Operations

Just as we seek companies that will strengthen our portfolios, we look to strengthen our team by attracting and retaining individuals who share our passion for investing and excellence. We recognize that our greatest assets are our people. Together, we strive to exceed our clients’ expectations by remaining disciplined in the application of Sionna’s investment philosophy and process, and providing exceptional service. By building our own talent, we are building depth, succession and a committed team that will remain focused on these objectives for the long term.

Paul Spagnolo, CFA CPA CA
President and Chief Operating Officer

Paul joined Sionna in 2013 and is Sionna's President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). He has more than 25 years of experience, most recently as COO at Thornmark Asset Management, where he oversaw the firm’s strategy implementation, business management and operations. Prior to that, Paul held senior positions at Rockwater Asset Management, CIBC, Andersen Business Consulting and Arthur Andersen LLP. Paul earned his Honours Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and is a CFA® charterholder and a Chartered Professional Accountant. He is a member of CFA Society Toronto and serves as a mentor in the CFA Mentorship Program. Paul is a member of the Portfolio Management Association of Canada and is a past Chair of its Operations Heads’ Network. He is a member of the Independent Review Committee for two well-known investment management firms. Paul is currently serving his third consecutive two-year term on the Ontario Security Commission’s Registrant Advisory Committee.

Lauren Wright, CPA CA
Vice President, Finance and Operations

Lauren joined Sionna as Controller in October 2014. Prior to joining the firm, she spent almost five years at CW Partners LLP in their Assurance and Tax practice, most recently as a Manager. Lauren earned her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she graduated with distinction. She received her chartered professional accountant designation in 2012. Lauren earned a CFA Institute Investment Foundations certificate in 2016 and is Co-Chair of the Portfolio Management Association of Canada Operation Heads’ Finance Focused Network.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter Corcoran
Trader

Hunter joined Sionna as a Junior Trader in 2017. He earned his Honours Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and completed a degree in Economics from Western University. Prior to joining Sionna, Hunter held positions at Aloris Mercantile as a Corporate FX Trader and at RBC as an Institutional Equities Sales and Trading Summer Analyst. Hunter has successfully passed Level II of the CFA Program.

 

 

Elaine Martin
Head Trader

Elaine joined Sionna as a Trader in 2014. She brings more than 25 years of experience, most recently as North American Sales Trader at Pavilion Global Markets. She earned her Business Administration diploma at Sheridan College and has completed various Canadian Securities Institute courses, including the Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Investment Finance Part I and II and the Conduct and Practices Handbook Course. In 2006, Elaine obtained her U.S. Series 37 designation. Elaine is a member of the Institutional Equity Traders Association of Toronto and the Canadian Securities Traders Association.

Zion Lee
Manager, Performance and Analytics

Zion joined Sionna in 2018 as Associate, Performance and Analytics. He has a number of years of experience in the industry, most recently as a Senior Performance Analyst at Sentry Investments. Zion earned his Bachelor of Arts, with a major in economics from the University of Waterloo, holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) designation and successfully passed Level I of the CFA Program.

Chauntay Claxton
Manager, Compliance

Chauntay joined Sionna in 2007 as part of the relationship management team, and has been taking on greater responsibility throughout the firm. In 2020, she assumed her current role as Manager, Compliance on the operations team supporting the Chief Compliance Officer. Chauntay has completed the Osgoode Certificate in Regulatory Compliance and Legal Risk Management for Financial Institutions.

 

Nina Berlin
Associate, Operations

Nina joined Sionna in 2013 as Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Investment Officer. In 2019, she assumed her current role as Associate, Operations, taking on more responsibility in the areas of facilities management, human resources and finance. Prior to joining the firm, she spent nine years at Canderel Management, where she provided administrative support to members of the senior management team. Nina has successfully completed both the Leadership in Administration and the Excellence in Administration professional development programs through Rotman School of Management.

Lucy He
Associate, Trading and Portfolio Operations

Lucy joined Sionna in 2017 as an Associate, Trading and Portfolio Administration. She has more than four years of industry experience, most recently at RBC as a Derivative Valuation Analyst. Lucy attended the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where she earned her Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in accounting. She has successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course and successfully passed Level I of the CFA Program.