The word ‘auspice’ is the root of auspicious which means: A sign of good things to come; protection or support. This reflects the positive impacts Auspice provides to their client’s investment portfolios while preserving capital and managing risk.
Founded in 2006, Auspice is a Calgary based innovative alternative asset manager that focuses on applying rules-based investment strategies across a broad range of financial and commodity markets.
We chose to partner with Auspice for three key reasons:
Tim leads strategic decision making and the vision for Auspice’s diverse suite rules-based quantitative investment strategies. Tim believes that in the future, non-correlated alternative investments will be a core holding in all portfolios, regardless of investor size or sophistication. Alternatives will no longer be viewed as risky, but as conservative and prudent, given the measurable value to investment portfolios. He is passionate about creating innovative investment strategies and products that the market needs with distribution through reputable partners at a fair price. In 2015, Tim was selected by Alberta Venture Magazine, one of Alberta’s most widely respected business publications, as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people. In 2017, Tim was named to the University of Calgary Accounting and Finance Advisory Council and in 2019 became Chair of the Finance Advisory Council at the Haskayne School of Business.Prior to forming Auspice, Tim was VP of Trading at Shell (North America). He began his career at TD Securities (Toronto) in their elite trading development program ultimately holding the Senior PM position for the Energy Derivatives portfolio. Outside of Auspice, Tim has been involved in grain farming in Western Canada. Through the founding of Auspice, Tim ties together a career in commodity and financial risk and portfolio management that has spanned institutional experience along with entrepreneurial vision.
Ken is a Co-founder of Auspice, and he leads the Research and Operations groups at Auspice. His educational background is in Mechanical Engineering and he is passionate about applying a scientific approach to the emotionally driven world of trading. Prior to founding Auspice with Tim, Ken worked as design engineer for the ATCO group of companies and from there moved into financial modeling and commodity trading. Following his time with ATCO, Ken traded natural gas derivatives for Shell, and then went on to become the Vice President of Options Trading for TD Securities in Calgary.
Brennan joined Auspice Capital Advisors as a Director and Product Specialist in October 2020. He was previously Director at Campbell and Co, a $5bn quantitative investment fund manager, and Investment Officer at the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois (TRSIL), a $45bn teachers’ pension plan. At TRSIL Brennan managed a $3.5bn absolute return portfolio as well as a separate $3.5bn risk parity portfolio. He was responsible for educating the Board and Investment Committee on potential benefits of CTA and risk mitigating strategies, and led investments of over $1bn into CTAs, quant, and global macro. Prior to joining TRSIL, Brennan was a Proprietary Trader in Toronto.
Brennan earned his Bachelors of Arts in Political Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, and a Master's of Science, with distinction, in Investment Analysis, from the University of Stirling, Scotland. Brennan holds the CFA, CMT, and CAIA charters, and recently completed the Sustainability and Climate Risk (“SCR”) certificate offered by GARP. He is also Director for the Canadian National Day of Service Foundation. An outdoor enthusiast, his spare time is spent skiing, kitesurfing, and paddle-boarding.
The thought leaders and portfolio managers of Auspice offer insights into the trends, events, policies and politics that are creating investment risks—and opportunities—in the commodity world.
Auspice Capital Advisors Ltd. are portfolio subadvisors to certain funds offered and managed by CI Global Asset Management.