Our Directors

Cora Pettipas | NEMA DirectorCora Pettipas

Dr. Cora Pettipas Ph.D. FCSI CFP is currently the President and a Board of Director of the National Exempt Market Association (“NEMA”) in Canada. She was recognized by Wealth Professional on the national industry ‘hot list’ for 2016. Dr. Pettipas is also the editor of The Private Investor Magazine and currently represents Canada on the Education Working Group for the Financial Planners Standards Board and a policy ambassador for the Financial Planners Standards Council. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University, and a Master’s and PhD in Finance from Swiss Management Center University, her research focusing on the influences of fintech on financial services internationally. Dr. Pettipas has had tenures with several financial institutions in the capacity wealth management, retail banking, and financial planning. Her most recent previous position was as a Professor at Mount Royal University, where she taught Finance and Financial Planning. She has published and presented her work internationally.

 

Craig Skauge | NEMA DirectorCraig Skauge

Craig Skauge is the Chairman, and Founder of the National Exempt Market Association. Mr. Skauge is a member of both the Ontario Securities Commission Exempt Market Advisory Committee and Small and Medium Enterprises Committee, as well as the Alberta Securities Commission Exempt Market Dealer Advisory Committee. Mr. Skauge is the Executive Vice President and a Director of Olympia Financial Group Inc. (TSX: OLY). Mr. Skauge has privately consulted on over 500 exempt market offerings and is also the president of an investment company dually listed on both the TSX-V and CSE. A recognized as a leader and national subject expert on the Canadian Exempt Market. Mr. Skauge has been featured in the Financial Post, Globe & Mail, and Investment Executive and is a regular speaker at industry events.

 

Davis Zhang | NEMA DirectorDavis Zhang

As a Vice President of Asian Division and a branch manager, he helps Pinnacle expand Asian clients' market to meet Asian clients' building wealth needs and overcome Asian clients' cultural and linguistic barriers. As a team leader, he supports and provides detailed trainings to his team members and helps them understand the products on the shelf and keeps them updated, to grow together. Transparency, integrity, passion, attitude, on time communication and hard work contributes to his team leadership. Specializing in investments in the private sector, Davis provides free education to his clients to share securities structure, due diligence process, market study, current opportunities, and his personal investment experiences. He enjoys helping people in different communities understand Canadian investments. Davis does his due diligence for the products he shared too after the products have been well researched by Pinnacle's product committee; Davis provides all the services in both English and Chinese. Davis has won numerous industry awards for his work in the exempt market, including: Top Advisor in Pinnacle Wealth Brokers in 2011,2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016; and as one of the top investment advisors nationally in Alternative Investment category in 2015, 2016, and 2017 with Wealth Professional.

 

Curtis Potyondi | NEMA DirectorCurtis Potyondi

Curtis Potyondi has a unique, holistic approach to life and business. Curtis specializes in cultivating cutting edge companies to achieve high growth through early adoption and customer focussed synergistic solutions. Curtis has owned businesses ranging in diversity from real estate to business consulting/development, and from commercial fuel to a commercial greenhouse. He finds great satisfaction in taking new ideas and developing them into viable entities. He believes that hard work, diligence and win-win scenarios are the keys to success.

 

Chris Croteau | NEMA DirectorChris Croteau

Chris Croteau is a Partner at TingleMerrett LLP, a Calgary-based corporate/commercial boutique law firm. Chris’ practice focuses on start-ups, emerging and growth companies which has provided him over 15 years of experience in the exempt market. This includes advising on financing options, private equity and public offerings, public listings and exchange matters, corporate acquisitions, share and asset acquisitions and dispositions, restructurings, securities regulatory requirements for issuers and dealers and day to day corporate/commercial matters. Chris is currently a guest lecturer at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law (Corporate Finance course) where he instructs students on a wide range of topics including private placement, prospectus and registration requirements and the public venture market in Canada. Chris obtained his law degree (LL.B. 2001) and commerce degree (B.Comm. 1998) from the University of Alberta.

 

Chris Salapoutis | NEMA DirectorChris Salapoutis

Chris Salapoutis is President and COO of Greybrook Realty Partners, overseeing the firm’s growing business operations, playing a critical role in developing and executing Greybrook’s strategic objectives, and positioning the business for long-term growth. Chris was formerly president and COO of Macquarie Private Wealth, prior to which he was the COO of Macquarie Capital Markets. Chris is a well-respected executive in the financial services industry with deep capital markets, wealth and asset management experience. He has held executive positions in helping to build and turn around some of the most respected firms on Bay Street including Orion Securities Inc., Cartier Partners Financial Group, Merrill Lynch Canada Inc., Midland Walwyn Capital Inc. and Fidelity Investments Canada. He is also a chartered accountant, has been heavily involved in various industry bodies over the years, and has sat on several Corporate Boards (public, private, not-for-profit).

 

Darren Smits | NEMA DirectorDarren Smits

Mr. Smits is a Business Law lawyer and partner in the Calgary office of Miller Thomson. Darren practices corporate/commercial law, financial services including commercial lending, and real estate. He is also involved in private placements and exempt market transactions for Miller Thomson's clients. He obtained a Bachelor of Management from the University of Lethbridge in 2001, his LL.B. from the University of Manitoba in 2001 and his Bachelor of Arts from Augusta University in 1997.

 

Drew Adams | NEMA DirectorDrew Adams

Mr. Adams is currently the Chairman of Privest Wealth Management, a registered Exempt Market Dealer, where he also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Adams co-founded Privest in 2010, but only assumed the role of President in early 2012. In 2007, Mr. Adams co-founded Azcan RPG Corporation. Azcan is a Canadian company, based in Calgary, AB, that owns +250 single-family detached homes throughout the United States. Mr. Adams was actively involved in the operations of Azcan until late 2011 and remains a significant shareholder. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Adams held the position of President of Exclusive Capital Corporation, a company based in Calgary, Alberta, that provided consulting services to corporations seeking private markets financing. Prior to founding Exclusive Capital Corporation, Mr. Adams was a Principal and co–founder of Equibank Capital Inc. from 2002 to 2004. Equibank was a private markets corporate advisory firm that was engaged in advising companies with respect to financing, merger and acquisition activities. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Adams worked as a licensed Investment Advisor in the brokerage industry.

 

Glenda Buelow | NEMA DirectorGlenda Buelow

Glenda Buelow brings with her over 22 years in the financial industry. Her career started in a large retail store for 5 years learning the importance of customer service, accounting, then onto a position as a loans officer in the banking industry for 4.5 years. She left the banking industry in 1998 to dedicate a career of working one-on-one with individuals and small business owners. Recognizing a huge need for financial education, she aims to provide a better understanding of the wide variety of financial options available to enhance individual confidence in making financial decisions. G2 Financial Solutions (G2 represents Grounded Growth) is currently located in Stettler, Alberta and offers regular financial education sessions broken down into age groups. Glenda entered the Exempt Market industry in 2011 as a Dealing Representative for PRIVEST Wealth Management and believes in offering clients a well-diversified portfolio that includes private capital while supporting this industry that attributes to growing our economy.

 

Greg Romundt | NEMA DirectorGreg Romundt

Mr. Romundt is the founder and President of Centurion Asset Management Inc., Centurion Apartment REIT and Centurion Real Estate Opportunities Trust which collectively manage over $1.0 billion of assets. He has been engaged in investment in residential real estate since 1997 and investments and financial markets since 1991. He has real estate investment experience in Singapore, Britain, Australia, China and Canada. From 1991 to 1997, he worked for Citibank in Toronto, New York and Singapore as a financial derivatives trader in interest rate derivatives, major and emerging currencies and exotic derivatives. From 1997 to 2001, he worked for AIG International Group in Hong Kong, Britain and Singapore as head of emerging market derivatives and then as Senior Vice President and Partner (Emerging Markets). He was the group risk manager, overseeing all of the firm’s positions in emerging markets and was a member of the risk management committee. Mr. Romundt is a member of the Board of Directors for NEMA (National Exempt Market Association). He graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with an HBA in 1991. Mr. Romundt was nominated for and was a finalist in, the Ernst & Yong 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year award. He was named CEO of the Year in 2015 by Canadian Apartment Magazine.

 

Harwinder Kang | NEMA DirectorHarwinder Kang

Harwinder Kang is the President and (acting) Chief Financial Officer of the Prime Real Estate Group. Mr. Kang has been involved with the company since it’s inception and has played a key role in developing Prime’s investment business. Mr. Kang has formally educated as a professional mechanical engineer. Prior to joining Prime, he spent over 10 years in senior management in the Oil and Gas industry for Alberta based companies such as Suncor, Husky, CNRL and SNC Lavalin. At CNRL he worked as a Senior Engineering Standards/Information Management Specialist on the Horizon Oil Sands Project. At SNC Lavalin, he served as a Senior Project Specialist involved with many oil sands project developments, which include the Husky Upgrader in Lloydminster, Suncor Millennium Project and Petro-Canada Refinery Project. Mr. Kang is a true entrepreneur and prior to joining Prime Real Estate Group as a partner (and now president), he owned and operated several successful business ventures in insurance and financial services sector. Mr. Kang had built a financial services firm with over 200 advisers. He made a successful transition into Alberta real estate sector in 2007 when he became general partner of a large commercial real estate development in Balzac (along with Mr. Bhamani). The project today has a retail developed value of approximately $75 Million.

 

Matt Epp | NEMA DirectorMatt Epp

Matt was born and raised in Calgary. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science in 1991 and the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta in 1995. He commenced his articles with one of Edmonton's oldest and most respected firms and then accepted a position in Calgary with a large multi-national firm where he continued to practice exclusively in the area of civil litigation. Matt spent several years with the Alberta Securities Commission where he prosecuted offences under Alberta's Securities Act ranging from market manipulation to insider trading and fraud. He continues to represent individuals and corporations charged with offences, and also represents investment advisors and mortgage brokers in proceedings before the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association (MFDA). Matt has presented at various seminars relating to jury trials, freedom of information, and the litigation process. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Engineering where he instructed graduate students on issues relating to litigation and professional negligence. For several years he instructed young lawyers at the Bar Admission course on the issues of practice management and professional ethics.

 

Nick Fournier | NEMA DirectorNick Fournier

Nick has over 23 years’ experience facilitating individual and business growth. Working with client-focused companies such as Walton International Group and ATB Financial has made Nick an expert in his field. He is a respected business leader and committed to building highly productive and motivated teams. His ability to design and implement effective sales strategies earned him recognition as a top sales performer. Nick’s competitive advantage is his dedication to building long-term and meaningful client relationships. Nick is always looking for innovative and significant ways to move his company and clients forward. As part owner and President of Raintree Financial Solutions, Nick oversees the strategic direction of the company. With his can-do attitude, Nick ensures the focus of the company remains on its core values. His straightforward approach, rigorous attention to detail and wide business experience enables him to deliver.

 

Tommy Baltzis | NEMA DirectorTommy Baltzis

Tommy is the CEO and founder of WhiteHaven Securities. He has earned the right to use the CFA designation and the CPA, CA designation. WhiteHaven Securities is a dynamic, fully integrated financial firm based out of Quebec and expanding its operations across Canada. WhiteHaven Securities’ multi-license platform is anchored on discretionary portfolio management, exempt products, insurance and mutual funds. Presently, WhiteHaven Securities is a pioneer in the retail exempt space in Quebec and with Tommy’s dedication and passion, hopes to promote the exempt market not only in his home province but throughout the country. Tommy began his career at PwC working as an auditor where he focused on the financial industry and manufacturing industry. At PwC, he worked on mandates like the Molson-Coors merger and the spinoff of Novelis from Alcan. He then pursued his career working for a large private manufacturing company called Lallemand, based out of Québec. There, he gained a significant amount of corporate finance experience, working in the private sector across multiple continents, participating in mergers, joint ventures, acquisitions, restructuring, cash pooling and currency hedging strategies among other things. After many years with Lallemand, Tommy started his own consulting firm helping SMEs with various financial and operational issues. With his in depth knowledge of both the financial and the operational sector, the natural transition was for Tommy to create WhiteHaven Securities.