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Calgary Event - CAIA Canada West presents Specialty Finance - Niche Credit Strategies

November 29, 2023
All times listed are in local time
The Westin Calgary
320 4 Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2S6 
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CAIA Canada West presents Specialty Finance - Niche Credit Strategies in Calgary

Join us for an informative session on specialty finance, a fast-growing area in private credit.

- What is specialty finance? How has it evolved?
- What are the risks and opportunities in the current environment?
- What is its role in a portfolio? Can it be a diversifier to private credit allocation?

We will also take a closer look at 3 of the many types of lending:
- aviation leasing, litigation finance and insurance-linked loans

Please stay for the cocktail reception! 

Connor McFarland, CFA
Product Strategist, PIMCO

Sarah Butcher, MBA
Head of Private Markets Distribution, Fiera Capital

3:30 Registration & Coffee Networking
4:00 Presentation & Discussion
5:00 Cocktail Reception

The Westin Calgary
320 4 Ave SW
Calgary AB T2P 2S6

Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 29.2023
3:30pm PST - 6:00pm MST

CAIA Members/Candidates: USD 10
CFA Calgary Members: USD 15
Non-Members: USD 25
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Sarah Butcher
Organization: Fiera Capital

Sarah Butcher is Head of Private Markets Distribution within the Canadian Institutional Distribution team. She is responsible for generating new business opportunities amongst Canadian institutional investors for Fiera Capital’s private market strategies. Sarah also has a leadership role in supporting Fiera Capital’s global growth across its private markets business.

Connor McFarland
Organization: PIMCO

Mr. McFarland is a product strategist in PIMCO’s Newport Beach office, focused on alternative and private credit strategies. He has contributed to fund construction, messaging development, investor education, and client engagement across several products. Today, he covers multi-strategy and sector-specific alternative funds spanning a range of client profiles and vehicle structures. He is a lead strategist for PIMCO’s asset-based finance strategies, which target a range of residential, consumer, non-consumer and esoteric asset types. He holds an undergraduate degree in finance with a minor in computer science from Pepperdine University. He is a CFA charterholder.