Mr. Kneis has 30 years of experience specializing in alternative assets including venture capital, hedge fund investment management, structured product development, equity derivatives and proprietary arbitrage trading. He was the Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Abria Financial Group, where he managed three portfolios of hedge funds. Abria was the inaugural winner in 2004 of the Canadian Investment Awards “Best Fund of Hedge Funds”. Prior to founding Abria, Mr. Kneis was the CEO of Maple Securities Ltd., a privately held, $100 million investment dealer and Toronto Stock Exchange member. He managed proprietary trading portfolios for Maple and its affiliates with aggregate balance sheet assets of $3 billion.