The team responsible for the analytical review of the funds includes the following personnel:

Jenifer Rush, MBA, CFA 
AVP, Head of Investment Management Services

Jenifer joined Manulife in May of 2016 and is the AVP and Head of the Investment Management Services Canada. Jenifer returns to Manulife, where she began her career as an Analyst and Trader for the Canadian Equity Team. Jenifer has a Portfolio Management background and has managed money for a number of institutions and a Family Office.

Prior to joining Manulife, Jenifer was at Investment Planning Council where she was Vice President, Portfolio Management and the Overlay Portfolio Manager for the Private Wealth program. She was involved in Manager Selection, Product development and Oversight of the Separately Managed Asset (SMA) portfolios.

Jenifer holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Queens’s University, a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Laurentian University, and is a CFA charterholder. Jenifer is active in the Toronto CFA Society as Vice-Chair of the Career Management Committee and active with Women in Capital Markets on the High School Liaison Committee.

Jenifer’s passions include her family - two teenagers, and her spouse, Philip.

Brent Wilson, CFA
Director, Investment Research and Analysis

Brent has been with Investment Management Services since November 2009, joining as an Investment Analyst. Brent was promoted to his current role of Director in July of 2016 where he became responsible for guiding the group's manager due diligence function, along with supervising the analytic functions of the group. Prior to joining Manulife, Brent spent a year working for Bank of Montreal Investments as an Investment Specialist within their Mutual Funds Division.

Brent holds a Bachelor's Degree in Management & Organizational Studies with a Specialization in Finance from the University of Western Ontario. Brent is a CFA charterholder.

Nick Dedes, MBA
Manager, Investment Research and Analysis

Nick joined the Investment Management Services team in February 2016 and is responsible for manager selection and on-going due diligence of investment funds for several Canadian Division platforms.

Prior to joining Manulife, Nick was a Senior Analyst with TD Wealth’s Portfolio Advice & Investment Research team, responsible for investment manager research and oversight of investment products offered through TD Wealth in the U.S. market. Nick also spent four years as a Fund Analyst with Morningstar Research, evaluating investment funds and publishing research reports with ratings for Canadian investors.

Nick holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Financial Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.

David Miszyn, CFA
Senior Investment Analyst, Investment Research and Analysis

David joined the Investment Management Services (‘IMS’) team in November 2015 in the role of Senior Investment Analyst.  David is responsible for liaising with and performing in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis on asset managers and their underlying funds as well as conducting manager due-diligences and manager/investment mandate searches.

Prior to joining the IMS team, David has held manager oversight and product analysis positions at TD Asset Management, Fidelity Canada and BMO Nesbitt Burns.

David holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Vinothan Selvalingam
Investment Analyst, Investment Research and Analysis

Vinothan joined the Investment Management Services team in September 2017. Vinothan is responsible for selecting, evaluating and monitoring investment funds for various Manulife product platforms through conducting due diligence visits in addition to comprehensive examinations of the funds.

Prior to joining IMS, Vinothan has completed a co-op term at Manulife in the Portfolio Solutions Group, as an Investment Analyst. He has also completed two co-op terms in the operations team at AGF Management.

Vinothan has graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and a minor in Economics.

Zhonghui (Joanna) Liang, CFA, MBA

Joanna joined the governance team in July 2013. Joanna is responsible for the on-going monitoring and regular reporting of funds on the investment platform. She participates in all due diligence activities and conducts in-depth analysis of existing funds; she also participates in new fund search activities.

Prior to joining the firm, Joanna worked from 2006 to 2013 as an investment manager analyst at Gerald Bronfman Trust, a private wealth management firm in Montreal.

Joanna holds a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University, a Masters of Applied Science from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Xian Jiaotong University, China. Joanna is also a CFA charterholder.

The team responsible for the marketing, communication and compliance of Investment Management Services includes the following personnel:

Esther Schmidt
Communications Coordinator

Esther joined Manulife's Investment Management Services (‘IMS’) team in October 2012 where she oversees the marketing and communication material logistics and is also responsible for the day-to-day administrative functions for the department.

Prior to IMS, Esther was a Sales Assistant for Standard Radio Inc from 2005 until their acquisition by Astral Media in 2007 where she remained until 2012. Esther worked closely with the sales team and managers and oversaw all aspects of Radio and Digital sales functions.

Contacting Investment Management Services

For more information on Investment Management Services or the i-Watch process, please contact your Manulife Financial field representative or Manulife Investments wholesaler.