BMO ETF Portfolio Managers

Sara Petrcich

Head of ETF & Structured Solutions

Sara Petrcich has over 20 years of Capital Markets experience as well as one and a half years in the Bank doing a secondment for the CFO and Treasurer at one of Canada’s largest banks. Her experience has been predominantly as a derivatives trader in structured and exotic products including commodities, equities, rates and credit. She has an exceptionally strong risk management background as a result. At BMO Global Markets she was head of Risk Strategy, reporting into the head of Global Markets as their exclusive and trusted risk advisor. She oversaw the entire portfolio of trading book risk across the Capital Markets businesses as well as the associated risk metrics governing the businesses. She was responsible for implementing macro hedges to manage tail risk and optimize Capital Market’s risk taking capabilities vis a vis customer activities as well as managing regulatory metrics impacting the businesses’ balance sheet. She was appointed as Managing Director and Head of Synthetic Asset Management in August 2022 where she led the build out and creation of synthetic funds and products within BMO Global Asset Management (BMO GAM). Sara leads the ETF & Structured Solutions team, which subsequently came from the combination of the ETF and Synthetic Asset management businesses. Sara is also responsible for building out a macro hedging framework for the CEO of BMO GAM and Head of Wealth. She is currently on the PineBridge Risk Committee and the Executive BMO GAM sponsor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I).

Fixed Income ETFs and Equity Indexing ETFs

Matt Montemurro, CFA, MBA

Head, Fixed Income and Equity Index ETFs, Exchange Traded Funds

Matt is currently the Head of Fixed Income and Equity Index ETFs. In his role, Matt, and his team, are responsible for all index tracking mandates, both equity and fixed income, managed by BMO Global Asset Management. Matt joined BMO in 2009 and joined the BMO ETF portfolio management team in 2012. Prior to this expanded role, Matt specialized in fixed income, leading the fixed income portfolio management team and acting as portfolio manager and trader, responsible for all segments of the fixed income market, both in Canada and internationally. Matt has 15 years of industry experience in managing and trading Canadian federal, provincial, corporate and real return bonds; US Treasury and corporate bonds, both investment grade and high yield (cash bonds and CDX); as well as emerging market debt. Matt has spent his entire career at BMO, joining the bank in 2009. Matt holds an HBA and MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and is a CFA Charterholder.

Raymond Chan, CFA, FRM

Portfolio Manager, Exchange Traded Funds

Raymond has 19 years of experience in the investment industry and currently serves as an equity portfolio manager and currency hedging specialist. Prior to joining BMO Asset Management Inc. in 2009, Raymond served as a portfolio manager at Barclays Global Investors where he was responsible for managing all equity ETFs, including one of Canada’s largest, while also co-managing the indexed, hedged and balanced portfolios of institutional clients. He holds a BA in economics from Carleton University, a Financial Risk Manager designation, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Winnie Jiang, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Exchange Traded Funds

Winnie is a portfolio manager and trader who joined the BMO ETF team in June 2021. Winnie is responsible for managing and trading both Canadian and international passive fixed income mandates, including government bonds, investment-grade and high-yield corporate bonds, real return bonds, etc. Winnie has over 10 years of experience in the investment industry covering both active and passive mandates. Winnie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.

Mirza Shakir

Portfolio Manager, Exchange Traded Funds

Mirza is a Portfolio Manager on the BMO ETF team, covering all index equity ETF mandates as well as further enhancing and automating processes using programming. Prior to joining BMO GAM in 2021, Mirza spent 4 years in ETF market-making, index research and equity derivatives in capital markets at a large Canadian investment bank. Mirza holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Joint Honours Economics and Finance from McGill University in addition to a Data Science certificate from the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.

Alizay Fatema, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Exchange Traded Funds

Alizay is a Portfolio Manager on the BMO ETF team where she is responsible for fixed income trading and portfolio management. She primarily focuses on fixed income segments such as sovereign, provincial, corporate - high yield & investment grade bonds as well as emerging markets debt. Over the past few years, Alizay has acquired experience in various areas of treasury and capital markets such as fixed income trading, ALM, FX sales, product development and product control. Prior to joining BMO, she worked with CIBC. Alizay holds a master’s degree from the University of London, majoring in accounting and finance and is a CFA Charterholder.

Structured Outcome ETFs and Investment Strategy

Jimmy Xu, CFA

Managing Director, Head of Liquid of Alts

Jimmy joined BMO Global Asset Management in September 2023 responsible for building and managing Liquid Alternatives investment solutions. Previously, he was a Portfolio Manager at another Canadian Bank owned asset management firm, where he managed global multi-asset portfolios and cross-asset derivative strategies. Jimmy holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Systems Design Engineering from University of Waterloo. He is a CFA Charterholder and a Commodity Trading Manager.

Chris McHaney, CFA

Portfolio Manager, Exchange Traded Funds

Chris has over two decades of experience in the investment industry and currently serves as portfolio manager for derivative-based and equity-based portfolios. This includes the management and trading of options on Canadian, US and European equities and ETFs. He also manages various cross-asset portfolios, which include Canadian and US fixed income and global equities. He has taken on numerous roles since joining BMO Financial Group in 2002, including Manager of Investments for BMO Asset Management Inc. where he was responsible for mutual fund manager monitoring and selection. In this role, he was also responsible for overseeing the currency hedging program across the mutual fund platform. Chris holds a BBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business and is a CFA Charterholder.

Charles-Lucien Myssie, CIM

Portfolio Manager, Exchange Traded Funds

Charles joined the BMO ETF team as a Portfolio Manager for derivative and equity-based portfolios. He brings over two decades of experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining BMO, Charles served as Portfolio Manager-Trader for seven years, where he managed equity derivatives value-added strategies and helped build the equity derivatives book. More recently, he played a key role as a derivatives sales-strategist with CIBC capital markets covering institutional clients such as pension plans, asset managers and real money accounts for the Quebec market. Charles holds a master degree in Econometrics from the University Paris X, France.

Quantitative ETFs

Lu Lin, M.Fin., MS

Managing Director and Head, Quantitative Investments and Strategic Optimization

Lu Lin has been Head of Quantitative Investments at BMO Global Asset Management (GAM) since October 2023 and in the finance industry since 2009. She is highly experienced in quantitative modelling and investment strategy spanning all asset classes. Lu joined BMO in January 2021 as Head of Market Risk Models where she led and was accountable for bank wide market risk modelling and counterparty credit risk modelling. Lu subsequently moved to BMO GAM in February 2023 as Head of Strategy and Optimization for Synthetic Asset Management. Prior to joining BMO, Lu held senior roles at Market Risk Modelling, Counterparty Credit Risk and XVA Modelling at another top Canadian Bank. Lu holds a Master of Quantitative Finance at ETH Zurich as well as a Master of Finance at the University of Lugano.

Chris Heakes, CFA, M.Fin.

Director, ETF Portfolio Manager

Chris joined the BMO ETF portfolio management team in 2011, and focuses on factor-based equity and derivative-overlay portfolios, including but not limited to BMO’s Low Volatility, Dividend, and Covered Call equity ETF suites. His prior investment experience includes a role as a quantitative equity research associate, and work in investment funds product and client support. Chris holds a Masters of Finance from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management (Dean’s List), where he studied investments, including derivatives and derivative pricing. Chris also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo with studies in History and Mathematics and the CFA designation.