Director, head of Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic put alternative investments to the test in 2020 and illustrated the role they can play in portfolios. When alternatives passed that test, it was confirmation for Claire Van Wyk-Allan and her team at AIMA Canada that their advocacy of the asset class has paid off. As a leading authority on alternatives in Canada, AIMA also played a role in the CSA’s temporary exemptions for alternative mutual funds, which were rolled out at the start of 2021 and provide additional proficiency paths for MFDA representatives to distribute liquid alternative funds.
“We are thrilled to see this positive announcement from the CSA and were grateful for the opportunity to have provided input on this topic,” Van Wyk-Allan said at the time. “Given continued market volatility, it is critical that MFDA advisors and their clients have fair access to products that can help protect investment portfolios through downside protection, diversification and non-correlated return benefits.”