THE FMAC EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Blake Jespersen – President & Chair of the 2009 FMAC Golf Tournament
Director, Foreign Exchange Sales, BMO Capital Markets
Blake is a Director at BMO Capital Markets in the Foreign Exchange Sales group where he advises both corporate and institutional clients in Canada. Blake began his career at BMO Nesbitt Burns in the Finance Department in 2002. A year later, he moved to the FX Commercial Services desk and in 2004, he was promoted to FX Mid-Market Sales with a primary focus on Western Canada. Since 2006, he has been on the FX Corporate and Institutional Sales desk. Blake graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts degree and obtained an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the Toronto CFA Society.
Greg Degez – Treasurer
FX Forward Dealer, RBC Capital Markets
Greg started his career in Toronto at TD Securities in their middle office and went on as an associate in their UK office FX trading desk. He then went on to work for RBC Capital Markets UK Structured Credit business before returning to Toronto to join the G7 Forward desk in 2005. Greg graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2000 with a honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Maria Jones – Secretary
FX Sales Manager, TD Securities
Maria began her career in the FX & Fixed Income Strategy Group at TD Securities in 2003. Shortly after, she joined the institutional spot FX trading desk, where she served as FX strategist, engaged in technical model research, and successfully traded spot foreign exchange and short term rates on a proprietary basis. More recently, she joined the Business Banking Sales team, serving clients and developing the business in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region of the US. Maria obtained her CFA designation in 2006, and is a member of the Toronto CFA Society.
Jean-François Gratton – Montréal Chapter President
Vice-President, Institutional FX Sales Desk, TD Securities
After graduating from Concordia with a M.Sc. (Finance), Jean-François began his career as an associate with the National Bank of Canada. He started in the sales and trading rotation program before joining the FX desk as a spot trader and two years later, an option trader. In 2007, Jean-François joined the institutional FX sales desk of TD Securities in Montreal as Vice-President. He is a CFA charterholder and holds the FRM designation.
Jim Ginis – Director at Large
Fanny Lo – Director at Large
Account Manager, ICAP-EBS Dealing Resources International Ltd.
Fanny began her career in financial services in Hong Kong. Joined Quotron Foreign Exchange in 1988. Fanny moved to Toronto in 1991. Through the transition from Quotron to Citicorp Dealing Resources then EBS now ICAP Electronic Broking, Fanny experiences the different stages of electronic evolution in foreign exchange trading
Paul Magee – Director, Membership
Foreign Exchange Broker, Prebon Canada Ltd.
Paul attended the University of Guelph from 1993 to 1997 to study marketing and economics. He graduated with honours after completing a 4-year honours Bachelor of Commerce degree. He began his career in April 1998 with Prebon Yamane Canada Limited. Prebon is an intermediary in the wholesale financial markets. He started his associate training rotation of the Spot FX desk. After 3 months he found himself on the Forward Canada FX desk where and, after an opening presented itself, he decided to make it a permanent move. He has been on the Forward Canada desk ever since. In 2004 Prebon Yamane merged with Tullett & Tokyo Liberty to form Tullett Prebon.
Evan Steed – Director at Large
Vice-President and Director, TD Securities
Evan Steed is a Director, Financial Markets Association of Canada and Vice-President and Director, TD Securities. Recently joining Market Risk Control with an interest rate focus, Evan spent 12 years in FX Option trading and sales at several of Canada’s financial institutions. Additionally, he enjoyed a sidebar into fixed income sales and equity trading earlier in his career. Published in FX Week, Evan is always open to a good trade idea in any asset class. Accredited as a CFA, Evan had the pleasure of completing an Engineering degree and MBA at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Kevin Tam – Director at Large