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.

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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 and the Alzheimer Society of BC. She is also a member of the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board and an Industry Director for the Canadian Investor Protection Fund.

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 the recipient of a 2016 BC CEO Award from Business in Vancouver, and in 2015 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.

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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,

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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).

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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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Daniel Dandar
Vice President, Finance

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, and most recently Vice President, Finance in 2014. In addition, Dan is a member of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors.

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As Vice President, Finance, Dan is responsible for leading and coordinating the various aspects of the firm's financial performance and reporting requirements. This includes ensuring that Odlum Brown’s financial compliance practices meet the mandates of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF).

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

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Kim Abbott
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

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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 International.

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Barbara Bahry CHRP
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.

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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 Certified Human Resources Professional designation and sits on the Board of Directors for the Human Resources Management Association.

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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.

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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.

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