Wellington West Holdings appoints Chief Investment Officer

    Sam Pellettieri to lead asset management offering

    TORONTO, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Wellington West Holdings Inc., a privately held,
employee-owned financial services firm, today announced the appointment of Sam
Pellettieri as Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager.
    "We are delighted to have attracted a Chief Investment Officer of such
high caliber and strong credentials," said Kish Kapoor, President, Wellington
West Holdings Inc. "Sam's excellent reputation in the investment industry and
extensive experience in the use of sophisticated quantitative security
selection and risk management tools will provide an invigorating boost to
Wellington West's investment offering."
    As Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Pellettieri will be fully responsible
for developing, implementing and guiding the overall investment philosophy and
thought leadership of the asset management business at Wellington West. With a
background in quantitative portfolio management, Mr. Pellettieri will
spearhead the augmentation of Wellington West's current separate account
offerings and based on the input of advisors, lead the introduction of new
client solutions including multi-manager wrap accounts, fund of funds and
other leading edge investment products. In doing so, Mr. Pellettieri will draw
heavily upon the field of behavioral finance (the understanding of investor
behavior) and from the advances in portfolio optimization and construction to
provide advisors and their clients with forward-thinking portfolio solutions.
    "Wellington West is a different kind of investment firm," said Mr.
Pellettieri. "The partners have built an award-winning business by
understanding how to take intelligent risks. My team and I are excited about
having the liberty to work with advisors and their clients to introduce bold
new investment ideas that are customized and impactful."
    Mr. Pellettieri is a former founder, principal and portfolio manager at
Tetrem Capital Management, an investment management firm that manages over
$8 billion in equity assets for retail and institutional clients. Prior to
Tetrem, Mr. Pellettieri worked at Assante Asset Management Ltd, where he was
Director, Quantitative Research. In this role, he led a team of investment
professionals who developed and implemented quantitative models for security
selection, asset allocation, risk management, portfolio construction, and
performance attribution. Mr. Pellettieri started his career as a
Corporate/Government Fixed Income Analyst, and managed North American Fixed
Income portfolios. Mr. Pellettieri is a graduate of the University of Manitoba
with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, where he majored in Finance and minored in
Mathematics. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
    Mr. Pellettieri brings two experienced professionals to join him at
Wellington West:
    Shaun Hauser, a former founder, Executive Vice-President & National Sales
Manager for Sarbit Asset Management. Mr. Hauser brings experience in
operations, product research & development, financing, and national sales
strategies. Mr. Hauser started his career as a Financial Analyst as part of
the Wealth Management Group for Loring Ward Investment Counsel. Mr. Hauser is
a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.)
    Nestor Theodorou, most recently Executive Vice-President & Portfolio
Manager, Fixed Income for Sarbit Asset Management. Mr. Theodorou brings over
17 years experience in the Fixed Income markets, 11 in portfolio management.
In addition to Sarbit Asset Management, Mr. Theodorou was Portfolio Manager -
Fixed Income for Investors Group managing over $5 billion in Fixed Income
Assets and served as Director of Fixed Income for Assante Asset Management
where he developed and implemented quantitative based investment strategies
for Fixed Income. Mr. Theodorou also spent six years with BMO Nesbitt Burns as
a senior trader on the securitization desk. Mr. Theodorou is a graduate of the
University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and
holds an MBA from York University where he majored in Finance. He holds a
Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
    "Tough markets underscore the importance for having an asset management
team that believes in disciplined investing and understands the psychology of
markets and investor behavior," said Mr. Kapoor. "With Sam and his team we are
deepening our expertise in this area, at a time when our clients appreciate it

    About Wellington West

    The Wellington West group of companies provides full-service brokerage,
financial planning, asset management and capital markets services. Principal
among its operations is Wellington West Capital Inc., a member of CIPF and a
full-service investment dealer with offices across Canada, and Wellington West
Capital Markets Inc., an industry leading provider of equity research,
institutional sales and trading and corporate finance for small and mid-cap
corporations. In the 13 years since its inception, the employee-owned
Wellington West has become one of the largest and fastest-growing independent
full-service investment operations in Canada with more than $9.6 billion in
assets under administration. Among its many corporate achievements, Wellington
West has earned one of the top two spots as Best Employer in Canada for the
past three years, named one of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies in 2007 and
one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for 2006. In addition, Wellington
West retained its No. 1 ranking for a record fourth consecutive year in the
2007 Brokerage Report Card survey and was named No. 2 Independent Investment
Dealer in the 2006 Financial Post/Starmine Top Analyst Awards.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Janine Waschuk, (416) 899-2617,
or janine@wellwest.ca

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