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Equity Capital Markets

Analyst Profiles

Providing research and insight to individual and institutional investors, the Raymond James Canadian Research Team consists of 15 equity analysts who cover approximately 250 companies in eight key sectors. Their work is complemented by our U.S. team of equity, technical, and economic analysts. Our combined efforts bring you coverage of more than 1,500 companies.

Daryl Swetlishoff, CFA
Senior Managing Director, Head of Raymond James Ltd. Equity Research

Daryl Swetlishoff was named Head of Research of Raymond James Canada in May 2007. Based in Vancouver, he is responsible for a group of 35 equity research professionals providing coverage on ~225 companies across seven sectors. He is also an analyst covering the Forest Products sector for Raymond James since joining the firm in 2001. For the past four years Brendan Wood International has recognized Daryl as the #1 ranked analyst in the space. Daryl holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and earned an MA (Economics) from the University of Victoria (1994).


Ken Avalos
Real Estate & REITs

Ken joined Raymond James in late 2011 as an equity research analyst covering Canadian REITs and real estate operating companies. Ken has over 15 years of experience in the investment, lending and real estate industries. He returns to the Raymond James organization after spending two years as the Director of Finance and Capital Markets at First Potomac Realty Trust where he was responsible for debt, equity and hedging transactions, investor relations and risk management. First Potomac is a $2 billion office/industrial REIT based in Washington D.C., which doubled in size during Ken's tenure. Prior to First Potomac, Ken held various positions in equity research at Raymond James & Associates in St. Petersburg, FL, most recently holding the title of VP – REIT Analyst while covering nearly 25 stocks. Ken holds a BA from Boston College, and earned an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU with a concentration in Finance and international Business.

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Frederic Bastien, CFA
Senior Vice President
Infrastructure & Construction

Frederic Bastien joined Raymond James Ltd. in 2003 and provides coverage in the industrial sector. Mr. Bastien has achieved Brendan Wood International’s annual TopGun status in the Small Cap and Special Situations category since 2008. In 2009, he ranked as the number one Diversified Industrials earnings estimator in StarMine’s annual survey of analyst performance for Canada. Mr. Bastien holds an MBA from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University, and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Andrew Bradford, CFA
Head of Energy Research

Andrew Bradford originally joined Raymond James in an analyst capacity in 2000, and after a brief hiatus, returned to the firm in December 2007. Andrew has been performing investment analysis for investment dealers on the energy sector and the energy services industry since 1998. Prior to that, he spent two years with a Calgary-based energy-focused private equity firm. Andrew earned a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Calgary in 1996 and is a CFA charterholder.

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Ben Cherniavsky
Managing Director of Industrial Research
Aerospace & Aviation/Airlines/Infrastructure & Construction

Ben Cherniavsky joined Raymond James Ltd. in 1998. As an analyst, Mr. Cherniavsky covers the infrastructure and construction space as well as aerospace and aviation companies. He is a top-ranked analyst with Brendan Wood, retaining his top-three TopGun status from 2003 to 2014. Prior to pursuing his MBA, Mr. Cherniavsky worked in public finance as a research analyst for the Ministry of Finance in Ottawa and at the University of Toronto’s International Centre for Tax Studies. He holds an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Alberta.

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Chris Cox, CFA
Senior E&P/Midstream

Chris Cox originally joined Raymond James in 2009 as an associate equity analyst covering the Senior Oil & Gas Producers and Oil Sands sectors. He returned to the firm in 2013 after a brief hiatus working at AltaCorp Capital where he was a research analyst covering the same space. Mr. Cox is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Arts (Economics, specializing in Applied Energy Economics), both from the University of Calgary.

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Steven Hansen, CFA, CMA
Senior Vice President
Transportation, Chemicals & Fertilizers

Steven Hansen joined Raymond James Ltd. in October 2005, and covers the transportation, chemicals and fertilizer industries. In 2011, he was ranked as the number one stockpicker for his industry by StarMine, and in the same year, he achieved TopGun status with Brendan Wood. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Hansen was employed as a stock analyst with Morningstar covering the Paper & Forest Products sector. Mr. Hansen holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Hansen also holds his CMA designation and has the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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Tara Hassan, P.Eng

Tara Hassan joined Raymond James Ltd. in November 2016 as a mining equity research analyst focusing on small to mid-capital explorers, developers and producers in the precious metals space. Prior to joining Raymond James, Ms. Hassan spent more than nine years as an Equity Analyst covering small to mid-capital explorers, developers and producers. Before entering the financial services industry, Tara worked as a mining engineer for Inco (now Vale) and Placer Dome (now Barrick Gold). At these companies, she held operating, engineering and project-focused roles, working at eight different mines and gaining experience in a wide variety of underground and open-pit mining situations. Tara is a Professional Engineer (Ontario) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

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Steven Li, CFA, CMA
Senior Vice President

Steven Li concentrates his research efforts on the Technology sector (Hardware, Services and Software). Steven Li joined the firm in July 2001 as an equity analyst. Steven has been recognized three times (2009, 2010, 2011) by Brendan Woods as a TopGun analyst within the Technology sector and twice by StarMine as a top stock picker in IT Equipment (2009, 2013). Steven holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Cambridge (England) and an MBA from York University.

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Jeremy McCrea, CFA
Oil & Gas Producers

Jeremy McCrea, CFA joined Raymond James in 2015, as an Energy Analyst with 11 years of experience exclusively covering the Energy sector, Jeremy has previously held similar positions at AltaCorp Capital and National Bank Financial. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and is a CFA Charterholder.>

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Kurt Molnar
Managing Director
Oil & Gas Producers

Kurt Molnar joined Raymond James in 2013 as an energy analyst. Mr. Molnar began his 25-year energy finance career as a corporate lender in CIBC Energy Group and crossed over to the institutional equities side of the business in the mid-1990s, holding roles in institutional sales, investment banking, and energy research at various banks and boutiques. From 2001 through 2004 he took a hiatus from the finance industry to be one of three founders of a successful private E&P company. Mr. Molnar holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary with a major in Finance.

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Michael Overvelde, CFA, CPA, CA
Senior Vice President
Diversified Financials

Michael joined Raymond James Ltd. in 2015 as an analyst covering Canadian diversified financial companies. He began his capital markets career in equity research in 1996 with TD Securities, moving to UBS Securities Canada in 1998 where his coverage included the Canadian banks and life insurance companies. He then spent over ten years in institutional equity sales roles between UBS and National Bank Financial, providing broad market coverage to Canadian institutional clients. Michael holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designations, and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

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David Quezada, CFA
Special Situations

David joined Raymond James Ltd. in 2009 as a Research Associate covering the Forest Products sector. In 2016 he was promoted to Equity Analyst, covering the Power and Utilities sector. Prior to joining the firm David spent time working at Vancouver-based investment manager Connor, Clark, & Lunn as well as at HSBC in Commercial Banking. David holds the CFA designation as well as a Bachelor's of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

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Johann Rodrigues
Real Estate

Johann joined Raymond James Ltd. in 2011 as a Research Associate covering Canadian REITs/REOCs and was promoted to Associate Equity Analyst in early 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Johann spent time working for Brendan Wood International and RSM Richter. Johann holds an Honours' Bachelor of Business Administration from The Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters of Finance from the Rotman School of Business.

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Chris Thompson, P.Geo.

Chris Thompson joined Raymond James Ltd. in September 2012 as a mining equity research analyst focusing on precious metals small to mid-capital developers and producers. Prior to joining Raymond James, Mr. Thompson worked for Haywood Securities for seven years covering small to mid-capital explorers, developers and producers. He also spent time as a geologist and mineral economist for junior exploration companies through to major mining companies. In 2011, Mr. Thompson was awarded the StarMine Top Analyst award for stockpicker in the Metals and Mining sector. Mr. Thompson holds a Master of Science degree in Mineral Economics, a Graduate Degree in Mining Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mining and Exploration Geology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is also a registered professional geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and a member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.

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Kenric S. Tyghe
Senior Vice President
Consumer Products & Retail

Kenric Tyghe joined the firm in July 2009 as an equity analyst covering Consumer Products and Retail, and has in excess of 12-years of experience in equity research and trading. While Kenric’s capital markets experience includes coverage of a number of sectors with other leading investment dealers in South Africa and the United Kingdom, he has focused on the Canadian Consumer and Retail space since 2007. Kenric holds an MBA (Deans Honors List) from the Ivey School of Business (Western University).

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