Speakers

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Karen Keyes
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Aimia Inc.

Karen Keyes Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, Aimia Inc. Karen Keyes joined Aimia as Senior Vice President, Investor Relations in January 2013, relocating from the UK to Canada. Prior to joining Aimia, Karen held the role of Head of Investor Relations of Logica plc (LSE, EURONEXT: LOG) from 2006 until its acquisition by CGI in August 2012. Between 2004 and 2006, Karen headed IR at Marconi (LSE, NASDAQ: MONI) where she was involved in the disposal of its telecommunications equipment business to Ericsson. She started her career at Nortel Networks in 1994 and worked in business development and government relations working in both Canada and the UK.

Graham MacKenzie
Sr. Account Manager, Equity Trading , Equity Markets, TMX Group Ltd.

Graham MacKenzie joined the TMX in 2016 as a Senior Account Manager. His responsibilities include managing the TSX's relationship with the 5 Canadian banks. Graham is a former equity trader with nearly 20 years of experience, including Head of Canadian Trading Desk at Liquidnet Canada. Graham was a pioneer in the Canadian portfolio trading business. He began his trading career as an options trader on the floor of the TSX. Before joining Liquidnet, Graham worked at CIBC as Executive Director, Equity Markets where his responsibilities included Portfolio Trading, Head of the Retail Execution Services and Retail Block Trading desks. Prior to CIBC, Graham worked at RBC Capital Markets as Director, Global Equities. At both CIBC and RBC, Graham was responsible for managing their corporate trading relationships where he advised issuers on corporate buybacks, building toehold positions and disposing minority stakes.

Leila Rafi
Partner, McMillan LLP

Leila Rafi is a partner in McMillan’s Capital Markets and M&A Group in Toronto. She advises on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters and has a highly transactional practice. She has a particular expertise in investment funds and asset management and also advises on D&O indemnification and corporate governance matters. For a number of years, Ms. Rafi acted as an adjunct professor for the advanced business law course offered by the University of Windsor law school and the January term securities law course offered by the University of Western Ontario law school. She is also the course leader on an annual basis for a course offered by Federated Press for legal professionals. Ms. Rafi received her BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2001 with first class standing and her LLB from the University of Western Ontario in 2005. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2006.

Rick Robertson

Professor Emeritus, Ivey Business School

Rick Robertson is Professor Emeritus, previously Associate Professor of Managerial Accounting and Control, at Ivey Business School. He has a BA in Business Administration, and an MBA and PhD from Western University. He earned a CA with Ernst & Young and has completed the CICA In-depth Tax Course for practicing tax specialists. In 1991, to increase his practical tax knowledge, he began working full-time for Ernst & Young as a Senior Tax Manager in the London office. After two years of client service in the tax area, he returned to Ivey Business School and began the process of developing a managerially-oriented tax course.

Robertson's research interests lie in the area of accounting for corporate income taxes and the provision of pension benefits by corporations. He has taught extensively on professional accounting programs, has served on several committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario (ICAO) and was an elected council member of the ICAO for five years. He is currently one of two Ontario representatives on the CICA's International Qualifications Appraisal Committee. He was also involved in the development of a new accounting standard in Corporate Income Tax. He was a director of Stackpole Ltd., a TSX-listed company, serving as chair of the audit committee and currently is the audit committee chair for ADB Systems International Ltd.

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