AIMA Canada, a National Group of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) in Canada, was formed in March 2003 to act as the voice of the alternative investment industry in Canada. To view our brochure, please click here or download our "Introduction to AIMA Canada" presentation available in English and French.
AIMA was established in 1990 as a direct result of the growing importance of alternative investments in global investment management. AIMA is a not-for-profit international educational and research body that represents practitioners in hedge fund, futures fund and currency fund management - whether managing money or providing a service such as prime brokerage, administration, legal or accounting. AIMA's global membership comprises over 1,350 corporate members, throughout 47 countries, including many leading investment managers, professional advisers and institutional investors.
The objectives of AIMA are to provide an interactive and professional forum for our membership and act as a catalyst for the industry's future development; to provide leadership to the industry and be its pre-eminent voice; and to develop sound practices, enhance industry transparency and education, and to liaise with the wider financial community, institutional investors, the media, regulators, governments and other policy makers.
AIMA Canada has over 100 corporate members including hedge fund managers, institutional investors, pension fund managers and consultants, administrators, auditors, lawyers, prime brokers and other service providers.
In addition to working with regulators, holding luncheons and information sessions in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary, AIMA Canada has developed two publications in 2004 - The Canadian Guide to Sound Practices and The Hedge Fund Primer; two publications in 2005 - Guide to Sound Practices for the Disclosure and Promotion of Alternative Investments in Canada and AIMA Canada's Hedge Fund Investor Checklist; a series of strategy papers and most recently in 2012, the AIMA Canada Handbook.
Gary Ostoich, President of Spartan Fund Management, serves as Chairman of AIMA Canada and heads its five-member Executive Committee which includes: Andrew Doman of Man Investments Canada Corp.; Paul Patterson of Integrated Asset Management; Chris Pitts of PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Michael Burns of McMillan. James Burron is Chief Operating Officer.
Additional information on AIMA Canada can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.