Senior Leadership Team

Debra Hewson
President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Debra leads Odlum Brown with objective and strategic insight developed from an accomplished career in the investment industry spanning over 35 years. Debra joined Odlum Brown in 1991, and prior to becoming President and CEO in 2007, she was Chief Operating Officer for seven years.


Debra has earned a reputation for her vision, passion and dedication as a leader in the business community. She is a board member of St. Paul’s Foundation, Providence Health Care, Drug Free Kids Canada and the UBC Alumni Association. Debra is also a member of the UBC Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board, an Industry Director for the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and and an active fundairser for the Bob and Kay Ackles YMCA Nanook House.

Debra is a strong supporter of Odlum Brown’s sponsorship and charitable giving programs. In 2016, she was recognized for her leadership with the Joseph and Rosalie Segal United Way Community Vision Award. Debra was also recognized as a 2017 Canada’s Most AdmiredTM CEO and received a 2016 BC CEO Award from Business in Vancouver. In 2015, she received an Influential Women in Business Award. In 2012, Debra was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the BC Community Achievement Award, and was also inducted into the Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame after being recognized as one of the Top 100 for three consecutive years.

Peter R. Pacholko CPA, CGA
Chief Operating Officer and
Chief Financial Officer

Peter Pacholko has 30 years of experience with Odlum Brown and the investment industry. Mr. Pacholko has held other senior positions including Director, Operations and Technology. He is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors, Management and Executive Committee,


and Senior Leadership Team. Mr. Pacholko is also active in several industry associations. At present, he is a member of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC)’s Pacific District Council (PDC), Compliance and Legal Section (CLS) and the Financial Administrators Section (FAS). As a member of the FAS, he participates in the Operations Subcommittee. Mr. Pacholko is a Certified General Accountant (CGA).

Murray Leith BComm, CFA
Executive Vice President, Director,
Investment Research

Murray is Executive Vice President and a Director of the firm, as well as a member of Odlum Brown's Executive Committee and Senior Leadership Team. He has over 25 years of experience as an Investment Analyst and has managed the Odlum Brown Research Department since 1994, when


he joined the firm. Murray formulates the firm's economic outlook and equity investment strategy, in addition to covering individual companies, primarily in the Financial Services sector.  

He is also responsible for the Odlum Brown Model Portfolio, a hypothetical, all-equity portfolio that has delivered market-beating returns since inception in 1994. Murray is regularly quoted in the local and national press and interviewed by the television media.

Murray holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC (Honours) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.

Mark Srdanovic CFP
Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

Mark Srdanovic joined Odlum Brown Limited in 2014 as Senior Compliance Officer and subsequently became the Alternate Registered Options Principal. In 2017, he assumed the role of Chief Compliance Officer and is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team.


With 15 years of compliance experience in the financial services industry, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to his role. He works diligently to ensure that Odlum Brown meets or exceeds all regulatory requirements. Mark is options and options supervision approved and earned his CFP designation in 2008. Mark is a member of the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) Compliance Committee and also serves on the Pacific District Council of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).

Daniel Dandar
Vice President, Operations

Daniel Dandar joined Odlum Brown in 1993 and has held a variety of positions in the Securities, Mutual Funds and Internal Audit Departments, prior to becoming Controller in 2001, Director, Client Services in 2005, Vice President, Finance in 2014 and most recently, Vice President, Operations in 2018.


In addition, Dan is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors.

As Vice President, Operations, Dan is responsible for leading the Client Services team with a focus on continuous improvement on service levels and strengthening the department’s management team.  Dan’s mandate includes directing the areas of new and registered accounts, account transfers, corporate actions and taxation, mutual funds, securities and GICs.

Dan is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant (CPA, CGA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance.

Kim Abbott CPCA®
Vice President and Director,
Sales and Business Development

Kim Abbott joined Odlum Brown in 2010 and is an active member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and is a Co-Chair of the Retail Sales Advisory Team. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry with an extensive background working with both large


pension accounts and retail investment advisors. She started her career working in institutional fixed income sales for a national investment firm and spent 10 years as Vice President of Sales for both Fidelity Investments and Capital Group.

Barbara Bahry CPHR
Vice President, Director,
Organizational Development

Barbara joined Odlum Brown in November 2012. Her career mosaic comprises more than 20 years in both public and private sector organizations in the technology, professional services, retail and management consulting industries.


In this role, Barbara is responsible for guiding the overall strategies and implementation of performance management, compensation and rewards, leadership development, employee engagement and succession management plans and initiatives.

Barbara holds the Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation and sits on the Board of Directors for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, British Columbia and Yukon and the YWCA of Metro Vancouver.

Deena Magtoto
Vice President, Director, Marketing

Deena has over 19 years of marketing communications experience, including 14 with Odlum Brown. She is a member of the firm's Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team.


Deena leads the marketing team and is responsible for managing the firm’s marketing, brand, advertising, public relations, sponsorship and charitable giving programs. In addition, she and her team are actively involved in assisting the retail sales team with their marketing and communication efforts.

Sam Jiwani
Vice President, Director, Business and Technology Solutions

Sam Jiwani joined Odlum Brown in 2016 and brings more than 20 years of technology experience in the financial services arena. He leads the Business and Technology Solutions team and is a member of Odlum Brown's Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team.


Previously, Sam was at Canaccord Genuity Corp. for over 16 years where he served as Vice President of Enterprise Development until 2016. Before that, Sam was at Dataphile Software Ltd. from 1996 to 2000.

Michael Erez CPA, CGA, CFP
Vice President, Director,
Odlum Brown Financial Services Limited

Mike is Vice President, Director, Odlum Brown Financial Services Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Odlum Brown Limited, offering retirement and estate planning, tax planning, and risk management using insurance products. In addition, Mike is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership


Team and Board of Directors.

Mike joined Odlum Brown Financial Services Limited in 2008 after working at one of Canada’s largest accounting firms. He enjoys providing advisors and their clients with up-to-date tax and personal finance information and helping clients to identify risks and opportunities in pursuit of their financial, retirement and estate goals.

Mike holds the following designations: Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP).