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buy-and sell-side experience. He served as an analyst/portfolio manager at two highly successful growth funds, Rustic Partners
Hedge Fund and The New USA Mutual Fund. He began his career at William O’Neil + Co., where he specialized in IPO analysis
and was part of the team that developed and tested the industry’s first internet-based institutional stock charting and
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts, double major, in English and Communication Arts and a Masters of Business Administration,
Finance, both from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles).
Kara Wood is a leading expert in the field of big data and data science. She equips companies and working professionals with the numbers they need to stay competitive in today’s data-driven economy. Kara has spent the last decade consulting for large technical organizations in the private sector, such as IBM, DBRS, and BDC, as well as other government organizations.
She is the founder of Succinct Social Media, a member of the Social Media Research Institute and a board member of the Women’s College Hospital Foundation.
Kara’s educational background includes a Media and Communications degree from Fraser Valley University; during her time there, it was one of the first degree programs offered in the study of the Internet and how it was going to shape our global cultures.
Trained as a geologist, he has worked on exploration, development and production projects with companies including Barrick Gold, Anglo American and Xstrata in a variety of jurisdictions. As a Mining Analyst he has held roles with Edison Group and Northland Capital Partners.
He was a founder and Non-Executive Director of private exploration company, Taoudeni Resources, and was a Non-Executive Director of NEX listed Goldcrest Resources.
He has a PhD in Economic Geology from James Cook University, MSc in Mining Geology from Camborne School of Mines and a BSc Hons in Exploration & Resources Geology from Cardiff University. He has published scientific papers in several international journals. Ryan is a fellow of the Geological Society of London and a member of the Association of Mining Analysts.
Jim has worked as an equity analyst and portfolio manager on Wall Street for more than 25 years, first as Institutional Investor-ranked utilities analyst with Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs and then as a long-short portfolio manager with hedge funds such as Amaranth Advisors and the Bass Brothers. In addition, he headed JP Morgan’s North American equity proprietary trading desk.
Jim holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (graduated with Distinction), as well an undergraduate civil engineering degree from the University of Notre Dame (Magna Cum Laude) and a MS degree in aeronautical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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