominion Securities' Oil & Gas Equity Research team. While at RBC, Mr. Karkkainen was consistently ranked as one of Canada's top oil and gas analysts by a variety of independent surveys and was ranked as one of Canada's top equity research analysts overall.  Mr. Karkkainen has 24 years of investment management, energy sector research and investment banking experience, as well as four years of industry experience with Gulf Canada Resources. He serves as a director on the boards of Altex Energy, Connaught Energy, Dolomite Exploration, NuVista Energy and Peloton Exploration. He holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Geology from Carleton University and an MBA from Queen's University.

Cheyenne J. H. Reese, Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers
Ms. Reese is a principal of Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers.  She assists clients with estate and trust planning and tax matters.  She received her J.D. from the University of Victoria in 2005 and acquired her Masters of Law degree in International Taxation from New York University in 2013.  As a result, a major part of her practice is related to cross border U.S.-Canada transactions, including estate, gift, and generation skipping tax issues.  This includes estate planning for U.S. citizens living in Canada, Canadians with U.S. beneficiaries, Canadians purchasing or holding U.S. real estate and Americans purchasing or holding Canadian real estate.  In addition, Ms. Reese advises U.S. citizens and green card holders regarding U.S. tax compliance and the U.S. expatriation tax rules.  She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2007 and has been with
Legacy Tax + Trust Lawyers since that time.

Important Tax Considerations for Canadians Who Invest or Spend Time in the U.S. Presentation

Brenda Lea Brown, BC Securities Commission
Brenda Lea Brown is responsible for the BCSC’s InvestRight Be Fraud Aware public awareness program. This is a multi-media, multi-lingual campaign aimed at helping British Columbians fraud-proof themselves and be more empowered investors. Her other work at the Commission has included corporate communications, change-related internal communications, and industry stakeholder engagement. Before joining the Commission in 2001, she was a corporate communications consultant to a wide range of public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. Brenda Lea is an accredited business communicator, a Toastmaster, and an active community volunteer.

Tools to Assess Potential Investments and Avoid Investor Fraud Presentation

Conference Details
May 15, 2014
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Registration Fee:  $65 (Lunch will NOT be provided.)
(A seniors discount of $10 is available to registrants 65 years and older.  Please call 604-985-9889 for further details.)

Please join us following the conference for a cocktail reception in the ballroom foyer.

2012 Conference Testimonials
"I have been to numerous CFA conferences over the years and this one was definitely the best.  You had a really strong slate of speakers and we will definitely return next year."

Anna Nemeth, CFA
TD Waterhouse Private Investment Counsel Inc.
Victoria, BC

"The inaugural Wealth Management conference by the CFA Society Vancouver was a great success. Well done!"

Elvis Picardo, CFA
Global Securities Corp.
CFA Society Vancouver Member​

 Conference Sponsors

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 2012 Wealth Management Conference