Gerard Ferguson

President & CEO, Founder, Portfolio Manager

Gerard Ferguson founded Jemekk Capital Management in 2004 as an alternative asset manager serving High Net Worth, Fund of Fund and Family offices.  He currently serves as CEO and President of Jemekk Capital Management as well as Portfolio Manager of both the Jemekk Long/Short Fund (2004) and Jemekk Total Return Fund (2008) since their inception.

Gerard began his investment career at AGF Management (1993-2004) as an investment analyst eventually managing multiple mutual funds with a focus on Canadian Equity and Balanced Funds beginning in 1996.  He has also spent time at Front Street Capital (2014-2016) in multiple roles in addition to his portfolio management responsibilities.

Gerard obtained his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1996 and is a member of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts and the Association of Investment Management and Research.

Rick Ummat

Founder, Portfolio Manager

Rick Ummat is a co-founder of Jemekk Capital Management where he continues to serve as Portfolio Manager to both Jemekk funds. He originally joined Gerard in 2008, and continued to work alongside him at Front Street Capital from 2014-2016. Rick began his career in Private Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch in 2003.

Rick holds an Honours BBA in Finance from Brock University, and later completed an MBA at DeGroote School of Business in Strategic Business Valuation. Rick holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a member of the CFA Society, Toronto. Rick is a member of McMaster University’s Investment Council and serves as a mentor to Finance and MBA students.

Frank Mersch

Portfolio Manager

Frank Joined Jemekk Capital in July 2017 as a Senior Portfolio Manager.  Prior to Joining Jemekk, Frank co-founded Front Street Capital and held multiple roles including Chairman, Partner and Chief Investment Officer while managing several hedge funds, mutual funds and TSX-listed closed end funds.  Frank gained prominence in the Canadian investment industry while at Altamira from 1987-1998 where he routinely appeared on Investment programs in both the United States and Canada. During that time, he played a key part in growing the AUM of Altamira to approximately $17 Billion while earning the reputation as one of the most respected portfolio managers in the country. Prior to Altamira Frank had held several senior roles at Guardian Capital and Morgan Trust Company of Canada.  He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Peter O’Connell

Managing Director, Sales

Peter joined Jemekk Capital Management in February 2017 where he serves as Managing Director of Sales and is responsible for business development and maintaining client relationships. Prior to joining Jemekk, Peter had spent the previous 20+ years on the sell-side of the investment industry building relationships with institutional clients and corporations.

He began his career with Midland Walwyn Toronto in 1993 before leaving in 1999 to become a Pro trader with Macquarie Bank until 2010. Most recently Peter was a director of the Market Making Group with Stifel Nicolas and Altacorp Capital.

Peter holds a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.

 

Chris Hercus

Trading Associate

Chris Hercus Joined Jemekk Capital Management in January 2017, where he serves as the firm’s Trading Associate. He began his career in the Wealth Management industry in 2012 as an intern and eventually full time at Front Street Capital where he originally worked alongside both Rick and Gerard. Chris’ main roles include trade support to the Portfolio Managers, maintaining the compliance and risk models as well as supporting Jemekk’s research initiatives.

Scott MacNicol

Senior Advisor

Scott MacNicol joined Jemekk Capital in 2017 as a Senior Advisor post his retirement as Managing Director responsible for Equity Trading at TD Securities. In addition to his role as co-Head Trader, he also led their Hedge Fund Trading Group. Prior to this Scott was a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Equity Trading for Newcrest Capital, an employee owned, leading independent investment dealer that was acquired by TD Bank in 2000. Scott began his career at Gordon Capital in 1987 eventually attaining the position of Vice-President and Director before leaving to start Newcrest Capital in 1995. He is also a Founding Member of the Yellow Bus Foundation and earned a Bachelor of Business Management from Ryerson University.