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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.

Our Team

Senior Executives

James Werry

James Werry

President & Chief Executive Officer

James Werry joined Aston Hill in February 2016.  The majority of Mr. Werry's 34 years in the Canadian investment industry were spent at ScotiaMcLeod where he held a number of progressively senior positions, ultimately becoming Managing Director and Head of ScotiaMcLeod.  After leaving ScotiaMcLeod in 2003, Mr. Werry founded and was CEO of what has become one of Canada's largest independent private client investment firms, Richardson GMP (formerly GMP Private Client). Mr. Werry currently sits on the Board of Myca Health Inc. and is the Past Chair of the Foundation Board of the Toronto East General Hospital.

Ben Cheng

Ben Cheng

Chief Investment Officer

Ben Cheng joined Aston Hill Financial in 2007 and brings more than 25 years of investment experience to Aston Hill. From 2008 until February 2015, Mr. Cheng was the lead portfolio manager for the IA Clarington Tactical Income Fund, Global Tactical Income Fund and Tactical Bond Fund. Prior to joining Aston Hill, Mr. Cheng spent two years as a Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group LLC, a premier New York-based private equity and hedge fund company. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Cheng was Vice President and Portfolio Manager for CI Funds. While at CI, he managed the Signature High Income Fund which received the Income Trust Fund of the Year award in 2004. He also co-managed the CI Signature Dividend Fund, which won the Dividend Fund of the year award two years in a row in 2001 and 2002. Mr. Cheng graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Mr. Cheng is the portfolio manager of the Aston Hill High Income Fund, Aston Hill Growth & Income Fund and Aston Hill Global Growth & Income Fund.

Derek Slemko

Derek Slemko

Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Derek Slemko joined Aston Hill Financial in September 2006. He is responsible for the operations and finances of Aston Hill Financial and its subsidiaries, in addition to overseeing the financial reporting and internal controls of Aston Hill and its subsidiaries.  Mr. Slemko is instrumental in the development of structural aspects of corporate transactions throughout the firm.  Mr. Slemko has 15 years of experience in various financial roles in the energy and financial sectors.  He began his career with KPMG LLP, providing assurance and advisory services to the oil and gas sector. Mr. Slemko then spent two years with Enerplus Resource Fund as a Senior Financial Accountant and, prior to joining Aston Hill Financial Inc., was the Controller of Vault Energy Trust. Mr. Slemko graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 2000 and received designations as a Chartered Accountant in 2003 and as a Chartered Business Valuator in 2007.

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Minimum Investment Requirements

The AHF 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)
BC, NB, NS and NL Only: $5,000(2)

Notes:

(1) A minimum purchase of $5,000 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 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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