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Former Seamark CEO to Visit UNB as CFS Executive-in-Residence

Author: Liz Lemon-Mitchell

Posted on Oct 8, 2008

Category: CFS

The Faculty of Business Administration's Centre for Financial Studies (CFS) will host Mr. Robert McKim, former CEO of Halifax-based Seamark Asset Management, as its 2008 Executive-in-Residence.

As the Centre's Executive-in-Residence, Mr. McKim will deliver three presentations to students, faculty and the public on October 9-10th, 2008. Mr. McKim's presentation, "How's Your Appetite for Investment Risk?" will be held on Thursday, October 9th, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. in the Chancellor's Room at UNB's Wu Conference Centre. A reception will follow at 8:15 p.m.

As part of the Centre's community outreach initiatives, the public is encouraged to attend this very topical presentation.  There is no charge to attend but attendees must register in advance.

Students and faculty are also invited to attend Mr. McKim's presentation that afternoon from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Centre's TSX Group boardroom, Tilley 300.  McKim will speak about his career and the lessons he has learned along the way.

Mr. McKim will then speak to students in the Student Investment Fund (SIF) program, where students invest real money in the capital markets. He will also provide insight into the current market situation.

"The purpose of the Centre's Executive-in-Residence program is to have successful investment professionals speak to the students, as well as the community, about their personal career experiences as well as the technical side of investment," says the Centre's founding director, professor Glenn Cleland.

Cleland views the Executive-in-Residence as a valuable mentorship opportunity for the SIF's aspiring financial professionals.

Robert McKim's experience at Seamark Asset Management spanned 20 years during which the firm grew from a small regional investment management firm with three employees, to a mid-sized national firm, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), and employing a staff of 45. At its peak, in 2005, Seamark had assets under management of $10.8 billion.

Mr. McKim joined Seabrook in 1984 as a Portfolio Manager; was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer in 1996 and Chief Executive Officer in 2004. He was a key player in the transaction that took Seamark Asset Management through its initial public offering and listing on the TSX in 2000. Mr. McKim retired from Seamark in 2005.

People interested in attending the public presentation (October 9th, 2008, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Wu Centre) should RSVP via e-mail,, or by calling 506.453.4895 by October 8th.

The Centre for Financial Studies hosted its first Executive-in-Residence, Doug Turnbull, Deputy Chairman of TD Securities Inc., in 2007.