BIO – Amira Strasser
Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Amira began her investment management career in 1998. She held investment management research positions for Standard Life Investments, Jarislowsky Fraser, and Sigma Capital. In 2010 she was Senior Investment Officer for the New York City Comptroller’s office Bureau of Asset Management, where she was responsible for International Equity mandates. Amira also founded an advisory firm with the mission of Creating Value over the long run for companies and people. During her investment career, Amira analyzed various industries including Oil and Gas, Industrials, Transportation, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples.

Amira holds a Bachelor of Science degree from H.E.C. Montreal with a Business Administration and Finance specialty as well as an Executive Education Diploma from Harvard Business School. Amira has a passion for opening lines of communications and bridging people and cultures together from around the world. 

BIO – Mark Lin, CFA
Senior Partner, Chief Investment Officer

Mark is an award winning portfolio manager of various global and international equity products. Prior to joining Applied Research, Mark led Portfolio Management of Global and International equity mandates at CIBC Asset Management. He also held portfolio management and research positions at Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., and Standard Life Investments Ltd. He started his career in 1998 in equity research at UBS Warburg. During his career, Mark held sector coverage of Technology, Healthcare, Consumer, and Financials amongst others.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University, a Master of Business Administration degree from McGill University and is a CFA charter holder. He is fluent in four languages; English, French, German and Mandarin. Mark enjoys skiing and latin dances.

BIO – Matthew Ingrassia, CFA
Senior Partner, Director of Research

Prior to joining, Matthew was an analyst at CIBC Asset Management. Matthew brings 18 years of experience in financial markets, including 12 years of experience in international equities and 6 years of investment banking experience at Citigroup Global Markets, BMO Capital Markets, UBS Global Asset Management and UBS Investment Banking division.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and an M.B.A degree from McGill University. He is a CFA Charterholder. Matthew enjoys staying active by playing tennis, trail running and yoga. He also enjoys reading, trivia, crosswords and card games and has a love for travel, cooking and wine.

BIO – Nancy Legouffe
Senior Partner, Head Trader

Nancy brings extensive expertise in International equity trading. She has over 30 years of experience in international equity trading and investment management operations. Prior experience includes Head Equity Trader at Natcan Investments, where she managed a team and was responsible for trading all equity asset classes, CIBC Asset Management and Montrusco Bolton. Nancy's extensive trading experience also includes money market trading, fund accounting, trade processing, account reconciliation and settlement. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University and completed the Canadian Securities Course. Nancy enjoys golfing, cycling, photography and playing squash.

BIO – Donn Hu
Analyst

Donn joined Applied Research with over 2 years of experience in the financial markets. Prior experience includes investment banking and China futures trading.

Donn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University, a Master of Science degree in Operational Research from Columbia University, and passed the CFA Level II. Donn enjoys swimming, table tennis and playing piano. He used to be a keyboard player in a rock band.

BIO – Ryuichi Nagaura
Analyst

Ryuichi has a mechanical engineering background and joins Applied Research from the industrial machinery sector. He has led engineering and project management position for global multinationals Kobe Steel and Arvos in Japan. Ryuichi holds a bachelor and a master degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osaka University. Ryuichi is fluent in Japanese and enjoys exercising, Japanese fencing and snowboarding.

BIO – Jean Tremblay
Senior Compliance Advisor

Having started his career in 1986 as Equities – Specialist and Trader for Broker Firm Deragon Langlois Ltd, Jean subsequently joined the Montreal Exchange Market Surveillance Department in 1990 where he occupied various positions for more than ten years, the last ones as Director Market Integrity – Equities and Options. Following the closing of the Montreal Exchange Equities Market in 2000, Jean joined Standard Life Investments Inc. as Director of Compliance for more than ten years until 2011, the last few years as Chief Compliance Officer.

Since 2011, Jean has acted as consultant or contractual employee for large financial institutions, including Standard Life Assurance Company of Canada as well as CIBC Global Asset Management Inc. in the role of Director, Best Execution.

BIO – Gustavo Derqui
Head of Compliance and Administration

Prior to joining Applied Research, Gustavo worked for BNP Paribas and TD Financing Services. He brings 6 years of experience as a lawyer and corporate counsel, and 5 years of experience in financial markets. Gustavo acquired experience in administration, operations, auditing, risk and due diligence. Gustavo started his career in 1998 as a corporate lawyer for Vitolo LLP law firm in Argentina.

Gustavo holds a Bachelor degree in Law (LL.B.) from Universidad de Buenos Aires (U.B.A.) and has pursued Postgraduate studies in Business Law at Université de Montréal. Gustavo has passed the Chief Compliance Officers Qualification Examination at the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI). Gustavo is fluent in Spanish, English and French. He enjoys playing tennis, soccer and skiing.