Highlights from our recent conference, Practical Investing with Smart Beta (October 2018)

By all measures, SmartBe Wealth’s inaugural conference held this past October in majestic Lake Louise, Alberta, was a resounding success.

The select group of investment advisors, portfolio managers, academics and CEOs in attendance had a rare opportunity to exchange ideas and explore the past, present and future of quantitative investing with key players who are reshaping the industry.

Day 1 focused on Smart Beta — what it is, why it works and how to apply its concepts to client portfolios. Day 2 explored the impact of technology on financial services. From data science, to digitization, to artificial intelligence, technology is opening new inroads of opportunity in the investment landscape.

Here’s what people had to say:

“…the best Canadian Quant conference!”

“Absolutely brilliant.”

“…one heck of an enlightening conference.”

“…looking forward to learning more.”

“I’ve spoken at a large number of conferences over the last five years, and this was easily one of the best.”
— Corey Hoffstein, co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Newfound Research, whose presentation on “How to use Smart Beta and the Smart Beta factors that matter” was one of the highlights of the conference.


We’d like to thank our presenters and everyone who attended. You can view the archived version of the October 2018 conference information below.

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April 4 – 5, 2019

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Practical Investing with SmartBeta

October 4-5, 2018

at Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta.

SmartBe Wealth invites you to attend our inaugural conference featuring recognized leaders in quantitative investing, behavioural finance, artificial intelligence and other emerging fintech topics.

Our educational conference is designed for financial advisors and decision makers wanting to be on the cutting edge of finance trends.

This is an essential event for any investor wanting to stay relevant in the rapidly changing Canadian financial services industry and understand how these changes will transform the investment landscape.

Conference Schedule

Day 1 - Investment Technology

8:30 amRod Heard
8:45 amDr. Wesley Gray
Why Smart Beta strategies work in the first place: a framework to help advisors reach specific outcomes to meet clients particular objectives.
10:00 amBreak
10:15 amCorey Hoffstein
How to use Smart Beta and the Smart Beta factors that matter.
11:30 amLunch Break
12:00 pmAdam Butler
How to harness principles of risk, diversification and trends to create Smart Beta portfolio’s that are resilient to hostile markets.
1:15 pmBreak
1:30 pmArt Johnson
A painful journey as an early adopter of Smart Beta.
2:30 pmJos Schmitt
Disrupting the stock exchange business by giving it back to long-term investors and public issuers.
3:30 - 5:30 pmHike or Chateau historical tour
6:00 pmCocktail/dinner

Day 2 - Industry Technology

8:30 amRod Heard
How buyers buy.
9:00 amTom Hendrickson
Data science, content marketing and delivery for financial professionals in the digital world.
9:50 amBreak
10:00 amPatrick Cleary
Battlefield Lessons from Yankee Advisors.
11:00 amDr. Alfred Lehar
Why markets make it difficult to arbitrage and how conflicts of interest impacts research analysts.
12:15 pmLunch Break
1:00 pmDr. Jin Won Choi
Using adaptive AI and machine learning systems to predict fundamental valuations.
2:15 pmBreak
2:30 pmCIO Round Table
3:30 pmClosing Remarks


Dr. Wesley Gray

Dr. Wesley Gray

Wes Gray has published multiple academic papers and four books, including Quantitative Value (Wiley, 2012), DIY Financial Advisor (Wiley, 2015), and Quantitative Momentum (Wiley, 2016). After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago (studied under Nobel Prize winner Eugene Fama) and worked as a finance professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in bridging the research gap between academia and industry led him to found Alpha Architect, an asset management firm that delivers affordable active exposures for tax-sensitive investors. He is a contributor to multiple industry publications and regularly speaks to professional investor groups across the country. Wes currently resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia with his wife and three children.

Dr. Jin Won Choi

Dr. Jin Won Choi has a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in financial mathematics from Western University. His PhD theses focuses on valuing optionality inherent in owning certain classes of real assets.

Dr. Choi has previously architected several highly quantitative software systems. These include RBC’s advanced measurement approach (AMA) system that estimates how much the bank could be at risk due to operational losses, a portfolio optimization engine that performs mean variance optimization under constraints, and an algorithm that constructs portfolios according to trend following rules.

Dr. Choi offers quantitative software services through enjine.ca from his office in London, Ontario.

Dr. Alfred Lehar

Alfred is assistant professor in the finance area. He has been teaching at the Haskayne School of Business since 2005. He received an undergraduate degree and a PhD from the University of Vienna. Prior to Joining Haskayne, Alfred held positions at the University of Vienna and the University of British Columbia.

Alfred teaches a introductory finance for the MBAs and a class on Corporate Finance for PhD students. Alfred’s areas of research interest include Fintech, bank regulation, financial stability, and corporate finance.

Alfred is currently researching crypto currencies and under what conditions renegotiations can facilitate a private sector workout of a financial crisis. He also works on how information produced by financial markets can be optimally used in bank regulation. In his previous research Alfred developed several methods on how to measure the probability of a financial crisis, analyzed conflicts of interest for financial Analysts, and looked at the empirical fit of alternative option pricing models. Alfred’s work has been published in Management Science, the Journal of Financial Intermediation, the Journal of Banking and Finance, and the Review of Finance.

Corey Hoffstein

Corey Hoffstein

Corey is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Newfound Research, a quantitative asset management firm with a focus on risk-managed, tactical asset allocation strategies.  At Newfound, Corey is responsible for portfolio management, investment research, strategy development, and communication of the firm’s views to clients.

Corey holds a Master of Science in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Cornell University.

Jos Schmitt

Jos Schmitt is one of the founders and President & CEO of NEO Exchange, a stock exchange he formed with the support of a number of blue chip financial institutions.

Prior to NEO and in the role of President & CEO, Jos formed together with a number of blue chip financial institutions the Alpha Group of companies, including the Alpha Stock Exchange. This followed his role as EVP Head of the Americas and Global Head of Capital Markets for a global professional services company focused on the financial services industry. During his tenure at this professional services company, where he was part of the original partnership group, he acted as strategic advisor and director of operational and/or technology programs for some of the largest stock and derivatives exchanges and clearing houses, alternative markets, data vendors and broker-dealers around the globe. Some of his other previous roles include: President and CEO of a European Derivatives Exchange and Clearing House, President and CEO of a pan-European Indices Publisher, Chairman of a Derivatives SRO, and Head of Strategy and Business Operations at a European Stock Exchange.

Jos has a strong commitment to community as a member of the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation Board and through his active involvement with WE.

Adam Butler

Adam Butler is author of the book “Adaptive Asset Allocation: Dynamic Global Portfolios to Profit in Good Times – And Bad”. As Chief Investment Officer of ReSolve Asset Management, he manages ETF and futures based strategies including a global risk parity ETF, two Adaptive Asset Allocation funds, and a multi-strategy hedge fund. Adam is ranked in the top 1% of authors by paper downloads on SSRN, and has authored over a dozen papers and dozens of articles on asset allocation; factor investing; quantitative methods; and portfolio optimization. Adam holds both CFA and CAIA charters and appears on BNN Bloomberg and CNBC.

Tom Hendrickson

Tom is the Founder & CEO of Mitre Media, which owns a suite of digital brands dedicated to helping its users invest. Mitre Media’s brand suite includes:
ETFdb.com (the largest ETF-centric website in the world),
Dividend.comMutualFunds.com and MunicipalBonds.com, amongst others. Prior to founding Mitre Media, Tom was one or three owners of Investopedia.com, a bootstrapped company founded in Edmonton Alberta, which sold to Forbes Media.

Outside of work Tom spends his time with his wife, Kristy and daughter Esmae and can be found at the lake in the summer or the hockey rink in the winter.

Patrick Cleary

Mr. Cleary is currently the Chief Operations Officer / Chief Compliance Officer of Alpha Architect, where he oversees firm operations, compliance, and cybersecurity. Previously, Mr. Cleary served as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development for Algeco Scotsman, a multinational leasing and manufacturing company. Before Algeco Scotsman, he was a Project Leader for the Boston Consulting Group. In that capacity, he advised clients across a variety of industries in the US, Europe, and Africa. Mr. Cleary also served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. He holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Art Johnson

Art’s career has taken him down many avenues of interest in the finance world. He has been a regulator, serving both as a Manager of The Alberta Stock Exchange Trading Floor and an Assistant Manager of Surveillance at The Alberta Stock Exchange. He leveraged that experience into the world of Portfolio Management, and is today considered one of Canada’s premier “Quant” Portfolio Managers.

Prior to joining SmartBe, Art ran a quantitative wealth management team at a major Canadian Bank. His team consistently ranked in the top 3% among the bank’s advisory teams and was one of the 50 winners of the PriMe Award following an independent review of 7,000 advisory teams by Pricemetrix.

Rod Heard

Rod’s 30-year career as a corporate executive, strategic consultant and entrepreneur has shaped a unique skillset that makes him ideally suited to lead the charge at SmartBe Wealth. Tenacity, passion and integrity are core to his approach to commercialization and governance.

Rod is on the Board of Advisors for Nanoprecise Sci. Corp. and sits on the advisory council for Diversity Technologies Corporation (DI-Corp). He also volunteers as a board member of the YMCA Calgary. Rod holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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