Talent that adapts to
any environment.

125

Staff

03

Offices based in
Toronto, Calgary and New York

56

Investment
Professionals

07

Strategy
Leads

19

Risk & Technology
Managers

29

Analysts

07

Traders

03

Funds

11

Strategies

7.1

Billion US$
AUM

As of August 31, 2022

Firm Leadership

The Polar team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals and risk managers, committed to being Canada’s strongest hedge fund firm.

Paul Sabourin

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Paul Sabourin

Chairman & Chief Investment Officer
Tom Sabourin

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Tom Sabourin

Chief Executive Officer
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Abdalla Ruken

Deputy Chief Investment Officer
Paul Sabourin is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Polar Asset Management Partners. Paul received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1975 and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (now Ivey) in 1980. Paul started his career at Burns Fry Ltd. in 1982, gaining experience in research and institutional equity trading. In 1987, Paul became a Director at Burns Fry, and member of the Executive Committee, responsible for managing the institutional equity trading group.

Paul co-founded Polar in 1991. As Chief Investment Officer, he sets investment strategy and oversees Polar’s investment management team. He also acts as Lead Portfolio Manager for Polar’s Multi-Strategy team.

Paul is a member of  the Ivey Advisory Board, and Chair of the Entrepreneurship Council at Western University. Paul is also a board member of Trillium Health Partners Foundation, Canadian Stage Company, and the AGO’s Canadian and Indigenous Acquisitions Committee. He actively supports the annual fund raising campaign of the United Way Toronto and is an avid collector of Canadian modern art.
Tom became President and CEO of Polar Asset Management Partners in 2006, after joining the firm as Chief Financial Officer in 1994. From 1996 to 2005, Tom also acted as a Vice-President of Polar Equity Partners, an affiliated private equity manager, where he assumed a leadership role in many of the firm's investments.

Tom began his career with Ernst & Young in 1986 after earning a B.Eng from the University of Western Ontario. He gained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1988.

Tom leads Polar’s charitable efforts through The Polar Foundation, which has contributed $3 million to “Help Communities Thrive” since its inception.
As Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Abdalla’s focus is on portfolio construction and strategy development. Abdalla originally joined Polar Asset Management Partners in 2008 as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), and has since been heavily involved in the evolution of Polar’s risk management framework and trading platform. During his tenure as Polar’s CRO, he oversaw a team responsible for various risk management functions, led a development team that designed Polar’s proprietary investment management software and applications, and worked directly with the CIO on portfolio construction, strategy development and the formation of Polar’s investment team.

Prior to Polar, Abdalla held the role of Vice President at the Bank of Nova Scotia responsible for risk management. Abdalla graduated from McMaster University in 1994 with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.
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Kurankye Sekyi-Otu

Chief Strategy Officer
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Greg Lemaich

Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Sekyi-Otu is the Chief Strategy Officer for Polar Asset Management Partners and a member of the firm’s executive leadership team. He is responsible for the global distribution strategy, marketing, and the implementation of the firm’s strategic business initiatives.  Previously at Polar, Mr. Sekyi-Otu led the team responsible for business development and investor relations across institutional and advisory partners globally.  Mr. Sekyi-Otu began working with Polar in a consulting capacity in 2009, and formally joined the firm in 2010. Prior to Polar, Mr. Sekyi-Otu held business development and marketing roles at other Canadian asset managers, and within the capital markets division of a Canadian bank. Mr. Sekyi-Otu graduated from York University in 1994 with a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics and earned his CFA and ICD.D designations respectively in 2000 and 2022.
Greg is the General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer of Polar Asset Management Partners. Greg joined the executive leadership team at Polar in 2012 after a career in private practice with a focus on securities law, primarily at Goodmans LLP and as General Counsel of a Toronto-based investment fund manager. He has extensive experience in structuring, ongoing compliance and governance matters of investment funds, both public and private.

Greg earned a B.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2002 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2006. Greg became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007.
Paul Sabourin

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Paul Sabourin

Chairman & Chief Investment Officer
Tom Sabourin

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Tom Sabourin

Chief Executive Officer
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Abdalla Ruken

Deputy Chief Investment Officer
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Kurankye Sekyi-Otu

Chief Strategy Officer
Paul Sabourin is Chairman and Chief Investment Officer at Polar Asset Management Partners. Paul received a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1975 and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario (now Ivey) in 1980. Paul started his career at Burns Fry Ltd. in 1982, gaining experience in research and institutional equity trading. In 1987, Paul became a Director at Burns Fry, and member of the Executive Committee, responsible for managing the institutional equity trading group.

Paul co-founded Polar in 1991. As Chief Investment Officer, he sets investment strategy and oversees Polar’s investment management team. He also acts as Lead Portfolio Manager for Polar’s Multi-Strategy team.

Paul is a member of  the Ivey Advisory Board, and Chair of the Entrepreneurship Council at Western University. Paul is also a board member of Trillium Health Partners Foundation, Canadian Stage Company, and the AGO’s Canadian and Indigenous Acquisitions Committee. He actively supports the annual fund raising campaign of the United Way Toronto and is an avid collector of Canadian modern art.
Tom became President and CEO of Polar Asset Management Partners in 2006, after joining the firm as Chief Financial Officer in 1994. From 1996 to 2005, Tom also acted as a Vice-President of Polar Equity Partners, an affiliated private equity manager, where he assumed a leadership role in many of the firm's investments.

Tom began his career with Ernst & Young in 1986 after earning a B.Eng from the University of Western Ontario. He gained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1988.

Tom leads Polar’s charitable efforts through The Polar Foundation, which has contributed $3 million to “Help Communities Thrive” since its inception.
As Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Abdalla’s focus is on portfolio construction and strategy development. Abdalla originally joined Polar Asset Management Partners in 2008 as Chief Risk Officer (CRO), and has since been heavily involved in the evolution of Polar’s risk management framework and trading platform. During his tenure as Polar’s CRO, he oversaw a team responsible for various risk management functions, led a development team that designed Polar’s proprietary investment management software and applications, and worked directly with the CIO on portfolio construction, strategy development and the formation of Polar’s investment team.

Prior to Polar, Abdalla held the role of Vice President at the Bank of Nova Scotia responsible for risk management. Abdalla graduated from McMaster University in 1994 with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.
Mr. Sekyi-Otu is the Chief Strategy Officer for Polar Asset Management Partners and a member of the firm’s executive leadership team. He is responsible for the global distribution strategy, marketing, and the implementation of the firm’s strategic business initiatives.  Previously at Polar, Mr. Sekyi-Otu led the team responsible for business development and investor relations across institutional and advisory partners globally.  Mr. Sekyi-Otu began working with Polar in a consulting capacity in 2009, and formally joined the firm in 2010. Prior to Polar, Mr. Sekyi-Otu held business development and marketing roles at other Canadian asset managers, and within the capital markets division of a Canadian bank. Mr. Sekyi-Otu graduated from York University in 1994 with a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics and earned his CFA and ICD.D designations respectively in 2000 and 2022.
Greg Lemaich

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Greg Lemaich

Chief Operating Officer
Greg is the General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer of Polar Asset Management Partners. Greg joined the executive leadership team at Polar in 2012 after a career in private practice with a focus on securities law, primarily at Goodmans LLP and as General Counsel of a Toronto-based investment fund manager. He has extensive experience in structuring, ongoing compliance and governance matters of investment funds, both public and private.

Greg earned a B.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2002 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2006. Greg became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007.

Risk Management

We believe a defined risk appetite is the starting point of a fulsome risk framework built upon our corporate culture. Our risk management team is embedded in the investment process and is situated in close proximity to the investment teams, which allows for real time monitoring, reporting and review of risks in the portfolios.

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Alex Bondarenko

Chief Risk Officer
Alexander joined Polar Asset Management Partners is 2017 as a Director on the risk management team. Prior to Polar, Alex spent over 15 years at Scotiabank, where he was most recently a Director of Credit Derivatives Trading within the Global Fixed Income group responsible for maintaining a relative value trading strategy in U.S. investment-grade and high yield cash and derivative products. Alex holds a Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Alex Bondarenko

Chief Risk Officer
Alexander joined Polar Asset Management Partners is 2017 as a Director on the risk management team. Prior to Polar, Alex spent over 15 years at Scotiabank, where he was most recently a Director of Credit Derivatives Trading within the Global Fixed Income group responsible for maintaining a relative value trading strategy in U.S. investment-grade and high yield cash and derivative products. Alex holds a Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University.

Business Development & Investor Relations

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Les Young

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Jordan Snow

Director
Les leads the team at Polar Asset Management Partners responsible for business development and investor relations for both institutional and advisory partners.  Les joined the firm in 2013, as a director focusing on marketing and business development across the variety of the firm’s investor segments. Previously, Les was with Manulife Asset Management, holding successive positions in marketing and fixed income product management culminating as Managing Director, Institutional Sales.

Les graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2002.
Areef is a Director at Polar Asset Management Partners, having joined in 2013.  His responsibilities include a wide range of business development activities and marketing initiatives.  Areef serves Polar’s Institutional and Canadian retail clientele, and engages actively with prospective investors.

Prior to joining Polar, he was a marketing and special projects associate at a Toronto-based creative marketing firm, responsible for idea generation and strategic branding.

Areef holds a Bachelor of Commerce from York University.
Jordan is a Director at Polar Asset Management Partners responsible for product strategy & development, having joined the firm in 2017. Prior to joining Polar, Jordan was an Investment Strategist at a Toronto based family office, responsible for hedge fund due diligence and portfolio construction. He started his career at Westcourt Capital Corporation, where he was responsible for investment due diligence across various asset classes and strategies, with a primary focus on equity long/short, credit arbitrage, systematic strategies, global macro and event-driven hedge fund strategies.

Jordan graduated from McMaster University in 2012 with a Master’s in International Relations – Global Political Economy, where his research focused primarily on the historical evolution of sovereign pension funds and the regulatory environment surrounding high frequency trading.
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Lauren Watt

Associate
Lauren is an Associate at Polar Asset Management Partners working on the Business Development & Investor Relations team. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to Polar’s clientele, generation of marketing collateral and firm wide marketing initiatives.  Prior to joining Polar, Lauren held a support role within the Institutional team of a large Global investment manager.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Seneca College, majoring in International Business Management.
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Lauren Watt

Associate
Les leads the team at Polar Asset Management Partners responsible for business development and investor relations for both institutional and advisory partners.  Les joined the firm in 2013, as a director focusing on marketing and business development across the variety of the firm’s investor segments. Previously, Les was with Manulife Asset Management, holding successive positions in marketing and fixed income product management culminating as Managing Director, Institutional Sales.

Les graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2002.
Areef is a Director at Polar Asset Management Partners, having joined in 2013.  His responsibilities include a wide range of business development activities and marketing initiatives.  Areef serves Polar’s Institutional and Canadian retail clientele, and engages actively with prospective investors.

Prior to joining Polar, he was a marketing and special projects associate at a Toronto-based creative marketing firm, responsible for idea generation and strategic branding.

Areef holds a Bachelor of Commerce from York University.
Jordan is a Director at Polar Asset Management Partners responsible for product strategy & development, having joined the firm in 2017. Prior to joining Polar, Jordan was an Investment Strategist at a Toronto based family office, responsible for hedge fund due diligence and portfolio construction. He started his career at Westcourt Capital Corporation, where he was responsible for investment due diligence across various asset classes and strategies, with a primary focus on equity long/short, credit arbitrage, systematic strategies, global macro and event-driven hedge fund strategies.

Jordan graduated from McMaster University in 2012 with a Master’s in International Relations – Global Political Economy, where his research focused primarily on the historical evolution of sovereign pension funds and the regulatory environment surrounding high frequency trading.
Lauren is an Associate at Polar Asset Management Partners working on the Business Development & Investor Relations team. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to Polar’s clientele, generation of marketing collateral and firm wide marketing initiatives.  Prior to joining Polar, Lauren held a support role within the Institutional team of a large Global investment manager.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Seneca College, majoring in International Business Management.

Operations

Greg Lemaich

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Greg Lemaich

Chief Operating Officer
Herman Gill

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Herman Gill

Chief Financial Officer
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Philippe Fischer

Director of Software Development
Greg is the General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer of Polar Asset Management Partners. Greg joined the executive leadership team at Polar in 2012 after a career in private practice with a focus on securities law, primarily at Goodmans LLP and as General Counsel of a Toronto-based investment fund manager. He has extensive experience in structuring, ongoing compliance and governance matters of investment funds, both public and private.

Greg earned a B.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2002 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2006. Greg became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007.
Herman has been Polar Asset Management Partners’ Chief Financial Officer since 2002. Prior to joining Polar, Herman was with Fidelity Investments Canada where he held various positions across domestic and offshore fund operation areas.

In 1994, Herman was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Herman earned a B.A. in Chartered Accountancy Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1993.
Philippe Fischer is Director of Software Development having joined Polar in 2018. His responsibilities include the development and support of Polar’s suite of internal applications which are used across the firm. Prior to Polar, he worked at Scotiabank in risk management and front office roles for 16 years.

Philippe holds a PhD in physics from McMaster University.
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Olivia Lau

Director of Investment Operations
Olivia joined Polar in July 2018 as Director of Investment Operations and is actively involved with daily operations, asset servicing, and investment reporting which include various functions such as confirmation, settlements, corporate action and month-end valuations. Prior to joining Polar, Oliva was a senior manager at CPPIB and held various roles at OTPP, responsible for managing teams in investment operations across different asset groups. She is focused on process improvement to enhance operational efficiency.

Olivia graduated from University of Toronto with a BCom degree and from Queens University with MFin degree. She became a CFA charterholder in 2010.
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Chief Operating Officer
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Philippe Fischer

Director of Software Development
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Olivia Lau

Director of Investment Operations
Greg is the General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer of Polar Asset Management Partners. Greg joined the executive leadership team at Polar in 2012 after a career in private practice with a focus on securities law, primarily at Goodmans LLP and as General Counsel of a Toronto-based investment fund manager. He has extensive experience in structuring, ongoing compliance and governance matters of investment funds, both public and private.

Greg earned a B.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2002 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2006. Greg became a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007.
Herman has been Polar Asset Management Partners’ Chief Financial Officer since 2002. Prior to joining Polar, Herman was with Fidelity Investments Canada where he held various positions across domestic and offshore fund operation areas.

In 1994, Herman was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Herman earned a B.A. in Chartered Accountancy Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1993.
Philippe Fischer is Director of Software Development having joined Polar in 2018. His responsibilities include the development and support of Polar’s suite of internal applications which are used across the firm. Prior to Polar, he worked at Scotiabank in risk management and front office roles for 16 years.

Philippe holds a PhD in physics from McMaster University.
Olivia joined Polar in July 2018 as Director of Investment Operations and is actively involved with daily operations, asset servicing, and investment reporting which include various functions such as confirmation, settlements, corporate action and month-end valuations. Prior to joining Polar, Oliva was a senior manager at CPPIB and held various roles at OTPP, responsible for managing teams in investment operations across different asset groups. She is focused on process improvement to enhance operational efficiency.

Olivia graduated from University of Toronto with a BCom degree and from Queens University with MFin degree. She became a CFA charterholder in 2010.