"The CAIA designation is a comprehensive and relevant body of knowledge that provides strong professional credibility and allows both emerging and leading decision makers to navigate the complex world of Alternative Investments with increased confidence. In the institutional and corporate governance setting, the CAIA has taken a key role in offering continued professional development and education.

As Benjamin Franklin said it well: “Investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. The time and effort put towards getting the CAIA designation is worthwhile. For me, it has paid dividends and I have strong conviction that it will continue to do so. The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association has shown relentless effort maintaining and growing a strong ecosystem in support of the CAIA community. The membership base has increased both in quantity and quality. CAIA has grown to become a respected global network of key decision makers in Alternatives Investments.

On earning the CAIA Charter: what was once a good to have, is now a must have."


Nicolas is Portfolio Manager of the Absolute Return Program at Canadian National Railway Pension Fund in Montreal, Canada. He was named by Chief Investment Officer (aiCIO) as one of the 2015 top Forty Under Forty. He previously worked at several alternative funds in the capacity of quant analyst and derivatives trader. Outside the realm of finance, he is co-founder of Junto Montreal Society for Useful Knowledge, a non-profit organization with the mission to compound its members intellectual capital. Nicolas has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University, as well as the CAIA, CFA and FRM charters.

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