Joseph Thomson MSc, MBA,
President & CEO, Fund Manager
Mr. Thomson is the President & CEO of PACE Securities Corp and PACE Insurance Brokers Limited. He is responsible for management of the firm’s activities and directly responsible for; the firm’s market making business, managing its inventory positions, and acts as a portfolio manager for retail and institutional investors. Previously he was the CFO, CCO and Trading Officer of a Toronto based boutique investment dealer, responsible for over-seeing its retail and institutional trading businesses. Prior to this he founded Volare Capital Management Ltd, a fund management and technology firm registered with the Cayman Island Monetary Authority. Before founding VCM he was the European Market Making Portfolio Manager for PFTC Advisors LLC, responsible for operating their European subsidiary PFTC Trading Limited and managing its volatility arbitrage portfolio and all other aspects of its business. Before joining PFTC he was a competitive market maker (equity options) on the International Securities Exchange for Tague Van der Moolen LLC, a subsidiary of Van der Moolen Holdings NV, an international trading house and the fourth largest NYSE specialist firm. He started working in the option industry as a proprietary trader and junior Market Making Portfolio Manager for The Arbitrage Group LP (TAG) in Chicago and The Arbitrage Group (Europe) Ltd. in Dublin Ireland.
Joseph received his BA in Political Studies and Economics from Bishop's University and his Master of Science in Financial Markets & Trading from the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology. He also completed a Master of Business Administration at the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business. He has completed numerous Canadian Securities Institute courses and holds the Canadian Investment Manager designation. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. He also has completed the following non-Canadian professional exams; FINRA; Series 7, 63, 7 3. and the EUREX and XETRA trader examinations. In 2005 he received the ISMA, International Fixed Income and Derivatives Certificate.
Chief Compliance Officer
Gerald has worked in the securities industry since 1976 and specifically the compliance area since 1986 including working as a Compliance Examiner for the Investment Dealers Association (precursor to IIROC). Since 1991 he has held senior compliance positions at several major Canadian Dealers and implemented compliance programs for two new dealers, CT Securities the discount arm of Canada Trust, and Charles Schwab Canada, the full choice offering of a major US firm. His experience encompasses both retail and institutional trading. He has completed the following licensing courses offered through the Canadian Securities Institute: Canadian Securities Course, RR Handbook Examination, Options Trading Course, Options Supervisors Course, Partners Directors and Officers Examination, Branch Managers Qualifying Examination, Chief Compliance Officers Qualifying Examination Course, and Trader Training Course. He has also successfully completed the FINRA Series 7, 8, 11 and 63 exams..