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Each Aston Hill team member offers a unique perspective – and it's the combination of this diversity of scope, experience, knowledge, and focus that resonates with discerning investors.

Aston Hill’s investment team is one of our most important assets. Their collaborative, entrepreneurial approach to investing is continually underpinned by a shared goal to outperform for our clients.

See why we're Driven to Perform

Our Team

Investment Team

Aston Hill’s investment team is one of our most important assets. Their collaborative, entrepreneurial approach to investing is continually underpinned by a shared goal to outperform for our clients.

See why we're Driven to Perform

Jeffrey Burchell

Jeffrey Burchell

Co-Chief Investment Officer
Jeff Burchell joined Aston Hill in 2010 after having managed a long/short equity fund at an established Canadian investment manager for seven years. He brings a total of fifteen years of industry experience to Aston Hill in the areas of portfolio management, equity research and trading across asset classes with a strong focus in the U.S. Mr. Burchell is responsible for managing portfolio investments primarily in North American equities. His experience includes expertise in alternative strategies involving traditional fundamental analysis across a broad universe of stocks.  Mr. Burchell's other investment experience includes various research and sales roles on the sell-side at firms including RBC Dominion Securities and National Bank Financial. Mr. Burchell holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation as well as a M.B.A. and Law degree from Dalhousie University. He has also been an active member of the Toronto CFA Society, having chaired the Society's Equity Committee along with other volunteer roles.

Mr. Burchell is the portfolio manager of the Aston Hill Capital Growth Fund, Aston Hill Global Growth & Income Fund, and Aston Hill Opportunities Fund.

Andrew LB Hamlin

Andrew LB Hamlin

Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Andrew LB Hamlin joined Aston Hill in April 2007, after spending over five years in the equity research departments of TD Newcrest (TD Securities), CIBC World Markets, and GMP Securities. Mr. Hamlin has extensive experience in managing portfolio investments in high yield, convertible debentures, equities and preferred shares. Previous experience includes working as a political analyst at the Privy Council Office in Ottawa and in the microfinance industry in Brazil. Mr. Hamlin holds an M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business, an M.A. International Relations from Sussex University, U.K., and a B.A. Economics & History.

Mr. Hamlin is the portfolio manager of the Aston Hill Growth & Income Fund, Aston Hill VIP Income Fund and Aston Hill Advantage VIP Income Fund.
Joanne Hruska

Joanne Hruska

Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Joanne Hruska joined Aston Hill in 2004 and currently heads the Calgary Energy Team. Ms. Hruska has spent twenty years investing in the Energy sector beginning as an analyst with Canaccord where she covered both the junior oil and gas sector and income trusts followed by several years as an Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy and then with Emerging Equities. Ms. Hruska graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1994 and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Ms. Hruska is the portfolio manager of the Aston Hill Oil & Gas Income Fund, Aston Hill Advantage Oil & Gas Income Fund, Aston Hill Energy Growth Class, and Aston Hill Energy 2011 Flow-Through Limited Partnership.
Sandy Liang

Sandy Liang

President, AHF Capital Partners

Sandy Liang is a corporate debt Portfolio Manager at AHF Capital Partners Inc. (a sub-advisor to certain funds managed by Aston Hill Asset Management Inc.).  Mr. Liang joined Aston Hill in October 2011, bringing with him more than twenty years of experience in credit and equity investments.

Mr. Liang joined Aston Hill after three years spent at Cobalt Capital Management, a significant hedge fund in New York, where he was responsible for the firm’s fixed income investments. Mr. Liang is also a former Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. in New York, where he was voted on Institutional Investor Magazine's All-America Fixed Income Research Team (High Yield) for seven consecutive years. Mr. Liang’s other investment experience includes proprietary high yield credit research and trading at Scotia Capital and Midland Walwyn (subsequently acquired by Merrill Lynch Canada), and equities research as a senior analyst at BMO Capital (formerly Nesbitt Thomson). Mr. Liang holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in Economics and McGill University with an M.B.A.

Mr. Liang is the portfolio manager of the Aston Hill Strategic Yield Fund, Aston Hill Strategic Yield II Fund, AHF Credit Opportunities FundAston Hill Advantage Bond Fund, and CIBC Renaissance Millennium High Income Fund.

Vivian Lo

Vivian Lo

Vice President & Portfolio Manager

Vivian joined Aston Hill in January 2007, and actively manages portfolio investments and trading strategies across all asset classes, including equities, fixed income, convertible debentures and preferred share securities. She has over ten years of capital markets experience, and prior to Aston Hill, spent four years at CIBC World Markets in the equity research department. Vivian obtained her M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business and her B. Comm from the University of Toronto, and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation awarded in 2006.

Ms. Lo is the portfolio manager of thAston Hill Growth & Income Fund, Aston Hill Global Growth & Income Fund, Aston Hill VIP Income Fund, and Aston Hill Advantage VIP Income Fund.

John Kim

John Kim

Portfolio Manager

John Kim joined Aston Hill in April 2014 bringing with him almost twenty years’ experience in the investment industry specifically managing Canadian equities. Most recently Mr. Kim was a portfolio manager at Sentry Investments for over four years, during which time his Diversified Total Return Fund won the 2011 Lipper Award for Best Three Year Risk-Adjusted Return in addition to being ranked top quartile in the Canadian Focused Equity category. Mr. Kim began his investment career in 1994 for Royal Trust where he was responsible for wealth management strategies targeted towards high net worth individuals, family offices and foundations. Mr. Kim’s other investment experience includes eight years with Aegon Capital Management where he was the lead portfolio manager for several funds focused on equities and fixed income both in North America and globally. Mr. Kim holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation as well as a BSc in Applied Mathematics from the University of Toronto.

Mr. Kim is the portfolio manager of the Aston Hill Canadian Total Return Fund.

Steve Vannatta

Steve Vannatta

Portfolio Manager
Steve Vannatta joined Aston Hill in January 2007. Mr.Vannatta is responsible for coverage of the Energy and Metals & Mining Sectors and has 8 years of resource portfolio management experience, plus direct industry experience working on drilling rigs, services rigs and mining operations. As a portfolio manager, Mr. Vannatta evaluates companies, meets with management, analyzes business models, performs financial modeling and investment analysis, conducts due diligence, screens investment opportunities, and assists in raising capital.  Prior to joining Aston Hill, he was an Assistant Portfolio Manager at GE Capital Solutions from 2006 to 2007. Mr. Vannatta graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree majoring in Finance and obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2012.

Mr. Vannatta is the portfolio manager of the Aston Hill Global Resource & Infrastructure Fund.
Stephanie Rutherford

Stephanie Rutherford

Trader
Stephanie Rutherford joined Aston Hill in February 2007. Ms.Rutherford is responsible for trading equities, preferred shares and options. Prior to joining Aston Hill, she spent two years with Fortress Investment Group, ULC on the trading desk and one year at CIBC in the wealth management division as a project analyst. Ms. Rutherford has completed the Canadian Securities Course, the Trader Training Course, Conduct & Practices Handbook, Derivatives Fundamental Course, and Options Licensing Course. Ms. Rutherford graduated from York University with a B.A. in Accounting.
Simon Legge

Simon Legge

Bond Trader & Analyst

Simon Legge joined Aston Hill in September of 2013. Mr. Legge is responsible for assisting the portfolio managers with the investment selection process. Mr. Legge participates in conducting due diligence research, financial modelling, and the presentation of investment ideas. Mr. Legge graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Financial Mathematics, and is a Level I Candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.  

Majd Kitmitto

Majd Kitmitto

Senior Analyst
Majd Kitmitto joined Aston Hill in 2008. He previously served as an intern at JC Clark Investments. As an analyst, Mr. Kitmitto participates in multiple levels of the investment selection due diligence process from initial screening to analysis and management meetings. Mr. Kitmitto has completed the Canadian Securities Course (2005), Derivatives Fundamentals Course (2006) and the Technical Analysis Course (2007) and is a Level II Candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst program. Mr. Kitmitto graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration.
Sam Szeto

Sam Szeto

Senior Research Analyst
Sam Szeto began his investment career in 1992 as an Equity Analyst for Peregrine Asset Management in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Aston Hill in November 2010, he held senior equity analyst and investment management roles at Beutel, Goodman & Co; Irish Life Investment Managers in Dublin and Foyston, Gordon & Payne covering global and Canadian equities. Mr. Szeto holds a BA degree from University of Toronto, a MBA from Queen’s University and the Charted Financial Analyst designation.
Helen Liu

Helen Liu

Investment Analyst
Helen Liu joined Aston Hill in January 2011. Ms. Liu works closely with the Portfolio Managers, conducting extensive research of both industry and economic trends.  Ms. Liu assists in the process of screening, financial modeling and the evaluation of investment ideas.  Ms. Liu graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, and is currently a Level III Candidate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Program.
Carol Pretty

Carol Pretty

Investment Analyst

Carol Pretty joined Aston Hill in 2010 and is a registered portfolio manager assisting the Calgary Energy Team’s fund management with the analysis and valuation of the global energy sector. Prior to joining Aston Hill, she spent eleven years at CIBC Wood Gundy with the last five of those working as an Associate Investment Advisor with Wood Gundy’s largest advisory team. Ms. Pretty graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1996, became a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute in 2006 and obtained her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2006.

Claire Thornhill

Claire Thornhill

Investment Analyst
Claire Thornhill joined Aston Hill in September of 2013 after spending over six years with Susquehanna International Group, where she worked as an analyst on the commodities and equity options desks. Ms. Thornhill holds a first class honors Masters of Science in Financial Services and an honours Bachelor of Business degree both from the University of Limerick. She is an active member of Women in Capital Markets and the Toronto CFA Society, sitting on the Women in Capital Markets External Events Committee and the WCM/Toronto CFA subcommittee.  Ms. Thornhill holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, awarded in 2014.
Jennifer Latta

Jennifer Latta

Portfolio Analyst
Jennifer Latta joined Aston Hill in October 2010. Prior to Aston Hill, she spent two years in the Investment Banking division at Desjardins Securities, where she gained experience in a number of different industries working on IPO, M&A and corporate advisory mandates. Ms. Latta also spent time at HSBC Securities in the Derivative Products Group and at Jenal Investments where she focused on both Private Equity and the Real Estate sector. Ms. Latta graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario with an Honours B.A. (Dean's Honour List).
Leslee Quaranto

Leslee Quaranto

Trading Associate

Leslee Quaranto joined Aston Hill in January 2011. Ms. Quaranto is responsible for assisting in all capital markets trading, as well as the management of all cash transitions in the Aston Hill Asset Management portfolios. She is also the executive assistant of Ben Cheng. Ms. Quaranto graduated from Brock University with a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology, and has since completed the Canadian Securities Course.

Sasha Rnjak

Sasha Rnjak

Vice President, Fund Operations & Chief Compliance Officer
Sasha Rnjak joined Aston Hill in March 2011 and is responsible for maintaining and developing the overall compliance regime. Prior to joining Aston Hill, he worked with CI Investments Inc. for twelve years with the last four as a Compliance Manager in charge of maintaining and developing the overall compliance program covering laws and regulations and monitoring fund adherence to various National Instruments. Mr. Rnjak graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. (Economics).

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Minimum Investment Requirements

The Aston Hill Credit Opportunities Fund is generally available to investors that can meet a certain minimum amount of money to invest. The minimum initial investment for residents in any province or territory in accordance with applicable securities laws is set out below:

All provinces and territories $125,000 or $25,000(1)
BC, NB, NS and NL Only: $5,000(2)

Notes:

(1) A minimum purchase of $25,000 is available to residents who meet certain requirements.
(2) A minimum purchase of $5,000 is available to residents who meet certain requirements and reside in BC, NB, NS and NL by way of the prescribed OM.
Investors should contact their investment dealer or Financial Advisor for more information.

If you can comfortably invest the minimum dollar amount required in your province or territory, please accept the disclaimer below to learn more about the AHF Credit Opportunities Fund.


Disclaimer: Information pertaining to AHF Credit Opportunities Fund is not to be construed as a public offering of securities in any jurisdiction of Canada. The offering of units in the AHF Credit Opportunities Fund is made pursuant to its offering memorandum only to those investors in jurisdictions of Canada who meet certain eligibility requirements. Please read the offering memorandum carefully before investing.

Minimum Investment Requirements

The Aston Hill Opportunities Fund is generally available to investors that can meet a certain minimum amount of money to invest. The minimum initial investment for residents in any province or territory in accordance with applicable securities laws is set out below:

All provinces and territories $150,000 or $5,000(1)

Notes:

(1) A minimum purchase of $5,000 is available to residents who meet certain requirements. Investors should contact their investment dealer or Financial Advisor for more information.

If you can comfortably invest the minimum dollar amount required in your province or territory, please accept the disclaimer below to learn more about the Aston Hill Opportunities Fund.


Disclaimer: Information pertaining to Aston Hill Opportunities Fund is not to be construed as a public offering of securities in any jurisdiction of Canada. The offering of units in the Aston Hill Opportunities Fund is made pursuant to its offering memorandum only to those investors in jurisdictions of Canada who meet certain eligibility requirements. Please read the offering memorandum carefully before investing.

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