On April 25th, Ivey Professor George Athanassakos, Chair of the Ben Graham Centre for Value Investing, hosted a conference for 120 executives, investment professionals and students at the Board of Trade in Toronto. The conference provided a forum to explain, discuss and debate the principles, practices and various applications of value investing from a global context.
The conference was kicked off by Lauren Templeton, founder and president of Lauren Templeton Capital Management, a boutique value investing firm from Tennessee. Templeton is the great niece of renowned value investor Sir John Templeton and her presentation focused largely on the lessons she learned from her great uncle.
Next a panel of professional value investors, a living testament to the value investing methodology, told the conference how they put the value investing approach into practice in their own portfolios. The Value Investor Panel included Wayne Peters, Jeff Stacey, David Winters and Mohnish Pabrai.
The same held true for a panel of corporate executives who gave participants their insights into how they look for and create value for their shareholders. The Corporate Executive Panel included Tom Ward – SandRidge Energy, Marc Bertrand – MEGA Brands, Bill Mcmorrow – Kennedy WiIson and Richard Garneau – Resolute Forest Products.
After both the value investor and CEO panels, the floor was opened up for a question-and-answer session.
The Ben Graham Centre at the Richard Ivey School of Business is one of only two university centres dedicated to promoting and teaching the principles of value investing in North America. For a complete listing of the conference agenda and bios of the speakers, please visit http://www.bengrahaminvesting.ca/Outreach/2012_conference.htm. Also, if you would like to learn more about upcoming conferences or receive more information about value investing education, feel free to visit www.bengrahaminvesting.ca.
Photos: (Above) Value investing experts Jeff Stacey and Mohnish Pabrai (Below) George Athanassakos (left) and panellists at the Ben Graham Centre’s 2012 Value Investing Conference