President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Taerk is a co-founder of Faircourt Asset Managment Inc. and has over 30 years of financial services experience. Mr. Taerk has been President and CEO since inception of Faircourt in 2002. From 1999 to 2001, Vice President and Managing Director for Charles Schwab Canada, Co., and a member of its Executive Committee. His responsibilities included leading the development of Investment Banking, Syndication as well as Institutional Research. Prior to that, Mr. Taerk was in the Corporate Finance group at Porthmeor Securities, where he worked from 1996 to 1999, rising to director in 1998.
During the period 1994 to 1996, Mr. Taerk founded Faircourt Capital Corporation, a boutique corporate finance advisory business, working with private Canadian companies. Prior to that, Mr. Taerk spent eight years with a major Canadian bank in the mid-market corporate lending area.
Mr. Taerk graduated with a Masters Degree from the School of International Affairs at the Graduate School of the University of Pittsburgh in 1988. He received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in 1986.
Douglas WatersonCA, CFA
CFO & Portfolio Manager
Mr. Waterson brings over 25 years of financial management experience to Faircourt. Prior to joining Faircourt, Mr. Waterson worked as a Senior Supervisor at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Canada) (OSFI), where he was responsible for monitoring and conducting risk assessments of Schedule I banks. From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Waterson worked as an Analyst in the Investment Banking Group at Charles Schwab Canada, Co. where he was responsible for the initial review of prospective transactions as well as detailed due diligence, including analysis of financial models and business plans. Prior thereto he held several positions within the TD Bank Financial Group from 1996 to 1999, including two years as an investment advisor with TD Evergreen. Prior to his tenure as an investment advisor, Mr. Waterson held the position of Analyst, Finance at TD Bank Financial Group where he provided analysis and recommendations on a variety of financial issues and transactions such as securitization programs, and was involved in the management of TD Bank Financial Group’s regulatory capital.
Prior to his tenure at TD Bank Financial Group, Mr. Waterson held auditing positions at Deloitte & Touche from 1992 to 1994, and in the Office of the Provincial Auditor of Ontario from 1994 to 1996. Mr. Waterson is a CFA Charterholder (1999) and a Chartered Accountant (1995), and holds a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo (1991).
Christopher PanagopoulosCA, CFA
Director of Finance and Portfolio Manager
Mr. Panagopoulos is a Portfolio Manager at Faircourt Asset Management Inc. Mr. Panagopoulos has been employed with Faircourt Asset Management Inc. for over 15 years. Mr. Panagopoulos provides analysis of companies and sectors, as well as assisting with trade execution and the implementation of option strategies. He brings over 20 years professional experience in fund management, accounting and finance to Faircourt Asset Management Inc. Prior to joining Faircourt Asset Management Inc., Mr. Panagopoulos worked as a Manager at TD Securities Inc., where he managed the accounting and reporting functions of the Global Derivatives Products Group. From 1997 to 2004, Mr. Panagopoulos worked as a Senior Auditor and Manager at BDO Dunwoody LLP where he managed audit, non-audit, consulting, unique and special engagements, including financial, strategic and operational analysis, planning, budgeting, and report preparation in a broad variety of enterprises. Mr. Panagopoulos is a CFA Charterholder (2006) and a Chartered Accountant (2000), and holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto.