Portland Platinum Discretionary Managed Account Program and Portland Gold Discretionary Managed Account Program
The Portland Investment Counsel Difference
We have garnered a reputation for being a long-term shareholder and for taking significant positions in investee companies. We believe that wealth should be invested in a manner that is most aligned with the principles followed by successful wealth creators.
Whenever you invest in any Portland Investment Counsel service or solution, you are assured that our goals will be to:
- Preserve your capital over the long term.
- Grow your capital at a reasonable rate, as we wish to invest in businesses that are in strong, long-term growth industries.
- Minimize taxes on your capital as we hold businesses for the long-term, giving you tax-deferred compounding.
- Be investment partners with the same expectations, time horizons and methods of measurement.
- Offer complete transparency to your investments.
How Wealth is Created:
1. Own a few high-quality businesses,
2. that you thoroughly understand,
3. that are domiciled in strong, long-term growth industries,
4. that use other people’s money, prudently, and
5. that are bought at attractive valuations and held as long as the company remains high quality and at a reasonable valuation.
To be successful in any endeavor, we believe there is a simple 3 step formula one needs to follow:
1. Identify a role model for success
2. Beg the role model for their recipe for success and follow it
3. Don't change that formula
If we look at wealthy individuals or any successful institutions, we will see that they have all created their wealth by investing in both the public and the private markets. Yet, retail investors only have access to public investments. At Portland Investment Counsel, we see the disfunctionality about how retail investors are advised and we make it our mission to change that disfunctionality by giving investors access to public and private investments. Essentially, we want to create portfolios like successful individuals and institutions, our role models of wealth creation.
Why Choose the Portland Discretionary Managed Account Program
To invest successfully over the long run, we believe one needs to ensure that the following 3 components are followed:
1. A framework
2. Controlling emotions during times of adversity
Having a framework and controlling your emotions during times of adversity is necessary but we believe wealth cannot be created if you do not have access to both public and private products. The Portland Platinum Discretionary Managed Account Program and Portland Gold Discretionary Managed Account Program seek to democratize wealth for retail investors and enable access to how successful institutions and wealth creators invest.
Chris Wain-Lowe, BA, MBA
Chief Investment Officer, Executive Vice President & Portfolio Manager
Chris Wain-Lowe has 35 years of business management and global financial services experience – living and working in four continents: Europe, Asia, Africa, North America as well as the Caribbean, which also embraced corporate experience in the energy, natural resources and utility industries. Chris’ business experiences provide first-hand knowledge and understanding of those businesses in which he now invests. As Head of the Utilities team, Barclays’ Large Corporate Banking (1989-1992), Chris’ team tendered and won most of the syndicated finance, large value leasing and project finance mandates during the UK’s water and electricity privatizations – with Barclays Syndications consequently being awarded by Euromoney magazine as ‘Best European Syndicate Bank’ in 1991 and again in 1992.
As Chief Executive Officer he led Barclays business in Greece, transitioning it to becoming more corporate focused and successfully selling its island retail network to Bank of Nova Scotia (1995). As Chief Executive Officer he led Barclays’ South African operations in Botswana to best in the region. The Banker magazine ranked Barclays as the ‘Best Bank’ in Botswana and the ‘Best Bank’ in Africa in 2000. During Chris’ three years with the bank, its market capitalization rose to US$300 million from US$80 million – a compound annual growth rate of more than 55%.
As Chief Executive Officer of National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited (NCB) he led the bank to recognition as the world’s 14th highest profits growth performer in 2002. In Chris’ two years with the bank, its market capitalization rose to US$400 million from US$100 million – a compound annual growth rate of 100%.
Upon acquisition of NCB indirectly by Portland Holdings Inc., he joined Portland Investment Counsel and its affiliates in 2002. As Executive Vice President he promoted the launch and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange of ten closed-end funds during 2004 to 2007. He is currently the Chief Investment Officer and lead portfolio manager of three mutual funds and three private / alternative funds, namely Portland Private Income Fund, Portland Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund LP and Portland Global Aristocrats Plus Fund. Chris has a BA degree from University of North Wales and an MBA from University of Exeter. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and holds their Financial Services Diploma, placed first in his year (1989).
Associate Portfolio Manager
Anton Burtsev is an investor and financial professional with over 10 years of international financial services experience. As a corporate banker, Anton was involved in a large number of transactions in Eastern Europe in a range of industries including food and beverage, consumer goods, technology and communications, construction and real-estate. He executed corporate and mergers and acquisitions financing projects with more than 100 clients with a combined loan portfolio that exceeded US$300 million.
Anton joined Portland Investment Counsel Inc. in 2014 as an Exempt Market Dealing Representative. At Portland, Anton is responsible for business development and working with clients to develop a customized financial solution that is tailored to the individual investor's needs.
Anton earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov, specializing in Physics. He also earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Plekhanov Russian Economic Academy specializing in Economics, Finance and Credit. Moreover, Anton obtained certificates in Financial Analysis and Investment Management from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.
Anton is a CFA charterholder as of 2015 and has been a regular member of CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society since 2013.
Mehran Shahriar graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics and Political Sciences. He is currently a Level II candidate in the CFA Program. Prior to joining Portland Investment Counsel Inc., Mehran was an Investment Representative at one of the major banks in Canada. As an Exempt Market Dealing Representative, Mehran is responsible for business development and investment management of Portland clients. Mehran has also represented the Province of Ontario and the Canadian Junior National Cricket team in various competitions. Sports still play an essential part of his life, “I am passionate to be successful and lead from the front; sports I find are very similar to business, it allows me to refine many of my skills in a competitive environment”. Born in Bangladesh, Mehran plans to re-visit one day and start a charity under his mother’s name.
For more information, please contact:
Anton Burtsev, Toll Free: 1-888-710-4242, ext. 4335, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mehran Shahriar, Toll Free: 1-888-710-4242, ext. 4334, Email: email@example.com