Our Executive Team

Brenna Casserly is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Emperor Investments, a Toronto-based robo-advisor offering personalized equity portfolios to U.S. retail investors. She also serves as a Portfolio manager for the firm.

In collaboration with Francis Tapon, Brenna founded Emperor based on the notion that investing is highly personal and a strong belief in the value of investing directly in individual securities. Over the course of the last decade, Brenna and Francis have developed proprietary technology that builds personalized pure stock portfolios that are invested directly in dividend-paying equities and tailored specifically to individuals’ personal financial goals.

Prior to launching the firm in 2017, Brenna held multiple positions at Scotiabank, a leading global financial services provider. Most recently she was a Portfolio Analyst within ScotiaWealth’s Managed Portfolio Program, where she was responsible for overseeing investment managers, monitoring the program’s overall risk, developing and implementing policies for risk management processes, and supporting portfolio managers in portfolio construction and monitoring their performance. In 2011, Brenna co-founded Investment Portfolio Design LTD with Francis Tapon, a firm that provided portfolio solutions to advisors.

Brenna has also been actively involved in volunteer work serving as Vice President for Scotiabank’s Scotia Young Professionals network and as an active member for the Scotiabankers Association, where she facilitated events, and drove fundraising.

Brenna attended the University of Guelph. She is an Honors Bachelor of Commerce graduate. Brenna is a CFA Level III candidate and a member of Toronto’s CFA Society.

Brenna Casserly

CEO & Portfolio Manager

   

Francis Tapon is Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of Emperor Investments, a Toronto-based robo-advisor offering personalized equity portfolios to U.S. retail investors. He is also a Professor of Economics at the University of Guelph.

In collaboration with Brenna Casserly, Francis founded Emperor based on the notion that investing is highly personal and based on the strong belief in the value of investing directly in individual securities. Over the course of the last decade, Brenna and Francis have developed proprietary technology that reflects their cautious nature towards money and builds made-to-measure equity portfolios that are invested directly in dividend-paying equities and tailored specifically to individuals’ personal financial goals.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities with the University of Guelph, Francis has also been a visiting Professor at a number of universities across the globe, including the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University (North Carolina), the School of Economics and Finance at the University of Tasmania (Australia), the School of Economics and Finance and the Brisbane Graduate School of Business at Queensland University of Technology (Australia),the Ecole Superieure de Commerce et Management Poitiers-Tours (France), the School of Business at Bond University (Australia), and the School of Public Administration with the University of Victoria (British Columbia).

In 2011, Francis was Co-Founding Partner with Brenna Casserly of Investment Portfolio Design LTD. He has also worked at Cap Gemini Ernst and Young, Toronto, in the Strategy and Transformation Group as a Senior Consultant in the strategy practice, and served as Advisor to the Chairman and CEO for the Strategic Planning Group at Rhône-Poulenc Sante in Paris. Prior to that, Francis was a visiting Scholar with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and with the Institute for Research on Public Policy (British Columbia).

Francis holds a Diploma from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (France), an M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business (New York), an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance from Duke University (North Carolina).

An accomplished author, his research has been published in refereed journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Business, Economics Letters, Revista Brasileira de Economia, Management Science, Managerial and Decision Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Canadian Public Policy, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Canadian Journal of Economics, R&D Management, Applied Financial Economics, Academy of Management Journal, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Journal of Empirical Finance, JASSA Institute of Australia Quarterly Journal of Applied Finance, Canadian Investment Review, Journal of Investment Strategies.

Francis Tapon, MBA, PhD

CIO & Professor of Economics

 

Tornike Natsvlishvili is the Chief Technology Officer for Emperor Investments, a Toronto-based robo-advisor offering personalized equity portfolios to U.S. retail investors.

Tornike joined the firm in January of 2017 and is responsible for strategy and product development, architecture design and product execution. In addition, Tornike also oversees the development of automated portfolio construction.

Prior to joining Emperor, Tornike held positions with Amazon, Microsoft, and BlackBerry.

Tornike attended the University of Guelph, receiving his Bachelor of Computing, Computer Science and Business Administration in 2016.

Tornike Natsvlishvili

CTO

   

Mr. Igor Landau is Chairman-Supervisory Board of Adidas AG.

He is on the Board of Directors of INSEAD. Mr. Landau was previously employed as Member-Supervisory Board of Allianz SE, Member-Supervisory Board of Sanofi-Aventis, Member-Supervisory Board of Sanofi, Member-Supervisory Board of Dresdner Bank AG, Chairman-Management Board and Chief Executive Officer of Aventis SA, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Rhone-Poulenc Group SA, Managing Director of Roneo GmbH, Chairman-Supervisory Board of Adidas-Salomon AG, and Member-Supervisory Board of HSBC CCF.

He received his undergraduate degree from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Paris) and his MBA from INSEAD.

Igor Landau

Executive Director & Chairman of Adidas

Mr. Anthony F. Griffiths is Chairman of the Corporate Catalyst Acquisition, Inc., Independent Director of The Brick Ltd., Lead Independent Director of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., an Advisor of Renewal Partners, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Ventra Group, Inc., Chairman of Blue Ant Media, Inc., and Lead Independent Director of Fairfax India Holdings Corp.

He is on the Board of Directors of MedCurrent Corp., Odyssey Re Holdings Corp., Northbridge Financial Corp., The Brick Ltd., Novadaq Technologies, Inc., Crum & Forster Holdings Corp., Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., Gedex, Inc., Ventra Group, Inc., and Fairfax India Holdings Corp.

Mr. Griffiths was previously employed as a Trustee by the Brick Group Income Fund, was the Senior Independent Director of Jaguar Mining, Inc., Chairman of Slater Steel, Inc., Chairman of Leitch Technology Corp., Chairman of Cunningham Lindsey Group, Inc., Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Mitel Corp., Independent Director of Vitran Corp., Inc., and Chairman of Russel Metals, Inc.

He has also served on the board of Zenith National Insurance Corp., Bronco Energy Ltd., Crum & Forster Insurance Co., AbitibiBowater, Inc., Alliance Atlantis Communications, Inc., PreMD, Inc., AbitibiBowater Canada, Inc., Consumer Packaging, Inc., Street Capital Group, Inc., Brazilian Resources, Inc., and HUB International Ltd.

He received his undergraduate degree from McGill University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Anthony F. Griffiths

Corporate Strategist & Director

Vitali Alexeev is Director of Research, overseeing the research team at Emperor. He is also a Senior Finance Lecturer, at UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney.

Vitali holds a PhD in Economics (2010), University of Guelph, Canada. Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering (2004), Schulich School of Business, Toronto, Canada. MA in Economics (2003), York University, Toronto, Canada. BA in Economics, with Distinction (2001), International University, Moscow, Russia.

An accomplished author, his research has been published in refereed journals including European Journal of Finance, Journal of Investment Strategies, Australian Journal of Management, Journal of Empirical Finance, Canadian Investment Review, and The Finsia Journal of Applied Finance.

Vitali Alexeev, PhD

Director of Research

Investing Built on Research

Our proprietary technology is built on 40 years of investment experience, a variation based on Modern Portfolio Theory, and widely published academic research done by our Chief Investment Officer, Francis Tapon, PhD. Our technology has been tried, tested, and historically outperforms the competition.¹

Your Money Is In Good Hands

In addition to our executive team, Emperor is supported by a team of talented software engineers, developers, analysts, and graphic designers. Our cross-functional strategists are constantly communicating and sharing ideas with the team to ensure that we are at the forefront of innovation.

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