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Get to know Stephen

STEPHEN J. KANGAS, CPA, CA, CFA, CAIA

Steve is Executive Vice-President, Product and Distribution Specialist at Qwest Investment Management Corp. and Qwest Investment Fund Management Ltd. and is responsible for new product initiatives including due diligence on investment managers and structuring of investment offerings.

With Almost 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including public accounting, banking and asset management, Steve has developed and marketed investment products including hedge funds and closed-end funds.

After completing his MBA, Steve began his tenure in the Canadian investment industry with Midland Walwyn Capital (now CIBC Wood Gundy) where he was the firm’s investment fund analyst responsible for due diligence and recommendation on all investment funds offered by the firm.  As a subject matter expert, Steve was often quoted in the Canadian financial press and appeared on BNN.  Steve was also an investment fund analyst at BMO Nesbitt Burns and TD Canada Trust.

Steve was also President & CEO of hedge fund manager, BluMont Capital Inc. a publicly-listed company that structured hedge fund offerings.  Blumont had over $750 million of assets under management when Steve left to work with Manulife Financial.

At Manulife, Steve worked as head of Products Management for Manulife Asset Management and then for Manulife Capital Markets, designed and launched three listed closed-end funds raising almost $500 million.

Steve is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst. He is also a graduate of the University of Waterloo (Bachelor of Economics) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Master of Business Administration).