Pinetree has an experienced management team with a track record of success, a solid accounting back-office and superb administrative staff:
As Founder, Chairman and CEO, Sheldon Inwentash is responsible for creating the overall strategic vision and setting the direction for Pinetree. A true entrepreneur, Sheldon began his investing career while still working to attain his Chartered Accountant designation in 1981. Under his leadership, Pinetree has become a diversified strategic investment, financial advisory and merchant banking firm.
Sheldon brings more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry and a deep understanding of progressive investment and financial management strategies. A resource and commodity industry expert, Sheldon has been successfully investing in the resource market for most of his career.
Sheldon obtained his B.Comm from the University of Toronto and is a Chartered Accountant. In 2012, Sheldon received an honorary degree, doctor of laws (LLD) from the University of Toronto for his valuable leadership as an entrepreneur, philanthropist and inspirational commitment to making a difference in the lives of children, youth and their families. To view Sheldon's address to the University of Toronto 2012 graduates at Convocation, click here.
Gerry Feldman, CPA, CA., Vice President, Corporate Development & Chief Financial Officer
Gerry Feldman joined Pinetree in May 2010 after serving as a Director of Pinetree. He brings 30 years of Merger and Acquisition activities, corporate finance and financial experience. Gerry is responsible for, and involved in, corporate development, merger and acquisition activities, corporate finance, and day-to-day financial operations of Pinetree. Prior to joining Pinetree, Gerry was a senior Partner in a number of accounting firms where he provided consulting services to clients, specializing in audits of public companies, securities dealers and mutual fund dealers. In addition to his accounting and finance experience, he holds Senior Officer and Director positions in several public companies that are listed on the TSX and TSX Venture Exchange.
Marshall Auerback, LL.B., Corporate Spokesperson
As company Corporate Spokesperson, Mr. Auerback is a member of Pinetree's Board of Directors and has some 28 years of global experience in financial markets worldwide. Mr. Auerback plays a key role in the formulation and articulation of Pinetree's investment strategy. Currently, Mr. Auerback is a Senior Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a research associate for the Levy Institute and a fellow for the Economists for Peace and Security. He has previously served as an advisor to a number of fund management organizations, such as PIMCO, the world's largest bond fund management group, RAB Capital and David W. Tice & Associates. Mr. Auerback graduated magna cum laude from Queen's University in 1981 and received a law degree from Corpus Christi College, Oxford University in 1983.
Richard Patricio, LL.B., Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs
Richard Patricio joined Pinetree in November 2005 as Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs, and is responsible for merger and acquisition activity, corporate transactions and the administration of Pinetree. In addition, Richard has overall responsibility for corporate governance and compliance issues.
Prior to joining Pinetree, Richard worked as in-house General Counsel for a senior TSX listed manufacturing company. Prior to that, Richard practiced law at Osler LLP in Toronto where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate transactions. His years of experience working with and for public companies are critical to building Pinetree's public profile while ensuring the company remains compliant with the stock exchange rules.
In addition to his legal and corporate experience, Richard has built a number of mining companies with global operations. He holds senior officer and director positions in several junior mining companies that are listed on the TSX and the TSX Venture exchanges, including Mega Uranium. Richard received his law degree from Osgoode Hall and was called to the Ontario bar in 2000.
Wendy Warhaft, LL.B., General Counsel
Wendy Warhaft joined Pinetree Capital Ltd. in February 2007, as General Counsel. In this role, Ms. Warhaft provides, among other things, advice and assistance to management in respect of Pinetree's corporate finance and M&A activities and its continuous disclosure and corporate governance matters. Ms. Warhaft brings extensive experience in corporate and securities law and was a partner in a top Canadian law firm prior to joining Pinetree. Ms. Warhaft holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Ottawa (Magna cum laude) and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance and International Business from McGill University (With Distinction) and is a member of the Ontario Bar.
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