Teams

Attracting and retaining top-calibre investment professionals is essential for the continued growth and success of Fiera Private Alternative Investments. Accordingly, Fiera Private Alternative Investments’ senior management and investment teams are staffed with world-class talent whose knowledge and experience is as broad and far reaching as the global markets and clientele we serve.

Management Team

John Valentini

John Valentini

President and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments

As President and CEO of Fiera Private Alternative Investments, John oversees Fiera Capital’s alternative private investments strategies, which include core and value-added real estate, real-estate financing, infrastructure, agriculture, private equity and private debt.

With more than two decades of industry experience, John previously served as Fiera Capital’s Global Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Fiera Capital, he held the positions of Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at PSP Investment Inc.; Chief Financial Officer at BCE Emergis; and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Cognicase Inc.

Ciaran Henry

Ciaran Henry

Co-Head and Senior Vice President, Europe/Asia Distribution, Fiera Private Alternative Investments

Ciaran’s responsibilities include growing Fiera Capital’s overall alternatives business, and leading the marketing of the firm’s alternative-investments platform across Europe and Asia.

He previously worked in business development for a Canadian asset manager, focused on markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Rehan Talib

Rehan Talib

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments

Prior to assuming his present role, Rehan served as Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of Clearwater Capital. He previously worked at Delphi Corporation, where he held several posts of increasing responsibilities, including Regional Treasurer, Manager of Corporate Finance and Capital Markets, Manager of Capital Planning, and Manager of Financial Risk Management.

François Cloutier

François Cloutier

Vice President, Human Resources, Fiera Private Alternative Investments

François Cloutier oversees the human resources strategy at Fiera Private Alternative Investments, while also heading the department’s operations. In addition to establishing the strategic direction, he is responsible for talent management and a number of other areas related to workplace culture and human capital.

François joined Fiera Private Alternative Investments in April 2020. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resources. Since the beginning of his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in human resources strategy and management. François has worked in a variety of industries, such as video gaming, aerospace, media and telecommunications. In his previous roles, he created talent management strategies, designed leadership and talent development programs. He also introduced a number of innovative human resources practices and contributed to strategic acquisition initiatives by leading the integration activities of acquired entities.

François holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the Université du Québec à Montréal, as well as a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Université du Québec à Montréal and the Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX).

Eric Blondeau

Eric Blondeau

Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel, Fiera Private Alternative Investments

Eric is responsible for the development and oversight of the legal function for the Fiera Private Alternative Investments platform worldwide. A business and legal advisor with extensive investment fund, M&A and corporate-development experience, he previously worked at a leading Canadian business law firm.

Marc-André Desjardins

Marc-André Desjardins

Chief Investment Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments

Marc-André is Chief Investment Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments. Marc-Andre is responsible for working closely with the Private Alternative platform leaders and teams to monitor the division’s investment performance, as well as support innovation and strategic planning. Marc-André is a member of several Private Alternatives Investment Committees, and with his team, responsible of the oversight of the different Private Alternatives feeder funds strategies globally.

Marc-André began working in the financial industry across various roles in 2001. He has been involved in the private alternative sector since 2008, spending seven years at Fiera Private Debt, where he was part of all the platform activities, from investment initiatives to operations. As a member of the management team, he helped improve operations, achieve targeted yields for investors and build a successful investment platform. In 2015, Marc-André took that experience to New York and with his team, started to research the US market and analyzed private lenders across North America with the objective to support the growth of the Fiera Diversified Lending strategy and the launch of the Fiera Global Diversified Lending strategy. In 2019, Marc-André became Deputy CIO, Fiera Private Alternative Investments, and in 2020 he moved back to Montreal to take the role of Chief Investment Officer, Fiera Private Alternative Investments.

Marc-André holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from HEC Montréal, majoring in Finance/International Management, a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Université du Québec à Montreal, majoring in Biology, along with an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.

Strategy Leaders

Peter Cuthbert

Peter Cuthbert

President and Global Head of Real Estate, Fiera Real Estate

Peter has been with the firm since its formative years and was named president in November 2007, a role that involves overseeing the global expansion and evolution of the real-estate investment platform across strategies, sectors, regions and countries. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer, with a focus on improving risk management and performance analytics, and was also directly responsible for management of the Fiera Real Estate CORE Real Estate Fund.

Alina Osorio

Alina Osorio

President, Fiera Infrastructure

A seasoned professional in the utility and infrastructure investment sector, Alina is responsible for leading Fiera Infrastructure and overseeing the firm’s investment, asset-management and finance teams. Before joining Fiera Infrastructure she occupied a series of increasingly senior roles, as an equity research analyst covering Canadian utility companies, an investment banker in the infrastructure sector, principal investor, and portfolio strategist for a major Canadian pension fund, OPTrust.

Jean Gamache

Jean Gamache

President, Fiera Private Debt

As President since 2011, Jean has played a key role in the development, growth and diversification of the private-lending platform. Since opening a Toronto office in 2017 to accommodate the expansion of its real estate-financing and interim business-financing teams, Fiera Private Debt has emerged as a vital player in the industry across Canada. Before joining Fiera Private Lending, Jean worked for a major Canadian bank, managing sizeable portfolios in real estate and commercial loans.

Antoine Bisson McLernon

Antoine Bisson McLernon

Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Fiera Comox.

Prior to the formation of Fiera Comox, Antoine was Managing Director and Head of Private Equity, Americas and Asia, for PSP Investments, where he was responsible for both direct and fund investments as well as the oversight of an $11-billion portfolio and a team of 25 people. Previously, he launched and led PSP’s global natural-resources investment group, building a $3-billion portfolio that encompassed over two million acres of timberland and farmland. Earlier in his career, Antoine worked in private equity at CPPIB and investment banking at National Bank of Canada.

Robert Petty

Robert Petty

Co-CEO and Co-CIO, Clearwater Capital Partners

Since launching Clearwater Capital in 2001, Rob and co-founder Amit Gupta have utilized their expertise in credit-oriented strategies and invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies to build an Asia-focused business that is one of the largest of its kind. Throughout his career, which has included senior roles at several major global firms, Rob has focused on Asia-dedicated special situations and credit investments, including turnarounds, restructuring and stressed credit. His primary responsibilities at Clearwater include portfolio management, origination and overall management of the firm.

Fiera Private Alternative Investments offers coveted access to a range of private-alternative asset classes designed to provide increased diversification and enhanced returns.
Fiera Alternative Investment’s senior management and investment teams are staffed with world-class professionals who share a passion for ‘alpha’.
Fiera Alternative Investment’s senior management and investment teams are staffed with world-class professionals who share a passion for ‘alpha’.
Fiera Alternative Investment’s senior management and investment teams are staffed with world-class professionals who share a passion for ‘alpha’.