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Our Team

Starlight Capital is a diverse blend of old friends that have enjoyed success together and new colleagues who bring needed perspective and fresh ideas.  The key commonality between us all is our expertise, integrity and passion for this business.
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Dennis Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer

Dennis Mitchell joined Starlight Capital in March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Dennis has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry and has held executive positions with Sprott Asset Management, serving as Senior Vice-President and Senior Portfolio Manager, and Sentry Investments, serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer.

Dennis received the Brendan Wood International Canadian TopGun Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the Brendan Wood International 2012 Canadian TopGun Team Leader Award. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator designations and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2002 and an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998.

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Graeme Llewellyn

Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

Graeme joined Starlight Capital in March 2018 as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He has more than 15 years of experience focused on asset management and the creation, operation and financial reporting for mutual funds. Graeme has held executive positions with Sentry Investments, where he served as Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Deloitte & Touche LLP.

Graeme has a broad range of experience across the business with extensive experience in project management, information technology, and the creation, operation and financial reporting for mutual funds, closed-end funds and hedge funds. He was an integral part in the growth of Sentry Investments and is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto.

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Lou Russo

Senior Vice President, National Sales and Distribution

Lou joined Starlight Capital in June 2018 as Senior Vice-President, National Sales and Distribution. He has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry focused on sales and national accounts. Lou most recently held an executive position with Fiera Capital, where he served as Senior Vice-President, Retail Markets.

Lou joins the Starlight Capital Executive Team with extensive experience in Retail Sales and National Accounts. He was an integral part in the growth of Fiera Capital’s retail distribution, with experience at Dynamic Funds, Fidelity and Franklin Templeton. Lou is a member of CAASA and the CPSA. He studied History and Economics at the University of Toronto and has completed numerous industry courses including the Professional Financial Planning and the Canadian Investment Management courses.

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Caroline Zhang

Database and Fund Administrator

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Caroline Zhang

Database and Fund Administrator

Caroline Zhang joined Starlight Capital in August 2018 as Database and Fund Administrator. Caroline has over five years of experience in fund administration and dealer services at financial services companies, including Sentry Investments and Investment Administration Solutions. As Fund Administrator at Sentry Investments, Caroline was instrumental in providing reporting support, ensuring data accuracy and delivering exceptional client service. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Beijing International Studies University and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC). Caroline has obtained a certificate in Data Analytics, Big Data, and Predictive Analytics from Ryerson University, as well as being recognized on the Dean’s List at George Brown College for completed graduate certificate

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Chuck Jang

Senior Manager, Investment Administration

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Chuck Jang

Senior Manager, Investment Administration

Chuck Jang joined Starlight Capital in May 2018 as Senior Manager, Investment Administration. He has more than 15 years of experience focused on data management, rate of returns, and the operation and financial reporting for mutual funds. Most recently Chuck held a senior level position with Sentry Investments and CI Investments where he served as Director, Investment Administration.

Chuck has a broad range of experience across the financial services industry with extensive experience in the operation and financial reporting for mutual funds and closed-end funds. He was an integral part in the growth and operational success of Sentry Investments. Chuck is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Specialized Economics Bachelor of Arts degree from York University.

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David Spevick

Vice President, Sales - Ontario

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David Spevick

Vice President, Sales - Ontario

David Spevick joined Starlight Capital in September 2018 as Vice President of Sales in Ontario. David comes to Starlight from Manulife Investments where he gained a reputation for building excellent relationships with IIROC & MFDA advisors in Toronto & Ottawa. David has extensive experience working with financial advisors providing solutions to their clients’ needs through mutual funds, ETFs, and structured products.

David holds his Canadian Securities Certificate (CSC) to go along with his Honours History degree from Western University and his MBA from Boston University.

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Greg Bozzer

Vice President, Sales - Ontario

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Greg Bozzer

Vice President, Sales - Ontario

Greg Bozzer joined Starlight in September 2018 as Vice-President of Sales in Ontario. Greg has over two decades experience building long-term strategy, relationships and results at investment companies including Sentry Investments, Morningstar Canada and Dynamic Mutual Funds. As District Vice President at Sentry, Greg built partnerships with IIROC and MFDA advisors in Toronto, Mississauga and Northern Ontario markets. Greg was directly responsible for over $2 Billion in sales and built a wholesaling strategy, which empowered his team to build partnerships at the top 30 branches in the region. As Morningstar’s top sales professional for two years running, Greg built business plans and long-term partnerships with Sun Life Financial, Scotia McLeod, TD Waterhouse, National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Manulife Financial advisors. Greg is a trusted voice in investment strategy and asset allocation, and has spoken at industry conferences, including CAIFA Western Canadian Conference and the Manulife Top Performers Conference. Greg holds an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Guelph and has completed the Canadian Investment Funds Course (IFIC).

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Halcyon McIntosh

Director, Finance and Fund Services

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Halcyon McIntosh

Director, Finance and Fund Services

Halcyon joined Starlight Capital in April 2018 as Director, Finance and Fund Services and is responsible for corporate finance as well as the financial reporting, accounting and taxation functions for the investment funds. Halcyon has more than 20 years experience in fund administration, accounting, investment operations and client service within the asset management industry, both in Canada and the US.

Prior to joining Starlight Capital, Halcyon held a leadership role as Director, Fund Administration and Client Service at Sentry Investments. Halcyon was an integral part in the growth and operational success of Sentry Investments where she was instrumental in building and developing the fund accounting and fund administration teams. Halcyon holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the City University of New York-Baruch College.

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Kristen Wallace

Executive Assistant

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Kristen Wallace

Executive Assistant

Kristen Wallace joined Starlight Capital in April 2018 as Executive Assistant and is responsible for office services and supporting the Executive Team. Kristen has more than 10 years of experience supporting C-Suite Executives with over 8 years of experience in the financial industry.

Kristen has held key support roles with Sprott Asset Management and Altacorp Capital where she most recently served as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. Kristen was instrumental in implementing organizational processes for Executives, executive reporting and planning and managing marketing campaigns and client events. Kristen is a licenced Paralegal and a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She obtained a diploma in Paralegal Education as well as a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Seneca College.

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Mali Karami

Senior Financial Operations Analyst

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Mali Karami

Senior Financial Operations Analyst

Mali Karami joined Starlight Capital in February 2019 as Senior Financial Operations Analyst. Mali has more than 15 years’ experience in fund accounting, financial reporting and investment operations within the asset management industry in Canada.

Prior to joining Starlight Capital, Mali worked at Aston Hill Financial and RBC I&TS as a Financial Reporting Analyst where she was responsible for accurate and timely preparation of Financial Statements and MRFPs for various investment funds. Mali holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Ferdowsi University of Iran and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC).

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Marco Drumonde

Director, Advisor and Investor Experience

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Marco Drumonde

Director, Advisor and Investor Experience

Marco joined Starlight Capital in April 2018 as Director, Advisor & Investor Experience. Marco has more than 13 years of experience focused on operations and client service within both the investment manager and various distribution channels. He has held senior level positions with CI Investments and Sentry Investments, where he most recently served as Associate Vice-President, Advisor & Investor Services.

Marco has a comprehensive range of experience across the financial industry with extensive knowledge in mutual funds, dealer operations and high net worth investment products. He was an important part of the revitalization of the service and operational success of Sentry Investments and has a Financial Planning Management Diploma from George Brown College.

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Mary Flynn

National Sales Coordinator

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Mary Flynn

National Sales Coordinator

Mary Flynn joined Starlight Capital in August 2018 as National Sales Coordinator. Mary has over 15 years experience building trusted relationships in the investment industry, including sales roles at CI Investments and Hartford Investments, as well as sales, marketing and operations roles at Chum Television, Gatorade, Labatt’s and Gymboree Corporation. With a passion for helping clients and investors achieve their goals, Mary believes great partnerships start with listening, understanding and solving problems for the long-term. From empowering teams to building product understanding to leveraging technology, Mary excels at identifying opportunities and planning a road map ahead to deliver results and exceptional client service. Mary has completed the Canadian Securities Course CSC) and the Canadian Investment Funds Course (IFIC).

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Michelle Wearing

Associate Portfolio Manager, Real Estate

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Michelle Wearing

Associate Portfolio Manager, Real Estate

Michelle joined Starlight Capital in September 2018 as Associate Portfolio Manager, Real Estate. She has over 9 years of business and investment experience, primarily in real estate. Michelle most recently held a position with TD Securities Inc. where she served as an Associate in Equity Research, covering Canadian REITs and REOCs. Prior to that, she held various positions at KPMG LLP in consumer markets and valuations.

Michelle is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator, and Chartered Investment Manager and earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in 2009.

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Phillip Brennan

Vice President, Sales - Ontario

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Phillip Brennan

Vice President, Sales - Ontario

Phillip Brennan joined Starlight Capital in September, 2018 as Vice President, Sales in Ontario. Phil has a decade of experience building relationships and client service at investment companies including Mackenzie Investments, TD Waterhouse Direct Investing and TD Ameritrade, in a breadth of roles from Investment Broker to Business Development to Sales Management. As District Vice President at Mackenzie Investments, Phil transformed a territory of zero production to high growth by creating a partnership model of client service and empowering team to deliver agility, responsiveness and reliability. At TD Waterhouse, Phil built long-term relationships and succeeded in increasing Customer Experience measures from bottom quartile to top quartile, by identifying opportunities, leading client education and creating new client-focused tools. With a passion for building in-depth product knowledge and investment insights, Phil believes in listening to clients and providing comprehensive advice which is tailored to investor needs. Phil holds a Bachelor of Economics from Brock University, and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), as well as the Certified Professional Wholesaler (CPW) and the American Securities License (Series 7 & 63).

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Roland Wood

Vice President, Sales - British Columbia and Alberta

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Roland Wood

Vice President, Sales - British Columbia and Alberta

Roland Wood joined Starlight Capital in September 2018 as Vice President of Sales in British Columbia and Alberta. Roland has a solid track record of building successful relationships at asset management companies including Fiera Capital, Hartford Investments, and Franklin Templeton, as well as experience working as an advisor for CIBC Imperial Services. Roland has expertise in an array of financial products and a great understanding of the needs of advisors and their investors. Roland holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and Economics degree from the University of WIndsor, and holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designations.

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Varun Anand

Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure

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Varun Anand

Portfolio Manager, Infrastructure

Varun Anand has more than 8 years of experience in the financial services industry with over 5 years of experience managing publicly listed infrastructure assets. Mr. Anand joins the Starlight Capital as a Portfolio Manager from CI Signature, where he focused exclusively on global infrastructure investments in excess of $5 billion across several mandates. Prior to CI Signature, Mr. Anand was a Senior Research Analyst at Sentry Investments for 4 years focusing on the Sentry Global Infrastructure mandate. Over the past 5 years, Mr. Anand has attended more than 200 management meetings and asset tours across the entire spectrum of infrastructure equities, with direct experience investing in 8 of the 11 GICS sectors globally. He began his career in the financial services industry with Veritas Investment Research, an independent equity research company in Canada.

Mr. Anand holds a Bachelor of Mathematics and Business Administration with honours from the University of Waterloo. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation since 2012.

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William Seto

Senior Investment Administrator and Trader

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William Seto

Senior Investment Administrator and Trader

William Seto joined Starlight Capital in August 2018 as Senior Investment Administrator and Trader. William has over 15 years successful investment operations experience at asset management companies, including Excel Funds, Hansberger Growth Investments, Sentry Select Capital, and Laketon Investment Management.

Building on his progressive career, from Trader to Portfolio Administrator to Operations Analyst, William believes in creating exceptional operations and client experience from the ground up. William holds an Honors, Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

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Yamini Shinghal

Director, Marketing

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Yamini Shinghal

Director, Marketing

Yamini Shinghal joined Starlight Capital in July of 2018 as Director of Marketing. She brings with her over 12 years of progressive experience in the financial services and CPG industries. As a seasoned brand and marketing strategist, Yamini truly knows what drives success. Her deep passion for understanding customer needs, led to strong brand presence and sustainable business growth across companies like Manulife, National Bank of Canada, First Canadian Title, as well as General Mills and MegaBrands. Most recently, Yamini led the launch of Manulife ETFs, as well as national mutual fund campaigns, which were awarded Gold in Personalized Engagement and Bronze in Digital & Tech Category in the 2018 Canadian Marketing Association (CMA) awards and a Bronze at the 23rd Annual Financial Communications Society (FCS) Portfolio Awards in 2017.

Yamini earned an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto in 2010 and Honours in Bachelor of Commerce Co-op Program from Concordia University in 2004. Yamini has also completed multiple courses at the Canadian Securities Institute and an exchange program at Essec Business School for Luxury Brand Management in Paris.

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