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Wayne Fox
Wayne Fox
Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner

Wayne Fox is a Founder and Chairman of the Board at Cygnus Investment Partners LP

Wayne is a well-respected veteran of the financial services industry. He retired from CIBC in 2005 as the Vice Chair and Chief Risk Officer (CRO) responsible for Treasury, Balance Sheet and Risk Management. Prior to his appointment as Vice Chair in 1999, Wayne worked with CIBC’s wholesale banking and brokerage businesses for 28 years, previously as head of CIBC World Markets global capital markets activities.

In addition to his Chairman responsibilities with Cygnus, Wayne has served as the past Chair of the Board of Directors of TMX Group Inc. His professional accomplishments are numerous including roles as a member of the Board of the Bourse de Montreal, Canadian Investor Protection Fund, World Federation of Exchanges, McMaster University, Appleby College, CanadaHelps.org Inc., Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, and a member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC).

wayne.fox@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Dennis A. Dewan
Dennis A. Dewan
Managing Partner

Dennis Dewan is a Managing Partner and Founder at Cygnus Investment Partners LP

Dennis is an accomplished Bay Street executive with over 35 years of experience as senior investment banker and industry executive. With a background that includes retail broker, institutional sales/trader, EVP – Investment Banking/M&A, Head of Equity Capital Markets, Executive Committee & Board Member, and President/CEO, Dennis brings a wide-ranging perspective to issues, transactions and business-building. Comfortable as both industry entrepreneur and large dealer executive, Dennis is known as an accomplished builder of products, teams and businesses.

dennis.dewan@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Daniel T. Geraci
Daniel T. Geraci
Managing Partner

Dan Geraci is a Managing Partner and Founder at Cygnus Investment Partners LP

Dan Geraci has over 35 years of experience in the North American financial services industry and has a proven track record of building, managing transformations, and turning around businesses in the brokerage and asset management industries. Dan’s background includes senior executive roles in the wealth management and asset management industry with a focus on building iconic brands and new products. He has a demonstrated history of product innovation, marketing strategy and distribution expertise and has brought such expertise to bear with considerable success on both sides of the border.

dan.geraci@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Daniel W. Brintnell
Daniel W. Brintnell
Partner and Chief Relationship Officer

Dan Brintnell is the Chief Relationship Officer at Cygnus Investment Partners LP

Dan Brintnell provides senior leadership on our private client relationships including sales and service. He has over 25 years of experience, primarily in the financial services industry where Dan is known to be a client focused, high energy leader with a proven track record of delivering top and bottom line results. He has an in-depth understanding of the Canadian wealth management business. Dan’s recent experience was as CEO of a successful family-owned company where he led the organization through growth and development strategies to position it for maximum value. Previously he spent many years serving high-net worth individuals in their wealth management and private equity needs. As a well-respected expert in the field, his roles have included Analyst, Director, EVP, President, Founder, Owner and CEO providing great perspective and accountability to multiple stakeholders and the extensive network that goes with it.

dan.brintnell@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Celine X. Yan
Celine X. Yan
Partner and Head, Institutional Markets

Celine Yan is the Partner, Institutional Markets at Cygnus Investment Partners LP

Celine Yan provides senior leadership to our institutional market relationships. With over a decade of sales and marketing experience, primarily in the financial services industry, Celine has a proven track record of building strong client relationships and developing comprehensive financial solutions. She combines her insight into institutional requirements with the ability to bring the vast resources of Cygnus and the KKR relationship together to assemble high impact solutions for her colleagues. Celine is a recognized leader in client relationship management who is fully fluent in English, French and Mandarin.

celine.yan@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Alexander Daschko
Alexander Daschko
Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel

Alex Daschko is the Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel at Cygnus Investment Partners LP

Alex Daschko is widely known for his industry expertise, serving in multi-perspective compliance, legal and executive management roles in the financial services industry for 25 years. He has held various positions, ranging from a Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”), General Counsel, CEO, Managing Director, Executive Consultant and Senior Vice President. Alex’s professional experiences include working with and for retail securities dealers, exempt market dealers, a reporting issuer, a securities investment consulting firm, a self-regulatory organization and two “Schedule 1” banks in Canada. This cumulative, well-rounded experience has afforded him invaluable insights and hands-on experience in strategizing, creating and implementing dynamic compliance regimes within a constantly evolving and challenging regulatory environment.

alex.daschko@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Debbie A. Dimoff
Debbie A. Dimoff
Partner and Chief Client Officer

Debbie Dimoff is the Chief Client Officer at Cygnus Investment Partners Inc.

Debbie Dimoff leads our client experience design, marketing and communication. She has over 25 years of business experience, primarily in the financial services industry and has a proven track record of launching and building new business ventures, products and customer channels. Debbie is considered a high-energy innovator with many years of success in delivering integrated customer and employee experiences for rapid-growth businesses, transforming new market opportunities from idea to delivery. As a recognized expert in digital impact, she has created new ways of connecting people whether online, on mobile or on social media for banking, insurance and wealth management clients. Recently she has focused on the changing customer expectations in the evolution of wealth management offers and services. Debbie’s unique ability to drive business growth comes from her mix of entrepreneurial and large corporate experience as an executive in marketing and communications, business development, strategic planning, digital channels and HR.

debbie.dimoff@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Lance McIntosh
Lance McIntosh
Chief Financial Officer

Lance McIntosh is the Chief Financial Officer at Cygnus Investment Partners LP

Lance McIntosh has over 38 years of experience in senior management, corporate finance and financial accounting. He has held senior financial positions with a number of significant Canadian private and public corporations. He has deep expertise in financial operations management, financial administration and control, M&A, and both project and acquisition financing. Lance has overseen the financial operations, corporate development and the ‘going public’ process for two major Canadian corporations. Lance also has extensive senior relationships in both the public and private debt and equity markets in Canada.

lance.mcintosh@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Sean O’Hara
Sean O’Hara
Partner and Chief Investment Officer

Sean O’Hara is the Chief Investment Officer at Cygnus Investment Partners LP

Sean O’Hara is the Portfolio Manager responsible for the management of the Cygnus/KKR Funds and Special Access ALTs Account investment strategies. He also serves as Chair of the Cygnus Investment Committee. Sean has over 25 years of investment and portfolio management experience in Europe and North America. He has worked his entire career in the investment industry, a journey that began in the mid-1980s in London, England. Sean has considerable expertise in designing strategic asset allocation strategies for institutional, family office and private client investors using an approach that combines the latest research with the time-tested principles that underpin prudent investing. Sean also has a solid reputation for providing advice on how to best implement asset allocation strategies across the full spectrum of asset classes and global investment opportunities, including private equity, real asset investments and hedge funds. He is recognized as a thought leader for his knowledge in the areas of portfolio construction, risk management analysis, fiduciary investing best practices and alternative investments.

sean.ohara@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Geoff Bennett
Geoff Bennett
Senior Advisor

Geoff Bennett provides senior leadership support as a dealing representative to our private client, institutional and First Nations market relationships.  Geoff began his career in wealth management 25 years ago and has built a significant network within the Canadian private equity sector through his years of involvement in mergers and acquisitions as President and Founder of Bennett Brown.  Geoff has built a solid reputation amongst his peers and clients as being both attentive and creative in finding solutions to fit their unique needs.  Geoff uses his wide range of experiences in both private and public investments to service high net worth individuals and institutional clients with his Cygnus colleagues.

geoff.bennett@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Hasan Anwar
Hasan Anwar
Manager, Financial Reporting

Hasan Anwar has gained a solid background in corporate finance and accounting at financial services firms in Canada and abroad. He has spent a number of years building a successful track record in financial reporting and financial operations controls through a series of progressively more responsible roles including financial analyst, investment banking relationship manager and fund accountant for a global financial institute. Hasan brings the ability to focus our financial reporting to the unique requirements of the investment industry. He has proven expertise supporting senior leadership in making business decisions and providing quality financial analysis based on accurate and timely financial reporting. Hasan works well in fast-paced growth environments. His ability to align his analytical capabilities with the goals of the asset management business, makes him ideally suited to manage our financial reporting and related functions.

hasan.anwar@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Veronica De Leon
Veronica De Leon
Manager, Corporate Accounting

Veronica De Leon has held progressively senior accounting positions in both investment management and digital sales firms. Her most recent roles were Financial Analyst positions where she provided extensive analytical support to operations and senior management in their decision making responsibilities. Veronica has a track record of providing day-to-day financial support to fast-growing firms with the distinctive ability to translate financial numbers into business essentials. Her organizational skills, critical thinking, focus on continuous improvement and enthusiastic personal style, make Veronica ideally suited for the role.

veronica.deleon@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Dave Dewan
Dave Dewan
Business Analyst

Dave Dewan has a strong background in information technology, which he has used to develop and implement productivity-focused IT infrastructure and critical business processes. Prior to entering the financial services industry, Dave gained valuable management experience in the golf industry, where he served in roles that included General Manager, Director of Golf Operations, and PGA of Canada Professional. Dave’s managerial strategy focused on operational process improvement, innovative product development, and the delivery of consistent service excellence to his customers. In addition to producing a loyal, satisfied, and expanding customer base; these strategies helped produce a significant turnaround in the value created for shareholders. Dave is ideally suited to manage our technology-based client services and operational efficiencies.

dave.dewan@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Farha Khan
Farha Khan
Sales Development Coordinator

Farha Khan has had seven years of international business experience across diverse industries including telecommunications, technology and HR services. In her recent experience as a marketing assistant, she developed extensive market research reports, client briefings and ran direct marketing campaigns from design to execution. Farha’s previous role as a sales professional allowed her to focus on client needs and to develop strong business relationships across major corporate accounts. Farha is organized, creative and analytical with great attention to details. With her proficiency in strategic customer relationship management, advanced technical knowledge, and enthusiasm for embracing new platforms and productivity tools, Farha is well-suited to her role of supporting our sales leaders in building client engagement.

farha.khan@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Gloria Ma
Gloria Ma
Marketing Communications Specialist

With more than a decade of experience in marketing and communications, Gloria Ma has built up a diverse skill set to help brands connect with their customers through digital, print and targeted events. Before joining Cygnus, she worked as an independent communications designer supporting clients of all sizes, including a major Canadian bank. Combining both writing and graphic design skills, she has helped her clients to create assets that engage customers and build long-term relationships. Her portfolio of communication projects range from product descriptions to promotional flyers to PowerPoint presentations. Previously, Gloria served as a marketing consultant for the Asia Pacific region of a global professional services organization and provided editorial oversight on the firm’s internal communications. Gloria’s background is in the magazine publishing industry, with extensive experience working for publishers across Canada. With her well-rounded abilities in understanding client needs, writing, designing and publishing, Gloria is ideally suited to supporting our communications initiatives.

gloria.ma@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Jonathan Plens
Jonathan Plens
Business Analyst

Jonathan Plens has a high aptitude for mathematics and complex modelling, combined with strong organization and communication skills. Over the years, Jonathan has followed a successful entrepreneurial path running his own portfolios and businesses in independent film investing, private portfolio management and competitive poker. His track record shows a proven ability to think clearly and perform in highly competitive environments under time, financial and emotional pressures. With a background that is both unique and unconventional, but highly transferable, Jonathan is ideally suited to working with us to drive operational excellence.

jonathan.plens@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

Our Story

About Cygnus

Cygnus Investment Partners LP (Cygnus) is an asset management firm providing proprietary Canadian access to investment products of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR), one of the world’s pre-eminent private equity firms with a 40 year track record of investing success.Through Cygnus, Canadian institutional investors, other than those directly served by KKR, and qualified private investors,2 can access KKR’s alternative investment expertise through an innovative structure with ground-breaking minimum investment thresholds.

Cygnus was founded by a team of highly experienced industry professionals with significant expertise in asset management, wealth management, capital markets and banking. Our team saw the opportunity to bridge the gap between the history of investing success with a manager like KKR, and the large number of institutional and private investors who have had difficulty accessing KKR products in the past, due to their high minimum investment thresholds.

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What’s in a Name?

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Cygnus is a constellation, also known to Canadians as The Northern Cross, which has presided over the northern night sky for millennia. Cygnus is a swan, the majestic and elegant bird which symbolizes partnership and loyalty. Our corporate values define our fiduciary responsibility to watch over our client portfolios throughout the life cycle of their long-term commitment to investments. Ours is a business based on trust and lasting relationships – as stable and consistent as our namesake constellation.

Our Commitment

In the process of bringing KKR products to our clients, we are driven to make the investing experience transparent and straightforward, while delivering the highest level of service possible. We will serve our clients where and how they prefer to be served.

Our business is guided by our Key Values:

Integrity

Our word is our bond. We understand that trust is earned by delivering on every commitment.

Excellence

We are peerless in our commitment to achieve the highest standards of quality, performance and reputation.

Long-term Relationships

We place the utmost value on building sustainable relationships with everyone with whom we do business.

Partnership

We partner with leading world-class providers who share our dedication to the highest standards.

Community

We are inspired to make the communities in which we and our clients live and do business, better places.

Continuous Improvement

We actively seek and welcome feedback from clients, partners, the community and each other to improve in
all that we do.

Our Team

Our leadership team operates in the spirit of partnership, bringing a diverse and deep experience set in support of a common goal. The Cygnus leadership team averages more than 30 years of experience in asset management, capital markets, wealth management and banking. We saw an opportunity to expand and transform the Alternatives market in Canada by connecting those investors with a demand for KKR-caliber products to those same products, by breaking down the primary barrier to accessibility: high minimums.

Founders

Wayne Fox
Wayne Fox
Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner
Dennis A. Dewan
Dennis A. Dewan
Managing Partner
Daniel T. Geraci
Daniel T. Geraci
Managing Partner

Partners

Daniel W. Brintnell
Daniel W. Brintnell
Partner and Chief Relationship Officer
Celine X. Yan
Celine X. Yan
Partner and Head, Institutional Markets
Alexander Daschko
Alexander Daschko
Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Debbie A. Dimoff
Debbie A. Dimoff
Partner and Chief Client Officer
Lance McIntosh
Lance McIntosh
Chief Financial Officer
Sean O’Hara
Sean O’Hara
Partner and Chief Investment Officer
Geoff Bennett
Geoff Bennett
Senior Advisor

Client Support Team

Hasan Anwar
Hasan Anwar
Manager, Financial Reporting
Veronica De Leon
Veronica De Leon
Manager, Corporate Accounting
Dave Dewan
Dave Dewan
Business Analyst
Farha Khan
Farha Khan
Sales Development Coordinator
Gloria Ma
Gloria Ma
Marketing Communications Specialist
Jonathan Plens
Jonathan Plens
Business Analyst

Our Partners

We have assembled a team of global industry leaders in risk management, custodial services, legal, audit, recordkeeping and performance reporting. Together, Cygnus and our service providers deliver the superior experience and service that you deserve.

FAQ

What is Cygnus?

Cygnus Investment Partners LP (Cygnus) is an asset management firm providing proprietary Canadian access to investment products of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR), one of the world’s pre-eminent private equity firms with a 40 year track record of investing success.1 Through Cygnus, Canadian institutional investors, other than those directly served by KKR, and qualified private investors,2 can access KKR’s alternative investment expertise through an innovative structure with ground-breaking minimum investment thresholds.

What does the name Cygnus mean?

Cygnus is a constellation, also known to Canadians as The Northern Cross, which has presided over the Northern night sky for millennia. Cygnus is a swan, the majestic and elegant bird which symbolizes partnership and loyalty. Our corporate values define our fiduciary responsibility to watch over our client portfolios throughout the life cycle of their long-term commitment to Alternative investments. Ours is a business based on trust and lasting relationships – as stable and consistent as our namesake constellation.

Who leads the firm?

Our Managing Partners and Founders include: Wayne Fox, Dennis Dewan, & Dan Geraci. This diverse group of financial services veterans have proven track records and strong reputations led by Chairman, Wayne Fox, former Vice-Chair and Chief Risk Officer of CIBC. The Cygnus senior team has an average of over 30 years of experience in the business of banking, investment dealer and asset management.

Our leadership team operates in the spirit of partnership, bringing a diverse and deep experience set in support of a common goal. The Cygnus leadership team averages more than 30 years of experience in asset management, capital markets, wealth management and banking. We saw an opportunity to expand and transform the Alternatives market in Canada by connecting those investors with a demand for KKR-caliber products to those same products, by breaking down the primary barrier to accessibility: high minimums.

What is the relationship to KKR?

The Cygnus KKR relationship provides our clients with a compelling value proposition: KKR’s history of investment success and global diversification, within a Canadian-domiciled product structure managed by Cygnus. KKR is not new to Canada, but may be new to Canadians. Millions of Canadians already have KKR working inside their portfolios through their participation in some of the country’s largest public sector pension plans. Put the tremendous global resources and expertise of KKR to work in your investment portfolio. Our team stands ready to assist you in the process of selecting the most appropriate Cygnus solution for your portfolio.2

What type of investors would be eligible to become Cygnus clients?

Our clients are institutions and individuals qualified to participate in Alternative Investments 2.

  • Eligible Institutional Investors (Permitted clients) include: Private and Public Pension Funds, Foundations, Endowments, Insurance Companies, Mutual Fund Companies, First Nations, Trust Companies, Credit Unions
  • Eligible Private Investors (Accredited Investors) include: Accredited and Permitted Individuals, Single Family Offices, Multi-Family Offices

What funds are available through Cygnus?

To find out more about investing with Cygnus, contact us at info@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com and 416 583-5580

How do I do business with Cygnus?

To find out more, contact us at info@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com and 416 583-5580

How can I stay in touch with Cygnus?

Contact us at info@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com and 416 583-5580

Contact Us

Cygnus Investment Partners Inc.
Brookfield Place
181 Bay Street, Suite 4200
Toronto, ON M5J 2T3

416 583-5580
info@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Cygnus is committed to making the communities in which we and our clients live and do business, better places. This includes ensuring that Cygnus’ services are accessible to all clients and employees of Cygnus with disabilities. If you would like to provide feedback on the accessibility of Cygnus’ services, please contact Cygnus:

 

– In writing or in person at Brookfield Place, 181 Bay St, Suite 4200, Toronto, ON, M5J2T3.

– By email to Debbie Dimoff, Partner & Chief Client Officer, at debbie.dimoff@cygnusinvestmentpartners.com

– Or by telephone at 416.583.5591.

 

Cygnus will, on request, provide information and communications in an accessible manner through use of appropriate accessible formats and communications supports.