François Landry, CFA
Senior Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer
François Landry has been Senior Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer for all of Professionals’ Financial since 2007. He has been with the Financial since 2003, initially holding the position of President and CIO – Private Management. Mr. Landry is responsible for managing all Professionals’ Fund investments, both in Mutual Funds and Private Management.
Prior to joining Professionals’ Financial in 2003, François Landry held executive positions with a number of investment companies, including UBS Global Asset Management, Optimum Asset Management, Laurentian Trust, and General Trust of Canada. He has over 20 years’ experience in the investment management field.
Mr. Landry has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) degree from HEC Montréal and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Max D’Alessandro, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income and Alternative Strategies
Max D’Alessandro has been with Professionals’ Financial since 2002. He is a Senior Portfolio Manager, responsible for managing all investments in fixed income for both Mutual Funds and Private Management. He began his career with Professionals’ Financial as a Trader/Negotiator in Private Management and then became an Analyst and Assistant Portfolio Manager in the Mutual Funds division.
Before joining the Financial, Max D’Alessandro worked as an Investment Representative with the Bank of Montreal.
Max D’Alessandro earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He has also successfully completed numerous Canadian Securities Institute courses and is a member of the Montreal CFA Society.
Simon Blanchard, MBA, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager – Investment
Simon Blanchard joined the Professionals’ Financial team in 2010. As a member of the Investment Committee of Professionals’ Financial – Mutual Funds, he actively participates in developing investment strategies for our entire family of funds. He is also responsible for external manager relationships.
Involved in the financial sector since the early 1980s, Mr. Blanchard has acquired solid investment expertise, particularly in portfolio management and financial analysis. He developed his knowledge of financial markets while working for major companies, as the North American equity portfolio manager for the asset management subsidiaries of Desjardins and, more recently, as the life sciences portfolio oversight manager for the Fonds de solidarité FTQ.
Mr. Blanchard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Université Laval and a Master’s degree in Finance from McGill University. He also graduated from the Institute of Financial Analysts in 1994 and holds the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Yann Furic, B.B.A., M. Sc., CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager, Asset Allocation and Alternative Strategies
As Portfolio Manager, Asset Allocation and Alternative Strategies, for different mutual fund mandates, Yann Furic defines the strategy and the investment processes for the funds under his responsibility and supervises their implementation. He is also responsible for the assessment of extra-financial risks (environmental risks, among others) associated with the types of investments he manages.
An experienced general portfolio manager, he worked for more than 15 years at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, where he held various positions as an analyst and portfolio manager. His involvement in the financial sector enabled him to develop extensive knowledge of the Canadian and U.S. markets, in addition to initiating new structured finance approaches.
Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from HEC Montréal (1999), Mr. Furic earned a Master of Science degree in Finance from the same institution (2002). He has also held the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation since 2005.