Board of Directors

Michael Kovacs

Chair, Secretary, Director

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Michael founded Harvest Portfolios Group Inc. in 2009 and is a 31 year veteran of the Investment management business. Since 1991 he has held senior management positions with 4 companies. From 2002 to 2009 as Managing Director of Sentry Mutual Funds and Senior Vice President of Sentry Investments. He was a Vice President with Guardian Capital Group from 1991 to 1995, Vice President of National Sales with AIC Funds from 1995 to 2000 and Vice President of Distribution with ING Funds from 2000 to 2002. Michael began his career as an Investment Advisor and for seven years managed money for individual investors. He is a strong believer in providing individuals with Investment products that have long term fundamental mandates and portfolio transparency. Michael has been featured in the Globe & Mail, National Post and BNN. Michael is also the Chairman of the Board for Harvest.


Mary Medeiros


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Mary joined Harvest in 2009 as the Vice President of Operations and has overseen the successful growth of the firm’s operations, systems, administration and key service provider relationships since inception. Ms. Medeiros has over 25 years of Industry experience and managed national administration and sales systems for a Canadian Mutual Fund company and Branch operations for an Investment Dealer. She was licensed as an advisor in 1997, working directly with retail investors until joining a Canadian Investment Fund Manager in 2000. Mary serves on the Board of Directors.


Townsend Haines


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Townsend serves as a member of Harvest’s Board of Directors bringing over 36 years of experience in the Investment Management business. Townsend first joined Harvest as a Board member in 2009 and later served for 5 years as the Managing Director and CFO. Townsend has extensive experience in sales, sales management, product development and strategic planning in the investment industry. Townsend was also previously Vice President of Sales at AGF, Guardian Group of Funds, Franklin Templeton and was Executive Director of Global Strategy. Townsend’s board and committee memberships have included the University of Western Ontario Senate and Board of Governors and the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. He is currently a member of the Investment Committee of the Board of Regents of Victoria University at University of Toronto.


Dr. Nick Bontis


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Dr. Nick Bontis serves as a member of Harvest’s Board of Directors. Nick is an award-winning tenured professor of strategic management at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He received his PhD from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. His ground-breaking doctoral dissertation on the mutual fund industry went on to become the #1 selling thesis in Canada. He has won over a dozen major teaching awards and the faculty researcher of the year twice. He is also a 3M National Teaching Fellow, an exclusive honour only bestowed upon the top university professors in the country. Prior to his career in academia, Nick was an award-winning securities analyst at CIBC Securities Inc. Tom Stewart, former Editor of the Harvard Business Review and FORTUNE Magazine, recognizes him as a “pioneer and one of the world’s real intellectual capital experts”.


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