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Advisory Board

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Karen Berlin

President and Managing Director

The PeliKan Group Inc


Ms. Berlin is the President and Managing Director of The PeliKan Group Inc. which specializes in designing and delivering custom Talent Acquisition solutions to companies looking to attract and hire top talent.
Prior to opening her own business, Ms. Berlin was the VP of Professional Development at BMO Capital Markets. She was responsible for designing and delivering the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) program to all Investment Banking professionals and for coaching and mentoring junior professionals through those challenging first few years of their banking career.
Prior to joining BMO, Ms. Berlin worked on contract at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and, for 18 years, lived and worked in New York City as a senior recruiter, manager, and strategic program designer at various Investment Banking firms: Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, and Lehman Brothers. Ms. Berlin started her career in NYC as an Account Executive for a prestigious recruitment firm. Ms. Berlin studied at University of Waterloo, pursued a professional dance career, and then completed her BA from Lakehead University.
Over the last 25+ years, Ms. Berlin has enjoyed the opportunity to work with many incredible and talented professionals. “The best part of my day is being challenged with interesting issues and working with outstanding people. There is never a dull moment.”


Paul Mastrodicasa, MFE
Managing Director, Institutional Equity Trading, RBC Capital Markets

Mr. Mastrodicasa is currently a Director at RBC Capital Markets.

Since February 2006, he has worked at RBC Capital Markets as a Liability Trader in the Institutional Equity Department. Paul focuses mainly on Energy related equities, among other sectors.

After completing a degree in B.A. (Economics) in 2004, he was not satisfied with the career opportunities that were available and decided to pursue the MFE. The program provided the opportunity to advance his skill set, and attain valuable work experience through the summer internship.

Mr. Mastrodicasa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Financial Economics degree from the University of Toronto.


Danilo Simonelli, MFE

Managing Director, External Managers, Capital Markets, OTPP

Danilo is responsible for Ontario Teachers' hedge funds program. His team manages the allocation to global hedge funds across multiple strategies. He joined Ontario Teachers' in 2005 as part of the Emerging Markets Fixed Income team, and was most recently Director, Developed Markets Fixed Income & Currencies. Danilo also serves on the Counterparty Credit Committee, a cross department group that reports to the Fund’s Investment Committee on decisions related to bilateral agreements with banks and dealers, as well as on the Fund’s Emerging Markets Committee. Previously, he worked at JPMorgan in its London office as a member of the debt capital markets origination group, covering European financial institutions and the Republic of Italy. He is a member of the advisory board of the Master in Financial Economics at the University of Toronto and also a former board member of Cordiant Capital.

Danilo holds a Laurea cum laude in Finance and Economics from Milan’s Bocconi University, a Master in Financial Economics from the University of Toronto, he is a CFA charterholder and he has an ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.


Tiff Macklem

Dean, Rotman School of Management


Tiff Macklem began his five-year term as Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management on July 1, 2014.

Tiff Macklem served as Senior Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada, sharing responsibility with the Governor and four Deputy Governors for monetary policy and the Bank’s role in promoting financial stability. In that role, he was also the Bank’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of its board of directors, overseeing strategic planning and coordinating the Bank’s operations. Macklem has also played a leading role in efforts to ensure stable financial systems worldwide through the G20 and the Financial Stability Board.

Prior to his appointment at the Bank, Macklem served as Associate Deputy Minister of the federal Department of Finance and Canada’s Finance Deputy at the G7 and G20. He also served as chair of the Standing Committee on Standards Implementation of the Financial Stability Board. In that role, he worked to establish an international system of peer review to promote and assess the implementation of new financial standards across the 24 most financially important countries in the world.

Macklem is a well-known expert in monetary and financial systems and has contributed articles to academic journals, as well as books and conference volumes.

Since coming to the Rotman School, Tiff Macklem has been appointed the chair of the Board of the Global Risk Institute in Financial Services, a director of the Scotiabank Board and a member of the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council.


Harold Wolkin, Retired

Until February 2008, Mr. Wolkin was a managing director in the Diversified Industries Group of BMO Capital Markets, a major Canadian investment dealer.
Mr. Wolkin entered the Investment Industry in 1976 as a Financial Analyst and Economist.  In 1983 he joined BMO Nesbit Burns as a Senior Research Analyst responsible for Management and Diversified Companies.  During his tenure he was the number one ranked analyst in his sector and was a member of Canada’s Number One Research team as rated by Brendan Wood & Company.  In 1992 he moved to BMO Nesbit Burns Investment and Corporate Banking Group.  Over the following 15 years he represented his firm as a lead underwriter for a number of Canada’s largest equity offerings.  He also was responsible for the origination and the successful marketing of a large number of Initial Public Offerings and equity financings for a wide range of issuers and advised numerous corporations on mergers and acquisitions.  He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a former president of the CFA Society of Toronto.

Mr. Wolkin received a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from York University and a Master of Arts (Economics and Finance) degree from The University of Toronto