RFA Executive team

Senior Leadership Team

Franklin Gumeyi - President

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Franklin is a CFA charterholder and a CPA, and completed a Bachelors and Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting at the University of South Africa.


Prior to Rotman, Franklin worked in EY's New York office, providing advisory, valuation and assurance services to private equity firms, hedge funds, investment banks and pension funds.


Franklin will be joining RBC Capital Markets as a Summer Associate in their Global Investment Banking Group.

Chuck Burger - Executive Vice President

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Chuck holds a B.Sc. in Anatomy and Cell Biology and a minor in economics from McGill University, and a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Toronto.


Prior to Rotman, Chuck worked at CANCEA, an economic and health consultancy focused on measuring the risks and rewards behind investment and policy decisions.


Chuck will join CIBC Capital Markets as a Global Investment Banking Summer Associate in their M&A Group.

Yurisleidy Zoreda - Executive Vice President

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Yuri holds a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, specializing in Financial Economics.


Prior to Rotman, she worked as an economist at the Mexican Ministry of Finance, where she was responsible for forecasting oil prices and assessing the evolution and outlook of the oil market, other commodities, and inflation.


For her summer internship, Yuri will join Desjardins Capital Markets as a Research Associate Intern in its Diversified Industries Group.

Kaitlin Sutherland - Vice President, Rwomen

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Kaitlin holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston.


Prior to Rotman, Kaitlin worked at White River Forest Products, a lumber mill located in Northern Ontario, where she was part of the management team and had the opportunity to be a key member of the group tasked with acquiring a second sawmill.


This summer Kaitlin will be joining RBC Capital Markets as a Summer Associate with the Global Investment Banking Group.

Taylor Cluett - Vice President, Internal

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Taylor is a Professional Engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal.


Prior to Rotman, Taylor worked for Jacobs Engineering in Calgary, assuming both technical and project management roles, advising core clients in the energy and petrochemical sectors.


For his summer internship, Taylor will join RBC Capital Markets as an Investment Banking Associate in their Global Energy group.

Alexander Cyr - Vice President, Development

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Alex is a Professional Engineer with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University.


Prior to Rotman, Alex worked at INVISTA, a polymer manufacturing facility, in both project management and operations roles.


Alex is looking forward to joining CIBC Capital Markets as an Investment Banking Summer Associate in their Global Infrastructure & Power Team.

Matthew Freibauer - Vice President, External

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Matthew is a Skoll/MBA Candidate with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with specializations in Energy and Manufacturing from the University of Toronto, where he was also a member of the Varsity Football Team.


Prior to Rotman, Matthew worked at RBC, first within Investor and Treasury Services, and then within RBC Capital Markets Finance - Performance Management.


For his summer internship, Matthew will join BMO Capital Markets as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst in their Global Metals & Mining group.

Imran Punjani - Vice President, Communications

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Imran holds an HBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business.


Prior to Rotman, Imran worked at a family office investment firm focusing on opportunities throughout the globe, specifically, Canada, the Middle East and Africa.


For his summer internship, Imran will be joining Oak Hill Financial, a boutique investment bank focusing on technology and other growth industries.

Nishant Advani - Vice President, Finance

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Nishant is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor in Commerce from University of Mumbai. Nishant has also passed the Level I examination of the CFA® Program.


Prior to Rotman, Nishant worked in venture capital with Acumen Fund in their agriculture and education investments team. Before that, he worked with Intellecap as an investment banking associate within the Financial Institutions Group advising clients on private placements.


For his summer internship, Nishant will join Great-West Life as an Investment Analyst in their Private Debt Investments Team.

Viveck Panjabi - Vice President, Corporate Finance and FinTech

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Viveck is a CFA Charterholder with a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Arizona.


Before starting Rotman, Viveck has worked with BDO in their Corporate Finance division and with various others companies in Equity and Fixed income research advising asset managers on their investments in equity and debt securities in developed markets.


For his summer internship, Viveck will be joining Paradigm Capital, a boutique investment bank, as an Equity Research Intern in the Healthcare and Biotechnology team.

Kristina Roderos - Vice President, Capital Markets

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Kristina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering with a Minor in Financial Management from the Ateneo de Manila University.


Before Rotman, Kristina worked in interest rate and FX derivatives trading roles in Bank of the Philippine Islands and BDO Private Bank. More recently, she was a Rates Trader at Maybank Philippines, helping manage the bank’s foreign and local currency trading and investment portfolio. 


For her summer internship, Kristina will be joining TD Securities as a Sales and Trading Summer Associate in Debt Capital Markets.

Directors

Brad Kuzmich - Director, Internal

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Brad is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies specializing in Finance from Western University in London, Ontario. 


Prior to Rotman, Brad worked on the Inside Sales team for CI Investments, wholesaling mutual fund and ETF products to a network of financial advisors across Western Canada.


For his summer internship, Brad will be joining Cormark Securities as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst in their Metals & Mining group.

Max Rabkin - Director, External

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 Max holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS.


Prior to Rotman, Max worked as an Analyst at Raymond James Ltd. and previously at an independent investment firm investing in public and private companies in North America.


For his summer internship, Max will be joining BMO Capital Partners as a Summer Associate focusing on private equity and leverage finance transactions.

Rohan Mathew - Director, Development

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Rohan holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Singapore Management University where he was also a member of the university soccer team.


Prior to Rotman, Rohan worked at Seatrek Shipping, a dry bulk shipping company that operates primarily in the Pacific market, transporting cement, sand, coal, and iron ore.


Rohan will join TD Securities as a Corporate Banking Summer Associate.

Hina Datoo - Director, Capital Markets

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Hina holds a BSc. In Accounting and Finance from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She has also cleared all three levels of the CFA program.


Prior to Rotman, Hina worked as an equity research analyst at Pak Brunei Investment Company where she was responsible for conducting fundamental and strategic research on stocks for the company portfolio.


For her summer internship, Hina will join CIBC Capital Markets as an Equity Research Summer Associate.

Temi Adegun - Director, Corporate Finance and FinTech

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Temi holds a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics from Lautech, Nigeria.


Prior to Rotman, Temi worked in International Trade Finance at Guaranty Trust Bank in Nigeria where he helped structure commodity financing transactions and more recently as a Senior Consultant in the Compliance Practice at Navigant Consulting Inc., Toronto.


He will be joining Scotiabank as a Summer Associate in the Global Risk Management group.

Bode Oladeji - Director, Communications

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Bode is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Sc in Business Administration .


Prior to his MBA, Bode worked as an M&A analyst at FBN Merchant Bank where he raised equity financing across a number of industries, namely, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Manufacturing and TMT. 


For his summer internship, Bode will be joining the Private Investments Valuation group at OTPP.

Apoorva Kumar - Director, RWomen

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Apoorva is a Chartered Accountant ( CA) and holds a bachelor of commerce from SRCC, Delhi University in New Delhi, India.


Prior to Rotman, she worked with PwC in the Audit and M&A practices, providing assurance, advisory and diligence services to private equity and corporate clients. She also worked with Mahindra as a financial analyst for their fintech startups in Africa.


Outside of the corporate space, She also co-founded a startup in the education space in India called Smilyo, that seeks to provide a peer to peer network for sharing of educational resources .

Nicki Parkes - Director, RWomen

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Nicki is a Skoll/MBA Candidate with a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Business from the University of Toronto, where she was also a member of the Varsity soccer team.


Prior to Rotman, Nicki worked at Patheon Inc, a contract pharmaceutical manufacturer, in their operational excellence department.


For her summer internship, Nicki will join Morgan Stanley as an Investment Banking Summer Associate.