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Our Team

Starlight Capital is a diverse blend of old friends that have enjoyed success together and new colleagues who bring needed perspective and fresh ideas.  The key commonality between us all is our expertise, integrity and passion for this business.
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Dennis Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer

Dennis Mitchell joined Starlight Capital in March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Dennis has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry and has held executive positions with Sprott Asset Management, serving as Senior Vice-President and Senior Portfolio Manager, and Sentry Investments, serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer.

Dennis received the Brendan Wood International Canadian TopGun Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the Brendan Wood International 2012 Canadian TopGun Team Leader Award. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator designations and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2002 and an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998.

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Graeme Llewellyn

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Graeme joined Starlight Capital in March 2018 as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He has more than 15 years of experience focused on asset management and the creation, operation and financial reporting for mutual funds. Graeme has held executive positions with Sentry Investments, where he served as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Graeme has a broad range of experience across the business with extensive experience in project management, information technology, and the creation, operation and financial reporting for mutual funds, closed-end funds and hedge funds. He was an integral part in the growth of Sentry Investments and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto.

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Lou Russo

Senior Vice President, National Sales and Distribution

Lou joined the Starlight Capital Executive Team in June 2018 as Senior Vice-President, National Sales and Distribution. He has over 25 years of experience in the investment industry focused on sales, sales management and strategic institutional relationships. Lou most recently held an executive position with Fiera Capital where he served as Senior Vice-President Retail Markets and played an integral role in the growth of Fiera Capital’s retail distribution. Lou has worked in senior roles with industry leaders Dynamic Funds, Fidelity Investments and Franklin Templeton Investments.

Lou holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designation and completed the CAIA Fundamentals in Alternative Investments Certificate Program. He has completed numerous industry courses including the Portfolio Management Techniques, Professional Financial Planning and the Canadian Investment Management courses. He is a member of CAASA and the CPSA.

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David Spevick

Vice President, Sales - Ontario

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David Spevick

Vice President, Sales - Ontario

David Spevick joined Starlight Capital in September 2018 as Vice President of Sales in Ontario. David comes to Starlight from Manulife Investments where he gained a reputation for building excellent relationships with IIROC & MFDA advisors in Toronto & Ottawa. David has extensive experience working with financial advisors providing solutions to their clients’ needs through mutual funds, ETFs, and structured products.

David holds his Canadian Securities Certificate (CSC) to go along with his Honours History degree from Western University and his MBA from Boston University.

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Halcyon McIntosh

Vice President Finance and Fund Services

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Halcyon McIntosh

Vice President Finance and Fund Services

Halcyon joined Starlight Capital in April 2018 as Director, Finance and Fund Services and is responsible for corporate finance as well as the financial reporting, accounting and taxation functions for the investment funds. Halcyon has more than 20 years experience in fund administration, accounting, investment operations and client service within the asset management industry, both in Canada and the US.

Prior to joining Starlight Capital, Halcyon held a leadership role as Director, Fund Administration and Client Service at Sentry Investments. Halcyon was an integral part in the growth and operational success of Sentry Investments where she was instrumental in building and developing the fund accounting and fund administration teams. Halcyon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the City University of New York-Baruch College.

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Kristen Wallace

Business Manager

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Kristen Wallace

Business Manager

Kristen Wallace joined Starlight Capital in April 2018 as Executive Assistant and is responsible for office services and supporting the Executive Team. Kristen has more than 10 years of experience supporting C-Suite Executives with over 8 years of experience in the financial industry.

Kristen has held key support roles with Sprott Asset Management and Altacorp Capital where she most recently served as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. Kristen was instrumental in implementing organizational processes for Executives, executive reporting and planning and managing marketing campaigns and client events. Kristen is a licenced Paralegal and a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She obtained a diploma in Paralegal Education as well as a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Seneca College.

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Mali Karami

Senior Financial Operations Analyst

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Mali Karami

Senior Financial Operations Analyst

Mali Karami joined Starlight Capital in February 2019 as Senior Financial Operations Analyst. Mali has more than 15 years’ experience in fund accounting, financial reporting and investment operations within the asset management industry in Canada.

Prior to joining Starlight Capital, Mali worked at Aston Hill Financial and RBC I&TS as a Financial Reporting Analyst where she was responsible for accurate and timely preparation of Financial Statements and MRFPs for various investment funds. Mali holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Ferdowsi University of Iran and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC).

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Marco Drumonde

Vice President Advisor & Investor Experience

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Marco Drumonde

Vice President Advisor & Investor Experience

Marco joined Starlight Capital in April 2018 as Director, Advisor & Investor Experience. Marco has more than 13 years of experience focused on operations and client service within both the investment manager and various distribution channels. He has held senior level positions with CI Investments and Sentry Investments, where he most recently served as Associate Vice-President, Advisor & Investor Services.

Marco has a comprehensive range of experience across the financial industry with extensive knowledge in mutual funds, dealer operations and high net worth investment products. He was an important part of the revitalization of the service and operational success of Sentry Investments and has a Financial Planning Management Diploma from George Brown College.

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Roland Wood

Vice President, Sales - British Columbia and Alberta

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Roland Wood

Vice President, Sales - British Columbia and Alberta

Roland Wood joined Starlight Capital in September 2018 as Vice President of Sales in British Columbia and Alberta. Roland has a solid track record of building successful relationships at asset management companies including Fiera Capital, Hartford Investments, and Franklin Templeton, as well as experience working as an advisor for CIBC Imperial Services. Roland has expertise in an array of financial products and a great understanding of the needs of advisors and their investors. Roland holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and Economics degree from the University of WIndsor, and holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designations.

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William Seto

Senior Investment Administrator and Trader

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William Seto

Senior Investment Administrator and Trader

William Seto joined Starlight Capital in August 2018 as Senior Investment Administrator and Trader. William has over 15 years successful investment operations experience at asset management companies, including Excel Funds, Hansberger Growth Investments, Sentry Select Capital, and Laketon Investment Management.

Building on his progressive career, from Trader to Portfolio Administrator to Operations Analyst, William believes in creating exceptional operations and client experience from the ground up. William holds an Honors, Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

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