Smoothwater Capital is operated by Garfield Mitchell, Chairman, and Stephen J. Griggs, Chief Executive Officer.
Garfield Mitchell, Chairman, is a Toronto based private investor and a director of a number of public, private and charitable entities, including The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Donner Canadian Foundation.
Stephen J. Griggs, CEO, has extensive senior executive experience in the investment management industry and is also a corporate lawyer. He was most recently the President and CEO of OPTrust, a major Ontario public sector pension plan, leading OPTrust's integrated investment and administrative operations. Prior to joing OPTrust in mid-2011, Mr. Griggs served for three years as Executive Director of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance representing the interests of leading Canadian pension plans and other institutional shareholders. He also served during this time as Chairman and Partner of Investeco Capital Corp., Canada's first environmental investment company.
Griggs was the President and CEO of Legg Mason Canada Inc. from January 2003 to June 2007, with responsibility for the Canadian operations of Legg Mason Inc., one of the world's largest global investment management firms, and has been Chief Operating Officer of two leading Canadian mutual fund companies (AIC and BPI).
Mr. Griggs is an active corporate director and is the Chairman of the board of directors of Genesis Land Development Corp. and Equity Financial Holdings Inc., and also serves on the board of Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Toronto Pearson International Airport. Mr. Griggs is on the Independent Review Committee of ING Mutual Funds, the Chair of the IRC of IA Clarington Funds and is on the board of several charitable organizations.
Griggs is also the General Counsel and Secretary of Smoothwater Capital and is an active writer and commentator on Canadian corporate governance matters.
Yousuf Soliman, Research Associate, joined Smoothwater in June 2013. Prior to joining Smoothwater Capital, Mr. Soliman worked for a Toronto based investment bank participating in over 20 transactions involving equity and debt financing, divestitures and private placements. Mr. Soliman brings with him experience in building financial valuations, marketing material and assessing prospective investments.
Mr. Soliman graduated from the University of Toronto's Rotman Commerce program with a Bachelors of Arts & Science, majoring in Commerce and Finance. To contact Yousuf directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 647.244.5002.
Brendon Abrams, CPA, CA joined Smoothwater in November 2015. Prior to joining Smoothwater, Abrams was Senior Vice-President of Calgary based Mainstreet Equity Corporation (MEQ: TSX), one of Western Canada’s premier apartment companies with over $1.3 billion in assets. Previous to that, Abrams worked as an equity research analyst at an independent investment bank in Toronto where he received a Thomson Reuters StarMine award for his coverage in the real estate sector, and also actively covered the non-traditional banking sector. Brendon also worked at a leading national accounting and business consulting firm where he earned his Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant designations. Brendon is a graduate of York University.