Team

Christine Hughes

Christine Hughes, President and Chief Investment Strategist

Christine Hughes founded OtterWood Capital Management in 2012. Prior to starting her own firm Christine spent 10 years with AGF Management where she managed the Lipper Award winning AGF Canadian Balanced Fund (outperformance versus her peers in the Canadian equity balanced group for 1, 3, 5 years ending Dec. 31, 2008). Christine’s view on the stock market is unique as she analyzes it from the perspective of the bond market. Shaped by her extensive background in fixed income, she studies how equities relate to the yield curve.

Christine started her career at Cassels Blaikie (now Scotia Cassels) where she took the unusual route of directly working, one on one, with ultra-high-net-worth clients. Spending 7 years managing these discretionary portfolios allowed her to pinpoint the exact needs of her clients. She firsthand understands that while appreciation of capital is important, preservation of capital is paramount.

Christine received her Bachelor of Economics degree from University of Toronto, has earned the CFA designation and is a registered portfolio manager.


George Kolev, Portfolio Manager and Commodity Trading Manager

George Kolev joined OtterWood Capital Management in the winter of 2015. He has extensive experience in fixed income and derivatives markets, utilizing various methods of portfolio management and taking advantage of investment opportunities by duration/yield curve positioning, and sector/security selection.

Prior to joining OtterWood, George was with BonaVista Asset Management (now RBC Global Asset Management) where he managed BonaVista Fixed Income and Money Market funds. Before that George was with Manulife Financial for more than 10 years where he started with their risk management team, then moved to co-manage bond portfolios and later he was co-manager of Manulife’s variable annuity derivatives book.

George holds a Master of Science in Shipping, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School and a Master of Science in Engineering and Navigation from N.Y. Vaptsarov Naval Academy. He also is a CFA charterholder and registered portfolio manager.


Anna Goldgefter, Trader

Anna Goldgefter joined OtterWood Capital Management in the summer of 2013 as an Associate Analyst. Her primary responsibility was the analysis of macroeconomic conditions and financial market developments. In addition, Anna provided research and analytical support to the firm’s portfolio managers. In the spring of 2015, Anna transitioned into a new role focusing on trading, execution, and providing market intelligence.

Prior to joining OtterWood, Anna worked at State Street and Deutsche Bank in a variety of roles. She came with over two years of experience with a background in fixed income, equities and market research.

Anna received her Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a level 2 candidate in the CFA program.


Rafal Wojtal, Associate Analyst

Rafal Wojtal joined OtterWood Capital Management in the summer of 2015. Rafal comes with over two years of experience with a background in equities, derivatives, fixed income, and market research. Prior to joining OtterWood, Rafal was part of the International Tax practice at Ernst and Young.

Rafal received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Windsor, completed his Master of Arts in Economics at the University of Western Ontario and is a level 3 candidate in the CFA program.