David Jarvis has close to 20 years of senior-level positions and proprietary trading experience in the Canadian investment industry. He founded Ascendant Capital Inc. in 1999, a single strategy equity arbitrage fund and then he started the Blair Franklin Multi Strategy Fund in 2004. During this same period David co-founded Alternative Investment Management Association Canada (a global hedge fund trade organization) and served as its first Vice-Chairman.
Before becoming a hedge fund manager, David served as Senior Vice-President & Director, Manager of the Equity Derivatives/Arbitrage Group at Midland Walwyn/Merrill Lynch Canada. Earlier in his career, David spent two years in the Derivatives Group of First Marathon Securities and joined the investment business at Capital Group Securities as Vice-President & Director, Secretary-Treasurer in 1987.
David is also a founder of Artisanal Wine Imports, representing some of the finest wineries of Europe and the US. He is a graduate of Queen’s University at Kingston with an MBA and has an Hons. B.A. (Economics) from the University of Western Ontario.