Our team exhibits a tremendous wealth of experience and a great depth of knowledge, bringing to bear our combined expertise on every investment decision we make. The team consists of:

John P. Carswell, CFA, MBA, BA(Commerce), President

John graduated from the Royal Military College with a Bachelor of Arts (Commerce) and served as an Air Force navigator. He then earned an MBA degree from Queen’s University (Dean’s List, Award in Finance) in 1985. John completed the Chartered Financial Analyst program and was awarded a CFA charter in 1988. He began his investment career at Mutual Life of Canada in 1985 where he was an Investment Analyst in the Private Placement and Corporate Debt area. He then moved to TAL Investment Counsel Ltd. in 1988 where he was Vice President, Fixed Income, responsible for credit analysis and specialty fixed income products. In 1992, John then moved to Foyston, Gordon & Payne, where he was the Partner responsible for fixed income and preferred shares. He founded Canso Investment Counsel Ltd. in 1997.

Robert Swan, MA, BA, Vice President

Following graduation from the University of Western Ontario in 1967 with an MA in Econometrics, Bob joined Sun Life Assurance for five years education in equity research. After two years of managing equities with Gerbro Corp., Bob joined the then fledgling TAL Investment Counsel. During his eighteen TAL years, his primary foci were global asset mix and debt markets. He was a major contributor to making TAL one of Canada’s largest and most successful money managers. In 1991, Bob was one of two entrepreneurs who created the Clean Environment Funds. In 1992, Bob graduated with an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at University of Toronto. In 1996, he joined CT Investment Management Group as Chief Investment Officer and assumed management of the Asian portfolio. Bob joined Canso in 2000 and his prime focus is the management of international portfolios.

Gail Mudie, MBA, BSc (Hon), Vice President

Gail attended the University of Toronto, graduating with Honours in Microbiology in 1979 and achieving her MBA (Dean’s List) in 1981. She then worked for Procter & Gamble Inc., where she held many positions including Financial Analyst, Treasury Supervisor and Financial Manager until 1985. In 1985 Gail joined the Bank of Montreal through the Management Development Program in corporate banking where after several years she became Director, Investment Analysis, Loan Portfolio Management. Gail joined Canso in 1998 and is responsible for credit analysis and portfolio management.

Heather Mason-Wood, CFA, MBA, BSc (Mathematics), Vice President

Heather attended the University of Toronto, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1983. She graduated from the McMaster MBA program with a specialization in Finance in 1985. Heather was awarded a CFA charter in 2005. Heather began her investment career working as a representative for Investors Group for two years before joining The Bank of Nova Scotia in 1988. She held many positions including Manager Corporate Credit, Manager Corporate Banking, Director of Risk Management, and Senior Relationship Manager Commercial Banking in her 15-year career with the bank. Heather joined Canso in February 2003. Heather is responsible for credit analysis and portfolio management. She is also responsible for marketing, compliance and client servicing.

Vivek Verma, CFA, MBA, MA, BA (Economics), Vice President

Vivek attended the University of New Delhi, graduating with a Masters in Economics in 1994. In 1997 he completed the MBA program at University of Manchester. Vivek then worked as a Senior Analyst, Credit Rating at ICRA, Moody’s Indian affiliate for three years. He then moved to HCL Technologies as Manager of Investor Relations for two years. He joined Canso in 2002 as a Research Analyst. Vivek was awarded his CFA charter in 2004 and is now a portfolio manager with Canso.

Elizabeth Sit, CSC, Vice President

Liz worked in the banking and securities industry for many years, specializing in system analysis and operations. She then joined FRI, a financial systems company, as a client support specialist. Subsequently, she joined Foyston, Gordon & Payne, an investment counseling firm, as a systems analyst and portfolio administrator. She then moved to JR Senecal, another investment counselor, in investment administration. Later, Liz worked for Goodman and Company, where she was a performance measurement specialist, and assisted in the trading operation. Liz joined Canso in 2000, as an investment analyst. She completed the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers Course in 2009. Liz is currently responsible for Securities and Trading Operations.

Brenda Burns, B.Comm., Vice President

Brenda attended Mount Allison University, graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) in 1981. Brenda joined Canso in 2005 after working in small business and the non-profit sectors. She completed the Canadian Securities Course in 2007 and the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers Course in 2009. Brenda is Corporate Secretary and is responsible for Personnel and Corporate Operations for the Canso group of companies.

Richard Usher-Jones, BA, CIM, FCSI, Vice President

Richard attended Queen’s University, graduating with a BA in Sociology. He joined Nesbitt Thomson in 1991 as an investment advisor. Richard earned his Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation and later became a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). Richard joined Trimark Investment Management in 1993 where he was a manager in the pensions area. Richard then joined Russell Investments in 1996 where he worked on product development and was a member of Russell’s Canadian executive team. Richard joined Canso in 2009 as a member of Canso’s Investment team where he is a Portfolio Manager and is responsible for credit analysis.

Joe Morin, CFA, MBA, BA, Vice President

Joe Morin graduated from the Royal Military College with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Economics and Commerce) in 1986 and served as an officer in the Canadian Navy. He subsequently earned an MBA degree from the University of British Columbia in 1995. Joe has held various positions in private lending, credit management and credit research in the past number of years including Export Development Canada, Nortel Networks, and Standard & Poor’s. Prior to joining Canso, Joe was a Director of Corporate Debt Research at BMO Capital Markets responsible for covering the Canadian telecom, cable, media, retail, real estate and credit card ABS sectors. Joe joined Canso in May 2009 as Director of Investment Research and is responsible for coordinating all Canso investment research activities.

Timothy Hicks, CFA, B.Comm., Vice President

Tim graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1981 and earned his CFA charter in 1990. He joined General Reinsurance Corporation in Toronto as a facultative underwriter in 1982. In 1987, Tim joined SEI Financial Services as an Account Executive, specializing in portfolio performance evaluation and manager research. Tim then joined the Asset Consulting Group of Towers Perrin in 1989 and spent four years there consulting to institutional clients on manager search and asset allocation policy. Tim joined Russell Investments Canada in 1993 and held a variety of roles including Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager. Tim then served as Chief Investment Officer for Canada and finally as Director of North American Equity in Russell’s head office in Tacoma, Washington. Tim joined Canso in 2009 as a Vice President and Portfolio Manager.

Brian Carney, BA, CIM, Vice President

Brian attended the University of Notre Dame graduating with a degree in Government and International Studies in 1990.  Brian then joined the Credit Department of Goldman Sachs & Co. working in the firm’s New York, London and Toronto offices.  In 1997 Brian moved to Merrill Lynch Canada Inc. and over the next 11 years held a variety of positions in Corporate Bond Research, High Yield and Corporate Bond Trading, Syndication and Proprietary Trading.  In 2009 Brian earned his Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation and started Big Rock Capital Management Inc. an investment management firm focused on the high yield segment of the fixed income market.  In 2012 Brian joined Canso as a Vice-President.

John Laing, CFA, Vice President

John graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Administration and Commercial Studies (Finance and Economics) in 2004.  Prior to joining Canso, John spent four years in a variety of roles at TD Bank Financial Group where he completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Derivatives Fundamentals and Option Licensing courses.  John completed level 3 of the Chartered Financial Analyst program in June 2009 and was awarded his CFA charter in 2012.   John joined Canso in March 2009 as a Portfolio Assistant and is currently a Portfolio Manager at Canso.

Jacqueline Szeto, B.Comm, CIM, Vice President

Jacqueline graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She has over 24 years of experience in capital markets in Asia and North America.  Jacqueline worked at TD Securities for 20 years and was Vice President Director in Debt Capital Markets, Institutional Fixed Income Sales.  She also served as a board member and former president of Women in Capital Markets, chaired its Benchmarking study and Managing Motherhood. Since 2012 Jacqueline served on the Board of Governors of Branksome Hall.  In 2013, Jacqueline joined Canso Investment Counsel as Vice President, Investment Programs and earned her Canadian investment Manager ( CIM) designation in 2014. Jacqueline also chairs membership service at the Canadian Bond Investors Association ( CBIA).

Jeff Carter, CFA, BA (Economics), Vice-President

Jeff graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BA Economics in 1997 and joined Merrill Lynch in Toronto that year. Jeff spent over 17 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a variety of trading roles within their Fixed Income division in Toronto and New York, most recently as the Canadian Head of Credit and Mortgage Trading. In addition to his trading roles at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jeff was also responsible for the bank’s Canadian Commercial Real Estate securitization functions including warehouse hedging and securitization pricing. Jeff received his CFA charter in 2003 and joined Canso as a Vice-President in 2015, focusing on investment research and strategy.

Shirley Sumsion, CPA, CA, BA, Vice President

Shirley graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Sociology and in 1997 received her Chartered Accountancy designation.  She spent approximately three years in a national public accounting firm and then moved to a local public accounting firm in 1995 and for the past 10 years was a partner in that firm. Her focus there was mainly working alongside and advising private businesses in various industries under both IFRS and ASPE. Shirley joined Canso in July 2015 as Vice-President, Finance.