President, Lead Portfolio Manager, CIO
Tim Pickering is Founder, President and CIO of Auspice. Tim leads strategic decision making and the vision for Auspice’s diverse suite of active and passive systematic trend following (CTA) and commodity strategies. Tim believes that in the future, non-correlated alternative investments will be a core holding in all portfolios, regardless of investor size or sophistication. Alternatives will no longer be viewed as risky, but as conservative and prudent, given the measurable value to investment portfolios. He is passionate about creating innovative systematic investment strategies and products that the market needs with distribution via multiple delivery mechanisms at a fair price.
Prior to forming Auspice, Tim was VP of Options Trading at Shell Trading for North America. Tim began his career at TD Securities in Toronto in their elite trading development program gaining experience in risk management and proprietary trading. Ultimately, Tim held the Senior Trader position for TD’s energy derivatives portfolio. Outside of Auspice, Tim has been involved in grain farming in Western Canada. Through the founding of Auspice, Tim ties together a career in commodity and financial risk management and trading that has spanned institutional success along with entrepreneurial vision.
With partner Ken Corner, Tim Pickering has built Auspice Capital Advisors as a next generation CTA, offering strategies in active managed futures (Diversified and Energy), passive ETFs, enhanced indices and custom commodity strategies. Auspice was selected as one of Alberta’s 50 fastest growing companies by Alberta Venture Magazine and KPMG for both 2010 and 2011. Auspice is also the winner of the 2011 Silver medal from Morningstar in the category of Best Opportunistic Hedge Fund in Canada. The Auspice Broad Commodity Index is ranked as one of the top performing global commodity indices by an independent third party. After creating the first physical natural gas ETF in 2008, in 2010 Auspice launched the third generation Auspice eBeta™ indices: the Auspice Broad Commodity and Managed Futures Indices are NYSE published. Both indices have been licensed by Direxion Funds and launched in February 2012 as mutual funds in the U.S and by Horizons ETFs in Canada ( HMF and HBR on the TSX). Additionally, Auspice has launched a systematic energy program that is designed to profit from the volatility and trends in the global energy markets while offering diversification from diversified CTA and traditional investments.
Portfolio Manager, Director of Research and Operations
Ken Corner is a founding partner of Auspice and a limited partner. Ken's professional career began as a design engineer (Mechanical) for the ATCO group of companies and then evolved into financial modeling and commodity trading. Following his time with ATCO, Ken traded natural gas derivatives for Shell, and then went on to become the Vice President of Options Trading for TD Securities in Calgary. Ken leads the research effort at Auspice, and oversees the trading operation.
Director of Finance
Arthur has over 20 years of experience in accounting and fund administration. Prior to joining Auspice, Arthur was a VP of Fund Administration and Investor Relations with Citco Fund Services in Toronto. From 2000 to 2009, Arthur worked in Bermuda with Citi Fund Services, including two years as VP of Fund Administration. Arthur started his career working for a number of private Canadian corporations.
Director of Business Development
Basil leads Auspices institutional and retail sales initiatives. He has over 10 years of industry experience with Claymore ETFs and TD Asset Management. Through his career, Basil has worked with structured products, hedge funds and complex derivatives. Basil is a graduate of Concordia University from Montreal and he has been awarded the CFA charter.
Kevin has a Master's of Science degree in Applied mathematics from the University of Calgary. Kevin first joined Auspice through MITACS-Accelerate, a national internship program.
Jason graduated in 2009 from the J.R. Shaw School of Business at The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Applied Business and a major in Finance. Before joining Auspice, Jason traded for National Bank Financial.