Attracting and retaining top-calibre investment professionals is essential for the continued growth and success of Fiera Private Alternative Investments. Accordingly, Fiera Private Alternative Investments’ senior management and investment teams are staffed with world-class talent whose knowledge and experience is as broad and far reaching as the global markets and clientele we serve.
As President and CEO of Fiera Private Alternative Investments, John oversees Fiera Capital’s alternative private investments strategies, which include core and value-added real estate, real-estate financing, infrastructure, agriculture, private equity and private debt.
With more than two decades of industry experience, John previously served as Fiera Capital’s Global Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining Fiera Capital, he held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at PSP Investment Inc.; Chief Financial Officer at BCE Emergis; and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cognicase Inc.
Prior to assuming his present role, Rehan served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Clearwater Capital. He previously worked at Delphi Corporation, where he held several posts of increasing responsibilities, including Regional Treasurer, Manager of Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, Manager of Capital Planning, and Manager of Financial Risk Management.
François Cloutier oversees the human resources strategy at Fiera Private Alternative Investments, while also heading the department’s operations. In addition to establishing the strategic direction, he is responsible for talent management and a number of other areas related to workplace culture and human capital.
François joined Fiera Private Alternative Investments in April 2020. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resources. Since the beginning of his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in human resources strategy and management. François has worked in a variety of industries, such as video gaming, aerospace, media and telecommunications. In his previous roles, he created talent management strategies, designed leadership and talent development programs. He also introduced a number of innovative human resources practices and contributed to strategic acquisition initiatives by leading the integration activities of acquired entities.
François holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX).
Marc-André is Chief Investment Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments. Marc-Andre is responsible for working closely with the Private Alternative platform leaders and teams to monitor the division’s investment performance, as well as support innovation and strategic planning. Marc-André is a member/observer of several Private Alternatives Investment Committees.
Marc-André began working in the financial industry across various roles in 2001. He has been involved in the private alternative sector since 2008, spending seven years at Fiera Private Debt, where he was part of all the platform activities, from investment initiatives to operations. As a member of the management team, he helped improve operations, achieve targeted yields for investors and build a successful investment platform. In 2015, Marc-André took that experience to New York and, with his team, started to research the US market and analyzed private lenders across North America with the objective to support the growth of the Fiera Diversified Lending strategy and the launch of Fiera Global Diversified Lending strategy. In 2019, Marc-André became Deputy CIO, Fiera Private Alternative Investments, and in 2020 he moved back to Montreal to take the role of Chief Investment Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments.
Marc-André holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from HEC Montréal, majoring in Finance/International Management, a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Université du Québec à Montreal, majoring in Biology, along with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.
Michael Quigley leads Fiera Capital’s Global Institutional Distribution activities across all investment platforms.
Michael has a deep understanding of the institutional business environment and an extensive knowledge of both traditional and alternative asset classes. He brings more than 30 years of investment management industry experience having achieved great success with asset management firms of varying sizes in Canada, the United States and Europe, and has developed and established a very strong network with pension plans, foundations, endowments and investment consultants. Under his leadership our teams of professionals focus on advancing the evolution of distribution practices while continuing to enhance the depth, value and sophistication of investor interactions.
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Sherbrooke and is a holder of the CFA and CAIA designations.
Sebastian Blandizzi is Global Chief Technology and Operations Officer at Fiera Capital and a member of the Global Executive Management Committee. In this role, Sebastian is responsible for overseeing the global operations and technology functions of the firm, including Investment Analytics, Cybersecurity, Data Management, and Client Experience. He leads our Strategic Transformation program, driving regional back office integration and the digital transformation ambitions of the firm.
Sebastian has more than 20 years of experience in strategic roles related to IT and operations. Prior to joining Fiera Capital, Mr. Blandizzi founded a consulting firm specializing in technological change and organizational transformation strategies with a focus on increasing business efficiency and profitability. Previously, Mr. Blandizzi was CIO, SVP & Head of Global Solutions Delivery for the Investments and Corporate Group Divisions at Manulife Financial, having direct accountability for all global systems and services supporting Manulife’s operations across North America, UK and Asia. One of his noteworthy achievements during his time at Manulife was the creation of LoFT (Lab of Forward Thinking), a globally branded network of development labs focused on driving innovation and accelerated solution delivery. Sebastian also directed Manulife Financial’s enterprise data and analytics strategy and was responsible for aligning the company’s divisions to a common framework and technological infrastructure.
Mr. Blandizzi started his career at State Street, spending over 13 years in various roles and was Vice President and Head of Global Technology Services prior to joining Manulife in 2010.
Paul Budovitch is responsible for the development and oversight of the legal function for the Fiera Private Alternative Investments (“FPAI”) business worldwide. He provides leadership and legal advice, guidance and services for different investment platforms and activities in infrastructure, real estate, private credit, agriculture, private equity and other private investment strategies and activities worldwide. As part of the FPAI executive team, Paul is also involved in strategic planning and material business decisions impacting the division.
Paul has more than 15 years of legal and operational experience, with a focus on private equity/credit, venture capital, M&A and restructurings. Prior to joining Fiera, Paul most recently served as senior vice president and chief operating officer at Crown Capital Partners, and as a lawyer in the private equity group at Torys LLP. Paul holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Business, a JD from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
With more than 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, Richard Dansereau leads Fiera Real Estate’s global business.
He was previously Managing Director for the Investment Management Division of Stonehenge NYC, where he was responsible for asset management, business partnerships and development. Prior to that, he held senior leadership positions at Cadim, the real estate division of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, as well as the Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust.
During his career, Richard has been involved in all aspects of the real estate industry in most major markets throughout Canada, the United States, Western Europe and Asia.
Richard is a graduate of the Business School of the Université de Montréal and has served his community through his involvement in charitable organizations that assist children in need.
A seasoned professional in the utility and infrastructure investment sector, Alina is responsible for leading Fiera Infrastructure and overseeing the firm’s investment, asset-management and finance teams. Before joining Fiera Infrastructure she occupied a series of increasingly senior roles, as an equity research analyst covering Canadian utility companies, an investment banker in the infrastructure sector, principal investor, and portfolio strategist for a major Canadian pension fund, OPTrust.
As President since 2011, Jean has played a key role in the development, growth and diversification of the private-lending platform. Since opening a Toronto office in 2017 to accommodate the expansion of its real estate-financing and interim business-financing teams, Fiera Private Debt has emerged as a vital player in the industry across Canada. Before joining Fiera Private Lending, Jean worked for a major Canadian bank, managing sizeable portfolios in real estate and commercial loans.
Antoine Bisson McLernon
Prior to the formation of Fiera Comox, Antoine was Managing Director and Head of Private Equity, Americas and Asia, for PSP Investments, where he was responsible for both direct and fund investments as well as the oversight of an $11-billion portfolio and a team of 25 people. Previously, he launched and led PSP’s global natural-resources investment group, building a $3-billion portfolio that encompassed over two million acres of timberland and farmland. Earlier in his career, Antoine worked in private equity at CPPIB and investment banking at National Bank of Canada.
Since launching Clearwater Capital in 2001, Rob and co-founder Amit Gupta have utilized their expertise in credit-oriented strategies and invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies to build an Asia-focused business that is one of the largest of its kind. Throughout his career, which has included senior roles at several major global firms, Rob has focused on Asia-dedicated special situations and credit investments, including turnarounds, restructuring and stressed credit. His primary responsibilities at Clearwater include portfolio management, origination and overall management of the firm.