Our Team

James Burron

President, Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies & Assets (CAASA)

James co-founded CAASA in response to industry support for a Canadian alternatives association to serve all aspects including: hedge / alternative strategies; private lending; private real estate; private equity; plus emerging areas where Canada is a leader such as digital assets / blockchain and robo-advisors.

Prior to CAASA, James was the Chief Operating Officer of AIMA Canada where his team of three worked with 12 committees to produce 50-60 events per annum across Canada, organize 100+ committee meetings, and increase member numbers over his 7-year tenure from 66 to 164 corporate entities.

James also has experience in research and writing for the CAIA Association as well as serving on CAIA’s Exam Council and as a grader for the Level II portion of the exam.  He also had roles in institutional sales and FoHF structuring in Seoul, South Korea, as a Product Manager at ICICI Wealth Management, and an Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities.  He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BBA (Finance).

Email James
Phone: (647) 525 5174

Caroline Chow

Vice President, Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies and Assets (CAASA)

Caroline is Vice President and co-founder of CAASA. She works closely with members to establish and grow the Association’s initiatives both within Canada and abroad. She works to serve a broad range of alternatives with a focus on subjects where Canada is a market leader such as robo-advisors, private lending and digital assets.

She believes that Canada has a solid, growing market of its own with a strong part to play in the global financial landscape. Previously, Caroline spent 5 years at AIMA Canada and during this time, corporate membership, events and committee engagement were doubled.

She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, holds a degree in Honours Economics with a finance specialization and has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC).

Email Caroline
Phone: (647) 953-0737

Paul Koonar

Member Engagement and Operations Associate, Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies and Assets (CAASA)

Paul is responsible for day-to-day operations and member engagement. Through his background in hospitality and previous experience as an independent Financial Advisor he will be working with members to organize many of CAASA’s events.

He is a graduate of the University of Victoria with a degree in Economics and Paul completed the CFA program in June of 2019 and will be writing the CAIA exam in 2020.

Email Paul
Phone: (647) 953-0737