Jim M. Aronitz, MBA, CFA, P.Eng.
Founder & Chief Investment Officer
Jim has thirty years of investment management and financial analysis experience. He has been the President of Hemisphere Capital Management since founding the company in 1993. He is a former equity portfolio manager with the Investment Corporation of Saskatchewan and a former mutual fund manager with Metropolitan Trust. Jim earned a BSc (Electrical Engineering) and an MBA from the University of Alberta. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Jim is a current member of the CFA Institute, a former director of the Canadian Council of Financial Analysts, and a past President of CFA Society Saskatchewan. Jim is a former director of a large venture capital fund and several publicly listed companies. He is also a past President of the Rotary Club of Calgary North.
Skyelar Siwak, CIM
Portfolio Manager & Chief Compliance Officer
Skyelar joined Hemisphere Capital Management in 2015 and became a Partner in 2019. She previously spent several years in management and project consultancy. She holds a BA (Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship) from Brown University where she played on the NCAA Division I women’s ice hockey team. She also holds the Chartered Investment Manager designation. Skyelar plays an integral role in the performance analysis and reporting procedures at Hemisphere. She led the firm’s GIPS verification process in which historical composite returns were verified for the past 25 years. She has also taken on an active role in portfolio management, trading and compliance. Skyelar is a member of the Calgary chapter of Women in Capital Markets. This organization empowers women in finance through networking, mentoring, and education.
Rick M. Riffel, CFA
Rick has thirty years of investment management and financial analysis experience. He is a former portfolio manager and regional director with TD Private Investment Counsel. Rick was also formerly an investment manager and secretary/treasurer with Crown Life Investment Management Inc. Rick earned a BBA (Accounting & Finance) from the University of Regina. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a founding board member of the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, a Winnipeg based public policy think-tank. Rick is also a board member of Direct-MS, a non-profit organization that promotes non-drug therapies for those affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Furthermore, he is a past executive member of CFA Society Saskatchewan and a current member of the CFA Institute.
Arthur Ciochon, CFA
Arthur joined Hemisphere Capital Management Inc. in 2019 and is responsible for trading, performance reporting, and investment analysis. As an associate, he serves on the firm’s Investment Committee, contributing to security selection, asset allocation, and investment strategy. Before working at Hemisphere, he spent several years as a financial analyst for a software company, where he played a pivotal role in the sale and acquisition of the firm. Arthur earned a BComm (Finance) from the University of Calgary and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He is a current member of the CFA Institute, and in his personal time enjoys fitness, hiking and travelling.
Dylan joined Hemisphere Capital Management Inc. in 2019. He previously spent time working in wealth management as an Investment Representative for a Canadian financial services firm. Dylan earned a BBA (Financial Analysis & Economics) from Mount Royal University. Dylan is currently a Level III Candidate in the CFA Program and also has completed several Canadian Securities Institute courses. Dylan works alongside Hemisphere’s Portfolio Managers where his oversight includes performance reporting, trading, and research. He is also a member of the Investment Committee. In 2018, Dylan advanced to the Canadian CFA Ethics Challenge Finals after taking home first prize with his team at the Prairie Regional portion of the competition.
Pam joined Hemisphere Capital Management Inc. in 2017, bringing strong organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and an exceptional level of client service to the firm. Along with being a top graduate of Bow Valley College, Pam has extensive experience in office administration gained from her 12 years of working in healthcare and oil & gas as a Senior Administrator. Pam works closely with Hemisphere’s Portfolio Managers to facilitate client requests and complete back office tasks. As a former competitive athlete Pam now volunteers with her son’s sports teams as a coach and coordinator, along with being a dedicated fundraiser.
Joanne spent several years working with one of Canada’s big banks as a Senior Administrative Assistant in the areas of trust and audit services prior to joining Hemisphere Capital Management Inc. in 2017. With over 20 years of administrative experience, Joanne is the main contact responsible for addressing all client request, along with assisting the staff in the day-to-day operations. Joanne graduated from SAIT (Calgary, AB) with a diploma in Marketing, and also holds the IFC certificate (Investment Funds In Canada), along with completing a certificate in Project Management. Away from the office Joanne has a special interest in gardening, and is an avid animal lover.