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Nick Agostino

Nick Agostino, CFA, MBA, P.Eng.

Managing Director, Head of Research
Diversified Technology Analyst
416 865-5967
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Nick Agostino joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in June 2012 as a Diversified Technology Analyst. Since 2000, Nick has specialized in equity research experience with both bank-owned and boutique dealers, including over fifteen years as a Research Analyst. As an analyst, Nick has covered a broad range of industry sectors including technology, strategic/industrial metals, and industrial products.

Nick has demonstrated an outstanding skill set for stock selection, being named the #1 Software & Services Stock Picker by Thompson Reuters (formerly StarMine) in 2017, ranking on Brendan Woods' annual survey and through annual top picks that consistently beat the TSX benchmark. Nick holds a Bachelor and Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designations.



Barry Allan

Barry Allan, MBA, B.Sc.

Managing Director, Research
Mining Analyst
416 865-5798
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Barry Allan joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in March 2017 as a Mining Analyst, and has more than 30 years of experience in capital markets and investment research. Barry has been consistently ranked among the top 10 precious metal analysts in North America by various rating agencies, and continues to focus on the investment analysis of producers and explorers for gold and silver. Prior to capital markets, Barry worked as an exploration geologist for a number of different mining companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) and an MBA, both from Dalhousie University, and he is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Bankers (FICB).



Frederic Blondeau

Frédéric Blondeau CFA, MSc., FRM, FCSI

Managing Director, Research
REITs Analyst
438 226-6825
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Frédéric Blondeau joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in January 2022 as Managing Director for the REITs sector. Since 1997, he has held different roles within the global equity research, portfolio management and risk management sectors, more specifically, within the global REIT sector since 2001. Mr. Blondeau was previously Head of Real Estate Research at Echelon Wealth Partners, which he joined in 2017, and Head of Real Estate Research at Eight Capital (Dundee Capital Markets) from 2012 to 2017. In addition, he is the former Vice-President & Senior Portfolio Manager (and co-founder) of the Global Real Estate Group at Eterna Investment Management, as well as the former Vice-President & CIO (and co-founder) of Presima (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec), where he worked for nine years.

Mr. Blondeau holds an MSc in Applied Finance from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and the titles of CFA charterholder, FRM and FCSI. He was recognized as #1 REITs Top Stock Pickers by Starmine in 2020.



Jacques Wortman

Jacques Wortman, MBA, B. Sc.

Director, Research
Mining Analyst
416 941-7701
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Jacques Wortman joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in April 2019 as Director, Mining Analyst and has over 22 years of experience in equity research, capital markets and consulting to the mining industry. Prior to joining LBS, Mr. Wortman was Principal Analyst of Metals and Mining Research at an independent investment dealer covering smaller cap base metals, gold, drilling, and royalty companies. Prior to that, he was a Corporate Development Consultant to several firms and, from 1997 to 2009, worked in mining equity research for several boutique and bank-owned brokers. Mr. Wortman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology as well as an MBA -Finance from Saint Mary's University.



Jonathan Lamers

Jonathan Lamers, CFA, MBA

Director, Diversified Analyst
 
416 577-1755
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Jonathan Lamers joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in September 2022 as a Diversified Analyst with experience in equity research since 2011. Prior to joining LBS, Mr. Lamers spent 11 years at a Big Five Canadian bank, including six years as Vice-President, Special Situations Analyst, covering smaller-cap industrials, consumer discretionary, consumer staples, and renewable energy. He has demonstrated skills in stock selection and research, ranking in Brendan Woods' annual survey. Previously, he was a research associate for a top-ranked Consumer Analyst. During his tenure, the team were rated top earnings estimators for the Auto Parts sector in the Reuters StarMine awards. Mr. Lamers holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.



Ryan Hanley

Ryan Hanley

Vice President
Mining Analyst
647 252-5607
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Mr. Hanley is currently Vice President & Mining Analyst at Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in Toronto. Prior to joining LBS in March 2017, he held the role of Equity Research Analyst, Mining & Mining Services at Mackie Research Capital (2012-2017), where he also worked as a Mining Research Associate (2009-2012) and Investment Banking Analyst (2008). Over his ten-year career Mr. Hanley has been ranked as a top analyst by Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and Refinitiv, including as the 3rd ranked "Top Stock Picker" in Canada in the 2017 Thomson Reuters Analyst Awards. Mr. Hanley holds a BA from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.



Masa Song

Masa Song

Research Associate
 
416-274-8961
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Masa Song joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in February 2022. Prior to joining LBS, she worked at Fidelity Investments Canada as a Senior Associate.

Masa holds a B. Comm. from Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto. She is currently pursing the CFA designation.



Chaitanya Dhumal

Chaitanya Dhumal, MBA

Associate, Technology
 
 
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Chaitanya Dhumal joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in March 2022. Prior to joining LBS, he worked at TD Commercial Banking. Chaitanya holds a Bachelor of Technology from National Institute of Technology, Surat, India and a Master of Business Administration from the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He is currently pursuing the CFA designation.



Souheil Bitar

Souheil Bitar

Associate, Mining
 
438 920-5791
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Souheil Bitar joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in April 2022 as an Associate for the Mining Equity Research team. Prior to joining LBS, Mr. Bitar undertook internships at Agnico Eagle in the operations department and at Optimize Group Inc. as a mining engineering consulting intern. Mr. Bitar holds a bachelor's degree in Mining Engineering from McGill University. He is currently pursing the CFA designation.



Munish Garg

Munish Garg, MBA

Associate, Real Estate
 
514 350-3025
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Munish Garg is currently working as a Real Estate Associate, covering diverse sectors in public capital markets. He joined Laurentian Bank Securities Inc. in August 2022. Before joining LBS, he worked for one year on the buy-side, covering North American REITS. Having graduated with an MBA in Finance, Mr. Munish is currently a CFA Program Level 3 candidate.